Windows 9 and Windows 365 Launch

New leak offers surprising details about Windows’ future

By on May 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM.

New leak offers surprising details about Windows’ future

Microsoft may already be working on quite a few different Windows-related products and some of them are pretty surprising. Myce rdirects our attention to a leaked image posted by a well-known Chinese leaker on Neowin showing that Microsoft is already working on several Windows 9 builds including a mobile Windows Phone 9 version, and could soon launch a cloud-based operating system dubbed Windows 365, a name that’s similar to its Office 365 subscription-based productivity suite. More →

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Windows 8 Market Share

Windows XP’s long, drawn-out death is finally giving Microsoft what it wants

By on May 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Windows XP’s long, drawn-out death is finally giving Microsoft what it wants

Like it or not, Windows XP is no longer a smart option for personal computing. Microsoft went against its word and issued one last security update for the aging platform on Thursday, but new security holes that pop up will go unfixed and your personal data is at risk as a result. It’s time to move on. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8 Start Menu Release

Microsoft is finally bringing the Start menu back to Windows in August

By on April 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Microsoft is finally bringing the Start menu back to Windows in August

One of the most surprising announcements at the Microsoft Build Developers Conference earlier this month was the impending return of the Start menu. Although Microsoft attempted to eliminate the Start menu altogether in Windows 8, users never stopped clamoring for it, so the company finally caved and began development on a Live Tile upgrade for the feature. The conference ended without any release information, but according to The Verge, sources close to Microsoft say that the Start menu will be added back to Windows 8.1 in an update coming this August. More →

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How To Run Windows XP On Windows 8

How to keep Windows XP alive by running it through Windows 8

By on April 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

How to keep Windows XP alive by running it through Windows 8

Some longtime Windows XP users are having a hard time letting go of the operating system that has served them so well over the years, but The Register has discovered a way to keep Windows XP alive even if you’ve upgraded to Windows 8 or higher. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8 Start Menu

Microsoft heralds the triumphant return of the Start menu

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Microsoft heralds the triumphant return of the Start menu

The most baffling omission from Windows 8 is undoubtedly the Start menu. Microsoft went all-in with its Metro interface, leaving Start behind, but the company has heard the pleas of developers and users alike, and announced on Wednesday that the Start menu will be returning to Windows 8 in a future update. From the short glimpse we got, it looks like Microsoft will be integrating Live Tiles into the menu as well. There is currently no timetable for the update, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for any news on the matter.

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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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Microsoft Windows 8 Savings

Microsoft offers $100 discount to XP users upgrading to Windows 8 PCs

By on March 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Microsoft offers $100 discount to XP users upgrading to Windows 8 PCs

It’s crunch time for Microsoft as support for Windows XP will finally wind down for good on April 8th. In order to convince the stragglers to convert to its latest operating system, Microsoft is offering $100 of instant savings upon the purchase of select Windows 8 PCs over $599 when upgrading from Windows XP. If you’re in the market for a cheap netbook or an affordable desktop, you’re probably out of luck, but anyone with a slightly larger budget that wants to upgrade to Windows 8 should take this opportunity to shop around.

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Why Windows 8 Failed

Microsoft is thankfully too smart to listen to diehard Windows 8 fans

By on March 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Microsoft is thankfully too smart to listen to diehard Windows 8 fans

There is a certain breed of tech fanboy out there who views technology products much the way a snooty art student sees the works of famous avant-garde painters: That is, a tech product must be superior if it has been rejected by the masses of consumers who are too stupid to appreciate its true brilliance. Nowhere has this phenomenon been more apparent than with diehard fans of Windows 8, Microsoft’s attempt at fusing a desktop operating system with a touch-centric OS that has been so polarizing that Microsoft employees have reportedly started calling it “the new Vista.” More →

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Windows 8 Commercial

Video: Microsoft’s new Apple-bashing ad says Mac computers should be more like Windows 8

By on March 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Video: Microsoft’s new Apple-bashing ad says Mac computers should be more like Windows 8

Microsoft and Apple have been exchanging blows in TV commercials for years. In recent history, Apple’s “I’m a Mac” ad campaign was the height of the advertising rivalry, but the Mac maker has since backed off as its focus shifted to its more recent mobile devices. Microsoft isn’t done throwing friendly jabs toward its longtime rival, however, and its latest ad suggests that Apple’s Mac computer lineup should be more like… Windows 8. More →

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Windows Store Daily App Downloads

Windows Store heats up, doubles daily app downloads in 6 months

By on February 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Windows Store heats up, doubles daily app downloads in 6 months

Microsoft didn’t make a lot of waves at Mobile World Congress this week but TechCrunch has spotted a little-reported detail from its MWC presentation that shows how Microsoft’s Windows Store has made some very strong gains over just the past six months. At MWC this week Microsoft said that Windows Store is now serving 4 million app downloads a day, which TechCrunch estimates is a 135% increase from the 1.7 million daily downloads it averaged this past October. This is extremely impressive growth, especially when you consider that Apple’s App Store last year was averaging daily download volumes in the 5.5 million to 6 million range. If Windows Store’s numbers keep growing like they have been then Microsoft should have much less trouble getting app developers to sign onto its platforms going forward.

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Windows 8 Design Criticism

Windows designer explains why Windows 8 is such a mess [updated]

By on February 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Windows designer explains why Windows 8 is such a mess [updated]

Microsoft knows that Windows 8 has been very polarizing to much of its user base but it feels that it had no choice but to try to implement some kind of touch-centric OS in a world where smartphones and tablets are eating into PC sales. Neowin has spotted some comments made by Microsoft UX designer Jacob Miller, who recently took to Reddit to explain why Microsoft made a lot of the design choices it did with Windows 8, including the original decision to make the Metro UI the default boot-up screen. What emerges is a portrait of a company trying its best to please two different audiences by trying to make two completely different operating systems and stapling them together. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8 Sales

Microsoft admits that Windows 8 sales are lagging behind Windows 7

By on February 13, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

Microsoft admits that Windows 8 sales are lagging behind Windows 7

Although Windows 8 license sales appeared to be keeping pace with Windows 7 within the same time frame for the first several months, updates from Microsoft became less frequent as time passed. As Windows 8 approaches a year and a half on the market, The Verge reports that Microsoft has taken the stage at a Goldman Sachs technology conference to announce that sales have finally reached 200 million. To put that number into perspective, Windows 7 had reached 240 million license sales in a single year, and that number has been climbing by the hundreds of millions every year since. From what we’ve seen of Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is moving in the right direction, but tweaks and bug fixes won’t be able to right this train alone.

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Windows Android Apps

Microsoft might not need Android to solve its app problem after all

By on February 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM.

Microsoft might not need Android to solve its app problem after all

A recent report suggested that Microsoft is seriously considering adding support for Android apps to both the Windows and Windows Phone platforms. As it turns out, however, Microsoft might be able to solve its app problem without turning to Google’s dominant mobile platform for help. More →

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