Microsoft's new, new Windows cadence: Once a year is not enough

Posted 2 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 9 recent echos

Russian leaker WZor is claiming that there will be an update 2 for Windows 8.1 coming this September. My sources say that date could be August. In either case, a second update looks like it will hit just five or six months after Microsoft made Windows 8.1 Update available. Yes, by calling what was formerly referred to as Update 1 simply Update, Microsoft made it seem there would be just one update to Windows 8.1. It not clear what this second update will ultimately be called. Update 2? Windows...

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Surface mini: A few more details about the upcoming device

Posted 14 days ago ago at Neowin with 3 recent echos

The Surface mini is a device that has been rumored for well over a year. As the name implies, it will be a smaller iteration of Microsoft Surface tablets, though specifics have remained a bit of a mystery, as several launch dates of when it might be released have come and gone. But, as with any good product, the details do eventually start to make their way out from the confines of Redmond, and we have a few more tidbits about the device that give us a better indication of what to expect when...

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Rumor sheds light on Windows 8.2, Windows 9, and Chrome OS-style Windows Cloud

Posted 3 days ago ago at WinBeta with 3 recent echos

Revenue from the ads helps us feed the over worked hampsters so we can keep bringing you the latest news! You can also donate to keep us going. According to new details from , Microsoft will roll out another update to Windows 8.1 Update 2 sometime in September of this year, during the Autumn season. Microsoft may refer to this update as Windows 8.1 Update 2 or may even call it Windows 8.2, as there appears to be some sort of heated internal discussion on what to call it. Microsoft is expected to...

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Windows 8 Start Menu set to return in August

Posted 1 day ago ago at The Verge with 3 recent echos

Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the Start Menu will return to Windows 8. While Microsoft is keeping the timing for its return vague, sources familiar with the companys plans tell that the Start Menu will likely be available in a second update to Windows 8.1 currently scheduled for August. Microsofts Terry Myerson, head of Windows and Xbox software, demonstrated an early prototype earlier this month of what the Start Menu will look like once its available. It looks like a hybrid of the...

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Microsoft delivers Remote Desktop app preview for Windows Phone 8.1

Posted 1 day ago ago at All About Microsoft with 3 recent echos

On April 23, Microsoft quietly made available for download a preview of its Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1. Many Windows Phone users were none too happy that Microsoft delivered Remote Desktop apps fro Android phones and iPhones last fall with no word on when it planned to introduce a Windows Phone version. In March, Microsoft updated the Remote Desktop apps for Android, iOS and Mac OS X, still with no word as to when or how it would provide remoting for Windows Phone. Remote Desktop...

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Microsoft Surface Mini to debut in mid-May?

Posted 19 hours ago ago at All About Microsoft with 2 recent echos

Vostrostone VSTN, an electronics wholesaler, posted to a couple of photos of cases purported to be for Microsoft Surface Mini. The availability date for the cases is May 18, 2014. Thanks to Aki Antman for the Amazon link. The image of the tablet in some of the photos is likely just a placeholder, such as the already shipping 8 inch Lenovo Windows tablet and not the Surface Mini. But one of the VSTN cases shown on Amazon specifically indicates it is only for a Microsoft Surface Mini...

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Microsoft names former HP senior VP as new Windows Marketing chief

Posted 12 hours ago ago at All About Microsoft with 2 recent echos

Tony Prophet, the former Hewlett Packard Senior Vice President of Operations for Printing and Personal Systems, is the new head of Microsoft Windows Marketing. Microsoft officials confirmed the hiring of Prophet via an e mailed statement from a spokesperson on April 24. The statement: Prophet is scheduled to start his new job in early May, officials said. Prophet is replacing Thom Gruhler, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Windows. Gruhler, who formerly headed marketing for Windows...

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This Week’s Deals with Gold

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

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 28 April 2014. […]

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