The latest 180, announced by the company on September 9, is that MSDN/TechNet subscribers and volume licensees are going to be able to get their hands on the Windows 8.1 release to manufacturing (RTM) bits early, after all. In fact, Microsoft is making the RTM versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro available to those groups Monday, September 9. Microsoft also will be releasing the … Read more
Microsoft has three generations of experience making hardware with its Xbox brand, however, the gaming industry lives in 5- to 7-year cycles. Mobile moves faster than that. A lot faster. With consumers expecting yearly tablet updates, Microsoft has to be smart about the future of its tablet … Read more
Windows 8 appears to be picking up the pace in the desktop OS market.
The latest data from Net Applications, which tracks usage share of desktop and mobile operating systems and browsers, shows Window 8 with 7.4 percent of all desktop OS Web traffic in August. That's a big step up from the 5.4 percent share Windows 8 had in July.
While Windows 8 usage jumped, usage of Windows XP fell just as sharply. Windows XP's share of desktop OS Web traffic dropped from 37.2 percent to 33.7 percent in August, according to Net … Read more
Microsoft announced Tuesday that Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have been released to manufacturing and are now being delivered to its OEM partners.
Company officials also confirmed, as I blogged earlier this month, that there will be no early access to the Windows 8.1 release-to-manufacturing bits by subscribers to MSDN/TechNet and volume-license customers. They will have to wait for Windows 8.1's launch, October 18, to get the gold code.
Put down the pitchforks -- at least for a minute -- and consider this:
Point 1: Yes, it's true: This is not how … Read more
It was one of the longest-running duos in the history of the technology industry. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Harvard classmates and later business partners running what once was the most dominant company of its era.
Now it's over.
On Friday, Ballmer issued a surprise announcement stating his intention to step down sometime over the next 12 months. Much of the subsequent commentary has focused on shortcomings in Ballmer's stewardship. But a close review of the record suggests a more complicated narrative, one in which it's clear that both Ballmer and Gates shared equally in the company'… Read more
Many Microsoft watchers, customers, and partners continue to believe there is no future for Windows RT tablets -- in spite of Microsoft remaining committed to the ARM-based port of Windows.
Despite Microsoft's $900 million Surface RT write-down, make no mistake: There are still at least two (and possibly more) Windows RT-based tablets in the pipeline.
The first, about which rumors have been swirling for the past couple of weeks, is Nokia's coming Windows RT tablet. The latest codename for this device is "Sirius," according to The Verge. A couple of weeks ago, the codename for this device was supposedly "Vanquish," … Read more
Lately it seems that everyone is talking about screen size. Some people think 10.1 inches is the sweet spot for a tablet, some people think 5.7 inches is the best for a phone. If new rumors are to be believed, add 6 inches and 12 inches to your list of possible screen sizes.
Nokia is rumored to be working on a 6-inch Windows phone, which would be the first Windows phablet. I guess in order to carry that thing around, you'll have to get a "murse." Luckily, murses are a thing again.
According to a … Read more
Turning a wall into a touch-screen computer has many uses -- it could help teachers instruct classes or be used by shops to display product information. It could even be used for fun to play interactive active games.
Microsoft announced on Tuesday that Ubi has worked to develop the software with more than 50 organizations and is now accepting orders for purchase.
"We want human collaboration and information to be just … Read more
Microsoft has some big numbers to share. The company launched a new Web site, featuring the Windows 8 live tiles interface, to display facts about the company.
"In the spirit of live tiles, we'll update this site frequently, so you can keep apprised of the progress we're making in our transition to a devices and services company, and of how many cans of Coke Zero we're consuming each year (hint: it's the most popular soda on our campus)," wrote Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of corporate communications at Microsoft.
You'll learn … Read more
Asus has decided that developing Windows RT-based tablets isn't such a good idea.
The company's CEO Jerry Shen told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday that Asus is getting out of the Windows RT market. In the interview, Shen said that "the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful."
Shen's decision isn't all that surprising. In a recent interview, he said that Windows RT tablets are "not very promising," adding that his company would focus on slates running Intel processors. Those tablets run Windows 8 … Read more