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Windows 8 Vs. Windows 9

Dear Microsoft: I am begging you to make sure Windows 9 doesn’t suck

By on July 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Dear Microsoft: I am begging you to make sure Windows 9 doesn’t suck

My old HP laptop has finally bitten the dust and a techie friend is offering to help me build my own PC this summer to replace it. My plan was originally to install Windows 7 on the machine and keep it there until Microsoft released Windows 9 next spring, at which point I’d try it out to see if it would make for a suitable upgrade. More →

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Microsoft Windows 7 Support Deadline

Microsoft ending mainstream support for Windows 7 in early 2015

By on July 8, 2014 at 2:53 PM.

Microsoft ending mainstream support for Windows 7 in early 2015

The inevitable transition to Windows 8 continues unabated. Microsoft published an update on its support site on Tuesday with a list of products reaching the end of their Mainstream Support life cycles in the coming months, including Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and most notably, Windows 7 Home, Professional, Starter, Enterprise and Ultimate. More →

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Surface Mini Release Date

Microsoft’s iPad mini rival reportedly back on track for a summer launch

By on July 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

Microsoft’s iPad mini rival reportedly back on track for a summer launch

Has Microsoft finally found the key differentiated functionality that will make its Surface mini tablet a hit? According to earlier reports, Microsoft cancelled plans to unveil its smaller Surface tablet at the last minute this past May when the realization set in that consumers likely would have no reason to purchase the Windows RT slate over the similarly sized iPad mini or Android tablets. According to a new report, however, plans to launch the Surface mini are now back on. More →

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Nokia Lumia Android Smartphone

The Nokia Android handset you’ve been waiting for is reportedly coming

By on July 7, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

The Nokia Android handset you’ve been waiting for is reportedly coming

It took Nokia several years to launch an Android handset of its own, but the company’s Android vision wasn’t exactly what fans were expecting. In early 2014, Nokia announced budget-friendly Android smartphones that weren’t top-of-the-line flagship handsets and didn’t even run an Android OS version filled with all the goodies most Android users have grown to love. Following the Microsoft purchase, Nokia released one more mid-range Android handset, which was in line with its predecessors. However, Microsoft is now rumored to launch a different kind of Android handset in the future, one that will be included in the Lumia family rather than the X family of affordable devices. More →

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Microsoft Smartwatch Release Date

Yet another report points to Q4 launch for Microsoft’s iWatch rival

By on July 3, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Yet another report points to Q4 launch for Microsoft’s iWatch rival

Just a few short days after a report surfaced suggesting that Microsoft is planning to release a wearable smartwatch or smart band this coming October, yet another report has emerged to state that the company is indeed getting ready to go head to head with Apple’s upcoming iWatch. This time, word comes from Paul Thurrott, who is often a reliable source for information surrounding Microsoft’s unannounced plans. More →

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Microsoft Researcher iPhone Reaction

Microsoft exec explains why she uses an iPhone even though she ‘despises’ it

By on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Microsoft exec explains why she uses an iPhone even though she ‘despises’ it

It might not surprise anyone to learn that not all Microsoft employees use Windows Phones and PCs in their personal lives, but Lifehacker’s interview with the Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, danah boyd (and no, I didn’t forget to hold down shift) shows that it’s not all-Windows all the time. When asked about her current mobile device, danah admitted that her “primary phone is an iPhone, but I despise the device.” She only uses it to test apps in development and she really misses her old-school Sidekick. More →

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Windows Phone Missing Apps

Windows Phone still isn’t close to solving its biggest problem

By on July 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM.

Windows Phone still isn’t close to solving its biggest problem

Windows Phone is in a real Catch-22: App developers won’t make apps for the platform if Windows Phone doesn’t get more users and Windows Phone won’t get more users until more app developers make apps for the platform. And it’s not enough for Microsoft to just throw cash at developers to get them to bring their apps to the platform long after they’ve become hits — the company needs a way to get developers to put Windows Phone on the radar right from the beginning. More →

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Lumia 830 Photos

Leak reveals sleek unreleased Microsoft smartphone

By on July 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Leak reveals sleek unreleased Microsoft smartphone

In terms of launches, Microsoft has been relatively quiet since taking over Nokia’s devices and services business. In fact, the company’s only launch to speak of was the Nokia X2, an Android-powered device that will never see the light of day in the United States. Rumors continue to swirl that suggest Microsoft has several Lumia smartphones in the works though, and it looks like one of them has broken cover for the first time. More →

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Sunset Overdrive Chaos Squad Video

New gameplay video shows Sunset Overdrive is chaotic in the best possible way

By on July 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

New gameplay video shows Sunset Overdrive is chaotic in the best possible way

Sunset Overdrive is one of our most anticipated games of the year, but we haven’t seen a whole lot of it through the first half of 2014. The walls finally came down at E3 2014 as the press went behind closed doors to see the game up close and personal while everyone else had the chance to go hands-on with the Chaos Squad mode on the show floor. In case you weren’t in attendance at E3, Microsoft just published the first official video preview for the cooperative multiplayer mode of this Xbox One exclusive, showcasing the assortment of activities players will have at their disposal. More →

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Windows Phone Market Share Analysis

Why Windows Phone isn’t going away anytime soon

By on July 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM.

Why Windows Phone isn’t going away anytime soon

No sane person would argue that Windows Phone is a powerhouse in the mobile world, because it’s clearly not. However, I think that BGR contributor Tero Kuittinen takes things too far when he says that Windows Phone’s failure to gain traction in the United States, China and other key markets means that we’re seeing the “death knell” of Microsoft’s mobile platform. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the biggest one is that Microsoft simply can’t afford to ditch Windows Phone unless it wants to get out of the software platform business all together. More →

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Microsoft Smartwatch Release Date

Microsoft’s iWatch competitor rumored to launch in October

By on July 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Microsoft’s iWatch competitor rumored to launch in October

In recent years, Microsoft has consistently been late to the game when it comes to mobile devices. It’s reentry in the smartphone market following the iPhone’s debut in 2007 was painfully late, and its tablet efforts with Windows RT have been both late and lackluster. According to a recent report, however, Microsoft has no plans to be late again when it comes to the smartwatch market. More →

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Microsoft Windows 9 Features

New details show how Microsoft will make you love Windows 9

By on June 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

New details show how Microsoft will make you love Windows 9

The polarized reaction to Windows 8 showed why Microsoft is finding itself in a tight spot: How can it move Windows into the touch-centric world of smartphones and tablets without alienating its core desktop users who still interact with their computers primarily with a mouse and keyboard? The answer, as reported by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, is to redesign the OS to make Windows more context aware and make it behave differently depending on the form factor it’s being used on. More →

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