Windows 8 News & Analysis
| Tuesday Aug 12, 2014
It’s been in the air for some time now, but it’s finally happened.
Microsoft has announced it will stop supporting old versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) in January 2016, including IE 8 Users who want security fixes and updates after that will have to use the most current version for their particular system.
What this means is that those using IE 8 will be completely out of the loop in terms of support, while the number of people that will be able to use IE 9 and IE 10 will be drastically reduced.
| Wednesday Aug 6, 2014
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.
| Friday Jul 11, 2014
We all remember the warnings and confusion around the end-of-support for Windows XP in April. But support is ending or changing for other Microsoft products, too.
By the end of the year, you will have to pay for support for a whole list of products — and support for other products will end completely.
| Tuesday Apr 8, 2014
For those of you on one of the 25 percent of workplace computers still running Windows XP, understand you're working on a system that's increasingly vulnerable to attack. This shouldn't be a surprise, however -- Microsoft has been clear about ending support for this operating system (OS) for a long, long time.
There are so many issues surrounding this morning's announcement that it's almost impossible to count them. But Gartner has put together a list of 10 suggestions to mitigate the risks of continued use.
| Thursday Apr 3, 2014
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.
| Thursday Feb 27, 2014
It’s rare that you read a blog post that combines hard sell and desperation in equal measure.
But Microsoft has managed to do just that in a blog post that urges users to give up on Windows XP and upgrade. Upgrade to what, you might ask? Windows 8.1, of course. And while you’re at it, buy a new computer.
| Friday Jan 17, 2014
Millions of PC users are still running Microsoft's 13-year old operating system — around 30 percent of all users according to estimates. But with official support ending, it's now time for businesses to upgrade and move on. Despite a recent extension to support for malware, more old PCs are destined to fall by the wayside and suffer from the lack of support from new software.
We look at the positive reasons to move on and your upgrade options, as well as mark the end of a fine operating system.
| Monday Jan 13, 2014
Rumors are flying about Microsoft's plans to reveal its newest operating system (OS) —Windows 9 — at its annual Build conference in April. The speculation comes just in advance of ticket sales for Build 2014, which runs April 2 through 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
For a while now, we have been hearing about Project Threshold, Microsoft's rapid update development of its OS. The expectation now is that Threshold will be renamed Windows 9, rather than a further Windows 8.x update.
What will Windows 9 offer that's new and exciting enough to get the user-base upgrading again? For CIOs and content creators, will it be just another fragmented headache? And can Microsoft address the demands of an increasingly frustrated partner base that continues to see sales shrink?
| Friday Nov 15, 2013
While new tablets and smartphones launch monthly, game consoles arrive once every six or so years. Does Sony's new PlayStation 4 still have a place in our more portable world?
Its midnight launch saw thousands of Americans heading home with a box full of raw processing power that will be sitting under millions of TVs this holiday season. But what does the future hold for Playstation 4 and rival Xbox One?
| Friday Oct 25, 2013
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.
| Friday Sep 13, 2013
We've seen Apple buying back old iPhones, now Microsoft will pick up your old iPad for $200 of store credit to help you try a surface tablet. With the new models due to be announced, that might not be such a crazy idea.
| Thursday Aug 29, 2013
A virtual game of industry ping-pong is heating up between Microsoft and Box. And Box just laced a wicked forehand cross-court over to Microsoft’s side.
| Monday Aug 26, 2013
For organizations contemplating the upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013, there doesn’t seem to be a concrete answer to the “when” question. Upgrade now? Upgrade later? Upgrade at all?
| Thursday Aug 22, 2013
Microsoft has backdoor access to Windows 8 computers, and can make changes to them without user's knowledge, a leaked German government memo reportedly says, and that makes them unacceptable for use in German government activities
| Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
One of Microsoft’s shareholders has filed a legal suit against the company, claiming that Microsoft executives misled investors over sales of the Surface RT tablet, which ultimately led the company to take a write-down of US$ 900 million in the last quarter.