Microsoft's next major Windows 8 will drop on October 26. Anybody who upgrades between then and January 31, 2013 can get Windows 8 Pro for $40. What about everybody sitting on the fence biting their fingernails until February 1? Surprise! Windows 8 is going to be as expensive as ever.
You have to applaud Microsoft for daring to be different with its upcoming Windows 8-powered Surface tablet. A fresh rumor suggests the Surface could gain Microsoft a foothold in a decidedly tough market dominated by the iPad.
New York City's police department is partnering with Microsoft to develop what's being called the Domain Awareness System (DAS), a law enforcement tool with the goal of not only preventing crime by monitoring public safety data streams, but to also help respond to and follow up on crimes quickly and more efficiently.
Between all the tweeting, liking and text messaging we do, who really wants to look at all the junk in email? Microsoft new Outlook.com email (not the same as its Outlook email app) is a completely rethought take on webmail that cuts the ad bloat of Hotmail and focuses on functionality.
Wouldn't it be great if you could try an app out before buying it? And wouldn't it even generous if had a week to decide whether the app fits into your computing lifestyle? Well, if you're running Windows 8, Microsoft will let you do just that.
Though it looks easy on TV, fighting with a broadsword is an activity knights and other medieval types probably practiced a lot. So how do modern knights get some practice in without cutting their hands off? Microsoft Research is tackling this problem with a new game called SwordFight that enables multi-player dueling with smartphones using hardware localization technology.
Nobody knows for sure what the next Xbox will pack, but with so many clues cropping up, a clearer picture is slowly taking shape. A newly discovered patent reveals that the next Xbox could allow for simple upgrades — PC style.
Update: Windows 8 will launch on October 26, 2013.
Undecided on whether Windows 8's radical departure with the Metro UI is right for you? Microsoft's hoping to make believers out of everybody by offering a special promotion that'll let users upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro for a mere $40.
We're not ashamed to say that Microsoft's Surface tablet running Windows 8 is looking like one sleek gadget. But what if Microsoft took the Surface brand one step further and decided to build its own smartphone (as is rumored)? If the Surface tablet had a little brother, it'd look like this industrial designer's concept, for sure.