microsoft http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/190/%252Fgo.microsoft.com/PopUps/popup_discount_details.aspx en Microsoft Tosses 'Windows 9' into Recycle Bin, Announces Windows 10 Instead http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Mock Logo" title="Windows 10 Mock Logo" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />"It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9" - Microsoft</h3> <p>You're probably familiar with the argument, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Well, Juliet may not have cared about the name of things, but Microsoft does, which is why you'll never see a Windows 9. Instead, <strong>Microsoft today skipped a number and announced Windows 10</strong>, the OS formerly known as Threshold and the successor to Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>"Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever," Windows head Terry Myerson said during a press event with a small gathering of reporters in San Francisco. "It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/84NI5fjTfpQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Windows 10 preview video</strong></p> <p><a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/30/microsoft-skips-windows-9-heads-straight-to-windows-10/" target="_blank">According to <em>Recode</em></a>, Windows 10 is designed to run on a wide range of devices with screen sizes running the gamut from four inches all the up to 80 inches. Microsoft will have a single application platform with one integrated Store to deliver Windows experiences across all those devices.</p> <p>In order to serve all those devices, Windows 10 was built from the ground up for a "mobile-first, cloud-first world," Myerson added, <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-unveiled-microsoft-ushers-in-the-next-era-of-windows-1267199" target="_blank">according to </a><em><a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-unveiled-microsoft-ushers-in-the-next-era-of-windows-1267199" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>.</em></p> <p>Reports from around the web say Windows 10 looks a bit like Windows 7. It has a hybrid Start menu that combines Windows 7-era features with Windows 8 style tiles, <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/brierdudley/2014/09/29/microsoft-previews-windows-9/" target="_blank"><em>The Seattle Times </em>reports</a>. However, Microsoft isn't viewing Windows 10 as just a rehash of previous versions. Part of the reason for the Windows 10 name is because it represents the "first step of a whole new generation of Windows," Myerson said.</p> <p>The focus right now is on the enterprise, and towards that end, the first priority of the OS is to make sure it's familiar for business users coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8 so they can hop right in and be productive. Microsoft's second priority is "modern management" of lots of computers.</p> <p>So, what about that Modern UI that caused such a fuss with power users? It's gone in Windows 10, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/30/microsoft-windows-10/" target="_blank"><em>Endgadget</em> reports</a>. In place of the Modern UI are Live Tiles integrated into the right side of the Start menu on the Desktop. On the left side are pinned and frequent apps.</p> <p>There's also a refreshed taskbar with a new "task view" that presents all of your running apps. Windows 10 allows you to tile up to four apps on the same screen.</p> <p>Other goodies include a beefed up command prompt that allows you to use keyboard shortcuts, along with copy and paste, and a Charms Bar that may or may not make it into the final cut.</p> <p>Microsoft is planning to issue a Technical Preview of Windows 10 next week, with a launch of the OS by spring 2015. We'll have a more in-depth look once all the information is out, as well as hands-on impressions once we get a copy to play with.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software threshold windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28638 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Founder Bill Gates is (Still) the Richest Man in America http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_founder_bill_gates_still_richest_man_america_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bill_gates_2.jpg" alt="Bill Gates" title="Bill Gates" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />Software guru turned philanthropist tops Forbes 400 list for 21 years straight</h3> <p>You know the saying about how the rich get richer? Well, if going by the numbers, the saying is true -- in order to make the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans, you'd need a net worth of $1.55 billion, the highest it's been since <em>Forbes</em> started tracking American wealth in 1982 (last year it required $1.3 billion to make the list). And speaking of long-term trends, <strong>Bill Gates tops the list as the richest American for the 21st year in a row</strong>.</p> <p>The Harvard dropout and co-founder of Microsoft has a net worth of $81 billion. Interestingly, his stake in the company he built into an empire accounts for less than 20 percent of his total net worth, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryadolan/2014/09/29/inside-the-2014-forbes-400-facts-and-figures-about-americas-wealthiest/" target="_blank"><em>Forbes</em> says</a>. That stake is still lucrative, however, as he added $9 billion to his net worth last year due in part to a rise in Microsoft stock.</p> <p>Having retired from daily duties at Microsoft, Gates spends most of his time with the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation, which has given away $30 billion since 2000. If that money belonged to a single person, he or she would be the 16th wealthiest person in America.</p> <p>Some other tech figures on the list include Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison (No. 3, $50 billion), Facebook whizkid Mark Zuckerberg (No. 11, $34 billion), Google chief Larry Page (No. 13, $31.5 billion), Google co-founder Sergey Brin (No. 14, $31 billion), Amazon head Jeff Bezos (No. 15, $30.5 billion), and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (No. 18, $22,5 billion).</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaacmao/1568730/in/photostream/" target="_blank">Flickr (IssacMao)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_founder_bill_gates_still_richest_man_america_2014#comments Bill Gates Forbes microsoft wealth News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:50:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28630 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft to Open Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_open_flagship_store_fifth_avenue_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_store_1.jpg" alt="Microsoft Store" title="Microsoft Store" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Just a few blocks away from Apple's flagship store</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft on Monday announced that it signed a lease to open its first flagship store at 677 Fifth Avenue</strong> in New York City, which will serve as the centerpiece of its Microsoft Stores experience. This is something Microsoft has wanted to do ever since it opened its first retail store back on October 22, 2009, but it had to be the "right location." As it turns out, that ideal location is only blocks away from Apple's flagship store.</p> <p>At present, there are 104 physical Microsoft retail store locations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with online stores in 189 countries. Microsoft says its footprint has grown to a scale where 80 percent of Americans are within 20 miles of a physical store location.</p> <p>"Our Fifth Avenue location will be much more than just a Microsoft Store. In addition to retail, there will be experiential space for Microsoft as a company to further engage with our customers and partners in new and innovative ways," Microsoft stated in a <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/09/29/look-new-york-city-microsoft-open-flagship-retail-store-fifth-avenue/" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "This is an important milestone for Microsoft overall, our Stores team and millions of our current customers, as well as the millions to come. We could not be more excited to join one of the most visited streets in America."</p> <p>According to <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-to-open-fifth-avenue-store-1411959661?mobile=y&amp;mobile=y&amp;mod=rss_Technology" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, the Fifth Avenue location is currently home to a Fendi shop in a "glitzy shopping corridor." The average rent in the area is $2,749 per square foot -- an exorbitant price, but one that retailers are willing to pay because of the high volume of foot traffic.</p> <p>Microsoft's Fifth Avenue spot will open sometime in 2015. In the meantime, the company plans to open 10 more locations in time for this holiday season.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/athomeinscottsdale/4045258941" target="_blank">Flickr (Dru Bloomfield)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_open_flagship_store_fifth_avenue_2014#comments Hardware microsoft retail store News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:10:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28627 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Wireless Display Adapter Streams Miracast Devices to Your HDTV http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_wireless_display_adapter_streams_miracast_devices_your_hdtv_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_wireless_display_adapter.jpg" alt="Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter" title="Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />Watch video from your PC or Android device on your big screen TV</h3> <p>Have you ever tried to show a friend or family member a video of something funny on the Internet only to find yourself surrounded by several other people, all of which are trying to see what all the fuss is about? The smell of Aunt Linda's perfume combined with Uncle Andy's insistence that you start the video over can drive a person mad. If you happen to own a Miracast-enabled device, the solution is simple -- <strong>meet Microsoft's new Wireless Display Adapter</strong>.</p> <p>Using the Wireless Display Adapter, you can fling content from your Miracast-enabled Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.1 or later devices to your HDTV. No more huddling around your Surface PC or Nexus 7 tablet -- just sit back and share those vacation photos and other content on your television.</p> <p>One advantage of the Wireless Display Adapter over Google's Chromecast is that you're simply mirroring content on your device wirelessly. That eliminates the need for app support -- if it appears on your Miracast-enabled device, it will appear on your TV. The downside? Cost, which we'll get to in a moment.</p> <p>The dongle consists of an HDMI connector on one end and a USB connector on the other end. Both must be plugged into your television. Once you do that, just select the correct input, pair it with your device, and you're all set.</p> <p>Pretty slick, though the $60 MSRP is sure to turn some folks off. For those interested, you can <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-display-adapter#overview" target="_blank">place your pre-order now</a> -- it's slated for release on October 31, 2014.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_wireless_display_adapter_streams_miracast_devices_your_hdtv_2014#comments Hardware microsoft miracast wireless display adapter News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:21:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28591 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Makes It Easier for Eligible Students to Claim Office 365 for Free http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_makes_it_easier_eligible_students_claim_office_365_free_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>A price point students can afford</h3> <p>Are you enrolled in college? If so, you have enough expenses already -- tuition, books, parking, beer, and so forth. The last thing you want to do is spend even more money on software, hence why your PC is filled with open source software. That's one option, though if you'd prefer to roll with Office, it might not cost you a dime. <strong>Microsoft just introduced a self-serve model for students and teachers that lets them claim Office 356 at no cost</strong>.</p> <p>"It was just about a year ago we announced Student Advantage, a benefit that allows eligible students to get Office 365 from their school for free. One drawback to Student Advantage—the onus has been on the school to initiate the service, create an account and order the Office 365 license on behalf of the student," <a href="http://blogs.office.com/2014/09/22/students-teachers-may-eligible-get-office-free/" target="_blank">Microsoft said</a>.</p> <p>Not anymore. If you're a student and at least 13 years old, you can check your eligibility by going to <a href="http://www.office.com/getoffice365" target="_blank">Office 365 for Students</a> and entering in a valid school-provided email address. If you qualify, you'll receive the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher, which you can install on up to five systems.</p> <p>You'll also receive 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and access to Office Online.</p> <p>So, what makes you eligible? To qualify, you must attend a school that has purchased Office for the entire organization through Microsoft's Volume Licensing program.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_makes_it_easier_eligible_students_claim_office_365_free_2014#comments education microsoft nasdaq:msft office 365 for students productivity Software News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:08:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28589 at http://www.maximumpc.com 9 Things We Want in Windows 9 http://www.maximumpc.com/09_things_we_want_see_windows_9 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_scribbled.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Scribbled" title="Windows 8 Scribbled" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>We want better 4K support and more from Windows 9&nbsp;</h3> <p>If we're being totally, completely, 100 percent honest, we settled for Windows 8. That's not easy to admit, especially after applying some well needed Updates (previously known as Service Packs) that zapped some of our original complaints. Don't get us wrong, it never was, nor is it still a terrible operating system -- the comparisons to Windows ME or even Windows Vista's early days are off base -- but certainly Microsoft didn't have our best interests in mind. By "our interests," we're talking about power users, enthusiasts, and generally anyone tech savvy enough to know the difference between RAM and a hard drive. Hell, Windows 8 designer <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_designer_offers_candid_explanation_metro_and_why_power_users_hate_it_2014">Jacob Miller admitted as much</a> several months ago (Microsoft's good at <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/exclusive_interview_microsoft_admits_what_went_wrong_with_vista_and_how_they_fixed_it">coming clean after the fact</a>).</p> <p>Truth be told, Microsoft catered to the lowest common denominator -- the ones who call you up every 3-4 weeks because their PC is riddled with pop-up ads again -- and attempted to hold their hands as Redmond walked them through its vision of what would one day become a beautiful walled garden where new and experienced users frolicked happily among the colorful tiles singing songs of praise. Our apologies if you just threw up in your mouth a little bit.</p> <p>Here's the thing -- we've grown accustomed to Windows 8, and having spent copious time with it, we no longer feel the rage we once did every time the Start screen would load. That's partially because we're now able to boot directly into the Desktop, but the bigger reason is the one we stated above. We settled, plain and simple.</p> <p>With that said, <a title="windows 9" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014" target="_blank">Windows 9 is on the horizon</a>, and this is Microsoft's chance to atone for Windows 8 and earn back some street cred with power users. It's a do-over, and no, it's not too late. If Windows 9 comes out and blows our minds with levels of awesome we've never seen before, all will be forgiven (just as we've done before). But in order for that to happen, Microsoft has to get it right.</p> <p>That's no easy task, so to help our friends at Microsoft, we came up with a list of 9 things we want to see in Windows 9. Are you reading this, Redmond? Good, because these 9 wishlist items conveniently assembled into a photo gallery collectively represent your golden ticket back into our good graces. Let's begin!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/09_things_we_want_see_windows_9#comments 4k support features gallery microsoft operating system OS Software threshold Windows windows 9 wishlist News Features Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:06:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28547 at http://www.maximumpc.com NFL TV Announcers Still Referring to Microsoft Surface Tablets as iPads http://www.maximumpc.com/nfl_tv_announcers_still_referring_microsoft_surface_tablets_ipads_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_2_3.jpg" alt="Surface 2" title="Surface 2" width="228" height="148" style="float: right;" />Microsoft has some coaching to do</h3> <p>Microsoft's arch rival Apple is receiving some free publicity for its iPad line during NFL games. That's because TV announcers can't seem to tell fathom that not all tablets are iPads. Take the Surface, for example. After paying the NFL $400 million for Surface to be the official tablet of the league, <strong>Microsoft is understandably ticked that its slate keeps being referred to as an iPad on national television</strong>.</p> <p>It happened on more than one occasion through the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nfL_announcers_slip_400_million_surface_deal_calls_microsofts_tablets_ipads_2014" target="_blank">end of last week</a>, and then again this past Sunday when the San Diego Chargers played against the defending champions Seattle Seahawks. In that instance, it was a local TV announcer who was confused when told the teams were using Surface tablets.</p> <p>"What? I thought it was an iPad," the announcer said, according to a <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-microsoft-nfl-surface-ipad-20140913-story.html#page=1" target="_blank">report in the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>.</p> <p>In addition to paying the NFL a reported $400 million to feature its Surface as the official tablet of the league, it also provided the NFL with hundreds of Surface 2 systems. Each team received 13 Surface tablets to use on the sideline and 12 to use in the coaches' booth. They're not connected to the Internet and teams are only allowed to view photos, not videos. The NFL then collects them after each game to prevent tampering.</p> <p>"Despite the majority of our friends in the booth correctly identifying the Surface on NFL sidelines, we're working with the league to coach up a select few," a Microsoft spokesman said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nfl_tv_announcers_still_referring_microsoft_surface_tablets_ipads_2014#comments microsoft NFL Surface tablet News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:57:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 28570 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Workforce Reduction Continues with 2,100 Additional Layoffs http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_workforce_reduction_continues_2100_additional_layoffs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_door.jpg" alt="Microsoft Door" title="Microsoft Door" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Microsoft's restructuring effort will see a total of 18,000 job reductions</h3> <p>Today was a tough one in Redmond. Continuing with a restructuring plan <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_takes_battle-ax_staff_plans_cut_18000_jobs" target="_blank">announced earlier this year</a>, <strong>Microsoft today handed out an additional 2,100 pink slips</strong> as part of a second wave of layoffs. When all is said and done, Microsoft will have reduced its total workforce by 14 percent, or 18,000 workers, as it looks to become a more agile company that can move faster towards its goals.</p> <p>The second wave of layoffs follow a first wave of around 13,000 job reductions. That leaves approximately 2,900 more job cuts to be made, though it's not clear when those will come and whether they'll happen all at once or in multiple waves.</p> <p>"The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries. We will continue to go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals and recognition of their service to the company," a spokeswoman for <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2685852/pink-slips-rain-down-on-microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft told <em>PCWorld</em></a> in an email.</p> <p>It's believed that most of the workers let go in the first round of layoffs were from Microsoft's Nokia Devices and Services division. Like the ones who were let go today, they were given severance packages.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_workforce_reduction_continues_2100_additional_layoffs#comments jobs layoffs microsoft News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:46:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28563 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Unveils Universal Keyboard and Wired Xbox One Controller for Windows http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_unveils_universal_keyboard_and_wireless_xbox_one_controller_windows_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_one_controller_windows.jpg" alt="Xbox One Controller for Windows" title="Xbox One Controller for Windows" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />A keyboard that doesn't play favorites</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft beefed up its hardware portfolio today</strong>, and two of the more notable items consist of a universal mobile keyboard that works with Windows, iOS, and Android devices, and a wired Xbox One controller for Windows. For those of you looking for a new rodent, the company also released an <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/arc-touch-bluetooth-mouse/7MP-00001" target="_blank">Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse</a> and a <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-mobile-mouse-3500-limited-edition/GMF-00403" target="_blank">Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition</a>.</p> <p>Getting back to the good stuff, the universal keyboard sports an OS switch that lets you change from one operating system to another while maintaining a fully functional keyboard. That means you can pair the keyboard with up to three devices and take advantage of each one's unique keys, like the Windows Control key, the iOS Command key, and Android's Home button, all on a single plank.</p> <p>It also sports a built-in cover that doubles as a stand for your tablet or smartphone when opened up. When you flip it open, it turns the keyboard on automatically and initiates a Bluetooth connection. Closing the cover turns it back off. <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2014/09/16/new-universal-mobile-keyboard-works-with-windows-ios-and-android-mobile-devices/" target="_blank">According to Microsoft</a>, the rechargeable battery is good for up to six months of use on a single charge -- if it runs out of juice, it only takes 10 minutes to charge it enough to last a full day.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sdPT-TzgU84" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/universal-mobile-keyboard/P2Z-00001" target="_blank">Universal Mobile Keyboard</a> will be available in October for $79.95 at the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/universal-mobile-keyboard/P2Z-00001" target="_blank">Microsoft Store</a> and other places.</p> <p>As for the Xbox One controller, it's now available for the PC. Like the version for the Xbox One, it sports over 40 improvements compared to the Xbox 360 controller. It also comes with a cable so you can enjoy a wired connection and not worry about battery life; it also works wirelessly, but only on the Xbox One, not PC.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/xbox-one-controller-for-windows/C8G-00004" target="_blank">Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows</a> will be available in November for $59.95.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_unveils_universal_keyboard_and_wireless_xbox_one_controller_windows_2014#comments controller Hardware keyboard microsoft Windows xbox one News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:45:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28545 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Schedules Windows 9 Event for September 30 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_screenie.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Screenie" title="Windows 9 Screenie" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Microsoft is finally ready to talk about its next version of Windows</h3> <p>Up to this point, we've mostly had to rely on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/screenshots_windows_9_technical_preview_leak_online_2014">leaked photos</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_videos_show_key_windows_9_features930">videos</a> of Windows 9, codenamed Threshold, to understand what Microsoft has in store for us beyond Windows 8. Well, the wait for official information is almost over. <strong>Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the press for a "Windows event"</strong> it plans to hold on September 30, 2014, in San Francisco.</p> <p>"Join us to hear about what's next for Windows and the enterprise," the invitation reads.</p> <p>This falls in line with previous rumors that had Microsoft pegged to talk about Windows 9 at the end of September. It's also been rumored that Microsoft will release to the public a Windows 9 Technical Preview either at the end of September or in early October. It's not known if Microsoft is planning to do that at its upcoming press event, though we'll soon find out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6151417/windows-9-event-september-30th-san-francisco" target="_blank">According to <em>The Verge</em></a>, Joe Belfiore (Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group at Microsoft) and Terry Myerson (Executive Vice President of Operating Systems at Microsoft) will lead the discussion around the future of Windows. The event will be geared towards enterprise and Windows power users.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014#comments enterprise microsoft operating system OS Software windows 9 News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:01:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28542 at http://www.maximumpc.com It's Official: Microsoft Agrees to Acquire Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5 Billion http://www.maximumpc.com/its_official_microsoft_agrees_acquire_minecraft_maker_mojang_25_billion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/minecraft_0.jpg" alt="Minecraft" title="Minecraft" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />Might we finally see Minecraft make its way to Windows Phone?</h3> <p>When it comes to billion dollar acquisitions, secrets are hard to hold onto. Hence the rumors heading into the weekend that Microsoft was close to announcing a deal for Mojang, the developer responsible for the wildly popular Minecraft title. So, it should come as no surprise that <strong>Microsoft today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang for a cool $2.5 billion</strong>.</p> <p>The Mojang team will be integrated into Microsoft Studios where they will continue to work on Minecraft. Combined with Microsoft's investments in cloud and mobile technologies, the Redmond outfit says Minecraft players will ultimately benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the Minecraft community.</p> <p>"Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year," <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/sept14/09-15news.aspx" target="_blank">said Satya Nadella</a>, CEO, Microsoft. "Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft."</p> <p>Microsoft's press release talks about Minecraft being one of the most popular games in history -- it has 100 million downloads on the PC alone, is the most popular online game on Xbox, and is the top paid app for iOS and Android. Noticeably absent, however, is any mention of porting Minecraft to Windows Phone, one of the few places it doesn't yet exist.</p> <p>"Microsoft plans to continue to make Minecraft available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox, and PlayStation," Microsoft said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/its_official_microsoft_agrees_acquire_minecraft_maker_mojang_25_billion_2014#comments acquisition microsoft minecraft Mojang News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:48:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28537 at http://www.maximumpc.com Report: Microsoft Could Announce $2.5 Billion Acquisition of Minecraft Studio Monday http://www.maximumpc.com/report_microsoft_could_announce_25_billion_acquisition_minecraft_studio_monday328 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u160391/minecraft.jpg" alt="Minecraft" title="Minecraft" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Talks reportedly initiated by Minecraft creator Markus Persson</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft’s rumored acquisition of Sweden-based Minecraft developer Mojang could be worth as much as $2.5 billion</strong>, according to a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/12/us-mojang-microsoft-idUSKBN0H72EV20140912" target="_blank">Reuters</a> report published Friday. This is considerably higher than the $2 billion figure reported by the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-near-deal-to-buy-minecraft-1410300213" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, which was the first news outlet to claim that such a deal was in the works when it published a report, citing “a person with knowledge of the matter,” on Tuesday.</p> <p>The two outlets may differ on the total value of the rumored deal but both seem to be in agreement when it comes to its imminence. According to Reuters’ source, an official announcement of the $2.5 billion deal will come from Microsoft on Monday, September 15, 2014.&nbsp; Meanwhile, people are busy speculating about the possible reasons behind the reportedly imminent deal, which is rumored to have been <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-09/microsoft-said-near-2-billion-deal-for-minecraft-maker.html" target="_blank">initiated by Mojang owner Markus Persson.</a></p> <p>Interestingly, despite being available on every major gaming platform under the sun — from the PC to mobile OSes like Android and iOS — the hugely popular game is not yet available on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. Could this rumored deal be nothing but an expensive way of bringing Minecraft to Windows Phone? Frankly, we don’t know. What we do know for sure is that Minecraft is a wonderful game and, if you haven’t already, you should give it a try. Here’s our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/minecraft_beginners_guide_2014" target="_blank">Minecraft Beginner's Guide</a> to get you started.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/report_microsoft_could_announce_25_billion_acquisition_minecraft_studio_monday328#comments acquisition Gaming Markus Persson microsoft minecraft Mojang rumor windows phone News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:05:22 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28533 at http://www.maximumpc.com NFL Announcers Slip on $400 Million Surface Deal, Calls Microsoft's Tablets iPads http://www.maximumpc.com/nfL_announcers_slip_400_million_surface_deal_calls_microsofts_tablets_ipads_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_3.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />Can the NFL get anything right these days?</h3> <p>Not only did the NFL mishandle a major situation with Ray Rice's domestic abuse incident, but even comparatively minor tasks are turning into fumbles. Before the season began, Microsoft inked a $400 million deal with the NFL to make its Surface the official tablet of the league for the next five years. Under normal circumstances, that would be a sound (and even savvy) advertising deal on Microsoft's part, except for one little thing -- <strong>NFL announcers couldn't help but to refer to the Surface tablets as iPads</strong>.</p> <p>Something like that should draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but if you're Apple, you'll take the free exposure. As for Microsoft, it had to endure at least two television announcers making the same mistake during the first week of the season, including one that occurred during Monday Night Football.</p> <p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.in/Microsoft-Paid-The-NFL-400-Million-To-Use-Its-Tablets-But-Announcers-Are-Calling-Them-iPads/articleshow/42196769.cms" target="_blank">According to <em>Business Inside</em>r</a>, ESPN's Trent Dilfer cracked a joke saying he wondered how long it took Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach Tom Moore to "learn how to use the iPad to scroll through pictures."</p> <p>The other known incident happened when New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was seen by Fox commentator John Lynch using the Surface on the sideline. Lynch joked that Brees was "not watching movies on his iPad."</p> <p>Funny stuff, though Microsoft would undoubtedly prefer if NFL announcers would spend less time cracking jokes and more time learning the difference between a Surface and an iPad.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nfL_announcers_slip_400_million_surface_deal_calls_microsofts_tablets_ipads_2014#comments Hardware iPad microsoft mobile NFL slate Surface tablet News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:02:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28529 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Bumps OneDrive File Size Limit to 10GB http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_bumps_onedrive_file_size_limit_10gb_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/onedrive_1.jpg" alt="OneDrive" title="OneDrive" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />OneDrive's file size limit increases from 2GB to 10GB</h3> <p>In a forum post back in August responding to a user inquiry about OneDrive's low file size limit, Microsoft insisted that the 2GB ceiling wasn't an arbitrary restriction, though conceded it's become obsolete in today's broadband landscape. Microsoft said it was working on increasing the limit, and so it has -- <strong>OneDrive now supports file sizes up to 10GB</strong>, an 8GB bump over the previous max.</p> <p>"We’re excited to announce that you can now upload files up to 10 GB using the desktop apps for Windows and Mac, all of the mobile apps, and the OneDrive website! We recognized that people not only have more files than they did before, but they have bigger files as well. This is a top feature request we’ve received and we’re excited to deliver it!" Microsoft stated in a <a href="https://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-now-supports-10-gb-files/" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Business customers are still buried under the old 2GB limit, though Microsoft says it's working on enabling the same increase to 10GB and will offer another update when it's ready.</p> <p>In the meantime, all users will soon be able to enjoy an improved desktop experience in which Microsoft increased the number of files that can be downloaded or uploaded at any given time on PCs and Macs. According to Microsoft, internal testing of this parallel syncing netted a threefold increase in syncing speed. The feature is being rolled out worldwide within the coming weeks.</p> <p>Other changes to OneDrive include file sharing from within Windows Explorer and folder uploads via OneDrive.com, both of which Microsoft says were popular feature requests.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_bumps_onedrive_file_size_limit_10gb_2014#comments cloud microsoft onedrive storage News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:12:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28518 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 9 Will Reportedly Have a Notification Center http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_9_will_reportedly_have_notification_center309 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/windows_9_1_1.jpg" alt="Windows 9" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A basic version said to be already present in early builds</h3> <p>As September 30th, the day Microsoft is widely rumored to release a “technical preview” of the next version of Windows — codenamed "Threshold” and commonly referred to as Windows 9 — draws near, you can expect to see a surge in Windows 9-related reports. According to one such report, <strong>Windows Threshold is going to feature a notification center à la the Windows Phone Action Center.</strong></p> <p>A notification center is said to be already present in some builds of Windows 9, if the folks over at <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-threshold-say-hello-to-the-notification-center" target="_blank">Neowin</a> are to be believed. Said to be accessible from the system tray, this notification center is reportedly quite basic in its current avatar, only possessing such simple features as the ability to sort notifications by app and a button to clear them all at once. </p> <p>However, you can expect the addition of some advanced features further along in the development process, when Microsoft starts receiving some valuable feedback from users. And talking of feedback, <a href="http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-9-news-recap-notifications-center-threshold-feedback-and-unified-windows" target="_blank">recent reports</a> suggest that feedback received during the preview stage is set to play a more important role than ever before in determining what the final product will look like.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_9_will_reportedly_have_notification_center309#comments feedback microsoft notification center operating system OS report rumor Software technical preview windows 9 windows phone action center windows threshold News Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:42:51 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28489 at http://www.maximumpc.com