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Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana reportedly coming to Windows with ‘Threshold’ release

Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, may soon extend her reach beyond Windows Phone to the PC. The assistant is appearing as an app inside the next version of Windows, code named “Threshold,” according to a report by Neowin. The virtual assistant appears as an app users can launch, and runs in a small window where users… Read More

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Milestone: Windows Phone Store reaches 300,000 apps

It may have taken Microsoft longer than Apple or Google, but its Windows Phone Store now has more than 300,000 apps. WPCentral first noticed that the company just recently updated its “By The Numbers” page to reflect the milestone. “Hundreds more are added every day,” Microsoft added. It’s notable in part because the store had 100,000 apps… Read More

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Surface losses reach $1.7B, testing the patience of Microsoft’s new leadership

Microsoft’s accumulated losses on its Surface tablets have reached $1.7 billion, according to an estimate this week by reporter Gregg Keizer of Computerworld, based on an analysis of Microsoft’s financial notes in its latest Form 10-K filing with the SEC. With cash and short-term investments of more than $85 billion, the company can certainly absorb the loss, but it’s still… Read More

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‘Dragons Adventure’ game for Windows blends real world and fantasy maps, for kids to play in moving car

Playing a game on a phone or tablet on the couch is one thing, but a new game for Windows Phone and Windows tablets shows what can happen when a moving vehicle and real-world location are part of the mix. The game, “Dragons Adventure: World Explorer,” is based on the “How to Train Your Dragon?” series, published by DreamWorks in partnership… Read More

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A cross-platform wearable? Microsoft might be on to something here

The persistent rumors about Microsoft releasing a smartwatch or fitness band raise natural questions about the company’s chances for success with another “me, too” product. But a new report puts a different spin on things — pointing to plans by Microsoft to make its wearable device work not just with Windows Phone but with iPhone and Android,… Read More

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Realtor.com takes on Zillow with new app for Windows Phone; Redfin unveils redesigned iPhone app

Realtor.com announced today that it has a new app for people with Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices. The apps are designed to highlight photos of homes and give users of Microsoft’s operating systems the ability to browse listings on the real estate search service. Realtor.com, which is owned by Move, Inc., used Microsoft’s… Read More

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Microsoft gives Windows 8.1 users extra month to upgrade

Microsoft has extended, by another 30 days, the deadline for consumers running Windows 8.1 to upgrade their machines to the new Windows 8.1 Update. The company announced the change this morning, a day before the previous deadline of May 13. The new deadline is June 10, according to a post on the official Microsoft Windows Experience… Read More

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Microsoft hires key HP exec Tony Prophet as new Windows marketing leader

Microsoft has hired Tony Prophet, a longtime HP exec who oversaw operations in the computer maker’s key Printing and Personal Systems group. Prophet will lead Windows marketing, the Redmond company said this afternoon. The company said in a statement, “We can confirm Tony Prophet will be joining Microsoft as corporate vice president, Windows Marketing, reporting to Chris Capossela. Tony… Read More

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Microsoft to debut new Kinect for Windows this summer

Just a few days after showing off photos of the new Kinect for Windows, Microsoft announced at its Build conference that the motion-tracking device will hit shelves sometime this summer. The Redmond software giant previously said that the Kinect for Windows v2 would be arriving in 2014, but hadn’t specified a time. Microsoft notes that… 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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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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Microsoft warns of ‘serious problems’ for businesses that stick with Windows XP

Microsoft is trying to convince business owners that it’s time to retire their Windows XP installations, and start using a more modern operating system. The company is ending support for the venerable edition of Windows on April 8, which means after that point, XP won’t be getting any more updates, including security protection. While that… Read More

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Later, dudes: Apple’s unit sales leave PCs in the rear-view mirror, for now

As Steve Jobs liked to say, “Boom.” Total unit sales of Apple products surpassed unit sales of computers running Windows last quarter, according to Andreesen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans. Using numbers from Apple, Gartner and Andreesen Horowitz, Evans said the two companies were close to parity on device sales when counting Windows Phone units, though… Read More

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VMWare teams with Google to offer Windows for Chrome OS

Google wants to help businesses replace their old Windows XP machines with shiny new Chromebooks … that run Windows. The company announced today that it’s partnering with VMWare to bring Windows to Chrome OS with VMWare’s Horizon Desktop as a Service program. The partnership will allow businesses to set users up with a virtual Windows desktop that… Read More

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Chart: Look out Windows, Android is the new ubiquitous operating system

“Windows Everywhere” ought to be repurposed to “Android Everywhere,” given the state of the market for Internet-connected devices. Shipments of new Android devices have already passed Apple and Microsoft’s sales combined, and by 2015, projections from Gartner show that they could be well on their way to eclipsing the rest of the entire connected device… Read More

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Wintel meets Windroid: Intel’s Dual OS is a symbolic shot at Microsoft

LAS VEGAS — Intel tonight confirmed plans to offer processors that support devices running both Microsoft Windows and Android operating systems, a further erosion of the classic “Wintel” partnership that defined the personal computer industry during the heyday of the Windows PC. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the plan during the pre-show keynote at CES… Read More

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Microsoft Windows crash reporting system used by NSA for ‘passive’ spying, report says

Agents with the U.S. National Security Agency are able to intercept crash reports from specific Microsoft Windows-based machines to better understand how to exploit a computer with spyware, according to the latest revelations about the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance program, published this weekend by Der Spiegel newsmagazine. The system is the one encountered by users… Read More