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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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Microsoft’s next Windows update codenamed “Blue”

Microsoft’s next Windows update codenamed “Blue”

Microsoft will be ready to launch Windows 8 on October 26th, but already details are emerging of the company's next iteration of the OS. ZDNet reports that there are several references to Windows 9 already doing the rounds, but that the next version of the operating system won’t carry that name. Instead, sources indicate that the next version is codenamed “Blue”. The update is due to land sometime next year, but it most likely won't include a major overhaul.

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Windows 8 can’t boot straight to the desktop according to reports

Windows 8 can’t boot straight to the desktop according to reports

With Windows 8 finally released to manufacturing, we are set for the official launch of the new operating system in October. Microsoft has also set a very reasonable price for upgrades to Windows 8 and virtually guaranteed that hordes of computer users holding on to XP, Vista, and Windows 7 will be upgrading. Many people in the enterprise world already have their hands on official versions of Windows 8 and tidbits about the operating system are surfacing.

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Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 “a catastrophe”

Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 “a catastrophe”

This week at the video game conference known as Casual Connect, Valve head Gabe Newell has taken out the knives and cut up a nice clean slice of Microsoft with heavily negative comments on their next big operating system Windows 8. Newell's Valve and Steam create a video game environment in which people can download games and keep their accounts with access to those games in the cloud. Newell is currently working to bring big-name games that otherwise would only have been for Windows and OS X machines to Linux in the meantime.

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Microsoft talks Windows 8 app pricing, free trials

Microsoft talks Windows 8 app pricing, free trials

Now that we have a release date for Windows 8, it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about apps. All of the apps we've seen for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview have been free, but obviously, that won't be the case when the full version of Windows 8 becomes available. Even though we'll surely see a ton of free apps available on the Windows Store, developers will have the option of setting prices for their apps as well.

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Microsoft demonstrates the universe-exploring abilities of Windows 8

Microsoft demonstrates the universe-exploring abilities of Windows 8

For those of you waiting for Windows 8's final release on October 26th will be glad to know that you'll soon be able to explore the universe with your fingertips thanks to Microsoft's new collaboration with PixelSense. This technology has been demonstrated with an application called NUIverse this week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on the massive tabletop device known as the Samsung SUR40. Here you'll find the whole universe - or at least a massive part of it - able to be explored by you with the tips of your fingers.

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Jolla plans to lock down its MeeGo phone, promises app store (UPDATE: Developer edition planned)

Jolla plans to lock down its MeeGo phone, promises app store (UPDATE: Developer edition planned)

Say what you will about Jolla, the startup hoping to bring MeeGo back from the dead, but the company certainly has spirit. Managing director of Jolla, Jussi Hurmola, understands that the platform needs solid third-party apps as well as a thriving app store to have any chance of surviving in the mobile market. He went on to say that the company is hoping to build up an ecosystem around MeeGo, and will put out its own app store that will let customers purchase and download apps.

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Mountain Lion launch expected on July 25th

Mountain Lion launch expected on July 25th

Apple has been pushing out updates to Mountain Lion slowly but steadily, and now that the Gold Master version of the update has been seeded, a retail release is just around the corner. 9to5Mac believes that Apple may be planning to release the final version of Mountain Lion to the public on July 25th, pointing to information that shows the company is planning an “overnight” for retail stores on the 24th.

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Apple decimates market by operating system says Nielsen

Apple decimates market by operating system says Nielsen

This week the folks at Nielsen have released their quarterly report on smart devices, this one covering Q2 of 2012 and showing Apple to have more than double the market share of its nearest competitor in terms of smartphone manufacturer share by operating system. This chart shows also that Android of course comes in first as far as operating system market share as a whole goes, but that because this category is comprised of several manufacturers, Apple remains in the lead by a long shot because it owns its entire OS share.

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Windows Server 2012 set for just four iterations

Windows Server 2012 set for just four iterations

This time around, Microsoft is not about to get messy with the massive amount of version of their IT-aimed Windows Server software they've had in the past. Where back in 2008, Window Server had twelve, count them, twelve versions of Server 2008 R2, this version focusing on just four different groups which its editions will be ideal for. These versions include Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation, and will be spattered across businesses across the IT landscape before the year is done and over with - will you be jumping aboard?

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