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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Windows 8’

Bing And Windows 8 Maps Get Tons Of New Imagery

Microsoft announced today that it has added over 121 TB of satellite and Global Ortho imagery to Bing Maps and the Windows 8 Maps app. The maps offerings now include over 15 million square kilometers of new data mostly covering South America, Africa, Asia and Europe, though there is some additional imagery in North America and Australia. Following are some …

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Windows Blue Is Microsoft’s Next OS, Will Move To Annual Release Cycle [Report]

Windows has always been on its own extended release cycle. Microsoft releases a new version of the OS, and then develops the next version over the next couple of years. For instance, Windows 7 released three years ago in 2009, and we’re only now just seeing the release of Windows 8. That strategy might just change next year. The Verge …

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Microsoft Sold 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses In A Month

It’s been a month since the launch of Windows 8 on October 26. The reaction has been mixed, even in our own comments, with some users praising the new UI, while others think it’s the worst thing to ever happen to personal computing. Despite all of that, Windows 8 seems to be doing pretty well for itself. Tami Reller, CFO …

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Microsoft Announces Skype Ads For Windows 8

Skype started running ads last year, even before it was acquired by Microsoft, but from the sound of it, they’re really just getting started. At the Monaco Media Forum today, Skype President Tony Bates announced the launch of Skype Ads for Windows 8. On the Microsoft Advertising blog, Sandhya Venkatachalam shares some of what he had to say about the …

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Google Now Has A Windows RT Search App

Google has finally launched a search app for Windows RT, weeks after the Windows 8 app was released. Here are the features as listed in the Windows Store: Google Searchbox – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search – Use your microphone to ask Google anything …

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Barnes & Noble Releases Nook App For Windows 8

Microsoft has a vested interest in Barnes & Noble. That’s why the company invested $300 million into the book retail giant earlier this year. The deal resulted in both companies spinning off the Nook business into its own subsidiary that Microsoft can get a piece of. Now its investment is starting to pay off. Nook Media announced today that the …

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Microsoft Surface Sales Are Off To A ‘Modest’ Start

As far as Windows 8 tablets go, Microsoft’s Surface seemed like a hit. It sold out in less than a day on Microsoft’s online store. Since then, there’s been no sign as to how well the device is performing, until yesterday when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke on the record about its performance. Speaking to French daily Le Parisien, Steve …

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Skype Preview For Windows Phone 8 Now Available

Skype is quickly turning into the next major brand from Microsoft. Much like what the company did with the Xbox brand, Microsoft is making Skype the go to app for all of its online messenger and calling services. Case in point, Skype is an essential app in Windows 8, and it’s soon to be of the same importance to Windows …

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StumbleUpon Talks About Its Windows 8 App [Video]

StumbleUpon has put out a new video about its recently released Windows 8 app. Have a look: We recently took a closer look at the app here. It has some features that take advantage of the Windows 8 operaring system that set it apart from other StumbleUpon apps (and the desktop).

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Vietnam Has The Highest Windows 8 Adoption Rate

Windows 8 launched on October 26, and four million people upgraded to the new OS during the opening weekend. Since then, Microsoft has been mum on how well Windows 8 has been spreading through the market. Soluto, a PC optimization company, has been collecting data on Windows 8 adoption. The results show that Windows 8 adoption has been higher in …

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The Most Honest Windows 8 Criticism Comes From A Drunk

Windows 8 has been controversial to say the least. Prominent PC developers have criticized the operating system and regular users have expressed confusion over the design choices Microsoft made. Now it’s time to put Windows 8 up to the ultimate test – a first time user who happens to be drunk. Three Sheets Market Research conducts a series of Web …

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Microsoft Really Is Axing Windows Live Messenger In Favor Of Skype

A rumor started going around yesterday that said Microsoft would be retiring its 13-year-old Windows Live Messenger client. All Messenger users would be shepherded into Skype so Microsoft could unite its IM clients under one brand. Microsoft wouldn’t comment on rumors yesterday, but it outright confirmed the news today. On the Skype Big Blog, Tony Bates, President of the Skype …

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