Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of the company's Windows 7 operating system, according to Tami Reller, the new head of the Windows business at Microsoft.
Microsoft has announced pricing for its Surface Pro tablets, slated for release in January.
Internet Explorer 10, the upcoming Microsoft Web browser that is closely aligned with the Windows 8 operating system, will support Windows 7, the company announced today.
Organizations that are still using Windows XP should not derail Windows 7 migrations to upgrade to Windows 8, according to Gartner.
Microsoft has opened registration for discounted Windows 8 upgrades to recent buyers of Windows 7 PCs.
Microsoft wants to wrest the venerable 10-year-old Windows XP from the grip of organizations that have come to depend on it.
Microsoft reported positive fiscal third-quarter earnings on Thursday, buoyed by sales of its Windows 7 OS to business customers, and Office and Dynamic software in its Server and Tools business.
Microsoft has released a beta of a new search tool for Windows PowerShell that helps developers and network administrators find code across local and online repositories.
Microsoft's popular motion-sensor technology for Xbox is now available for Windows-based PCs. Kinect for Windows lets users control their PCs using the same gesture and voice commands as Kinect for Xbox, but at a closer range.
Microsoft reported positive fiscal second-quarter results on Thursday. Total revenue was $20.89 billion for the quarter, which ended on Dec. 31, 2011.
Microsoft announced this week that Kinect for Windows hardware and the updated SDK for developing applications, are slated for release on February 1.
- By Scott Bekker
Microsoft released a major update to Windows Intune, a PC management and security service aimed at mid-size organizations, that became publicly available in March.
Microsoft highlighted the upcoming release of Windows PowerShell 3.0 for Windows 8 during several sessions at its Build conference for developers last week.
Despite economic headwinds, 94 percent all PCs will ship with Windows 7 in 2011, predicts Gartner.
- By Scott Bekker
Independent software vendors already have early builds of Windows 8, according to a Directions on Microsoft analyst. Developers who don't have access to the early code may get their first glimpse at PDC in September.