Microsoft last week filed a patent application for a new method of browsing through open windows on the desktop that builds on an older, now-abandoned feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7. The application, which was published April 11 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), outlines a way to view the current open windows on the desktop and lets users cycle...
(1 month and 5 days ago)
Microsoft will release security updates for applications in its Windows Store as those patches are available in order to speed up the updating process. The policy will apply to applications that are preinstalled on Windows 8 but updated through the Windows Store, such as Mail, wrote Mike Reavey, senior director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, part of the...
(2 months and 13 days ago)
At last week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, record numbers of industry players converged to showcase their latest titles. In full force were smaller, independent developers, showing off their indie games on a variety of hardware: Mac and Windows laptops, and iOS and Android devices. Windows-based devices, however, were conspicuously absent—outside of the...
(1 month and 21 days ago)
For the past ten years, Apple’s iTunes has been the go-to music and video manager for Windows and Mac users. If you use a Windows RT tablet or are partial to the Windows 8 modern UI, however, iTunes is not available to you; a touch-centric version of Apple’s desktop software has yet to appear in the Windows Store. That won’t change in the near future either, according to...
(14 days ago)
With Windows 8, Microsoft ignored the basic tenets of change management and paid the price. Now Microsoft is finally trying to correct the mistakes it made with Windows 8.
(17 days ago)
Whenever talk turns to the comparatively low number of apps available in the Windows Store, commenters invariably take the article to task. "Quantity isn't as important as quality!" they type, frequently tossing in an ALL CAPS EXPLETIVE or three. "Who wants 100,000 fart apps anyway?" Those naysayers are right. The sheer number of apps available for a platform matters...
(2 months and 27 days ago)
Once again, Microsoft has opened its coffers to app developers, offering them up to $2,000 to build new Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Microsoft will pay U.S. developers $100 per app published in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, with a limit of 10 published apps per store. The company is pitching it as a temporary promotion, running the offer through June 30,...
(2 months and 6 days ago)
Windows 8 is not Microsoft's first rodeo, but it's the most important version of the operating system since Windows 3.0 when it comes to the future of Microsoft. If Microsoft succeeds, it will cement its position atop the tech pyramid for another generation. If it fails, the next generation may regard Windows as a fond memory like floppy disks.
(9 days ago)
Twitter released a native Windows Store app for Windows 8 on Wednesday. It’s great news for Twitter users running Windows 8, and probably even better news for Microsoft.
(2 months and 12 days ago)
After grinding to a standstill earlier in the year, Microsoft’s Windows Store is finally starting to pick up steam, with recent additions such as Nokia Music,Twitter, and MLB.TV bringing big-name clout to the fledgling platform. Nevertheless, spending a week of self-imposed exile in Windows 8’s modern UI made it abundantly clear to me that some glaring omissions in...
(1 month and 11 days ago)
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