The Windows desktop is at once the most important and least important part of the Windows experience. On the traditional desktop and laptop, it's fundamental; it's where most apps run, and it's where most users want to be. The perceived downplaying of the desktop in Windows 8 was one of the many reasons that desktop users were unhappy with the operating system.
Whether you’re getting a new one as a present or shopping for one with that influx of holiday cash from your relatives, there’s no better time to get yourself a new smartphone than the holiday season. But, don’t just go one model number higher than whatever you’ve got now—shake things up this year with a Lumia phone. In a sea of static, square app icons, the Lumia runs Windows Phone, which takes a radically different approach to their smartphone interface, allowing you more room for customization and giving you more information faster.
Microsoft Ventures and its partners graduate 11 new companies that are fighting evolving cyber-security threats and helping to advance medical technology.
Eleven new companies have emerged from Microsoft Venture's startup accelerator programs, the software giant announced Jan. 21. The news was overshadowed by the high-profile Windows 10 press event at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., headquarters. Nonetheless, it represents a major milestone in the company's efforts to engage with the tech startup scene and help nurture up-and-coming IT companies.
Allegations that Chinese authorities hacked into Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) Outlook email service are "groundless slander", the official Xinhua news agency quoted Beijing's cyberspace regulator as saying late on Thursday.
The comments, made by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) spokesman Jiang Jun, were in response to a Monday report by an online censorship watchdog which said that Chinese users of the email service were subject to a hacking attack over the weekend.
Once the next version of Windows is installed Microsoft plans to begin a process of continuous updates that will eliminate the concept of next versions.
There's no question that Microsoft has learned from the pain of getting customers to upgrade from Windows XP and later from Windows 7 to 8. From now on it never wants to be in the position of having to convince people to buy the next version of Windows.