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Since Satya Nadella stepped into the role of Microsoft CEO, the company's outlook has been a lot more positive than it had been in recent years. As the company's latest financials highlight, the company's killing it where cloud services are concerned, and as we've reported a few times over the past year, its latest OS, Windows 10, has proven to be a grand success. When Microsoft unveiled its first cloud initiatives, many revolving around its Azure platform, it was hard to grasp just how important they'd become for the company. As we now see, and Nadella backs up, it's proving to be an extremely... Read more...
Since its initial release over a decade ago, Skype has evolved to become the de facto application for those wanting to chat online. It works great as a simple messenger, but also quite well for 1v1 video chats, or even group chats. While the service might have its own caveats, its reliability has effectively locked in a great number of people. Because of its reliability, even game streamers have adopted its use to chat with fans during a broadcast. But up until this point, there has been a serious flaw tying into this: users could quite easily discover the IP address of a broadcaster, then target... Read more...
One of the most ambitious features Microsoft has packed into Windows 10 Mobile is Continuum, which lets users plug their smartphone into a dock, and then take advantage of it as if it were a PC, complete with mouse, keyboard, and monitor. It's a niche feature, but for those who could take advantage of it, it can prove to be a real boon to on-the-go productivity. Up to this point, Continuum has required beefier hardware to work, such as the hardware featured on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Microsoft has now added another SoC to the list: Qualcomm's MS8952, also known as the Snapdragon 617. At the moment,... Read more...
It's starting to seem like Microsoft is a glutton for punishment. The fact that the Redmond company's foray with Windows RT fizzled before it could even get started -- something all-too-real for those who had enough faith in Microsoft to purchase an equipped device -- isn't a surprise at all. Today, it seems few people who bought into Windows RT feel like it was worth it, and the fact that Microsoft didn't even bother porting Windows 10 to the platform is proof that it was just a lost cause. But, a lost cause might be temporary, and based on a new job listing posted by Microsoft, one mere lost... Read more...
Virtual reality is enjoying some ridiculous hype right now, fueled by the fact that the first kits will be launching in the months ahead. But while VR gets so much love right now, we can't forget about another alternate reality platform, AR, or augmented reality. AR, unlike VR, isn't designed to completely replace your field-of-view with another world, but instead complement the world around you. We've seen examples in the past where Microsoft would be able to drop monsters into your environment, although HoloLens' focus so far hasn't so much been gaming, but instead creation - being able to sculpt... Read more...
We've talked a handful of times in the past about Microsoft's upcoming major Windows 10 update called 'Redstone', one that should add polish that the company would have liked to see in the OS' initial release. While there's still much to learn about this update, we do know that it will bring substantial updates to Continuum, and possibly, extensions to Microsoft Edge. A couple of weeks ago, Windows Insiders were treated to the first preview build of Redstone, version 11082. While there's not too much to see quite yet, this is proof that development is well underway, and that we could very... Read more...
It's a sad reality we must all face: some groups want nothing more than to intrude on our personal lives, gaining information that should be kept private. A notable group is of course the US government, which Edward Snowden proved to us over the past two years many times over is relentless when it comes to information gathering. While the government just last month officially scaled-back its mass collection efforts, it's clear that the spying is not going to stop entirely. Given that unfortunate fact, Microsoft has decided to make a rather significant change to its email service Outlook.com, and... Read more...
Last Christmas, so-called hackers at Lizard Squad decided to toy with the emotions of millions. At a time when many people would have been hooking up a brand-new game console (or loading up a new game), both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were knocked offline, thanks to an effective DDoS attack. Considering the fact that the same group decided to take PSN down on Black Friday a few weeks ago, it seems the attackers haven't grown bored. With Christmas right around the corner, we can't help but wonder what will happen next. So far, there have been no visible threats on PSN or XBL, but... Read more...
Since its introduction in Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft has helped keep users safe from malware and browser hijacks with SmartScreen. The company went on to introduce SmartScreen as a feature of Windows itself, able to detect malicious software, or at least warn people that software about to be installed is an unknown to the company. Now, the company has updated Internet Explorer 11 and Edge with a SmartScreen feature that will help protect users from so-called "drive-by" attacks. Drive-by refers to the fact that the attacks can come out of nowhere, and even initiate on a legitimate website. They... Read more...
With its Windows OS, Microsoft is likely the biggest victim of piracy on Earth, and it's no secret that China plays a major role in that. But, so too do other issues, such as the Chinese government's distaste or distrust of American companies. This ties into the reason that China is working to get its own CPU off the ground, as well as its own OS. Microsoft realizes this problem well, but can't ignore the huge potential of penetrating the Chinese government market. So it has decided to go out of its comfort zone to cater to the Chinese government's requirements. It's doing so by establishing a... Read more...
Since launching its "New Xbox One Experience" in mid-November, Microsoft has seen some a great response. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's also found that one of the most-used features of the update is the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. Despite there being a limited number of supported titles, it hasn't stopped players from logging more than 9 million hours to date. Fortunately for those who yearn for their favorite Xbox 360 game to be supported with this backwards compatibility, Microsoft seems to be working very hard to add support for as many games as it can, and as quickly as possible.... Read more...
Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to release its next major Windows 10 update, dubbed "Redstone," in Summer 2016, and new information teases us with the prospect of being able to test it out soon. If true, it either means that we'll be getting a really advanced preview, or that Redstone is so far ahead of schedule that we could see it drop in the spring. This latest information comes from a Twitter account that monitors various OS builds coming out of Microsoft, with one of its recent tweets referencing build 11082. This is notable because of the "11" at the start; the Windows 10 RTM... Read more...
Here's a bit of a strange issue. Microsoft, via its TechNet website, has said that the encryption keys used to secure the connection between a Windows PC and the xboxlive.com domain have been "inadvertently disclosed." At the current time, Microsoft isn't telling us exactly how that happened, but the fortunate thing is that the company has been rather quick in issuing a fix. With encryption keys that are used to validate a security certificate in the hand of malicious users, man-in-the-middle attacks could be performed. A MITM attack is when a connection is interfered with to either fetch the traffic... Read more...
Be sure to check out our Lumia 950 review here... Microsoft rolling out an update to one of its OSes isn't often that big of a deal, because let's be honest, it happens all the time. An update just issued for Windows 10 Mobile is a bit of an exception. Not because of what it actually introduces (or fixes); but because of how it was released. Typically, any mobile OS update needs to go through the carrier that sold a customer their phone, and often, that can take a long time. Thanks to Apple's tightly-run ecosystem, there's never a delay there, but on Android, many will never see the latest... Read more...
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