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We’ve already told you about Microsoft’s multi-million-dollar ad campaign that will kick off the launch of Windows 10. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant got the ball rolling with its "10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10: IT'S FAMILIAR” ad late last night. However, Microsoft is also breaking out the big guns with a series of five new ads that are sure to may you go “awwwwwww.” That’s right, Microsoft has resorted to using adorable babies to promote Windows 10, and it just might work – heck, anything is better than this trainwreck. Microsoft is touting a new generation of Windows users... Read more...
We're in the homestretch now, folks! In just nine days, Microsoft will launch Windows 10 and begin doling out free upgrades to registered Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users in waves. Make no mistake, this is a big launch for Microsoft, as it can ill afford to release another OS that lands to heavy criticism the way Windows 8 did. To help avoid that, Microsoft's message in a new ad campaign is that you should upgrade to Windows 10 because "it's familiar." It's a simple message that provides the foundation for the 46-second clip titled "10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10: IT'S FAMILIAR," and it's one... Read more...
Target is offering a 25 percent discount on the Microsoft Band, a fitness wearable that just saw a $20 discount at the Microsoft Store last week. The deal at Target is much better, as it slashes $50 off the $200 retail cost, bringing the tally to $150 instead of $180. However, it's an in-store only deal through Target's Cartwheel mobile savings app.You can download Cartwheel from Google Play for Android devices or the Apple Store for iOS gadgets. The app offers hundreds of discounts ranging from 5 percent to 50 percent off, which you can add to your virtual cart. Then when you shop a brick-and-mortar... Read more...
As we inch ever-closer to the July 29th launch of Windows 10, we're starting to learn more and more about the operating system. Yesterday, we talked about an important change to Windows Update in the Home version - one that forces updates on people - and today, we get a glimpse at the support cycle for the OS. At the official support site for Windows, we're told that Windows 10 is going to have mainstream support until October 13, 2020 - just over five years. Extended support, which represents security patches, will last until October 14, 2025. It's important to note that such long-term support... Read more...
In early March, managing director of Microsoft Research managing editor Eric Horvitz hinted that the Cortana digital assistant would be making its way to both iOS and Android platforms after being a Windows Phone exclusive for quite some time (it has also found a home in Windows 10). Microsoft made that news official in late May, confirming that the world’s two top mobile operating systems would receive Cortana support. The iOS and Android Cortana apps were supposed to debut later this month alongside the retail launch of Windows 10, but the Android app has leaked early and can be download right... Read more...
With the almost-kinda-maybe RTM Windows 10 build 10240 having been released, we can get a glimpse at the terms end-users are expected to comply with. One of those terms has been known about for a while, but is no less frustrating: the inability to disable updates through Windows Update. Part of the agreement reads "The Software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you.", which means that even if you don't want to update, you're going to have no say in the matter. From Microsoft's standpoint, this is ideal because it ensures that all of its customers... Read more...
If you're a fitness guru or otherwise looking to "live healthier and be more productive," as Microsoft pitches its Band accessory, you have options. Lots of them. Fitness has become a huge point of focus for the wearables category, and speaking of the aforementioned Microsoft Band, the Redmond outfit sliced $20 off the price of its wrist band today.It now sells for $180, down from its original retail cost of $200. With it you can "achieve your wellness goals and stay more productive with email. previews, and calendar alerts at a glance," Microsoft says. It offers guided workouts, can track your... Read more...
Here's the deal folks, if you own a valid copy of Windows 7 with SP1 installed or Windows 8.1, you can upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge for the first year. You may have even registered for your upgrade via a taskbar icon. If not, go ahead and get in line -- Microsoft will begin doling out Windows 10 updates on July 29, which will roll out in waves.What if you don't own a copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and plan on building a new system? Well, you'll have to pony up for Windows 10. If you're feeling anxious, you can place your pre-order right now at Amazon. The online seller is offering Windows... Read more...
Microsoft is done being undercut by Google and its low-priced, cloud-driven Chromebooks. During its Worldwide Partner Conference, Redmond revealed its own inexpensive alternative, the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook. The $169 Windows 10 notebook will hit stores in August.  Acer's Aspire One Cloudbook will sport an 11.6-inch screen and ship with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10, and another model will be available with a 14-inch display. We know little else about the Cloudbook, but at $169 the price alone is an aggressive statement. Chromebooks are far from capturing a majority slice of the market,... Read more...
Come and get it!! The latest build of Windows 10 is now available for Windows Insiders, and we couldn’t be more delighted. After all the flak that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 received from the tech press, businesses, and even everyday consumers, Windows 10 is a definitely a breath of fresh air (the free upgrades are also a nice touch). Despite what we heard yesterday regarding Build 10240 being the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 10, Microsoft isn’t exactly stating that this information is accurate. In fact, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul stated, “Over the past few days we’ve been preparing... Read more...
It’s Happening! The word on the street is that Windows 10 is complete; it has hit the release to manufacturing (RTM) stage, which means that hardware OEMs around the globe will soon be loading the final version of Windows 10 onto machines shipping at the end of this month. Microsoft first announced Windows 10 in late January (however, the operating system’s development dates back several years), and has gone through a lengthy public testing phase which has been made easier with the help of thousands of Windows Insiders. The final RTM build of Windows 10 is 10240, which is quite a big leap from... Read more...
Microsoft’s takeover Nokia’s Devices and Services division has been nothing short of a disaster. The company is axing 7,800 employees from its phone division and is writing off $7.6 billion in costs related to last year’s $7.2 billion acquisition. “We will need to innovate in new areas, execute against our plans, make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella when announcing the drastic measures he took with regards to Microsoft’s smartphone operations. “In the longer term, Microsoft devices... Read more...
Early last month, Microsoft starting revealing more details about its impressive Surface Hubs, which are designed for use in business conference rooms. The massive touch screen displays are fully-functional Windows 10 PCs complete with 100 points of touch, Intel Core processors, and SSD storage. The 55-inch Surface Hub has a display resolution of 1920x1080 and a price tag of $6,999. The 84-inch Surface Hub comes with a 4K display and will set businesses back a whopping $19,999. Pre-orders for both Surface Hubs began on July 1 and Microsoft promised that units would begin shipping in September.... Read more...
While nothing Microsoft has planned can likely top the Rolling Stones kicking off the launch of Windows 95 — Microsoft reportedly paid the Rolling Stones $3 million to use the song “Start Me Up” in the advertising campaign — the company is hard at work revving its engines to heavily promote Windows 10 later this month. Windows 10 will become available starting July 29, but the company will begin heavily promoting the operating system in the United States July 20. On that date, Microsoft will begin running its first TV and online ads promoting the successor to Windows 8.1. Microsoft indicates that... Read more...
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