Microsoft Launches Windows 8.1 Preview

Microsoft Launches Windows 8.1 Preview (

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Microsoft today officially launched Windows 8.1 Preview, the first public beta of its flagship operating system’s next version, at its Build developer conference in San Francisco today. For Microsoft, Windows 8.1 represents a chance to fix some of the issues with Windows 8. The fact that Microsoft is bringing back the Start button and now allowing users to boot right into the desktop is a sign that the company has been listening to its users. In many ways, 8.1 even in this Preview version is what Windows 8 should have been.

The Start button is obviously the main attraction here for many users. It’s worth noting, though, that while the Start button is back, the Start Menu isn’t coming back anytime soon. By default, clicking the Start button takes you to the good-old Start menu. Thankfully, however, Microsoft has added a new Apps screen that can take the place of the Start menu when you click the Start button. The Apps screen simply lists all your apps without the interference of live tiles and other embellishments. You can sort the list by name, most often used and newest apps. You can also invoke the Apps screen by swiping up from the Start screen.

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My Two Cents: Bringing back the start button is a step in the right direction, hopefully it will be a free upgrade for the existing Windows 8 users….

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Potential Partnership in the Cloud?

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Potential Partnership in the Cloud? (

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Microsoft Corporation and Oracle Corporation are not known as the best of friends in the tech sector. You would not expect Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to send a birthday care to Oracle’s Larry Ellison or vice versa. The companies have been direct competitors in several areas of tech, and they have competing languages – Microsoft is known for its .NET code, while Oracle made its name with Java. They are both in the server space, the on-site software market and the profitable SaaS (software-as-a-service) markets. They have each found their sweet spots in those markets, however, so they don’t necessarily compete directly.

As part of this partnership, Oracle will certify and support Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Microsoft will also offer Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers.

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My Two Cents: Hopefully this partnership will make their systems run better together….