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Purchase a Dell XPS 12 and receive a free Venue 8 Pro from the Microsoft Store

Purchase a Dell XPS 12 and receive a free Venue 8 Pro from the Microsoft Store

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In the world of Windows devices, there is usually an ongoing promotion of sorts to let you dive in into the experience headfirst, while saving a bit of your hard-earned cash. The latest offer comes directly from the Microsoft Store and offers up the opportunity to grab Dell’s XPS 12 2-in-1 Ultrabook convertible, along with a free Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet with 32 GB of storage. Dell’s...

Microsoft sells over 200 Million licenses for Windows 8 – 'looking forward to the future'

Microsoft sells over 200 Million licenses for Windows 8 – 'looking forward to the future'

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At times, the success of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, can seem questionable. While Microsoft was able to sell over 240 million Windows 7 licenses a year after the software’s launch, Windows 8 is just beginning to see any figures close to that number. It has been fifteen months and Microsoft has just now acknowledged that they have sold over 200 million licenses....

Microsoft Bing cozies up to Bitcoin – offers live conversion via Coinbase

Microsoft Bing cozies up to Bitcoin – offers live conversion via Coinbase

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For the past few years, Microsoft’s Bing search engine has offered up the ability to convert multiple currencies. For example, simply head over to the site and enter “1 USD to Rupees” to learn that 1 US Dollar is equal to 62.03 Indian Rupees. Now, the Redmond based company has added the digital currency, Bitcoin, to its arsenal of knowledge. Moreover, for all of you who are wondering,...

Yet another Windows 8.1 Update 1 build leaks on to the web – new surprises onboard

Yet another Windows 8.1 Update 1 build leaks on to the web – new surprises onboard

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As the clock ticks forward, we move closer and closer to Windows 8.1’s first major collection of tweaks and fixes – Update 1. We have previously reported on the changes that the first Windows 8.1 update will bring to your PC, and moving forward, it appears all that we had reported can still be found in the latest leak to hit the internet. That is not all though, the leak contains a few...

Microsoft teams up with Bonnaroo to stream the thirteenth annual music festival live to your Xbox

Microsoft teams up with Bonnaroo to stream the thirteenth annual music festival live to your Xbox

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If you are a fan of the annual Bonnaroo Music Festival, then you are going to be excited to hear that Microsoft and the festival people themselves have joined up to stream the event live, exclusively on Xbox. You can avoid the massive crowd of what is said to be over 80,000 people trekking to the farm in Manchester, Tennessee and instead enjoy the music right from the comfort of your...

Microsoft’s modern.IE development site has saved developers over 1 million hours of coding and testing

Microsoft’s modern.IE development site has saved developers over 1 million hours of coding and testing

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You might not be familiar with Microsoft’s modern.IE website, but web developers around the globe sure are. The website launched by Microsoft focuses on providing tools, documentation, and industry connections for web developers who are trying to get the best optimization out of Internet Explorer and other web browsers. Recently, the site has claimed that it has saved over one million...

Sony currently in talks to sell off its PC division - various options are on the table

Sony currently in talks to sell off its PC division - various options are on the table

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Are you enjoying one of Sony’s VAIO Windows PCs (such as the Sony Duo we just reviewed)? If so, you may be in for a bit of surprise when you hear that the company is possibly planning to sell off its PC division. Sony’s PC line has performed poorly for the company, especially when compared to their gaming and home entertainment division. According to reports from, Nikkei, the Sony...

Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 updated to v2.1 - new features and fixes onboard

Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 updated to v2.1 - new features and fixes onboard

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Nextgen Reader is an RSS feedly powered client for Windows 8 and Windows Phone that many of you already tried out or, at the very least, have heard of. It is a great way to keep up with all of your favorite news sites (such as Mobile Nation’s entire network) across all of your Windows devices. Today the company, Next Matters, has released an update for the Windows 8 version of the...

Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks onto the web - confirms much of what we suspected

Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks onto the web - confirms much of what we suspected

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With all of the Windows 8.1 Update 1 screenshots that have been leaking onto the web over the past couple of weeks, it wasn’t long before we expected a copy of the actual operating system to show up for us to jump on. A pre-release build of the upcoming update from Microsoft entitled “9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237”, has made its way onto the World Wide Web in the 64-bit...

Microsoft releases official 2014 Super Bowl commercial, shows how they are changing the world with technology

Microsoft releases official 2014 Super Bowl commercial, shows how they are changing the world with technology

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Yesterday we shared a few of the videos Microsoft had released in anticipation of the company’s upcoming sixty second long Super Bowl Commercial. Now, to the joy of many, the official short is available to watch on the company’s YouTube channel. Just as our UK Editor, Richard Edmonds stated yesterday – it “will pull at your heart strings”. The 2014 Super Bowl commercial is entitled “...

More Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks appear - shows the ability to run Windows 8 apps on the legacy desktop

More Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks appear - shows the ability to run Windows 8 apps on the legacy desktop

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With the number of Windows 8 Update 1 screenshots flooding the web, it feels like the latest operating system update from Microsoft has already hit. In previously leaked screenshots we were able to see the beginning of a merge between Windows legacy applications and Windows 8 applications. We were shown that the operating system update will bring with it the ability to pin your favorite...

Microsoft finally receives a design patent for Windows 8 Start Screen

Microsoft finally receives a design patent for Windows 8 Start Screen

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Technology moves fast, but the United States government isn’t exactly as quick. Microsoft had originally filed a patent for the Windows 8 start screen in September 2011 (there was some initial confusion at the time on what it meant). The first release of Windows 8 was on October 25, 2012, so in essence, the patent was filled over a year before the operating system appeared on the market...

Trade in your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and get $100 in Microsoft Store credit

Trade in your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and get $100 in Microsoft Store credit

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Thinking of picking up an Xbox One, but it is just a bit too expensive? Well, you might just be in luck – Microsoft wants to help you out and give you $100 in Microsoft Store credit when you trade in one of your existing game consoles. What could be a better way of clearing a space for your Xbox One than getting $100? The limited time promotion allows consumers to bring in their...

Halo: Spartan Assault is set to land on Xbox 360 this January 31 for $14.99

Halo: Spartan Assault is set to land on Xbox 360 this January 31 for $14.99

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The top-down shooter game, Halo: Spartan Assault, has been crashing the party across multiple platforms including Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox One. The game has been well received by many critics (including us here at WPCentral) and is helping to set a new standard of what we can expect on our multitude of Microsoft devices. The party is about to expand though – Halo: Spartan...

Microsoft launches 'Bing Pulse' for tonight's State of The Union address - interact and vote with other viewers

Microsoft launches 'Bing Pulse' for tonight's State of The Union address - interact and vote with other viewers

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Tonight in the United States, the president will deliver his annual State of The Union address. The speech itself will take place at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time and you can tune into the event on FOX News (evidently, Bing Pulse is a partnership with Microsoft and FOX News). As with various past political events, Bing likes to kick their “Bing Pulse” website into action. The site tracks...