How to Play Classic Windows Games on Your Phone

I think the last time I played a Windows game—as in, a Microsoft game that comes baked into the Windows operating system—was back in Windows 95. Ah, FreeCell. That’s not to say that Microsoft’s games were bad, it’s just not very often that I find myself needing to strike up some Minesweeper to kill time. Read more...

Ex-Windows EVP Terry Myerson joins Madrona Venture and The Carlyle Group

More than half a year after splitting from a long time role at Microsoft, former Windows and Device EVP Terry Myerson is finally ready to talk about his future. In a blog post this morning, the executive discussed what he’s been up to for the past several months (running, learning the piano, strengthening personal relationships, and all that good stuff) and highlighted two new roles.

The 21-year Microsoft vet will be joining Madrona Venture Group as a Venture Partner. The Seattle-based firm has been having a good run of late. As we noted back in May, four of its portfolio companies — Smartsheet, Apptio, Redfin and Impinj —have managed to IPO in the last two years.

Myerson notes that Madrona Managing Director Soma Somasegar was among the first to reach out after his exit from Microsoft.

“Madrona’s core idea is that if you are going to really partner

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Microsoft launches new monthly financing plan for its Surface devices starting at $25

While it looked like all the major news from Microsoft’s Surface event today had already leaked ahead of time, the company still managed to surprise us with the launch of its new noise-canceling headphones and its new Surface All Access plans that offer a monthly installment plan for your Surface purchases, similar to the way you probably pay for your phone. You can read all about the headphones here. As for the All Access plan, the company said that plans start at $24.99/month for 24 months to get a Surface Go. At $625 over two years, that’s a bit more expensive than getting the Go outright, though Microsoft didn’t yet say what configuration we’re actually talking about here. What we do know, though, is that All Access will include a subscription to Office 365, access to in-store training and support (or what Microsoft call “top-tier support”). As far as we
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Why Can’t I Get Predictive Text on My Desktop Computer?

Nothing kills typos faster than predictive text. Just think of how often you go about your day, texting away, using your smartphone’s built-in capabilities to predict the big words you’re trying to type before you finish them. If you’re good, you can compose a decent thought without ever hitting an actual letter.
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Eat the suburbs

 The cicadas rev up as the summer sun bakes the carefully tended lawns of suburban Dublin, Ohio. Houses sit exposed like cattle in the heat, the trees too small to offer a shaded window or cool spot on the driveway so everything is shut tight. The only ones outside for any length of time are the folks cutting grass, fixing awnings, installing cable. The one man walking in the sun is the father… Read More

Eat the suburbs

 The cicadas rev up as the summer sun bakes the carefully tended lawns of suburban Dublin, Ohio. Houses sit exposed like cattle in the heat, the trees too small to offer a shaded window or cool spot on the driveway so everything is shut tight. The only ones outside for any length of time are the folks cutting grass, fixing awnings, installing cable. The one man walking in the sun is the father… Read More