Each year, Microsoft earns billions in patent royalties from Android device vendors
Microsoft is suing Samsung for breach of contract over the non-payment of Android patent royalties. The matter pertains to a 2011 patent licensing agreementrequiring the South Korean electronics heavyweight to make annual patent royalty payments to Microsoft in exchange for the right to use the latter’s patented technology in its Android-based smart devices.
It's a bit of an odd cross promotion, but to draw attention to Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One, GameStop is offering up for pre-order Microsoft's new Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Halo Limited Edition: The Master Chief. Microsoft outfitted its existing Mobile Mouse 3500 with a highly detailed scene featuring Master Chief in his two-tone green MJOLNIR Power Assault Armor and gold hued visor.
Surface Pro 3 impresses DisplayMate with excellent color accuracy
The Surface Pro 3 is arguably the first tablet capable of replacing a notebook, which is something Microsoft is quite fond of saying, but did you know that it has one of best display screens of any mobile device? That's not Microsoft making that claim, it's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation. Dr. Soneira put the Surface Pro 3 through its paces and came away quite impressed with the tablet's panel.
Young or old, there are multiple examples of where going pro works out for the best. Look at LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, both of which decided to go pro right out of high school. And Brett Favre found some measure of success by remaining a pro in his 40s. Have you been thinking about going pro? We can't help on the sports side of the equation, but if it's a new copy of Windows you need, you can go Pro with today's top deal -- Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) OEM for $100 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code: [EMCPCHE56]). It's eligible for a free update to Windows 8.1 and comes with features like Remote Desktop, Data BitLocker, Network Domain Join, and Client Hyper-V.
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The cat is out of the bag -- Microsoft will soon release its first update for Windows Phone 8.1, and with it will come support for folders, the company revealed in a post intended for developers. As you can already do on the latest versions of Android and iOS, you'll soon be able to drag Tiles on top of each other on your Windows Phone handset to create a folder for organizing your applications.
Get ready for an influx of $199 to $249 Windows laptops
A big reason why Chromebooks are selling so well is because they offer up basic functionality at dirt cheap prices. However, what would happen if Windows laptops could easily be found at the same price points? It's a question that will get answered within the next few months. That's because Intel, Microsoft, and notebook makers are collaborating on entry-level laptops that will sell for $199 to $249.
Starting with the good news, Microsoft beat Wall Street estimates by reporting a 17 percent bump in revenue, which totaled $23.38 billion for the company's fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, 2014. Unfortunately for Microsoft, that wasn't enough to weather its Nokia Devices and Services acquisition, which contributed to a 7 percent drop in earnings at $0.55 per share.
Microsoft chief Satya Nadella caused a whirlwind of headlines and speculation with a comment he made during his company's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call. The way he worded some early rhetoric made it sound like the next version of Windows -- codenamed Threshold and likely to be called Windows 9 -- will ship with but a single SKU rather than multiple versions for smartphones, desktops, gaming consoles, and so forth. However, Nadella wasn't talking about a single OS to rule them all.
The final major update for Windows 8.1 is said to arrive on Patch Tuesday in August
Mark your calenders, folks, and be sure to use pencil instead of ink (unless it's erasable ink) -- a Russian website is reporting that Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update 2 on August 12, which is also next month's Patch Tuesday date. This is expected to be the last major update for Windows 8.1 before Microsoft switches gears to Windows 9, or Threshold as it's also been referred to.
We jumped off the hate train for Windows 8 a long time ago, and with the roll out of Windows 8.1, there's a lot to like about the OS. Nevertheless, we're not oblivious to the fact that plenty of people would rather watch Bachelorette marathon than stare at Windows 8.1 on their PCs. If you're one of them, then check out today's top deal for Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit OEM for $125 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWC24]). And don't worry about those XP programs -- you can run them in Windows XP Mode.
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