Microsoft Research and Duke University are combining device graphics chips with those in the cloud to cut mobile broadband usage for streamed applications by up to 83 percent.
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We're excited to bring this weekly top news roundup covering Windows Phone. This week in Windows Phone there were reports of a way to turn the phone into a near-PC, Windows 10 will have a staggered rollout, and Microsoft wants competitor's apps in the Windows 10 store.
Microsoft is in Germany this week showing off how its software works with industrial applications of the Internet of Things.
Microsoft's Windows 10 software development kit for writing universal apps is now available for download.
Microsoft has struck deals with 11 Android tablet makers, including Samsung and Dell, to preload a number of Microsoft's applications and services on Android hardware.
Microsoft wants Windows 10 to run on every PC worldwide, which is why they're offering it as a free upgrade to everyone running Windows 7 or 8.1. But the company's obsession with "genuine" Windows threatens to scuttle that grand plan.
As we look at how software will be evolving, traditional PC applications and mobile apps have some substantial differences, key among them the depth and flexibility traditional applications offer that are often an anathema to mobile users.
Microsoft is betting on holographic applications and everything from Skype to Minecraft will be in play.
Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 available to its PC partners for anywhere from 'zero dollars' to $15 per copy, according to recently disclosed OEM licensing information.
Microsoft has purchased email startup Acompli, which makes iOS and Android mobile e-mail applications, for an undisclosed amount.
Microsoft is preparing to release a preview of a new version of its Azure SQL database before year-end which is aimed at simplifying the move of database applications to the cloud.
Microsoft is targeting the second half of calendar 2015 as its latest release target for both its next-generation Office client and server applications.
Microsoft is building new container technologies into the next Windows Server release, enabling Dockerized applications to run on Windows Server on-premises or on Azure.
Software as a Service offerings -- such as SalesForce.com, Office356, Microsoft Dynamics and AthenaHealth -- hold out the promise of replacing enterprise applications and serving as platforms for future development. While the promise can be fulfilled, organizations have to take some responsibility too.
Microsoft's Sway presentation application, available starting today in preview form, is the newest member of the Office product family.
Newly released figures from two popular web analytics firms show a PC market that is essentially static. The most interesting detail: Apple's push to update its installed base to the latest OS X version has largely succeeded, while Microsoft is less successful with its efforts to get Windows 8 users to move to the free 8.1 update.
The challenges facing Microsoft Windows are many, but none so big as the casual PC user's changing habits.
Sleek and cheap, Chromebooks have been one of the few bright spots in the PC market. Expect Microsoft to fight back quickly.
In its ads, Microsoft says the Surface Pro 3 is "the tablet that can replace your laptop." With the addition of a new docking station, the Surface Pro has its eye on your desktop PC, too.
The PC industry worldwide sold 136 million desktop PCs last year, along with 160 million traditional notebooks driven by keyboards and touchpads. Those big numbers explain why Microsoft is feverishly improving the desktop experience for "the next iteration of Windows."
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