Microsoft is still busy readying its upcoming technology preview of Windows 9, but details continue to emerge about the company plans for the future of Windows. WinBeta reports that Windows 9 will include interactive Live Tiles and a notification center. Microsoft has previously experimented with interactive Live Tiles as part of a research effort earlier this year, and understands it planning to include this work in Windows 9, currently codenamed Threshold. The Live Tile work, which is surfaced...

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Windows 'Threshold' and cadence: How fast is too fast?

Posted 3 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 3 recent echos

For individual consumers, especially power users, Microsoft cant release new versions of Windows quick enough. But for many IT pros, a new version of Windows every year is too fast for them to test and update to their liking. Microsoft is believed to be trying to change the way users of all stripes think about new releases and updates starting with Threshold. As I blogged previously, tipsters claim Microsoft will make monthly updates a mandatory part of participation in the upcoming Threshold...

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MSN Messenger is finally shutting down after 15 years

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

MSN Messenger started off life as a basic instant messenger without much bloat and just text communications. Microsoft gradually started improving Messenger with calling capabilities for Windows XP users. Video and audio calling was a big step for Messenger as Skype started to get popular image credit: Winsupersite. The many emoticons of MSN Messenger from back in the day image credit: Ggftw.

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Microsoft built a 'working' Surface Pro 3 out of cardboard

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

Microsoft has created a cardboard replica of its Surface Pro 3 tablet. It might not be as impressive as the giant Surface tablet the company erected in London last year, but the cardboard version has its very own working display. A small section lights up to show off the specs of Microsoft latest tablet, powered by a low res MP4 player. The software maker has been sending its cardboard Surfaces to various schools in Australia as part of a marketing effort to mark the launch of the Surface Pro 3...

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While Windows 8 powered laptops have been pushing display resolutions higher and higher, theres been one piece of desktop software that has lagged behind: Google Chrome. Despite updating Chrome for Mac to support the first Retina MacBook Pro after just a month, Google has taken around two years to bring full support to Windows. Chrome for Windows users have had to settle for registry hacks, or optional flags to get various forms of high DPI support, but the latest Chrome 37 release enables it...

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Potential fix for overheating Surface Pro 3s found

Posted 4 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

While Microsoft has not offered up any reasoning for this issue or more importantly a fix, it seems that some users who are experiencing the issue might have found one. According to user in the Microsoft Support forums, they say that the problem is being caused by the Windows Installer Module, and the Windows Installer Module Worker. These processes will randomly start running in the background and when they do, they seem to use a huge amount CPU processing power and memory usage. Because of...

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Unofficial Windows XP Service Pack 4 Available for Download

Posted 3 days ago ago at Softpedia with 1 recent echos

Needless to say, without updates Windows XP is becoming a relic, but the Windows community is hard at work to develop what’s currently being called the “Unofficial Service Pack 4.” Developed by Ryan VanderMeulen, who already has a good background on large pack of fixes for Windows, this new service pack includes all previously released updates for Windows XP 32 bit, as well as POSReady 2009 updates launched by Microsoft after the April 2014 retirement date. POSReady 2009 fixes...

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Windows Threshold: Rapid release is getting really interesting

Posted 7 days ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

Microsoft is working feverishly towards a release of Windows Threshold that is expected to be released late next month. The build will likely be called Windows Technical Preview the word 'Enterprise' may be tossed in there too, but what will be quite convenient when the preview is finally released is how you will go about upgrading to new builds. On current internal builds of Windows Threshold, you can upgrade builds with a single click of a button. How it works is that when you open...

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