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Skip Your Vacation: Windows 10 Is Coming This Summer

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Just when you thought it was safe to escape from the office, Microsoft is trying to pull you back.

OK, not everyone is interested in skipping the beach to immerse themselves in bright and shiny Windows 10. 

But odds are some are so eager for the long-promised operating system from the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant that they may at least be willing to skip a cookout or two. 

Just today, Microsoft announced Windows 10 will be made generally available this summer in 190 countries. The word came from Windows EVP Terry Myerson during a speech at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China.

In a blog post, Myerson steers clear of an actual date (don't cancel those travel plans yet, please). All we know for sure is that the product will hit the market between June and September.

You Want More Windows 10 Releases? You'll Get 'Em

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Microsoft has been promising more builds — faster — ever since it announced the launch of the Windows 10 Technical Preview in October.

It released universal apps in February. But then ... well, nothing.

Over the past few weeks Twitter has been alive with the sound of complaints about Microsoft dragging its corporate feet.

It got so bad that Gabriel Aul, general manager for the data and fundamentals team for Microsoft's Operating System Group, felt compelled to write a blog post.

6 Key Facts the C-Suite Should Know About Windows 10

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This fall, Microsoft will issue the general release of the next version of its operating system to both consumers and enterprises.

Windows 10 will very likely be the last major upgrade that Microsoft will ever offer. After that, updates will be incremental and instantaneous. Meanwhile, your business may be humming right along with Windows 7.

So when you’re talking about Windows 10 in the boardroom, here are the basic facts you should bring up.

Office 365 Shines, But What About Microsoft Windows?

You’d have to be a forensic accountant to understand Microsoft’s financials. However, a few things are clear from this week's second quarter earnings release.

The first is that the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant is starting to make serious ground in the cloud space. The second is that CEO Satya Nadella’s strategy of revamping and remarketing Windows is needed more than ever. The third: there's no beating Office 365, at least for the moment.

While the numbers triggered only tepid enthusiasm from the financial markets, from an IT perspective there are a lot of positives that show Nadella’s strategy of moving Microsoft from packaged software company to cloud-based software provider is beginning to pay off.

Windows 10 Will Test the Mettle of the 'New' Microsoft

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Everyone who watches Microsoft is watching Windows 10.

More to the point, everyone who is watching Microsoft is watching to see if it can pull it off and do what it promised to do all those months ago when Satya Nadella promised to transform a lumbering juggernaut to a rapid response company.

It’s going to take time before anyone knows whether Microsoft has managed to do this. But last night’s release of the first upgrades to the Windows 10 Technical Preview (TP) could be the first concrete sign that the whole speed thing is more than just tough talk from Nadella.

Come on, 7! Microsoft Banks on Old Success

The time for change was apparent. And not just the kind of changes Microsoft announced in August. Windows was due for something big, especially for businesses, where Microsoft promises to make things better in the Windows world.

Microsoft debuted Windows 10 yesterday, jumping from Windows 8.1 and skipping over the rumored release of Windows 9.

Why make such a jump? Who knows?

In reality, this may have been kinda like a step-back in time. Al Gillen, program vice president of servers and system software for the IDC, told CMSWire he was very happy to see in Windows 10 the integration between the modern UI and the Windows 7 shell.

"I think this was a reflection of the magnitude of change that is going into the produce," Gillen told CMSWire of the move to "10". "Microsoft also realizes that it needs to clearly differentiate from Windows 8."

Forget 9! Microsoft Goes With Version 10 for Windows

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Maybe it was the fear of the single digits. Maybe nine just had a bad vibe.

Where everyone -- including us -- predicted the release of Windows 9 today in a press briefing by Microsoft, the Redmond, Wash. giant pulled a fast one and skipped up a version to Windows 10.

Of course, there's little shock in the announcement because it is, in fact, an announcement regarding Windows. Speculation pretty much included nothing by Windows talk. Although we did ponder the idea of an Office update.

But Microsoft even told us last week, "On September 30, we will be providing an update on what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”

Parlez-Vous Windows 9? Microsoft French Exec Leaks Update

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The Microsoft rumor mill became reality in France.

Reports are blowing up on the Web that a French Microsoft executive revealed Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next Tuesday.

"Last year we had Windows 8. In the next few minutes, the next few days, we'll be releasing Windows 9," Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France and a vice president of Microsoft International, said during a company presentation.

Ever since Microsoft sent out invitations to a secret press event for Sept. 30 in San Francisco, rumors have been circulating that it would mark the next major release of Windows.

But no one wants to have the thunder of a secret press conference spontaneously dashed by the mutterings of an international VP. So naturally, the Redmond, Wa. software giant went into backtrack mode immediately, telling ZDNet in a statement, "We look forward to seeing you in late September in San Francisco for the future of Windows, which actually at this stage does not have a name as such."

Is Microsoft Going To Preview Windows 9, or Office 16?

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No sooner did the party invitations start landing in people’s mailboxes than the rumor mill cranked up a few gears and went into hyper drive.

According to the invites, which Microsoft started sending out yesterday, the September 30 event will be about Windows.

Speculation is rife already that what we might actually get is a technical preview of the long-awaited Windows 9, but that’s not all. There may also be news of a technical preview of Office.

In Boston, a Microsoft official at the SharePoint Technology Conference only confirmed there will be a September 30 announcement and declined to provide any details when asked by CMSWire. 

What's Behind Microsoft's MSN Portal Revamp?

2014-9-9 msn redesigned portal.jpgTwo decades after it launched MSN, Microsoft is applying its "mobile-first, cloud-first" direction to the MSN portal, which it claims has over 425 million users daily. The enhanced personalization capabilities will provide advertisers with a single place to buy space that can be synched across devices and audiences.

Microsoft Releases (Almost) Last Windows Updates

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Question: When is an update not an update? Answer: When Microsoft says so.

If that seems a bit cryptic, consider this. Microsoft is releasing a number of updates to its Windows 8.1 operating system and Windows Server 2012 R2, but you’re not supposed to call them updates.

The thinking is simple. From here on, Microsoft will no longer be holding onto improvements and waiting for a major upgrade to release those updates, as it did in April with Windows 8.1. Instead, improvements will be released as they become available.

Nadella Asks Microsoft Developers to 'Keep the Faith' #bldwin

Satya Nadella’s came close to calling for a return to Microsoft's founding principals during his keynote speech at the the company's Build 2014 conference in San Francisco yesterday. The speech by the newly appointed Microsoft CEO contained a lot for Windows lovers and mobile phone fans.  But it also contained repeated pleas for developers to keep the faith -- faith in Windows specifically and Microsoft generally. 

Nadella arrived at the conference facing a number of problems that have arisen from Microsoft’s previous lethargy in meeting new challenges, particularly the rise of mobile. 

Microsoft Enables Remote Office Apps Control Through Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has announced the release of a new app that lets you control Word, Excel and PowerPoint from a Windows 8 phone. The company called this the beginning of a move to push the productivity space to a “diverse society of devices.”

Microsoft Commercial Business Thrives, But Ballmer Still Remains a Question

Microsoft's sales and profits are up. In the first quarter since the company announced a major reorganization and shared the news that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant reported a jump of 17 percent in net income in the fiscal first quarter to $5.2 billion or 62 cents per share.

While the company's commercial wing grew revenues by 10 percent to $11.2 billion, consumer revenues, including devices, grew only 4 percent to $7.46 billion. 

Another Salvo to Microsoft from Box: Sinofsky As Advisor

Steven-Sinofsky-Developer1.jpg A virtual game of industry ping-pong is heating up between Microsoft and Box. And Box just laced a wicked forehand cross-court over to Microsoft’s side.

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