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A good sign that you've managed to pull off something impressive is when even your arch nemesis is surprised at your accomplishment. That's how it went when Microsoft made the shocking announcement at E3 that Xbox One will be able to natively play Xbox 360 titles later this year. When apprised of the news, rival Sony could only offer props to Microsoft's engineering feat."It was surprising," admitted Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida. "I didn't think it was possible. There must be lots of engineering effort. They talked about 100 games, but what kind of games will be included. Is... Read more...
Just days after Microsoft announced that Windows 10 supports Xbox One streaming, word is coming that Windows 10 also supports Xbox 360 game streaming via the Xbox One. That follows Microsoft’s announcement that that the Xbox One is receiving backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360. As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft has an impressive UI revamp in the works for the Xbox One. It will come out toward the end of this year, likely around the Windows 10 launch, at which point you’ll have access to the Xbox 360 game streaming functionality. The holiday season is shaping up to be a big one for Microsoft’s... Read more...
Opting for the Fast ring on Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview program means you'll gain access to new Windows builds before everyone else, but it also means having to put up with bugs that get squashed before the build trickles over to Slow ring subscribers. Case in point, Microsoft has made available Build 10136 on the Fast ring, and if you're using the previous Fast ring release (Build 10080), you'll have to jump through some hoops to upgrade. Microsoft says there's a migration bug that prevents upgrades from 10080 to 10136, and so the Redmond outfit isn't supporting that upgrade... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox One has sure been receiving a lot of love at this year's E3. Yesterday, Microsoft revealed that it'd be introducing Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, which is something I'm sure very few people expected. In the same presentation, the company also introduced the Xbox Elite Wireless controller - priced at a staggering $150. The great thing about the backwards compatibility roll out is that users who are part of the preview program can access that now. Microsoft wasn't done with the announcements that can be taken advantage of now: today it's unveiled that the feature to stream from... Read more...
Microsoft this week announced that web searches made using the company's Bing search engine will soon be encrypted by default. In actuality, users have been able to encrypt searches made via Bing for around a year and a half now, though sometime before summer comes to an end, it will be a standard option for all users. The move will level the playing field with Google and Yahoo, both of which already offer encrypted searches by default. Of course, the bodies at Microsoft still need to eat and so the company will conintue to pass along referrer strings to marketers and webmasters that identify traffic... Read more...
It's been quite the E3 so far, and Microsoft has been a good part of what's been exciting. Today, the company announced that later this year, it will be releasing what could be the "ultimate" gamepad. Called Xbox Elite Wireless, this gamepad has a dramatically overhauled D-pad and four paddles underneath. A couple of other things make this gamepad special: you’ll find trigger locks, the ability to customize thumbstick sensitivity, along with the level of travel for the top triggers. And if that wasn't enough, it also sports swappable components. The Xbox Elite controller is definitely for... Read more...
Did Microsoft just win E3 before Sony even takes the stage? That might be overstating things just a tad, but this is pretty big news for the console gaming community — Microsoft just announced that the Xbox One will be able to natively play Xbox 360 titles later this year. Be still, my heart! Better yet, gamers won’t have to spend one red cent to have access to their catalog of Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One console. If you previously purchased an Xbox 360 title from the Xbox Marketplace, the game will automatically be made available for you to download for free to your Xbox One. The alternative... Read more...
When Microsoft released build 10130 of the Windows 10 Preview at the end of May, it said that it was holding off on seeding it to those on the Slow Ring because it wanted to first monitor how those on the Fast Ring would fare. Well, it seems that they fared well enough, as the company has just decided to begin pushing it out to Slow Ring users. There is a potential gotcha, however. Some people have noted difficulties updating through Windows Update, and while it seems a little absurd, the easiest fix, per Microsoft, is to just reinstall. For that purpose, it released the 10130 ISOs last weekend.... Read more...
Well, look what the cat dragged in. It appears that the folks over at Nokia were well on their way towards releasing a smartwatch that would have competed in a market that is starting to swell with Tizen-, Android Wear-, and watchOS-based offerings. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2014 put an end to what was known internally as project Moonraker. Although most know Moonraker as the 1979 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Nokia’s Moonraker was actually a colorful smartwatch that looks similar in design to Sony’s Smartwatch 3. Existence of Moonraker... Read more...
Microsoft first gave us a glimpse of the massive Surface Hub display when it announced Windows 10 back in January, but the company today is finally giving us an idea of how much businesses will have to fork over when it comes to put in a purchase order. The smaller of the two, the 55-inch Surface Hub, is priced at a steep $6,999. However, the towering 85-inch Surface Hub will cost an eye-watering $19,999. Microsoft hopes that the Surface Hub will empower businesses by making the conference room more intelligent. “What struck us is that while there have been a number of devices designed to improve... Read more...
Microsoft has made it clear that not all of its upcoming Windows 10 releases will be coming out at the same time. While we learned a few weeks ago that the desktop variant would be released on July 29, it seemed inevitable we'd have to wait a fair bit longer to see the mobile version. Well, according to the folks at Neowin, who've procured a slide destined for a Microsoft partner, we're likely to see Windows 10 Mobile drop in September. This is based on the fact that the slide notes it will "be available late next quarter", referencing Q3. There's some things to bear in mind here, such... Read more...
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Microsoft has officially announced a brand new Xbox One SKU that includes a larger 1TB HDD and a new wireless controller. We already brought you news on both of these additions, but this is the first time that Microsoft has actually confirmed the new console and controller. As we previously reported the new 1TB Xbox One will also ship with a “newly designed” Xbox One Wireless Controller which features a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack. “With the updated controller, in addition to the volume and mute controls on gaming headsets, you’ll also have the option... Read more...
It’s long been said that Apple’s efforts to tackle “the cloud” have often come up short. Apple has seemingly struggled to get a firm grip on cloud data starting with iTools, which subsequently morphed into .Mac, MobileMe, and to its current incarnation as iCloud. In the past, Apple has rented server capacity from various vendors -- such as Amazon and Microsoft -- to support its cloud services like iCloud. In addition, Apple has taken the easy (but not always efficient) approach of using off-the-shelf hardware like Cisco switches and HP servers in its growing army of data centers. However, Apple... Read more...
Looking for something to do this weekend? Microsoft has made available an ISO for its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130. The company took the unusual step of releasing an ISO for the build before doling it out to the Slow ring, and the reason for that is there's a bug that's preventing users on the Fast ring from getting the latest release. "Hi everyone, today we are releasing the ISOs for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130. We are not, however, releasing Build 10130 to the Slow ring due to several bugs we’re looking to fix," Microsoft explained. "Once we have these fixes in hand and ready... Read more...
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