Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ could launch by April 2015

Windows 8.1 Windows 9, dubbed "Threshold" is coming, and Microsoft wants to put "Windows 8 in the rear view mirror" says Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows, one of the more reliable Windows rumour sites. At Microsoft's BUILD developers conference, taking place this April, major announcements are expected for Windows 9 as Microsoft attempts to put some distance between itself and Windows 8. According to Thurrott, Windows 8 is "tanking hard" and even the free update to Windows 8.1 isn't helping sales: fewer ...

Mobile Phones, Nokia, Windows

Sony in talks with Microsoft to likely launch VAIO Windows Phone

ht_windows_preview_thg_120620_wg Hints and past speculations suggest that Sony is working on a Windows Phone. The company has been steering away from the Nokia-dominated Windows Phone arena, and has thus over the years only focused on building Android smartphones. In a recent interview, however, head of Sony Mobile Europe Pierre Perron told TechRadar that Sony wants to broaden its horizons and is looking to Microsoft as an alternative. While there have been rumours and possible leaked pictures since last year, indicating that there ...

Microsoft, News

Microsoft rolls back Surface Pro 2 update after battery and crash issues

Surface 2 Microsoft released a firmware update 10 December for its Surface Pro 2 tablet. Users were reportedly experiencing technical issues when trying to install the update such as reduced battery life while error code 80070490 became more widespread. Microsoft now announced that it has decided to pullback on the update. While technical software issues could easily be exaggerated, some people supposedly experienced a reduced battery life and system crashes. "Firmware failed for me. I have been suffering from Event ID 41(system crashes) ...

Tablets, Windows

Getac’s F110 rugged Windows tablet launches, is apocalypse compatible

F110 Getac, who is known for creating rugged tech products for "demanding" environments, has just launched the F110 -- an 11" Windows tablet "built to survive harsh terrain." Underneath the 1366x768 11.6" display, you'll find Intel's 4th gen Core I7 vPro CPU together with Intel's HD Graphics 4400. Furthermore, it has either an impressive 128GB or 256GB SSDs with 4GB RAM. It has an optional HD webcam on the front and a 5MP camera at the back. It has a USB 3.0 port, ...

Applications, News, Windows

Next Windows update ‘Threshold’ could see return of Start menu

Microsoft Logo A new Windows is coming - its codename? "Threshold" and for those who were happy with the Windows 8.1 update that brought the taskbar back into the limelight, they'll be equally happy with what Threshold is supposedly bringing to the table. Namely the outright return of the Start menu. ZDnet was the first site to pickup any whispers of Threshold, saying that according to its sources, the update will run across all three platforms - Windows Phone, Xbox One and Windows ...


’12 Days of Deals’ is Microsoft Stores’ answer to Black Friday

microsoft xbox nokia windows 8 "12 Days of Deals" is the name of the special sale US-based Microsoft stores are running from 9 December, said a poster from forum SlickDeals. The 12 days are listed below, with a US$20 GTA V standing out as the most tempting bargain, for us anyway. All prices listed below are for the first 20 customers only though, so it'll be a bit of a Black Friday rush for most. Prices listed below are all in US Dollars Dec 09 - ...

Lumia, Microsoft

Nokia Lumia 925: thinner, but not all the way better

Nokia 925 WM_01 Ladies and gentlemen, Nokia listens when its users talk. I recently got my hands on a Lumia 925 and it's a big step up from the 920 I reviewed earlier this year. Although I thought that the 920 had some very fetching qualities, I just could not look past the weight. As an iPhone user, I obviously think I am really clever because I have been brainwashed by the cult of Apple. But ever since I used the 920 I ...

Lumia, Microsoft, News

Nokia suspected of releasing 8″ tablet dubbed ‘the Illusionist’

microsoft xbox nokia windows 8 Nokia launched its first Windows tablets last month to much astonishment. To a certain extent at least -- although nobody really expected Nokia to launch the Lumia 2520 10" tablet, a series of leaks spoiled the element of surprise. Today, leaks and rumours started floating around yet again suggesting the Finnish tech giant is preparing to launch a 8" Lumia tablet going by the name the "Illusionist". Evleaks, an account that has been pretty damn accurate with its so-called leaks, has blown ...

Microsoft, News

Surface Pro 2 firmware update bolsters battery by 25%

Surface 2 When Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2 last month there was much talk concerning the life span of its battery. A new software update now increases the overall battery life of the tablet-slash-laptop-hybrid significantly. The tests span from web browsing to video playback. The tests show that after the new firmware update, the battery life has increased by a maximum of 25%. Anandtech took the Surface Pro 2 for a spin and by browsing the web with Wi-Fi, Microsoft's tablet ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets

Microsoft cuts original Surface Pro pricing by $100

Surface Pro dollah lead Happy days for those of us who haven't picked up the first, and fairly  powerful Surface Pro 1 yet. Microsoft's just announced that it's slashing R1 000 (US$100) off the price of its 64, 128 and 256GB models. The sale pricing is available on the Microsoft Store, right now and the offer ends 31 December 2013. Currently, there are only two models available for purchase on the US Microsoft Store, the 64 and 128GB models, priced at R7 000 (US$699) and R8 ...


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