Xbox Video arrives with a bonus for Windows Phone users: you can save movies to your phone for offline viewing.
While outsiders had expected a 2013 decision, a month or two more won't make a difference as long as the board gets it right, argues analyst
Office, Internet Explorer, and good ol' Flash all get some much-needed attention.
Motorola Mobility had argued that a Microsoft patent was invalid to avoid an ITC ban
Microsoft's casual declaration that more than 200,000 Windows Phone apps are available for download highlights a perpetual quality and discovery problem.
A few faithful retailers are a good start, but Microsoft's stand-alone stores and Best Buy stores-within-stores give buyers a curated experience that could help sales for the holidays and beyond.
According to reports, Microsoft's "Cortana" is a go, as are notifications, which will put Windows 8.1 on par with rival mobile OSes.
Microsoft may revisit its earlier policy of separate release schedules for business and consumer versions of Windows.
After a dozen years, Windows XP is ready to retire, and Microsoft promises to cut off tech support and security updates soon.
The developer event moves up a couple months to April 2014.