Windows 8 users may not have to wait until “Blue” for much-needed improvements to core apps
Tami Reller, the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Windows at Microsoft, last month admitted in an interview with ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley that first-party Windows 8 apps are far from perfect in their current state. Now the veteran scribe is reporting that updates to first-party apps bundled with Windows 8 might be available much earlier than previously believed.
Reacting to user feedback, Microsoft changed its policy regarding Office 2013 license transfers.
It's been said the squeaky wheel gets the oil, and what better place to make a commotion than the Internet? That's what happened a couple of weeks ago when Microsoft confirmed in a blog post that Home and Student, Home and Business, and Professional versions of Office 2013 would be tied to a single PC and non-transferable, even if your PC breaks post-warranty or if you buy a new one. Bummer, right? Not anymore.
A "technical error" related to a Windows Service Pack ends up costing Microsoft hundreds of millions of dollars in fines.
It was rumored the European Union wanted to close its investigation into Microsoft's "browser ballot" screw-up and levy a fine before Easter break, a mission it's now achieved with weeks to spare. E.U. regulators decided to punish Microsoft to the tune of €561 million, or a little more than $731 million in U.S. currency, for failing to comply with an agreement to provide users with a browser choice screen (the so-called browser ballot) upon firing up Windows for the first time.
An acquisition Microsoft made more than a decade ago could result in a massive tax bill in Denmark.
Everyone has their own reasons for hating Mondays, but no matter how long your work week is looking right about now, at least you didn't wake up this morning to a $1 billion tax bill. Microsoft did, or so says DR News, a news outlet based in Denmark. According to the report, Microsoft owes the Danish Treasury a total of 5.8 billion kroner (about $1.01 billion) related to a 2002 acquisition of Navision, a Danish software company.
Windows 8 may be struggling, but Internet Explorer is thriving.
For years Internet Explorer has been easy to pick on, but for once the Redmond based software giant is bucking the trend. Market share for Internet Explorer has reached an 18-month high, and it seems to have done so largely at the expense of Google Chrome. In February IE climbed 0.68 points to 55.82 percent. Chrome dropped 1.21 percent, and Firefox rocketed above 20 percent to settle at 16.27 and 20.12 percent respectively.
The best tablets on the market are also the worst to drop.
Here at Maximum PC we love to strip machines down and rebuild them just to see what makes it tick, but with modern gadgets that isn’t always easy. Screws have been replaced by glue, and the simple pleasures of popping the cover off to perform upgrades seems to be a lost art. iFixit has emerged as the Internet’s ultimate authority on gadget reparability, and its newly updated list of tablets puts both Microsoft and Apple fighting for the distinction as worlds least fixable tablet.
Internet Explorer 10 delivers a 20 percent increase in real-world site performance versus IE9, Microsoft says.
Microsoft may have taken its sweet time porting Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) over to Windows 7, but it's finally finished and ready for mass consumption. IE10 is available to download worldwide in 95 languages, with Microsoft planning to auto-update Windows 7 customers to its latest browser in the coming weeks, starting today with customers running the IE10 Release Preview.
Windows 8 customers can look forward to additional features as part of a new rapid iteration initiative at Microsoft.
A February 15th job posting by Microsoft has all but confirmed the existence of “Windows Blue”, and the role it will play in improving the Core Windows 8 experience. According to the listing, Microsoft is looking for individuals willing to work on the centerpiece of its new Windows UI, and the additional verbiage surrounding the qualifications suggest they are referring to the new start screen interface.
Microsoft hopes you’ll choose its subscription based version of Office over the severely gimped retail edition.
Windows and Office make up the lion’s share of Microsoft’s revenues, so when everybody’s favorite “devices and services” company makes decisions that fundamentally alter its business model, people stop and take notice. Changes to Office 2013’s licensing terms might not sound all that interesting at first glance, however, they almost certainly hint at the future Microsoft is preparing for.
iFixIt's teardown of the Surface Pro reveals that it's even more difficult to service than Apple's iPad.
Our diabolical friends at iFixIt gave Microsoft's Surface Pro notebook/tablet the teardown treatment, and as always, they documented the surgery with plenty of pics every step of the way. It's a given that you need nerves of steel to tear into some of the devices that end up on iFixIt's operating table, and that's especially true of the Surface Pro, which scored a measly 1 out of 10 on iFixIt's Repairabilty scale (the higher the score, the easier it is to service).