Acer CEO Says Microsoft is “Back to Earth” With Windows 8.1

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While Microsoft and PC OEMs aren’t all that happy with the success of Windows 8, at least one company is optimistic about the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. Talking to The Wall Street Journal a number of PC OEM executives said that Microsoft is incorporating a lot of their ideas in Windows 8.1. Acer president Jim Wong […]

Microsoft to Release Preview of Windows Blue This June

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Microsoft has confirmed that it will be releasing a preview of the next version of Windows this June. The confirmation comes by the way of Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Windows, at the Wired Business Conference. According to a statement posted on the company’s Blogging Windows site, the company will make the preview […]

Microsoft Teases and Confirms Some Windows Blue Features

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After a series of leaks and a number of speculations surrounding Windows Blue, Microsoft is confirming a few of those rumors and the company is teasing that many of the unanswered questions will be announced ahead of the company’s Build developer conference scheduled for late June. It’s been reported that Windows Blue won’t be launching […]

Microsoft May Debut Second-Generation Surface At Build

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Microsoft may debut its second generation Surface tablet at its Build conference on June 26 if the latest speculations are accurate. DigiTimes cites “sources from the upstream supply chain” that say component suppliers already shipped components for 1 to 1.5 million Intel-based devices. The second generation Surface may only include 7- and 9-inch devices according to the […]

Microsoft Confirms Windows Coming to Smaller Screens Soon

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Thus far, all touchscreen Windows tablet launched today are sized with a minimum of a 10-inch display, but recent comments from Microsoft during its earnings call confirm what we’ve been hearing all along–Windows 8 will be coming to a smaller screen sizes. Microsoft’s outgoing chief financial officer Peter Klein says that this will happen soon, […]

Microsoft Plans for Windows Phone Phablets in Future Major OS Update

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We’ve reported recently that 1080p full HD resolution displays will be coming to the next major Windows Phone OS update, also known as GDR3, and now we are hearing that the same update may allow manufacturers to create larger Windows Phone devices. The latest software tweaks will enable Microsoft and its OEM hardware partners to […]

Does Windows Blue = Windows + Windows Phone in One Software?

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According to the latest speculations about the forthcoming Windows Blue software release from Microsoft, it appears that the company may be looking to merge Windows, the desktop OS, and Windows Phone, the mobile operating system, into one software package. Windows Blue is said to be developed independently of the Windows team and will reportedly help […]

Microsoft Build Registration Starts Amid Windows Blue Rumors

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Today Microsoft opened registration for its annual Build conference in San Francisco, where it will likely officially debut Windows 8.1 (code-named Windows Blue). The conference will start on June 26 and end on June 28 in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The conference’s website doesn’t give many details as to what Microsoft will show […]

Will HTC Be a Launch Partner with Windows Blue?

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With the next-generation Windows 8 software upgrade dubbed Windows Blue slated to occur later this year, there is now speculation that Microsoft partner HTC may deliver a Windows tablet at the same time. It’s still uncertain whether HTC’s tablet will run the full Windows 8 software or if it will run the more limited touch-based […]

Windows Blue Getting Renamed at Launch

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A Windows Blue by any other name is still the same anticipated update to Windows 8. Detailed in its blog, Microsoft’s VP of corporate communications Frank Shaw has announced that there is very little chance that the forthcoming platform update will be named Windows Blue at launch, suggesting that Microsoft may have a different more […]

Windows Blue Leaked Online Brings New Features to Windows 8

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The long rumored Windows Blue update for Windows 8 users that’s speculated for a release later this year has appeared as a leak online. In a series of leaked screenshots, we’re seeing some enhancements to the Windows 8 ecosystem that’s delivered by the Blue software update, but not any dramatically new features. And like rival […]

Microsoft Lowers Licensing Costs In Preparation for 7-Inch Windows Tablets

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Microsoft is said to be lowering its Windows licensing costs to OEM manufacturers in hopes of spurring new form factors for the tablet and computing space. The company has reportedly lowered costs for both Windows and Office in anticipation of new smaller form factor tablets and touch-enabled laptops that will hit the market later this […]

Microsoft Begins Recruiting Talent for Windows Blue, Windows Phone Blue Update

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Microsoft is expected to roll out its update to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating system known as Windows Blue and Windows Phone Blue. Though little information is known about the new Blue services, ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley says that the update will bring a new user experience and “not just under-the-covers interface tweaks.” […]

Microsoft Preparing Windows Blue For Yearly Windows Upgrades

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Microsoft plans to release low-cost yearly updates of Windows with the next version carrying the name Windows Blue according to a report from The Verge. The new version of Windows will ship next year for a low cost, or it could even be free to speed up adoption. Windows Blue, due out in mid-2013 will […]