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IE6 sucked. We all know that. But the good thing is so does Microsoft and the company has been doing a lot since the past couple of years to make people switch over to the newer versions, which have been a significant improvement, and trying to repair the tarnished image of the browser in the eyes of the internet users.

But there are people who don’t want to let Microsoft repair that image. IE has become a laughing stock of the internet to the point where it’s now a meme. You will often hear people saying how the browser sucks and how they use it only to download other browsers. And while the browser did suck in the past, the new one does not (not as much anyway). And Microsoft wants you to know that.

So to hammer down that point, Microsoft launched the website The Browser You Loved To Hate earlier this year, where they openly admitted that IE6 sucked but the new one does not and that you should at least give it a try before deriding it on the internet. The latest video in that campaign is of a guy who goes around on the internet typing ‘IE SUCKS’ at every chance he gets even when faced against the facts that it does not anymore. Eventually he sees something he likes, which makes him think differently.

Microsoft message is simple. The browser has progressed and so should you. And that you should give something a chance before ignorantly making fun of it. Maybe you’ll see something you like.

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Roughly a month after its Windows RT sibling made it to the market, Microsoft announced pricing and availability of its Surface Pro slate. The tablet will be available in January, priced at $899 for a model with 64GB of memory, and $999 for a version with 128GB built-in.

The Microsoft Surface Pro will not come bundled with a Touch or Type cover. You will have to spend some extra cash to have one of the handy covers at your service. The tablet will however, come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology in the box.

Despite looking exactly like the Surface RT, the Pro version will offer significantly beefier hardware than its ARM relative. The upcoming slate will feature Intel’s latest generation Core i5 CPU, Mini DisplayPort, full-size USB 3.0, as well as a copy of Windows 8 Pro, which is able to run desktop software.

The display of the Surface Pro is much sweeter too. It keeps the 10.6″ diagonal and 16:9 ratio, but boasts full HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. If 1080p doesn’t cut it for you, the Mini DisplayPort supports external unit with a resolution up to 2560×1440 pixels.

Overall, despite being far from cheap, the Microsoft Surface Pro seems to offer a decent amount of hardware for the money. What do you think?

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A new Skype 4.2 version is now available in the Apple’s App Store for all the iPhones, iPads and iPods Touch running on iOS 4.3 or later.

It adds support for Microsoft accounts and you can now chat with your Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts directly from within Skype. The 4.2 version also allows you to tap and hold for edit on instant messages.

Here’s the complete changelog as provided by the developers themselves:

  • Chat with Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts – sign in with and merge your Microsoft account.
  • New to Skype? Create a new account right from the app.
  • Tap and hold on instant messages to edit them.
  • Choose an emoticon while typing an instant message.
  • Animated emoticons for devices with a Retina display.
  • Edit saved phone numbers right from the dial pad.
  • Bug fixes.

You can update your Skype app right now – just head to the App store.

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At the end of October, Microsoft officially launched the Windows 8 operating system and now, a month later, the company reports it has already sold 40 million licenses.

An impressive achievement for the guys at Redmond, indeed. In comparison, there were 60 million Windows 7 licenses sold in the first 10 weeks after its launch at the end of 2009.

The news was announced by the finance and marketing chief of Windows, Tami Reller, who didn’t detail how much of the 40 million Windows 8 licenses were upgrades or came as a part of a new PC or notebook. However, he outlined that “Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7″.

Mr. Reller hasn’t disclosed any interesting statistics on how the Windows 8 RT piece of the Windows 8 ecosystem is doing in its first month and more specifically the Microsoft Surface tablet.

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It might be six years old and have a replacement lurking right around the corner, but numbers say that the Xbox 360 is still one hell of a gaming console. Microsoft announced that it sold 750,000 units thanks to the shopping frenzy surrounding the Black Friday week.

The above number handily trumps the achievements of some of Microsoft’s major competitors, including Nintendo’s spanking new Wii U, which was plagued by stock shortages during the same period.

The success of the Xbox 360 was likely aided by the launch of this year’s top blockbuster video game titles such as Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Assassin’s Creed III. In any case, the strong sales performance of the console will likely help it retain the best-selling status which it’s been holding to over the past couple of years.

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Early adopters of Windows Phone 8 devices have been complaining about their devices randomly rebooting repeatedly. Fortunately, a fix is on the way.

Microsoft has confirmed that they have identified the cause of the problem and will be delivering an over-the-air update in December that will fix the problem.

Here is the full statement that Microsoft provided:

We’re continuing to investigate some reports of phones rebooting and have identified a cause with our partners. We are working to get an over-the-air update out in December.

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Just as its previously teased, Microsoft officially announced the eagerly awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update is going to see the day of light in early 2013.

The guys at Redmond didn’t specify an exact date of the launch, but we now know for sure that Windows Phone 7.8 won’t be coming for Christmas.

In the announcement at its official blog, the company re-confirmed some of the new features that will come as a part of Windows Phone 7.8.The new available colors for the UI theme were mentioned (bringing the total to 20). The additional Exchange security enhancements and ability to resize the Live tiles were also revealed, but are nothing new.

There was nothing mentioned on the rumored update that was said to follow Windows Phone 7.8 on legacy smartphones, though.

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Microsoft has released the Outlook.com app for Android. It is, as you would expect, an email client for your Outlook (previous Hotmail) account. What you wouldn’t expect is just how badly made this app from Microsoft is.

Just looking at the screenshots above you can see what is wrong with the app. It looks like it went into development when Gingerbread came out and since then no one told Microsoft about ICS and Jelly Bean. This is confounding as other recent apps from Microsoft, such as OneNote Mobile and SkyDrive are actually pretty good.

Functionality-wise, the app is fine, but then, so is the stock mail client in Android. It even supports push mail, which leaves you with the question, why would you ever download this atrocity from Microsoft?

Update: Technically the app is developed by Seven Networks on behalf of Microsoft but it still has Microsoft’s stamp of approval on it so they are just as responsible for this terrible app.

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Microsoft is allegedly working on an update to Windows Phone, called Apollo+. This will be a minor ‘.1’ update that will add some of the features missing in the initial release, such as support for VPN networks and OTA updates. It will also include bug fixes for issues such as Wi-Fi connection bug.

Microsoft reportedly ran out of time for the initial release of Windows Phone 8, due to which they had to leave out features such as a notification center. You can expect to see these features roll out gradually in future updates for Windows Phone 8.

Meanwhile, you can expect to find out more about Apollo+ in the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2013.

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