Microsoft shared more details about Windows "Blue" today. Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference in Boston this morning, Tami Reller, CMO and CFO of Microsoft's Windows Division revealed that Windows 8.1 (the official name of Windows "Blue") will be available later this year as a free update through the Windows Store. The scope and purpose of...
(3 days ago)
Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8 users who upgrade the Calendar app will no longer be able to synchronize that schedule with the calendar included with Google Apps for Business, Academic or Government. “Google’s paying customers and those with business accounts will not be able to sync their calendars in the [Calendar] app update,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said Monday....
(1 month and 21 days ago)
How do you get people interested in an underdog mobile platform? In a new ad spotlighting the Lumia 920 Windows Phone — which I first saw as part of Tom Warren’s article over at The Verge — Microsoft tries to do it by making viewers laugh, and making fun of the competition. It’s a funny spot, albeit one which feels awfully close in style to Samsung’s Apple-mocking ads. (I’m...
(18 days ago)
On Wednesday, Microsoft said that Windows Phone was out-shipping Apple’s iPhone in seven countries. Where? Microsoft didn’t say, so Bits asked IDC.
(1 month and 20 days ago)
Windows 8 is not Microsoft's first rodeo, but it's the most important version of the operating system since Windows 3.0 when it comes to the future of Microsoft. If Microsoft succeeds, it will cement its position atop the tech pyramid for another generation. If it fails, the next generation may regard Windows as a fond memory like floppy disks.
(2 days ago)
Microsoft may, repeat may, be whipping up a smartwatch, but according to the company's Windows Phone honcho, a self-made Surface smartphone isn't in the cards quite yet. Speaking at the AllThingsD Dive into Mobile conference, vice president Terry Myerson said flat-out that he doesn't see a reason for Microsoft to muck up the Windows Phone waters, The Verge reports. "It...
(1 month ago)
With Windows 8, Microsoft ignored the basic tenets of change management and paid the price. Now Microsoft is finally trying to correct the mistakes it made with Windows 8.
(10 days ago)
Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Windows Phone 8 devices in 2014 - just six months after the mobile OS was launched. The first Windows 8 phones went on sale at the end of 2012, but Microsoft has already placed owners on notice that they won't be current forever. In a note on its website the company said support for Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 will end on...
(2 months and 1 day ago)
As someone who admires the innovations that Microsoft made with Windows 8 while at the same time recognizing the platform’s glaring flaws, I’ve found it encouraging that the company has decided to own up to some of its mistakes and dial back some of the big changes it made to its operating system with the release of Windows 8.1. The new update, which Microsoft announced...
(3 days ago)
Bill Gates has admitted Microsoft's "mistakes" have left it behind on mobile phones. In an interview with CBS the Microsoft founder and current chairman said that he wasn't satisfied with the level of innovation that the company had produced. "There were a lot of amazing things that [CEO] Steve [Ballmer]'s leadership got done with the company in the last year. Windows 8 is...
(2 months and 28 days ago)
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