The rumours were true: Microsoft hasannounced Windows 8.1 with Bing , a new version of Windows 8.1 available only to hardware manufacturers.
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The Surface Pro 3 is real, and Microsoft's "tablet that can replace your laptop" looks mighty impressive on paper, from its pixel-packed 12-inch screen to its almost impossibly slim 0.35-inch chassis, which hides up to a full-blown Core i7 processor. And that's only on the, er, surface: the thoughtful design tweaks Microsoft integrated into the tablet, from the deep OneNote pen integration to the improved Type Cover trackpad and more flexible kickstand, seem sure to make Microsoft's new slate far more comfortable to actually use than its smaller predecessors, as well.
Microsoft stands poised to unveil the next chapter in the ambitious, yet tumultuous Surface saga on Tuesday, with a quote-unquote "small" Surface event in New York City. The date's concrete, but the details are murky. Just what is Microsoft going to unveil? The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 were only launched in late October, after all.
If Microsoft indeed intends to release a shrunk-down Surface Mini this month, as an invite for a "small" Surface event suggests, merely downsizing the tablet's design to fit an 8-inch frame ain't going to cut it. Sure, the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 are beautiful pieces of kit, but they're made for big-screen productivity--the Surface Pro is essentially an Ultrabook without a keyboard. That experience won't translate well to a smaller form factor, better suited for content consumption than content creation.
Those pint-sized accessories that leaked on Amazon in April may have been harbingers after all: The long-rumoured Surface Mini may soon see the light of day. Last night, Microsoft sent around Surface-branded press invitations with the tagline "Join us for a small gathering."
Antivirus is dead.
There's no getting cold feet now. On Friday, Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's device business became official, after months of delays and regulatory hurdles. The remnants of Nokia will get a whopping $7.2 billion. In return, Microsoft will get 32,000 new employees, a legion of Lumias, and oh yeah, those funky Android-based Nokia X phones.
Between the release of the PC-friendly spring update for Windows 8.1 and the newfound introduction of universal "buy once, play anywhere" Windows apps, Microsoft is doing all it can to spur the One Microsoft vision while, well, letting a PC be a PC and a tablet be a tablet. But, sadly, the most anticipated improvements have yet to arrive.
Dropbox has shaken up its service, announcing a slew of updates and new services designed for work and play alike. Amidst the flurry of announcements, one thing became startlingly clear: Google Drive may have the cheapest consumer cloud prices around, but Dropbox wants to be more than just a simple storage locker.
You heard right, devout desktop lovers: The Start menu is coming back to Windows, Microsoft operating system head Terry Myerson announced at Build.
Attackers are actively exploiting a newly discovered Microsoft Word vulnerability that could be used to gain remote access of your PC, according to Microsoft, and even worse, the exploit can be triggered by opening or merely previewing a malicious email using Outlook's default settings.
Dirt-cheap Windows PCs and tablets are coming, and it's all thanks to Google's growing low-price threat.
Sony's floundering PC business is no more, sold to a group of investors that plan to pull the once-vaunted VAIO brand back within Japan's borders.
As a diehard PC geek and, by extension, a longtime Windows enthusiast, I'm feeling very optimistic for the future of the traditional Windows desktop because of two portentous events that occurred this week: The leak of an early build of the impending Windows 8.1 update 1 and Satya Nadella being appointed the CEO of Microsoft.
At long last, after much searching, a flood of whispered rumors, and more than a little journalistic hand-wringing, Microsoft has found its new CEO: Satya Nadella.
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