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Microsoft Slashed Prices for Custom Windows XP Support

Microsoft Slashed Prices for Custom Windows XP Support

Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price of custom support agreements that give large companies and government agencies another year of XP patches, experts reported on Wednesday. "I believe that Microsoft changed prices because it decided that not enough ...

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to Include Smartphone Anti-Theft Measures

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to Include Smartphone Anti-Theft Measures

With several states and municipalities considering various mandatory “kill-switch” laws for mobile devices, the wireless industry announced a voluntary commitment to include new anti-theft technology on phones starting next year. The commitment, announced Tuesday, has the backing of the five largest U.S. cellular ...

Minor Tech Makeovers: Cheap Tricks to Make You Think You Own a New Gadget

Minor Tech Makeovers: Cheap Tricks to Make You Think You Own a New Gadget

Spring is great for a lot of reasons. I can finally sit next to an open window without shivering. (I’ve found through VERY scientific research that I can stand about an hour and a half of 50 degree weather in a t-shirt before I get way too cold and have to close my window.) Baseball is on almost all the time, and I ...

How to Get Windows Phone 8.1 (and Cortana) Now

How to Get Windows Phone 8.1 (and Cortana) Now

If you use Windows Phone 8 and want to get the new Windows Phone 8.1 hotness and give Cortana a spin before it rolls out officially—and you do, it's really great—then don't despair. Although the early access is a "developer preview," you don't actually have to write any code to get your hands on it. You just need a ...

Xbox One Gets April Update, Adds Friend Notifications and More

Xbox One Gets April Update, Adds Friend Notifications and More

The Xbox One April update has begun rolling out to systems and will continue over the next few days, according to an announcement on the Major Nelson blog. The latest update initially rolled out last month to users in Microsoft's beta program, an initiative that lets console owners test system updates prior to their ...

Microsoft Office 365 Personal: $70/Year or $7/Month for 1 PC and 1 Tablet

Microsoft Office 365 Personal: $70/Year or $7/Month for 1 PC and 1 Tablet

Microsoft officials said last month that the company's newest Office 365 subscription plan -- Office 365 Personal -- would be available later this spring. On April 15, Microsoft made Office 365 available for purchase for $69.99 per year, or $6.99 per month. The Personal version of Office 365 allows users to install Office ...

Microsoft’s Office Online is Now Available in the Chrome Web Store

Microsoft’s Office Online is Now Available in the Chrome Web Store

Microsoft launched a major update to Office Online (formerly Office Web Apps) on Monday, rolling out new features for each of the suite’s four applications. Among the additions is commenting for Word Online, Tell Me for Excel Online and PowerPoint Online, as well as printing for OneNote Online. Before we get into all the ...

IRS to Pay Microsoft $500,000 for a Year of Windows XP Updates

IRS to Pay Microsoft $500,000 for a Year of Windows XP Updates

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged last week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support and will be paying Microsoft for an extra year of security patches. But the tax agency disputed an earlier estimate by Computerworld that put the cost of those patches in the millions, saying that it was ...

Windows Phone 8.1 is Now Available for Developers (and You)

Windows Phone 8.1 is Now Available for Developers (and You)

After 18 months since the last major Windows Phone update, Microsoft is finally releasing Windows Phone 8.1 to developers on Monday. The software maker detailed the update at its Build conference less than two weeks ago, and it’s clear the version point increment doesn’t tell the whole story. This is a significant ...

Microsoft Wants to Add Interactivity to Windows Live Tiles

Microsoft Wants to Add Interactivity to Windows Live Tiles

Microsoft researchers in Asia are experimenting with the usefulness and feasibility of making Windows' Live Tiles interactive. A newly published video clip from Microsoft Research's TechFest 2014 event in February 2014, Human-Computer Interaction Group researcher Jiawei Gu shows off the Interactive Live Tiles research ...