Windows 8.1 Update: WSUS Availability, Extended Deployment Timing

Posted 1 day ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 10 recent echos

With todays release of a solution that resolves the connectivity issues with WSUS 3.2 described here, we have now published the Windows 8.1 Update as well as the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update to Windows Server Update Services WSUS. For organizations using WSUS, Windows Intune, or System Center Configuration Manager for updating their Windows 8.1 computers, this means that you can now easily deploy these updates to the computers or servers you manage. For...

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New Xbox One System Update Begins Rolling Out Tonight

Posted 2 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 5 recent echos

Tonight, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update. Again, Id like to thank all of the Xbox Live members who previewed features with us and shared some of their feedback. Their input helped shape this system update, and we look forward to expanding our list of previewing Xbox Live members in the coming months. Heres the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days:

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Microsoft chops the price of custom Windows XP patches

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

Here what we didnt know, however. In the past month, Microsoft has chopped those prices substantially, according to Gartner researchers and others contacted by Computerworld. I am hearing the same from some of my sources. When I asked today, Microsoft officials conceded that theyve cut the prices of custom XP patches, but arent providing guidelines as to how much. A spokesperson sent me the following statement: Gartner issued a research note on April 8 available to its subscribers only the day...

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Dev Center now open for Windows Phone 8.1 and universal Windows app submissions

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 4 recent echos

Today Im pleased to announce the opening of the Windows Phone Dev Center for publishing your Windows Phone 8.1 apps and for linking your Windows and Windows Phone apps to create universal Windows apps. Todays release also includes enhancements to address your feedback. Were listening to your suggestions and identified a few areas to improve your experience with the Dev Center in this release. The Windows Phone Dev Center roll out has begun and you should start seeing updates and new features...

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Updated Volume License Media Available Today for Windows, Windows Server, and Windows Embedded

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 3 recent echos

Today on the Volume License Service Center (VLSC) we released the media for: Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.1 Update integrated Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update integrated Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update This is the final part of the release cycle that included  the release via MSDN on the 2nd and Windows Update on the 8th. The VLSC and MSDN updated media does not contain the complete set of fixes that are offered from...

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Did Microsoft just kill its anti-Google 'Scroogled' campaign?

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

Derrick Connell, a Microsoft Corporate Vice President in charge of the Bing Experiences team, said over the weekend in a hosted Q&A session that Microsoft is now done with the Scroogled campaign. The Scroogled campaign, which was masterminded, in large part, by former Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn who, after the latest reorg at Microsoft is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer has met with mixed perceptions. Though few would question Microsoft right to counter Google...

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What is Windows Image Boot (WIMBoot)?

Posted 7 days ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 2 recent echos

Now that Windows 8.1 Update has been released, we want to talk about a new way that Windows 8.1 can be installed on Windows 8 logo certified devices since UEFI is a requirement with smaller disks, e.g. devices with 16GB or 32GB SSDs or eMMC storage, while still ensuring that there is plenty of storage left for apps and data.This new deployment option, called Windows Image Boot or WIMBoot, takes a different approach than traditional Windows installations. Instead of extracting all the individual...

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Buy once, play anywhere: First universal Windows apps hit Microsoft app stores

Posted 1 day ago ago at PC World with 2 recent echos

Microsoft has rolled out the first universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone, allowing users to buy an app once and play it on phones, tablets and PCs. The first two paid apps to take advantage are Microsoft own Halo: Spartan Assault and 17 Bit Skulls of the Shogun. Both games cost $4.99 and can be purchased through either the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store,. Strangely, the games Windows Store listings give no indication that these are universal apps. But when you view their Windows...

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