Microsoft has taken major heat for its recent reinvention efforts, but amid public lambasting of Windows 8 and the Surface tablets, a critical new development has largely been ignored: The company has both the hardware and software to dominate the four most important gaming screens in your life. Your PC. Your tablet. Your phone. Your TV. Microsoft can offer a consistent...
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After gaining an inside look at Microsoft's upcoming "Windows Blue" update to Windows 8, Windows blogger Paul Thurrott concluded that the desktop could really be on its way out."All the action in this build is in PC settings, and if you were looking for any further proof the desktop being eased out going forward, look no further than this," Thurrott wrote in his analysis on...
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There's really no need for Microsoft to build its own Windows Phone 8 hardware since partners are offering solid handsets, says Microsoft's Terry Myerson. Maybe hardware isn't the problem.
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Microsoft shared more details about Windows "Blue" today. Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference in Boston this morning, Tami Reller, CMO and CFO of Microsoft's Windows Division revealed that Windows 8.1 (the official name of Windows "Blue") will be available later this year as a free update through the Windows Store. The scope and purpose of...
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PC sales suffered a 14 percent drop in the first quarter, the largest drop for a single quarter in the 20 years that IDC has been tracking the data. Fingers immediately began pointing at Windows 8, but the new Microsoft OS isn’t to blame—at least not in the way you might think. Traditional PC sales are down. There's no arguing that. However, it’s misguided to assume it’s...
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It's official: The Windows Blue update will be dubbed Windows 8.1, it'll be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices alike, and it will cost you the low, low price of zip, nada, zilch. Interestingly, the free Windows 8.1 update will be available through the Windows Store, not the usual Windows Update method. "Windows 8.1 ... continues the journey we first began with...
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When a bomb explodes, you can't outmaneuver it; you probably can't even take cover quickly enough to protect yourself. Instead, you have to hope that there's something—anything—already in the way that can shield you from the blast. Here are five of the best future bomb-proof materials that could end up saving lives in our increasingly uncertain future. More »
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Consumers and PC makers might be turned off by Windows RT. Microsoft doesn’t share their ambivalence. The company is sticking with the ARM-based version of Windows for the long haul. Michael Angiulo, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows planning, told CNet that Windows RT is an industry “disruption” that will get stronger over time. “If you look forward a...
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Windows 8 is clearly a transition product. Microsoft is laying the groundwork for a more touch-friendly, mobile-oriented future. But it also isn't yet ready to throw out the familiar Windows desktop. The result is a dual nature – and a recipe for confusion. A new tweak, however, aims to smooth this Windows 8 transition...
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Filed under: Investing Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) CEO, Steve Ballmer once said, "The launch of Windows 8 is the beginning of a new era at Microsoft. Investments we've made over a number of years are now coming together to create a future of exceptional devices and services, with tremendous opportunity for our customers, developers, and partners." All of that sounded great...
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