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We’ve seen a number of special edition Xbox One consoles since its initial introduction over two years ago. However, Microsoft France has gone “Full Marvel” by enlisting the help of Tony Stark (better known as Iron Man) to design its latest Xbox One. The newest Xbox One is emblazoned with Stark Industries logos and has a miniature arc reactor built into its redesigned top panel. Naturally, the arc reactor lights up when the console is turned on and the motif has also replaced the power button on the redesigned wireless controller. Even though this custom Xbox One is undeniably cool, we have two... Read more...
If you’re a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user that hasn’t yet upgraded to Windows 10, it stands to reason that you’ve been bombarded at some point to upgrade. Microsoft is really pushing its free upgrade to Windows 10 and is trying every trick in the book to get users to take advantage of its latest and greatest operating system. However, at least for one meteorologist, the Windows 10 upgrade prompt came during an inopportune time — right in the middle of a live weathercast. Metinka Slater, a meteorologist with Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI 8, was going about her business, giving viewers a rundown of... Read more...
When it comes to smartphone operating systems, there’s Android and iOS — and then, there’s everybody else. BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile are both in the low single digits (or lower) and have failed to gain any significant traction in the marketplace in recent years. Despite the fact that Windows 10 Mobile is continually evolving and getting better as the year progresses, Microsoft made it clear that mobile isn’t a primary focus at this time. "We're fully committed to that 4-inch screen, there will be a time for it to be our focus, but right now it's part of the family but it's... Read more...
The market hasn't shown a ton of interest in Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets so the Redmond outfit is making an offer it hopes customers will have a tougher time refusing. If you purchase an unlocked Lumia 950 XL smartphone from the Microsoft Store, Microsoft will throw in an unlocked Lumia 950 handset at no additional cost.That's a savings of $549, the retail cost of the slightly smaller Lumia 950, though you'll have to pony up a premium-tier $649 for the Lumia XL handset. The deal is in play until either May 1, 2016 or when Microsoft depletes its inventory, the latter of which... Read more...
It used to feel like Microsoft did whatever it could to not bring its technologies and software solutions to Android, but today, there are literally dozens of Microsoft apps available for the platform. Thankfully, many of them continue to get better and better. The latest improvement comes to Microsoft Translator, a solution the Redmond company would like to make a jack-of-all-trades. The latest update helps that become a reality by matching Google Translate's ability to decipher foreign language text from a sign, piece of paper nearly anywhere. If you've ever used Google Translate's auto-translate... Read more...
Just days after delivering Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14327 to testers, Microsoft is back again with Insider Preview Build 14328 for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. However, the big changes come on the PC side, as Microsoft says that this is a “MAJOR” release for testers — thankfully, there’s plenty to get excited about in this build. The headlining feature is the first public arrival of Windows Ink, which was first announced late last month at BUILD 2016. Windows Ink is meant to be a powerful tool to help you put creative thoughts that typically would go down on paper onto... Read more...
In case it hasn't proven obvious enough up to this point, Facebook cares a lot about its Messenger platform. When the company decided to force migrate people over to its standalone Messenger service two summers ago, it was a hint of what was to come. Over the past couple of years, it's become increasingly clear that Messenger could become as important as Facebook itself. Less than two weeks ago, we learned that Facebook would be employing "Chatbots" on its Messenger service, which would allow companies to automatically respond to certain queries submitted by users, reducing the need for a real... Read more...
We guess you could call Windows 10 Microsoft’s “living” operating system, as it has continually evolved since it was first introduced in July 2015. Microsoft has added new features, squashed bugs and generally made Windows 10 a compelling upgrade for those running Windows 7 and Windows 8. Thankfully, the updates to Windows 10 on the PC are also making their way to the smartphone side with constant updates to Windows 10 Mobile, the latest of which is Build 14327. Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14327 just hit the onramp to the Fast ring, bringing with it a preview of Messaging Everywhere.... Read more...
“Game over, man. GAME OVER!” After over ten years of production, it’s time to say goodbye to the venerable Xbox 360. The console celebrated its tenth birthday this past November and global sales for the console have surpassed the 85 million mark.  Early in its life the Xbox 360 was fraught with quality control issues, as witnessed by the infamous Red Ring of Death that struck many consoles (and subsequently resulted in lawsuits). And we can’t forget the HD DVD add-on debacle, which saw Microsoft on the losing side of the next-generation, high-definition optical disc format war. Sony eventually... Read more...
Bots are taking over, folks. Do you hear us? We said bots are taking over! But don't worry, we're not talking about the inevitable kowtowing of humans to our future robot overlords, these are software bots for Skype that are now available on Mac systems, and they're friendly. They're also useful in certain situations, which is why Microsoft is so keen on pushing out Skype Bots.Microsoft introduced Skype Bots earlier in the month at Microsoft's Build 2016 conference as a way to enhance the Skype experience and also to showcase how these artificial intelligence technologies can bring about new experiences.... Read more...
It's hard to be impressed in 2016 at the concept of a 64-bit processor. After all, 64-bit processors have graced our desktops for over a decade, and in recent years, our mobile devices. Currently, both Android and iOS natively support 64-bit processors, enabling faster performance (in some cases) and the ability to use more than 4GB of memory. What about Windows 10 Mobile? Well, we're still waiting on it. However, the wait might actually not actually be that far off. It was Microsoft itself that revealed Windows 10 Mobile's future in a very interesting way: through a blog post dedicated to... Read more...
Microsoft made it clear that now is not the time to focus its efforts on becoming a leader in mobile, but even so, it isn't abandoning the smartphone sector or its Windows 10 Mobile platform. Windows 10 Mobile remains a key part of Microsoft's ongoing strategy to unite devices from different categories with a single platform, and its latest Windows 10 Mobile preview build (14322) underscores that desire by introducing a bunch of feature updates and fixes. The new build is available to Windows Insiders subscribed to receive fast ring updates, which are less polished than builds that get released... Read more...
As we grow increasingly dependent on various online services that contain information about our personal lives, the need for privacy is paramount. This has major tech companies at odds with the U.S. government, the latter of which would like unfettered access to all things digital. Rather than give in, Microsoft is fighting back by filing a lawsuit against the Department of Justice over a law that allows its to request customer emails without their knowledge.Microsoft is fighting for customers' right to know when a government agency obtains a warrant to read their emails. As it currently stands,... Read more...
Back in January, Microsoft announced that it had acquired MinecraftEdu in an effort to create a new platform aimed at school teachers: Minecraft Education Edition. Microsoft initially said that Minecraft Education Edition would be available this summer, and the software giant is sticking to that promise with May/June launch windows. The beta will launch in two waves -- starting in May, Microsoft will launch a closed beta in 100 schools scattered across 30 countries. Microsoft will use this small-scale rollout to tweak Minecraft Education Edition and prepare it for a more wide-scale release. Then... Read more...
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