Microsoft, the famous multinational corporation that powers much of the worlds computing infrastructure with its Windows OS, now accepts Bitcoin online. Microsoft users, in America only for now, can even fund their Microsoft/Windows Live or XBox Live accounts using Bitcoin, at the current exchange rate.
Microsoft Windows users running XP, Vista or Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 when the new operating software becomes available, a date that has yet to be officially announced but which most observers and insiders believe will be sometime in October.
Of the two versions of Windows 8 Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) plans to ship, Windows 8 Pro is more feature-rich and eventual
Windows 8.1, which will launch in preview on June 26th, isn’t just about bringing the Start button back. For Microsoft, it’s also an opportunity to get businesses of all sizes to take another look at an operating system they mostly ignored so far.
With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft removed the Start button, the Start menu, and pushed the desktop into the background. Were these changes too much for users who'd spent decades getting used to how Windows worked?
US-CERT released the subject Alert 14 November 2014 at about 14:30 EST.
Systems AffectedMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Microsoft Windows RT
Microsoft Windows RT 8.1
In Microsoft's fiscal first quarter of 2014, Windows revenue from OEM partners fell 7%. That's a noticeable decline, given that Windows revenue from third-party hardware partners is the most ‘Microsoft' income that the company has.
The decline, however, is somewhat blunted compared to what Microsoft anticipated.
Microsoft MSFT -0.97% has been on a roll lately. Office for iOS (and soon Android), free Windows licenses for small devices, universal Windows and Windows Phone apps, Siri rival Cortana, even a promise to eventually return the start menu before Windows 9.