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Over 75,000 Windows Phone Apps Were Published In 2012, Average User Downloaded 54

Over 75,000 Windows Phone Apps Were Published In 2012, Average User Downloaded 54 | Microsoft | Scoop.it

With the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s biggest challenge beyond just getting people to buy them was getting developers to write apps for them.

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Hopefully, it's only the beginning...

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Windows 8 Previews to Go Dark in 3 Weeks

Windows 8 Previews to Go Dark in 3 Weeks | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft's free previews of Windows 8 will expire next month, giving users about three weeks to upgrade to a paid copy or face hourly restarts.
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Time to make up your mind!

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The best all-in-one PC: we review the new touchscreen Windows 8 desktops

The best all-in-one PC: we review the new touchscreen Windows 8 desktops | Microsoft | Scoop.it

It's an interesting time to buy an all-in-one PC, that's for sure. The iMac is thinner and more powerful than ever, and Windows machines finally have touchscreens that appeal to an average user.

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Impressive comparative review by Sean Hollister ...The Dell XPS One 27 leads the pack!

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8 Essential Windows 8 Peripherals

8 Essential Windows 8 Peripherals | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Get the full Windows 8 experience without replacing your PC with these 8 must-have peripherals.
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The Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard looks really great ...

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Microsoft's Move to Devices and Services

Microsoft's Move to Devices and Services | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft has a ways to go to deliver on the "devices" part of its "devices and services" rebranding.
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Insightful analysis by Paul Thurrott ...

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Facebook data suggests Microsoft has sold 4.2 million Windows Phone handsets since October

Facebook data suggests Microsoft has sold 4.2 million Windows Phone handsets since October | Microsoft | Scoop.it
It was big news when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the world that Windows Phone devices were selling at four times their rate from 2011. That, along with several other positive factors, ...
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Go Windows Phone 8!

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With Windows 8, Microsoft's playing a scene from Groundhog Day

With Windows 8, Microsoft's playing a scene from Groundhog Day | Microsoft | Scoop.it
As I read the coverage of Windows 8's initial reception, I feel like Bill Murray waking up in Punxsutawney to relive the same day over and over. We've played this scene out before. So how does it end this time?
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Finally an historical perspective ...

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Microsoft-Intel Push to Rival Apple in Tablets Sputtering

Microsoft-Intel Push to Rival Apple in Tablets Sputtering | Microsoft | Scoop.it
A push by Microsoft Corp. and Intel
Corp. to combat Apple Inc.’s iPad in the $63.2 billion tablet market is getting off to a slow start.
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Mixed signals here ...

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How are Windows 8 sales? Still too early to tell

How are Windows 8 sales? Still too early to tell | Microsoft | Scoop.it
New numbers are beginning to emerge from research firms on actual sales and usage of Windows 8. But the data paints a conflicting picture.
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Finally an insightful, measured article about Windows 8 sales...

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The big fight begins: Windows XP drops below 40% market share while Windows 8 passes 1%

The big fight begins: Windows XP drops below 40% market share while Windows 8 passes 1% | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Just three months ago, we reported how Windows 7 had finally overtaken Windows XP in terms of market share. Now it's time to see how long it takes Windows 8 to succeed its predecessors.
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You can't judge the success of an OS by its first month on the market, but these are promising figures ...

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Microsoft takes on Internet Explorer’s haters in yet another biting video

Microsoft takes on Internet Explorer’s haters in yet another biting video | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Microsoft has produced a number of videos that highlight persistent negative opinion of its Internet Explorer product among certain groups of technology folks.
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Take a 2 minute break and watch this video ad, it's worth it ...

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Microsoft price hike isn't just about cashing in on mobile

Microsoft price hike isn't just about cashing in on mobile | Microsoft | Scoop.it

Microsoft's planned 15 percent hike in user license fees isn't only about bringing in new revenue for Microsoft or simply a reaction to the BYOD trend.

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Windows Blue is Microsoft's future low-cost OS with yearly updates

Windows Blue is Microsoft's future low-cost OS with yearly updates | Microsoft | Scoop.it

Microsoft is busy preparing its next-generation Windows client, shortly after shipping Windows 8 in October.

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Microsoft: Five things to look for in 2013

Microsoft: Five things to look for in 2013 | Microsoft | Scoop.it

The software giant is pushing aggressively to build devices and creating new Web services. Expect plenty more where that came from in the coming year

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2013 is indeed gonna be a very interesting year in Redmond ...

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Here comes Microsoft Surface Pro, 64 bits and all

Here comes Microsoft Surface Pro, 64 bits and all | Microsoft | Scoop.it

The Windows 8 Pro version of Microsoft's Surface tablet is just around the corner. Here's what to expect.

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Looks like a very good option for business users, but let's wait for a hands-on review...

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Microsoft, HTC CEOs meet to lay out future Windows Phone plans

Microsoft, HTC CEOs meet to lay out future Windows Phone plans | Microsoft | Scoop.it

The fall announcement of HTC's Windows Phone 8X was a bold statement about the future of Windows Phone development — HTC had seemingly supplanted Nokia as Microsoft's hardware partner of choice.

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Potential good news for Windows Phone 8 ...

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Eight Enthusiast Updates in Windows 8

Eight Enthusiast Updates in Windows 8 | Microsoft | Scoop.it

In this post, Gavin Gear gives an overview of eight of his favorite features and updates in Windows 8.

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Windows 8 is more than just the Modern UI ...

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AdDuplex: Surface Still Rules Nascent Windows 8 Devices Market

AdDuplex: Surface Still Rules Nascent Windows 8 Devices Market | Microsoft | Scoop.it
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Very fragmented market ...

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12 Essential Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

12 Essential Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Get over it. Windows 8 is different from Windows 7, which means learning new stuff including keyboard shortcuts that can save valuable time vs accomplishing the same thing using touchscreen commands.
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Useful stuff!

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Microsoft’s Steven Guggenheimer: Steven Sinofsky Is A “Phenomenal Visionary” – Will Be Missed At Microsoft

Microsoft’s Steven Guggenheimer: Steven Sinofsky Is A “Phenomenal Visionary” – Will Be Missed At Microsoft | Microsoft | Scoop.it
At LeWeb Paris this morning, Microsoft's corporate vice president for its Developer & Platform Evangelism Group, just took the stage to discuss the state of the Windows 8 developer ecosystem and Microsoft in general.
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Steven Guggenheimer has a couple of strong points here ...

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As Windows Phone 8 accelerates, Microsoft has found its mobile footing at last

As Windows Phone 8 accelerates, Microsoft has found its mobile footing at last | Microsoft | Scoop.it
With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has found a firm foothold in the mobile space, the likes of which it hasn't had in recent memory.
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Insightful analysis by Alex Wilhelm!

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Microsoft reportedly planning three new Surface tablets

Microsoft reportedly planning three new Surface tablets | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Well, this is interesting: it turns out that Microsoft might be planning as many as three new Surface tablets for release next year.
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Hoax or info?

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You don't really need a Start Menu in Windows 8

You don't really need a Start Menu in Windows 8 | Microsoft | Scoop.it
Greg Shultz shows you several techniques you can use to launch your Desktop applications in Windows 8 that don’t involve a Start Menu.
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"You are cruising along, and then technology changes. You have to adapt". (Marc Andreessen)

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Five Ways the Surface RT Beats the iPad

Five Ways the Surface RT Beats the iPad | Microsoft | Scoop.it
I've had a month to play with the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet. Microsoft faces a serious challenge to compete against devices like the Apple iPad, Google Nexus 10, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, and other full-size tablets.
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Balanced article by Tony Bradley. But Surface Pro (due in January) will be a better fit for business use ...

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Microsoft: Windows 8 is great, your argument is invalid

Microsoft: Windows 8 is great, your argument is invalid | Microsoft | Scoop.it

Microsoft wants us to know that Windows 8 is a huge success, selling 40 million copies in its first month. That's probably faster than Windows 7! But hang on, just a week ago the sales situation looked dire.

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