Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that it is opening 11 more specialty retail stores in the U.S. in May, according to the Microsoft Store Facebook Page. The kiosk-like stores will sell a limited number of Microsoft related products including the Surface tablets and Xbox One video game consoles. If one of those locations becomes popular, it may be upgraded to a full retail store. Here is a list of where the stores are opening:
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Microsoft Corporation is launching Office Online on the Chrome Web Store soon. Office Online is a web version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Office Online already worked in the Chrome browser, but Microsoft decided to make native apps for its productivity software in the browser. The apps are called Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online. The apps can be used for creating new Office documents online with a single click from the desktop.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stopped selling Windows XP in 2010, but is still generating millions of dollars from the twelve-year-old operating system. Around 44% of businesses still depend on Windows XP, according to Fiberlink. Microsoft is generating millions of dollars through custom support contracts where Microsoft will still fix bugs found in XP for them.
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Microsoft has reduced the minimum system requirements of Windows 8.1 with the “Sprint 2014″ Update. This means that it requires only 1GB of RAM and 3GB of space. Microsoft launched a new installation mode called Windows Boot Image (WIMBoot), which allows you to deploy the new operating system quickly. This could encourage OEMs to build budget Windows 8.1 devices with smaller disks such as 16GB or 32GB. To be able to access WIMBoot, your device must be Windows 8 logo-certified (requiring UEFI) with SSDs or eMMC storage. The update will be available through Windows Update starting April 8th.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has received approval by Chinese regulators to buy Nokia’s devices business for $7.2 billion. Nokia said that the company specifically received regulatory approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.
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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that the downloads for Microsoft’s Office for iPad hit the 12 million download mark in only one week. The Microsoft Office app for iPad is free to download, but it has in-app purchases so it hit the top grossing list of apps. The suite of apps includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote. The free version of the apps lets users open and view files. The Office 365 subscription lets you create and edit documents.
Microsoft Corporation has announced an upgrade to Windows 8.1 today at the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The Update to Windows 8.1 comes five months after the last major upgrade. The Windows 8 Update 1 will be rolled out starting April 8th. Windows 8.1 Update 1 will have a booting upgrade — if your device is not touch-focused, the desktop mode will be booted up. The update also has the ability to pin Metro apps to the desktop task bar.
When you open up a Microsoft Office document online, you will notice that Clippy is back! You may remember Clippy from older versions of Microsoft Word. Clippy annoyingly would say things like “It looks like you’re writing a letter!” Clippy seems to have upgraded his skill-sets because now he can compose a tweet for you too.