Windows 8 News & Analysis
| 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.
| Monday Aug 5, 2013
Last month, it was the Surface RT, now its more-powerful sibling has the price trimmed, as Microsoft push the first-generation models hard, ahead of a likely refresh for new designs and beefed-up components.
| Monday Jul 22, 2013
Main newsfeed start screen in the SharePoint Newfeed app for Windows 8
Need to keep in touch with your organization's SharePoint social network while you're on the road? Microsoft has announced the SharePoint Newsfeed app for Windows 8 to help you keep in touch.
| Friday Jul 19, 2013
Microsoft's fourth quarter results show that it had to take a US$ 900 million write down on the stock of tablets it is holding and is unlikely to ever sell. As a result earnings came in well below expectations resulting in a fall in share-price of over 6%.
| Friday Jul 12, 2013
If there was any doubt about the fact that the PC market is in trouble, two different sets of figures released in recent days from IDC and Gartner should clear up any confusion. The PC market is still falling, although for those clutching at straws, the fact that the decline has been less over the last quarter than in recent quarter might provide some relief.
| Friday Jul 12, 2013
With the Surface RT tablet having been on-sale approaching nine months, now is probably the right time for Microsoft to cut the price to goose interest before second-generation model refreshes arrive. Will this help sales along or is Surface destined to struggle to gain acceptance among both Windows and gadget users?