Rumored follow-ons for Surface tablets; reduced orders for original Surface

The big Windows 8 rumors out today are that Microsoft has cut in half its order for Surface RT tablets even as the company is in the thick of work on the next generation of the products.First, the cut in orders. That rumor comes from...

Microsoft buys a starring role for its Surface tablet on TV’s 'Suburgatory'

Last night Microsoft spent what must have been a healthy chunk of the rumored $1 billion marketing budget for its Windows 8 Surface tablets with one of the most comprehensive product placements ever seen in a TV sit-com.The tablet...

Why is Steven Sinofsky really leaving Microsoft?

It’s hard to imagine why someone would walk away from one of the most powerful jobs within Microsoft just weeks after launching two products that its CEO says together rank among the top three events in the company’s storied...

Cracks in Microsoft's Surface RT

If people don’t like Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet-notebook fusion hardware for Windows 8, they should stick around for the enterprise-ready version coming out early next year, CEO Steve Ballmer says.That device, Surface Pro, is...

Businesses will have to pay up if they want Office on BYOD iPads and Android tablets

The big Microsoft rumor is that the company is coming out next year with a version of Office for iOS and Android phones and tablets – sort of.According to The Verge, Office Mobile will be a free app that enables reading but not...

Windows 8 launch is a non-event for businesses

Windows 8 is going to get hammered in the next few weeks as consumers try out the new operating system for the first time.Their reactions will likely differ little from those of reviewers who found much to complain about. The bottom...

Those Windows 8 TV ads? They’re real.

Microsoft copyright claims have forced the takedown of several purported Windows 8 TV ads that somehow leaked to the Web.While Microsoft’s copyright protection could just be aimed at defending the Windows 8 name and not the actual...

Intel chief’s candor about Windows 8 could sabotage tablet event

Intel’s press event tomorrow in praise of upcoming Windows 8 machines could be awkward in the wake of news that the company’s CEO deems the new Microsoft operating system unready and in need of improvements.Just about a month away...

What Office for RT lacks

Microsoft is bundling a subset of Office applications with its power-pinching Windows 8 on ARM devices known as Windows RT, but the apps don’t do everything they can do on traditional PCs.According to a Microsoft Office Next blog,...

Why Windows RT has a closed Windows 8 apps environment: power

Windows RT – the ARM-based Windows 8 devices with strict controls on what applications can be loaded – sets longer battery life as a top goal, which goes a long way to explain why Microsoft has placed tough requirements on...

Touch-centric Windows 8 without mouse and keyboard leaves a lot behind

The new Windows 8 Wedge mouse and keyboard seem innovative and well engineered, but the real news is that they will be necessary add-ons for some Windows 8 tablets, especially when the tablets are used for traditional business...

Microsoft’s sales model for Surface tablets is unfriendly to enterprises

Large corporations eager to buy Microsoft Surface tablets shouldn’t expect much help from Microsoft, at least initially.It seems the company is just trying to get the product out the door by the October ship date that CEO Steve...

If security were the only factor, a Windows 8 upgrade would be a no-brainer

If moving to Windows 8 were solely a question of security, the answer would be yes – that’s how compelling the improvements are, experts say.Security isn’t the only consideration, though, because businesses have to weigh other...

Microsoft bets the farm on Metro

If you want to help Microsoft out, love its Metro interface.It’s got all those colored tiles on a Start page that fills up the entire screen and seems to stretch from side to side forever with no visible navigation tools.You have to...

7 reasons businesses should and shouldn’t go for Microsoft Surface

IT pros: Assume that the new Microsoft Surface laptop and tablet represent hardware that shows off Windows 8 to its best advantage and make decisions accordingly.The company is taking a step outside its normal way of doing business –...

Microsoft iPad-killer rumors point to a Windows RT-based Barnes & Noble e-reader

Rumors that Microsoft plans to announce a tablet today aimed at luring away iPad customers speculate that the product could be a copycat Nook e-reader, the tiny, inexpensive tablets sold by Barnes & Noble.Beyond being a way to...

TechEd 2012: Windows Server 2012 isn't available yet, but it's running Bing

How cooked is Windows Server 2012? Cooked enough to power Microsoft’s Bing search engine.That’s what attendees at Microsoft’s TechEd North America 2012 heard during the first day’s keynote by the company’s Server and Tools Business...

Is Google taking a run at Windows 8?

What’s it worth to put Microsoft Office on an iPad or Android?Google won’t say what it paid, but it just bought Quickoffice, which  can do the next-best thing. It makes a Windows Office-compatible platform for Android and iOs...

This Windows 8 tablet might actually be a PC

The first announced Windows 8 tablet powered by an ARM processor does a lot to explain why Microsoft has persisted in calling any Windows 8 device a PC.The product in question: The Asus Windows RT Tablet 600 touted to be the first...

Demise of Cius offers lessons for Windows 8

With Cisco more or less pulling the plug on its business tablet Cius, Microsoft tablets based on Windows 8 have an opportunity and a challenge.The opportunity: give businesses an alternative to the popular iPad that employees bring...

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