With an unnamed `inside' source at Microsoft revealing that the company laid out the launch details for its Windows-based `Surface' tablet at the recent TechReady15 conference and was considering a compelling $199 price-tag for the device, analysts are quite wary of the supposed `fire sale' of the Microsoft tablet.
According to a recent confirmation by WithinWindows. com blogger Rafael Rivera, software giant Microsoft has blocked a popular work-around which enables the users of the Windows 8 desktops to circumvent the tiled start screen and boot directly.
Referring to the April-revealed ".scf hack" – which gave the users of Windows 8 Consumer Preview the ability to boot directly by bypassing the tile-based Start screen after logging on -, Rivera said in an email that “some changes” have been made by Microsoft to its Windows OS so as to “prevent the .scf hack from working correctly."
In a strategic move aimed at overturning market share losses to Google's increasingly popular email service Gmail, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it was renaming its Hotmail service Outlook. com; and also launched a preview version of the new personal, free Web-based email service.
According to the Microsoft announcement, the company's Hotmail service - which was one of the first, popular free Web-based email services - will get a new name; and will essentially be converted into an overhauled, Facebook-friendly free online email service.
Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system is going to be a threat to open platforms, Valve co-founder & managing director Gabe Newell believes.
Newell and his video game development company Valve produced some of the most acclaimed titles like Half-life and Left 4 Dead. They are also responsible for a popular online distribution service for video games called Steam.
On Thursday, software giant Microsoft reported that EPS was in the red by 6 cents in the most recent quarter, with the company posting its first-ever quarterly loss; after having announced on July 3 that it intends to write down the goodwill value of its 2007-acquired aQuantive online ad division by $6.2 billion.
One of the most attractive elements to have made its way to Microsoft Office and become one of the four key pillars of the company’s popular productivity suite is OneNote, which is basically a “digital notebook.”
That OneNote is becoming one of the noteworthy elements of Microsoft Office software is evident from the fact that Microsoft ensured that OneNote grabbed the spotlight at the launch of the Consumer Preview of its forthcoming Office 2013 version earlier this week.
In an announcement in a blog post and at the company's annual sales meeting on Wednesday, Microsoft revealed that the much-awaited newest version of its operating system - Windows 8 OS - will go on sale on October 26.
The information about the launch date of Windows 8 OS by Microsoft was released on Wednesday. It was first disclosed by Stephen Sinofsky - president of the Windows and Windows Live unit - at Microsoft's Global eXchange
(MGX), the company's annual internal mass meeting of company executives, product managers, and salespersons.
On July 15, software giant Microsoft ended its 16-year experiment with MSNBC. com --- the company, in a joint disclosure with NBC Universal, revealed that it was abandoning its msnbc. com/MSNBC cable television partnership with NBC.
With NBC News’ parent NBC Universal having acquired Microsoft’s 50 percent share of MSNBC cable network for an undisclosed amount, the culmination of the Microsoft-NBC association marks the end of the first experiment in networking conventional TV media with the Internet.
On Sunday, software giant Microsoft and NBC News officially announced the breakup of their Internet partnership, with NBC - which is now owned by Comcast - acquiring full control of MSNBC. com from Microsoft, to rebrand it as its own online news service called NBCNews. com.
The dissolution of the Microsoft and NBC's MSNBC. com joint venture will result in the shifting of the website's headquarters from Microsoft's Redmond, Washington-based corporate campus to NBC News' New York headquarters.
In an announcement which underscored that the upgrade to the Windows 8 operating system - which will be released this fall - will be much cheaper than what Microsoft usually charges for OS upgrades, the company said on Monday that customers running Windows XP or a more recent Windows version will have to shell only $40 for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.
Microsoft's $1.2 billion acquisition of Yammer, which is commonly referred to as `Facebook for the Workplace', is an indication that the software company will apparently bring about a notable shift in the way bigwig companies select as well as use software.
With Yammer being a well-known social network for businesses, a Wall Street Journal report has noted that the Yammer acquisition by Microsoft underscores the fact that the software giant is apparently "trying to plug holes in its ubiquitous Office software."
Rebuffing last-week reports which hinted that Microsoft is apparently working on its own Windows Phone 8 smartphone first as a "flagship" device for the new version of its mobile OS, Greg Sullivan - senior marketing manager for Windows Phone - said on Monday that Microsoft currently has no plans to manufacture its own company-branded smartphone.
The reports about the possibility of Microsoft's own Windows Phone 8 handset started making rounds last week, close on the heels of Microsoft's announcement of its own Windows 8 tablet, `Surface.'
In a Monday announcement, which confirmed long-running rumors of a Microsoft-Yammer merger, Microsoft revealed that it had agreed to acquire the San Francisco-based corporate social-network operator Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash.
Yammer specializes in social networking for businesses, and offers Facebook-like features to over 200,000 companies including Ford Motor and eBay. Often referred to as `Facebook for the workplace', Yammer offers the companies a social network that has essentially been designed to be increasingly attractive to the employees.
With more details gradually leaking out about Microsoft's recently unveiled Surface tablet, experts are of the opinion that the device, which Microsoft is touting as a potential iPad challenger, might turn out to be a flop.
Two of the key reasons why the Microsoft Surface tablet is being projected to be a failure are: firstly, the underlying principle of the device itself is apparently flawed; and, secondly, The Surface's attempts to replace the tablet and the laptop which actually result in a situation in which it will neither remain a stand-alone tablet nor a notebook.
According to a new Bloomberg report, the much-raved-about Microsoft Surface tablet, which will run the company's next-generation Windows OS, would probably be a Wi-Fi-only device.
The report, citing two unidentified sources `in the know' of the specifications of the Surface tablet, has revealed that the initial devices - which will hit the markets later this year - will come with only a short-range Wi-Fi connection; sans any mobile-handset network connection.
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