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Code hints Windows 8.1 could allow ëboot to desktop'

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Code uncovered in Windows 8.1 hints that Microsoft may allow users to boot directly into the desktop mode. Currently, when users boot into Windows 8, users are taken to Microsoft's controversial, but touch friendly, Modern UI Startscreen. Users who traditionally work in the desktop mode must view this screen first...
Code hints Windows 8.1 could allow ëboot to desktop'
Microsoft: Windows RT strategy 'just gets stronger over time'
Fail: Chrome, Firefox, and IE all crack during hacking competition

Why Microsoft’s Windows Live is fading into the sunset

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Microsoft today confirmed plans to stop using the “Windows Live” brand for its online services, as the new version of its operating system, Window 8, incorporates more of those services by default. The move had been widely anticipated after previews of Windows 8 omitted the phrase. For example, the new...
Why Microsoft’s Windows Live is fading into the sunset

Ultimate Windows 8 starter guide: Must-know tips, apps and utilities

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The year is drawing to a close, so there's a very good chance that you now find yourself staring straight down the gaping maw of Windows 8. Maybe someone gave you a new Windows tablet or PC as a gift. Or maybe you decided to use your holiday down...
Ultimate Windows 8 starter guide: Must-know tips, apps and utilities
Microsoft really doesn’t want you using a Windows 8 start button

Acer President Wong: Consumers Are Still Confused by Windows 8

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Earlier today, Acer announced its not-so-surprising plans for a low-priced Android tablet, which AllThingsD’s Bonnie Cha covered in full here. But while sitting down with Acer President Jim Wong yesterday at CES, we discussed that other tablet maker. No, not Apple — Microsoft. Acer, in case you haven’t been following...
Acer President Wong: Consumers Are Still Confused by Windows 8

Full developer kit for Windows Phone 8 due 'later this year'

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 SDK is now expected around the time Windows Phone 8 itself launches, which is expected to be October 29. [Read more]...
Full developer kit for Windows Phone 8 due 'later this year'
Here's how to bring the Start button back to Windows 8

Apple Now 'More Flexible', 'Less Arrogant' Reports France Telecom CEO

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Speaking at an event with reporters, France Telecom-Orange CEO Stephane Richard said that Apple was "more flexible", "paying more attention to everyone else" and "a little less arrogant" than they had been in the past, reports AllThingsD. "Apple has (become) more flexible, paying more attention to everyone else, probably a...
Apple Now 'More Flexible', 'Less Arrogant' Reports France Telecom CEO

CHART OF THE DAY: Microsoft Is No Longer The Windows Company (MSFT)

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For the longest time, Windows was the most important part of Microsoft's business. Turns out that's changing. As you can see in this chart, the Business Division, which is home to Office group, has blown past the Windows division as growing percentage of the company's operating profit. The two...
CHART OF THE DAY: Microsoft Is No Longer The Windows Company (MSFT)
My father vs. Windows 8
Massive survey finds U.S. consumers don't want Windows 8

Internet Explorer 10 Preview available for Windows 7 users

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Although Windows 8 users have been enjoying IE10 since the new OS launched, this is the first time Windows 7 users can give the new browser a try. For Windows 7 users, Internet Explorer 10 won't be a major upgrade over IE9. Microsoft mainly focused on Windows 8 for...
Internet Explorer 10 Preview available for Windows 7 users

'Apple-like' lines for Microsoft's Surface Pro (photos, video)

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For the first time in years, Microsoft Windows partisans have something to crow about FORTUNE -- "Critics will be disappointed to discover that Surface Pro is in fact flying off the shelves." So wrote long-time Windows blogger Paul Thurrott Saturday in an item that passed on, with evident pleasure, reports...
'Apple-like' lines for Microsoft's Surface Pro (photos, video)

Windows Phone 8 apps to be available in 180 countries at launch, nearly 3 times the current figure

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We were recently treated to the first, large and official helping of Windows Phone 8 news by Microsoft. The company is now dribbling out more information, keeping the developer community informed, and perhaps more importantly, hopefully enthused about the future of the platform. Today in a blog post, Microsoft made...
Windows Phone 8 apps to be available in 180 countries at launch, nearly 3 times the current figure

MICROSOFT CONFESSES: We Screwed Up When The iPhone Came Out

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In an interview with Spiegel Online, Microsoft development director Craig Mundie said something I've never heard Microsoft say before: We screwed up. Mundie was referring to Microsoft's failure to capitalize on the smartphone and tablet revolutions. Specifically, Mundie responded to a question about whether Microsoft had missed the mobile revolution...
MICROSOFT CONFESSES: We Screwed Up When The iPhone Came Out

'Microsoft Is Basically Malfunctioning,' Says A 20-Year Veteran Of The Company (MSFT)

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Microsoft is in a world of hurt, says former executive Joachim Kempin. The software giant is wrongly focused on competing with Apple by "pissing off its loyal hardware manufacturers" and releasing its own PC, Kempin told ReadWrite's Dan Lyons in an interview posted today. He's referring to Microsoft's Surface tablet. Kempin...
'Microsoft Is Basically Malfunctioning,' Says A 20-Year Veteran Of The Company (MSFT)

Nokia Sold Just 600K Handsets In North America During The Last Quarter

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Ouch. Remember that time I wrote a post called “Welcome back, Nokia“? I praised Nokia for going back to its roots with the Lumia handsets, and the flagship Lumia 900 is a fantastic phone with a great build quality and even better price tag. At the time Windows Phone had...
Nokia Sold Just 600K Handsets In North America During The Last Quarter

Windows RT jailbroken to run third-party Desktop apps

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It was only a matter of time: Windows RT has been hacked to allow non-Microsoft applications to run in Desktop. Prior to this hack, your Windows RT tablet (such as the Surface RT) could only run Metro apps, a special, touch-oriented version of Office… and that’s it. Now, in theory,...
Windows RT jailbroken to run third-party Desktop apps

Windows gains market share after six months of decline: Windows 8 grabs 1.64%, Windows 7 passes 45%

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Last month, we reported how Windows XP had finally fallen below 40 percent market share. At the time, Windows 8 managed to grab 1 percent of the pie, and in December Microsoft’s newest OS progressed but did not double up. Nevertheless, Windows ended 2012 with a notable change: after six...
Windows gains market share after six months of decline: Windows 8 grabs 1.64%, Windows 7 passes 45%

The Windows 8 UI: How do interface and usability experts rate all the changes?

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When Windows 8 debuts on October 26, users will be confronted with the most radical changes to the look and feel of Windows in nearly 20 years. The traditional desktop has been relegated to second-class status, hidden beneath Windows 8's new touch-centric Start screen. And that's just the first...
The Windows 8 UI: How do interface and usability experts rate all the changes?

Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Finally Revealed

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AllThingsD.comGoogle, Inc. today unveiled a new tablet, after months of speculation that the search giant was developing hardware that would compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and maybe, the iPad. The Nexus 7, made with hardware partner ASUSTek Computer, is a 7-inch tablet, built for Google Play, and is running the...
Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Finally Revealed

Windows 8 now up to 2.79% market share as Windows 7 stabilizes after its first decline

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Two months into 2013, and Windows 8 continues its slow but steady growth. Windows 7 posted growth after suffering its first depreciation in market share since its launch in 2009. The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that February 2013 was a decent one for Windows 8, which...
Windows 8 now up to 2.79% market share as Windows 7 stabilizes after its first decline

Windows 8 now up to 2.36% market share but Microsoft sees Windows 7 decline for the first time

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We’re entering a new year, and already Windows 7 has lost market share for the first time since its release. Windows 8 meanwhile continues to push forward. Two months ago, Windows XP finally fell below 40 percent market share and last month Windows 7 passed the 45 percent mark. You’d...
Windows 8 now up to 2.36% market share but Microsoft sees Windows 7 decline for the first time

Review: Classic Shell brings the Start menu to Windows 8 for free

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Windows 8 doesn't have a Start button. If you don't think that's something that needs fixing, you're probably in the minority, at least for now. Maybe in time, Windows 8's Modern-style Start Screen will grow on users and it'll turn out Microsoft was right all along. Until that happens,...
Review: Classic Shell brings the Start menu to Windows 8 for free
Hands on: News, Sports, and Travel go Metro in Windows 8 Release Preview

The Staff In This Microsoft Store Sure Acted Like Sore Losers This Weekend (MSFT)

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This weekend, Sahas Katta dropped by the Microsoft Store in Santa Clara to take the "Smoked by Windows Phone" challenge. He won a $1,000 laptop, but the people in the store tried to deny his victory. He only got justice after complaining on his blog. The challenge started as...
The Staff In This Microsoft Store Sure Acted Like Sore Losers This Weekend (MSFT)

Windows 8: Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wives

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Windows 8: Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wives: Sean Gallagher in an op-ed for Ars Technica: If even a tenth of a percent of new Windows 8 users respond with the level of dismay and distress my wife did, Microsoft and those unlucky enough to be in frontline tech support...
Windows 8: Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wives

Windows 8′s next victim: Microsoft kills the Start button

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Where do you want to go today?17 years ago, on the back of a huge advertising campaign (video below), Microsoft launched one of the most recognizable mainstays of computing: the Start button. It’s hard to quantify the reach of the Start button, but given the number of PCs in the...
Windows 8′s next victim: Microsoft kills the Start button
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