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This is How Much Windows Phone Costs Microsoft

This is How Much Windows Phone Costs Microsoft

A recent SEC filing highlights the problems Microsoft faces in the mobile market, with its Windows Phone business hemorrhaging cash and losing money on every Lumia handset sold. Worse, Microsoft may soon post a “very, very big” write-off to cover last year’s disastrous $7.9 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services businesses. Microsoft’s SEC filing […]

The Problem with Apple Watch in a Nutshell

The Problem with Apple Watch in a Nutshell

I don’t have an Apple Watch yet. I’ve ordered one, and through some combination of demand and short supply, I probably won’t see it until sometime in June. But I’m only getting the Watch because I need to stay up on what Apple is doing—and what Microsoft is doing on Apple’s platforms—and I don’t recommend […]

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Now You Can Back Up Windows Phone 8.1 Contacts and Messages to an SD Card

Thanks to Microsoft’s new Settings app, Contacts + Message Backup, Windows Phone 8.1 users can now backup their contacts and SMS/MMS messages to a microSD card. This capability works in addition to the cloud-based backup functionality that’s already built into Windows Phone. So why bother with a local backup? I assume that the idea here […]

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Microsoft Surface 3 Review

Folks, this is the Windows tablet you’ve been looking for. With Surface 3, Microsoft has hit the right combination of performance, capability and durability, with a device that provides the best of the successful Surface Pro 3 at a more affordable price. Surface 3 is a fine choice for students of all ages, mobile professionals, […]

Windows 10 Technical Preview 2: Configure Tablet Mode

Windows 10 Technical Preview 2: Configure Tablet Mode

Among the many improvements we see in recent builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 are refinements to the Tablet Mode feature, which makes the experience of moving between usage modes more seamless on tablets and 2-in-1 PCs. Here’s how you can configure Tablet Mode to work the way you prefer. I’ve written a few […]

Ask Paul: Replacing a Zune HD

Ask Paul: Replacing a Zune HD

For the few, the proud, the Zune HD users, there is Zune HD and then there is nothing else. But what do you do when a Zune HD gives up the ghost? Is there an acceptable modern alternative? Why yes. Yes, there is. I thought you’d never ask. Larry S. asks: My beloved Zune HD […]

Windows Weekly 410: Music to Code By

Windows Weekly 410: Music to Code By

In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss new Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile for phone news, Office universal apps and mobile apps for iOS and Android, Xbox on consoles and Windows 10, and our coming meet-ups. Plus, we’re joined by Carl Franklin, who introduces us to Music […]

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What The Tech 256: Building Towards Windows

In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss what we can expect from Microsoft’s upcoming Build event, Andrew’s new Samsung Galaxy S6 and rumors that Nokia is getting back into the phone business. Running time: 56:52 Video Subscribe Audio:  ITUNES | RSS | STITCHER | TUNEIN Video: ITUNES (HD) | ITUNES (SD) | RSS […]

Hands-On with Windows Technical Preview 2 Build 10061

Hands-On with Windows Technical Preview 2 Build 10061

If you’re testing Windows 10 in the Fast Ring—or “really testing Windows 10,” as I think of it—build 10061 is a real milestone of sorts. No, it doesn’t completely address the questions I raised about the viability of this system on tablets and other touch-first devices. But this is the first build to suggest that […]

Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 Build 10061

Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 Build 10061

Three weeks after the previous drop, Microsoft has shipped a new build of Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 to Fast Ring testers. Build 10061 includes a number of new features, a number of fixes, and of course a number of known issues as well. Here’s what’s new. Start, Taskbar, and Action Center improvements: While we […]

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