Amazon has unveiled its Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Dev Kit, which includes the seven microphone array and voice technology from its Echo smart speaker. It is available to OEMs via an invite-only system.
How the Windows Insider Program is making a positive change in Africa... and at Microsoft itself
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This November will see big OEMs stop releasing new PCs with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 pre-installed. There are a few ways to get machines with old versions of Windows though, here's a few.
HTC's Sense Android skin and features might soon be available on many more Android phones. The company seems to be planning to launch the Sense Home 8 app to everyone on the Google Play store.
Google is once again trying to put pressure on OEMs and carriers to make sure users get the latest Android updates. But its efforts may be in vain thanks to fundamentally opposite business models.
Microsoft continues its quest to leverage its patent position, with Acer joining Samsung, ASUS, Dell and Sony in preloading Skype, OneDrive and the Office suite on Android.
Microsoft has updated its Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet to indicate that OEMs have only a year more left before they starting clearing inventory of machines with Windows 7/8.1 pre-installed.
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6s in September and a report has revealed that the company is anticipating a very high demand for these devices and has placed a record order with manufacturers.
Microsoft is in the final stages of completing Windows 10 and it is expected that this week, the company will sign off the OS and begin shipping the bits to retail partners.
Microsoft is talking to partners, touting the benefits of Windows 10 and showing the operating system's defining features and selling points for regular users, small business and the enterprise.
At Mobile World Congress 2015 today, Acer has finally revealed its first Windows Phone device in four years. Running Windows Phone 8.1, the Liquid M220 is also upgradable to Windows 10 for Phones.
After many years since it originally launched, Microsoft is finally offering users a way to legally download a digital copy of the Windows 7 install disc. Of course, users will still need a license.
Microsoft has been very quiet about the pricing of Windows 10, but a recent document published on a partner site reveals how much money the Redmond giant makes from licensing Windows 8.1 to OEMs.
At the end of this month, manufacturers will no longer be able to buy licenses from Microsoft for Windows 7 which means that the OS will start to disappear quickly from their websites.
Talking about the new licensing model Microsoft has implemented, Terry Myerson explained that it has been a success with 50 new partners signing up to build tablets and Windows Phone devices.
Sony is struggling with its smartphone business thanks to stiff competition from Apple and Samsung, and plans to focus on its higher-end devices, while reducing its mid-range line-up.
Huawei has dropped support for Windows Phone. The company cites profitability as the main issue, but this comes amid continued tensions between Microsoft and the Chinese government.
On stage at Computex, Microsoft showed off a number of recently launched Windows devices as well as some we hadn't seen before. Among these a HP 2-in-1 device and a 7-inch tablet from Toshiba.
Low power computing is an extremely important market for chipset and device manufacturers alike. ARM has already established itself in this area and their products and derivatives from manufacturers like Qualcomm are nearly universally found...
If you have a Windows Phone device and want to uninstall an OEM app, follow the directions in this post and you will be prompted to remove the app that otherwise you couldn't uninstall.
Microsoft has launched a new Windows Phone OEM portal website, designed to help companies who might be interested in building and selling their own devies with the mobile OS.
Microsoft, if you read between the lines, has confirmed that they will be cutting the cost of Windows 8.1 for lower end devices which will help lower the floor on tablet pricing.
Microsoft has reportedly slashed the pricing of Windows 8.1 devices for products under the $250 price point to make way for even cheaper devices for OEMs which is a massive cut in the price.
A recently revealed document showing the Android OEM agreements show that while the OS itself is open sourced, Google licenses its apps like Google Maps, Google Play and more to device makers.
Microsoft said that Windows revenues from its OEM partners went down by 7 percent in its last quarter, but that number is actually better than expected thanks to higher PC sales for businesses.
OEMs will be receiving another build from Microsoft this week that will be the last of the pre-RTM bits to be sent outside the walls of Microsoft and could be the next build to leak.
A rumor "from Russia with love" claims that Microsoft has now signed off on the final RTM version of Windows 8.1 and plans to offer the OS update to its many OEM partners on August 16th.
A new company is soon to join the (pretty exclusive) club of manufacturers building Windows Phone 8 devices - but in most parts of the world, there's a good chance you'll never have heard of Micromax.
At Computex 2013, Nick Parker of Microsoft's OEM division has confirmed that the licensing costs for Windows 8 and Windows RT have been cut for hardware partners building smaller (7-to-9-inch) tablets
Windows 8.1 build 9391 has reportedly shipped to OEMs ahead of a public preview at Build 2013 conference. Little is known about build 9391, except that it may be the version that is unveiled in June.
Through a royalties deal with Samsung, HTC, LG and more, Microsoft are making an estimated $8 from every Android device sold, putting revenue in 2013 at $3.4b. This could increase to $9b in 2017.
Proving you can still get more gigabytes per dollar, Seagate has made available the worlds first 4TB hard drive utilizing four 1TB platters, and the cost won't burn a hole in your pocket either.
Craig Mundie, adviser to Steve Ballmer, has opened up about Microsoft's thoughts on where the Surface sits compared to OEMs, and Microsoft's recent move to become a hardware company.
An analyst claims in a new note to investors that his examination of PC OEM makers in Asia shows that their orders of PCs in October, the launch month of Windows 8, are weaker than in previous years.
Steve Ballmer addressed the issue of OEM frustration over the introduction of Microsoft's own Surface hardware, saying they have no intention of repeating “what other companies are doing brilliantly."
A new report out from Digitimes is suggesting that OEMs are quite nervous that Microsoft could introduce the Surface RT at the rumored $199 price point, and if true, could shakeup the tablet market.
Two prominent Microsoft insiders have received an email stating that Microsoft could be doing away with retail versions of Windows 8, instead offering only two choices: an Upgrade and OEM version
Microsoft may allow manufacturers more customization opportunities in Windows Phone 8, as a leaked agenda for a Microsoft partner summit on the new OS reveals that to be one of the key talking points.
Just two days after we reported the first service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 was nearing release, a Microsoft employee has claimed it will be made available in some form tomorrow. WinRumors...
This week, Neowin got a chance to visit Dell in Austin Texas for their OEM conference. We got the opportunity to meet a lot of the engineers behind the scenes of Dell and learn about...
Apple's market share growth rose by 24% on previous year-on-year sales for Q3 2010. This places the company as the number three PC maker in the United States according to research firm IDC. Apple jumped infront...
This week, Engadget spotted an interesting job opportunity over on Microsoft's careers website - an ad for a developer who is interested in building unique and exciting applications for OEMs. Microsoft stood on a few toes...
An Italian consumer group is planning a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft over the pre-installation of Windows on computers. According to Reuters, the move comes after a new law was passed, allowing consumer associations to file...
ComputerWorld is reporting that online retailer Newegg.com has unveiled Windows 7 OEM pricing. Newegg.com has priced the OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium at $99.99 which is a price reduction of 50% down...
Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7, is set to officially launch and become generally available to the public on October 22. Some custom computer builders, however, have now been given permission to start selling PCs...
Google and Sony have announced a deal that will see computers in its VAIO range supplied with Google's Chrome browser pre-installed. This is the first time that Google has agreed such a deal with a...
Microsoft is going to restrict original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to certain hardware specifications for their netbooks if they want to run Windows 7 Starter - the edition of the new operating system designed for netbooks...
Last week Microsoft had a change of heart and decided to go back on what they had previously said by offering testers on the Windows 7 technical beta program a free copy of Windows 7...
Microsoft's pricing details schedule reveals that they plan to announce how much us ordinary consumers will have to pay for the next version of their operating system in mid-June, according to details seen by Tech...
Contrary to all the blog buzz, Microsoft hasn't extended OEM Windows XP "downgrade" licensing by another six months. What Microsoft has done is agree to provide OEMs with Windows XP media until June 30. Surely,...