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Windows RT Texas Instruments development platform tablet hands-on

Windows RT Texas Instruments development platform tablet hands-on

This week we got the opportunity to take a peek at Texas Instruments' effort in the Windows 8 space with their development platform tablet. This device is made for developers to get a handle on how their OMAP 4470 processor (that's still OMAP4, not quite OMAP5 yet) works with Windows RT. After having been in development for over a year in direct collaboration with Microsoft, Texas Instruments is finally ready to show off its excellence here!

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Microsoft allegedly charges tablet makers $85 for Windows RT

Microsoft allegedly charges tablet makers $85 for Windows RT

While there is no official confirmation of this pricing information, VR-Zone reports that during Computex, it talked with various tablet makers about Microsoft's pricing of Windows RT. If the pricing information gleaned at the show is accurate, Microsoft is charging heavily for Windows RT. Windows RT is the version of the operating system that will run on tablets.

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US Senate Committee to review Windows RT browser complaints

US Senate Committee to review Windows RT browser complaints

Microsoft seems to have ruffled a few feathers with its plans for browsers on Windows RT. Mozilla blasted the company over being unable to produce a fully working browser, restricted instead to the Metro interface and guidelines, while Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer would be able to run on Metro and the classic desktop interface. Google also voiced concerns, and now the US Senate Judiciary Committee will review the arguments to see if there’s any merit.

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Windows RT brings the ARMy

Windows RT brings the ARMy

Microsoft has officially detailed its three versions of Windows 8, set to launch later this year, including Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT, formerly known as Windows on ARM. As the "Pro" name might suggest, Windows 8 Pro is targeted at "tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals" while the regular Windows 8 is the version Microsoft believes more suited to the mass market. However, Windows RT will be specifically for ARM-based tablets and PCs, and come preloaded with touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

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Windows XP end-of-life tomorrow, Custom Support rides forth

Windows XP end-of-life tomorrow, Custom Support rides forth

Supposing you’re one of the last users of Windows XP out there in the universe, you’ll want to make sure you understand the implications of continuing to use that operating system after tomorrow. Tomorrow, after all, is the last day Microsoft will be offering technical support for Windows XP for the public. After that, it’s all about Custom Support for Windows XP.

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Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard

Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard

Apple has CarPlay, Google has the Android Open Automotive Alliance, and now Microsoft has Windows in the Car, its own take on piping smartphone content from your Windows Phone directly to the dashboard. Quietly demonstrated at Build 2014 this past week, in concept form at least, Windows in the Car pares back the standard Windows Phone interface to suit center console touchscreens and safer use while on the move thanks to features like Cortana.

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Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

The iPhone has Siri, Android has Google Now, and now Windows Phone has Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Launching as a beta when WP8.1 hits devices over the next few months, Cortana blends the speech-first approach of Apple's system with the contextual backbone of Google's, throwing in some location-based cleverness and a little AI snark along the way. We introduced ourselves at Build 2014.

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