Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users

Posted 11 days ago ago at PC World with 1 recent echos

Its official, folks: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows users—at least for a limited time. Kicking off the consumer focused Windows 10 event in Redmond on Tuesday, Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for one year after the operating system launches. Once youve claimed the upgrade, Microsoft will keep you updated for the supported lifetime of...

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Cyanogen Wants to Take Android From Google, and Microsoft May Help

Posted 2 days ago ago at Gizmodo with 1 recent echos

Cyanogen just made a powerful ally. Last Friday, Cyanogen big boss Kirt McMaster made quite the claim when introducing himself and his company at a small Next Phase of Android get together: Many of us may have laughed, nay, guffawed that a CEO, whose company very much relies on Android and Google, could make such a claim. Then yesterday, a report from The Wall Street Journal stated that Microsoft was a minority investor in a $70 million round of funding. Then suddenly, it all started to sound...

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Microsoft launches first TV white space network in Africa

Posted 4 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Microsoft, partnering with Spectra Wireless has launched the first network that utilizes TV white spaces to bring internet in new markets. Though currently only available in Ghana, networks that utilize TV white space could become the norm in many parts of the world. They work by searching and using,TV spectrum to offer faster speeds, better reception and cheaper service. With billions of new wireless devices expected to go online in the next years spectrum crunch is a real problem, especially...

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Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen, which hopes to take Android from Google

Posted 3 days ago ago at Arstechnica with 1 recent echos

According to a report from Microsoft will be investing $70 million in Cyanogen, Inc., the Android ROM builder. The report says that $70 million would make Microsoft a minority investor in a round of financing that values Cyanogen in the high hundreds of millions. Cyanogen takes the Android source code and modifies it, adding more features and porting it to other devices. It has also started supplying Android builds directly to OEMs like the OnePlus One, which ship the software on devices instead...

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Simplified Adaptive Video Streaming: Announcing support for HLS and DASH in Windows 10

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Internet Explorer Team with 1 recent echos

These new features reflect our strong belief that everyone benefits from common media delivery and encoding formats, and also reflect our ongoing commitment to simplify the development of plugin free video delivery on the Web. Web delivered video content has rapidly shifted away from downloading and playing a single video file to an adaptive approach designed to support a broad array of network conditions. Unlike playback of a single file, adaptive streaming allows Web developers to host...

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Microsoft updates Windows Insider app for Windows Phone users

Posted 2 days ago ago at Win Super Site with 1 recent echos

A short while ago an update for the Windows Insider App formerly known as the Phone Insider App for Windows Phone was released that brings the ability to run the mobile version of Windows 10, which was demoed last week by Microsoft during their big Windows 10 event, to some of the Windows Insider participants who own Windows Phones. The app does not show up in any store searches via the web or on the phone but it can be viewed downloaded from its Windows Insider app page. It is expected that...

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A few more Office 2016 features leak, digging deep into the details

Posted 2 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Microsoft is hard at work on the next major iteration of Office that will be called Office 2016. While there is a small private beta currently taking place with a select group of individuals, Neowin has been sent a document that details the updates that have been pushed out to the testers for the month of January. Seeing as this is Office, the updates are iterative this time around and are adding new functionality to existing features for the productivity suite. So, what are the changes? Well,...

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Where to watch the 2015 Super Bowl live online

Posted 2 days ago ago at GigaOM with 1 recent echos

You may watch it because youre a football fan. Or for the ads. Or simply because its tradition. Regardless of the reason, when the Super Bowl begins on Sunday, youre going to want to be watching — even if you dont have cable, or maybe not even a TV. Thats because just like last year, the event is going to be live streamed online. Super Bowl XLIX is being broadcast by NBC, and the network decided to do away with its usual requirement to sign in with your cable subscription and instead it...

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