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September 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Report: Windows Store, Windows Phone Store to be consolidated into one app store

Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems division, apparently said at Microsoft’s big annual company meeting today that the company is working on consolidating its Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into a single app store, according to a a report in The Verge. Myerson apparently did not specify whether Windows Phone apps would work…

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September 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Windows Stores now open in four local Best Buy locations

Back in June, Microsoft had announced that it was launching 600 Windows Stores within Best Buy and Future Shop locations in the U.S. and Canada. Of those store-within-stores, there are now four open locally including one completed about a week ago in Tukwila. They are at the Best Buys located in: Bellevue at 457 120th Ave N.E. Seattle…

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June 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Microsoft launching 600 stores within Best Buy and Future Shop [updated]

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Microsoft and Best Buy have formed a partnership to open hundreds of Windows Stores within Best Buy locations. (Photo from MIcrosoft)

Microsoft last fall launched a vastly redesigned operating system with Windows 8, which the company hoped would launch it boldly into the mobile-devices arena.

The problem was many users found Windows 8 confusing. And the devices Windows 8 was designed to work best on —- touch machines or hybrid/convertible tablet-laptops — either weren’t available or added to the confusion about which one to to purchase.

Best Buy, meanwhile, is facing its own struggles in an increasingly competitive consumer-electronics market, with everyone from Walmart to Amazon.com biting off big chunks of that market.

A solution that both companies hope may address those woes: Teaming up to open 600 Windows Stores within Best Buy and Future Shop stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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May 14, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Microsoft: Windows Blue to be officially called Windows 8.1; will be delivered as free update

Tami Reller, Windows chief financial officer and chief marketing officer (Photo from Microsoft)

Tami Reller, Windows chief financial officer and chief marketing officer (Photo from Microsoft)

The upcoming Windows 8 update, known up to now by the codename “Windows Blue,” will officially be called “Windows 8.1,” Windows marketing and financial chief Tami Reller said today.

She also said Windows 8.1 will be delivered as a free update to Windows 8 and Windows RT, adding that update will be easy to get directly from the Start screen and from the Windows app store.

A preview version of Windows 8.1 will debut June 26 at the company’s annual Build conference for developers, and will be available for download.

Reller did not give a specific date for when the final version of 8.1 will be generally available but said it would be later this year and that the company is sensitive to the timing of getting hardware preloaded with Windows 8.1 out in time for the holidays.

“We understand when the holidays are,” she said.

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March 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Microsoft offering developers payments for Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps

Under a program that runs March 8 to June 30, Microsoft is paying developers $100 for each app — up to a maximum of 10 per store — that they publish in the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store. (To participate in the program, developers must be legal U.S. residents and be U.S. registered Windows…

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