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  • New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders

    New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders

    The newest pre-launch build of Windows 10 is now available for Windows Insider program members to download and install, and this edition brings a lot of features Microsoft showed off at its special Windows 10 preview event earlier this week. The most notable addition may be Cortana coming to the desktop, giving Windows PCs some of the virtual assistant smarts that Microsoft originally debuted… Read More

  • Here’s How Microsoft Described Its Newfangled Product Called “Windows” When It Went Public

    Here’s How Microsoft Described Its Newfangled Product Called “Windows” When It Went Public

    Microsoft shipped the first version of Windows on November 20, 1985. The company went public on March 13, 1986. That means that Microsoft pulled the trigger on its IPO mere months after Windows was first launched into the market. Until today I didn’t know that the two events occurred so close together. Given that I was roughly negative 3 or 4 at the time, I’ve decided to… Read More

  • Alienware Alpha Gaming PC

    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

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