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The 40 anniversary of the establishment of the Microsoft 2014 Microsoft review


If a company is already 40 years old, the first word you may think: boring. However, Microsoft is just the opposite. Of course, Microsoft’s main products is still Windows, Office and Xbox, but in the past year, it the various manifestations has proved that the company is still full of vitality. At the same time, in November of last year, Microsoft’s share price once reached the highest point since 2000. Below, look at the impressive events since Satya Nadella act as Microsoft’s CEO.

The next generation of Windows Server will fully support Docker Container


Docker is a very convenient deployment automation engine, using Container technology to replace the virtual machine, so that multiple applications can run simultaneously on the same server, more efficient. Last year Microsoft also announced, will provide a full Docker support in the next generation of Windows Server, and provide a more convenient software development environment for the enterprise and developer.

The Office application free use on the mobile platform

Last year, Microsoft released the iOS and Android version of the Office application, and use the free use + advanced features subscription model, has been widely praised. General users do not have to spend money, can be obtain the most standard Office experience in iPhone, iPad or Android device, while advanced users can according to the demand of the subscription, the flexible operation mode changes the entire mobile office market.

.NET open source and cross platform

As a cross language development platform,.NET open source means the great changes in Microsoft. The central idea of the “mobile first, cloud first “, made Microsoft gradually abandoned the closure that stick over the years, first to test with .NET, and support for Linux and Mac system, in essence, is hope that through open source, there are more .NET based applications run on iOS and on Android platform, and is of great help for the promotion of Azure cloud technology.

Windows 10 free upgrade strategy


Last year, Microsoft said at the press conference, will provide one year time limit Windows 10 upgrades free for the Windows 7, 8, 8.1 users, it is important to users and Microsoft. On the one hand, the free Mac system makes the Windows system had more pressure, while Microsoft is willing to give up part of the vested interests, and hope that through the limited free strategy to decrease Windows 8 negative influence, and promote its Internet service.

Released new Webpage browser Project Spartan

Recently, the new Microsoft Webpage browser Project Spartan has been integrated in the latest Windows 10 technical preview version, brings some new experiences. Project Spartan is optimized for touch devices, at the same time integrated voice assistant Cortana, graffiti marked etc new mode functions, is expected to improve the Windows equipment mobile Internet experience.

Released holographic head mounted display HoloLens


HoloLens holographic head up display, is another surprise brought by Windows 10. This device is built in a plurality of sensors can provide images which based on the reality, at the same time with the function of Windows 10, will bring more sense of computer operation experience for the user.

Windows 10 support more ways to unlock

Microsoft said, biometric authentication will become the key technology of Windows 10 device authentication, including face, iris, fingerprint and other forms, will be integrated into the Microsoft Passport services, whether local or online access, do not have to enter a password, security will be more perfect.

Piracy system can free upgrade to Windows 10

At a meeting held in Shenzhen in China in January this year, Microsoft executives Mason responsible for Windows operating system business, said, users installed pirated Windows 7/8, can also free upgrade to Windows 10, it is unclear whether there will be a time limit of black screen. Microsoft spokesman explained more official: hope pirated Windows users to realize legal authorization after in the value experience.

Windows Open source is possible

Microsoft executives said in the conference held on ChefConf recently, Windows open source is not impossible, it is always closed source Microsoft the first time actively respond the open source issue. Obviously, .NET source, Windows 10 free, were previously unimaginable. May be in the near future Windows will be open source, Microsoft just need time.

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Why Microsoft earn less and less from Windows Operate System

Windows operating system has always been one of Microsoft’s main source of income. But the tech giant recently released filing shows, Windows operate system sales fell 13 percent year on year 2014. PC sales decline is one reason, but XP’s demise failed to boost sales of a new version of the Windows system, also an important factor.

Last week, Microsoft released its second-quarter earnings report, which appeared a few bright spots, such as mobile devices and cloud services sales rise. Although due to impact of acquisitions and layoffs, Microsoft’s profit fell 10.6 percent to $ 5.9 billion, but the company sales for the end December 31, 2014 was achieved overall growth of 8%.


Although Microsoft sales gains gratifying, but new computer installation revenue arising from the Windows operating system, fell by 13 percent, you know it has been a reliable source of income. Why did this happen?

First, the PC market has been sluggish in recent years. That is running Microsoft’s operating system personal computers sales decreased.
But there is another reason that Microsoft cannot control.

By the end of 2013, Microsoft Windows XP has basically not to provide technical support for business users. Many companies in the IT sector and the financial sector therefore believe, and finally it is time to upgrade this for more than ten years of history of the old system, and this will increase sales of new systems such as Microsoft’s Windows 8.

However, XP’s demise last year did not boost sales of Windows systems, which explains an annual sluggish Windows sales performance reasons. (Microsoft also said to lower sale price of the academic institutions of the Windows system, but also affects the category of income.)

We can expect, Windows may not be Microsoft’s cash cow in the future. The company recently announced the upcoming launch of the next-generation operating system Windows 10 will provide a free upgrade older versions for Windows users. This initiative is very friendly to consumers, should increase the rate of adoption of the system, but it will further reduce the Windows revenue. However, if Microsoft can continue to triumph in the mobile and cloud services revenue will be sufficient to compensate for the resulting loss of free upgrades.

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Windows 10 released 7 major changes

1. supports PC / Tablet / Phone / Xbox One multi-platform


Windows 10 will support the PC, the Tablet, the phone and the Xbox One gaming platform, will assume the role of Microsoft Internet media all ecosystems, the future once the user uses Windows 10, then it means that his PC, mobile phone, tablet and Xbox One information, settings, forming a three-dimensional interactive Internet. Users will be able to synchronize their schedules, personal files, contacts, messages, settings, etc., will enjoy a more seamless experience to use when switching between devices.

2. the start screen adjustment


Windows 10 internal many details have been redesigned. As previously reported the new start menu, the more feature-rich experience closer to the original Win7. The magnetic stickers interface has been based on the original concept of substantial adjustment, on the new magnetic stickers interface began to support vertical scrolling, and can use the Start button exhaled all applications menu.

3. the Office will depth integration among software


Past Office software is relatively independent, and Windows 10 depth with Office software integration for the first time, support more convenient cross-platform sharing of users, this will be very easy to user experience. In order to use mobile devices more smoothly, Office of the mobile version has been greatly optimized, mobile experience in the Office productivity will be possible. Through live demonstrations, Office is presence of the deeper into the system, The user can move the PC side Office tasks completely seamless, real-time connection between different devices for the unfinished work.


Actually Office software is just one aspect to show the depth of integration, including a calendar, alarm clock and other common applications can achieve a similar experience on Windows 10.

4. integrated Cortana voice assistant


Through live demonstrations, the integration Cortana voice assistant in Windows 10 and run on a PC has a relatively good experience, it can not only to find the weather, transfer users’ applications and files, e-mail, find content online, but also to learn more users colloquial expression, no doubt more closer with our ideal and efficient Cortana rich emotional voice assistant. Microsoft said, Cortana service will be the first released for closed beta users in the next few months.

5. the new browser Spartan


In accordance with past practice of the new system release, Microsoft operating system update will also adjust the IE browser. Now a new browser – codename Spartan we met.

Microsoft explain its birth “is a more appropriate time using a browser to launch Windows 10″. From the point of view demonstration, Spartan’s interface is more simple, even a little Google Chrome charm from the visual style. It enables users to annotate browse on the page, which is also integrated screenshot function to change more convenient. Users can also annotate the content easily and through the sidebar to share or send to where it is needed to go.

6. integrated Xbox gaming platform to enhance social interaction


Microsoft held Windows 10 conference to announce a new officially Windows 10 to the outside world. Among the many changes in the integration Xbox game system is seen as more attention to reflect Microsoft’s gaming business. The integrated Xbox gaming platform will bring Windows 10 gamers more active social interactive experience.


Software “my game” will show all the game you played in terminals. Also which is also designed with your friends list, news items and events content stream. Your can chat with Xbox Live users, upload game results and game videos. You can also give the video game reviews, praise and share points.

7. first time in history to provide a free upgrade


Many users are very concerned about the Windows 10 upgrade is free or take much money, while Microsoft released Win10 and gives the answer: the first year for free!

Microsoft explained that in the Win10 release time of the year, all the current Win7 users, Win8.1 users as well as Windows Phone 8.1 users can upgrade for free, this is the first time in the history of Microsoft. This initiative will undoubtedly greatly improve the user to upgrade the system, Microsoft is expected to slow to get rid of the system users to upgrade the morass. I felt vaguely Microsoft finally understand the truth: the added value brought by the user to upgrade the amount might be higher than the sales proceeds, this step is very important to the overall situation.

Summary: experience Win8 / 8.1 failure Win10 may be a good start


Move closer to mobile has always been plagued the entire IT industry, after experienced Win8 and Win8.1 failure, it seems that Microsoft has finally found the idea of a unified multi-platform. Although we do not like Win8 / 8.1, but have to say they did not test the water experience is certainly not today see Win10. If Win8 / 8.1 is in the process of quantitative moment, then Win10 like a qualitative change in the point.

Win10 not only to achieve a multi-platform integration and brings many new features, but also in the interface design had to remove the obstacles in Win8 / 8.1. Let’s not to mention how the new features will bring change, just the experience and interface design, have enough support Win10 beyond its predecessor, and do not forget Microsoft also give a huge temptation for free upgrades. At least I think that Win10 is a labor pains after a good start.

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Win 10 is accelerating update the final version

Before technical preview version released on January, the latest official version of Windows Insider project members get is 9879, mainly repair small BUG and optimize and adjust the details, then Microsoft delay in the release update cycle with the grounds of Christmas holidays, until two months later the 9926 version was released. But with Windows 10 conference held last week, Insider project leader Gabriel Aul said version update frequency will be further accelerated, and not far from the final edition.


According to Gabriel Aul Tweets content means a lot of Insider members can receive more frequent version upgrade information in the next period of time, and take those who want to be able to make the test for the new features introduced for testing and feedback, allowing Microsoft engineers bring better Windows 10 systems. Gabe said on Tweets current users can upgrade from any version to the final release version, and the next release time faster than you think.


Windows 10 conference advertise for Apple


In US President Barack Obama State of the Union conference of the public gallery and Microsoft Windows 10 conference, saw a lot of aluminum alloy MacBook and sparkling apple Logo, seemed to advertise for Apple.

Grasswire co-founder Austen Allred snapped the photo and posted on Twitter. He tweets said: “There are many MacBook laptop on Windows 10 conference.” Of course this is not a new phenomenon, this has been the case for many years.

At the press conference, I often see a lot of people use Apple products and office software. Those people every day, all day, are inseparable from science and technology, there is no IT department to buy the product for them, the people who travel, who require continuous hours of work, and may be not have time and conditions charged, Apple can provide convenient for them.

It can be said that this phenomenon than Apple’s advertising in any indoor.