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Topic: Windows 8

Windows Store discounts, optional subscriptions to undercut Apple's App Store

12/07/2011, 02:12 am

Microsoft released new details of its Windows 8 plans on Tuesday, differentiating its upcoming Windows Store from Apple's own App Store and Mac App Store by offering a 20/80 revenue split to developers after their first $25,000 in sales and allowing third-party in-app purchase and subscription options.

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IDC predicts PC users won't upgrade to Windows 8, tablet sales will be "disappointing"

12/05/2011, 09:12 pm

Microsoft's Windows 8 is still a year away, but IDC is already predicting that the new release will be "largely irrelevant" to conventional PC users and that its ability to sell tablets will be "disappointing."

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HP CEO: Apple likely to take away PC leadership position next year

11/30/2011, 05:11 pm

HP's new chief executive Meg Whitman told journalists Apple was doing "a great job" and that her company's once much smaller rival could likely pass HP to become the world's leading PC maker next year.

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Microsoft to follow Apple's Lion lead with digital delivery of Windows 8

11/22/2011, 10:11 am

Much like Apple did with the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in July, Microsoft plans to make the simplest and easiest method of installing Windows 8 a download over the Internet.

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Microsoft axed Courier tablet in favor of 'Windows Everywhere' strategy - report

11/02/2011, 01:11 am

Software giant Microsoft scrapped the Courier tablet project last year because the device diverged from its strategy of bringing Windows everywhere without compromise, a new report claims.

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HP to keep PC business, future of webOS still uncertain

10/27/2011, 05:10 pm

Two weeks after calling an internal all hands meeting to discuss the status of its Personal Systems Group making PCs and mobile devices, HP has finally announced it will keep the division rather than spinning it off or selling it.

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Limited RAM in Apple's A5 chip in iPad 2, iPhone 4S motivated by battery life concerns

10/12/2011, 05:10 pm

Observers puzzled by the relatively scarce 512MB of RAM built into Apple's A5 processor used in this year's iPad 2 and iPhone 4S have received an explanation of sorts from an unlikely source: Microsoft.

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Gartner projects Apple's iPad to maintain 50% market share through 2014

09/22/2011, 11:09 pm

Apple's iPad will continue to dominate the tablet market, maintaining more than 50 percent market share through 2014, according to a new analysis.

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Windows Phone 7 introduces app version issues in Mango update

09/20/2011, 04:09 pm

In its first significant update, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform is introducing a new layer of app version complexity for developers and users that offers a glimpse of how both it and Windows 8 will differ from Apple's existing iOS and Mac App Stores.

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Microsoft to take 30% cut of Metro apps under Windows 8

09/16/2011, 05:09 pm

New Metro-style apps designed to run on Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 for tablets will copy Apple's App Store business model of charging a 30 percent fee from developers, allowing the potential for Microsoft to regain control over software in segments it has lost to Apple's iTunes and Google search.

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Microsoft again clarifies that Windows 8 tablets won't actually run Windows apps

09/15/2011, 06:09 pm

The president of Microsoft's Windows unit, Stephen Sinofsky, has again pointedly clarified that new ARM tablets running Windows 8 next year won't actually run existing Windows apps for PCs.

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Microsoft jettisons Flash with 'plug-in free' Windows 8 Metro IE10

09/15/2011, 12:09 am

The tablet-optimized Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 will be a "plug-in free experience," as the company follows Apple's lead in abandoning Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5 on tablets.

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 tablet effort with Samsung prototype

09/14/2011, 12:09 am

Microsoft offered an extended preview of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system at a conference on Tuesday, providing developers with a prototype Samsung tablet running a "pre-beta" version of the OS.

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JP Morgan increases 2011 tablet forecast to 51.9M as iPad dominates

09/08/2011, 02:09 am

Investment bank J.P. Morgan raised its estimates for tablet shipments in 2011 to 51.9 million units, citing the strength of Apple's iPad, while slightly lowering 2012 estimates because a "formidable number two tablet maker" has yet to arrive.

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Windows 8 appears to adopt Mac OS X Lion's monochrome, iPad-like icons

08/31/2011, 09:08 pm

A video demonstrating a new feature in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 also appears to out a bold new design decision by the company to closely copy Apple's controversial shift toward monochromatic, high contrast icons.

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Windows 8 design to radically depart from Mac OS X Lion

08/29/2011, 07:08 pm

Microsoft has started to leak details of its plans for the upcoming release of Windows 8, highlighting a very different design philosophy compared to Apple's existing Mac OS X Lion.

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Microsoft reveals team working on Windows 8 'App Store'

08/17/2011, 11:08 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday revealed that it will follow in Apple's footsteps by building an "App Store" for the next generation of its flagship OS, codenamed Windows 8.

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Microsoft shoots down Windows Phone 7 tablet hopes, says tablets are PCs

07/12/2011, 07:07 pm

Claiming that tablets should be considered personal computers rather than new age mobile devices, Microsoft on Tuesday again dashed hopes of tablets running the company's new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 OS.

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Microsoft's preview of Windows 8 has developers 'horrified' - report

06/13/2011, 02:06 pm

The prospect of writing software for "Windows 8" in HTML5 and JavaScript has reportedly "horrified" Microsoft's development community, which is anxiously awaiting more information.

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Gartner cuts 2011 PC forecast; Microsoft considering own-brand Windows 8 tablet

06/08/2011, 11:06 pm

Gartner lowered its forecast Wednesday for global PC growth in 2011 as demand for netbooks continues to slump and Apple's iPad causes disruption, while Microsoft is reportedly considering launching its own brand of Windows 8 tablet PCs next year.

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