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Microsoft Jumps The Gun On Windows 8 Announcement

Microsoft appears to have accidentally pulled the trigger on a blog post announcing the new Windows 8 Release Preview. The post was dated today, May 31st, but actually posted yesterday afternoon. It was quickly removed. The post originally went up on the Windows Hardware and Driver Developer Blog. It was taken down shortly after posting, but not before The Next …

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Microsoft Announces Office 365 For Government

All the tech companies pretty much just compete with each other these days with the same products with one coming out later than the other. Microsoft has been on the backburner for a while now releasing their own versions of consumer and professional services while trying to keep up with Google. Their latest release helps the company stay current with …

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Have A Windows Phone? Better Upgrade To 7.5

Regardless of the jokes that permeate the mobile industry, there are people who use and love Windows Phone 7. Even Siri thinks that the Nokia Lumia 900 is the best phone currently on the market until Apple ceased her insubordination. There are people who bought Windows Phones before the big 7.5 update last fall and they’re going to want to …

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Kinect For Windows SDK 1.5 Released

Kinect for Windows has been one of the coolest projects that Microsoft is personally involved with. Windows applications being built using Kinect continually impress me more so than any games that use Kinect on the Xbox 360. It speaks to the power of the Kinect platform as an interface. With that being said, Microsoft has updated the Kinect for Windows …

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Xbox 360 Comes Free With Windows PC Purchase

I went to the University of Kentucky for five years. During that time, I learned that everybody had a MacBook. They seemed to have bought the computer for one reason – it’s totally the coolest, duh!. Jokes about stereotypical MacBook users aside, it’s a good computer for college. Microsoft has a problem with that and has regularly offered a free …

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Microsoft Charges $99 To Remove Bloatware

For those of you who still buy PCs–the store-bought models that come with Windows already installed–what are your thoughts about all of that trial software that comes preinstalled on your not-inexpensive machine? If you’re like most conscientious computer users, you absolutely hate it. Not only for the inconvenience, but for the performance issues such software–bloatware or crapware–causes. The bulk of …

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Visual Studio 11 Release Candidate Updated After User Feedback

We reported back in February that Microsoft launched the Visual Studio 11 beta for developers to try ou and give their thoughts before the actual product launch. Microsoft says that there has been “significant” community response to the beta and so they are introducing some changes to the user interface to satisfy the needs of the community. The community feedback …

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Microsoft Announces Windows Azure Media Services

Microsoft definitely needs to give its cloud network – Windows Azure – a kick in the pants. If it wants to compete with the likes of Google’s and other cloud businesses, it’s going to have to step up its game. Microsoft announced its solution this morning – Windows Azure Media Services. Microsoft says the new service is exactly as it …

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Windows 8 Makes DVD Playback A Paid Upgrade

You may recall last month when Microsoft announced the editions of the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The OS will be divided into two basic versions: Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro. There was a lot to be excited about in that report. It seems that Windows 8 includes several features that were not available in the more basic versions …

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Microsoft Kills Windows Live Branding

With Windows 8 just around the corner, Microsoft is re-thinking where its cloud services will fit into the mix. As a result, Microsoft has decided to kill the “live” branding it places around those services. In its place will be the new, simply named, Microsoft Account. Yesterday on the Microsoft Deveveloper Network “Building Windows 8″ blog, Steven Sinofsky, president of …

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Microsoft and Twilio Join Forces To Offer Communication APIs

Skype changed the way we communicate online by offering an easy and affordable way to call anybody on a land line or other Skype users. Microsoft bought Skype last year to pump money into the development of more Skype products. Enter Twilio, an API that allows anybody to build an app for cloud-based calling over land lines. Microsoft has entered …

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One Of Every Five Macs Has Malware, Report Says

Malware on the Mac has been a hot topic in recent weeks, thanks to the discovery at the beginning of the month of a variant of the Flashback botnet that was able to install on users’ computers without their knowledge by using a Java exploit. Though a Java patch and a removal tool have been released and infection rates are …

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