The release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows is getting a completely different look.
Buyers of tablets that run Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8, are in for a pleasant musical surprise: they’ll be able to handpick from a selection of millions of songs and stream them for free as long as they put up with an audio ad every 15 minutes.
AT&T said that it will be selling Nokia smartphones that run Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s upcoming software release. The phones are part of Nokia’s attempt to stem its rapid decline.
Microsoft sent out a “save the date” to members of the press on Monday for an event planned for October 25 in New York City. “You’re invited to celebrate Windows 8,” in the invite reads.
Apple is holding an event in San Francisco during which it is announcing a new iPhone, capable of faster data speeds and sporting a taller screen.
On Monday, Apple’s surging stock propelled the company’s value to $624 billion, the world’s highest, ever.
Google is escalating its rivalry with Microsoft with the purchase of Quickoffice, the maker of a mobile app for working on documents created in Microsoft Office programs.
Microsoft’s Bing search engine is heading in a new direction as it drills deeper into Facebook’s social network and Twitter’s messaging service to showcase information unlikely to be found on Google.
AT&T said it will sell the Lumia 900, its first Nokia smartphone that runs Windows Phone software, on April 8, for $100 with a two-year contract.
Windows 8 will hit store shelves this October, according to a new report. Microsoft is said to be finishing work on the new operating system this summer.
Microsoft confirmed that there will be no new Xbox in the next year. “For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360,” said company spokesman Frank Shaw.
Kinect for the Xbox 360 is making leap to desktop computers in February, but according to sources, it may be a built in to laptops soon.