Windows

  • Alienware Alpha Gaming PC Hands On

    Alienware Alpha Review: A Gaming PC In A Tiny Package

    Curious to see what life was like with an affordable Windows gaming PC in the form factor of a console, I bought the $799 Alienware Alpha early last week. Read More

  • We’ll Get Our First Look At Windows 10 Consumer Features In January

    We’ll Get Our First Look At Windows 10 Consumer Features In January

    Windows 10 is already a known quantity to some degree thanks to the developer preview, but Microsoft is holding an event late in January to present its consumer features properly, according to a new report from The Verge. The January event will include discussion of new features for end-users, including an all-new touch input interface called “Continuum.” Also on the agenda for… Read More

  • Skype Web Beta Means You Can Start Chatting Without Installations Or Plug-Ins

    Skype Web Beta Means You Can Start Chatting Without Installations Or Plug-Ins

    Update: Good news! Skype says that Chrome on Chromebooks and non-Windows platforms can use Skype for Web for instant messaging, but not yet for voice and video because the plugin hasn’t been configured for them yet. Skype has brought its instant messaging, voice and video chat service to the browser with a new beta available now. The Skype web client also allows anyone to sign in and use… Read More

  • Microsoft’s CEO Breaks Down The New Soul Of His Company

    Microsoft’s CEO Breaks Down The New Soul Of His Company

    Microsoft is a company with a new cloud focus, a new CEO, and new re-org, and a massive new hardware business that brought in around $3.5 billion in revenue in its most recent across two device categories alone. So if you aren’t completely sure what the hell Microsoft is, I don’t blame you. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, speaking to the media last week at an event on… Read More

  • Microsoft And Salesforce Promise Windows, Office And OneDrive Integration

    Microsoft And Salesforce Promise Windows, Office And OneDrive Integration

    It turns out that Microsoft and Salesforce were serious when the two firms detailed a plan to integrate their products earlier this year. Today at the Dreamforce conference, the companies announced that a Salesforce1 app for Windows Phone will be released the second half of 2015, that Office will see integration with the Salesforce suite, and that OneDrive will also garner a connection to the… Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    Downloading the Windows 10 technical preview? You won’t be able to use it past two weeks after April Fool’s day next year. That’s jolly, because the consumer-facing preview that will follow the current build will be out long before then. But it’s worth keeping in mind: Microsoft is working towards a mid-year release of Windows 10, so the April date is in within that… Read More

  • Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

    Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

    I suck at taking photos, but, here we are. Here’s a bunch more pictures of Windows 10 in action at the Microsoft event that took place earlier in San Francisco today. Also: Featuring me making accidental duck face, and Peter Bright of Ars Technica singing the song of his people. Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

    At its San Francisco event, Microsoft announced that the technical preview of Windows 10 will touch down tomorrow. Update: you can now sign up for the Windows Insider program and download the preview here. The company’s new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. That version of Windows saw limited business adoption, and consumer… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Windows 10

    Microsoft Announces Windows 10

    This morning at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10. The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. I am among them. Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Start To Explain The Future Of Windows Tomorrow Morning

    Microsoft Will Start To Explain The Future Of Windows Tomorrow Morning

    Gird thyself, a new Windows approaches. Tomorrow morning in San Francisco, Microsoft will show off some part of its next operating system in a long-awaited event whose existence leaked before it was formally announced. The market is expectant, and the technology and business media will have its eyes trained on what Redmond has on offer. In the past few days, odd rumors have cropped up: Will… Read More

  • Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

    Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

    At some point, speculating about what will become quickly obvious is difficult. Still, on the cusp as we are of the release of the first preview of what may be called Windows 9, it’s reasonable to take a few notes of the latest rumor cycle: Will Windows 9 be free? Current gossip indicates that for Windows 8 and Windows XP users, the new code could be in the case of the former, free, and… Read More

  • Microsoft Backtracks After Senior Employee Says “Windows 9”

    Microsoft Backtracks After Senior Employee Says “Windows 9”

    Worried that Microsoft was going to keep the “Threshold” codename on the next version of Windows? Fret not, it probably won’t: In a speech to employees, Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France, called the new operating system “Windows 9″ quite recently, and there is tape of it. Read More

  • Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

    Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

    Remember that upcoming Windows 9 event that Microsoft is hosting on September 30? It might not mark the actual release of Windows 9’s technical preview, as was long expected. According to Paul Thurrott, that bit of code might not become available until October. Read More

  • Microsoft Builds A Mobile Keyboard For iOS, Android And Windows

    Microsoft Builds A Mobile Keyboard For iOS, Android And Windows

    Microsoft has built a universal hardware keyboard for the three operating systems that have large global market share: iOS, Android, and Windows. The new piece of metal, called the ‘Universal Mobile Keyboard,’ will be available in October. The device marks the continuance of the company’s cross-platform efforts, but in something of a new way: The keyboard is hardware, made… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

    Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

    Microsoft today confirmed its correctly rumored Windows event that will take place on September 30 in San Francisco. The event is widely expected to include a release of the technical preview of Windows 9, the successor to the controversial Windows 8.x operating system that was released in 2012, along with the Surface line of tablets. Microsoft is not expected to release a preview of its… Read More

  • Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

    Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

    Around two weeks out from the purported release date of the technical preview of Windows 9, videos of the upcoming operating system have hit the Internet. German site WinFuture has released a mess of screenshots and videos of the upcoming code over the past few days, to our benefit. A number of clips are up for watching, detailing how Windows 9 will handle multiple desktops, the return of… Read More

  • Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

    Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

    Microsoft is expected to release a technical preview of Windows 9 on September 30. So if you were looking forward to getting your paws on the code, you have only four weeks left to wait. That is, if you are not a key Microsoft partner. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, Microsoft is currently providing some partners with access to the operating system ahead of the public. That’s not… Read More

  • Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Good news for Microsoft: HTC’s new One (M8) Windows Phone handset will land on at least three of the four largest carriers in the United States. Bad news for Microsoft: According to Kantar data, Windows Phone’s market share in China has eroded to less than a single point. It’s a country where Microsoft has invested heavily into adapting its Cortana digital assistant to… Read More

  • Windows 9 Preview Could Feature Rapid Build Updates

    Windows 9 Preview Could Feature Rapid Build Updates

    When Microsoft signaled that it would move to a more rapid release cycle for Windows code, it meant it. The coming technical preview of Windows 9 — the operating system codenamed ‘Threshold’ — could contain a rapid-upgrade feature to keep users who are stress testing the software up to date. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, current internal testers of Windows 9… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Windows 9 Unveil Said To Be Coming September 30

    Microsoft’s Windows 9 Unveil Said To Be Coming September 30

    Windows 9 has been leaked, and seems to show a backing away from the aggressively touch-focused Windows 8, with a mini start menu and dropping of the Charms bar, but we’ll get a better look September 30, according to the Verge. The blog reports Microsoft is planning an official unveiling of what’s next for its desktop OS for that date, with a technology preview available for… Read More

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