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.
August 16, 2013 |
Bloatware is the term given to programs that come pre-installed on computers even though it's unlikely they will be used by every owner. Sometimes they are difficult to get rid of and can consume resources unnecessarily. Pre-installed anti-virus software has often fit that definition. Now, Skype looks to be joining that list. Microsoft owns the voice, audio and text messaging program and will be making it the default instant communications tool on the newest version of Windows. "This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users," Skype said in a blog post . "Now you don't have to download your favorite app to stay in touch whenever you're apart.
July 11, 2013 |
Considering that Steve Ballmer has been chief executive of Microsoft for more than a decade, it might sound strange to say this. But the sweeping reorganization announced Wednesday made it clear that Microsoft is now his company. Whether that's for better or for worse, we'll see. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 But in the various memos and news releases, the company emphasized that while Windows remains crucial to its future, it's...
May 31, 2013 |
Looking to make desktops more competitive in price with tablets and mobile devices, more PC makers are turning to Android. In the latest blow to the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, Acer is expected to launch a second Android-based desktop next week, CNET reported . The all-in-one device combines the computer and the monitor into one slate. It's expected to come with a powerful new Intel processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and as much as 16 gigabytes of hard drive space. With an expected price of about $400, the rumored device would be able to do what a tablet does -- except on a much bigger screen and with a more traditional setup.
May 7, 2013 |
In the face of mounting criticisms and sluggish PC sales, Microsoft continues to insist that its gamble on the radically redesigned Windows 8 operating system is paying off, if slowly. Tami Reller, the Windows division's chief marketing officer and chief financial officer, said in a blog post on Tuesday that Microsoft has sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8, up from 60 million sold by January. The new operating system launched in October. The new operating system failed to provide the boost to PC sales many in the industry had hoped to see, causing critics to label Windows 8 a disappointment.
November 30, 2012 |
Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 8 has not given a boost to U.S. sales of PCs and tablet computers, according to the NPD Group. Since the highly anticipated operating system was launched Oct. 26, Windows device sales have fallen 21% compared with the same period last year, the market research firm said. Notebook sales, which have been weak throughout most of 2012, were down 24%, and desktop sales dropped 9%. Through Nov. 17, Windows 8 had captured just 58% of Windows computing-device unit sales.