How much does Microsoft make from PC makers with Windows 8.1?

Posted 7 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 1 recent echos

Microsoft still hasnt gone public with how much it plans to charge its PC maker partners OEMs or customers with Windows 10. But thanks to a document published on Microsoft OEM Partner Center site, we do know how much it is charging PC makers for Windows 8.1 on Intel based tablets. And why Microsoft describes its under nine inch screen pricing as zero dollars instead of free. The Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU requires OEMs to set Bing search as the default though users can still change the default...

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Microsoft is turning Skype into its own version of iMessage in Windows 10

Posted 4 days ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

The new Messaging app works by integrating Skype, allowing you to chat to Skype contacts or initiate video audio calls. All the conversations are synced between PCs, tablets, and phones, and the new app looks like a lightweight version of Skype. Its also identical to the Messages app on OS X, with the same two panel interface and circular UI for contact photos. Microsoft has started linking Skype usernames with mobile numbers to make it easier to find friends who are using the service without...

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How to bring back the old resizable Start Menu running Windows 10 build 9926

Posted 2 days ago ago at WinBeta with 1 recent echos

With the recent arrival of the new Windows 10 January Preview, a number of new features and changes came included. One new change is the Start Menu, which for some has become a pain to use with the new Continuum mode. Luckily, the code for the old style 9879 Start Menu is still present, meaning it can be re enabled with one simple registry tweak. Weve compiled a super quick video tutorial for your video pleasure, which weve embedded below. However if you dislike videos, here our quick written...

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Windows 10 has a hidden new calendar and clock, here is how to enable it

Posted 1 day ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 and with it comes a plethora of new features and updates. One item that has been updated but is not turned on by default is a new calendar and clock widget that you can see at the top of this post. If you want to enable this feature in your install of Windows 10, it quite easy, if you know how to tweak the registry. With that being said, only proceed if you have experience adding values to the registry because if you do this incorrectly, it can break...

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Microsoft to offer a paid version of its internal Cosmos big-data service

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

Microsoft is developing an Azure hosted, paid version of its internal facing Cosmos big data computation, analysis and storage service. I speculated last August that Microsoft was poised to make Cosmos one of its next big Azure service offerings. Based on information shared with me by sources, it appears this, indeed, is happening. Currently, Cosmos is an internal facing Microsoft service only. It Microsoft massively parallel storage and computation service that handles data from Azure, Bing,...

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