“Microsoft has announced that its next operating system will be offered as a free upgrade to owners of devices running Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Phone,” BBC News reports. “That could help avoid a repeat of the relatively slow uptake of Windows 8. The event at the firm’s Redmond headquarters spent much of its two-hour duration focused on new capabilities gained by introducing the firm’s virtual assistant Cortana to PCs.”
“One analyst suggested the firm had needed to renew interest in its ecosystem,” The Beeb reports. “‘Overall we know that about only about 10% of computers are running Windows 8 and the adoption rate among companies is similar or lower,’ said Frank Gillett, an analyst at the Forrester consultancy. ‘Developers are not paying much attention to Windows for mass market consumer apps, and you could even argue that for enterprise software most of the energy is going into mobile apps for iPad…'”
“Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore confirmed reports that the firm’s web browser, Internet Explorer, was being replaced by a new program codenamed Project Spartan. The software also includes a new ‘noting mode,’ which will let users scribble or type over a page and then share it with others,” The Beeb reports. “Microsoft rounded off its presentation with a tease of a ‘holographic’ computer it calls HoloLens. It suggests that at an unspecified point in the future, people will be able to use the headset to see computer-generated elements superimposed on the world around them.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Yawn.
So, after the first year, what happens? Microsoft pays whatever ignorati suckers they have left to install the thing?
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dialtone” for the heads up.]
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