Report: Microsoft might make Windows Phone, Windows RT free

Microsoft might be going after Google in a big way. According to The Verge, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans say that the company’s OS VP Terry Myerson is considering a move to make Windows Phone and Windows RT free.

This shift would be a pretty direct shot against Google, which offers its Android OS for free. Microsoft currently licenses the software to device makers, although Nokia’s Windows Phone devices make up over 80 percent of the market share for Windows Phone. Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile hardware division will remove this chunk of licensing revenue.

By offering its platforms for free, Microsoft would likely get more manufacturers interested in using the software, which in turn could attract more developer interest. And by getting more Windows-powered devices out there, it could help slow the growth of Android.

To recoup money lost on licensing fees, Microsoft would attempt to gain revenue elsewhere. The Verge suggests that ads in Windows 8 apps and Microsoft’s built-in Bing search help offset whatever is lost.

Of course, Microsoft still makes plenty of money by licensing Windows 8, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. It also makes a great deal of money on Android device royalties, to the tune of a reported $2 billion per year.

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Posted by plates55 - December 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

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Xbox One sells more than 2 million units in the first 18 days; Sold out at most major retailers

Since its launch 18 days ago, Xbox One is proving to be the must-have gift this holiday season, with more than 2 million consoles sold through to consumers worldwide, averaging over 111,111 units sold per day – a record-setting pace for Xbox. The millions of fans around the world who have purchased Xbox One have shown incredible engagement with the all-in-one games and entertainment system, spending more than 83 million hours in games, TV and apps on Xbox One since the system launched on Nov. 22.

“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing for Xbox. “We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers. We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date.”

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NPD numbers: Xbox One is the fastest-selling console in the US in November

Xbox has seen record-breaking sales with the recent announcement of Xbox One selling more than 2 million units through to consumers worldwide since its launch. November NPD Group figures released Thursday revealed 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of 101,000 consoles per day, significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.


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Posted by plates55 - December 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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Mark your calendars: Announcing Build 2014

The following is a post from Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism.

It seems like we were just gathered in San Francisco for Build 2013 and yet a lot has happened since that time. Windows 8.1 is in the hands of consumers and there is a great selection of new devices at all sizes and price points coming in time for the holidays. Last month, we released Xbox One and sold more than two million units in the first 18 days. And we continue to see the addition of great new apps, with differentiated user experiences, coming to the platform from top names such as Flipboard, Instagram, Waze, Vine and Mint alongside thousands of local apps growing every day.

The momentum just keeps building and that is why I’m so excited to announce our next developer conference, Build 2014, which will take place April 2 to April 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Save the date and mark your calendar for registration, which opens at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 14 at

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Posted by plates55 - December 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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What should I buy this xmas? XBOX1, PS4 or WIU ?

Hardware Feature Comparison

Feature PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wii U
Price $399.99 [1] $499.99 [2] $349.99 / 299.99
Release Date US: 11.15.2013 EU: 11.29.2013 [3] 11.22.2013 [4] 11.18.2012
Optical Drive Blu-ray/DVD [5] Blu-ray/DVD [6] 25GB Optical Disc (Proprietary)
Game DVR Yes, PS+ subscription not required [7] Yes, with subscription to Xbox Live Gold [8] No
RAM 8GB GDDR5 [9] 8GB DDR3 [10] 2GB DDR3 [11]
CPU Single-chip x86 AMD “Jaguar” processor, 8 cores [12] 8 Core Microsoft custom CPU [13] Tri-Core PowerPC “Espresso” CPU [14]
GPU AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine w/ 1152 shaders [15] 853 MHz AMD Radeon GPU w/ 768 shaders[16] AMD “Latte” 550 MHz GPU w/ 320 shaders[17]
Peak GPU Shader Throughput 1.84 TeraFLOPS/s [18] 1.31 TeraFLOPS/s (estimate)[19] 0.352 TeraFLOPS/s[20]
Storage 500 GB 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive [21] 500 GB Hard Drive [22] 8GB or 32GB Flash
External Storage No [23] Yes, USB [24] Yes, USB
Removable Hard Drive Yes, must be at least 160 GB, thinner than 9.5mm [25] No [26] No
Cloud Storage Yes [27] Yes [28] No
Play As You Download Yes [29] Yes [30] No
Remote Download Yes [31] Yes [32] No
Account Access from Multiple Consoles Yes [33] Yes No
Mandatory Game Installs No [34] Yes [35] No
Required Internet Connection No [36] No, but required for mandatory day one update. [37][38] No
Used Game Fee No [39] No [40] No
Digital game sharing or gifting No No No
Feature PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wii U
Backwards Compatibility None [41] None [42] Yes, Wii
Cross Game Chat Yes [43] Yes [44] No
Controllers DualShock 4 (included) Xbox One Wireless Controller (included) Wii U GamePad (included), Wii Remote + Nunchuk (sold separately), Pro Controller (sold separately)
Controller Batteries Rechargable (built-in) AA (2). Rechargable battery packs (sold separately) GP & Pro: Rechargable (built-in). Wii Remote: AA (2).
Motion Control DualShock 4, PlayStation 4 Eye (not included), PlayStation Move (not included) Kinect 2 Wii Remote (sold separately), Wii U GamePad (included)
Second Screen Vita (not included) [45] Playstation App [46] SmartGlass (devices not included) [47] Wii U GamePad (included)
Voice Commands Yes (scope, TBA) [48] Yes [49] No
Subscription Service PlayStation Plus [50] Xbox Live [51] No
USB USB 3.0 (2 ports)[52] USB 3.0 (3 ports)[53] USB 2.0 (4 ports)
Live Streaming Yes Yes No
Reputation Preservation Trophies will be ported Achievements will be ported [54] N/A
Web Connection Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi [55] Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 & 5Ghz) [56] Gigabit IEEE 802.11 b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 & 5Ghz, LAN via USB dongle
BlueTooth Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)[57] No* Bluetooth 4.0 [58]
Wi-Fi Direct (for Device Connection) No Yes Yes (for GamePad video streaming)
A/V Hookups HDMI output (4K Support [59]) Optical output [60] HDMI input and output (4K support), Optical output [61] HDMI out, Component/ Composite out
IR No IR out, IR Blaster (Kinect) IR Transceiver (GamePad)
Power Supply (PSU) Internal External (power brick) External (power bricks)
Near Field Communication (NFC) No No Yes (GamePad)
Region Locked No No [62] Yes

*Confirmed to IGN by a Microsoft representative.

Online Feature Comparison Chart

Online Services PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wii U
Online Game Play Paid Access Via PS+ Subscription Paid Access Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [63] Free
Netflix Free Access to Application [64] Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription* Free Access to Application
HBO Go None TBA None
Skype Possible[65] Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [66] None
ESPN None TBA None
Hulu Plus Free Access to Application [67] Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription* Free Access to Application
Game DVR Free Access to Application Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [68] None
Streaming Game Video Free Access to Application TBA None
Web Browser Yes[69] Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [70] Free Access to Application
NFL Application None Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription [71] None

*Based on current Xbox Live Gold requirements

Console Bundle Comparison Chart

This chart compares the physical contents of the launch day bundles of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. Other console comparison features are outlined above.

Feature PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wii U
Pack-In Game Playroom (Requires PlayStation Eye, sold seperately) [72] None [73] Nintendo Land (included in Deluxe bundle)
Controllers DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Xbox One Controller, Kinect [74] Wii U GamePad
Headset Wired Mono Earbud [75] Wired Mono Headset [76] Not included
AV Cables HDMI Cable (2.0m) [77] HDMI Cable (Cat2) [78] HDMI Cable
Charging Cables USB Charging Cable [79] Not included [80] Wii U GamePad Charging Cable
Camera Not included [81] Kinect [82] Wii U GamePad Camera
Trial Subscription All PS4 owners get 30 days of PS+[83] All Xbox One owners get 14 days of free Xbox Live[84] N/A
Colors Black Black Black, White
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Big Changes Are Coming to Windows

Anyone who was disgruntled about the unwanted changes in Windows 8 will be happy to discover that Microsoft is continuing to fix the most onerous problems it created for customers. And hang on, folks: They’re not stopping with Windows 8.1.

Related: A New Hint About Microsoft’s One Windows Vision

Although the exact timing of these changes is still a bit hazy—my sources have used the term “next version of Windows,” which I take to mean a coming revision we might call Windows 8.2—the nature of the changes is not. A new team at Microsoft that’s responsible for overall OS development has clearly spent the past few months evaluating and then dropping most of the “my way or the highway” silliness that doomed the original Windows 8 release.

By necessity, internal politics is a big part of this story.

We might never know exactly why Steven Sinofsky left Microsoft a year ago, but we do know that his departure was both sudden and unexpected. And we suspect that he was ousted as part of the build-up to CEO Steve Ballmer’s retirement announcement and issues regarding succession. Sinofsky was an interesting character, brilliant and driven, but also pedantic to a fault and unmerciful if he ever decided you were no use to him. Most of all he was divisive, and many Microsofties fell into one of two camps when it came to Sinofsky: Those whose careers were furthered by the man and those who thought he was scary and dangerous.

When Sinofsky left, Microsoft temporarily divided his duties between two people, Julie Larson-Green, a top Sinofsky lieutenant, and Tami Reller, who many feel should be in the running for Microsoft’s CEO job. But when the software giant announced its massive reorganization this year, both Larson-Green and Reller were out, with the former heading off to a new Devices business and Reller being put in charge of overall marketing at the company.

If you’re not closely following Microsoft’s internal dramas, you might be wondering: Well, who’s running Windows then? The answer to that question is Terry Myerson. And the next obvious question is: Who the heck is Terry Myerson?

It’s a fair question. Mr. Myerson previously ran Microsoft’s Windows Phone business, which doesn’t seem like the type of post that would put the man in the running to lead all client OS development at Microsoft. But that’s exactly what he’s doing. And he’s been talking about consolidating Windows 8.x, Windows RT, and Windows Phone into a much simpler lineup. I’m really starting to like this guy.

I’m not aware of a coup of this magnitude ever happening before at Microsoft, and I’d have to go back to Apple’s purchase of Next—along with Steve Jobs—to find a tech industry example as dramatic. As Jobs and his Next cohorts made their presence known inside Apple, some Apple employees began wondering which company had purchased which. I suspect the remaining Sinofsky-era Windows employees are having similar thoughts right now.

And to be clear, there aren’t many left. Quietly but quickly, Myerson has removed the remnants of the team Sinofsky put in place. Major Sinofsky-era players Jon DeVaan and Antoine Leblond were left without leadership positions when the reorg was announced. Dean Hachamovitch, who led Internet Explorer development for years, quietly left the IE organization in November to parts unknown. And now Ted Dworkin (Windows Store) and Jensen Harris (user experience) have been shifted to the Bing team. (Which could very well be Microsoft’s version of Siberia.)

But Myerson isn’t just removing those who backed Sinofsky’s product vision for Windows. He’s also trying to make sense of the mess they made. Although I happen to like Windows 8 just fine—Windows 8.1 is particularly good—there’s no denying that this most divisive of Windows releases—a Frankenstein’s monster that combines separate mobile and desktop platforms into a single, messy OS—came at exactly the wrong time for Microsoft. Google’s Android and Apple iOS are offering simpler experiences for the masses, and Windows is getting left in the dust.

Microsoft made the first steps to fix these problems in Windows 8.1, and to be fair to Larson-Green and Reller, that release did happen on their watch. Windows 8.1 added back the Start button and made it easier for desktop users to stick within that environment and not be bothered by too much of the “Metro” mobile environment.

But it might not have gone far enough for many, and overall Windows 8.x usage share has been slow, about a third the rate at which Windows 7 was adopted. So now Myerson is making even more dramatic changes. Myerson is planning to unify Windows Phone and Windows RT into a single platform. He’s planning a follow-up to Windows 8.1, code-named “Threshold,” that will ship later next year and make the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox One user experiences more similar. And now some Threshold details—heck, let’s call it Windows 8.2—are starting to emerge.

As I noted in “Further Changes Coming in Windows ‘Threshold’,” I’m aware of a few of these changes. First, Microsoft will be making it possible to run “Metro” mobile apps—which are typically run full-screen like other mobile apps—in floating windows on the desktop, allowing them to blend more seamlessly with desktop applications. And second, the firm is bringing back the Start menu for those who still pine for it, completely undoing the mess made with the original Windows 8, which replaced this menu with a full-screen Metro-style Start screen.

I can’t say that either change will affect me personally all that much, and I’m still trying to verify some other information I’ve received—what if Windows RT/Phone was free, for example?—but I know both will be a big deal for many users. The ultimate failure of Windows 8 wasn’t that Microsoft embraced mobile technologies, it was that it did so without taking into account how poor this experience would be for the 1.5 billion people who use Windows on traditional PCs. And when those people complained about this forced change, they were labeled as whiners.

But they’re not whiners, they’re customers. And although Myerson’s changes might be uncharitably called a step back, doing right by your customers is never the wrong strategy. Windows 8.1 was a step in the right direction. But it looks like Microsoft is on the threshold, if you will, of really doing the right thing.

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Posted by plates55 - December 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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NORAD Tracks Santa project goes 3D, touch-device optimized with some help from Microsoft

The following post is from Roger Capriotti, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft. It was originally published on The Fire Hose.

 The redesigned homepage for NORAD Tracks Santa.The redesigned homepage for NORAD Tracks Santa.

Every December, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (“NORAD”) serves the important role of ensuring that Santa’s journey around the world is safe. Since 1955, children of all ages have tracked his route with the help of NORAD’s radar, satellites and jet fighters. This year, Microsoft has lent a hand to make the experience the most magical yet, putting a fresh spin on the time-honored tradition with the launch of the new
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has worked with NORAD Tracks Santa. Last year, we provided our interactive Bing Maps to give people at home an interactive visual of Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve, which was powered by Windows Azure, as well as apps for Windows and Windows Phone that allowed people a platform to play and learn.
This year, we are raising the bar particularly around the Web experience, which brings holiday cheer to tens of millions of people every year. The Internet Explorer team in particular had a vision for how to fuse the possibilities of the modern Web with the magic of Santa. Inspired by NORAD Tracks Santa’s long history and the Claymation style classic holiday movies, the Internet Explorer team partnered with NORAD to rebuild the Web experience from the ground up.

Santa’s interactive North Pole Village is featured on Santa’s interactive North Pole Village is featured on

The new online experience is more than just a way to track Santa on Dec. 24. It lets you immerse yourself in the holiday throughout the month of December. With a nostalgic, 3D Claymation look and feel, the new site features a recreation of Santa’s village that you can explore to discover new games daily, music, videos and more. The site is fully touch-enabled, which makes for a truly immersive experience, if you are using a touch device. On Dec. 24, a touch-enabled 3-D globe will light up as Santa begins his journey worldwide. With a modern browser like IE11, you will be able to spin the globe with a swipe of a finger and pinch and zoom to get an in-depth look at Santa’s stops. Bing Maps is at the heart of the journey again. Whether you’re mapping Santa’s route in a browser on a computer or in an app, you’ll see beautiful, high-fidelity images. Bing Maps is the canvas on which Santa’s journey is plotted.
“The Internet Explorer team and everyone at Microsoft have taken the spirit of the holidays that’s central to what we do with NORAD Tracks Santa and helped bring it to today’s modern web and devices,” Stacey Knott, NORAD Tracks Santa Program Manager, told us. “We’re hearing so many fun comments from people who are checking out the new website and apps and love what they see.”
Of course, the magic doesn’t stop there. Many people love to watch Santa’s progress on the site, and call the NORAD hotline to get the latest news straight from the command center. While you can still dial the number from a telephone, voice calling enabled by Skype this year means that with just one click, you and your kids can interact with the NORAD Tracks Santa Command Center to check in on Santa’s status any time you want.

 Santa’s arcade is one of the featured games on the site. New ones are available daily leading up to Christmas. Santa’s arcade is one of the featured games on the site. New ones are available daily leading up to Christmas.

We’ve also made it easier than ever to track Santa with apps for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. The Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 apps will feature live tiles that allow you to track Santa straight from your start screen. And behind the curtain, Windows Azure keeps the whole thing running amidst the incredibly high traffic anticipated for Dec. 24.
This has been quite the journey for us, though it’s nothing compared to the one Santa will make later this December. For a look into NORAD’s history and our work with them, check out our mini-documentary on modernizing the tradition. And, make sure to try your hand at the games unveiled each day and track Santa on Dec. 24 at

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Posted by plates55 - December 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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Will Google Docs kill off Microsoft Office?

For years, Microsoft has stockpiled a large amount of cash from sales of its Office productivity software suite.

Yet over the past year, something peculiar happened. Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) has made it easier for consumers to access Office via the cloud and online downloads, regardless of what computer you’re using. In the past week, Office even enabled real-time, collaborative document editing for its free offering, Office Web Apps.

Why the big push into making these offline money makers into cheaper cloud services? Blame Google (GOOG, Fortune 500).

When Google Docs first launched in 2006, it was mostly a curiosity. Cloud-based services were not yet a way of life, and support with Microsoft’s Office formats was minimal. But Google Docs has been improved upon bit by bit over the past few years and is now an extremely useful and increasingly popular collection of software.

Google Docs is no longer a curiosity. It’s a legitimate threat to Microsoft.

Google’s productivity tools may lack some of Office’s advanced features, but are easier and simpler to use than anything Microsoft offers — especially when it comes to the cloud-centric features.

Microsoft is still a huge player in this business of course. It claims that Office is installed on more than 1 billion machines. In 2012, Gartner estimated that Office had a 90% market share in the enterprise market.

If you focus on the cloud, however, the story changes.

The next decade looks like Google’s to lose. Gartner estimates that in 10 years, there will be 1.2 billion people using productivity suite services … but more than half of them will be using a cloud-based productivity suite of some sort. Gartner’s research also shows Google quickly gobbling up market share in that space. It could be as high as 50%.

Google recently disclosed that there are 120 million accounts using Google Drive (which houses the Docs services), and 5 million businesses and institutions using the Google Apps platform (the latter is not a free service).

As of September, Microsoft has sold 2 million Office 365 Home Premium subscriptions, which allows the suite to be installed on 5 different devices concurrently. Separately, it says that 60% of Fortune 500 business have purchased enterprise versions of Office 365. It also claims to have 50 million users for its Office Web Apps.

Related: Microsoft is the biggest iPhone 5S loser

But Google’s suite is quickly becoming the standard for tech startups, small businesses and newer large companies. Demographics are on Google’s side as well. Those who have grown up with the Internet don’t really think twice about using something that is free, saves your work in a centrally accessible location, and makes it easy to share and collaborate with others.

Office is slowly losing its status as the software of choice. It’s becoming something that people just use when they need specialized formatting … or when they’re dealing with someone who only uses Office.

Still, even that is changing. Google’s 2012 acquisition of Quickoffice was made to help to bridge the format divide between the two services. And it’s even possible to use Google Docs without an Internet connection.

According to a Google spokesperson, the goal isn’t to match the Office suite feature for feature. While Google still wants to appeal to the vast majority of traditional Office users, the company is more keen on getting to the point where file format is no longer an issue.

Google can afford to give away software for free. Can Microsoft? Google makes money off its productivity suite by selling web ads. But there is a bigger goal as well. The company is offering services like Google Docs in order to keep users close to its other, more lucrative offerings such as Gmail, Search, Chrome and Maps.

But Office remains a cash cow for Microsoft. Office sales are about a third of the company’s total annual revenue. It is not in a position to simply make Office free. With Office 365, Microsoft is charging $100 a year, which guarantees perpetual updates, and has produced modest, but encouraging rewards to the tune of $1.5 billion a quarter. But it’s awfully difficult to beat free.

And Microsoft doesn’t just face competition from Google. Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) recently launched its own cloud-based version of its iWork suite. It’s giving the mobile iOS version away for free.

Related: Microsoft Office 2013 has nice upgrades, but save your cash

For now, Office is still the overwhelming leader. Still, the tides are shifting. Microsoft probably knows it can’t simply rely on its existing install base sticking around just because Office is the standard. In fact, Microsoft should know that from experience.

Microsoft’s web browser market share eroded when Firefox, and later Chrome, took center stage. On the enterprise side, its Windows Mobile platform has joined BlackBerry (BBRY) as a victim of Corporate America’s embracing of iOS and Google’s Android.

This war is far from over, but Microsoft has its work cut out for it. This battle is going to be fought and won in the cloud. And Google, with its years of experience offering consumer services in the cloud, has the home field advantage. To top of page

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App of the Week: Pull the world back from the brink of catastrophe in ‘Avengers Initiative’ for Windows and Windows Phone 8


Avengers assemble!

Here’s the situation: The Vault, a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in the Rocky Mountains, has been compromised, releasing a vicious cadre of the most vile super-powered criminals and monsters upon an unsuspecting public.

The world is counting on you – yes, YOU – to fight as the Incredible Hulk and take on the likes of legendary villains from the Marvel Universe, including Wendigo, Abomination, The Kronan and The Skrulls. Hulk SMASH!

Meantime, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury sends Captain America on a top secret mission: S.H.I.E.L.D. security has been compromised by an unknown traitor, and Cap must ferret out the mole to find out who or what is behind this dangerous new threat. Cap takes the fight to a HYDRA Helicarrier, where he faces a merciless rival.

Players of “Avengers Initiative” will experience raw combat, stunning HD visuals and fully customizable Hulk and Captain America characters so they can play the way they want.

Download “Avengers Initiative” from the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store now and get to work saving the world from evil incarnate!

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Running Windows 7? Download IE11 now

Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is now available worldwide in 95 languages for you to download today. Microsoft will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting Thursday with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews.

With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support — with improved performance, security, privacy and reliability that Windows 8.1 consumers enjoy — to Windows 7 customers.

With IE11 Microsoft continues to deliver the best performance for real-world websites on your Windows device. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board, with faster page loading, faster interactivity and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs.

You can experience IE11’s leading performance first hand with demos on the IE Test Drive site, where you’ll find examples of hardware accelerated rendering, interactivity, touch and real-world site patterns.

IE11 also advances JavaScript performance. On Windows 7, IE11 is 9 percent faster than IE10, which is nearly 30 percent faster than the nearest competitive browser.

For developers, IE11 brings increased support for modern Web standards powered by hardware acceleration to enable a new class of applications and fast and fluid browsing. IE11 adds support for over 25 new or improved modern Web standards beyond IE10.

For more on the improvements with IE11, head on over to the blog post.

You might also be interested in:

· Steve Ballmer helps open ‘Microsoft Berlin’ to foster dialog, support startups · Microsoft spotlights Expert Educators and Mentor Schools for 2014 · Keyboard, mouse, touch: Choose one or all three in Windows 8.1

Steve Clarke Microsoft News Center Staff

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