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We must say, Microsoft has gotten pretty good at using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring us cool smartphone and web apps. Microsoft has tried its best at guessing our age, and even our emotional state. Now, Microsoft is targeting man’s best friend with its new Fetch app. Let’s get this out of the way first: Fetch, which comes by way of the Microsoft Garage app skunkworks, is currently only available for the iOS platform. Although we’re certain that users that are sticking with Microsoft’s struggling Windows Phone efforts wish that they were thrown a bone, it wasn’t mean... Read more...
With Remedy Entertainment's latest title, Quantum Break, launching on April 5th, Microsoft has decided to give us a two-month heads-up on a couple of important details surrounding the launch. First and foremost, the company has just announced that the game will be coming to the PC, and that those who pre-order the game on the Xbox One will automatically get a free copy of that version. This is the first time Microsoft has offered this kind of deal, and it highlights the company's desire to make its Xbox One and Windows 10 interoperable. It goes without saying that Quantum Break's PC version is... Read more...
Microsoft irked a number of Windows 10 users last year when it went radio silent on system updates delivered through Windows Update. Microsoft had long provided release notes or at least a brief description about what each update added (or removed) from its operating systems and what key bugs or security vulnerabilities were squashed. Needless to say, users that like to keep tabs on what changes are going on behind the scenes with their operating system were not amused. Microsoft has finally gotten the hint and is reversing course with the launch of the new Windows 10 Update History site. Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft added to the frustration of some of its OneDrive and Office 365 users over the weekend when it accidentally capped their storage ceiling at 1TB. The lowered data cap caught the users off guard because Microsoft had previously promised a one-year grace period for users who were using more than 1TB. OneDrive has been an ongoing source of angst for some users over recent months. It dates back to when Microsoft announced that Office 365 subscribers would be allowed to use as much OneDrive storage as they wanted to, only Microsoft later went back on its word because it felt that a small number... Read more...
If you've been ever-so-patiently waiting for the exact right time to buy an Xbox One game console, now might be it, provided you go through Microsoft's online store. Those who do will receive a free game selection plus a $75 gift code to go along with their console of choice, and yes, those freebies apply to bundles, too. On the fence between a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? It's understandable—both are excellent systems with their own pros and cons. For those of you leaning towards an Xbox One and needing a gentle nudge to make a regret-free purchase, Microsoft's latest console has a lot going for... Read more...
Not long after Apple unveiled its Siri personal assistant to the world, people began asking her outrageous questions, sometimes inappropriate or just humorous, if for no other reason than they just could. When creating Cortana, Microsoft was well-aware of what its digital assistant was going to have to deal with. As as result, Cortana was designed in such a way to handle abuse or inappropriate questions in a rather specific, simple manner. According to Microsoft's Deborah Harrison, who is one of eight writers for Cortana, a chunk of the earliest queries were about Cortana's sex life. Over time,... Read more...
Microsoft made a splash in the wearables market with its original Band device, and then followed that up with the Band 2, a fancier and more feature rich version of the original. The second iteration is one of the best fitness wearables on the market, and it just got a little bit better courtesy of a new update. One of the biggest issues with wearables is battery life. It's the nature of the beast when you're dealing with a small and lightweight gadget, so rather than roll with bigger and heavier batteries, manufactures have to get creative. Microsoft's done that with its newest update by enabling... Read more...
I just had one of those "Oh s**t!" moments. What prompted it was a short video from Microsoft teasing a whole new level of immersion with professional football, one that can only be made possible through augmented reality (AR), and in this case, HoloLens. I'll admit, I was a bit tepid towards HoloLens, but not anymore. HoloLens is different from headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which plunge you into a virtual reality (VR), be it a rendered video game world or a real life location. Instead of transporting you to another place, HoloLens augments your own surroundings, turning real-life... Read more...
SwiftKey has been one of the more popular predictive keyboard offerings in the mobile space since it was first released in beta form on the Android market back in 2010. What made SwiftKey so appealing, aside from the myriad of customization options, clean layout, support for numerous languages, an innovative input method, was its intelligent predictive text technology. SwiftKey isn’t a simple keyboard replacement. Rather, the software uses a combination of artificial intelligence technologies and algorithms that give it the ability to learn usage patterns and predict the next word the user most... Read more...
Microsoft is just getting started when it comes to spreading the love with its Windows 10 operating system. Within a month of launching during the summer of 2015, Windows 10 was installed on over 75 million PCs. During the company’s blockbuster October hardware event, the company announced that Windows 10 had surpassed the 110 million mark. And just last month, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 installations have topped 200 million. The rather frantic pace of Windows 10 upgrades is now having an effect on legacy Windows operating systems, with the latest victims being Windows 8.1 and Windows XP... Read more...
Submerging your PC in water probably isn't something you're keen on trying, and with good reason—water and electronics aren't the best of friends. So why then is Microsoft experimenting with under sea data centers? For one, we're coastal creatures with nearly half of society settling down near large bodies of water. However, it's not the only reason. "The vision of operating containerized data centers offshore near major population centers anticipates a highly interactive future requiring data resources located close to users. Deepwater deployment offers ready access to cooling, renewable power... Read more...
In November, Microsoft kicked OneDrive users in the gut when it announced that it was neutering its existing OneDrive storage options. Microsoft killed its unlimited storage option, executed the 100GB and 200GB storage tiers (replacing them with a lone 50GB tier) and announced that it would rollback the free 15GB tier to a mere 5GB (even for existing users). Microsoft blamed its need to make drastic changes to its storage tiers on data hogs that were using up to 75TB of storage on unlimited plans and using their OneDrive accounts to store DVR recordings, entire movie collections, and multiple complete... Read more...
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...
Microsoft doesn’t have any intention of revealing Xbox One sales numbers, as the company has decided to keep those figures under lock and key (Microsoft last gave an update in November 2014, when it had sold a total of 10 million Xbox One consoles). On the other hand, Sony has been trumpeting its PlayStation 4 sales numbers whenever possible. Sony last gave us an update on the PlayStation 4 in early January, indicating that it had sold 35.9 million consoles since it was first launched in late 2013. Interestingly, Electronic Arts Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen filled in the blanks for us... Read more...
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