The first bonafide news from BUILD 2014. The Windows 8.1 Update will be available on April 8th. The wait is almost over. It will be free and available via Windows Update.

Windows Phone 8.1 and Wordflow character recognition is CRAZY good! The demo showed Joe spazzing all over his phone keyboard like a madman and the phone picking up 95% of what he was typing. In addition, Microsoft apparently has the world record for phone speed typing. Also very impressive. I can’t believe I am so...

Microsoft also are showing the new version of Windows Phone and stressing Business features. They are showing signed certificates for secure emails. In addition, the ability to enroll or remove employees from organizations instantly changing the profile and allowed features on the phone. Damn that was a short...

The first session at BUILD 2014 is a demo showing Cortana – the Microsoft personal assistant and Siri competitor. It’s a really good demo because it shows the depth and complexity of Microsoft’s voice recognition efforts. We’ll have the video for you later. The Cortana service is still in Beta but is still very...

Tom Warren at the Verge is live blogging from BUILD 2014. You can check that out here…. http://live.theverge.com/microsoft-build-2014-live-blog/

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Microsoft marketing – here’s how you do it. You wait till the Oscars and buy ALL of the ad space – 100 million eyeballs. You then pay the host (25 million Twitter followers) to take a photo WITH YOUR PHONE of stars that gets retweeted ridiculously: Then you sit back and absorb all the...

So I saw this article on Politico and had to write about this because it’s typical Microsoft. Microsoft have endorsed Mark Penn by making him Chief Strategy Officer. Basically, CEO Satya Nadella decided to make changes and shuffle some chairs on the Microsoft deck. As part of that reorg, he made famous strategist Mark...

So this year the BUILD conference will be held in my former play area – San Francisco. I’ll be there for a few days to bring you the sights and sounds from the conference. As usual, I tend to ask readers of the blog what they would like to know about from Microsoft this year. I usually get the chance to speak to a few...

GUEST POST/QUESTION The following question is from one of our long time readers John Campbell who was trying to wrestle with the issue of system recovery. Recovery under Windows 8.0 was a useful option allowing you to: Having used it to re-furbish an aberrant computer I was pleased to see it available in the upgraded...

OK so I had to wade deep into this one because well, it’s what I do.  🙂 A few days ago, blogs and Twitter blew up because Paul Thurrott, respected Windows analyst/blogger had a frustrated rant on his blog. The post which had the awesome title “What the heck is happening to Windows?” had Paul reaching the heights of...