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Hardware enthusiasts that read HotHardware surely aren’t running a tired and busted operating system like Windows Vista, right? Besides the fact that the OS was widely panned following its release on January 30th 2007, Windows Vista is a decade-old operating system that is antiquated in today’s modern computing age. However, for those of you that are somehow still clinging to Windows Vista, Microsoft is making it clear that time is nearly up for the operating system. On April 11th, Microsoft is pulling the plug on support for Windows Vista, which means that that the company will end the... Read more...
Do you really need a $3,000 device to keep track of your keys, your shoes, or to tell you if your milk jug is near empty? Well, if Microsoft has its way, you’ll be using devices like the HoloLens to keep track of everyday items that might otherwise be misplaced during your daily routines. A newly uncovered Microsoft patent filing describes a system in which an augmented reality (AR) headset is used to track items, be they at home or at work. In addition, the company believes that AR could be used to monitor the status of consumable goods like your orange juice or even eggs: For example, searching... Read more...
If you’re a fan of the Windows 10 Mobile operating system, and especially the Lumia 950 XL flagship smartphone (read Marco’s review right here), then you’ll likely want to jump on Microsoft's latest promotion. Microsoft is knocking $150 off the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL, which brings its price down to just $499. For those keeping score, this new pricing undercuts the smaller 5.2-inch Lumia 950 by $50. To further sweeten the deal, Microsoft is also throwing in a Display Dock for free — this would normally set you back an additional $99. While the $150 discount and free Display Dock is no doubt... Read more...
All signs are pointing to Microsoft’s Lumia 650 being the end of the line for the long-running Lumia smartphone family. First ushered in by Nokia, then absorbed by Microsoft, it now looks as though Microsoft will pin its future smartphone hopes on in-house designed “Surface” phones. But before we get to that point, Microsoft has to actually get the Lumia 650 out the door. And today, Microsoft took the first step by putting the smartphone up for preorder in the United States and Canada. Although you can preorder the Lumia 650 today, it won’t actually ship until April 1st. When it comes to the actual... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Newegg leaking a supposed release date and pricing of Windows 10 comes Microsoft to give us more accurate information. Well, at least more accurate information on the release date front. As it turns out, Newegg was completely wrong with its August 31 release date, whereas AMD's Lisa Su has been proven correct. Windows 10 will become available in two months time; July 31, to be exact. With the release now right around the corner, Microsoft has begun issuing prompts in Windows installations that allow people to claim their free upgrade in advance of launch. A number of my friends... Read more...
Microsoft today announced its Nokia 215, the company's most affordable Internet-ready phone to date. The entry level device carries a price tag of just $29 before taxes and subsidies, though don't get too excited -- this little handset is headed for emerging markets and is unlikely to ever see a launch on U.S. soil. This is part of Microsoft's plan to mobilize users who might not otherwise be able to afford and own a smartphone. It's intended for first-time mobile phone buyers, as well as anyone in select territories looking for a cheap secondary handset. There will be two versions of the device,... Read more...