Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.  The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. “Now we find out that you’ve been struggling to come up with $30 million to finish migrating ...

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IDC today reported that worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a decline of -4.4% year on year as a result of continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments. Windows XP was one of the main reasons for growth in commercial market segments as Microsoft is ending the support for OS. Lenovo maintained its lead in total worldwide PC shipments, followed by HP and Dell. Acer and Asus are the biggest losers in this segment as they are transitioning towards tablets and mobile devices. “Worldwide PC shipments have now declined for eight consecutive quarters as a result of shifting technology usage and competition (notably with tablets & smartphones) as well as economic pressures (including high unemployment, slow growth & investment, tight credit, and currency fluctuations) related to the Great Recession, sovereign debt crises, and their related impact on international trade,” said Loren Loverde, Vice ...

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During a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices back in September 2013, Surface team confirmed that they are working on LTE version of Surface devices. Why was LTE not included on neither Surface nor Surface Pro? We didn’t talk about it today, but Surface 2 will be launching an awesome LTE SKU early next year! Looks like the time has come. A Surface device with AT&T LTE has now passed through the FCC which again confirms that we are closer to launch. We can expect the device either in March or April. FCC published the Surface with LTE documents just today and since it comes with confidentiality request, we have very less details on the device. Neowin noted in the testing report that the device is running Windows RT OS. “EUT driver software installed during testing was Windows RT8.1 Preview Build 943”. I guess the device should be identical to current Surface 2 with an added option for cellular. What do ...

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Microsoft was ranked 5th among the top 10 US patent winners of 2013. Microsoft totally was awarded with 2,660 patents. IBM was once again leading the list with 6,809 patents for 21st year, followed by Samsung, Canon and Sony. Surprisingly, there are only three US companies in the list which are Microsoft, IBM and Qualcomm. Microsoft is the only company on the top 10 list which primarily does software business while the other 9 companies deal mostly with hardware and services which are easily patentable. The Top 10 U.S. Patent Winners of 2013: 1)  IBM             6,809 2)  Samsung         4,676 3)  Canon           3,825 4)  Sony            3,098 5)  Microsoft       2,660 6)  Panasonic       2,601 7)  Toshiba         2,416 8)  Hon Hai         2,279 9)  Qualcomm        2,103 10) LG Electronics  1,947 Press Release: MADISON, Conn., Jan. 14, 2014 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, ...

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Microsoft today announced a neat deal for Bing Rewards users. For just 2 credits, you will get a 5% discount coupon to shop at online Microsoft Stores. The online Microsoft Store offers the latest technology products, with free ground shipping and free returns. Bing Rewards launched just over three years ago to deliver a premium experience and help users discover all the ways Bing can provide insight and help get things done. It’s also a way we reward loyal Bing users with some perks as a way of saying thanks for choosing Bing, searching with us consistently and being brand ambassadors. To take advantage of this offer, follow these steps: 1. Pick up the Microsoft Store discount code in the Bing Rewards redemption center. 2. Go to the US online Microsoft Store at http://www.microsoftstore.com. Browse for the products you wish to purchase and add them to your cart. 3. At ...

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Verizon today officially announced the availability of Nokia Lumia 2520 from Nov 21st. Lumia 2520 will be available online and in select stores starting Nov. 21 for $499.99. For a limited time, customers can get the Lumia 2520 for $399.99 when purchasing with a new two-year activation. Customers can add the tablet to their Share Everything account for $10 per month. Only the Black color model will be available in stores, and if you want the red one, you should order online. Verizon website will have both Black and Red color models. When thinking about the “PC experience,” desktops and laptops are what usually come to mind. But the Lumia 2520 comes with Windows RT 8.1, so it combines the functionality of a PC – such as having Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student and Outlook RT – with the mobility of a tablet. The device also features 4G LTE connectivity, which ...

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  Market research firm NPD announced their stats for the video game console market yesterday. Xbox 360 is back at No. 1 position being the most sold console in the U.S. market in October. About 166,000 units of Xbox 360 were sold. NPD highlights from October include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $283 million, the most for any console in the U.S. During the month of October, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles, including: “Batman: Arkham Origins,” “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Battlefield 4,” “NBA 2K14,” and “Grand Theft Auto V.” As Xbox One launch is just a week away, this might be the last time for Xbox 360 to become the No.1 console in the US. ...

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Today Major Nelson announced that Xbox One will be available on Friday November 22, 2013 in all 13 initial launch markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014. Xbox One will cost $499 in US and will come with a Xbox One wireless controller, chat headset and a Kinect camera. Also Microsoft announced a 10 percent CPU clock speed increase from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ. Yusuf Mehdi of Microsoft told in the video that “It means that the processing power to make those games that we’ve been showing off at Gamescom that already look great will look even better,”. FYI, Sony has planned for PS4′s launch on November 13th. It is going to be a great fight between the gaming titans this holiday season. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft announced Xbox One few months back and started taking pre-orders via various retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores, etc,. Xbox One, the next generation console from Microsoft which will launch this November, has already seen impressive pre-order sales. Microsoft revealed the fact that Xbox One pre-sales are trending ahead of Xbox 360 during the same time period. And they even announced that Xbox One Day One edition is sold out at most U.S. retailers. This is good news for Microsoft because Xbox platform revenue declined in the last quarter due to poor sales of the current generation console Xbox 360 across the globe. ...

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According to new data from The NPD Group, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 maintained its position as the the best-selling console in the U.S. for 30th consecutive month. About 140,000 units of Xbox 360 were sold in June. June highlights from NPD include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in June (hardware, software and accessories) reached $197 million, the most for any console in the U.S. During the month of June, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles including: “Minecraft,” “NBA 2K13,” “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” “Deadpool,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” “Grand Theft Auto IV” and “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” Source: Microsoft ...

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