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Microsoft is at somewhat of a crossroads with its mobile division. Earlier this month, CEO Satya Nadella admitted that the company’s recent mobile efforts have been poor at best, stating, “We clearly missed mobile. There is no question.” Not only has Microsoft’s share of the mobile OS market sunk to sub 1 percent levels, but Lumia production has reportedly been put on ice. Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s hardware division has been a complete financial disaster and has result in the firing of thousands of employees. Despite these strong headwinds, Nadella is still convinced that there is a path... Read more...
Who hasn’t played a few rounds of Solitaire on a Windows PC when looking to pass the time? I know I spent too many hours playing the game in my high school drafting classes during the 90s (along with excessive amounts of Worms and the original SimCity). Microsoft’s take on Solitaire goes all the way back to Windows 3.0 in 1990, and now Microsoft is bringing the game to competing platforms. Microsoft announced today that the version of Solitaire included in Windows 10 will come to mobile gamers who carry around iPads, iPhones, and Samsung Galaxy smartphones (among other devices). Called the Solitaire... Read more...
Oculus Rift owners who also have an Xbox One console will pretty soon be able to stream their Xbox One games to their VR headset connected to a Windows 10 PC. It is an expansion of the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10, a feature that rolled out to the masses with the Anniversary Update, and it also underscores the ongoing partnership between Microsoft and Oculus. "At Xbox, we’re continuously exploring new ways for you to get the most out of your gaming experiences by providing the choice to play how you want, where you want and with whomever you want. With the launch of Windows 10... Read more...
History (and Hollywood movies) taught us that you shouldn't pick on the school nerd, because it's the school nerd who goes on to become a raging success and gets the girl or guy. Apple missed that lesson. While Apple CEO Tim Cook was busy throwing shade at the convertible tablet category by comparing the concept to the futility of trying to merge a toaster with a refrigerator, Microsoft was busy designing the Surface Pro. Now it's Microsoft boss Satya Nadella who is getting the last laugh.Let's go back in time, shall we? If you set the DeLorean to early 2012, you can sit in and listen to Cook talk... Read more...
Microsoft recently announced a collaboration with several third-party hardware makers to bring affordable virtual reality (VR) headsets to Windows 10 starting at $299. These new VR headsets will be compatible with Windows Holographic, a VR shell for Windows 10 that will be included in the Creator's Update (Redstone 2), shipping to Windows 10 PCs in Spring. Microsoft plans to offer up more specifics in December, though we now know what the minimum system requirements for these headsets will look like courtesy of the company's Windows Insider program. Windows Insiders subscribed to the Fast ring... Read more...
Last month, Microsoft unveiled updated Surface Books with Intel Core i7 processors and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M with twice the graphics performance of its predecessor. However, the Surface Book i7 definitely isn’t for everyone, as it starts at a hefty $2,399. For those of you that don’t want to drop over two grand on a new notebook/convertible, Microsoft has you covered. The company has slashed $250 off the price of its entry-level Surface Book, taking it from $1,499 to a more palatable $1,249. Microsoft says that this pricing is available “while supplies last” through November 28th. So what... Read more...
If you’re a Windows Insider on the Fast ring, now is your chance to more easily get your hands on probably the most talked about feature in the Windows 10 Creators Update: Paint 3D. This complete overhaul of Microsoft’s venerable Paint app is now available in preview form (and only for English language users). Previously, the Paint 3D Preview app was only available as a separate download for testers. Now, it will be completely baked into all builds of the Windows 10 Creators Update from this point forward. Paint 3D allows you to create 3D objects (obviously) and manipulate them in a virtual workspace.... Read more...
The takeaways from two separate keynotes from Apple and Microsoft last month couldn’t have been any more different. Microsoft unveiled the 28-inch Surface Studio all-in-one and wowed those in the tech community with its articulating display and Surface Dial input accessory. Apple, on the other hand, drew scorn for its new MacBook Pro family, which the press (and even those in the Mac community) felt missed the mark. The backlash was so strong, in fact, the even Apple’s Phil Schiller was somewhat surprised. Are we now living in a world where Microsoft is being seen as the innovator, while Apple... Read more...
Microsoft has taught Cortana a new skill just in time for the holiday shopping season. It's the ability to create and manage lists, something most of use do throughout the year and especially during the holiday months. After all, there are grocery items to buy for the big feast and presents to pick up for the kids, and it's not like the daily responsibilities of work go away during this time of year. Cortana can help, provided she's your digital assistant of choice these days. If so, you can now have Cortana make lists and update them as needed in Windows 10 and through Cortana on your mobile device... Read more...
Artificial intelligence is at the center of several evolving and next-generation products and services, everything from video games and smartphones (virtual digital assistants and messaging) to self-driving cars and web searchers. It has the attention of companies small and large, including NVIDIA and Microsoft, the two of which are partnering to push AI technologies more aggressively into the enterprise. What this essentially boils down to is pairing NVIDIA's DGX-1 supercomputer with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. The idea is to "help companies join the AI revolution" and this partnership means... Read more...
Microsoft’s big slip-up is our gain, as the Redmond software giant today accidentally hit the publish button a little too soon on a major announcement. The company will be hosting the Connect() developer conference later this week, but one of the biggest announcements was pushed through today: Visual Studio for Mac. Microsoft is well aware that developers are more platform agnostic these days, which explains why the company is reaching out to the Mac community — something that would have seemed unheard of just a few years ago with the PC-centric Visual Studio suite. Based on the app development... Read more...
Anyone who is looking for a reason to install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (build 1607) need only consider that there has never been a more secure version of Windows. So says Microsoft, which made the claim in conjunction with a new white paper detailing the ways in which the latest version of Windows protects users from ransomware. According to Microsoft, an increasing number of cybercriminals are turning to ransomware in search of a quick buck. The Redmond software giant points out that the number of ransomware variants has doubled in the last 12 months alone. "Its premise is deceptively... Read more...
Third-party antivirus developers aren't happy with the way Windows 10 seemingly goes to great lengths to kick AV programs to the curb in favor of Microsoft's own built-in Defender software, and that has led to an antitrust investigation in Russia. Among the various complaints, the Russian antitrust authority will see if Microsoft abused its position of dominance by rushing the OS to market. Russia's antitrust suit echos the complaints Eugene Kaspsersky shared in a lengthy blog post blasting Microsoft for how it treats Defender versus third-party AV programs. Kaspersky, who is the CEO of Kaspersky... Read more...
Cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky just channeled his inner Howard Beale to let Microsoft know he's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. If that reference is too old, we can kick things up a decade to Twisted Sister, as all that's missing from his strongly worded and scathing blog post calling out Microsoft for unfairly favoring its own Defender antivirus software over third-party solutions is the 1980s band's hit song playing in the background. While Eugene himself doesn't bring this up, there are quite a few parallels between the song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and his message to... Read more...
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