Microsoft's smartphone comeback story rests with the success of Windows Phone 7. The mobile operating system is a clean break from its predecessor, Windows Mobile, and aims to bring services from the Zune and Xbox together. Microsoft's aim with Windows Phone 7 was to break with conventional interfaces. Time will tell if the bet pays off.
If you've ever joined a talkback discussion on ZDNet blogs, you've probably encountered Mike Cox. On the subject of Microsoft, the ubiquitous and presumably pseudonymous Mr. Cox is rarely at a loss for words.
Plenty of launch-time reading:Mary Jo Foley wants to know: Where are the killer apps?Ed Bott counts three killer features.
Sales of Windows Vista to businesses were stronger than expected during the operating system's debut month, according to a report from NPD Group. The sales outpaced the first month's tally for Windows 2000 and only slightly trailed that for Windows XP, the market researcher said Thursday.
Microsoft's Metro document format, which the company plans to include in the next version of Windows, is designed to allow for the printing, viewing and archiving of files--without requiring the program that created them. Sound familiar?
Microsoft today disabled the tool that prevented Windows XP Service Pack 2 from automatically downloading itself onto business computers. Also today, the company released a slew of security patches, five of them critical, as part of its monthly update.