Report: Start menu may be coming back to Windows

For users who have been missing the familiar comfort of the Start menu, a future version of Windows could provide a welcome reprieve. The next major version of Windows will “make the Start menu available as an option,” possibly in versions designed to support desktop computing, reports Paul Thurrott of the Supersite for Windows, citing… Read More


Microsoft Windows shakeup continues: App store and UX leaders move to Bing team

Two well-known directors from Microsoft’s Windows team, who oversaw some of the biggest changes introduced by Windows 8 and 8.1, are shifting to the Microsoft Bing team — part of a broader management upheaval in Microsoft’s operating systems group. Making the move are Ted Dworkin, the director of program management who oversaw the Windows Store… Read More


Nokia’s rewards program for Windows Phone developers uses gamification model

Lots of mobile companies offer rewards to developers who make apps on their platforms. But Nokia’s new DVLUP program is a little different, using a gamification model that encourages competition among Windows Phone developers. What’s particularly interesting about DVLUP is that it provides a chance for developers to boost the visibility of their apps within… Read More


Ballmer’s final Microsoft shareholder letter: The real money is in the enterprise

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been known to drop significant hints about the company’s future in his annual letter to shareholders, such as last year when he declared Microsoft officially a “devices and services” company — signaling the evolution beyond software that has culminated, most notably, with the plan to acquire Nokia’s smartphone business. His… Read More


Microsoft using Vine for a Surface 2 contest, but Windows Phone still doesn’t have the official app

Microsoft today unveiled two new tablets today — the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 — along with a new pressure-sensitive limited edition “Music Cover” touchpad specifically designed for DJs who want to use the tablet like a drum kit to remix songs. In conjunction with the Music Cover announcement, Microsoft kicked off a new contest… Read More


Chart: How Microsoft views its business today — and what’s really going on

Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, made the opening remarks at the company’s Financial Analyst Meeting in Bellevue, Wash., this afternoon — giving a broad overview of the company’s business. “While this business faces some headwinds in the PC market … we have an incredible transition that’s under way,” he said. One of the early… Read More

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Windows Phone leaders given key roles in Microsoft’s restructured OS group

Updated below with additional details. Microsoft’s new Operating Systems Engineering Group — responsible for OS development across Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox — is filling out its executive team under new operating systems chief Terry Myerson, with key roles for some who worked under Myerson in his former role as the Windows Phone engineering leader…. Read More


Here’s how to get a sneak peek at the Xbox One

You can’t get your hands on the Xbox One until sometime in November, but Microsoft is giving gamers a sneak peak at the next-gen console in its stores across the country. Inside Microsoft Stores there are now Xbox One consoles enclosed in a glass box. While you can’t touch, you’ll be able to get up-close-and-personal… Read More


Microsoft: You will fail your college classes using an iPad

It’s late August, and that means back to school at thousands of college campuses around the world. Aimed at university students who might be considering a tablet purchase, Microsoft just came out with a new advertisement that carries a simple message: iPads suck in class. In another swing at Apple, the 30-second spot touts the… Read More


Microsoft: Skype to come bundled with Windows 8.1

When you install Windows 8.1, you’ll now have the opportunity to video call your friends and let them know that you’ve managed to successfully navigate the upgrade process, without having to download any additional apps. In a post to its Windows Experience Blog, Microsoft announced today that Windows 8.1 will have Skype bundled with the… Read More


Microsoft: Windows 8.1 will be released on Oct. 18

Microsoft just announced the official release date for Windows 8.1, saying it will make the finished version of the operating system update available in stores on Oct. 18 and online via the Windows Store a day before, on Oct. 17. Windows 8.1, which had previously been released as an unfinished preview, will also be available… Read More


Microsoft’s new billion-dollar business: Android patents?

Windows Phone revenue rose by $1.2 billion in the company’s 2013 fiscal year, according to new numbers released by Microsoft this afternoon as part of its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But the definition of “Windows Phone revenue” isn’t what you might think. The number reflects “an increase in patent licensing… Read More