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Microsoft does not always do things the right way, few people would argue otherwise. However, Microsoft has traditionally been good at admitting when it drops the ball or otherwise could have done a better job. Such is the case with Windows 10 and the super aggressive approach Microsoft took to getting users to upgrade. It was annoying and at times even obnoxious, and while Microsoft can't go back in time and change that, it can at least give users the satisfaction of recognizing it. That's what Microsoft's chief marketing officer Chris Capossela did during a recent video podcast. One "pretty painful"... Read more...
If you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, Microsoft today just launched its “Biggest Sale Ever” for the Xbox Store. The 19-day sale lasts through January 9th and encompasses all type of digital media ranging from games to apps to movies to TV shows. But we know that all you folks care about are the games! The first round of sales for Xbox 360 and Xbox One games only lasts for a week, but those who choose to participate stand to reap some pretty large savings (up to 75 percent off). Here’s just a small sampling of some of the Xbox One game deals that are available through December 28th (prices shown... Read more...
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced this week that it has entered into a “non-competitive” long-term contract with Microsoft to provide support services to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Under this five-year deal, Microsoft will provide consulting services and access to “proprietary resources and source code.” According to the DoD, Microsoft’s source code will be made available “when applicable to support Department of Defense's mission” and the company’s services will primarily be applicable within the Continental U.S. However, at the DoD’s discretion, Microsoft can... Read more...
Hardcore gamers have been able to pay a premium for a much higher end Xbox One controller for the past year and a half. The customizable Xbox One Elite accessory delivers a more responsive and custom gaming experience with hair trigger locks, interchangeable paddles, swappable thumbsticks, and other amenities. Now in collaboration with Scuf Gaming, Xbox One players can take their customizations to a whole new level. Scuf signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft last year that allowed allowed it to use Microsoft's paddle design and become the exclusive third party accessories partner for the... Read more...
Minecraft mania is expanding to yet another platform; this time it’s making an appearance on the fourth generation Apple TV. Apple first revealed that Minecraft would be coming to Apple TV at the October event that introduced us to the 2016 family of MacBook Pro notebooks. The incredibly popular open-world sandbox game is priced at $19.99 and is available to download directly froth App Store in “all regions” according to Owen Jones, Mojang's Director of Creative Communications. That price of entry will get you the game along with a number of DLC packs that have been released including Holiday... Read more...
If you're both a Minecraft and Fallout fan, then we're pretty sure that you've just received the coolest holiday gift ever. Bethesda has teamed up with Mojang to deliver a $5.99 DLC pack for all console versions, which is in effect a total conversion: Minecraft with a fresh coat of post-nuclear paint. Here's how the developer sells it: Working in the depths of their bunker complex, our artists and builders have been busy blasting Minecraft’s glorious overworld into an irradiated wasteland fit for Fallout fans to wander. Friendly cows, gently sauteed in the light of a thousand suns, have now... Read more...
Microsoft has been doling out deals left and right this holiday season and is showing no signs of slowing down. The latest deal involves the company's new Xbox One S game console with Minecraft bundled in for good measure. For today only, the bundled Xbox One S system is available at the Microsoft Store for $229, a nice savings of $70 from its normal selling price of $299. The package includes the console itself with 500GB of onboard storage, a single Xbox One wireless controller, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack with seven community-favorite content packs, Minecraft Builder's Pack with... Read more...
No one likes waiting, and that is especially true when you're waiting for that brand new game that you purchased from the Xbox Games Store or twiddling your thumbs while a new system or game update is downloaded. Microsoft has heard your pain and just pushed out a new Xbox One system update that gets right to the heart of long download times. The newest Xbox One update, OS version 10.0.14393.2152, contains specific tweaks for customers that have high-speed internet connections (in Microsoft parlance, that means speeds greater than 100 Mbps). Microsoft says that its network code update means that... Read more...
Microsoft recently made a surprise announcement that it was bringing support for Windows 10 to run natively on Qualcomm's ARM-based Snapdragon processors, paving the way for a full Windows 10 experience on increasingly powerful mobile handsets. The announcement also opened the door to using Snapdragon processors in laptops and tablets running Windows 10 and that is something that device makers are already working towards. Word from the upstream supply chain is that brand vendors have already begun developing and testing laptops and tablets equipped with Snapdragon System-on-Chips (SoCs) and that... Read more...
At this point, Adobe Flash is pretty much the scourge of the internet. The long-standing browser plugin has a penchant for draining PC batteries, impeding overall performance and presents an oft-abused security nightmare. Adobe has already announced that it is sunsetting the plugin in favor or HTML5 and most browser makers have announced their intentions to end support. Microsoft is the latest to step up its efforts to rid the world of Flash, and announced today that Flash will be disabled by default in Edge with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft hopes that this move will encourage... Read more...
Have you been slacking on throwing together a company meeting because your co-workers or employees are spread to the four winds? If you are a Slack fan, you no longer have an excuse -- the cloud-based team collaboration tool now includes group video calling.Users can directly call anyone on their Slack team by simply pushing the call button. There are no invite links, separate apps, or even separate buttons. If users have a prepaid plan, they can include up to fifteen people in a group video call. Video calls also include emojis so that users can respond to meetings without having to un-mute their... Read more...
First there was Amazon Echo, then came along Google Home. Now it looks as though Microsoft is looking to get in on the digital AI assistant/speaker movement with the help of Harman Kardon — a brand that is about to be tucked under Samsung’s wing with the acquisition of Harman. Although the device doesn’t have an official name at this point, it would be the first third-party device to integrate Cortana AI with speaker hardware. Although we can’t see the full product, it looks similar in design to the Amazon Echo with a towering cylindrical shape. Where it differs, however, is with what appears to... Read more...
Microsoft has been investing in artificial intelligence for over two decades now. Those investments have led to technologies such as Cortana, the digital assistant that helps navigate Windows, and Microsoft Translator, which uses the company's new intelligent language and speech recognition capability to translate between groups speaking in multiple languages in-person and in real-time. It's also led to Zo, Microsoft's new social chatbot. Zo uses conversational AI, which Microsoft says is comprised of two distinct sides—the task-completion side or productivity side and the emotional side. From... Read more...
At first glance, we didn’t know how the market would react to Microsoft’s Surface Hub. Available in 55- and 84-inch varieties, the Surface Hub was originally priced at $4,999 and $19,999 respectively. However, strong initial demand prompted Microsoft to raise those prices to $6,999 and $21,999 respectively. Back in July, Microsoft issued the following statement regarding early success with Surface Hub: Demand for Surface Hubs is very strong and exceeded initial forecasts. To date, we’ve shipped to over 500 customers worldwide and that number continues to grow. We are ramping up production to meet... Read more...
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