Windows 8 en Modern Combat 5 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8/8.1 <div class="field-deck"> A first class shooter for touch devices </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Gameloft this week released the next installment in its Call of Duty-like Modern Combat series for mobile devices. That's no surprise, of course. But there's some good news for Windows users, in particular. Modern Combat 5: Blackout is available for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8/8.1, and was made so simultaneously with the release on other platforms, which is a first. And better still, you only have to buy it once: If you get the game on Windows, you own it on Phone too, and vice versa.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8.1 Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8.1 Windows 8 Windows Phone Windows RT Games Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:01:00 +0000 41621 at Lenovo's Weird Windows Mini-Tablet Flip-flop <div class="field-deck"> Yes, we will sell mini-tablets. But not right now </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When you're the world's largest maker of PCs, people start paying attention. So when Lenovo was quoted last week as saying that it was leaving the market for Windows-based mini-tablets in the United States, well, let's just say some ears perked up. But now Lenovo is backtracking, and says it has plans to bring more Windows mini-tablets to the US market later this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lenovo Mobile devices Windows 8 Hardware Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:26:00 +0000 41361 at By the Book: July 20, 2014 <div class="field-deck"> New content for two of the books </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After a few weeks of personal and work travel, respectively, I've jumpstarted my self-publishing efforts. New this week: The first-ever (and very, very incomplete) version of "Surface Pro 3 Field Guide" and a new update to "Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide," both of which I hope to finish over the next few months.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mobile devices Surface Pro 3 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1 Windows Phone 8.1 Windows 8 Windows Phone Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:16:00 +0000 41341 at Microsoft Further Unifies Windows and Windows Phone Development <div class="field-deck"> We're getting there </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft this week announced a set of developer-oriented initiatives that are part of the ongoing unification of the previously separate Windows 8.x and Windows Phone platforms. Key among them is a unified developer portal, 21 new payout markets, and an update to the Windows App Studio Beta.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Visual studio Windows 8.1 Update 1 Windows Phone 8.1 Windows 8 Windows Phone Software Development Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:18:00 +0000 41321 at WPC 2014: Microsoft's Android Counterattack <div class="field-deck"> As with Chromebook, an emphasis on price-matching </div> <div class="node-body article-body">During the second Worldwide Partner Conference keynote this week, Microsoft's Tony Prophet explained how the firm has responded to the low-cost Android tablets and smart phones that are now flooding the market. We won't know whether Microsoft's strategy will be successful until a new generation of Windows-based tablets and handsets hits the market throughout 2014. But we do know this much: The strategy relies almost completely on meeting Android on price.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Mobile devices Windows 8.1 with Bing Windows 8 Windows RT Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:11:00 +0000 41221 at Skype Group Video Calling Comes to Modern Windows App <div class="field-deck"> Modern app picks up more functionality </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced today that it has added group video calling to the Modern app version of Skype for Windows. The firm made this previously paid feature available for free to all Skype users in April and has been adding the capability to its various Skype mobile apps since.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8.1 Windows 8 Skype Windows RT Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:30:00 +0000 41141 at WPC 2014: Microsoft's Chromebook Counterattack <div class="field-deck"> Microsoft will compete on price </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With Microsoft's embrace of alternate platforms in this "mobile first, cloud first" era, I was curious to see how the firm would respond to Google's surprisingly solid Chromebook at its Worldwide Partner Conference. What we got was a just a bit more detail to the understood strategy of countering Chromebook with low-cost Windows-based laptops. But I'm wondering if there isn't more to this story.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chrome OS Chromebook Mobile devices Windows 8 Hardware Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:40:00 +0000 41121 at What We Learned About Windows in the WPC 2014 Opening Keynote <div class="field-deck"> No major news but some more clarity </div> <div class="node-body article-body">On the surface, Microsoft doesn't appear to have provided much new information about Windows in its opening Worldwide Partner Conference keynote on Monday. But high-level executives from the firm did provide a lot of useful information, including a subtle acknowledgement about an evolving feature coming now in Windows 9 "Threshold."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Mobile devices Threshold Windows 8.1 Update 1 Windows 9 Windows 8 Windows Phone Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:11:00 +0000 41091 at Microsoft Works to Get Windows 8/RT Users Updated to 8.1 <div class="field-deck"> No, not THAT Microsoft Works :) </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With continued reports that some Windows 8.0/RT 8.0 users continue to have trouble updating to 8.1, Microsoft this week released a new automatic update that appears to be aimed at mitigating this problem. It's being tested in select markets and could be more broadly rolled out soon.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8.1 Windows 8 Windows RT Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 40741 at Start Menu Will Replace Start Screen in Threshold <div class="field-deck"> Not an option, but rather a new thing </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To date, our understanding of the new Start menu that's coming in "Threshold," the next major Windows release that may or may not be called Windows 9 when it ships next year, is that it would augment the existing Start screen as an option of sorts for desktop users. But here's a surprise: That's not how it's going to work.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Threshold Windows 9 Windows 8 Windows RT Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 40721 at