Microsoft will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 — the next version of its operating system — first for Windows 8.1 users and then for Windows 7 users, the company announced this week.
In the first year the software is available, the company will upgrade any devices running Windows 8 to Windows 10 for free, according to Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems. The free upgrade will also apply to Windows 7 devices and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
The free upgrade is only available for the first year. Microsoft has yet to announce the software’s price for the upgrade after that one-year window.
“We think of Windows as a service,” Myerson said during Microsoft’s Windows 10 unveiling event in Redmond, Wash. “Now developers can target every single Windows device.”
The move is likely designed to convince consumers that Windows is worth the effort. Windows 10 is an attempt to wipe the slate clean after missteps with Windows 8, including a new start menu that attracted complaints from PC users, who sorely missed the traditional menu.
More than half of all desktops in the world still run Windows 7. Almost 20 percent still run Windows XP, a 14-year-old operating system. Windows 8.1 has yet to reach 10 percent.
Hardware companies have increasingly been giving away software upgrades to keep their users tied to their ecosystems. Apple, for example, has made both its Mac OS and iOS free, as well as many of its productivity and photo management tools.
Are you looking forward to the new upgrade? Will upgrading to a trial version Windows 10 entice you to buy the full priced-version after all? Share your thoughts below.
It’s no secret that smartphones are the hottest gifts on top of everyone’s wish list this year! Whether its the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Motorola Turbo or Samsung Note 4, there are plenty of options to fulfill the smartphone mobile needs of moms, dads, grandparents and teens everywhere. If you’re not quite sure on which smartphone gifts are right for the person on your list, I’ve round up a few of my holiday picks of smartphone gifts for everyone on your list – plus a cool holiday giveaway just for you below.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus jumped in sales during the Back Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sale days – and it’s one of the top smartphone gifts many lists this year. Both are the latest in smartphone offerings from Apple and with upgrades like the new A8 chip delivers more power, even while driving a larger display. Other Features include: Wi-Fi hotspot, iMessage, SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion Battery, Talktime: Up to 14 Hours (3G), Standby: Up to 250 Hours (3G). [Must Read: 6 Things To Know About The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus]
The Droid Motorola Turbo from Verizon is made to keep going all day and night. It comes with a Turbo Charger—get up to eight hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. Enjoy up to 48-hour battery life. It even offers convenient built-in wireless charging. The 21-megapixel rear-facing camera launches with a simple flick of your wrist, helping you capture the action as it happens. Record video at 4K—creating a cinema-like experience—and play it back at the same quality. The dual LED flash offers more light for better color and softer shadows in your images. ($199.99 / 2-yr contract)
The Samsung Note 4 has a wide-angle, 3.7MP front-facing camera so you can capture crisper selfies with all of your friends and more of your background. And when you want to photograph anything else, the Galaxy Note 4 comes equipped with a 16MP rear camera with built-in Optical Image Stabilization. So, even when you zoom in, the details in your photo remain in focus. It’s a great device for busy moms, dads and even tech savvy grandparents this season!
The Sony Xperia Z3v from Verizon is the smartphone that does more and goes further – whether further is a run in the rain or a dive in the pool. With the highest waterproof rating*, you can find your way in a downpour, take pictures underwater, or just wipe off your phone after an unexpected spill. Years of Sony camera expertise have been brought to Xperia Z3v, a premium phone with Cyber-shot and Handycam technologies. So you can capture moments in any light, shoot steady videos on the move, and take crisp pictures even under water. ($199.99/2-yr contract)
The HTC Desire Eye from AT&T with its 13-megapixel front-facing camera, the HTC Desire Eye is the ultimate selfie machine. But it’s also an excellent Android smartphone for the not-so-selfie-savvy too. The ultimate entertainment device, the excellent 5.2-inch, full HD LCD and front-facing speakers make the Desire Eye a perfect smartphone for consuming media on the go. ($149.99/2-yr contract)
Meet the Lumia 1520, the phone with an extra-large, six-inch, 1080p full HD display with excellent outdoor readability. Its redesigned start screen lets you make the most of the extra space, and its 20-megapixel PureView camera and Nokia Storyteller app tell you your stories the way they’re meant to be told. ($99/2-yr contract)
In addition to making great smartphone gifts for others, these gifts would make great personal gifts for yourself too! Are you looking for more smartphone gift ideas this season? Check back daily as we’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint: Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear? We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before! You won’t want to miss out!) All December long, make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!
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Ladies, how many of you would you wear a bra that could potentially help you lose weight? I’m not talking about concealing or shifting weight, I’m talking about monitor-your-eating-and-losing-the-pounds – weight loss. According to Microsoft, they’re developing a new “smart bra” for women that could help stop emotional binge eating.
So how does It work? The ‘smart bra’ is fitted with sensors that monitor real-time bio-signals such as heart rate and respiration, which are key emotional signs Microsoft has identified prior to an emotional binge, and will intervene.
Feeling stressed out? Just before you make that midnight run to McDonalds, the smart bra will pick up your stress-induced bio-signals and immediately send a signal via Bluetooth to your smartphone, alerting you that eating that double cheeseburger at 1am could be stress-related eating that you should avoid.
Now I’m all for a technology-advanced quick fix for weight loss, but I’m not sure if a text to my phone will stop me from indulging in a stress-related snack. What about you? Would you wear a bra that monitored your eating habits, in hopes of losing weight? Weigh in below…
What is the Microsoft Surface?
Haven’t you heard? Microsoft has launched its first tablet – Surface is what they call it and just like other tablets on the market it comes in a few flavors – Surface Windows RT and Surface Windows 8 Pro.
The Surface Windows RT was launched October 2012, and the Surface Windows 8 Pro will launch near the end of January 2013. Yes, these two tablets are identical in its sleek styling, durability, detachable keyboard, kickstand, front facing camera and social media and networking features. The sales and reviews for the RT version were not that great due to the omission of one key component buyers where looking for – Microsoft Office. Windows RT sold just 1 million tablets since its release in October. In comparison, the iPad sold 3 million tablets its first 3 days on the market. However, the high-end Windows 8 version as garnered much praised and it’s not even available yet. Why? Let’s compare the two.
|Starting Price||$499 Surface Windows RT||$899 Surface Windows 8 Pro|
|Operating Systems||Runs Windows RT – best for mobile computing with tablets.||Runs Windows 8, uses Windows desktop applications and integrates with enterprise infrastructure.|
|Stylus Pen||n/a||Standard with Stylus Pen|
|CPU||Quad-core NVDIA Tegra 3 2GB RAM||Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM|
|Cloud Computing||SkyDrive, Xbox Music||SkyDrive, Xbox Music|
|Productivity||Microsoft Office Home, Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), joy of Xbox||Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more.|
|Connections/Slots||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port|
|Storage||32gb, 64gb||64gb, 128gb|
|Screen||10.6in, 1366 x 768||10.6in, 1920 x 1080|
|Interoperability||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store and add software that are not Windows based.|
The big differences between these two tablets is the storage space, the size and screen quality, the powerful CPU, and full Microsoft Office applications installed on the Surface Windows 8 Pro. Also, the added benefit of adding non-Microsoft products is a plus. Tell a diva – which would you buy?
We checked out the Surface and other Microsoft goodies a while back, check out our Microsoft Times Square visit below…
Last week, I got the opportunity to check out the new Microsoft speciality store in the intersection of the world – Times Square! Check out a few of this holiday’s top gift picks and more below…
Ever wonder why social games like Words with Friends or Draw Something have become a huge hit with people of all ages? It’s because people enjoy expressing themselves creatively! No matter if it’s via words, music, dancing, painting or more – unleashing a person’s creativity is huge and if it’s socially or among friends then it’s even better. If you’ve not yet had the chance to try Fresh Paint, the new painting app for Windows 8, it’s available for free in the Windows Store and has over a 4 star rating (out of 5). In short though, it’s a revolutionary paint application that has a level of realism that has to be seen to be believed. I blogged about it back in August but having played with it more, and seen my daughter fall in love with it, I wanted to know some more about the magic behind the application.
Fresh Paint is about tapping into and expressing your creativity. Whether it’s through our online posts, blogs like this one, photos, doodles and sketches, or something else, we all have an inner creative. The Fresh Paint team was curious though about just how many people felt like they were missing a creative outlet, a way to express their ideas, inspirations and thoughts. So we commissioned a global survey designed to find out how many people are looking for ways to express their creativity. The research shows that a large number of people are looking for creative outlets in their lives. The majority of people surveyed wish they had a creative outlet. In the U.S. alone, 87% of people surveyed said they wish they had a creative outlet.
Amidst a nasty rumor that Apple declined to gift Oprah Winfery’s audience iPads during one of her last appearances years ago on The Oprah Winfrey show. A new tablet has made it’s way to the famed “Oprah’s Favorite Things” gift guide this year – the Microsoft Surface.
“The full-size keyboard built right into the cover makes work easy, the very smart kickstand makes watching a movie or Skyping a friend a delight, the less than a pound-and-a-half weight makes a great alternative to a laptop,” she adds.
This is a HUGE endorsement for the Microsoft brand, and it’s sure to affect upcoming holiday sales for the Surface. Are you interested in the Surface now that it’s made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list?
After a morning filled with Windows 8 news, views and reviews from Pier 57 in New York City – we’re surprisingly astonished at how impressed we are by the new Microsoft Surface tablet. With a full review coming soon, we wanted to give you a taste of the new Microsoft & how it’s stepped up it’s “coolness” factor with the new lively commercial ad for the Surface tablet below…
Have you heard the latest buzz about Windows 8 or the Surface? Are you interested in upgrading or waiting it out for reviews first?
Your Microsoft XBox is becoming more of a complete entertainment console that your originally thought. Long gone are the days of your Xbox just being a gaming system. Now it’s a complete entertainment system for every member of the family! Xbox Music will launch later this month with hopes of making a dent in the digital music industry.
Microsoft will roll out the new music streaming service to many customers on Tuesday as part of an update to the Xbox gaming console, and then the company will release it as a built-in feature on Windows 8 PCs and tablets starting on Oct. 26.
Xbox Live was first announced at an event in June of this year. The service will let users stream more than 30 million tracks worldwide across Microsoft’s ecosystem of Windows 8 mobile devices and PCs, as well as the Xbox. Think of it as Microsoft’s in-house version of Spotify.
Customers will have the option to stream music for free (with ads) or else pay $9.99 a month for an unlimited streaming subscription. Microsoft will also let customers purchase songs through Xbox Music for $0.99, which will operate similarly to Apple’s and Amazon’s music stores. What’s more, Microsoft plans to roll out a feature that will let users scan and match tracks they already have in their music collections and make these available for streaming from the cloud, just like with iTunes Match.
For Microsoft, Xbox Music represents a kind of do-over in the music market. The service will replace the Zune Marketplace, Microsoft’s online store for music and other entertainment offerings. Microsoft discontinued the Zune last year after the music player failed to compete against the iPod.
With Xbox Music, Microsoft appears to be acknowledging just how important it is to have a viable music service for mobile devices — like the soon-to-launch Surface tablet – in order to compete against similar offerings from Amazon and Apple.
If you currently own an Xbox, would you consider subscribing to Xbox Music unlimited subscription? Depending on your sounds system, it could eliminate ever having to buy another CD or MP3 again… What do you think? Sound off below…