HTC Windows Phone 8X review

Price: from $65 per month (Telstra)  |  From: Telstra Everyone expected Nokia’s tie-up with Microsoft to mean that its Lumia handsets would be at the forefront of the Windows Phone 8 (WP8) experience. Then HTC snuck in a side door and before the Finns could react the HTC Windows Phone 8X was a ‘signature’ WP8…

Is Windows 8 for you?

With Microsoft officially announcing the release date for Windows 8 as October 26 we’re finally on the home run towards the next iteration of Redmond’s 27-year-old operating system. But it is it worth your time and money? Ashton Mills asks and answers the hard question. Windows 8 is without doubt one of the more significant…

Microsoft set to go ‘hands off’ with Kinect for Windows launching Feb 1 for US$249

Microsoft’s presence at CES this year has been surrounded by so much cynical flak that at times it’s been hard to penetrate the blogger-fed doom and gloom and come away with anything tactile announcements-wise. Firstly there was the general fugue laid down by the revelation last year that 2012’s opening CES keynote in a sign…

Windows 8 striking back at Apple’s dominance in the post-PC landscape

Microsoft might have won the war with Apple for PC market-share years ago but there’s no question that Apple’s dominance in this so-called post-PC era when the centre of computing shifts from the PC/notebook to the tablet smartphone and cloud has led many to claim the Wintel era is coming to a close.­Not only is…

Jeffrey Sachs challenges tech students with the “homework assignment” of a lifetime

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is a pretty well-connected guy really. He’s Director of The Earth Institute a Professor at Columbia (and formerly Harvard) University Special Advisor to the UN President of the Milennium Promise Alliance author of several books and hundreds of articles and has twice been named one of the world’s 100 most influential…

Ballmer on Bing’s holy grail: “almost like our own little private copy of the Internet”

As part of his official duties at the opening ceremony of the Imagine Cup 2011 world finals Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was expected to talk Microsoft products and platforms. And talk he did. But among broad comments on diverse topics including Windows 8 Xbox and the move to the cloud Ballmer seemed most passionate addressing…

Steve Ballmer’s slip of the tongue: “expect to hear a lot about Windows 8”

Windows 8 isn’t exactly a secret. Microsoft has been slowly releasing dribs and drabs about Windows 7’s successor ever since a blog post back in October 2010 first alluded to the company’s next major operating system. But up until today the biggest news to date had been what Microsoft disclosed at the Consumer Electronics Show…

Windows Phone 7 – Get ready for Microsoft’s mobile juggernaut

It’s no exaggeration to say that Windows Phone 7 mobile platform is a make-or-break product for Microsoft. Redmond acknowledges that with Windows Mobile it got left behind by Apple and Android. Unless Windows Mobile 7 works businesses with massive investments in Microsoft’s back-end servers and productivity applications will struggle to go mobile and Microsoft will…

PHOTOS: A hands-on tour of Windows Phone 7

When it came to smartphones Microsoft executives were surprisingly self-deprecating at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC.”We missed a generation with Windows Mobile and really did miss almost a whole release cycle” said CEO Steve Ballmer in his keynote launching the event – which brought together 9300 attendees and 3000 Microsoft staff. “I think…

Microsoft launches new ‘Windows Embedded Handheld’ mini-mobile OS

With its Windows Mobile market share falling like a stone in the face of the iPhone Android and BlackBerry devices and Windows Phone 7 still six months away from debut you’d think the last thing that Microsoft needs is another mobile OS.But you’d be wrong or at least you wouldn’t be Steve Ballmer. The Microsoft…