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Windows 7 PCs to be available until November 1, 2014

Microsoft has stopped selling boxed retail copies of Windows 7 OS, but the same OS will continue to be available when it is pre-installed or bundled with a new computer till the start of start of November next year.

The Redmond-based software giant stopped offering boxed retail copies of Windows 7 OS on October 30 this year. But, the cut-off date for Windows 7 OS shipping pre-installed or bundled with new computers has been set at November 1,
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Hardware venders like HP, Dell and Lenovo will continue to sell PC with pre-installed Windows 7 for around next one year.

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Windows 8’s share stalled in November: study

While Microsoft's Windows 7 continued to gain ground in November, the newer operating system, Windows 8, failed to increase its share.

According to figures compiled by Net Applications, Windows 7 saw its share jumping up by two-tenths of a percentage point to 46.6 per cent at the end of November. In other words, Windows 7 accounted for nearly half of all computer operating systems. The figure was even higher at 51.3 per cent of those running a flavor of Windows.

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Microsoft launches new streaming site called XboxVideo.com

Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft has announced the launch of a new streaming site called XboxVideo. com, which allows Xbox Live subscribers to watch videos not only on their Xbox game consoles but also on their computers.

To get access to videos they have already bought from the Xbox Video app on computers, users will just have to sign-in using their Xbox Live accounts. Previously, users were able to access videos just on the Xbox 360 or the new Xbox One game consoles.

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AOL in talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp and Shoutcast: report

AOL is pursuing talks with software giant Microsoft to sell Winamp and Shoutcast, according to a recently published Techcrunch report.

Winamp is media playing software for devices based on Microsoft's Windows or Google's Android operating systems. AOL has acquired it through its $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft more than a decade ago in 1999. Shoutcast is a media streaming service that was also developed by Nullsoft.

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Xbox One’s multimedia abilities allow Microsoft to stay ahead of Apple, Google: says analyst

The suite of entertainment apps and other capabilities of Microsoft's Xbox One are greater than those of counterpart gaming systems from rival firms Google and Apple, according to Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian.

In a recent note to investors, Sebastian said Xbox One's entertainment apps, its capability to provide users with Web content, and traditional entertainment options like music, movies and TV make it a more compelling product than rival products from Google and Apple.

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