WIMBoot stands in the way
Now that Microsoft has opened up the floodgates to try the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you’re itching to give it a go,…
Less reasons to buy a new PC
One of the biggest news items coming out of Microsoft’s Windows 10 preview event is that the operating system will be made…
Reduces version fragmentation
Microsoft announced its Windows 10 upgrade plans on Wednesday, saying the new operating system would be free for the first year. At its…
So long Windows 8, hello Windows…. 10? That’s the next version from Microsoft, which showed off an early look at the new software on Tuesday. Live Tiles are blended with the Desktop in a way that appears more seamless than ever before.
Does a $100 price cut on Surface 2 signal the beginning of the end for Windows RT? It’s easy to think so but there are few reasons that Microsoft’s RT strategy might not be done quite yet.
When Microsoft(s msft) announced the Surface Pro 3 on Tuesday, a lot of people were surprised it didn’t announce a Windows RT-based…
It’s a first for Android: In 2013, more tablets running Google’s software were sold than those running Apple iOS. How much does that matter? Likely little in the short term based on the smartphone market where Android also has the market share crown.
Microsoft(s msft) will continue to allow PC manufacturers to make and sell Windows 7 business machines beyond the original 31 October cut-off…
Office for iPad is still nowhere to be seen and recent comments from Microsoft’s marketing chief make it sound like that’s not going to change. ZDNet says otherwise and expects Office for iPad in the first half of this year.
It’s a very special episode of The Gigaom Show, as Microsoft doesn’t change CEOs very often. We also tackle connected cars and mysterious slowdowns in your online video streaming services.
A leaked, early build of Update 1 for Windows 8.1 appeared online over the weekend and it shows a merger between the Desktop and tiled interfaces of Microsoft’s platform. Mouse and trackpad users should be happy with these changes.
Look for a Windows 8.1 update just one month before Microsoft’s Build event in April says Mary Jo Foley. Update 1 is expected to have changes under the hood and not materially affect the Start button or have other visual changes.
More trouble in paradise? HP continues its love-hate affair with Microsoft, promoting sale of discounted PCs running a four-year-old version of Windows.
More screen shots of the Nokia Normandy software on Android appeared online convincing me even further that Nokia’s Asha line will be based on Android, not S40, as early as Microsoft’s April BUILD conference.
Maybe Lenovo is on to something with unique PC designs and fold-over keyboards. The company actually grew PC sales in a declining market and just announced a new 8.3-inch Windows 8 tablet and refresh of its X1 Carbon laptop.
Intel may be poised to make the next big play to revive PC sales with support for both Windows and Android on the same device. At best, this might further ease Intel’s transition from PC to post-PC.
The messaging service is now tightly integrated with Microsoft’s PC-slash-tablet OS, although the recently-launched Viber Out feature doesn’t appear to be included.
Mozilla has finally unveiled a fully-integrated Firefox browser for Windows 8, and has invited users to download and test it.
Microsoft took the wraps off of the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 at an event on Monday.
Microsoft is taking a $900 million write-down for Surface RT inventory adjustments, which amounts to $0.07 a share. This shouldn’t surprise: We knew in January that full Windows 8 tablets at the same price would be more attractive to consumers.
A lower price doesn’t change a device’s flaws or limitations. But it can make it easier to overlook them. With the Surface RT now starting at $349, is it any more compelling of a purchase? Take our poll and let us know.
When broken down among by platform preference, iOS and Windows developers show nearly the same level of interest in making smartphone apps as making tablet apps. Android developers are a different story.
The rate at which the PC market contracted during Q2 is still in the double digits, though it was ever so slightly better than the previous quarter. IDC says PC makers are still struggling against the rising tide of tablets.
How well does the Windows 8 experience translate down to a smaller screen? That’s what I wanted to find out, so I spent some time with the 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 tablet and Bluetooth keyboard.
The Ativ brand, which Samsung is trying to associate with Windows 8 the way Galaxy is linked to Android, got a few new tablets today — including one that runs both Android and Windows.
Although Microsoft hasn’t announced Surface RT sales, there’s little evidence it has a hit on its hands. That could change a little for the better with a new limited promotion: A free Touch or Type Cover included with Surface RT.
A new version of the iconic Start Button will be part and parcel of a new Windows 8.1 desktop mode, says Microsoft corporate VP Antoine Leblond.
Acer’s Iconia W3 is the second coming of Ultra Mobile PCs, only this time, there’s a touch-friendly user interface. The Windows 8 desktop is still the biggest challenge on a small slate; perhaps Microsoft should offer a “Metro”-only license?
Microsoft’s CMO promised an easy upgrade route for both Win 8 and Win RT users to Windows 8.1.
Uh oh. Looks like Windows 8 is due for some changes, according to a Financial Times report featuring thoughts from a Microsoft executive.
Acer has a pair of new tablets to show off. The Aspire A1 looks like an iPad mini, runs Android and costs $169. Acer’s Aspire P3 is a convertible Ultrabook with Windows 8 and starts at $799.
Despite flat year-over-year WIndows revenue, Microsoft logged a 19 percent profit year over year. Not too shabby for the much maligned company.
Intel is looking for a new CEO and its looks at internal candidates. The big problem: they are all kids of the PC revolution. What Intel needs is fresh thinking, much like Microsoft to get out of the crumbling PC ecosystem.
Reports indicate Microsoft is planning a smaller Surface tablet for later this year. It won’t be the first though: Remember UMPCs? The idea was sound, but the interface and hardware weren’t; two things that Microsoft can easily fix now.
With Q1 PC sales breaking records — and not in a good way — Microsoft is taking heat with two analysts downgrading its shares.
We can pretty much stop arguing about whether the PC industry is deathly ill or not: the numbers speak for themselves, with its worst quarter since tracking began in 1994.
Looking for a Windows 8 slate with mobile broadband? Samsung has added an LTE radio in its Ativ Smart PC Pro 700 tablet, but it will cost you quite a bit up front for the privilege.
Mobile device users already know about TouchPal, the third-party keyboard that speeds input with swiping gestures and word prediction. The free app has now graduated to the big screen of Windows 8.
First Samsung decided not to even sell its Windows RT tablet in the U.S. Now it appears to be pulling the product out of Germany and unspecified other European regions. Here’s why.
All-you-can-read digital magazine app Next Issue Media is expanding from iPad to Windows 8. The company partnered with Microsoft and hopes that users will want to read digital magazines across their devices.
The small sequel to the ill-fated TouchPad opts for Android, running on a dual-core processor. The big selling points appear to be a stainless steel shell and the inclusion of Beats Audio.
The tool, which uses optical character recognition and semantic tagging to recognize and organize many different document types across disparate cloud storage services, is finally out of beta.
I had high hopes for Windows RT but the apps I want aren’t supported. Windows 8 on Atom chips offers similar battery life and better app compatibility so why go RT? Right now there’s only one reason.
Not finding enough touch-friendly apps on your new Surface Pro or Windows 8 machine? Try the free Bluestacks player, which boasts more than 750,000 Android titles.
A recent Microsoft job posting shows the company is ready to take the next step to unify its development platform between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro is now on sale, starting at $899. Early reviews are mixed with the word “compromise” appearing quite often amid the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Can a Windows 8 tablet running on Intel’s Atom be a good middle ground between Windows RT and more expensive devices? Take a look at Acer’s W510: great battery life and full Windows 8.
Following Samsung and Acer, HP has thrown its hat into the Google Chromebook ring. The new $329 Pavilion may appeal to those wanting more screen and less Microsoft.
Sure, consumers still buy a whole lot of DVDs – but they’re also starting to spend money on movie rentals on their Xboxes and Windows 8 devices.
Research In Motion — which has renamed itself BlackBerry — launched its new smartphones at a star-studded event in New York, but responses to the new devices ranged from sharply critical to “ho hum,” and that could be lethal.
On this week’s call in podcast we tackle questions about the need for 128 GB of iPad storage, which smartphones have good cameras and the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8.
While few devices actually provide the advertised amount of storage capacity, Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a hog: The 64 GB model comes with only 23 GB available to the user.
Acer hasn’t been kind to Microsoft of late and is now trumpeting its Chromebook sales, which account for between 5 and 10 percent of all sales in just two months.
On this week’s audio podcast: Hands on with the Acer W510, a Atom-based Windows 8 tablet, plus thoughts on the legality of cell phone unlocking. Plus, Nokia has a new music subscription service that sounds great.
Microsoft’s Windows RT software had an opportunity to bring limited Windows 8 functionality to low-cost tablets, but that window may already be closing. Intel Atom-based slates with full Windows 8 and long run-times on a single charge have fewer restrictions and cost about the same.
U.S. consumers have one less Windows RT tablet to choose: Samsung has decided not to sell its Ativ Tab, citing weak demand for Windows RT and a lack of product understanding by consumers. That’s OK, the Ativ with full Windows 8 and Intel’s Atom is $599.
Looking for a Windows 8 slate on the cheap? Dell removed the active digitizer and swappable battery from its Latitude 10 tablet for an Essentials model that starts at $499. Aimed at educators and students, the tablet is much less than Microsoft’s $899 Surface Pro.
One look at the new Asus VivoTab Smart Tablet and you’ll swear you saw it before. It looks just like Microsoft’s Surface products. It blends some of the best features of Surface RT and Surface Pro, however; priced right, it could be a big seller.
It’s hard to tell if Microsoft’s Surface RT is a sales hit, but according to the company, retailer interest is high. As a result, Microsoft is expanding production and will be allowing third-party retail stores to carry the device earlier than it planned.
You want to star on your Xbox 360? A new app makes it easy to view your personal photos and videos on the big screen and to manipulate them with Kinect or voice controls.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro arrives in January with a full-featured version of Windows and an $899 price tag. That costs more than the Windows RT version but adds more app compatibility. It also brings half the run-time even though the battery is 30 percent bigger.
The wait for details surrounding Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet is over. On Thursday, the company announced some specs and the starting price of $899 which gets 64 GB of storage for the 10.6-inch tablet and also includes a digital pen. Is the price too high?
As web advertising faces challenges, how can an operating system and a VoIP service show more ads whilst not disrupting users? By threading them so deeply in to the technologies that no-one notices, Microsoft and Skype say.
A couple of weeks after Amazon released its Kindle app for Windows 8, Barnes & Noble’s Nook app has launched in the Microsoft App Store. Nook for Windows 8 includes some of the discovery-related features that Barnes & Noble also added to its new Nook HD tablets.
A start-up is trying to bring Next Issue Media-style magazine subscriptions to European iPads. But Le Kiosk is taking on €5.6 million in funding to improve its underlying tech with social features and more.
A massive billboard in Berlin from Nokia says, “Everyone loves a comeback.” That’s true, but at this point, it still sounds like wishful thinking because there’s been no evidence yet of a comeback to begin with. Windows 8 may be the best hope for Lumia sales.
As Windows computers morph into tablets, expect more such devices to be found in network operator stores. Case in point: AT&T will sell Samsung’s Smart PC with mobile broadband radio for $799 without contract. Is the price too high for what you’re getting?
On October 25th, Microsoft plans to launch the latest version of its venerable computing software, this time designed around the touchscreen and…
On this week’s audio podcast, we finally hear what Matt thinks of the Galaxy Note 2 that he’s been waiting for and how has. Both Kevin and Matt share impressions about Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet, which has the potential to help Windows Phone sales.
This week on the podcast: We tell you what you need to know about Windows 8 (and Surface), dive deep into the topic of disruption and round out the show with a rundown of all the big earnings news.
Along with Windows 8, Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet is here. The slate uses chips that typically power smartphones but Windows runs quite well on it and the hardware is extremely well made and — dare I say it — sexy? See for yourself in this early look.
Windows 8 is here and and Microsoft is holding a NYC event to tell its story. The new operating system provides support for older Windows apps, but also has the Windows RT offshoot for new, touch-friendly apps. Here’s our live blog of the event.
With a new Windows release, Microsoft is playing up to one it’s key advantages that’s easy to overlook: By licensing its software, buyers can personally choose from a variety of device sizes and form factors. But to play it safe, Surface RT is all Microsoft.
When Microsoft’s Windows 8 debuts later this week, one of the most popular voice and video calling apps will be available. That makes sense, as Microsoft bought Skype last year, but making even more sense is Skype integration with the Windows 8 / RT People hub.
On this week’s audio podcast Matt and Kevin discuss the new Google Chromebook and some special deals you can get that effectively pay for the device. Lumia sales are down; could Windows 8 and Surface RT help jumpstart sales? And why Xbox Music sounds good.
Apple stole the spotlight in the third quarter with a fascinating series of both positive and negative headlines. Its iPhone 5 was met with record sales that were nonetheless stymied by supply shortcomings, and its first mobile mapping product was roundly criticized
Microsoft announced its Surface RT tablet in June, leaving everyone wondering about the price. Now the details have appeared: $499 to start with more storage and a keyboard cover an additional cost. Is this what you expected or were you hoping for lower? Take our poll!
Pre-orders for Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet have begun and Microsoft is selling the device with 32 GB of storage for $499. That doesn’t include the thin keyboard cover: It’s a $100 option if bundled or $119 to add later. Is the iPad-like pricing just right?
Microsoft’s new Xbox Music service won’t just run on an Xbox: The service, which aims to compete with both iTunes and Spotify, is also coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 as well as Android and iOS. That’s a significant change of tune for Microsoft.
Analyst reports on PC sales are hitting the wire and they’re not good. Should this surprise? Not really when you consider how more capable and cheaper mobile devices are selling like hotcakes. The PC certainly isn’t dead, but it is dying a slow painful death.
Acer’s new Iconia W510 blends the tablet and laptop worlds with Windows 8 and an optional keyboard dock. The thin slate on its own starts at $499, but $749 doubles the flash storage and includes a keyboard dock with battery, providing 18 hours of runtime.
Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have finalized their previously announced partnership, which spins B&N’s digital and college businesses off into a subsidiary that will now be called Nook Media. Microsoft is investing $300 million in the new company and retains a 17.6 percent stake.
Here come the Windows 8 device announcements: Acer’s first Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W700, hits the market on Oct. 26 with a starting price of $799. That price includes a keyboard and unique case / cradle, giving hints on Windows 8 RT pricing.
Microsoft released Windows 8 to hardware makers but you can get your own free copy. Don’t get too excited: This is an evaluation copy that lasts for 90 days and can’t be upgraded. I’m going to take it for a spin on a Windows 7 slate.
Android and iOS have run away with the smartphone market, leaving others to fight for the remaining scraps. Windows Phone appears to be making some headway, however, as BlackBerry falters. Could Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch help boost phone sales due to a halo effect?
While a hot accessory alone won’t sell a mobile device, it never hurts to generate buzz and interest. Microsoft is doing just that by announcing relatively inexpensive and eye-catching new keyboards and mice for Windows 8 computers and tablets. One keyboard case doubles as a tablet stand.
The PC market had one of its worst quarters in a long time, with worldwide sales dipping 0.1 percent and U.S. sales dropping 10.6 percent. It’s not just the effect of th general transition to mobile that’s taking place — there’s also a lot of waiting going on.
Microsoft took the wraps off Windows Phone 8, which will not just gain many needed features but also share common core code with Windows 8 on the desktop. That means apps can be made to run on phones, tablets, laptops and other Windows computers.
Microsoft did what many would consider unthinkable by introducing Surface, a slick 10.6-inch tablet with two different models designed and built by Microsoft. There’s a key strategic difference, however: Surface tablets place Microsoft in direct competition with its licensees for both tablets and PCs.
Speculation has begun that Microsoft will launch its own tablet device on Monday, but will it be a full computer or a consumer device? No matter what’s announced, it could have implications regarding Windows partnerships and the public’s desire, or lack thereof, to buy Microsoft hardware.
Once a rising star, HTC continues to lose lustre as it not only faces increased competition from Apple and Samsung, but also due to alleged patent infringements and limitations on future products. With three issues at once, this may be the worst week in HTC’s history.
At Computex, Asus introduced numerous new computer designs for Microsoft Windows 8, covering laptops, desktops, Ultrabooks and more. There’s even one laptop with two screens. But the smartest move by Asus is to re-use the popular design from its Android tablet and dock, the Transformer Prime.
A report that Microsoft will hold back on Office for iPad and Android devices until it’s out on Windows tablets and phones illustrates Microsoft’s quandary. Office is its cash cow and solidifies account control. The danger is people may like iPads more than Office.
Microsoft and Barnes & Noble are forming a strategic partnership that combines the Nook and college businesses into a new company. Microsoft is making a $300 million investment in the new company and Nook e-books are coming to Windows platforms.
Depending on whom you believe, Microsoft will either offer Windows Phone 8 as an upgrade to all current Microsoft-powered handsets or it won’t provide the software to any of them. Windows 8 could be the issue here, but Microsoft needs to publicly state its intent.
Microsoft has chosen the brand names under which it will sell Windows 8, the company’s most important product launch in a generation. It has smartly cut down on the number of versions but it has chosen to give its first ARM-friendly operating system a weird name.
Microsoft is facing a challenge in getting developers to make apps for its upcoming Windows 8 tablets: getting their attention. But there’s also a practical concern of having the right hardware. A rather unlikely middleman is looking to help bridge this gap.
It is the long weekend. And unless you are traveling, you might have enough time to sit and read and ruminate on different things. I have seven stories that are food for thought. The topics range from baseball to DNA to future of news.
In the final quarter of 2011, Apple sold more iPads than any traditional computer maker sold PCs. Are we headed toward what Apple calls a “post-PC” era? A former Apple director of 10 years suggests an interesting reason for the company’s positioning of “post-PC” devices.
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has cleared up some of the confusion regarding its plans for Windows 8 computers that will use ARM processors, the fi…
Microsoft added fuel to speculations about its consumer-business prowess on Tuesday with the preview of its forthcoming Windows Store that will accompany Windows 8, but there’s a more fundamental issue facing Microsoft than whether consumers will buy Windows 8 devices. Will it have developers?
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) may have finally resolved an internal debate about how to present the first Windows 8 tablets running on ARM processo…
Interest in Microsoft Windows 8 tablets is waning, says Forrester, with nearly half of those who wanted such a device at the beginning of 2011 no longer interested. Time is against Microsoft, but there’s still some hope for success due to both hardware and software strategies.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 chips are expected next year and will be the first to support all of the major 2G, 3G and 4G networks with a single integrated modem. It’s smaller, more powerful and should improve battery life on 4G smartphones, tablets and other devices.
With probably a year to go before Windows 8 arrives, it’s not a huge surprise that there would be a little confusion over exactly how Window…
It’s been a rough couple of years for Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) as it watches an industry that once thought of Windows as oxygen embrace new, s…
Since the release of the first developer preview of Windows 8, Mac users have been downloading it to run in virtualization software such as Parallels and VMware Fusion. You can do it using Boot Camp, too, and experience Windows 8 at full speed.
Actually, they almost certainly won’t call it the Zune Tablet. But rumors that Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is considering putting together its ow…
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) proved Wednesday that it has learned the lessons of the modern revolution in computing by unveiling Windows 8, a next…
Next week Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) will become the last of the four companies currently gunning for Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) in the tablet market to…
It’s being rumored that Windows 8 could make its debut next week, even though release isn’t actually slated to occur until 2012. Here’s a list of the features that are likely to be included in Windows 8 that I’m most looking forward to seeing: