Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 commercially available over the next day-plus (depending on your time zone).
Unsurprisingly, this milestone leads many Microsoft watchers, partners and customers to wonder what will be coming next. Again, unsurprisingly, Microsoft officials aren't talking about what will be the follow-on to Windows 8.1, codenamed "Blue." But that doesn't mean things are at a standstill.
Here's what I'm hearing from my sources.
As I've blogged before, I've heard the Windows team will be releasing a Spring 2014 update to Windows 8.1 that will coincide with the release of Windows Phone Blue. (Yes, I am still hearing Windows Phone Blue, which may be called Windows Phone 8.1, is still a Spring 2014 thing.)
Microsoft might have sold a lot of Xbox One consoles this weekend, but some punters have reported hardware problems.
The Xbox One went on sale in the UK on Friday, and a number of early adopters reported issues with the games console's disc drive, saying that it will not recognise discs.
Many users have taken to Microsoft's Support Forum to report the issue, while others have taken to posting videos of the issue to Youtube or to writing scathing Xbox One reviews on Amazon.
Mountain View's panoramic Street View may let you virtually explore Venice, dozens of North American parks and even the inside of an Oberon-class submarine, but until now, you had to figure out the train station on your own.
Not anymore; Google's latest Maps update focuses on the journey, adding Street Views of over 50 train and subway stations, 16 international airports and even a cable car station in Hong Kong.
Microsoft currently has three different versions of Windows running on mobile devices. But Microsoft is working to reduce that number, Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios, confirmed in an interview last week.
At present, Microsoft offer plain-old Windows for Intel-based PCs and tablets. There's Windows RT for ARM-based PCs and tablets. And there's the Windows Phone OS for Windows Phones