How Microsoft's Surface tablet got my family through a Hurricane Sandy outage

We’re a cynical bunch up here in the greater New York City area, so when meteorologists started reporting that a major hurricane was headed our way for the last week of October, many of us were initially a bit skeptical. But the news...

Surface resentment aside, OEMs rally behind Windows 8/RT

Save for a single evening mingling with folks at Samsung at the Galaxy Note II launch event, I spent all of last week (and part of the week before) meeting with a number of Microsoft's OEM partners to check out their first batch of...

Windows RT Surface tablet boasts excellent design, but its still a tough sell

This past week saw a tidal wave of fresh Windows 8/RT and Surface-related news, as both Microsoft’s new operating systems and tablet PC officially launched. I spent the better part of the week attending events at which I was able to...

Microsoft's Surface tablet already can't compete

In the last few months since the initial announcement of its Surface branded tablets, Microsoft hasn’t said much about its upcoming product line-up. The relative silence actually had some folks wondering if there were some sort of...

Microsoft Office 2013's enhanced protection scheme cracked ahead of official launch

In addition to a host of improvements and other changes, Microsoft beefed up the encryption scheme used to secure users’ data in Office 2013. With Office 2010, Microsoft used an SHA-1 class algorithm with a 128-bit key to encrypt...

iPhone users really are switching to Bing maps, and they like it

With the release of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, it’s become clear that Apple is more dedicated than ever to maintaining the tightest possible control of every aspect of its ecosystem, as is evidenced by the custom A6 SoC in the handset...

Time to eat crow: Windows 8 is better than Windows 7

If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably seen my opinion of Windows 8 vary greatly throughout the operating system’s development cycle. I was initially happy with many of the enhancements due to be introduced...

Weighing Windows Phone 8's chances now that it's reached RTM

The past couple of weeks have seen some major developments in the Windows Phone 8 space. Earlier this month, Nokia officially unveiled its Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones, to mostly positive fanfare. The glossy exteriors and loud...

Cozying up to Google? Microsoft adds SkyDrive Android app

Although it started as a Windows/Web only solution, Microsoft has systematically revamped SkyDrive over the years to not only refine the service, but to support additional platforms. Just this past week, Microsoft made SkyDrive even...

Microsoft's DMCA takedown blitz smells of Windows 8 censorship

Out of the blue, a number of reputable online publications, including BetaNews, Hardware Canucks, PowerArchiver, NGOHQ, and Technize (among many others), received DMCA takedown orders from Google that claim on Microsoft’s behalf that...

Microsoft removes Windows 8 grace period, inconveniences everybody

By now, I suspect many of you have read that Microsoft has eliminated the activation grace period from retail versions of Windows 8. With its newly minted OS, Microsoft is forcing users to enter a product key during the installation,...

Windows Phone 8 hardware to compete with Android's best. Maybe.

Microsoft has already disclosed quite a few details regarding Windows Phone 8. The biggest news was that Windows Phone 8 would use the NT Kernel, but Microsoft also disclosed that its upcoming mobile OS will support multi-core...

Windows 8 reaches RTM: Release dates for developers, enterprises

Exactly two months after the Microsoft made the Windows 8 Release Preview available for download, the company has released its upcoming OS to manufacturers.In early July, at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer...

Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe,' says Valve founder and former Microsoft employee Gabe Newell

The former head of Microsoft Game Studios, Ed Fries, interviewed Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell at a reception at the Casual Connect game conference this week in Seattle. As expected, much of the interview...

Windows 8's October 26th release could mean holiday gold for Microsoft

It’s official. In a post on the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft posted a picture of Steven Sinofsky speaking at the company’s annual sales meeting, where he announced that Windows 8 will be made available on October 26. New computers—in...

Office 2013/365 may be Microsoft's most pervasive software package yet

With the help of Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft's Office Division, CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled Office 2013 and the latest iterations of Office 365 at a press conference in San Francisco yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the next...

Microsoft's 'Lost Decade' sensationalizes common issues among large corporations

The tech community is abuzz in anticipation of an article set to be published in the August issue of Vanity Fair titled, “Microsoft’s Lost Decade.” The magazine has published a preview of the piece on its website with the much more...

Microsoft's Surface tablet announcement causes controversy where there is none

Microsoft’s recent unveilings of Surface and Windows Phone 8 have set the rumor mill ablaze. Although the announcements were mostly well received, it seems that some people in the tech community are dead-set on creating controversy...

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: First step to a consistent Windows across all platforms

This has been a banner week for Microsoft. On Monday the company announced its Surface line of tablet PCs, to mostly positive reactions, and today Redmond went ahead and shook up the smartphone market. At the Windows Phone Summit in...

Microsoft's Surface tablet will not kill the iPad, but might sour OEM relations

This past weekend was rife with speculation about what would go down at a hush-hush, invite-only event Microsoft held in Los Angeles yesterday. The prevailing idea was that Microsoft would unveil its very own tablet PC, perhaps with...

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