Windows 7

Announcing Sculpt Comfort Mouse & Mobile Mouse

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Today, we’re announcing two new mice designed specifically for Windows. These are the first mice from Microsoft to include a Windows button on them, giving you quick and easy access to specific features in Windows – and, in the case of the Sculpt Comfort Mouse, more advanced functionality in Windows 8.

Building on our vision of modern computing

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Earlier this week I was on stage at the WIRED Business Conference talking about Windows and how it continues to evolve. With Windows 8 we bet on the computing trends shaping today and tomorrow: mobility, touch, apps that connect seamlessly and are with you everywhere you go. We are no longer tied to the desktop, literally and figuratively. 

IE10 and the Webby Awards partner to highlight the future of the web

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Today we’re excited to announce our partnership with The Webby Awards to unveil the new Winners Gallery + Archive using the best of IE10 capabilities and the latest web standards. Every year, The Webbys honors outstanding achievement online including beautiful site experiences and sets the standard for the best of the web. Now with partnership from IE, they can showcase the last 16 years of Winners in their new online gallery built perfect for touch.

Windows 7 SP1 to start rolling out on Windows Update

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Starting tomorrow, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will begin rolling out automatically on Windows Update.  Updating customers to Windows 7 SP1 is part of our ongoing effort to ensure continued support and improved security updates for customers who have not yet installed SP1.

Reminder – Register and Redeem Windows Upgrade Offer promo code by Feb. 28th

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I wanted to publish a quick reminder that you have until February 28th to register for the Windows Upgrade Offer to receive a promo code via email that can be used to upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. Once you’ve registered for the Windows Upgrade Offer, you’ll need to use your promo code by February 28th as well.

Internet Explorer 10 now available for more than 700M Windows customers

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Today we are excited to announce the availability of IE10 for Windows 7, bringing the most modern and high performing version of IE to over 700M Windows customers. IE10 delivers a 20% increase in real-world site performance over IE9 making IE10 the fastest modern browser on the market according to third parties.

Windows 7 RTM End Of Support Is Right Around The Corner

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Has it been that long already?  Windows 7 SP1 was released almost two years ago.  As a result of that release, Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack) will no longer be supported as of April 9th, 2013, following the standard Windows support lifecycle specifying that support ends 24 months after the release of a new service pack.

Rest assured that Windows 7 will continue to be fully supported for a long time, with mainstream support continuing until January 13, 2015, and extended support continuing until January 14, 2020.

Secure your environment with SCM 3.0!

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The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage the computers in your environment and your private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager. This version of SCM supports Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Internet Explorer 10.

U.S. Window 8 Student Offer and University Campus Tour Coming in February

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Calling on all students! Today I’d like to share the pricing details for the Windows 8 student offer which will begin here in the U.S. on February 1st and in 49 additional countries by March 19th. The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available for students online via the Microsoft Store for $69.99 (ERP)*.

Update on Windows 8 Pricing

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We are seeing good momentum with Windows 8 today. When upgrading from Windows 7, Windows 8 has a lot to offer including a beautiful new Start screen with live tiles, plus the familiar desktop and faster startup and longer battery life. Today I’d like to share the pricing details for the Windows 8 upgrade editions that will begin in February. I’d also remind you to take advantage of the great upgrade offer which lasts until January 31st 2013.

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