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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 still going strong

    Earlier this week, Tami Reller , corporate vice president and chief financial officer for the Windows & Windows Live Division, spoke at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch U.S. Technology Conference. During her keynote, she talked about the excitement we continue to see for Windows 7 from consumers...
  • Blog Post: Pin The Windows Blog to your Taskbar with Internet Explorer 9!

    Over the last few days, I’ve spent some time learning the types of enhancements a web developer can do to their website to have it “light up” in Internet Explorer 9. I don’t consider myself much of a web developer. I’m a novice at best. I know HTML. And a little bit of CSS. But I really wanted to understand...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Demonstrated at MIX11

    This last fall, we released Kinect for the Xbox 360. Kinect enables controller free games and entertainment on Xbox 360 utilizing a gesture-based Natural User Interface (NUI). My colleague Steve Clayton has been blogging a lot about NUI on the Next at Microsoft blo g which I definitely recommend reading...
  • Blog Post: Public Beta Now Available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

    Today, we announced at our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) the availability of the public beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) . As Gavriella Schuster and I have mentioned in previous blogs , SP1 for Windows 7 does not contain any new features specific to Windows...
  • Blog Post: 64-Bit Momentum Surges with Windows 7

    Are you running a 64-bit edition of Windows 7? There is a high likelihood you are. As of June 2010, we see that 46% of all PCs worldwide running Windows 7 are running a 64-bit edition of Windows 7. That is, nearly half of all PCs running Windows 7 are running 64-bit. Compared to Windows Vista at 3 and...
  • Blog Post: Beta for Next Version of Microsoft Security Essentials Now Available

    Today we are announcing the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is our award-winning no-cost light weight anti-malware service. It’s designed to help address the ongoing security needs of PCs running genuine...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: 300 Million Licenses Sold

    Today as part of our Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 earnings release , we announced that Windows 7 has sold over 300 million licenses to-date. To put that in perspective, 300 million is roughly the combined number of households in North American and in Europe! Or, to put it another way, if you lined...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Availability of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    Today we officially handed off the final release (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to our OEM partners. On February 16th Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers as well as Volume License customers. On February 22nd,...
  • Blog Post: Kinect + Windows: New & Amazing Experiences through NUI

    Steve Clayton today has posted today on the Official Microsoft Blog about bringing Kinect to Windows with a SDK that will be available later this spring. He talks about how we believe this SDK will enable developers in the academic research and enthusiast communities to create new and amazing experiences...
  • Blog Post: Windows and Security: Setting the Record Straight

    There’s been some coverage overnight about the security of Windows and whether or not one particular company is reducing its use of Windows. We thought this was a good opportunity to set the record straight. There is some irony here that is hard to overlook. For starters, check out this story...
  • Blog Post: PCWorld: Microsoft hit a homerun with Windows 7

    Tony Bradley from PCWorld published an article yesterday highlighting a recent report from Gartner predicting a 22% growth of global PC sales for 2010. This “rebound”, as Tony calls it, is reflective of the general economic recovery but also reflective of the success of Windows 7. Tony’s...
  • Blog Post: Windows at CES 2012

    Looking back at 2011, it was a great year for Windows and for Microsoft . We began 2011 with a little over 240 million licenses sold of Windows 7. Since then, we’ve seen incredible momentum with Windows 7 throughout 2011 ( 300 million licenses , 350 million licenses , 400 million licenses ). As of today...
  • Blog Post: Another Follow-up on HTML5 Video in IE9

    In previous posts , we described why IE9 will support H.264-encoded HTML5 video. Microsoft and other browser providers see hardware support, customer and partner readiness , and intellectual property rights as key factors making H.264 an excellent choice for video encoding and playback. These posts generated...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Windows 7 at 1 Year – More than 240 Million Licenses Sold

    Today’s an exciting day! We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold . Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Customer Satisfaction Improves, Likely due to Windows 7

    The University of Michigan published their annual American Customer Satisfaction Index report earlier this week and Microsoft shows quite a jump. In 2009, our score was 70. For 2010, our score is 76 – our highest score on the report yet! Ed Bott published a blog post earlier this week diving deep...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Momentum Continues: 175 Million Licenses Sold

    Today is earnings day and Windows continues to have a strong showing. We announced a new milestone in Windows 7 sales - 175 million copies. This continues our record breaking pace of more than 7 copies sold per second. And as of today – Windows 7 is now running on more than 16% of all PCs worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Product Scout

    Let’s talk about choice. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of Windows is choice – of how you want to use your PC, of hardware, of devices, of software and web apps. It is our amazing ecosystem of partners that brings choice to Windows 7 users with a vast array of products that extend and enhance their...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 on last night’s Season Finale of Fringe

    WARNING: The below information could be considered “spoilers” for the Season Finale of Fringe which aired on FOX yesterday night. While I don’t go into significant details of the story or plot, I do however describe several scenes. Last night, FOX aired the finale of Fringe’s second season concluding...
  • Blog Post: 15 Years Later: Remembering Windows 95

    15 years ago today, Microsoft launched Windows 95. In 1995 I was 11 years old and in the 5th grade. At that time, I never thought that today I’d be working at Microsoft – let alone helping to tell the story of Windows. So this is a really fun and personal topic for me to recall my memories of Windows...