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Attention, Windows XP holdouts: The end is here

Are you still running Windows XP? Are you ready for Tuesday? More than 12 years after Windows XP’s release, Microsoft will officially end support for the aging operating system on Tuesday, April 8 — three days from now. That means no more security updates. Yes, of course, Windows XP machines will continue to run. But… Read More

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Using the Fire TV: First take on Amazon’s set-top box

A few members of team GeekWire stayed late at the office on Thursday to set up and run Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box, getting some hands-on time with the Seattle company’s entrant into the increasingly crowded market for streaming living-room devices. We came away impressed with some elements of the product, and underwhelmed by others…. Read More

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Sev Zero: Hands-on with Amazon’s Halo knock-off

GeekWire’s Amazon Fire TV arrived on Thursday, and we’ve been doing some in-depth product testing at the GeekWire Labs.  After checking out the solid ESPN and Bloomberg TV apps, we dove into “Sev Zero,” the first-person shooter created by Amazon Game Studios, which normally sells for $7 but comes for free with the Fire TV’s… Read More

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Intellectual Ventures spins off new ‘Coffee Flour’ startup

A new Seattle-area startup called CF Global has been spun out of Intellectual Ventures, aiming to develop a market for a new product called Coffee Flour, a food ingredient derived from discarded coffee cherries. Intellectual Ventures, the patent holding firm and technology company run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, says CF Global is… Read More

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Windows leaker pleads guilty, faces 3 months in prison

A former Microsoft software architect has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets, including parts of the Windows 8 source code. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors earlier this week, Alex A. Kibkalo faces a recommended sentence of three months in prison, and must pay $22,500 in restitution to Microsoft. Kibkalo was charged with leaking the… Read More

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Windows 8, Take 3: One giant leap for keyboard and mouse

Windows 8 in its original incarnation wasn’t just a learning curve for traditional PC users, with their old-fashioned mice and keyboards. It was a completely foreign experience, designed for tablets, and disorienting on the desktop. But now, on its third attempt, Microsoft is making its flagship product familiar again. An updated version of Windows 8.1,… Read More

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Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back to Windows

How’s this for a new era at Microsoft? Microsoft operating systems chief Terry Myerson announced this morning that the company will be bringing a version of the traditional Start menu back to Windows 8 in a future update to the Microsoft operating system. The company had previously brought back the Start button, but clicking on… Read More

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Amazon enables returns through delivery lockers

Amazon is now letting customers return purchased items through its Amazon Lockers — a new feature of the large delivery lockers that have been installed in locations around North America and Europe. The feature, offered as an option for returns through Amazon’s site, was noted by the Wall Street Journal overnight. The process is essentially… Read More

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Microsoft exec Antoine Leblond leaving after nearly 25 years

Antoine Leblond, a Microsoft executive known for his leadership roles on the Office and Windows teams, is leaving the Redmond company after nearly 25 years. He’s the latest executive to leave Microsoft following last year’s “One Microsoft” reorganization and the more recent appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO. Earlier departures included Jon DeVaan, the longtime… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Facebook + Oculus, Google Chromebook at college, and the meaning of Microsoft Office for iPad

We have lots to talk about on the GeekWire radio show this week, starting with Facebook’s surprising acquisition of Oculus, the virtual-reality technology company, for a whopping $2 billion. What does Mark Zuckerberg have in mind here? Facebook’s long-term relevance, for starters. From there we delve into one of the more intriguing stories of the… Read More

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Microsoft confirms Office for iPad — launching today

After years of speculation about its plans for Apple’s tablet, Microsoft will release Office for iPad — including Word, Excel and PowerPoint — at 11 a.m. today, the company just announced at a press briefing in San Francisco. Microsoft says the apps are designed feel native to the iPad but maintain file fidelity with other… Read More

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New forecast: PC market down 7% in 2014, tablets up 39%

Just in time for new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s expected introduction of an Office suite for iPad today, new numbers from Gartner show how business and consumer buying trends are continuing to upend Microsoft’s traditional PC business. Worldwide shipments of traditional desktop and notebook PCs will decline by 6.6 percent, to 276.7 million units, the… Read More

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Candy Crash? King Digital slips 10% in IPO debut

King Digital Entertainment, the maker of the hit Candy Crush Saga game, is trading at nearly 10 percent below its opening share price of $22.50 in its high-profile debut this morning on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of the Dublin-based company are currently trading around $20.23. The drop underscores investor concerns that the company… Read More

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Porch strikes deal with Realtor.com to deliver home-improvement reports

Home-improvement data startup Porch is partnering with Realtor.com to launch a new product, the “Porch Home & Neighborhood Report,” that promises to give prospective homebuyers new insight into the history of specific homes and neighborhoods. The partnership with Realtor.com, announced this morning, expands the Porch business into real estate while creating a new connection between… Read More