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When Microsoft introduced the ability to stream Xbox One games to the PC earlier this year, through its just-released Windows 10 OS, a common thought that came to many was, "Why couldn't we stream our PC games to our Xbox?" Well, believe it or not, that's going to be happening. In an interview with The Verge, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that the feature is coming, and now, last week's announcement that the Xbox One can now use a keyboard and mouse makes a whole lot more sense. The ability to stream PC games to a TV isn't that interesting anymore, as there are many, many solutions out there... Read more...
Today is the big day for Microsoft; the day that it replaces its oft-maligned Windows 8 operating system with Windows 10. Windows 10 takes the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and combines into one kickass operating system that will run the gamut from smartphones to notebooks to convertibles to desktops. While existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can get the upgrade to Windows 10 if they wait patiently for Microsoft to send it their way, those that have a valid license and want to do a clean install can now do so thanks to the availability of ISO files that you can transfer to a DVD or USB flash... Read more...
One of the reasons Windows 8 never resonated with the public is because there were too many jarring changes, both in appearance and functionality. To make matters worse, Microsoft dismissed the criticisms by taking a 'father knows best' approach -- you'll use it and you'll like it! But users didn't like it, and even one of Windows 8's designers eventually admitted that the Metro UI "is the antithesis of a power user." Well, that's all water under the bridge, old news, yesterday's events. Windows 10 is here, finally. And unlike Windows 8, early impressions are mostly positive. Make no mistake, Windows... Read more...
After all the hype, hoopla, and anticipation, tomorrow is the big day. We're of course talking about the initial roll out of Windows 10, which will be delivered to users in waves to ensure everything runs smoothly, and the beginning of a new era for Microsoft. In preparation for the big day, some users have reported around 3GB of downloaded Windows 10 installation files sitting dormant on their PCs.There are multiple reports of users seeing a folder named $windows.~BT on their operating system partition, which for most people is going to be the C:\ drive (C:\$windows.~BT). While the contents haven't... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? That's part of the apparent game plan for Microsoft in mobile -- let's face it, Android isn't about to be toppled by Microsoft or anyone else in the mobile space. Rather than cry over spilled milk, Microsoft is making the most of the situation with a new Launcher for Android called Arrow. And guess what? Early impressions are positive.Arrow Launcher is currently being tested as a beta product by invite only. So no, you can't go out and try it right at this very moment. However, others have, and they're saying mostly good things about the Launcher, which is... Read more...
Microsoft ruffled quite a few feathers when it announced the system requirements for Windows 10 in early June. At the time, Microsoft first revealed that Windows 10 Home users would have Windows Updates forced upon them no matter what. Don’t want that patch installed due to fears that it could cause compatibility issues? Tough luck! Afraid that the newest graphics drivers for your high-powered Radeon GPU will wreak havoc with your gaming rig? Too bad! Microsoft further confirmed this change of attitude with regards to software updates with Windows 10 Home’s End User License Agreement (EULA). While... Read more...
China is finally ending a ban on gaming consoles that has proven to be a real hindrance to companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. But before you ask, “I thought China already lifted the ban?” you have to realize that Chinese regulatory agencies only allowed consoles to be sold within the country if they were manufactured within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Now that Chinese officials have had a change of heart, manufacturers (both foreign and domestic) are free to build and sell their consoles anywhere within the country. Needless to say, console manufacturers are elated at the possibility... Read more...
Among the vast number of improvements coming with Windows 10 is an overhauling of the Windows Store. Versus other app stores, many would argue that Microsoft's hasn't been that exciting. It's also had a bad problem of stocking too many redundant and knock-off apps, as well as open source / free software sold by third-parties. Simply put, the Windows Store has been in need of a makeover. With Windows 10, Microsoft has added or refined a few Windows Store features, including adding lists and improving search algorithms, adding a new Web store, and updating ratings and user reviews. In Windows 8,... Read more...
“People still use Norton Antivirus?” That was my first thought when this latest bit of news came across my desk, but millions of users indeed are subjected to the resource-draining antivirus program on a daily basis (usually, because it comes installed on a large percentage of brand new Windows PCs). With that said, Norton Antivirus can’t stretch its legs and get comfortable without a ready and willing browser to rest its feet upon. So in order to better protect customers, Norton Antivirus installs extensions in web browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome to “protect” users if they stumble upon... Read more...
Laptops long ago surpassed desktops as the form-factor of choice for PC customers. And for those that aren’t tethered to a wall outlet 24-7, every minute counts when you’re out and about running on battery power with your laptop (or tablet). Given how mobile-centric we’ve become these days, it makes since that Microsoft and Intel are working together to help squash a bug that has cropped up in Windows 10 that reduces battery life. What Intel describes as a “minor bug” actually trims overall battery life of some Window 10-equipped machines by a little less than 10 percent compared to the same system... Read more...
Earlier this week, we learned that Microsoft’s Surface 3 LTE would be heading to AT&T’s network. And right on schedule, AT&T has opened up sales of the tablet which is available in a 64GB configuration (which we already knew about) and a 128GB configuration (which was news to us). Those that purchase a Surface 3 LTE at full price from a Microsoft Store or authorized retail partners will receive an unlocked device that can be used either on AT&T or T-Mobile’s wireless network in the United States (unlocked versions will be made available in late August). Speaking of T-Mobile, the Surface... Read more...
Microsoft has sky-high ambitions with Windows 10, due out next Wednesday, and that goes for mobile just as much as it does for the desktop. It needs to have some attractive smartphones on the market if it's going to make a real impression on people, and beyond that, they need to boast higher-end specs. No one gets excited over a budget phone. We've talked in the past about the upcoming Lumia 940 and 940 XL, and based on what we've learned up to this point, both phones look to be quite good. But, as we're now learning, models sporting those names might not even exist. Instead, Microsoft could go... Read more...
It seems these days that Microsoft is giving more attention to competing platforms like iOS and Android than it does to its own Windows Phone (soon to be Windows 10 Mobile) devices. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group, even had to explain to Windows Phone users back in early January that it hadn’t abandoned its flock despite the fact that it gave iOS and Android users better versions of Office. With that in mind, Microsoft has launched its new Send email app for the iPhone (Microsoft says that Send is “coming soon” to Android and Windows Phone). Send... Read more...
Microsoft suffered one more black eye as it emerged from the Nokia debacle this week. The company’s Q4 earnings statement formally announced a $2.1 billion loss, the biggest in Microsoft’s history.Driving that dramatic loss is the $7.5 billion impairment charge from Microsoft’s failed attempt to revive the Nokia phone business. Microsoft bought Nokia’s cell-phone component (as the latter company nose-dived) two years ago in a head-scratcher $7.2 billion deal. It subsequently released a string of mostly inexpensive phones that ran Windows software. The phones failed to take off in the numbers that... Read more...
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