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When we last left Joe Belfiore, he announced that he was taking a nine-month-long break from Microsoft to travel the world with his family. Belfiore is Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for the Operating Systems Group and has been the most recognizable face at Microsoft when it comes to championing the Windows Phone platform. So can understand why many were quite shocked this morning when Belfiore resurfaced on Twitter with a tweet about his visit to Kyoto. And it wasn’t his luscious golden locks that people were most interesting in; it was the fact that he was posting from an iPhone. That’s... Read more...
Microsoft caused a lot of confusion and anger in the enthusiast community when it was announced that customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on Skylake hardware would no longer be officially supported after July 17th, 2017. That means critical security updates will no longer be delivered to these systems, and even if they are provided, Microsoft will do so only “if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.” Although it wasn’t entirely clear at the time (because we couldn’t fathom that Microsoft would take this drastic of an action... 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...
Do you have a tough time getting up in the morning? If your routine involves hitting the snooze button on your alarm only to go right back to sleep and repeat the cycle half a dozen times, then you might want to give Microsoft's latest app a try. It's called Mimicker Alarm, and it's one of a growing list of Microsoft-made apps for Android. Mimicker Alarm takes a different approach to waking you up. It essentials annoys the snot of you with silly tasks that take the place of hitting the off or snooze button. For example, the app might ask you to take a selife with a specific facial expression in... Read more...
Windows Insiders sitting pretty in the Fast ring have a new Windows 10 build to play with and test out, build 11102, but there's something you should know before you rush out and grab it. The new build has a few known issues, including one that could negatively impact your gaming experience in several popular titles.That particular bug is related to the Windows graphics stack and is causing PC games to crash to the desktop in certain instances, such as switching from windowed mode to full screen, when changing the resolution, or even just launching a title. Microsoft said it's witnessed crashes... Read more...
Microsoft announced its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tablets way back in early October, however, those clamoring to purchase the most expensive SKUs have been left holding on to their credit cards in disappointment. Well, the wait is over, and Microsoft has announced that range-topping SKUs of both tablets are available to purchase in the United States and Canada. For those that need a refresher, the Surface Book is a 13.5-inch (3000x2000) convertible tablet that doubles as a notebook with its included keyboard dock/base. The Surface Pro 4, the successor to the Surface Pro 3, is a 12.3-inch (2736x1824)... Read more...
Word on the street is that Microsoft is ready to bury its Lumia brand and move in a different direction with Windows 10 Mobile smartphones developed by its Surface hardware team. Microsoft for all intents and purposes confirmed the development, with Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela stating, that the phone would be the “spiritual equivalent” of its Surface tablets. The Redmond software and hardware giant definitely has something new in the works, as Microsoft China uploaded a video this week to highlight the Continuum functionality found within supported Windows 10 Mobile smartphones.... Read more...
Microsoft has officially revealed its Surface Pro power cord replacement program a day earlier than originally reported. We first brought you news of the recall yesterday, when Microsoft confirmed that power cords shipped with Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets could overheat if “wound too tightly, twisted or pinched over an extended period of time.” The program, which is currently available to Surface Pro customers in the United States and Canada, covers Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 sold prior to March 15, 2015. Tablets sold after that point are not affected by... 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...
If you have a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, then you need to listen very carefully. Microsoft is about to launch a voluntary recall campaign for the power cords used on its Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets due to overheating concerns. News of the recall was first brought to light by a European publication, and Microsoft later confirmed the news to the well-respected “Redmond Watcher” Mary Jo Foley. In a statement, Microsoft provided the following preliminary information on the recall: As a result of damage caused by AC power cords being wound too tightly, twisted or pinched... Read more...
In what Microsoft is pitching as a philanthropic play, the Redmond giant has committed to donating $1 billion worth of cloud services to university researchers and nonprofit organizations over the next three years. The investment is one piece of a three-part initiative to ensure that Microsoft's cloud computing resources ultimately serve the public good. Microsoft's effort is on a broad scale. In a related blog post, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith talks about cloud computing emerging as a vital resource for addressing the world's problems. "Cloud services can unlock the... Read more...
A dispute involving scratched Xbox 360 discs that stems back nearly will be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States, which will decide if there's enough cause for Microsoft to face class-action lawsuit. While that sounds like an easy task, lower courts have disagreed on the matter, hence how it was able to reach the Supreme Court.At issue is a lawsuit alleging that Xbox 360 consoles had a tendency to scratch optical discs and that Microsoft knew it was a problem. The lawsuit essentially blames the symptom on a design flaw, one in which there was little to no protection in place to prevent... Read more...
The Xbox One bundles keep coming, the newest of which is a treat for Tom Clancy fans. It's the Xbox One Tom Clancy's The Division Bundle featuring a 1TB version of Microsoft's newest generation console, a newly updated wireless controller with 3.5mm headset jack, full game digital download of The Division, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial. An HDMI cable is included in the box as well. This isn't a themed console like some of Microsoft's other Xbox One bundles, though in terms of extra incentives, those who pre-order this one in the U.S. are guaranteed early access to the upcoming closed beta launching... 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...
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