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Microsoft is aiming to deliver a "technology preview" of its Windows "Threshold" operating system by late September or early October, according to multiple sources of mine who asked not to be named.
And in a move that signals where Microsoft is heading on the "servicability" front, those who install the tech preview will need to agree to have subsequent monthly updates to it pushed to them automatically, sources added.
Threshold is the next major version of Windows that is expected to be christened "Windows 9" when it is made available in the spring of 2015. Threshold is expected to include a number of new features that are aimed at continuing to improve Windows' usability on non-touch devices and by those using mice and keyboards alongside touch.
Among those features — according to previous leaks — are a new "mini" Start Menu; windowed Metro-Style applications that can run on the Desktop; virtual desktops; and the elimination of the Charms bar that debuted as part of Windows 8. Cortana integration with Windows Threshold is looking like it could make it into the OS, as well.
I've asked Microsoft officials for comment. To date, Microsoft execs have declined to comment on what will be in Threshold, when it will be available, how much it will cost or what it will be named.
When Microsoft was working on Windows 8, the company delivered three external "milestones" before making the operating system generally available in October 2012. First there was a Windows 8 developer preview, which Microsoft released on September 13, 2011, followed by a Windows 8 "consumer" preview on February 29, 2012. The operating system was released to manufacturing on August 1, 2012.
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If you've attended TechEd or Microsoft Management Summit, this is the place for you to be. It's everything you've come to know and love and more. You'll find what you're familiar with and you'll learn more about Lync, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Project, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visio, Visual Studio, Windows, Windows Intune, Windows Server and lots more.
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This change only affects events scheduled in calendar year 2015. This year, TechEd Europe in Barcelona 28-31 October, will proceed as planned.
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Microsoft is to cut up to 18,000 jobs marking the deepest cuts in the technology firm's 39-year history. The bulk of the cuts, around 12,500, will be in its phone unit Nokia, which Microsoft bought in April, the firm said. Microsoft pledged to cut $600m (£350.8m) per year in costs within 18 months of closing the acquisition.
The cuts are much more severe than the 6,000 initially expected.
The firm employs 127,000 globally, including 3,500 staff in the UK. Microsoft declined to say how many jobs in the UK would be cut as a result of the changes.
Chief executive officer Satya Nadella, who took the helm in February, wants the firm to shift its focus away from software to online services, apps and devices.
Making these decisions to change are difficult, but necessary
Mr Nadella wrote in the announcement to staff.
The firm said it also planned to have fewer layers of management "to accelerate the flow of information and decision making." Microsoft said staff affected by the job cuts would be notified over the next six months, and they would be "fully completed" by the the end of June next year. In total it said the cuts, including severance pay, would cost it between $1.1bn to $1.6bn (£643m to £935m) over the next year.
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Microsoft's shift from a devices and services company to one focused on productivity and platforms is the message at WPC 2014
At Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner Conference, company officials give tens of thousands of reseller partners their marching orders for the next fiscal year.
On July 14, the opening day of the 2014 show, those marching orders included some differentiators from the directives of previous years. Specifically, Microsoft's brass is telling partners that "productivity is our strength," in the words of Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.
The focus on productivity -- and "platforms" -- is the newest focus for Satya Nadella's Microsoft. Just last week, Nadella outlined Microsoft's shift from a devices and services company to one focused on productivity and platforms. Turner elaborated on this message during his part of the three-hour opening day WPC 2014 keynote in Washington, DC.
For Microsoft, productivity starts with the company's core Office apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Lync and OneNote. But it goes beyond that to include OneDrive, Bing, Outlook.com, Xbox Music, Skype, Skype Wi-Fi, and Office Mobile, Turner explained. He talked about Microsoft targeting dual users: Ones that have work and home lives that are intertwined.
Turner said Microsoft's goal is to continue to offer the "best experience" on Windows. But now it's part of the company's -- and, by extension, its partner salesforce -- to extend those productivity experiences to other platforms, including Mac, iOS and Android. Microsoft wants to offer a "complete suite of Microsoft experiences preinstalled on any device, on any platform," Turner said. And that's a far different mission which centered around "attach and license," he said.
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Today, June 10, is Microsoft Patch Tuesday. It's also the deadline for consumers running Windows 8.1 to install the Windows 8.1 Update if they want to continue to receive patches and fixes from Microsoft. Microsoft originally imposed a deadline of May 13 on consumer users to move to the Windows 8.1 Update. On May 12, Microsoft announced a deadline extension to June 10.
Business users still have until August 12 to move to the Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft extended the deadline for those updating using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Intune, and/or System Center Configuration to update users' machines. Microsoft execs unveiled the new deadline in mid-April after outcry from some that Microsoft wasn't giving them enough lead-time to apply the update. Consumers running Windows 8.1 who have Automatic Updates turned on don't need to do anything; they should have received the Update automatically via Windows Update by now.
Users who are on Windows 8, not Windows 8.1, are not subject to the requirement to move to Windows 8.1 Update by June 10. (Microsoft has set January 2016 as the end support date for Windows 8 users who haven't moved to 8.1.) Those running Windows 8 who are interested in moving to Windows 8.1 Update do not need to move to Windows 8.1 first, as these updates are cumulative.
The Update for Windows 8.1 included a number of new features designed to make Windows 8.1 more easily navigable by those using keyboards and mice.
via ZDnet > http://www.zdnet.com...e-1-7000030378/
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