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Microsoft's new 'Spartan' browser will include support for extensions at some point, Microsoft officials have confirmed.
We know Microsoft is developing a number of different Windows 10 versions for use on different hardware. How those SKUs will stack up is a work in progress.
Microsoft isn't alone in trying to milk existing business slow enough for its cloud business to offset declines. But Windows' rapidly plunging price isn't helping matters.
[Updated] There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been keeping this FAQ up to date with each new build. Here are the latest details after Microsoft's big January 2015 release of build 9926.
Here's how you can run the new Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac, without having to spend a dollar on software.
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As Microsoft continues its transition to more of a mobile first, cloud first vendor, its traditional Windows and Office licensing businesses are feeling the impact, as its Q2 FY 2015 numbers show.
Microsoft's second quarter was marked by strength in cloud services as well as the enterprise.
Microsoft's first prerelease version of Windows 10 is now available as a public Technical Preview. Here's what you need to know before you dive in.
MIcrosoft is rolling out a new test build of Windows 10 for desktops today, January 23.
The most important announcement at Microsoft's Windows 10 demo in Redmond the other day wasn't Windows 10 or Cortana, or even holograms. It was these four words: Windows as a Service.
Microsoft Surface devices running Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1 will not receive the company's Windows 10 update, but will instead be treated to an update with only some of its functionality.
Microsoft has revealed a few new tidbits about Spartan, its new 'modern' browser for Windows 10, and its relationship with IE.
Microsoft's touch-first Office suite, as well as its desktop Office 2016 suite, are inching closer to public preview.
In the next few days, Microsoft will deliver the latest preview release of Windows 10. But don't expect to see everything that the company showed off in this week's live demo. Here's what you'll see and what's still missing.
Microsoft took the plunge into holographic computing and has all the hooks built in to ensure the technology will at least be tried in the enterprise.
Want more speed? These performance tips will work for any PC running Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.
One of our audience members asked how to back up an Office 365 document locally. It actually turns out to be pretty simple. Read this guide for the step-by-step process (which works with other Exchange servers, too).
Welcome to the official 2013 edition of our ZDNet DIY-IT Gift Guide. This year, in honor of 2013, we present to you 14 interesting and useful products that the DIY-ITer in your life will find particularly useful, fun, or cool.
We've asked these sorts of questions before, but now we have (or are about to have) a new crop of even more capable hardware. ZDNet's David Gewirtz put it to the acid test: could either serve as his main computer?
While Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are still keeping their new tablets under wraps, many other manufacturers chose the Berlin convention to show off their latest Android and Windows 8 slates. Here are a number of notable ones.
It's not just a service pack. Windows 8.1 is filled with dozens of significant improvements, large and small, that improve its usability. The built-in apps also get some major upgrades and additions. Is this enough to silence the skeptics?
XP will be falling off the Microsoft support wagon within a year, and Windows 8 is, ah, unattractive. Here are the best of your alternative choices.
Thanksgiving is over, and we're heading into December. It's time for a look back at all the blunders, catastrophes, epic fails and major screw-ups of 2012.
This is a gallery showcasing some of Microsoft's UI thoughts during the most visually-exciting period of Windows development: Windows Longhorn.
Halloween isn't the only thing with sweets and scares, now that Windows 8 has been unleashed! Here's a list of 10 things to love and hate about Windows 8.
Here is the first wave of Windows Phone 8 smartphones, from Microsoft's launch partners Nokia, Samsung and HTC.
HTC is one launching their high end 8X device with Windows Phone 8, likely on every major US wireless carrier. The smartphone has great design elements, but lacks on additional features when compared to Nokia's high end device.
Windows Phone 8 is launching soon and even though it looks much like Windows Phone 7.5, there are a number of updates and new features that you can find when you dive into the OS.
Here are all of the leading vendors' ARM-based tablets and hybrids that will be available with Windows RT.
Fans eager to get their hands on Microsoft's Surface have been streaming through the doors of the company's pop-up store in New York's Times Square, where the tablet seems to have been given a cautious thumbs-up.
At Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus, ZDNet's Sumi Das talks to Microsoft's chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, about power-saving features in the new Windows 7 operating system. Bernard says Microsoft made energy efficiency a core design element, with better battery optimization, and Bluetooth and DVD features that won't be activated until necessary.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz share the early word on the highly anticipated OS set for release in late October. Diaz also previews upcoming conferences, including CTIA, and considers the question where does Web 2.0 go from here?
Is an incompatible program or device standing between you and a Windows 7 upgrade? If you’re willing to pay for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition, you might be able to use a clever solution to fool that old code into running in the new OS. Windows XP Mode lets you run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine right on the Windows 7 desktop. ZDNet's Ed Bott provides a close-up look at how XP Mode works.
A terabyte here, a terabyte there, and pretty soon you're talking about some pretty serious information overload. It doesn't matter how well organized you are, once your collection of data files and other digital stuff gets big enough, you're going to need some help finding things. ZDNet's Ed Bott takes a closer look at the search tools in Windows 7 and shows you how you can use them to make your digital life a little more organized.
Sociologists say that multitasking has shortened our attention spans and made us more easily distracted than ever. Apparently it's a losing battle. With 4GB or more of memory in the standard Windows PC these days, it's possible to open dozens of windows at once. The challenge for Windows users is how to keep track of all those windows without losing focus. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you how some new features in Windows 7 can help you multitask more effectively.
Moving, resizing, and arranging windows on the screen has been one of those things we've done since the earliest days of Microsoft Windows. If you've used Windows since, oh, 1995 or so, you know the maximize, minimize, and restore buttons like the back of your hand. But those old-school tools just don't cut it with today's big monitors and high-definition resolutions. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you a cool new set of gestures and shortcuts to help you move, resize, and arrange windows more intelligently.
Will Microsoft's Windows 7 succeed where Vista failed? The new operating system offers a new graphical user interface, more reliable power management tools, and better search, but it still might not offer enough to convince PC users to buy it. ZDNet Correspondent Sumi Das talks to Larry Dignan, editor in chief of ZDNet, and Ed Bott, ZDNet's Microsoft Report blogger, about Windows 7's pros and cons.
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini shows off some new consumer devices optimized to run Intel processors and various versions of Windows 7. He also looks at the company's next-generation microprocessor, Sandy Bridge, running on Windows 7.
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- 5 Run virtual machines on Windows 8.1 with Client Hyper‑V: A quick how-to