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Microsoft has officially entered the post-Nokia smartphone era with the release of a budget-priced Lumia device.

The Microsoft Lumia 535 will sell for about 110 euros, or about NZ$176, a figure Microsoft said would vary by market. Microsoft’s previous Lumia smartphone devices — which carried the “Nokia Lumia” name — were released in September and cost between $259 and $430.

Last month, Microsoft said it would start phasing out the Nokia brand for its smartphones, the latest step in integrating Nokia’s phone-manufacturing business. Microsoft’s NZ$9.6 billion deal to buy the Finnish company’s handset group closed in April.

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Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices.

The company on Tuesday gave an early preview of the new Windows 10 software, which it aims to begin selling by the middle of next year. Although the current version is called Windows 8, Microsoft says it’s skipping ahead to Windows 10 to emphasise its effort to move forward.

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Rumors about Apple’s iPad Pro were renewed last week, with the tablet likely to battle the current Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

Originally, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a contender in the tablet market. However, the Redmond-based giant offers an optional keyboard that transforms the tablet into a notebook. Microsoft’s latest offering packs specs and features that are at par with other notebooks such as that of the MacBook Air.

On the other hand, Apple’s alleged largest tablet will be a hybrid of tablet and laptop. Reports claimed that the tech giant Apple is already prepping for the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, which is actually bigger than the current iPad Air by three inches and an inch larger than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Below is the comparison between Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Apple iPad Pro.

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Microsoft will unveil the next edition of Windows in just over five weeks, according to a widely-cited report last week.

The Sept. 30 date was reported by Tom Warren of The Verge, who said “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans” provided the information. Warren added that Microsoft would host a press event on that day, a Tuesday, to tout the new edition.

Previously, other reports had claimed Microsoft would issue a “technical preview” of “Threshold,” the code name for the next Windows, in late September or early October. Most observers and pundits have been using “Windows 9” to label the edition, preempting Microsoft’s marketing.

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The vision has remained remarkably consistent. Is the technology finally ready?

 

Microsoft announced a new tablet computer at an event on Tuesday in New York. As its name indicates, the Surface Pro 3 is the third in a line of devices that run full-blown Windows 8, making them newfangled PCs as much as iPad rivals. (I gave a lukewarm review to the first version, and my colleague Jared Newman wrote more enthusiastically about the second one.)

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Microsoft on Thursday released a security update to fix a critical bug in its Internet Explorer browser to help the millions of customers still running Windows XP operating system, which Microsoft stopped supporting last month.

Microsoft Corp rushed to create the fix after learning of the bug in the operating system over the weekend when cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc warned that a sophisticated group of hackers had exploited the bug to launch attacks in a campaign dubbed “Operation Clandestine Fox”. It was the first high-profile threat to emerge after Microsoft stopped providing support to its 13-year-old XP operating software on April 8.

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Microsoft ends Windows XP support: Why it’s time you upgraded
Windows XP support ends on 8 April.

Microsoft ended software support for Windows XP yesterday. This basically means that after 13 years, the Windows XP joyride is over and Microsoft is insisting that you move on to Windows 7 or more preferably Windows 8.1.

It should be noted that you can still install Windows XP and activate it on a PC but the computer won’t receive any security updates.

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MICROSOFT Malaysia rolled out its Microsoft Surface 2, along with Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 ­recently.

Sunny Ooi, ­the company’s ­consumer channels group director, said the launch was in line with a Microsoft online survey in Asia which showed that top on the 2014 tech wishlist for consumers was a tablet that enables them to be productive for both work and play.

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The Xbox One controller.
Microsoft has revealed 25 new indie titles coming to its Xbox One console.

The games are part of Microsoft’s ID@Xbox initiative, which aims to make it easier for indepement developers to create games for the Xbox One.

“Since we first announced the program in August, we’ve been working closely with developers to bring a diverse array of independent games to Xbox One,” said ID@Xbox Games Director Chris Charla.

“Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you’re beginning to see today!”

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The countdown is continuing toward Microsoft’s end of support for its Windows XP operating system.

 

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In case the date hasn’t already been burned into your brain, April 8, 2014 is the day on which Microsoft will cease providing any kind of patches or fixes, including security fixes, to its nearly 12-year-old Windows XP operating system.

Company officials continue to insist that there won’t be any last-minute reprieves this time, despite the fact that market share for XP still hovers around 29 percent. Microsoft has given its partners their marching orders: Get XP users to move off the OS.

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