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Want to Test-Drive Windows 10 for Phones?

Posted In Mobile
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Windows Phone has never threatened Google Android or Apple’s iPhone for smartphone supremacy, but Microsoft doesn’t seem ready to give up on the platform quite yet. Anyone who’s registered as a Windows Insider tester can check out the first build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. According to Microsoft’s corporate blog posting, the preview “is still very much under development and you’re going to see some rough edges.” Microsoft is releasing the software at this early stage in… continue…

Is Microsoft Turning Itself Around?

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This week, a number of tech publications published rundowns of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s first year in office, with most seeming to conclude that he’d managed to breathe some new life into the tech giant. As any longtime Microsoft watcher knows, former CEO Steve Ballmer (and before him, co-founder Bill Gates) organized the company in a way that created fiefdoms among business divisions. In the months before exiting the company, Ballmer began to reorganize those divisions in a way that… continue…

Windows 10 for Businesses: Questions Abound

Posted In Working in Tech
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In a bid to jog adoption of Windows 10, Microsoft has promised that every consumer currently running Windows 7 or 8 on their PC will receive a free upgrade to the new operating system once it comes out. That’s a pretty good deal not only for your average consumer, but also the small businesses that could benefit from upgrading one or two systems for free. Microsoft also promised to treat Windows 10 more like a service, with regular security and… continue…

Bill Gates Talks Regrets, Current Microsoft Project

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Earlier this week, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates took to Reddit for his third Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the site’s readers. As befitting one of the world’s most prominent philanthropists, he offered a hopeful vision of humanity’s future, while hinting at some projects he’s currently developing for Microsoft, where he still serves as an advisor. For Microsoft Windows-related jobs, click here. “There will be more progress in the next 30 years than ever,” he told the audience. “Even in the… continue…

Amazon WorkMail Seeks Business Email Crown

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As if it didn’t have enough going on already, Amazon has decided to plunge into the corporate-email game. Amazon’s cloud-based WorkMail boasts all the features that corporate email users expect, including public folders, distribution lists, calendar sharing, Out-of-Office messages, and more; it works with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and other popular browsers. Inboxes can store up to 50GB of messages and attachments, while individual messages can total up to 30MB. The platform costs $4 per month per seat, or $6 if… continue…

Can Windows 10 Save Windows Phone and Tablets?

Posted In Mobile
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Can Windows 10 succeed where Windows 8 failed? Windows 8 was Microsoft’s attempt to build an operating system for both desktop and mobile users. In contrast to previous versions of Windows, which focused solely on the desktop interface, Windows 8 featured a “Start screen” composed of colorful tiles linked to applications; only by clicking or tapping on one of those tiles could the user reach the desktop. In theory, the Start screen would make Windows 8 usable on tablets and… continue…

Meet HoloLens, Microsoft’s Attempt to Win the Future

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Microsoft’s HoloLens seems like something out of a sci-fi movie—maybe Minority Report, or the remake of RoboCop. You slip the black plastic headset over your eyes, and the lenses overlay holographic images onto your surroundings: You can play Minecraft in your living room, for instance, or display a 3-D mockup of a vehicle design on your desk at work. Microsoft showed off HoloLens as part of its broader Windows 10 unveiling Jan. 21. In theory, a camera embedded in the… continue…

What to Expect From Windows 10

Posted In Living in Tech
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On Jan. 21, Microsoft plans on giving the world a more in-depth look at Windows 10, the next major version of its primary operating system. While many features of the new operating system remain under wraps, enough details have leaked out of Microsoft to give an idea of what’s in store when the software makes its marketplace debut later this year. Click here to find Windows-related jobs. For starters, Windows 10 will almost certainly include a new browser, Spartan, with… continue…

Seattle Welcoming Even More Silicon Valley Firms

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What’s New This Quarter As always, Seattle’s heaviest tech hitters provide the most interesting hiring (and firing) headlines, but at the same time, it’s intriguing to note just how many Silicon Valley companies are setting up local satellite offices to tap into the city’s huge IT talent pool. Not only did Amazon increase its seasonal hires in 2014 to 80,000 (up from 70,000 in 2013), it also said it hopes to convert thousands of those holiday workers into full-time employees… continue…

See Bill Gates Drink Water Made From Sewer Sludge

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Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is evidently ready to place his mouth where his (Foundation’s) money is—by drinking a glass of water filtered from raw sewage. The Gates Foundation funded development of the Janicki Omniprocessor, which (as the above video demonstrates) takes in sewage and converts it into ash (good for fertilizer), electricity, and clean drinking water. Via a conveyor belt, the sewage enters the Omniprocessor, where it’s boiled dry. The dry sewage enters a furnace, which produces steam, which… continue…