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Microsoft gears up for global Windows 8 launch on October 26

Microsoft gears up for global Windows 8 launch on October 26

Just a reminder to all of you Windows users out there: Windows 8 launches tomorrow at 12:01 AM local time all around the world. Microsoft is gearing up for this global launch with the opening of a ton of temporarily retail locations, and today the company held a launch event for the new OS in New York City. Sadly, we didn't get many new details at the event, but it did its part to ramp up anticipation for the all-new OS.

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Android to surpass Windows in OS market share by 2016

Android to surpass Windows in OS market share by 2016

There's no doubt about it: mobile device sales are booming, while traditional computer sales are leveling out. In fact, PC shipments dipped for the first time in 11 years. However, it's estimated that there will be around 1.5 billion devices running the Windows OS by the end of the year, compared to the just over 600 million devices running Android. In four years' time, though, that may change.

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Windows 8 Review

Windows 8 Review

I have a confession to make: I never tried the Windows 8 consumer preview. You see, I’ve been a lifelong Windows user (I can remember my parents making a big deal out of our switch to Windows 3.1), and as a lifelong Windows user, I’ve been burned plenty of times in the past. Most recently, this happened with Windows Vista, so when Windows 7 came along, I decided that it was the only Windows version I needed for the foreseeable future. Sure, I watched plenty of videos and read plenty of articles about Windows 8, but none of those convinced me that OS was something I needed to have on my machine. Yet here I am, reviewing Windows 8 for SlashGear. Can Microsoft’s latest version of the OS persuade this stubborn Windows 7 user that the grass really is greener on the other side? Read on to find out.

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Microsoft Q1 earnings report swings Windows 8 in like a lamb

Microsoft Q1 earnings report swings Windows 8 in like a lamb

With the dawn of Windows 8 coming in this next quarter, it's time for Microsoft to brace itself for a big change - or what they hope will be a big change after a rather modest financial report here in their Q1 report for 2012. This report has them coming in at $16.01 billion in revenue, which is good, with $5.31 billion in profit, which is certainly OK, but not spectacular for the beast of a company. This update has them coming up over their Q4 report just one quarter ago, but compared to last year at this time, the big M isn't doing nearly so well.

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Should I buy a $249 Chromebook for school?

Should I buy a $249 Chromebook for school?

If you're asking yourself if the brand new $249 Samsung Chromebook is going to get you through the school year, you'll want to know a few details on how this device actually functions. First of all, it may look surprisingly like a MacBook Air, but it's not a full-fledged system in the way you're used to - this device isn't made for massive video editing and it's certainly not ready for any big-name gaming adventures. What it is made for is web-based action - and lots of it.

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Kaspersky developing OS to protect critical information systems

Kaspersky developing OS to protect critical information systems

In an announcement where Eugene Kaspersky tossed around some verbiage about Die Hard 4 and John McClane and cyber attacks on things best left alone, like nuclear power stations, it was revealed that Kaspersky Lab is developing a "secure" operating system for industrial control systems (ICS). Specifically, the upcoming OS will provide protection for key information systems for transportation facilities, utility infrastructure, communications systems, and the like. Says Kaspersky, "Quite a few rumors about this project have appeared already on the Internet, so I guess it’s time to lift the curtain (a little) on our secret project and let you know (a bit) about what’s really going on."

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Windows 8 promises it’s been tested on its makers first

Windows 8 promises it’s been tested on its makers first

When Microsoft has a new product they want to make perfect before release - all of their products, that is - they work with a testing model they call dogfooding. With dogfooding, they feed themselves the product, the product here being Windows 8, before they send it out as a final iteration. An update from Patrick O'Rourke of Microsoft IT revealed this week how they deployed Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 to their staff well before they did to the general public to test the builds in real world situation on the regular.

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Bill Gates assures Windows 8 will be “a big deal”

Bill Gates assures Windows 8 will be “a big deal”

It's always good to hear that the most famous face of the company that's pushing a brand new operating system does think that it'll be successful - thus is the situation with Bill Gates and Microsoft's own Window 8 this week. In an interview given with the Associated Press, Gates spoke primarily on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's role in a new global campaign to eradicate polio, but as the conversation inevitably touched on the newest operating system to be offered up by the company that made him successful, Gates let it be known that Windows 8 will be great. Gates noted that he was already using Windows 8 regularly and that he was "very pleased with it."

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Ballmer: Windows 8 launch could be bigger than Windows 95

Ballmer: Windows 8 launch could be bigger than Windows 95

There's no doubt that the last few months of 2012 are going to be pretty big for Microsoft thanks to the incoming launch of Windows 8, but now CEO Steve Ballmer says that the launch of the new OS could be bigger than most of us are expecting. Speaking in a recent interview with The Seattle Times, Ballmer elaborated on his recent comments that 2012 would be the most "epic" year in Microsoft's history, saying that the launch of Windows 8 could eclipse that of Windows 95.

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