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  • 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

  • Now Coming With Your Laptop: Large Helpings Of Cloud Storage

    Now Coming With Your Laptop: Large Helpings Of Cloud Storage

    Out this morning is a spec list for the forthcoming HP Stream laptop that will run Windows 8.1, and is expected to cost $199. It’s a device that Microsoft hopes will compete with Chromebooks, Google’s laptop offering that has consumed some PC market share, mostly among less expensive devices. Read More

  • Looking Ahead To Windows 9

    Looking Ahead To Windows 9

    A preview of Windows 9 will be made available in either September or October, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. That timeline keeps ‘Threshold’ — Windows 9’s codename — out into the public market as a finished product likely in early 2015. The Windows 8 era isn’t merely closing, it’s racing to an end. Last weekend I posited that as Windows… Read More

  • Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Considering the most recent leaks involving the Charms Bar, desktop improvements and the like, it’s becoming plain that some of what Windows 8 emphasized will be scaled back in Microsoft’s next Windows build. If Windows 8 was a dramatic lurch towards mobile computing, especially on tablets, Windows 9 appears to be heading for a more equitable balance between desktop muscle, and… Read More

  • Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

    Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

    In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird. Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

  • How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later

    How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later

    Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it’s a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. The device is basically the perfect partner for Windows 8 and the Modern Windows UI, but your appreciation of this device (or lack thereof) will depend heavily on what you want to do with your computer. Read More

  • Digital Hints Point Towards More Unified Windows Experience

    Digital Hints Point Towards More Unified Windows Experience

    A job posting and a LinkedIn page are driving conversation in the Microsoft-watching community this morning. The job listing details a position on the “XAML team [...] building the UI framework at the core of the ‘One Microsoft’ OS.” The goal of that team is to “[enable] developers to create UI that works well across all of [Microsoft's] devices: phones… Read More

  • Microsoft May Prioritize The Desktop In Windows 9

    Microsoft May Prioritize The Desktop In Windows 9

    Microsoft is looking to revamp and retool its Windows 8 operating system with a blend of updates that will see the code better suit the form factors that it wants to service. However, could those updates undo its push to create the Windows Store as a favored place for developers to put applications? Read More

  • Windows 8 Start Menu May Not Hit The Market Until 2015

    Windows 8 Start Menu May Not Hit The Market Until 2015

    Are you ready for the Start Menu? You may want to put on your waiting pants, as Microsoft isn’t set to release the revamped Start Menu until 2015, according to the superlative Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft gave a demo of sorts of the forthcoming Start Menu at its Build conference earlier this year, but the product was shown briefly, and likely wasn’t much more than a mockup. Therefore… Read More

  • Windows 8.1 Scoots Past Windows 8’s Market Share

    Windows 8.1 Scoots Past Windows 8’s Market Share

    Windows 8.1 has finally bested its predecessor, with its market share edging higher than Windows 8’s in May, according to NetMarketShare. In May, Windows 8.1 ended with 6.35% global desktop market share, while Windows 8 managed a slimmer 6.29%. As The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski notes, that’s an aggregate gain of 0.40% for Microsoft’s new Windows 8.x… Read More

  • The Surface Pro 3 Is Microsoft’s Answer To The MacBook Air. Again.

    The Surface Pro 3 Is Microsoft’s Answer To The MacBook Air. Again.

    Microsoft just announced the Surface Pro 3 and a new direction for the Surface line. Microsoft is no longer looking to counter the iPad. The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft’s answer to the “heavy” MacBook Air. This argument is not new. Microsoft touched on this with the Surface Pro and then the Surface Pro 2. The value proposition is simply more clear now. Instead of muddling… Read More

  • Turning The Ship: Microsoft Might Have Begun A Subtle Shift From Windows To Services

    Turning The Ship: Microsoft Might Have Begun A Subtle Shift From Windows To Services

    Since Steve Ballmer passed the torch to Satya Nadella earlier this year, it marked a sea change in the organization: the first time in its history one of the founding team wasn’t running the show. Changes were expected and have happened. A surprising one is a subtle shift toward a service model and what appears to be an understanding that as long as people are running Microsoft tools… Read More

  • As Microsoft Support for XP Expires, Antivirus Vendors Pick Up The Slack

    As Microsoft Support for XP Expires, Antivirus Vendors Pick Up The Slack

    As you might be aware Microsoft support for Windows XP expires today, which means that the company will stop issuing security patches. Around 30 percent of you have ignored all warnings up until now and you’re still using it. Stubborn bunch, aren’t you? Read More