In Depth: Today's Windows 9 event: what to expect

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Microsoft is holding an event in San Francisco later today (10AM PT, 6PM BST) that will give us some key pointers as to Microsoft’s intentions for the next version of Windows. It’s designed as a developer event, so it won’t be a formal launch of the new Windows. And the Windows enhancements we see today certainly won’t be completely consumer-orientated, with the juicy stuff reserved for developers that Microsoft wants to get on side ahead of a full launch of the new OS. Windows 9: Release date, news and rumors What’s in a name? We’re pretty certain the next version.... Read full article

In Depth: Today's Windows 9 event: what to expect

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Microsoft is holding an event in San Francisco later today (10AM PT, 6PM BST) that will give us some key pointers as to Microsoft’s intentions for the next version of Windows. It’s designed as a developer event, so it won’t be a formal launch of the new Windows. And the Windows enhancements we see today certainly won’t be completely consumer-orientated, with the juicy stuff reserved for developers that Microsoft wants to get on side ahead of a full launch of the new OS. Windows 9: Release date, news and rumors What’s in a name? We’re pretty certain the next version.... Read full article

Bye bye Bing: Microsoft swaps to MSN branding for Windows Phone

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Microsoft has quietly begun shelving its Bing branding in favour of MSN when it comes to apps on the Windows Phone platform. Former stalwarts like Money, Maps, Travel, Sports and Weather have all been relabelled MSN to coincide with Microsoft’s overhaul of the platform. The descriptions and title bar on each app now use the MSN name – the actual performance of the apps remain unchanged. It continues a move away from Bing that Microsoft has been pursuing during the course of this year. While the mobile updates are taking place today, only Bing Finance has been changed on Windows.... Read full article

Updated: Android L release date, news and features

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Android L news and features Android L, or Android Lollipop as it will likely be called, is here, and it’s brought a raft of new changes, with Sundar Pichai, head of Android, proclaiming it to be one of the biggest upgrades to Android yet. It’s going to have a radical new design, 5000 new APIs, is already available for developer previews, and it’s going beyond the mobile form factor. Android Lollipop will be contextually aware of its surrounding, plus voice is going to me a major input source. The experience will also be seamless, so Android Lollipop devices communicate properly,.... Read full article

Windows 9: New ways to build, test, release and update coming?

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Microsoft may have learnt its lessons after all. Rather than just focusing on the front-facing user interface, the software and services giant has apparently been doing a lot of work in the back end. The tantalising result may change the way we experience Microsoft’s operating system. According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the OS group has come up with new mechanisms to (a) to gather user feedback (b) test new features, and (c) roll out new functionalities and fixes. Whether that also means providing a new way to roll out entire operating systems (like Apple and its Mac App Store).... Read full article

Windows 9 may cost $30 for Windows 7 users

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Windows 7 users may be able to upgrade to Windows 9 for “something in the region of $30″ according to popular Russian Windows “leaker”, Wzor. That’s just under £20, or AU$35. Windows 8.1 users are likely to get it for free, something that has been confirmed by our own sources. Windows 7 was unveiled nearly five years ago and is the preferred operating system for business and enterprise users but has come to its end-of-life with Microsoft retiring it from sales channel at the end of next month. It is still by far the most popular Windows OS with more.... Read full article