Microsoft is having a torrid time of it at the moment thanks to a series of PR fails that have between them ruined the unveiling of its next-gen console, the Xbox One. And I’m not sure we’ve seen the last of these gaffes.
We’ve known for some time that Microsoft would be issuing a major update to its Windows operating system during 2013, but the exact details were unknown. All has now been revealed, with Windows Blue actually being Windows 8.1, a Windows 8 update released for free through the Windows Store.
From the headlines splashed across the blogosphere today you could easily get the impression that Bing is littered with malware, and that anyone using Microsoft’s search engine was likely to get infected and have a bad day. This isn’t true. In fact you’re very unlikely to encounter malware through a Bing search.
Educating employees before they move countries is obviously a noble undertaking. Unfortunately some of the advice handed out can come across as a little unnecessary and condescending when read out of context. Still, Microsoft should be awarded an A for effort.
How is Windows 8 doing so far? Not too bad, thank you very much, at least according to Microsoft.
Apple earned twice the revenue of Microsoft last quarter but still lost over 10 percent of its market value. What does that say about the differing expectations concerning Apple and Microsoft? Mostly that investors expect more out of Apple and when they don’t get it they are quick to punish the company.
The ability to get Windows 8 on the cheap (in a legal and legitimate way) is ending soon. But is Microsoft doing the right thing in upping the price of its latest operating system?
Wow. The BBC has signaled its lack of faith in Microsoft’s latest operating systems by refusing to develop apps compatible with the new Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. The BBC has a variety of apps for iOS, Mac OS X and Android devices and is still developing and updating those apps. It even has apps for Xbox 360 but won’t for Windows 8.
Windows 8 has got off to a slower than expected start, at least according to the industry people and analysts willing to talk about the initial response to Microsoft’s latest operating system.
It looks as though the Surface RT hasn’t exactly taken off in the big, bad way Microsoft was hoping it would. Is it just poor distribution and the subsequent lack of availability that’s to blame? Or is there more to it than that?
Microsoft has been trying to defeat Google for years now. The company has tried a variety of different contests and promotions to get people to switch from Google search to Bing. The latest contest is called “Bing It On”. Winners of the contest can look forward to a variety of Windows devices or a trip to anywhere in the US.
The best way to deal with Internet trolls is to not sink to their level, to rise above, to keep on keeping on. Or, as Microsoft is demonstrating, you can instead call them out for being ignorant idiots who haven’t a clue what they’re banging on about.
While tablets and smartphones are currently the computing devices of choice for those on the go, the day could come when we’re all walking around with computers on our heads. It will never happen, you say? Then why do both Microsoft and Google believe this scenario is possible?
Microsoft’s latest operating system is now available to all, for a price. Windows 8 was released to retail today, with stores opening at midnight to allow the ultra-keen fanboys a chance to get their hands on the OS and/or a device powered by it as soon as possible. I’m reliably informed such people do exist, I just don’t know any.
Earlier this week Microsoft revealed the full details of its new tablet, Surface with Windows RT, or Surface RT, as everyone in their right mind will surely call it from this day forth.