Windows 8 - News, Features, and Slideshows


  • Can Windows 8 Give Developers What iOS and Android Lack?

    Microsoft's future hinges on attracting developers to build Windows 8 apps. But by offering financial incentives, supporting a range of programming languages and allowing developers to write code once for multiple devices, those developers may soon follow.

  • Microsoft sued over use of live tiles in Windows

    Microsoft has been slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit over its use of dynamic "live" tile icons in Windows, including in the newly launched Windows 8 OS for PCs and tablets and in the Windows Phone 8 OS for smartphones.

  • Your brand new Lumia might not get major Windows Phone update

    Over a month after the release of Nokia’s Lumia 710 and 800 in New Zealand, Microsoft claims they are "phenomenal" (although it is unwilling to release official numbers).
    But according to reports on The Verge and a ZDNet blog, buyers of the Lumia phones, and other Windows Phone 7 (WP7) phones, might be surprised to hear that their recently-purchased devices might not receive the next major iteration of Windows on mobile, code named “Apollo” which is expected to be based on Windows 8.
    Microsoft has since responded saying all current models will receive the next ‘minor’ iteration of WP7, called Tango, but refuses to clarify if current WP7 phones will receive updates beyond that.
    Confusing the matter further are comments made by Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva, who said in an interview to Portuguese tech site Zwame that all current WP7 devices would support the Apollo update.
    Silva has since retracted this comment, saying he mistook app compatibility with device compatibility.
    Puneet Batra, operator channel lead for Microsoft NZ, confirmed all current WP7 devices will support the Tango update, but was unable to comment on future releases.
    According to Batra, several companies in New Zealand are currently piloting WP7 phone deployments. Included in many of the pilot programmes, he says, is the development of custom business applications for the WP7 platform.
    To reassure app developers and business who have invested time and money in the OS, Batra says WP7 apps will be forward compatible with future releases.
    Batra adds that so far there have been no official statements from Microsoft on WP7 device compatibility, and that The Verge and ZDNet are merely speculating.
    *In an earlier version of this article we wrongly quoted a Nokia representative discussing sales. Nokia is not commenting on sales in New Zealand at this time.

  • Biggest Windows 8 news for week ending Dec. 23

    The big news this week regarding Microsoft's upcoming <a href="">Windows</a> 8 software was that it features <a href="">picture passwords</a>, something that drew widespread attention but also some skepticism. Otherwise it was a week of rumors about what other features Microsoft's next big software release might contain and devices that might be coming out specifically to support it.

  • Windows 8 may prompt malware attacks on hardware, McAfee predicts

    Security features in <a href="">Windows 8</a> will discourage operating-system attacks and drive hackers to develop malware that compromises hardware directly, according to McAfee's security predictions for 2012.

  • Microsoft's latest Windows Phone move: Changes at the top

    Getting a read on how well <a href="">Microsoft</a> <a href="">Windows</a> Phone has been doing has been tricky in recent months, with each <a href="">indication of momentum</a> seemingly offset with one or more <a href="">negative market share or news reports</a>. But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's memo sent within the company Monday and published publicly by Microsoft indicates Windows Phone 7 probably isn't living up to Microsoft's expectations.