Microsoft's new Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse is a travel-friendly pointer and a great companion for any Windows tablet, 2-in-1 or Ultrabook. Styled to look right at home next to your Surface Pro 3, the Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse doesn't require a dongle, won't take up space or add bulk to your bag, and provides a more precise pointing experience than the touchpad that ships with your device.
To date, most of the conversation around Windows 10 has focused on surface-level niceties like the new Start menu and the ability to run Universal mobile apps on the desktop side-by-side with other applications. These are important changes, to be sure. But other advances in Windows 10 rival and even surpass anything that Microsoft has ever attempted in the past. And with this in mind, it is very clear that Windows 10 isn't just another major new Windows release. It is inarguably the most audacious release in the history of the platform.
It's no surprise that Windows 10 is coming, and that with this important release we're seeing a bit more convergence between PCs, tablets, phones, video game consoles and other devices. But for Microsoft's partners, Windows 10 is as much an about-face as Windows 10 is for Microsoft. So the firm has provided a set of resources for its U.S. partners that I think many others would be interested in as well.
We already got confirmation that Microsoft will continue using the Lumia branding on its first-party smart phones, but would drop the Nokia name. But now the firm is providing more information about this transition, and teasing its first Microsoft Lumia-branded smart phone.
Microsoft announced that it earned an operating income of $5.84 billion on revenues of $23.20 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, citing strong performance across both business and consumer segments. But the big surprise, perhaps, is that Surface and Windows Phone combined to deliver almost $4 billion in revenues in the quarter.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Mary Jo Foley is away so Leo Laporte and I discuss the first update for the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Satya Nadella's incredible pay package, how Office goes cross-platform, Microsoft will continue using Lumia brand, the Surface Pro 2 finally bows out, and some Xbox One digital preorders to keep the holidays happy.
The other day, I ambled over to Charles Petzold's web site to see what he was up to, and was surprised to discover that he's signed on with Xamarin and is writing a book about cross-platform mobile software development using that company's toolset. Coincidentally, I then received an email alert a few days later noting that the first pre-release version of this book is now available for free.
Microsoft this week debuted a new app launcher for its consumer-oriented productivity services—Office Online, Outlook.com and OneDrive—providing a more discoverable and consistent way to switch between these web apps. Visually, the change isn't a huge deal, but I think it looks cleaner than before.
Microsoft quietly revealed via an Xbox support page that it will soon eliminate one of the key perks of Xbox Music: The ability to freely stream (ad-supported) music from the Windows and web versions of the Xbox Music client. This change will make Xbox Music less of a no brainer for Windows users, and while I agree that an Xbox Music Pass subscription solves the problem nicely, not everyone wants to pay.
Annoyed by the jarring window animations on the desktop in build 9860 of the Windows Technical Preview? No problem: All you need to do is dust off your old desktop skills and change a single option to stop that from happening.
Google on Tuesday made an unexpected announcement: It will soon offer a new email service called Inbox that "works for you." Or maybe it's just a front-end to Gmail, the email service Google launched 10 years ago. It's not clear. Because, well, Google.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss Windows 10 and how Microsoft will update the Technical Preview going forward, Apple's release of iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay, why iPad sales are falling off a cliff, and Microsoft's coming smart watch announcement.
In a densely-worded blog post aimed at enterprises, Microsoft has laid out its plans to improve Windows 10 security and information protection. This is obviously a hot-button topic in today's post-Snowden world, but parsing through this post, I see a fairly evolutionary and even obvious set of improvements. Which doesn't do a thing to diminish their usefulness or necessity. Or the fact that these improvements apply to consumers too.
Microsoft's previous generation Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, is no longer available for sale from Microsoft's online store, indicating that the available stock has likely run out. Microsoft began selling the device's replacement, Surface Pro 3, earlier in the summer and had previously discounted the price of Surface Pro 2 in July.