Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

Posted 2 days ago ago at Boy Genius Report with 4 recent echos

According to Diantoro, the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once its released. Apparently, users will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft, which is how Apples OS X updates have been rolled out to Macs for a few years now. For what its worth, some of the recent Windows 9 leaks did say that Microsoft already has a tool in place that will allow users to easily perform software updates. Its not clear...

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Why Microsoft's engineering changes will be the real Windows Threshold story

Posted 1 day ago ago at All About Microsoft with 5 recent echos

Microsoft is building, testing and updating Windows in a very different way, starting with Windows Threshold. In many ways, those changes matter more than the new bits themselves. Follow @maryjofoley While some cant wait for the new name of the next version of Windows client to be revealed, and others are anxious to hear about the first of the new features aimed at business users in particular, Im hoping to learn about what Microsoft has done on the back end to change the way...

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Live from Microsoft's Windows 9 event

Posted 14 hours ago ago at The Verge with 5 recent echos

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A Data-Driven Crystal Ball

Posted 1 day ago ago at Microsoft Research News with 3 recent echos

If there was any consensus in the days running up to the momentous Sept. 18 vote in Scotland, it was that no one could predict the outcome. Headlines from Edinburgh, London, and across the globe were in complete agreement: It was impossible to say with any confidence what would happen. And then there was David Rothschild, a Microsoft researcher and leading expert in a new kind of data driven predictive methodology. Three days ahead of the vote in Scotland, he put the chances of a No outcome at...

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Microsoft reveals 'Windows TH' naming on new Technical Preview site

Posted 3 days ago ago at The Verge with 2 recent echos

Microsoft is expected to name its upcoming Windows release next week, but the company has accidentally listed a Windows TH site a little early today. Windows TH presumably stands for Windows Threshold, the codename of what many expect will become Windows 9. On a Windows Technical Preview for Enterprise site, Microsoft lists the Windows TH name, alongside details on the next version of the Windows client operating system. While Microsoft will detail Windows Threshold on Tuesday at an event in San...

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Posted 12 hours ago ago at Win Super Site with 2 recent echos

Microsoft finally surprised us all: At the eagerly awaited first briefing for the next Windows, the firm revealed that they had decided to skip the 9 and call it Windows 10 instead. From a features perspective, we only learned about a few minor new features that hadn't already leaked. And as promised, the technical preview won't ship until October. Which starts tomorrow, by the way. To say that this was a different kind of Windows event is a major understatement. I want to focus on the...

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Four hackers charged with stealing $100m in US army and Xbox technology

Posted 13 hours ago ago at Guardian with 2 recent echos

Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft, the US army and leading games manufacturers, as part of an alleged international hacking ring that netted more than $100m in intellectual property, the US Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The four, aged between 18 and 28, are alleged to have stolen Xbox technology, Apache helicopter training software and pre release copies of games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, according to an unsealed indictment....

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It’s official, finally. Microsoft launches Xbox One in China

Posted 2 days ago ago at VentureBeat with 2 recent echos

Microsoft said that it has finally launched its Xbox One video game console in China. Thats a first for Microsoft, since Chinas console ban has been in effect for the entire time that Microsoft has been selling Xbox machines. The launch with Chinese partner BesTV was supposed to happen last week, but Microsoft delayed the official sales until today. The delay was no surprise, given how many things can go wrong with a console launch. Microsoft said it has launched the Xbox One, which debuted in...

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