Remember Windows Vista? Sorry, didn’t want to raise anyone’s blood pressure bringing up that old nightmare again. While most everyone we know has happily moved on to the vastly superior Windows 7, Microsoft is letting users of Vista and XP that the clock is ticking on their old-school OS.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates notoriously refused to buy iPods for his kids, gifting them the company’s own Zunes instead. Thanks to a leaked memo, it appears Microsoft itself may be taking a similar tack -- you can have your iPhone, but we’re not paying for it.
While Apple is making it clear that Mac OS X and iOS are separate beasts for different platforms (at least for right now), Microsoft continues its efforts to shoehorn Windows onto the tablet by simply making a new version that also works well on the desktop, with a big nod toward their own Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform.
Love your Mac but just can’t feel the emotional connection to the iPhone the way the rest of us can? Perhaps you’ve turned your back on BlackBerry, webOS and Android in favor of the Microsoft flavor, Windows Phone 7. With a new version of the Windows Phone 7 software (codenamed “Mango”) just around the corner, you’ll be happy to know your Mac is ready for it.
If you were Microsoft, how would you spend $8.5 billion to acquire another company? Apparently, the house that Gates built figures a VoIP outfit like Skype makes sense, as the two companies announced the acquisition on Tuesday morning.
What do you do if you’re Apple, with a huge new data center gearing up down in North Carolina and oodles of storage space ready for customers? Find someone to manage it all, which Cupertino has done by poaching a Microsoft general manager.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi may be off the mark when blaming Apple CEO Steve Jobs for destroying the music industry, but it appears that the executive and his team have done a good job of killing another rival, as a new report claims Microsoft will be abandoning their Zune media player.
Most everyone in the tech world knows that Microsoft and Google aren’t exactly the best of friends, particularly this week as Mountain View is lobbing accusations at Redmond over Bing stealing their search results. Now Microsoft has decided to stand firm behind H.264, leaving Google to fend mostly by themselves with WebM.
It looks like the folks in Redmond have fired up their copying machines again, this time taking the bold move of building a new Microsoft Store right across the hall from an already-existing Apple Store in the Mall of America.