Greetings CNET viewers! We've got another great lineup for you this week.
Halloween is just around the corner, and we suggest that this year you ditch the horror flicks, and instead get your scare on by playing one of the spooktacular video games listed in this week's Top 5 countdown. And ever wanted to go ghost hunting? Turns out, all you may need are a few gadgets from your local electronics store. CNET'S Sumi Das tags along with a professional ghost hunter and checks out the tech she uses to investigate the reportedly haunted Brookdale Lodge.
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On the fence about Windows 8.1? You can take the new OS for a free 90-day spin before deciding whether you want a permanent relationship.
For Windows 8 users, the decision to upgrade to 8.1 is virtually a no brainer. The new version offers a host of benefits and improvements over its predecessor. And it's free. So, there's little reason not to upgrade. Windows 8 users can easily download and install the Windows 8.1 update through the Windows store.
When it launched its second-generation Surface tablets and new peripherals, Microsoft told users not to expect the new Surface Power Cover or docking station until early 2014.
Something seemingly changed. The docking station is available now. (I'm not sure how long it will be, or how much stock is available, but if you really want it, hurry.)
I was alerted to the dock's early availability by reader Aaron Craig, a system administrator for risk-management company Bickmore. He ordered four Surface docking stations on October 22 and had them delivered on October 24. (He sent me pictures to prove … Read more
Running Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1? Microsoft has a new patch that promises to improve its reliability.
The patch is available through Windows Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 and through Microsoft's support site for 8.1 and Server 2012 R2. The description of the patch doesn't reveal what it does to improve reliability.
A Microsoft spokesman didn't add much to the description, telling CNET simply that "the update released today improves the performance and reliability of IE11 for our customers."
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Maybe that wasn't simply wishful thinking.
During the quarter, Microsoft's profits and sales handily beat Wall Street expectations. Net income rose 17 percent to $5.24 billion, or 62 cents per … Read more
Microsoft capped one of the more tumultuous quarters in its corporate history handily beating earnings and sales estimates for its 2014 fiscal first quarter.
With Wall Street looking for 54 cents per share, the company came in at 62 cents per share as Microsoft posted net income of $5.24 billion for the three-month period ended September 30. Ditto on the revenue side, with the company's $18.5 billion in sales besting the $17.8 billion consensus estimate.
In after hours trading, shares shot up more than 6 percent.
"Our devices and services transformation is progressing and we … Read more
Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface Pro now that its Surface 2 devices have hit store shelves.
Customers who head over to the Microsoft Store on Thursday will find that the first-generation 64GB Surface Pro now costs $699. The 128GB option will set customers back $799. Both devices were previously $100 more expensive.
This isn't the first $100 price cut for the devices. In August, Microsoft trimmed Surface Pro prices from the earlier $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB option. That move came after tepid sales continued to cause trouble for the Surface … Read more
I've read a number of headlines talking about Apple's new policy of giving OS X away for "free" and how that might harm Microsoft's future. A reality check is in order.
OS X, also called Mac OS, isn't free. Even if you want to buy that argument, it's unlikely to be a major factor in shifting people from Windows to Mac. The price of an operating system is a sideshow compared with the cost of hardware, and more importantly, when you consider the shift from PCs to tablets.
How 'free' isn't really … Read more
Microsoft mouthpiece Frank Shaw penned a blog post Wednesday about Apple's new iPad, which for the first time comes with free iWork and iLife software. Shaw's post is titled "Apple and oranges," but it appears to also include some sour grapes.
Microsoft has taken the iPad to task since the introduction of its own Surface tablet, pointing to features like the Surface's optional keyboard-type covers and built-in Office software as things that set the Microsoft slate apart. Now that Apple has addressed some of that criticism by introducing free iWork and iLife, Microsoft is still … Read more