The Windows Blue operating system update is likely to be named "Windows 8.1" when it hits later this summer, according to sources.
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A reminder for those using the desktop version of Windows Live Messenger: On April 8, Microsoft will begin moving the tens of millions of users of its consumer instant-messaging service to Skype.
Since rumors about Windows Blue first surfaced, there's been talk that the Windows 8 update would include more than just UI tweaks. Clues about some of these deeper level changes are emerging.
Small-footprint 'specialty' stores in malls and shopping centers are a new, key focus for Microsoft with its retail-store push.
The Windows team isn't the only one 'reimagining' how to build and deliver future versions of its core product. The Office unit is, too.
Microsoft officials are going public with positioning around Blue, as well as about the next Windows development conference, Build 2013.
If you're a Google user who also happens to use Windows 8 and/or Windows RT, here's the latest on what you need to know if you want to sync your accounts.
A former Oracle channel exec joins Microsoft to head up North American sales, while a veteran software development architect moves on to teaching cloud programming.
There's a new report about features that may be part of Microsoft's next minor update to Windows Phone 8, GDR2. One of them is the return of FM radio support in the OS.
Microsoft is starting to roll out major updates to its Mail, Calendar and People apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT. What other updates are coming and when?