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Microsoft exec team departure

Key Microsoft Office exec is following Ballmer out the door

March 31st, 2014

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 …

Microsoft Windows 8 Savings

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

March 24th, 2014

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 …

Why Windows 8 Failed

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

March 24th, 2014

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 …

Windows Store Daily App Downloads

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

February 28th, 2014

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 …

Windows 8 Design Criticism

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

February 18th, 2014

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, …

Microsoft Windows 8 Sales

Microsoft admits that Windows 8 sales are lagging behind Windows 7

February 13th, 2014

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 …

Microsoft Office iPad Android Tablets

Once a monopoly, Windows now deemed ‘destined to be a second-class citizen’

February 5th, 2014

The once-indomitable Windows empire is in a phase of slow decline. While Windows still is far and away the world’s leading desktop software, the growth within the computing industry has shifted over to smartphones and tablets that run on iOS and Android. However, just because Windows is no longer the only major computing platform doesn’t …