Articles about Microsoft
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 discontinued development of Windows Media Center in 2009, but enthusiasts have held out hope that the feature would get one more reprieve for Windows 10. Sorry, folks, that's not happening.
Porting an Android or iOS app to Windows looks easy if this video showing how Project Astoria works is any indication. Is Microsoft over-promising to developers?
The secret to Microsoft's HoloLens will revolve around whether the software giant can really enable a bevy of holographic apps with just a few extra lines of code.
As the one Windows across all devices strategy unfolds, the Microsoft Band gets an updated SDK for developers to create apps on the wearable health tracker.
Microsoft has offered a closer look at its HoloLens virtual reality headset and locked in a deal with Autodesk to bring 3D printing and modelling to Windows 10.
It might be a budget smartphone but it will run Windows 10 when it arrives - so how does the handset stack up against more expensive competition?
What's next for Windows 10? Microsoft executives revealed more details of their launch plans on Thursday. The first step will make upgrades available for existing PCs, probably in July, with new PCs following soon after. Windows 10 on other devices, including phones and the HoloLens, will come later.
A face-detection website that estimates how old you look has gone viral, providing Microsoft with the chance to illustrate the power of its Azure cloud service during Build 2015.
How can there be a future for Windows on smartphones and tablets when Microsoft is encouraging developers to bring its apps from Apple and Google's ecosystem?
Arduino developers can now take advantage of cheap sensors and processing capabilities in Windows 10 devices to add new features to projects.
Tasmania Police will soon go to tender to replace its first fleet of Acer Iconia tablets issued to over 1,000 police officers across the state.
Microsoft has christened the new, lighter-weight browser it's building into Windows 10 as Microsoft 'Edge.'
Microsoft is enabling Android and iOS apps to come to Windows 10 phones. Here's how this will work.
Microsoft execs claim Windows 10 will be installed on 1 billion devices within two to three years time, meaning by late summer 2018.
With the average American getting nearly $3,000 of their money back from the government many are looking to treat themselves to a new mobile device. Matthew Miller has ten recommendations for you.
The stands, the smartphones, the smartwatches, and the smartcars.
We asked Siri and Cortana the same questions to see whether the Apple -- or Microsoft -- personal assistant gave the best answer to our questions for work and leisure.
Who's the busiest developer on Android these days? Some of the most impressive business apps are coming from an unlikely source, with Microsoft's business apps appearing on the Google Play Store and getting rave reviews.
Want to get more out of your Windows Phone at work? Download the best of these apps and rev up your productivity in the workplace.
Touch-friendly versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now available in preview editions for use on devices running Windows 10. Here's what you'll find in each one.
A mix of compromises and extras makes one of the last Nokia smartphones an intriguing proposition.
Microsoft markets the power of Office in your hands with the Surface Pro 3, but with SoftMaker Office HD for Android you can get desktop-level functionality on your Android tablet too.
The year's first Technical Preview release of Windows 10 introduces some crucial new features, including the personal assistant, Cortana, as well as a new hub for notifications and some updated apps. Here's what to look for.
Google has released an update to its Translate app for mobile devices. We have made a side by side comparison with the Microsoft Translator app so you can compare and decide which is best.
Microsoft expanded access to its Office preview for Android and in this screenshot gallery Matthew takes a look at it and several alternatives.
Here are six top-quality scanners that will help you clean up systems and keep them safe in the future. There are tools here for systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.
Microsoft further opened up the Office preview for Android tablets. Matthew took it for a spin on a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact tablet.
Want access to your desktop PC when away from your desk? Fear not, here are a handful of apps to help keep you work like you're in the office when you're actually away somewhere else.
My tech works hard for a living, and so it requires a certain measure of care and feeding to keep it running. And what better time than the first weekend of a bright New Year to get it all ready for the challenges ahead.
While Steve Ballmer has been one of the most maligned CEOs of the past decade and made some critical errors, he also made two key moves that will shape Microsoft's next decade.
IT professionals are under pressure to do more with less and many are now turning to the cloud as an efficient way to meet the demands of a changing workforce. This video and The Top Ten Tech Series is sponsored by Microsoft Office 365.
The products, the leaders, the rivals, the roadmaps: ZDNet's 'Hot Topics' webcast delivers valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities facing these three technology giants. Join host Jonas Tichenor, ZDNet Editor Andrew Nusca, as well as CNET's Dan Farber and Josh Lowensohn for an in-depth look at who may be standing out among the big three.
Windows 8 is coming this year, Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be out later this month, and the burning question is: does anybody care? ZDNet editor and long-time Linux proponent Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols claims Windows 8 will be DOA. Meanwhile, ZDNet Government and DIY-IT editor David Gewirtz (who claims all operating systems annoy him to one degree or another), claims Windows 8 is here to stay, that it matters for "real work," and so will Windows 9. In this video, originally presented as a live webcast on Feburary 15, 2012, here two opposing views on whether Windows is still relevant in a world where iPads, Android devices, and even Linux are grabbing more and more consumer attention:Discover why SJVN (as he's known to the blog-o-sphere) claims that the new Windows Metro user-interface is already stillborn and why Windows is just no longer relevant.Explore why Gewirtz (who recently vowed to move his servers back to Windows, with mixed technical results, and thousands of crazed ZDNet comments), claims that Windows is here to stay, new Microsoft UIs are often imperfect at first, and the Microsoft juggernaut will not be defeated.Learn about why the Post-PC era isn't really here yet and why most productive people can't really survive without a desktop PC or laptop.If you use computers in your business, Windows will be a factor. Don't miss this video featuring CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz, one of America's leading cyberdefense experts, and ZDNet Contributing Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, one of America's most-read technology journalists.Bring popcorn. Three ugly, middle-aged men argue about operating systems. It just doesn't get any better than this! Sparks will fly and there will be fireworks
At CES in Las Vegas, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest talks to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about what to expect from the software giant in 2012. Ballmer previews the new Windows phone OS, Windows 8's metro UI and new Xbox Kinect features.
If you need a Windows 8.1 computer that's flexible enough to be a tablet, a laptop (if you add the optional keyboard) and even (if you add the optional docking station) a desktop PC, then the Surface Pro 3 manages the trade-offs as well as anything on the market.
Microsoft is not known for educational computing tools, but with Office Mix it's turning PowerPoint into a tool for building online lessons.
Microsoft is developing a set of cloud-based tools for managing and deploying session virtualisation servers, allowing you to publish and share apps on Windows, iOS, Android, OS X and (soon) Windows Phone devices. We take the beta for a test drive.
A new version of Microsoft's database has been released, with enhanced in-memory support and Azure-hosted backup.
The Haswell-based Surface Pro 2 delivers improved performance and battery life, and its dual-angle kickstand is also welcome. However, the Pro 2's unchanged chassis design feels bulkier and heavier than ever, and it becomes very expensive when fully accessorised.
The Lumia 1020 has a truly impressive 41-megapixel camera and a high-quality 4.5-inch AMOLED screen, but many Windows Phone fans might do better with the 920 and a good dedicated camera.
The Lumia 925 is a slimmer and lighter Windows Phone 8 handset than its 920 predecessor, with a neater and more ergonomic design. It lacks integrated wireless charging but supports LTE and NFC, and has an excellent 4.5in. AMOLED screen.
Microsoft's ARM-based tablet has plenty of good points, but there are enough downsides to make caution advisable. The hardware platform and the Windows RT ecosystem will undoubtedly improve, so we'd suggest giving version 1.0 a miss unless you're an avid early adopter.
Microsoft is looking ahead to a future of private and public clouds, where information is everything, and users can access it however they want. Is Microsoft's latest server OS up to the job?
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials was disappointing, but there's a lot to like in its successor, which provides a small file-and-print server with integrated systems management and backup tools that's ideal for a small business or a home office.
After a week of using Office 2013 we're pleasantly surprised. The changes Microsoft has made to support Windows 8 — and specifically Windows 8 tablets — are logical, and they work well with more traditional ways of using Office.
Version 3.0 of Microsoft's cloud-hosted management platform is now available, adding support for mobile devices — including iPhones, iPads and Android.
Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 is a solid, mature product that brings powerful collaboration and communications tools in an easy-to-use and manage package, priced right for small businesses.
This huge overhaul of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) brings simplified hierarchy, role-based security, a new console, flexible application deployment and mobile management.
After some hands-on time with the SBS Aurora, it's clear to us that this is a product with a great future. It's coming at a time when many small businesses are starting to look at hosting some, or all, of their complex IT services in the cloud.