October 21, 2013 |
Ahead of the Surface Pro 2's release this week, reviews for Microsoft's new tablet are pouring in, and the consensus is that although it is not a must-buy, it is much improved over its predecessor. The Surface Pro 2 is set to come out Tuesday with prices starting at $899 for a 64-gigabyte model and going up to $1,799 for a 512-GB version. On the outside, the Surface Pro 2 looks nearly the same as its predecessor, but changes on the inside have made it a better product. Most notably, Microsoft has outfitted the Surface Pro 2 with an Intel Haswell processor, which has led to an improved battery life.
October 17, 2013 |
Microsoft released Windows 8.1 online Thursday, making it possible for users to begin updating their computers to the company's latest operating system. Windows 8.1 is the Redmond, Wash., company's first major update to Windows 8, a new version of the Windows operating system that was released last year. Windows 8 represented a major change for Microsoft, as it was designed and fine tuned for touchscreen devices. Users who purchased Windows 8 can get Thursday's update online for free.
October 16, 2013 |
Microsoft will officially retire its Windows XP operating system early next year, but Google on Wednesday announced it will continue to support its Chrome browser for the platform through at least early 2015. The Mountain View, Calif., Web giant announced it will keep sending out updates and security patches to the Windows XP version of Google Chrome "until at least April 2015. " That's good news for Windows XP users, who will stop receiving the same type of support for the operating system from Microsoft.
October 9, 2013 |
Oh, behave, Microsoft. As the tech giant looks for a new chief executive to regain some mojo, a super-weird video of current CEO Steve Ballmer and previous CEO Bill Gates dressed up as characters from the Austin Powers movies is circulating on the Internet. The clip shows Ballmer dressed up as Dr. Evil while Gates shows up as the title character from the comedic films starring Mike Myers. You can see the video above, but proceed with caution -- it's really bizarre. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 The Austin Powers spoof has been on YouTube since 2009, but it didn't start making the rounds on the Web until this week.
October 4, 2013 |
Microsoft had a rough go with the first generation of its Surface tablets, but the company hasn't let those early struggles deter its mission to compete in the tablet market. The first set of Surface tablets -- the RT and the Pro -- was slow to sell, so much so that Microsoft was forced to take a $900-million charge over the summer due to unsold inventory. Later, the company also cut the price of both products. The Surface was supposed to be Microsoft's answer to the Apple iPad, but despite clever ads that showed off some of the Surface's superior features, Apple still has a dominant grip on the tablet market.
September 27, 2013 |
Steve Ballmer is known for his outrageous keynote presentations, and at his final annual company meeting, the Microsoft chief executive made sure to deliver one more outrageous, teary-eyed speech. Speaking to 13,000 Microsoft employees, Ballmer took the stage at Seattle's KeyArena and jumped around to a variety of songs, as he tends to do. Among the background tunes were "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, "Wanna Be Startin' Something"...