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Microsoft's 'Universal Store' apps detailed in leaked images

A new round of leaked images suggest an easier process ahead for developers who create software for both Windows and Windows Phone.

Served up on Twitter by tech news leaker @AngelWZR, one of the slideshow images, allegedly snagged from Microsoft, details an upcoming initiative dubbed "Windows Store" apps. As described in the slide, developers will be able to create a single app to target both Windows Phone and Windows.

A single Visual Studio "Shared Solution" template can serve both versions of Windows, triggering two Visual Studio projects for each version and two installation packages for submission … Read more

Conan O'Brien: How I would run Microsoft

Conan O'Brien as Microsoft CEO? Though Satya Nadella beat him out for the job, the late-night comedian is convinced he could bring the company back to greatness.

In a LinkedIn post on Tuesday, O'Brien, who is now one of the site's top influencers, said he could turn Microsoft back into "an industry titan like Wang or Commodore" through three simple steps: 1. Zune 2. More Zune 3. Even More Zune.

Coco also outlined other plans: A marketing campaign that would convince everyone in America to "Bing their symptoms" after a weekend trip to … Read more

Microsoft fixes Windows 8.1 glitches in February update

Windows 8.1 users beset by technical woes may find some help in a newly released update.

On Tuesday, Microsoft issued an update package that fixes a variety of noncritical but potentially frustrating problems. The package's support page lists Netflix playback, orientation on a Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga, shutdown time, and autocorrect as a few of the subjects addressed.

The updates also are geared for Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. The package is listed as an optional update, which means you have to manually select it on your device's Windows Update screen to install … Read more

Microsoft accused of censoring Chinese search results in US

Is Microsoft censoring searches of certain Chinese terms in the United States? One Web site is standing behind its original accusation.

Microsoft's Bing allegedly delivers different results for English-language searches than for those in Chinese, The Guardian said on Tuesday. Run searches on such politically sensitive topics as the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square on Bing's English-language site and its Chinese-language site, and the results vary, the report claimed. The Guardian said the discrepancies were first noted by Chinese monitoring site GreatFire.

In response to the initial charges of censorship from GreatFire, Microsoft attributed the problem to a system error, … Read more

Bing censors Chinese search results in the US?

It's no secret that many search engines abide by China's rules and censor Web results for users living in mainland China. But, typically, results in other countries don't have the same filters.

Bing, however, has been allegedly censoring results for Chinese speakers in the US, according to a report by the Guardian. The Guardian writes that sensitive political topics -- like the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square protests -- are showing up on the Chinese-language Bing in the US with filters. When searching the same topics on the English-language Bing, users get far more results.… Read more

Microsoft's Surface 2 cleared for takeoff in cockpit

Microsoft's Surface 2 has officially won Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for all phases of air travel, the company announced on Monday.

The FAA's authorization covers classes one and two for the Electronic Flight Bag. Historically, pilots have brought with them on flights a full flight bag consisting of everything from reference documents to checklists to carts. All of that paper used fuel on planes, prompting Delta last year to opt to deploy the Surface 2 to Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 pilots. Pilots of other airplanes will be added this year.

At launch last year, the Surface … Read more

Windows Phone 8.1 features leaked by developer

Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT will be able to share the same code, helping developers more easily create the same apps for phone and tablet. At least, that's the take from a round of leaked details.

On Tuesday, a developer with access to the new Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) hopped onto Reddit to share several features headed for the new version. New Universal Apps templates will help developers build WinStore/WinRT and WinPhone apps using the same HTML and JavaScript code, according to the SDK. The developer pointed to the new feature as … Read more

Microsoft adds Bitcoin to Bing's currency converter

Microsoft is making it easier to track the Bitcoin's real-time value by adding the crypto-currency to its Bing search results.

Bing users can now compare Bitcoin's value to more than 50 currencies by typing a simple query into the search bar, such as "7 bitcoin to USD" or "Bitcoin to 100 euros," Microsoft announced Monday. Currency conversion is provided through a partnership with Coinbase, a digital wallet that supports Bitcoin trading.

The feature is currently available only to Bing users in the US, Australia, India, and the UK, but Microsoft promises expansion to additional … Read more

Shuttle bus protest hits Microsoft in Seattle

Tech bus protests: They're not just for the Bay Area anymore.

Demonstrations against corporate commuter shuttles, which ferry tech workers to and from Silicon Valley, have become more commonplace in recent months in San Francisco and Oakland. The buses have become a potent symbol of the culture clash between the technology industry and non-tech community, as rents go up and old neighborhoods become gentrified.

Looks like some of that animosity has traveled up to the Great Northwest, though the protest in Seattle was significantly smaller than those in the Bay Area. On Monday, two masked protestors held up a … Read more

Nokia's low-end Android phone expected later this month

Nokia will introduce a new low-end handset that uses Google's Android mobile operating system later this month in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress trade show, according to a report on Monday from The Wall Street Journal.

Nokia has been rumored for months to be working on a device that uses the open source Android operating system. The phone, which is aimed at developing markets, will be a low-end, inexpensive device. According to various news reports, the device will not be able to access the Google Play application store. Instead, it will run services created by Nokia and Microsoft, … Read more