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It’s been nearly two years since Satya Nadella swooped into replace longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer later resigned from Microsoft’s Board of Directors in August 2014 and has kept a relatively low [tech] profile since then. His most recent commentary about his former company was rather flattering, with Ballmer commenting in October, "Nobody else is really trying to compete with [Apple] anymore, really, seriously, in hardware. If there's going to be any competition for Apple, it'll come from Microsoft - and I believe that." This week, Ballmer once again had some words to say about Microsoft, and this time he wasn’t so kind. At Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting held yesterday,... Read more...
Microsoft’s well-intentioned, but ultimately doomed Windows RT operating system (and the accompanying Surface and Surface 2 tablets) is one of Microsoft’s most high-profile boondoggles in recent memory. Initially developed as a somewhat low-cost answer to iPad and Android tablets, tablets running Windows RT never really took off with consumers (while the Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets have seen much greater adoption). Microsoft saw the writing on the wall and discontinued the Surface 2 earlier this year. Although most in the tech community didn’t shed a tear over this announcement, it was a blow to those that bought into Microsoft’s ARM-based Windows operating system. Surface RT and... Read more...
We learned yesterday that there will be seven variants of Windows 10. One of those variants is Windows 10 Mobile, which we have previously been calling Windows 10 for Phones. Now that Microsoft’s smartphone-oriented operating system officially has a name, the company has rolled out a new preview that brings with it some new features and additional device support. Windows 10 Mobile Build 10080 is available to Insiders on the Fast Ring, and includes the Windows Store beta which aligns visually with the complementing store on Windows 10 for PCs. Although carrier billing has not been enabled for purchases, you can use credit cards, gift cards, and PayPal to complete a transaction. Other new features... Read more...
Microsoft is bringing togetherness to the forefront with Windows 10. Microsoft promoted unity with the universal apps, which allows developers to create rich applications using the same codebase across tablet, smartphone, and PC form-factors. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant took things a step further yesterday with the revelation that developers will be able to easily port their Android and iOS apps to Windows 10. But there’s another piece to this whole “kumbaya” movement in the form of Continuum. We’ve already seen what Continuum can do for convertible PCs — when operating in notebook mode, users are presented with a traditional Windows 10 interface complete with a keyboard/mouse-centric... Read more...
When Windows 10 was announced back in late January, Microsoft promised universal apps that would allow developers to create software from a single codebase that would work on PC, tablet, smartphone, and Xbox One platforms. Today, Microsoft is delivering on that promise, announcing that the universal Office suite for Windows 10 that was demoed back in January will be coming to Windows Phones later this month (likely just in time for Microsoft’s BUILD conference). Compared to its tablet counterpart, Office Universal apps for the phone have their commands and controls move to the bottom of the screen to make it easier for you to “thumb around” when holding the device one-handed. As Microsoft General... Read more...