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[Rumor] 'Well Known Hacker' Claims Windows 9 Will Launch in October

Jan 23, 2014 - 8:57 AM - by dgstorm

We aren't sure what to make of this story, but it's worth sharing regardless. Supposedly, a "well known" hacker with a good track record of predicting moves from Microsoft has recently suggested that Microsoft is so fed up with the poor success of Windows 8, they plan to launch Windows 9 as early as October of this year. We aren't sure how good a hacker can be if he is "well known" but regardless, this one supposedly has insider info at Microsoft. Here's a quote with more of the details,

“WZor” is a well-known hacker believed to have sources inside Microsoft, and he has shared details about Microsoft’s plans in the past that have indeed been accurate. Following the report that Microsoft intends to launch Windows 9 in April, the hacker took to Twitter to claim that the stated timeframe is way off.

“Win 9 released in April 2015? No! No! No!” WZor wrote in a tweet picked up by Windows Phone Central. Instead, he says that the Windows 9 RTM build, which is a final software version released early to PC manufacturers so they can install it on their new PCs and get ready to ship them, will be issued in October.
Take this one with several grains of salt, but if it turns out to be true, it would be a pretty big shakeup.

Source: BGR
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Bill Gates seen as Microsoft’s shadow CEO

Jan 21, 2014 - 12:31 PM - by dgstorm

Why is Microsoft having such difficulty finding a new CEO? As Re/code reports, many potential CEO candidates are worried about whether they’ll really have a free hand to run the company with founder and chairman Bill Gates lurking in the background. In fact, Re/code’s sources both inside and outside Microsoft say Gates “is more likely to remain visible, depending on the new leader, as well as more active within the company.”

This obviously comes with some upsides and downsides. On the plus side, Gates would seem to represent a steadying presence who could give Microsoft a clear direction while the new CEO learns the ropes of running the company. On the downside, it might be hard to find a CEO who’s willing to take over the company if they feel as though Gates will be second-guessing their every move.

Continue Reading @: Microsoft CEO search: Gates to take more active role | BGR
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 update exterminates bugs

Jan 20, 2014 - 2:11 PM - by dgstorm

Back on December 10th, Microsoft issued a firmware update for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, but had to pull it not too long afterwards because it led to issues with the tablet. At the time, Microsoft said that it would try again to send out the update after the holidays. Those who experienced problems with their slate after the aborted update, have finally received a bug fix on Sunday that corrects those issues.

These issues included problems with battery life, as some complained that their batteries were draining faster than before the update. Others complained that their Surface Pro 2 would shut down completely when the cover was closed, instead of going into sleep mode as designed. Others said that their tablets would just stay on with the cover closed. Those Surface Pro 2 owners who were not affected will not notice any changes to their devices from the update.

Continue Reading @: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 update exterminates bugs

In hindsight, the above source was very poor and did not offer enough, nor completely accurate information. We apologize for the inconvenience. Here's an update below with better info from within our own forums:
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Microsoft's Cortana Voice Coming to Lumias April, Voice-Over by Halo's Jen Taylor

Jan 16, 2014 - 4:02 PM - by dgstorm

Very soon, when you say, "Bing, tell me..." on an Xbox One, Microsoft Surface, or Windows Lumia smartphone, you will hear Cortana herself, Jen Taylor respond back. According to a new report, Microsoft has made some significant advancements in their efforts to offer a voice-controlled assistant. They are planning to bring Cortana to life across a wide variety of Windows based devices, including the future Windows 9 for desktop computers. Here's a quote with some additional detail,

Cortana, claims the source, will be voice-overed by Jen Taylor, who does the accent of the same character in the Halo franchise. It is also coming to the Bing app in iOS, Xbox One consoles, and, naturally, to Windows 9 "Threshold", when it hits your computer next spring. That's the timeframe also for Cortana to reach countries other than the US, as it will apparently launch in beta stateside only for this year.
Evidently we now know exactly what turns Cortana on... the phrase, "Bing, tell me..."

Source: PhoneArena
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Microsoft Surface 3 Could House NVIDIA Tegra K1 Chip

Jan 13, 2014 - 2:33 PM - by dgstorm

Microsoft may not have made any announcements at CES 2014, but the company seemed to be involved in multiple upcoming products from other companies.

Microsoft Surface 3, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, NVIDIA Tegra K1 Chip, Microsoft Xbox TV, Sufrace notebook, AMD MullinsMost notably, according to @MSFTnerd, Microsoft was tied to the announcement of Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip, which sources say will ship in the forthcoming Surface 3, the third from the company to run Windows RT. The table will allegedly house a Denver processor, which is the name for the 64-bit version of the Tegra K1.

The Surface Pro 3 is expected to use an Intel processsor.

Microsoft is expected to release the Surface 3 near the end of 2014, with the LTE-equipped Surface 2 and rumored Surface Mini supposedly...

Continue Reading @: Microsoft Surface 3 Could House Nvidia Tegra K1 Chip
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Surface 3, Surface Mini launch reportedly set for late 2014

Jan 10, 2014 - 2:08 PM - by dgstorm

Despite not making any announcements at CES 2014, Microsoft has been unofficially tied to new products that were on display at the trade show, including NVIDIA’s Tegra K1, which will reportedly equip the Surface 3 and AMD’s Mullins processor that’s apparently considered for the rumored Xbox TV. Of the newly announced Tegra K1 processor versions, the Surface 3 will reportedly make use of the 64-bit version, dubbed Denver, which will arrive later this year. The new Windows tablet/laptop may only launch at end of 2014, @MSFTnerd tweeted (via Microsoft-News), and it will likely be preceded by Surface Mini and LTE versions of the Surface 2.

Continue Reading @: Surface 3, Surface Mini launch reportedly set for late 2014 | BGR
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