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As Patch Tuesday looms, Microsoft gives Windows 8.1 users a reprieve

By |May 26th, 2014|Categories: Security, Virus Alerts|Tags: , |

Consumers now have until June 10 to get off Windows 8.1 and on Windows 8.1 Update to keep receiving patches

May 12, 2014

For the third time in the last four weeks, Microsoft today backed away from a customer cutoff as it postponed enforcement of the Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline until June 10.

On Monday — and just a day before its May Patch Tuesday slate of security fixes — Microsoft said consumers have four more weeks to move from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Update before their devices would be barred from receiving further patches. The deadline change was the third in the past month, following an earlier Windows 8.1 Update extension for business users and a surprise update on May 1 for Windows XP after Microsoft had officially retired the aged OS.

“We’ve decided to extend the requirement for our […]

Hey Microsoft, Surface 2 is great, but clear up something please

By |February 15th, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Tech News, Win8|Tags: , , |

The Surface 2 and the Nokia tablets are great hardware with a dim future — but Microsoft could fix that.

February 15, 2014 11:13 AM PST

Surface 2 is a stellar piece of hardware, but Microsoft needs to be more open about where RT is headed.

(Credit: Microsoft)

It might be a good idea now for Microsoft to be more public about the direction of its tablet operating system so consumers know what they’re buying into.

I like the Surface 2 and the Nokia Lumia 2520. A lot. As hardware, they’re two of the best tablets out there. Bar none (including iPads).

But Windows RT, as it stands now, is in no-man’s-land. It’s not the Windows 8.1 that comes on PCs and it’s not Windows Phone 8.

And it’s been that way too long — since October 2012.

So far, the closest Microsoft has come to […]

Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales

By |February 15th, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Tech News, Win7|Tags: , |


February 15, 2014 02:09 PM ET

Computerworld – Microsoft has set Oct. 31 as the end of sales of new consumer-grade Windows 7 PCs, but for now has left open the do-not-sell-after-this-date for business machines.

On the site where it posts such policies, Microsoft now notes that Oct. 31, 2014, is the end-of-sales date for new PCs equipped with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate. All three are consumer-oriented versions of Windows 7; Home Premium has been the overwhelming choice of OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) for consumer systems.

Microsoft’s practice, first defined in 2010, is to stop selling an older operating system in retail one year after the launch of its successor, and halt delivery of the previous Windows edition to OEMs two years after a new version launches. The company shipped Windows 8, Windows 7′s replacement, in October 2012.

The setting of a deadline for consumer Windows 7 PCs […]

Microsoft Reportedly Waiting Until April to Update Windows 8.1

By |February 5th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: , , |

Posted 02/05/2014 at 1:22pm | by Paul Lilly

An update to Windows 8.1 may roll out in April instead of May

Microsoft is planning to issue an update to Windows 8.1 that will introduce a number of new features and enhancements, such as possibly bypassing the Start screen and booting straight to the desktop environment by default (this hasn’t been confirmed), but when it will arrive is still up in the air. Initially planned for a March release, world on the web is that Microsoft is now planning to roll out the Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April.

CNET’s Mary Jo Foley says she’s heard from two sources within the past week that the update will most likely be pushed out to users on April 8 instead of March 11. Microsoft’s thinking is that it makes sense to dole […]

Best Buy Marks Down First Generation Surface Pro 128GB to $500

By |January 31st, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Posted 01/31/2014 at 9:40am | by Paul Lilly

Sale ends on Saturday

It hasn’t even been a full year since Microsoft launched its first generation Surface Pro for $900, a price tag that undoubtedly scared off more than a few buyers. When we tested the Surface Pro, we came to the conclusion that it has “more than enough power for any casual computing need,” though cheaper and lighter solutions made it a tough sell. If pricing is all that held you back, take note that Best Buy is currently selling the original Surface Pro for $500, which is $400 off its original retail price.

Finding first generation Surface devices selling for less than the original retail cost isn’t exactly a difficult task, but as far as sale prices go, this is the lowest we’ve seen the Surface Pro with […]