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.
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The third quarter has been a busy one for the San Antonio-headquartered company. At the beginning of September, Rackspace was on the block for a joint venture or outright acquisition.
With a partner network numbering thousands, PC maker Lenovo turned to the cloud for secure, time-sensitive access authorisation.
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."
Microsoft's plan is to tout Windows value and the ability to run native and Web apps, full Office, desktop apps and work with existing peripherals in its battle with Google's Chromebook.
The next couple of years will be crucial for Microsoft, but I believe that the company has what it takes to surprise us, and that it still has a good chance of transforming itself into a company that can rise to the challenges and changes thrown up by the post PC era.
Microsoft Office Home & Student for $75
Giving away Windows free to OEMs to load onto desktop and notebook PCs might seem like a good idea on the face of it, but in reality it's not necessary, and even if Microsoft were to do it, it's unlikely that it would do anything to overall PC sales.
Microsoft Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 users are getting multiple keyboard, Bluetooth and wireless network firmware updates.
Microsoft is cutting the price it charges PC makers for each copy of Windows 8 they sell from $50 to $15, but only on low-end devices, according to a new report.
OEMs have responded to the PC sales crisis in a variety of ways. We've seen them try to embrace Android, we've seen them betting the farm on different form factors, and we've seen they try to outgun Apple's iPad. But none of it seems to be working. The ball is now in Microsoft's court.
In 1977 I decided to buy a computer. Microsoft and Apple were newly founded, the IBM PC was years away and there were no killer apps. It took over a year, but I had to have one and it changed my life.
Software vendor still needs to grow its channel capacity to support the delivery of Azure services and push more applications to be certified to run on its cloud platform, says Asia-Pacific exec.
Microsoft has brought together 25 cloud providers to host its services to customers around the world.
Suspecting NSA interference, Microsoft is taking a leaf out of Google and Yahoo's books in efforts to prevent surveillance and wiretapping of its global datacenters.
Software giant Microsoft has said that the Abbott government should reconsider its National Broadband Network policy.
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