Microsoft Posts Excellent Q1 2014 Financial Results

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So, Microsoft’s earnings report for Q1 2015 has been released. The numbers will be sliced and diced by analysts and others over the next few days, but generally they seem extremely positive. Revenues were up 25% to $23.2 billion while operating income was down 8% to $5.8 billion given ongoing costs to restructuring and the Nokia acquisition. Some highlights: Devices and […]

Microsoft Ending Free Xbox Music Streaming

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For awhile now, Microsoft has allowed free Xbox Music streaming to Windows 8.1 and Web users. Downloading music and accessing it on Windows Phone (and other platforms) requires the Xbox Music Pass at $9.99/month, but if all you want is to stream from a Windows PC or via the Web, you’re all set. As Windows Central […]

Is Apple Growing or Just Upgrading? (Updated)

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I’ve often wondered over the last few years if Apple is growing faster than the market, or merely upgrading its once-dominant installed base? Yes, it sells a ton of iPhones (and increasingly fewer iPads) and, this past quarter, a record number of Macs, but are these purchases by new Apple customers (and hence an increase […]

Windows 10 Preview Build 9860 Available

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Microsoft has released the first new build since introducing the Windows 10 Preview program a few weeks ago, specifically Build 9860. I’m not yet sure of everything that’s in it, but if your running the preview you can go to PC settings, Update and recovery, Preview builds and start downloading.  

Microsoft Lumia: Goodbye Nokia

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So, it’s official. Microsoft has dumped the Nokia brand and will be marketing its Windows Phones under the Microsoft Lumia brand name. This has been widely reported and is hardly news at this point–it was part of the Nokia hardware purchase agreement that Nokia would hold onto its name will handing over the Lumia brand. Personally, […]

Microsoft Releases Surface Hub for Surface Pro 3 Pen Adjustments

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Microsoft has released a Windows Store app called the Surface Hub that enables configuration of the Surface Pro 3 pen. So far, the utility allows for adjusting the pen’s pressure sensitivity (valuable for graphic artists) and to assign the top button to either OneNote 2013 on the desktop or the OneNote modern UI app (regardless […]

Dual Booting Windows 8.1 and Windows 10: Windows Store Issues?

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I’ve been dual-booting Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 on my homebuilt desktop and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 since a few days after the release of the Windows 10 Preview. So far, I’m finding it a superior operating system for desktops, and even in its current state it offers some advantages for hybrids like the Surface […]

Will Apple Put OS X on the iPad Pro? (Update: Touchscreen MacBook?)

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Rumors are swirling that Apple is considering the release of a 12.9″ iPad Pro capable of running OS X, perhaps via dual-boot with iOS. As with all such rumors, details are sketchy–would this be the same OS X as runs on the Mac, or some kind of hybrid OS? Personally, I think it’s highly unlikely […]

Adobe Shows That Microsoft is Cool Again (Update: Behind the Scenes)

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I don’t know how much of this is concept and how much is shipping today in the new Adobe Creative Cloud, but the following video reinforces my conviction that Microsoft is doing some very cool and very powerful things. The title of this video is “Adobe Illustrator on MS Surface,” but I see a whole lot […]

Installing Windows 10 Preview on the Surface Pro 3: Clean Install (Updated)

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Update: So far, my experience with Windows 10 has been fairly positive, but I still feel more comfortable using my Windows 8.1 “official” installation for my real work. Therefore, I thought it might be a good idea to post instruction on how to backup the recovery partition, just in case the partitioning causes issues. Here’s […]