It's been 25 years since we updated the Microsoft logo. Microsoft is changing its corporate logo. Microsoft, which has used its solid, boldfaced, italicized logo since 1987, is expected to unveil its new, more colorful logo Thursday at the Boston opening of the 23rd Microsoft store. It will also appear Thursday at the Seattle and Bellevue Microsoft stores, as well as on the microsoft.com home page. The new logo, which incorporates a multicolored Windows symbol in addition to the "Microsoft" name in straightforward, lighter type, is intended to "signal the heritage but also signal the future — a newness and freshness," saidRead More
If you purchase or have purchased an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 (U.S.) which will be redeemable when Windows 8 is generally available on October 26th. Registration is officially open for the Windows Upgrade Offer Here is what you need to do to register for your $14.99 (U.S.) upgrade to Windows 8 Pro: #1 Go to the Windows Upgrade Offer website to register. #2 Select your country (details for the offer vary depending on country). #3 You will beRead More
Microsoft is offering 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise edition (32 and 64-bit versions in a varied languages) can be had for free at the Windows Dev Center developer downloads page right now. Before you get cracking on apps for Microsoft's new OS, however, you'll need to grab the newly released Visual Studio 2012 as well. The Express version which allows for Metro Windows 8-style apps only is free, while the full Visual Studio experience is only currently available to MSDN subs. Additionally, the folks in Redmond have made it easier to write those apps by releasing the new .NETRead More
Microsoft unveiled Surface: its own Microsoft-branded Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro tablet under the Surface badge. Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees. Just as Windows 8 is a reimagining of the Windows operating system, Microsoft describes Surface as a reimagining of the tablet. Surface is designed to work as both tablet and PC and comes in a version running Windows RT as well as a version running Windows 8 Pro. “It was always clear that what our software could do would require us to push hardware, sometimes where our partners hadn’t envisioned,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer saidRead More
Love Windows Phone,now let the world know with Windows Phone Gear Store on CafePress where you can buy T-shirts, mugs, stickers, magnets, water bottles, and more with the fun “I Heart Windows Phone” logo on them. The store is a work in progress, and still tweaking the product selection and design. It will continue to add new products and designs over time. Also, all products are offered at the base cost, they are not making any money off of this. The shop will let you grab mugs, t-shirts, stickers, magnets and more emblazoned with "I Heart Windows Phone" in icons.
We have said that Windows 8 is a complete reimagination of the Windows operating system. Nothing has been left unexplored, including the Windows logo, to evaluate how it held up to modern PC sensibilities. The Windows logo is a strong and widely recognized mark but when we stepped back and analyzed it, we realized an evolution of our logo would better reflect our Metro style design principles and we also felt there was an opportunity to reconnect with some of the powerful characteristics of previous incarnations. Microsoft is making plenty of big changes with its Windows 8 operating system, and thatRead More
Microsoft blogged about process for submitting apps to Windows Store in Windows 8. Similar to Windows Phone, every Metro Style app will be certified by Microsoft before getting published in the Windows Store for the public. Microsoft had the following goals while designing this process for developers, Encourage developers to visit the Store developer. - Encourage developers to visit the Store developer portal before they start coding - Help developers comply with the Store technical requirements - Reduce concepts and repetition by pulling information directly from the app package Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video. Visit Building Windows 8 blog for more info.
Apple's iPhone business alone is now bigger than Microsoft. Not Windows. Not Office. Microsoft. The iPhone did not exist five years ago. And now it's bigger than a company that, 15 years ago, was dragged into court and threatened with forcible break-up because it had amassed an unassailable and unthinkably profitable monopoly. The iPhone also appears to be considerably more profitable than Microsoft. In the December quarter, Apple's iPhone business generated $24.4 billion of revenue. Microsoft's whole company, meanwhile, from Windows to Office to servers to XBox, generated $20.9 billion. Thanks businessinsider
Microsoft's social experiment which was called Tulalip, gone official named So.cl (pronounced "social") is an experimental research project, developed by Microsoft's FUSE Labs. You sign up and search for stuff by Bing (of course) and your queries are automatically shared with your friends. "As students work together, they often search for the same items, and discover new shared interests by sharing links," explains Microsoft. "So.cl experiments with this concept by automatically sharing links as you search." And the way those things get shared with people, looks a lot like Facebook's newsfeed design. They even call it a "feed." The site alsoRead More
"It's the hyperlink in the physical world" says a Microsoft PR man, giving the most succinct definition of what Redmond's Tag initiative is all about. With Microsoft Tag, though, the software maker relies on a cell phone camera rather than a dedicated gadget to scan the bar code. Redmond is looking to resurrect the idea behind the CueCat linking a bar code in printed material to all manner of online content. Microsoft has been working behind the scenes on proliferating the use of these multicolored Tags, which are designed to be snapped by nearby cameraphones. Once the pattern is recognized,Read More