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Windows 8.1 Update Might Change Your Mind About Windows 8

With the second major revision to Windows 8, somewhat confusingly named Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft seems to have finally remembered that there are PC users out there who still work with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Not everyone is happily tapping and swiping away at tablet and hybrid screens yet, and the loudest complaints about the OS have been regarding its lack of support for those who use their PCs in a more traditional fashion.

April 14, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Discontinued Windows XP Still No. 2 Desktop OS

On the eve of Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference, Statcounter has published a snapshot of the challenge that Microsoft faces to get its users to adopt its current and future products over its legacy systems. According to the research firm, in the month of March Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS held on to its place as the world’s most popular desktop operating system, with the OS installed on nearly 55% of all machines surveyed. Windows XP, which Microsoft has said it will stop supporting by April 8, is at a firm number two with 18.6% of all installations.

April 3, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Office for iPad Rumors Give Microsoft's Stock a Boost

Microsoft's share price hit levels Tuesday not seen since the dot-com boom days, with analysts attributing the rise to a report on Monday of Office finally landing on the iPad. Microsoft's shares rose as much as 5 percent to $39.90 on Tuesday, adding $15 billion to the company's value, Reuters reported. The last time the software giant's shares flirted with $40 was in July 2000.

March 19, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Microsoft Takes on the 'free' OS

Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap - a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google's Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET. As reported by the Times of India this week, Microsoft had been in negotiations with Indian phone companies to "produce affordable Windows Phone devices" since last year. The agreement was "clinched" when Microsoft agreed to offer the Windows Phone OS sans the usual licensing fee, according to the Times. Microsoft said to CNET in a statement that it "cannot discuss confidential licensing terms."

March 17, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Microsoft Fixes Windows 8.1 Glitches

Microsoft fixes Windows 8.1 gliWindows 8.1 users beset by technical woes may find some help in a newly released update. On Tuesday, Microsoft issued an update package that fixes a variety of noncritical but potentially frustrating problems. The package's support page lists Netflix playback, orientation on a Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga, shutdown time, and autocorrect as a few of the subjects addressed.

February 13, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Microsoft Invests $15M in Foursquare

Microsoft is funneling $15 million into Foursquare and has agreed to a multi-year deal to license the New York-based startup's location data, Foursquare announced Tuesday. Four-year-old Foursquare makes a Web and mobile application for checking in to places and finding nearby hot spots. The company, which has 45 million registered users, completed a $35 million round of funding in December.

February 5, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Microsoft to Reveal Windows 'Threshold' Plans in April

According to a January 11 report from Windows SuperSite's Paul Thurrott, Microsoft Threshold looks to be a spring 2015 release wave. Specifically, if Microsoft sticks to schedule, Threshold should crest around April 2015, Thurrott said he's been told by his own sources. Microsoft is going to disclose its Threshold plans at a "vision" level at its Build conference in San Francisco in April 2014, Thurrott said.

January 13, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Windows 8.1: New Features, but Same Problems

Microsoft is hoping for a Windows 8 do-over with version 8.1 of the operating system, but this reboot likely isn't enough to change buyers' opinions. Windows 8 was the first major redesign of the storied Windows OS in years, and its launch was accompanied by a loud and splashy campaign. For consumers, however, that largely amounted to a lot of background noise.

October 17, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Microsoft Announces Update 3 For Windows Phone 8

Yesterday Microsoft announced its third update to Windows Phone 8. This is the set of new features and upgrades that will carry the smartphone platform through the holiday sales cycle. Included among the new set of code is support for faster processors, larger screens, higher resolution displays, better Internet sharing, and a set of quality of life changes that will be welcome to current handsets owners.

October 15, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Microsoft Promises Quick App Approvals

After a public face plant regarding the release of its operating system update to developers, Microsoft announced that applications built for Windows 8.1 will be approved no more than five days following their submission, once the new build of Windows becomes generally available.

October 10, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova