Microsoft just teased Windows 9 by mistake

Posted 5 hours ago ago at The Verge with 3 recent echos

Microsoft is currently aiming to hold a press event to  on September 30th. This date may change, but a Technology Preview of the operating system will be distributed to developers and enterprise users in late September or early October. The early Technology Preview should provide a first look at the new mini Start Menu, the removal of the Charms bar feature, and several UI changes to the way the desktop operates with Windows 8 style applications. Future versions are expected to include a version...

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Windows Threshold: Cortana makes a step forward

Posted 22 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Previously, we had mentioned that Cortana was up and running inside of Windows Threshold, and that was true, but the good news here is that Cortana has ‘graduated’, if you want to call it that, from engineering builds to a more stable release cycle. What this means is that Cortana is no longer in the phase where it is ‘let us see if this works’ to a ‘let us push this forward and see if we can ship it’ stage. While it is still early in development,...

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Windows 9 (Threshold): Welcome to Modern UI 2.0

Posted 8 days ago ago at WinBeta with 1 recent echos

WinBeta can reveal that Windows Threshold will include an updated Modern UI when it launches in 2015. The new Modern UI is set to include a whole bunch of new features which is aimed to align it with competing tablet operating systems like iOS and Android. The Modern UI being the Start Screen and related apps will be front and center with tablets, and will remove the desktop for  devices which do not need it. There is no middle ground between devices that have the Modern UI and devices that have...

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Samsung licenses HERE maps, still trying to escape the Google ecosystem

Posted 3 days ago ago at Arstechnica with 2 recent echos

Samsung and Nokia have signed an agreement to bring Nokia HERE mapping service to just about every Samsung device imaginable. Nokia announced that HERE for Android will be exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphone line, and it will also be bringing a mini version of HERE to Samsung Tizen based smartwatches, including the newly announced Samsung Gear S. Nokia HERE origins lie in Nokia Ovi mapping service and the company 2007 purchase of Navteq. HERE data is one of the main competitors to Google...

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MSN Messenger to end after 15 years

Posted 4 days ago ago at BBC with 1 recent echos

Microsofts Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15 year old service. Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users in 2013, after Microsoft bought rival Skype. Users in China continued to use the old service but will now be transferred to Skype by 31 October. Windows Live still had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009. But those numbers later declined, while users of Skype rose to...

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Microsoft teases its Lumia 730 ‘selfie phone’ with a selfie

Posted 1 day ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

Images of the Lumia 730 leaked early last month, showing a device with a 4.7 inch display and 5 megapixel front facing camera. New images also leaked last week and appear to show that there will be a Lumia 730 dual SIM version and a Lumia 735 with LTE connectivity. While Microsoft selfie teaser photo looks impressive if it came from the front facing camera of the Lumia 730, it not clear if this is simply a marketing photo. However, we may have already witnessed what Microsoft upcoming selfie...

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Destiny: behind the scenes of the world's most expensive video game

Posted 23 hours ago ago at Guardian with 1 recent echos

On the wall are multiple LCD displays showing graphs, maps and streams of data; this small windowless box, hidden away in a cavernous converted multiplex in Washington, is crowded with serious looking people hunched over keyboards, amid a mass of cables and high spec PCs. It looks like a Nasa control room, and the people working here are as smart as rocket scientists. But this isnt a launch site – this is a game development studio. What these people are waiting for is the launch of the epic...

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'World's slimmest and lightest Windows Phone' to be shown off at IFA

Posted 23 hours ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Since Microsoft dropped its licensing fees for Windows Phone earlier this year, a wide range of manufacturers that had previously avoided the platform have flocked towards it. A long list of brands including Lenovo, LG, ZTE, Prestigio, Blu, Fly, Gionee, InFocus, Karbonn, Micromaxand more will soon be releasing new Windows Phones, and some have already unveiled their upcoming devices. One such manufacturer is Yezz, which revealed its first ever Windows Phone at the Computextrade show back in...

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