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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Respond to App Reviews: a phased rollout

Posted 19 hours ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 5 recent echos

This capability is designed to help you maintain closer contact with users to inform them of new features, bugs youve addressed, as well as get feedback and ideas to improve your app. This capability is not to be used for marketing and does not provide you as the developer with the users personal information, such as an email address. At this time, developers will be able to respond to reviews posted from Windows Phone 8.1 devices, as well as reviews posted from Windows Phone 8 devices in the US...

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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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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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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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Xbox 360 Spring Sale and This Week’s Deals with Gold

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 2 recent echos

Here are this week’s Gotham-themed games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 21 April […]

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Announcing the new All-in-One Media Keyboard

Posted 1 day ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 2 recent echos

People love to show off their photos and videos to friends and family and a common way to do this is by connecting a device like a laptop or tablet to a TV. Today, were announcing the All in One Media Keyboard that makes it super easy to access and navigate all that content from the comfort of your couch. The All in One Media Keyboard has an integrated multi touch trackpad next to its full size keyset so you can not only type things but also swipe, drag, drop, zoom and click super easily. The...

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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 1 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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