If you are not ready for Windows 10, you better keep an eye on those automatic Microsoft updates

It’s no secret that Microsoft really, really wants all of its users to update to Windows 10.  Not only are they giving it away for free (in classic Apple style) but they have also made it easy to upgrade by installing a Windows 10 icon on the system tray.   It has also recently been confirmed by Microsoft that it is downloading Windows 10 installation files on to those computers whose users have opted into automatic updates.  Therefore many users have already downloaded all of the files necessary, 3-6 GB worth of them, to start installing Redmond’s latest and greatest operating system whether they wanted to or not.  Engadget has just reported that Microsoft has taken this a step further by now ticking the “Update to Windows 10” box in the Windows updater by default.  Both the Windows icon and installation files can be removed easily enough but turning back the clock on an entire operating system update requires a little more time and finesse.  Although Microsoft has told Ars Technica that making the OS install take place by default was an error on their part and that they will correct this, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on that next round of automatic updates so that you don’t get more than you bargained for.

New Raspberry Pi available

A new version of the credit card sized computer was announced today. Although the Raspberry Pi 2 looks exactly like its predecessors it packs some extra horsepower. The major change is the processor which is a now a 900 MHz quad core loaded with 1 GB of RAM, the previous models had a single core 700 MHz processor with 500 MB of RAM. It was also announced that Microsoft will be making a specialized version of Windows 10 for the pint sized computer. Rounding out the good news is that the price will remain the same at $35 US.

The new model is already up for sale on the Newark site and the Canadian site Buy a Pi is hoping to have it available by February 27.

Windows 7 no longer available after October 2014

If you prefer the touchless stylings of Windows 7 over the touchee feeleeness of Windows 8 you better get a new computer before Halloween. Paul Thurrott of the Windows Supersite has reported today that Microsoft will no longer make Windows 7 available to PC makers for preinstalls after October 31, 2014. This news comes on the heels of the announcement that Windows XP will no longer be updated after April 8. It sure sounds like Microsoft is trying to encourage people to get onboard the Windows 8 bandwagon whether they like it or not.

Source: BGR

Office 365 now available on Android devices

Up until now Microsoft’s Office Suite has only been available on iOS but that has just changed with its release to the Google Play store today. The mobile version has document creation and edit modes for Word, Excel and PowerPoint and allows you to store documents on the device itself or online using SkyDrive. As with the iOS version, you require a subscription of Office 365 to be able to access this mobile app. Although Office 365 is currently only available in the US it is expected that it will be opened up to Canadian users soon.

Source: Mobile Syrup, Boy Genius Report, Engadget

Microsoft bundles Office 365 subscriptions with Xbox Live

Microsoft announced that customers who purchase a year’s subscription to Office 365 Home Premium or a four year subscription to Office 365 University will get one year of Xbox Live Gold at no extra cost. This deal is being offered to Canada, Australia, the majority of Europe and parts of Asia and South America, strangely the US is not included. Included in the $99 per year subscription is access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Publisher for up to 5 PC’s or Macs. Microsoft just recently released an iOS App that also allows it’s Office 365 subscribers to access the popular software on iPhones. The offer will be in place starting from July 18 until September 28 and is only for new customers.

Source: Engadget, The Verge and Microsoft

Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium now available

As expected Microsoft has released a new version of its popular software, Office 2013, today.  For those who like to actually get a hard copy, there are three versions available: Home and Student, Home and Business and Professional.  The Home and Student version includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and sells for $139.  The other two versions are selling for $219 and $399 respectively.  If you are a type of person who prefers to get your software from the cloud then you may want to look into Office 365.  The Home Premium version is a little cheaper than the hardcopy at $99, but it is a subscription and allows access for only 1 year.  An advantage though is that is always up to date and you can load it onto up to five PC’s and Macs at the same time.  It also includes 20 GB of SkyDrive storage.  Engadget just posted a review of the Microsoft’s new offering if you want to determine if the upgrade is for you.

Source: Endgaget Office 365 and Office 365 Review


Windows 8 price to go up February 1

For those of you thinking of getting the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft you better hurry since the price is going up on February 1.  If you want the Pro version of the software you can get it from Microsoft.com as a download for only $39.99 until January 31, this also includes the Windows Media Center Pack for free.  The DVD is available from retailers for $69.99.  After February 1, the price of the regular upgrade and the Pro versions will be $120 and $200 respectively while the Media Center Pack will set you back $10.

Source: Engadget and Microsoft