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Nokia Lumia 930 and 630 review

Windows Phone isn’t setting the world alight just yet, but it continues to show signs of promise in the cheaper end of the smartphone market. Microsoft knows this. It’s why the first Windows Phone 8.1 device is a low-end Lumia 630. With Windows Phone still struggling to make a significant dent in a …

Surface Pro 3 Review: In Defense of the 2-in-1 PC

As soon as Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, I kicked myself for being impatient.<p>Last fall, I bought a Surface Pro 2. The screen was smaller …

Surface Pro

Now You Can Get Microsoft Office 365 for $6.99 a Month

Microsoft began selling Office 365 Personal on Tuesday, a variant of its productivity suite that delivers all the apps, including Word, Excel, …

Weekend Reading: April 4th Edition — Cortana coming to Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft creates a cloud portal

This edition of Weekend Reading is all about the Build developer conference in San Francisco where Microsoft unveiled new opportunities for …

Turning The Ship: Microsoft Might Have Begun A Subtle Shift From Windows To Services

Since Steve Ballmer passed the torch to Satya Nadella earlier this year, it marked a sea change in the organization: the first time in its history one of the founding team wasn’t running the show. Changes were expected and have happened. A surprising one is a subtle shift toward a service model and …

Windows Phone 8.1's next trick? How about 2K smartphone displays

Microsoft might be in the process of unleashing Windows Phone 8.1, but it seems the Redmond company isn't going to stop at Cortana.<p>Nokia Power User …

Windows Phone

Clippy replaces Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 Easter egg

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 update was released only yesterday, but Cortana users have already discovered a number of funny responses from Microsoft's new personal digital assistant. The best Easter egg is the return of Clippy, Microsoft’s assistant from Office. While Clippy doesn’t fully replace …

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal Subscription

Microsoft today launched its Office 365 Personal subscription, a cheaper alternative that is limited to just two devices: one PC or Mac and one tablet. Instead of $99.99 per year or $99.99 per month for the Home subscription, the Personal option goes for $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month. It’s …

Microsoft Makes The Case For Mobile With A Comprehensive OS Update In Windows Phone 8.1

The recent release of Windows Phone 8.1 to developers and the media this week has shown Microsoft at its iterative best, but the underlying story is a simple one. Microsoft have managed to establish themselves as one of the main players in the mobile and smartphone place, and Windows Phone 8.1 will …

Nokia Must Ditch Arcane Lumia Numbering System

Microsoft made a slew of announcements at its annual Build conference this week, covering everything from universal Windows apps to the ‘Internet of Things’. But the event was also used by Nokia, ahead of the expected closure of <i>that</i> $7 billion acquisition by Microsoft later this month, to unveil …

Microsoft's 3 year journey to an open-source .Net

Microsoft's decision to open-source more of its .Net platform didn't happen overnight, or even in the past few weeks. It was a move years in the making.<p>Microsoft's move to open source key chunks of its .Net platform, a software framework that developers can use to build Windows applications, was …

Software

Delta to equip flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 1520s

The Lumia 820 just reached EOL at Delta. The airline's 20,000 flight attendants will be stepping up to the significantly larger Nokia Lumia 1520 "phablet" come this fall, matching the larger form factor that AA currently has in the sky. The 1520s will include flight manuals and can support on-board …

Battle TV: Yahoo and Microsoft jump into the original-series game

The tech giants each announced separate plans to launch original programming to rival Nextflix, Hulu and Amazon<p>The original series field got a little more crowded today as both Yahoo and Microsoft released plans to create original streamable shows.<p>With the ability to stream TV shows and movies, the …

The story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri killer

Technically, Cortana isn’t supposed to exist for at least another 500 years, but that’s not stopping Microsoft from bringing her to life this week. While Apple has Siri and Google has Google Now — both digital assistants that run on smartphones — Microsoft is taking an approach that mixes the best …

Microsoft is finally catching up to the future

Satya Nadella sets the stage by backtracking on Windows 8's design and rolling out a free operating system<p>"We started out as a company that was focused on developers…we’re again in that era now," proclaimed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage at the company’s Build conference last week. The stakes …

Microsoft XP's cybersecurity problem

Microsoft will cut off support to its 12-year-old operating system Windows XP at about 1 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, leaving more than a quarter of the world’s computers effectively undefended against hackers and cybercriminals.<p>And because outdated software renders the computers that run it …

Nokia wins Chinese approval for Microsoft deal | Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia has won approval from Chinese competition authorities to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft Corp without having to change its main technology patent practices, it said on Tuesday.<p>Nokia's Asha mobile phones are seen in a Helsinki mobile phone store January 21, …

Steve Ballmer’s Last Act Was To Unleash Office For iPad Unto The World

Steve Ballmer. A total doofus, right? The man who said the iPhone was destined to be a failure, who thought the iPad was a dud, who stood in the way of Office being released for the iPad long after it was clear that Windows 8 was a total bust.<p>Okay, sure, Microsoft’s sweatiest ex-CEO was a bit of an …

5 Things To Know About The Making And Future Of Office For iPad

Office for iPad hasn’t been in the App Store for very long, and it has already done surprisingly well. Microsoft recently bragged that Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote have been downloaded 12 million times combined in a week.<p>Microsoft won’t say how many Office 365 subscriptions have been bought …

Hands-on with the Windows 8.1 Update (pictures)

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