Windows

  • 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… 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