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Microsoft debuts Universal Windows Apps for building cross-platform apps

By on April 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM.

Microsoft debuts Universal Windows Apps for building cross-platform apps

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new Universal Windows Apps initiative, which will allow developers to create apps that will work across all form factors, including computers, laptops and smartphones. The new API set for developers will facility the simplified creation of apps and games that work across Microsoft’s three main platforms — Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. The move could turn out to be hugely important as Microsoft has previously struggled in its efforts to draw top developers over to its new desktop platform and to its mobile platforms. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 Update 1

By on April 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM.

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 Update 1

As expected, Microsoft on Wednesday announced the Windows 8.1 Update 1, a software update that Windows users who still prefer mouse and keyboard input over touch – or who don’t have touch-enabled devices in the first place – will certainly appreciate. “”We’ve improved its enterprise support and we focused on making it smoother and easier to use with people who have a mouse and keyboard focus,” Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Cortana

Microsoft unveils Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

Microsoft unveils Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone

Microsoft officially unveiled Cortana at the Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, its own take on a personal assistant for mobile devices. We’ve known about Cortana for quite some time, as repeated leaks have slowly revealed the specifics of the new feature, but Microsoft is finally ready to share everything we need to know. More →

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM.

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system that it hopes will help spark more demand for its mobile products. Among other things Microsoft announced that Indian vendor Micromax would be making low-cost Windows Phones, which should help Windows Phone gain some traction in emerging markets versus Android. Among other things, Windows Phone 8.1 ads a pull-down Action Center that gives Windows Phone users quick access to key settings and mobile apps. More →

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Microsoft Build Keynote Liveblog

Watch live as Microsoft reveals its vision of the future at Build 2014

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Watch live as Microsoft reveals its vision of the future at Build 2014

Microsoft finally realized some time ago that it had to make some serious changes if it hoped to continue thriving in a world that had begun to evolve years earlier toward “mobile first.” Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT were the company’s first huge steps toward the future, and Microsoft definitely had the right idea. Consumers and enterprise users weren’t sold on the new “Metro” interface that Microsoft forced upon them, however, and PC sales have been plummeting as a result. To make matters worse, Windows Phone’s share of global phone shipments remains in the low single digits each quarter.

At its annual Build developer conference that kicks off in mere moments, Microsoft will finally show the world how it plans to right the ship and forge ahead in the “post-PC era.” More →

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Microsoft Augmented Reality Glasses

Video: Microsoft just bought its own version of Google Glass for $150M

By on April 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM.

Video: Microsoft just bought its own version of Google Glass for $150M

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR set the Internet ablaze last week, but months before this surprising news, Microsoft reportedly purchased the rights to its own head-mounted device. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft paid between $100-150 million for intellectual property assets of the Osterhout Design Group (ODG), a firm that has spent years developing augmented reality devices for the military and other organizations. Although Microsoft has not issued a statement of its own, ODG founder Ralph Osterhout spoke with TechCrunch, confirming the deal. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Features and Release Date

Siri-like ‘Cortana’ will be the star of the show in Windows Phone 8.1

By on April 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

Siri-like ‘Cortana’ will be the star of the show in Windows Phone 8.1

In addition to Windows 8.1 and Windows 9 news, Windows Phone 8.1 will be one of Microsoft’s major announcements at Build 2014 this week, with the company expected to unveil the new features of the upcoming smartphone operating system update and launch plans. ZDNet says that Windows Phone 8.1 may have been already released to manufacturing, with Nokia expected to unveil this week a new Lumia handset running the new OS. More →

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Xbox SmartGlass Update Universal Remote

Microsoft may have just solved the most irritating problem with TV

By on April 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Microsoft may have just solved the most irritating problem with TV

One of the single most irritating problems with modern television is the “basket of remotes” problem that’s created be needing different remote controls for televisions, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and other peripherals. However, Microsoft is working on some new features for its Xbox SmartGlass mobile app that could make the basket of remotes a thing of the past. Starting on Tuesday, Microsoft is offering a system update preview to SmartGlass to select Xbox Live members that will add OneGuide and universal remote control capabilities to the app. This means that you’ll be able to use your smartphone as a remote control for all the TV-related devices in your house. More →

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Office for iPad Print App

This app fixes one of Office for iPad’s biggest flaws

By on April 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

This app fixes one of Office for iPad’s biggest flaws

It was only a matter of time until Microsoft brought its Office suite to the iPad, and Apple device owners are champing at the bit to gets their hands on it. Although the apps have been received remarkably well since launch, rounding out the top of the download charts, a few key features were lost in translation. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Release Date

Windows 8.1 is about to get better for mouse and keyboard users

By on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM.

Windows 8.1 is about to get better for mouse and keyboard users

Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update 1 following Build 2014, ZDNet reveals, making the operating system more appealing to users who still choose the mouse and keyboard when it comes to interacting with the operating system — especially on those older Windows computers that don’t even have a touchscreen display. Developers who have MSDN subscriptions will receive Windows 8.1 Update 1 on April 2nd, once the company unveils the new features in Update 1. Everyone else will receive the update beginning April 8th. More →

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Windows 9 Features and Release Date

With Windows 9, Microsoft may finally forget the past and embrace the future

By on April 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM.

With Windows 9, Microsoft may finally forget the past and embrace the future

Microsoft is expected to reveal the first details of its next major Windows release this week at Build 2014, ZDNet reports. Windows 9 – codenamed “Threshold” – will supposedly launch in the spring of 2015, but the company is already eager to share its vision of the future of its desktop operating system. More →

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Microsoft exec team departure

Key Microsoft Office exec is following Ballmer out the door

By on March 31, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Key Microsoft Office exec is following Ballmer out the door

Ever since Windows 8 was released in October 2012, Microsoft has undergone a massive internal reorganization. Shortly after Windows 8 was released, Windows chief Steven Sinofsky left the company. Then in mid–2013, former CEO Steve Ballmer announced his “One Microsoft” strategy that left many of Sinofsky’s close colleagues with unclear roles. Soon after this strategy was announced, Ballmer announced that he would be retiring, and after a long search process, Satya Nadella was promoted to CEO in February.  More →

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Xbox One Head Phil Spencer

Xbox has a new boss, and he wants to ‘do what’s right for fans’

By on March 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Xbox has a new boss, and he wants to ‘do what’s right for fans’

It’s been nearly a year since the anyone held the title Head of Xbox, but Microsoft is finally ready to announce the next chief. Phil Spencer, former VP of Microsoft Game Studios, has been appointed head of the division, filling a spot left open by Don Mattrick, who left last July to head Zynga. Spencer has been the de facto face of the Xbox One for some time now, answering dozens of questions from curious fans on Twitter week after week, and his first message to Xbox owners as head of the division is in line with outward facing strategy. More →

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