Posted 2 days ago ago at BBC with 2 recent echos
Microsofts Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15 year old service. Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users in 2013, after Microsoft bought rival Skype. Users in China continued to use the old service but will now be transferred to Skype by 31 October. Windows Live still had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009. But those numbers later declined, while users of Skype rose to...
Posted 2 days ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos
Earlier this month, images were leaked that gave us our first good look at the upcoming Lumia 730. Known alsoby its internal development codename, 'Superman', the 730 has also come to be referredto as Microsoft selfie phone, as the device is said to feature a high quality 5 megapixel front facing camera. Today, more images have surfaced of the new handset via Tieba Baidu, giving us a much clearer look at its design. But the mid range device is expected to feature some pretty decent specs...
Posted 25 days ago ago at PC World with 1 recent echos
Reports about the next major Windows release keep getting better and better. It looks like Microsoft has finally come to its senses and will dump the Charms bar in Windows 9 also known as Threshold slated for release next spring. Even better, Microsoft is planning a surprise for multi taskers with the addition of multiple virtual desktops. Microsoft hasnt released any official details, but multiple news sites report these changes are for real. That good news for desktop users and it also means...
Posted 7 days ago ago at WinBeta with 1 recent echos
WinBeta can reveal that Windows Threshold will include an updated Modern UI when it launches in 2015. The new Modern UI is set to include a whole bunch of new features which is aimed to align it with competing tablet operating systems like iOS and Android. The Modern UI being the Start Screen and related apps will be front and center with tablets, and will remove the desktop for devices which do not need it. There is no middle ground between devices that have the Modern UI and devices that have...
Posted 6 days ago ago at ASP.NET Team with 1 recent echos
If you think you can just write a background task yourself, it likely youll get it wrong. Im not impugning your skills, Im just saying it . Plus, why should you have to? There LOT of great ways for you to do things in the background and a lot of libraries and choices available. Some ASP.NET apps will be hosted in IIS in your data center and others will be hosted in the Azure cloud. The spectrum of usage is roughly this, in my opinion:
Posted 5 days ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos
Microsoft has created a cardboard replica of its Surface Pro 3 tablet. It might not be as impressive as the giant Surface tablet the company erected in London last year, but the cardboard version has its very own working display. A small section lights up to show off the specs of Microsoft latest tablet, powered by a low res MP4 player. The software maker has been sending its cardboard Surfaces to various schools in Australia as part of a marketing effort to mark the launch of the Surface Pro 3...
Posted 3 days ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos
MSN Messenger started off life as a basic instant messenger without much bloat and just text communications. Microsoft gradually started improving Messenger with calling capabilities for Windows XP users. Video and audio calling was a big step for Messenger as Skype started to get popular image credit: Winsupersite. The many emoticons of MSN Messenger from back in the day image credit: Ggftw.
Posted 1 day ago ago at Windows IT Pro with 1 recent echos
Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5. Let there be no doubt that Microsoft actions in this controversial case are customer centric. The firm isn't just standing up...