There will be a centralized online hub, managed by Microsoft, for Windows 8 users to find, purchase, and download software from any publisher.
The man who was at the top of Microsoft's new mobile operating system has resigned after working at the company for 21 years.
Though it is still the world's most popular operating system, Windows XP no longer has a majority of the global OS market share.
No seriously this time...
There are new details about exactly when Windows 8 will be hitting store shelves.
We knew it was only a matter of time, yet it's a huge story nevertheless.
Microsoft has confirmed it has no interest in selling any sort of portable Xbox, and will instead focus all of its mobile gaming energy to the new Windows Phone 7 platform.
Year after year after year, Microsoft has consistently kept its software up-to-date and as safe as possible by releasing security fixes to users at the same time every month. But none of these updates has ever been as big as the one that was pushed out to Windows customers yesterday.
It looks like the next-generation Windows operating system is less than two years away.
It's unlikely to be greeted with the same enthusiasm as the launch of Android or the iPhone, but October 11 will be a monumental day for Microsoft as it begins its last big chance to regain relevance in the mobile phone market.
Regardless of whether or not Windows Phone 7 becomes a success among regular consumers, Microsoft has already written the next step in its playbook: trying to woo the nearly impenetrable enterprise market.
Microsoft's regularly scheduled security update is getting a bit more than its typical once-over this morning, as it patches 34 different problems, tying the record for the most vulnerabilities ever tackled in one of the company's standard updates.
The first solid details on when we can actually expect a Windows Phone 7 phone to be on the market have finally surface, with Microsoft claiming that the platform will officially launch in October in Europe.
In the world of monopolistic operating systems, it certainly didn't take long for Windows 7 to be on more computer than Microsoft's previous, bungled platform Windows Vista.
While there's still shockingly few details about the launch of the Windows Phone 7 platform, Microsoft has now at least revealed a list of manufacturers that will be producing the first set of Phone 7 handsets.
Microsoft has shed some light on new details about its upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform, and it is incorporating its favorite word across all devices: "Live"
Microsoft originally said that new owners of Windows 7 who wanted to downgrade to XP would only have until 2011 to do so, but now the company has changed its mind and extended support for the old operating system until 2020.
New training programs for education are laying the foundation for Google's advance into schools.