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Report: Microsoft may license next versions of Windows RT and Windows Phone for free

Microsoft is considering making the next version of Windows RT and Windows Phone free for computer and device makers interested in using it, the Verge reported today. That meshes with a report from earlier this week which said “Threshold,” the next iteration of Microsoft’s OS, may include a single version of Windows that’s targeted at both Windows… Read More

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Sirius-ly: Can Nokia save Microsoft’s Windows RT?

A new report from The Verge this morning puts more weight behind the rumors that Nokia will be coming out with its own Windows RT tablet, code-named Sirius — further expanding its Microsoft partnership with a 10.1-inch device reminiscent of Nokia’s flagship Lumia line of Windows Phones. Microsoft can certainly use the help. Sales of… Read More

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Microsoft updates Windows 8 Mail, Calendar, People apps

Microsoft will release an update to its native Mail, Calendar and People apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT starting tonight with new features and, perhaps more importantly, “big improvements to performance.” That’s the word from the company this morning in a post outlining a series of enhancements to the built-in apps — including new… Read More

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Microsoft update boosts Surface RT wireless, typing and trackpad

Microsoft’s monthly Patch Tuesday update, issued today, delivers a series of fixes and updates for users of the company’s Surface RT tablet, including fixes to Wi-Fi reliability, improvements in the typing experience with the keyboard cover accessories, and trackpad improvements. The firmware upgrades, noted earlier by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, are documented on this Microsoft Surface… Read More

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IDC calls Microsoft Surface reception ‘muted, at best’ — fewer than 1M units shipped

A new report from the IDC research firm says that Microsoft’s Surface tablet, with its initially limited distribution, wasn’t able to crack the top 5 in worldwide tablet shipments in its debut quarter — registering 900,000 units, or less than 2 percent of the tablet market. Another research firm, iSuppli, tells CNet News.com that actual… Read More