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February 1, 2014
Looks like Microsoft is ready to ditch the super-loud interface. In a move that reads like a major concession, The Verge reports that an update to Windows 8.1 is expected to launch in desktop mode by default—a big change from Windows 8.

Looks like Microsoft is ready to ditch the super-loud interface. In a move that reads like a major concession, The Verge reports that an update to Windows 8.1 is expected to launch in desktop mode by default—a big change from Windows 8.

18:19 // 2 months ago
January 11, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 11, 2014

In Somalia, the al-Shabab rebel group, which has lost some of its influence over the troubled country in recent years, has announced a ban of the internet. Anyone using the ‘net over mobile devices or via fiber-optic cables “will be dealt with in accordance Sharia law,” the group says. The Somali government says to ignore the ban.

"No one who has served as an elected official has looked back and wished they had been more rigid, more ideological or more partisan.” — New Virgnia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, offering up the ultimate truism on politics during his inauguration today.

A charity that formed after the Sandy Hook shooting and raised about $100,000 is currently missing about $70,000 of that total.

Using Windows XP after April is like asking your computer to be overtaken by viruses.

The White House had to respond to a stupid joke Jimmy Kimmel made about China.

18:19 // 3 months ago
April 22, 2013
thisistheverge:

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button
Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. 

Feels like a concession.

thisistheverge:

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button

Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. 

Feels like a concession.

9:06 // 11 months ago
March 10, 2013
There were certain decisions that Microsoft made that were in retrospect flawed. Notably not allowing people to boot into desktop mode and taking away the start button. Those two things have come up consistently. We’ve done some research and people miss that.
IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell • Discussing the big problem with Windows 8—which is that many people appear to be foregoing the new interface and jumping towards the legacy interface at their first opportunity after boot. The analyst suggests that Microsoft needs to figure out how to make the experience easier for normal consumers to use, because what they have now isn’t working.
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April 30, 2012

After Microsoft deal, Nook more valuable than Barnes & Noble. Really.

  • $300M the amount Microsoft invested in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business
  • 17% the share of ownership the company has in the Android-driven platform
  • $1.7B the valuation of the Nook business based on the investment source

» Barnes & Noble’s market value Friday: $792 million. That’s right, one product line at Barnes & Noble is now worth twice as much as the entire company was worth three days ago. As a result of the deal, the company’s shares shot up 85 percent in early trading this morning. Before now, the company had been struggling a bit recently, suggesting wider losses as of January as the company ramped up marketing for the Nook. Microsoft’s deal could make those losses a little less painful. The deal also includes a Nook app for Windows 8.

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11:04 // 1 year ago
April 2, 2012
OS/2: IBM’s attempt at building an operating system turns 25
IBM and Microsoft worked together on it … at first. It seems like a footnote now, but for over a decade, IBM put a lot of work into creating a great operating system. Problem is, while it worked really well, it wasn’t very flashy, and IBM didn’t really know how to promote it outside of its big-business strongholds, and left the task to Microsoft, which had its own vested interests. As a result, a flashier operating system that had weaker fundamentals — Windows, that is — eventually gained market share. Even though OS/2 never caught on outside of a handful of niches such as ATMs and big businesses, it had its supporters, and by the mid-1990s really hit its stride. (Our family even used it as our primary OS for a few months. — Ed.) It even had a celebrity supporter: Howard Stern once backed the OS on the air, saying it was better than Windows 95. Did you rock OS/2 back in the day like Howard Stern?

OS/2: IBM’s attempt at building an operating system turns 25

IBM and Microsoft worked together on it … at first. It seems like a footnote now, but for over a decade, IBM put a lot of work into creating a great operating system. Problem is, while it worked really well, it wasn’t very flashy, and IBM didn’t really know how to promote it outside of its big-business strongholds, and left the task to Microsoft, which had its own vested interests. As a result, a flashier operating system that had weaker fundamentals — Windows, that is — eventually gained market share. Even though OS/2 never caught on outside of a handful of niches such as ATMs and big businesses, it had its supporters, and by the mid-1990s really hit its stride. (Our family even used it as our primary OS for a few months. — Ed.) It even had a celebrity supporter: Howard Stern once backed the OS on the air, saying it was better than Windows 95. Did you rock OS/2 back in the day like Howard Stern?

22:38 // 2 years ago
March 9, 2012

Anything important happening at the office on March 22nd? We hope not, because you’re going to be pretty distracted. We might just be suckers for Don Pettit and his colleagues at NASA, or maybe it was the in-space debut at the International Space Station, but we’re kind of excited for Angry Birds Space. source

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9:30 // 2 years ago
February 29, 2012
10:51 // 2 years ago