Headlines Most Activated Windows ResourceenCopyright (c) 1997-2003 Active Networks, IncBob Stein bob@activewin.comTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:20:15 GMTTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:20:15 GMT Networks RSS2 feed generator (c) 2003 Active Networks and Chad MyersThe new MSN arrivesEarlier this month, we unveiled a first look at the new MSN. Over the past 3 weeks, nearly 10 million of you took the opportunity to test out the new site and more than 80,000 of you even took the time to tell us what you thought. Based on your feedback, we have made numerous changes to the site. From everyone here, a sincere thank you. Over the next 72 hours, we will roll out the new MSN to the more than 425 million people in over 50 countries around the world that come to the site each month. In addition, people using Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 will have the option to update their devices to the new MSN apps starting today. At the top of the homepage, you will see easy one-click access to all of your favorite services including, Office, OneNote, OneDrive, Skype, Facebook and Twitter., 30 Sep 2014 12:43:00 GMTRobert Stein WebsiteThe new MSN is completely built from the ground up on Azure to provide massive, cost-effective scale (with more than 30,000 Azure cores for serving and 100 Terabytes of storage), reliability, and ongoing agility for a cloud-first, mobile-first world. Every single line of code was re-written to ensure that you have one consistent experience regardless of whether you are accessing your stocks in MSN Money, your favorite sports teams in MSN Sports, or your recipe collections in MSN Food & Drink. All of those experiences will always be with you across your devices., 30 Sep 2014 12:48:00 GMTRobert Stein the enterprise needs to hear from MicrosoftLater today, at a private press event, Microsoft plans to officially unveil the latest version of Windows, highlighting features and capabilities of interest to the enterprise customers that deliver the bulk of the company’s profit every year. I expect today’s event will be mostly a recitation of the company's road map, with minor tweaks aimed at pacifying an increasingly restless base. But in my dreams, I wish that the Microsoft executives in charge of a highly orchestrated event like this one would go off script and say a few things that really need to be said., 30 Sep 2014 13:43:00 GMTRobert Stein Microsoft's engineering changes will be the real Windows 9 (Threshold) storyWhile some can't wait for the new name of the next version of Windows client to be revealed, and others are anxious to hear about the first of the new features aimed at business users in particular, I'm hoping to learn about what Microsoft has done on the back end to change the way Microsoft delivers operating systems, going forward., 30 Sep 2014 13:44:00 GMTRobert Stein christens the next version of Windows as Windows 10But Microsoft went instead with Windows 10 because they wanted to signify that the coming Windows release would be the last "major" Windows update. Going forward, Microsoft is planning to make regular, smaller updates to the Windows 10 codebase, rather than pushing out new major updates years apart. Windows 10 will have a common codebase across multiple screen sizes, with the UI tailored to work on those devices. Microsoft is working on a number of related products and services that are part of the "Threshold" wave. The name of the version of Threshold that Microsoft is building to run on both ARM-based tablets and ARM-based Windows Phones is still not known. Nor is the "official" name of what some inside call Windows Server Threshold. (The most recent release of the Windows Server operating system is Windows Server 2012 R2.), 30 Sep 2014 16:13:00 GMTRobert Stein Windows 10In the Windows team, we’re proud of this – but we also know that the world today is very different from the one in which Windows grew up. Today, devices outnumber people. Connectivity is like oxygen. The tension between the desire for agility versus stability poses a huge challenge for IT Pros. Experiences – no matter what device you’re on – just need to work. The only thing that hasn’t really changed is the situation for developers – still too much to do, and not enough time. One way to look at it is that Windows is at a threshold :-). It’s time for a new Windows. This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. This new Windows must help our customers be productive in both their digital work and their digital life. This new Windows must empower people and organizations to do great things. That new Windows is Windows 10. Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver., 30 Sep 2014 17:38:00 GMTRobert Stein unveils the future of WindowsMicrosoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available Oct. 1. The announcement highlighted advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience and enhanced security and management capabilities. The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers. Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10 and a steady stream of builds through the development cycle to use and give feedback on., 30 Sep 2014 17:41:00 GMTRobert Stein First Look at Windows 10 - Keynote Video (YouTube)This is a recording of a media briefing held Sept. 30, 2014 in San Francisco, where Microsoft shared details of its new direction and roadmap with Windows 10, along with a demo of an early preview of the new operating system, 30 Sep 2014 19:43:00 GMTRobert Stein Gates: I wear a $10 watchThe richest man in America, who leads one of the world’s biggest and most influential philanthropies, keeps time with a 10-buck wristwatch. And this summer, for his wife’s 50th birthday, Bill Gates and family headed to Austria for a “Sound of Music” vacation. Where he sang and, he admitted, wore Lederhosen. Such true confessions came Monday morning at POLITICO’s Lessons From Leaders inaugural event, which hosted Gates as the featured guest. Chief White House correspondent Mike Allen solicited the timepiece tidbit as Gates talked about the new technologies that allow people to monitor their own health. But the other intel was revealed at the end of nearly an hour of conversation., 30 Sep 2014 20:19:00 GMTRobert Stein