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  • Windows 10 Preview Was Installed by 1.5 Million Users

    12/18/2014 2:29:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 12/18/2014
    Microsoft launched the Windows Insider Program in early October to provide users with access to the newest technical previews of Windows 10, and until now, this particular campaign has proven to be quite a successful effort. New statistics provided by Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider Program, reveal that no less than 1.5 million people have actually installed Windows 10 through this program, but the number of those who have actually given the technical preview a try could be even bigger if we take into consideration the number of ISO downloads as well. Out of the 1.5 million users...
  • Why Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Sales Soared as Apple's iPad Sales Plunged

    12/11/2014 9:23:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 12/11/2014 | Leo Sun
    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Oct. 20, impressing investors in all areas except for iPad sales. iPad shipments fell year over year for the third consecutive quarter, dropping 13% to 12.3 million units. iPad revenue ($5.3 billion) also came in lower than Mac revenue ($6.6 billion) for the first time in years.Three days later, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) posted its first-quarter earnings, revealing that sales of its Surface tablets had more than doubled both year over year and sequentially, to $908 million. Microsoft attributed that surge in demand to "strong interest from students, professionals, and increasingly enterprises for...
  • Microsoft Windows 10 launch delayed to Autumn 2015

    12/11/2014 9:17:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    SEATTLE: Microsoft expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested. Chief operating officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released "early next fall." Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of Windows 10, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release. "By next late summer and early fall we'll be able to bring out this particular OS (operating system). That's the current plan of record," Turner told the Credit Suisse...
  • 600 Millions PCs Waiting for Windows 10: Intel Very Optimistic about shipments

    12/04/2014 1:21:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 12/04/2014
    Windows 10 is still in development at Microsoft, but Redmond’s partners claim that interest in new PCs has increased lately, especially after the software giant released the very first Windows 10 Technical Preview for testers. What’s more, millions of PCs are waiting right now for Windows 10, as the new operating system is already seen as a breath of fresh air for the collapsing PC industry which has suffered from dropping figures in the last couple of years. Windows 8 didn’t help, many said, so Windows 10 could definitely boost shipments, Intel’s executives explained during a recent press conference. Renee...
  • How is Microsoft's Surface Pro bucking the downward tablet trend?

    12/01/2014 7:42:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    PC and Tech Authority ^ | 12/01/2014 | by Jane McCallion
    iPad hit hard by the slowing tablet market, while Surface sales surge. Tablet sales worldwide are starting to slow down, according to the latest figures from IDC, and it seems the cooling market is having a particularlychilling effect on Apple. All in all, the analyst house has predicted growth for this year will be just 7.2% for the whole tablet market, compared to over 50% in 2013. The figures make particularly grim reading for Apple, which has actually seen a 12.7% decline in sales compared to last year. At 16% growth, IDC's end-of-year predictionslooka little brighter for Android, but...
  • Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Kernel Version Update to 10.0 [For the OS Geeks among you]

    11/24/2014 11:07:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/24/2014
    In addition to several changes in terms of looks and features, Windows 10 will also bring an important improvement under the hood, as Microsoft is working to update the kernel version from 6.4 to 10.0. As we reported to you last week, the kernel update was already spotted in leaked builds of Windows 10, but Microsoft has finally confirmed in some official documents for developers that app makers should start updating as well to make sure that no software compatibilities are found. “Developers preparing for Windows 10 should note that the Windows NT value in the UA string will change...
  • Intel to merge struggling mobile chip unit into its PC chip business

    11/22/2014 11:44:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    hexus.net ^ | 18 November 2014, 11:05 | by Mark Tyson
    Intel CEO Brain Krzanich has announced, in an email sent to employees on Monday, new company plans to merge its loss-making mobile chip unit with its profitable PC business early next year, writes the Wall Street Journal. "The market continues to evolve rapidly, and we must change even faster to stay ahead," Krzanich asserted in the email. It is well known that Intel has struggled to gain a foothold in mobile computing, but even worse for the business its tablet and smartphone chip-making division has lost billions in the recent months. Intel's mobile communication group posted a $1 billion operating...
  • Microsoft Windows Turns 29: Happy Birthday to the World's Number 1 OS! [Love it or hate it]

    11/21/2014 1:41:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/21/2014
      Windows 1.0 was launched 29 years ago24 photosVIEW ALL  Windows was, is, and will continue to be the world's number one operating system for the desktop for many years from now, as neither Mac OS X nor Linux have what they need to overtake Microsoft's key player in the PC war. But have you ever wondered how everything actually started? Today is the best moment to ask such a question, because this is the day when Microsoft's Windows celebrates its 29th anniversary. While we're not going to get through the whole Windows history, because both Microsoft's official website...
  • Watch Out, Apple; Microsoft Now Second Most Valuable Company In The World [bumping out Exxon]

    11/17/2014 1:39:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 11/17/2014 | Mike Upton
    The air is beginning to get a bit thin for the Redmond tech giant, as reports released Friday showed Microsoft climbing to the number two spot on the list of most valuable companies in the world, bumping out Exxon by roughly $9 billion. The cause for Microsoft and Exxon swapping places is two-fold, in that while the price of oil has been dropping, along with Exxons share price, Microsoft has been on the rise since October following reports of strong fiscal first-quarter gains with its cloud computing business at its heart. Microsoft has also been making waves recently with its...
  • Microsoft to open source more of .NET, and bring it to Linux, Mac OS X

    11/13/2014 7:36:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 11/13/2014 | By Mary Jo Foley
    Microsoft is planning to open source the full server-side .NET core stack and to take that open-sourced .NET core to Linux and Mac OS X, alongside Windows.Microsoft officials announced the company's latest .NET programming-model plans on the opening day of the Connect(); developer-focused event on November 12.In April 2014, Microsoft announcedplans to open source a number of its developer technologies, including ASP.NET, the Roslyn .NET compiler platform, the .NET Micro Framework, .NET Rx and the VB and C# programming languages. Microsoft officials said they planned to make these technologies available via a newly created .Net Foundation.Today, the company is adding...
  • Microsoft's CEO Gave Us The Clearest Vision For The Company We've Had In Years

    11/10/2014 8:50:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/10/2014 | Steve Kovach
    Over the last few years, its been tough to pinpoint what Microsofts focus is. In 2012, then-CEO Steve Ballmer wrote an open letter to shareholders labeling Microsoft as a devices and services company. It was a signal that Microsoft would not only make the software that people use, but the devices that software runs on. Thats a very Apple-like philosophy, but one that hasnt paid off for Microsoft as weve seen with its Surface line of tablets and acquisition of Nokia. The narrative shifted when Satya Nadella took over as CEO in April. Hardware took a backseat to what he...
  • Russian hackers Trojan Horse malware inside U.S. critical infrastructure since 2011

    11/08/2014 3:46:00 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 7, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    A Russian hacking campaign against U.S. critical infrastructure has gone on since 2011 and puts hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk. Much of the nations critical infrastructure has been compromised by a Trojan Horse malware program, which puts everything from nuclear power plants to power grids at risk, national security sources toldABC News on Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security also released a bulletin on the BlackEnergy malware, which is connected to Russias Sandworm Team. In October it was revealed that Russian Sandworm hackers spied on NATO, Ukraine and the European Union since 2009 by taking advantage of a...
  • In strategy shift, Microsoft Office unlocks free editing on iOS and Android tablets and phones

    11/06/2014 11:21:01 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    GeekWire ^ | November 6, 2014 at 6:00 am | BY TODD BISHOP
    PowerPoint for iPad is one of the Office apps where Microsoft will now let users create and edit documents for free. In a significant change for its flagship software applications, and a potentially risky move for its business, Microsoft will let users create and edit documents without a paid subscription in its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps on iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. The change, announced this morning, makes Microsoft more competitive by eliminating one of the biggest criticisms of the Office apps for iPad the requirement to pay for an annual Office 365 subscription of...
  • CNN Election Team Hides iPads Behind Sponsored Microsoft Tablets [CNN caught with their 'Pads down]

    11/05/2014 8:24:41 PM PST · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    NYMag.com ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | Joe Coscarelli
    CNN's partnership with Bing and Microsoft was going great until someone switched the camera angle. From the front, all midterm viewers could see last night was an immaculate row Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets: ...But like a Playboy resting comfortably in a geometry textbook, there were iPads lurking...
  • Windows 10 Already Winning Users' Hearts, Says Dell

    11/06/2014 11:55:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/6/2014 | By Bogdan Popa
    With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to address many of the annoyances in Windows 8, so the new operating system will not only bring back traditional and very popular features, but will also try to better tackle user needs with the help of feedback platforms. With this in mind, it appears that Microsoft is heading in the right direction, Dell says, explaining that company customers have already expressed their interest in the new operating system. In a statement for ComputerWorld, Neil Hand, vice president of tablets at Dell, explained that features implemented in Windows 10 that would allow users...
  • Windows 10 Already Winning Users' Hearts, Says Dell

    11/06/2014 10:53:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Softpedia ^ | 11/6/2014 | By Bogdan Popa
    The new owner of a foreclosed home in Cape Coral got more than he bargained when he went to inspect his purchase. William Wilson bought the light pink house on SE 19th Lane for $96,000 at an auction on Tuesday, according to the News-Press of Fort Myers. When he went to mow the lawn and check out the house itself on Wednesday, he found a corpse on the master bedroom floor. Wilson told the paper all that remained was the bones, skin and smell of the remains. Wilson said the inside of the house was a mess and it looked...
  • Microsoft Has Fired Its Entire Global Advertising Sales Team

    10/31/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/31/2014 | LARA O'REILLY
    Microsoft has made its entire global advertising sales team redundant, sources have told Business Insider. The layoffs within the Microsoft Advertising division are expected to affect around 100 staff across the US, UK and other global offices, charged with selling advertising space across Microsoft's MSN, Bing, Xbox, Outlook, Skype and Windows 8 properties. Sources have told Business Insider it was announced Wednesday. Microsoft was making its Microsoft Advertising global sales team redundant as part of the largest ever sweep of job cuts in Microsoft's history announced this summer, which is understood to affect up to 18,000 roles across...
  • Benchmark Test: Apple iPad Air 2 Still Cant Beat Microsoft Surface Pro 3

    10/29/2014 10:46:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 10/24/2014
    Apple’s latest and greatest tablet has only just hit the shelves at retails stores nationwide, and although sales of the device have been outstanding — as has come to be the expectation of new Apple products — tech analysts say the iPad has only one competitor across the gamut of devices on the market today. And the iPad is losing.Despite being host to a throng of new features and sporting a lighter, thinner build, Apple’s newest technological must-have can’t seem to escape the shadow left by the Surface Pro 3, of all things. It’s not surprising considering the Surface Pro...
  • Windows 10 will offer Mac-like trackpad gestures

    10/28/2014 11:27:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    BETA News ^ | 10/28/2014 | Mihaita Bamburic
    Anyone who has ever used a modern-day Mac will tell you that Apple gets its trackpads right. Sure, they look nice and feel great to the touch, but, most importantly, they are also properly supported in OS X. It offers myriad gestures to help users navigate as efficiently as if they were using a mouse. In fact, the trackpad is designed to feel like an integral part of the system, not as a bolt-on, as there are lots of things that can be done faster with it, like locating a window or opening the notifications panel. The same cannot be...
  • CEO Satya Nadella: Microsoft Loves Linux

    10/27/2014 1:00:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 10/27/2014 | By Bogdan Popa
    Gone are the days when Linux was considered just “a cancer” by Microsoft’s big honchos, as the new CEO of the Redmond-based company says the open-source platform is quickly gaining ground on its Azure platform. Speaking at a cloud event in San Francisco, Nadella has suggested that “Microsoft loves Linux,” pointing out that the company is working to offer support for more Linux distributions through its Azure cloud service. Nearly 20 percent of Azure is Linux-friendly, he revealed, adding that starting this week, CoreOS is also supported. CentOS, Oracle Linux, Suse, and Ubuntu were already working on Azure. What’s...
  • Microsoft's Surface turns first profit in 2 years

    10/26/2014 7:48:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    MIS Asia ^ | 10/26/2014 | Gregg Keizer
    After two years and nearly $2 billion in losses, Microsoft's Surface turned a profit in the September quarter, the company said Thursday. For the three months ending Sept. 30, Microsoft recorded $908 million in revenue for the Surface tablet line, an increase of 127% over the same quarter in 2013. The nearly one billion in revenue was a one-quarter record for the Surface, and beat the combined revenue of the previous two quarters. Using information in Microsoft's filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as data from earlier quarters, Computerworld calculated the quarter's cost of that...
  • Microsoft co-founder pledges $100 MILLION of his own fortune to combat Ebola

    10/23/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20:12 EST, 23 October 2014 | Associated Press
    Billionaire Paul Allen says he'll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola. The Microsoft co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he's supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected. Allen, who is worth more than $15billion, said he's working with the World Health Organization to increase its capacity for handling the logistics of transporting international aid workers, and he's establishing a fund to help cover the costs of emergency transportation of the workers.
  • Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Bumps Ebola Effort to $100 Million

    10/23/2014 3:28:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Maggie Fox, senior health writer
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Thursday he would raise his Ebola-fighting investments to $100 million, with programs to train doctors in Massachusetts and to build special containment units to evacuate any who get infected. Allen, the shyer sidekick of billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, wants to use the cash both to strategically help the fight against Ebola and to attract even more money. The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen, Allen said in a statement. To effectively contain this outbreak and prevent it from becoming a...
  • Microsoft Beats Earnings Expectations, Stock Takes Off

    10/23/2014 2:59:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/23/2014 | Jay Yarow
    Microsoft earnings are out, and they're solid. Here are the two numbers that matter: EPS: $0.54, which is down 13% on a year-over-year basis, versus expectations of $0.49Revenue: $23.2 billion, which is up 25% on a year-over-year basis, versus expectations of $22.02 billion. The stock was up 4% after hours.We spoke with Chris Suh, head of investor relations at Microsoft after the report. He said the company did well across the board, but revenue growth was driven by its consumer group. In particular, hardware sales.
  • Microsoft reveals audacious plans to tighten security with Windows 10

    10/22/2014 2:02:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 10/22/2014 | Ed Bott
    Summary: Windows 10 will build in standards-based two-factor authentication to every device, effectively neutering most phishing attacks and password database breaches. The company also announced new features aimed at securing corporate machines from malware attacks and data leaks. Most of the early coverage of the Windows 10 Technical Preview has focused on the new Start menu, virtual desktops, and other highly visible parts of the user experience. But even in these early builds there are hints of much more momentous changes to come, especially in the crucial realm of security.The most tantalizing hint so far has been a new service...
  • Windows 10 Free Upgrade for Windows 8 Users, Coming Later in 2015

    10/15/2014 11:31:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 10/15/2014 | By SHAWN SCHUSTER
    Microsoft has released a Technical Preview of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system with an announced launch window of "later in the year" for 2015, eliminating earlier speculation that it may launch in April of 2015. But what April will bring is the firm's annual Build conference where more information on Windows 10 will be available. This Technical Preview's license runs out on April 15, 2015, so the timing will be perfect. After an unsuccessful attempt to bridge desktop and mobile operations in Window 8, Microsoft opted to move two steps forward, skipping the Windows 9 name and heading straight...
  • 1 million people are helping Microsoft test Windows 10

    10/14/2014 10:34:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Verge ^ | 10/14/2014 | By Tom Warren
    Microsoft released its first Windows 10 Technical Preview at the beginning of October, and the company is now revealing that 1 million people are helping test the upcoming operating system through the Windows Insider Program. "That equates to a lot of people using the Windows 10 Technical Preview and sending us feedback," says Microsoft's Joe Belfiore. The software maker has received more than 200,000 pieces of feedback on the early version of Windows 10, with top requests that include options to remove the new search and task view buttons, as well as requests for a Start Menu animation or transition...
  • Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

    10/12/2014 12:22:15 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | John Leyden
    October is stacking up to be a bumper Patch Tuesday update with nine bulletins lined up for delivery three rated critical. Cloud security firm Qualys estimates two of the lesser "important" bulletins are just as bad however, as they would also allow malicious code injection onto vulnerable systems. Top of the critical list is an update for Internet Explorer that affects all currently supported versions 6 to 11, on all operating system including Windows RT. Vulnerabilities discovered in most versions of Windows Server, Windows 7 and 8, and the .NET framework are covered in the other pair of critical...
  • Windows 10 preview little change but some requested.

    10/11/2014 8:13:59 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    www.peacebyjesus.com ^ | 10-11-14 | daniel1212
    Windows 10 preview — little change but some requested.I have been trying out the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Build 9841, which is a free download here or here after you register. Note that as explained in “Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers,” “The Windows 10 Technical Preview is an instrumented version. It collects information about your use of the product, including some text and voice input, and returns some of that data to Microsoft for use in tuning performance and improving voice recognition and spell-checking.”Note that this is not a professional review, but it may be of help...
  • Microsoft CEO Nadella says Windows 10 will tie everything together in the Internet of Things (IoT)

    10/07/2014 1:58:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Info World ^ | 10/07/2014 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Windows has been re-architected to give it a central role in the IoT (Internet of things. He sees the company's upcoming operating system Windows 10 as integral in managing every aspect of the IoT, from the sensors, mechanical systems, to the applications and analytics that underlie it. Appearing at Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo conference on Tuesday, Nadella described Windows 10 as the first step in an entirely new generation of Windows "as opposed to 'it's just another release after Windows 8.' " Nadella, appointed Microsoft's CEO early this year, said Windows is not just about tablets, phones...
  • Everything you need to know about the Windows 10 Start menu {Perfect blend of Windows 7 and 8]

    10/02/2014 11:46:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    BETA NEWS ^ | 10/02/2014 | By Wayne Williams
    I switched from Windows 7 to Windows 8 from day one, and although Ive dabbled with Start buttons, Classic Shell being the preferred choice, I learned to live with the Start screen, something that became easier once Microsoft released Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update. But now that Windows 10 Technical Preview is here, its time to once again embrace the Start menu.Windows 10s Start menu is the perfect blend of Windows 7 and Windows 8.x. Click the Start button and the menu appears, displaying icons on the left and tiles on the right. The top of the Start menu shows...
  • Microsofts Asimov System to Monitor Users Windows 9 Devices in Real-time

    09/30/2014 7:33:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Windows 9 Hub ^ | 9-30-2014 | RaduTyrsina
    According to a recent article in Zdnet, Microsoft will monitor users in the new Windows 9 Operating System in order to determine how the new OS is used, thus decide what tweaks and changes are need to be made. During Windows 8 testing, Microsoft said that they had data showing Start Menu usage had dropped, but it seems that the tools they were using at the time werent as evolved as the new Asimov monitor. The new system is codenamed Asimov and will provide a near real-time view of what is happening on users machines. Rest assured, the data is...
  • Microsoft Indonesia president: Windows 9 will be free to Windows 8 owners

    09/29/2014 2:20:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/29/2014 | Nick Mediati
    We already know quite a bit about Windows 9 (or whatever Microsoft decides to call it). Thanks to the president of Microsoft Indonesia, we might now know another detail about Microsofts upcoming OSits price. According to Indonesian news site Detik.com (via BGR), Andreas Diantoro, the president of Microsoft Indonesia, confirms that Windows 9 will be a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users. Why it matters: Users are becoming more accustomed to free operating system updates, given the fact that even major iOS, Android, and OS X updates are gratis. And after the negative reception Windows 8 received, Microsoft has...
  • With Windows 9, Microsoft will try to put Windows 8 era behind it

    09/29/2014 2:16:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/29/2014 | Juan Carlos Perez
    After spending the past two years in damage control mode over Windows 8, Microsoft will officially begin a new era for its OS on Tuesday, when its expected to unveil a preview of Windows next major version during an event focused on enterprise customers. After the success of Windows 7, Microsoft misread the market with Windows 8 and botched the products user interface, leaving a trail of many unhappy customers, especially in the consumer market. Among businesses, Microsoft encountered much resistance to upgrade, as many CIOs clung to the very stable Windows 7, and took a pass on Windows 8...
  • Marines put Microsoft Kinect to work, but not for gaming

    09/29/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    NetworkWorld ^ | Sep 29, 2014 6:52 AM PT | Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft has made the Kinect motion detection sensor available for use in commercial and non-gaming scenarios for some time, but for some reason it hasn't really caught on. We've heard next to no stories about people using it, although it could always be that they are keeping quiet for a competitive advantage. But a military contractor has come up with something that has the U.S. Marine Corps interested. The Augmented Reality Sand Table is currently being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and was on display at the Modern Day Marine Expo that recently took place on Marine Corps Base...
  • Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users

    09/28/2014 8:15:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 115 replies
    Maximum PC ^ | Sept 28, 2014 | Pulkit Chandna
    Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users Microsoft has scheduled a special invite-only event for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, where it is widely expected to introduce the next version of its popular desktop operating system (codenamed Threshold but popularly referred to as Windows 9)... According to Indonesian news portal Detik, existing Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to Microsofts next operating system absolutely free of cost. And how exactly do they know this, you ask? Well, Microsoft Indonesia president Andreas Diantoro said so in Jakarta Thursday... ...
  • Microsoft event to talk about fresh-start Windows 9

    09/26/2014 1:20:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 09-26-2014 | by Nancy Owano
    Microsoft is about to introduce Windows 9 next week at an event, ahead of its widespread release in 2015. The project for the next Windows operating system has been given the internal code name as Threshold. Microsoft watchers have noted that the next OS could indeed be a needed threshold move to win back business users who were put off by Windows 8 because of its tiles-based interface instead of the start menu they had relied on in Windows 7 and older Windows versions. The frustration was palpable last year, and one example was a posting in Micro Doctor, a...
  • Microsoft offers first look at new Windows - and gives it a name

    09/26/2014 5:36:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:07am EDT | Bill Rigby
    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system. The project, known for the past few years as "Threshold" inside the software company and "Windows 9" outside it, will likely get an entirely new brand, or just be called Windows, analysts said, ahead of its full release early next year.
  • Microsoft's axeman Satya Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

    09/18/2014 12:58:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 09/18/2014 | By Neil McAllister,
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has brought down his axe again, sending off the next batch of the 18,000 employees he has promised will lose their jobs by the end of the year. The Redmond supremo issued about 2,100 pink slips on Thursday, the Seattle Times reports, bringing the total number of layoffs to approximately 15,100 and counting. Throughout the process, Nadella has maintained that most of the cuts will come from Microsoft's new devices and services business, which it bought from Nokia in April. Professional positions and manufacturing jobs in Nokia's factories around the world will be eliminated, he said....
  • Microsoft agrees to $2.5-billion deal to purchase 'Minecraft'

    09/15/2014 7:59:44 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/15/2014 | Paresh Dave
    Microsoft Corp. plans to spend $2.5 billion to buy what it called the most popular online game on Xbox, the building adventure title "Minecraft." Minecraft is more than a great game franchise it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft," Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, said in a statement Monday. The purchase of the game maker Stockholm, Sweden-based Mojang is expected to close late this year. Compared with Microsoft's blockbuster "Halo" franchise, "Minecraft" should give the company a younger audience to...
  • Windows 8.1 continues to inch along: Progress is still coming at a snail's pace.

    09/10/2014 10:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    C/NET ^ | 09/10/2014 | Lance Whitney
    <p>Windows 8.1 carved out more of the desktop OS market last month, though its progress remains slow.</p> <p>For the month of August, Windows 8.1 eked out a 7.09 percent market share based on all the desktop OS traffic seen by Web tracker Net Applications. That number was up slightly from 6.56 percent in July, 6.61 percent in June, and 6.35 percent in May. Still in use among many people, Windows 8 scored 6.28 percent of the market last month.</p>
  • China Developing an Operating System to Take on Microsoft, Google and Apple

    08/27/2014 7:09:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/26/2014
    SHANGHAI China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua, the government news agency, reported. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cybersecurity. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Windows from Microsoft and the mobile operating system Android from Google. The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices, Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing Ni...
  • Kim Komando: 3 surprising things that spy on you that you can't stop

    08/10/2014 12:22:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    Komando.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kim Komando
    Do you ever feel like you're being watched? In the past, you could chalk it up to paranoia, close the curtains and get on with your life. Thanks to technology, it's not just your imagination. You really are being watched in your home, at work and everywhere in between. From online advertisers and hackers to the NSA and other government agencies, everyone is trying to keep tabs on you. And things keep getting worse. If you think you know every gadget and organization that's a danger, think again. Here are three things spying on you that you probably didn't know...
  • Ballmer bucks swell gun initiative war chest to $3.4M [anti-gun Steve Balmer]

    08/11/2014 9:18:58 PM PDT · by steve86 · 3 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | August 11, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    A fresh cash infusion of $250,00 from ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and wife Connie has swelled the pro-Initiative 594 Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility warchest to $3.4 million. The Ballmers gave $125,000 apiece, swelling their total contributions to $600,000. The pro-594 campaign reports more than $1.1 million in cash on hand, according to its filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The alliance was formed, largely by faith leaders, after the December 2012, massacre of 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut. After the Washington Legislature failed to act, supporters collected signatures to put on the ballot a statewide initiative that...
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 becomes $150 cheaper... for students

    08/11/2014 10:57:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 08/11/2014 | Christian Bautista
    Microsoft is looking to profit from the back-to-school shopping season by introducing a temporary price drop on all versions of the Surface Pro 3. The discount cuts the price of the cheapest Surface Pro 3 model from $799 to $649. The entry level model has an Intel i3 processor, 64 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The $150 discount is also being implemented on the $999, $1,299 and $1,549 versions of the device. The $999 variant has Intel Core i5 processor, 128 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The $1,299 version has an Intel i5 processor, 256GB of...
  • Bill Gates vacations better than most aboard 450-foot luxury yacht near Italy

    08/09/2014 11:16:17 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 82 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/08/2014 | LEE MORAN
    Bill Gates doesnt slum it when it comes to his vacations. The world's richest man has been photographed enjoying quality family time aboard an extravagant $330 million yacht. The Microsoft founder has been pictured on The Serene, a stunning 450-foot boat hes renting from Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler for a cool $5 million per week. Moored off the coast of Sardinia, it reportedly has 12 state rooms, a seawater swimming pool, a cinema, a nightclub, a climbing wall, a gym and two hot tubs.
  • Microsoft Scraps Windows 8 Major Updates. Bets The Farm On Windows 9

    08/08/2014 12:48:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/08/2014 | Gordon Kelly
    Its official, Windows 8 is a write-off . Sales for the operating system have been poor and now it is even starting to lose market share to Windows 7. To Microsoft MSFT -0.12%s credit it has bravely persisted addressing issue after issue. Most notable was the major Windows 8.1 Update 1 patch released in April which makes the OS a genuinely credible platform. Still it remains far from perfect and now Microsoft is prematurely pulling the plug. In a blog post by Microsoft Senior Marketing Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc, he explains that there will be no more major update releases...
  • Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer (or MS won't support)

    08/07/2014 10:32:20 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    MSDN Blogs > IEBlog ^ | Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:07 AM | IEBlog
    As we shared in May, Microsoft is prioritizing helping users stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today we would like to share important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft offers innovative and transformational services for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, so you can do more and achieve more; Internet Explorer is core to this vision. In todays digital world, billions of people use Internet-connected devices, powered by cloud service-based applications, spanning both work and life...
  • Man Posed as Microsoft Employee in Fraudulent Phone Call

    08/03/2014 8:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 2, 2014
    a South San Francisco resident received a phone call from a man fraudulently posing as a Microsoft Windows employee and asking for personal information on Wednesday, according to police. The suspect, calling himself Mike Johnson, told the resident that her computer had been compromised by a hacker and that he needed access to her computer to conduct a diagnosis. The victim did not provide any personal information to the suspect, according to police. Microsoft said that they do not contact their customers over the phone, nor do they have any records of anyone from the company calling the victim. The...
  • NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

    08/01/2014 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2014 7:27 PM EDT | Larry Neumeister
    U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. [] The Redmond, Washington-based software company has said rulings forcing it to turn over emails threaten to rewrite the Constitutions protections against illegal search and seizure and could damage U.S. foreign relations. Its arguments were joined by large technology companies, including Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc.