If you were born yesterday, you might find it odd to think that a couple decades ago, Microsoft was the (mostly) undisputed king of everything personal computer related. Before iOS, before Google Android, Microsoft was the personal software juggernaut. Fast forward to now, where Microsoft often feels like an old boxing champ that refuses to go down, even as it’s clearly bruised and wobbling. But in a smart move to try and fend off Android from becoming the new de facto OS for the upcoming internet of things— wearables, home electronics, car electronics etc— Microsoft has announced a free version of Windows for devices with screens 9 inches and smaller, which makes Windows a very enticing option for manufacturers looking to manufacture the next wave of internet connected everything.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting a Microsoft Surface tablet, now might be a good time, that Microsoft just reduced the prices of the tablets, with the base 32GB model starting at $349.
Yes yes yes, it’s a deck of playing cards that look exactly like the default deck in Solitaire for Windows 95. The bad news is they’re currently out of stock, but even if you can’t get some for the holidays, get some for your birthday. Or someone else’s birthday. Or for whenever.
In the middle of the internet being taken over by Instagram photos of Hurricane Sandy, Microsoft held a big unveiling event, showing off Windows Phone 8 and a new line of Windows 8 phones from Nokia and Samsung. In the US, these new phones will be coming to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Sorry, Sprint.
Today is the day that Windows 8 makes its big launch, and the day Microsoft’s Surface tablet launches. YOU PSYCHED?
When Windows 8 launches later this month, you probably won’t be able to avoid seeing it and hearing about it constantly, thanks to a massive $1.5 billion Microsoft has set aside for Windows 8 marketing. When Windows 8 launches to the world, you and your grandmother and nomads in the middle of the Sahara will hear all about it.
With Windows 8, Microsoft will be unifying desktops/laptops, tablets and phones. And when it launches next month, expect to see a flood of laptop/tablet hybrids. Sure there are already keyboards for Android tablets and iPads, but with Windows 8, get ready to be overwhelmed with tablet-laptops every time you go into a Best Buy.
If you want to get one of these miracle machines, DVICE has a big list of such lap-tabs that are coming out in the next six months alone.
Apple has had its big media event this year and come October, it will be Microsoft’s turn for a big launch party, for Windows 8. And I’m sure they’re gonna be living it up like it’s Windows 95.
Windows 8 goes on sale on October 26th, but on the 25th, Microsoft is going to be having a launch party, where they might also put the Microsoft Surface tablet on sale.
Many previous versions of Windows have come with an activation-free trial period, which was often exploited to get free Windows indefinitely, but when Windows 8 launches in late October, that will be gone. As soon as you first launch Windows 8, you’ll be asked for an activation key, no free trial.
Some people like the Windows 8 Metro tiles screen, others hate it. Want to just boot straight to the desktop and never see it? Too bad. Word is that when Windows 8 goes gold this fall, you will have no choice but to boot first into the Metro screen. You’ll like it or else.
When the Windows Store launches with Windows 8 this fall, you might be happy to know that all paid apps will come with a free 7 day trial. Sounds good for consumers, but it sounds sort of scary if you’re a developer. A 24 hour trial would be nice, but a solid week sounds like too much. Of the games I’ve bought either through iOS or the Mac App Store, almost none, even ones that I like, would I buy after playing them for a week.
If you’ve been wondering exactly when your whole Windows world will be shattered by brightly colored tiles, Microsoft announced today that Windows 8 will officially go on sale October 26th. Mark your calendars.