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I've always liked the feel of Microsoft's Xbox controllers, and I'm not alone in that sentiment. That also applies to the controller for the Xbox One, which retains the same general design of previous versions while adding a bunch of fancy new features, though it's missing a 3.5mm audio jack. According to a support page on Microsoft's website, that's about to change.The support page provides an overview of the Xbox One controller, including a pair of diagrams that are labeled with 16 points of interest, plus the four X-Y-A-B buttons. On of the bottom of the controller is point number 16 for a 3.5mm... Read more...
Expect to see a lot more of Microsoft Office, even if you prefer Android devices. Microsoft announced today that has struck deals with 20 OEMs to put Microsoft Office and Skype on Android tablets. That’s in addition to Dell, Samsung, eight other OEMs and Pegatron, which Microsoft partnered with earlier this year to put its Office apps on Android phones. “These 31 will offer Android tablets pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, One Drive and Skype in the near future,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nick Parker said in a statement. “They will be available on a new LG tablet, and... Read more...
Cloud gaming is a technology that's already here, but with high bandwidth requirements and data caps still a thing that mobile users have to contend with, there's definitely room for improvement. The question is, how? Researchers at Duke University and Microsoft Research have been working together to answer that very question, and what they've come up with is a promising new tool that could lead to console-like graphics on mobile devices with comparatively little bandwidth requirements. The tool is called "Kahawai," which is the Hawaiian word for stream. What Kahawai does is task the mobile device... Read more...
Microsoft seems serious about accommodating Android and iOS user when Windows 10 comes out later this year. The company announced this morning that it has an app that will help users access Windows 10 and Office features on their smartphones, regardless of platform. At first glance, the Phone Companion app looks fairly slick. You choose your phone operating system (Android, iOS, or Windows) and then follow the instructions to get various apps on your phone. Some of those apps will look familiar, like OneDrive, Skype, Word and Excel. But some new features will also be available, including Cortana,... Read more...
Windows 10 took a big step towards completion when Microsoft released build 10080 for Windows 10 Mobile, but a few users were left out. The mobile operating system preview didn’t support certain phones, including the HTC One M8 and the Lumia 640 for Verizon users. Now, everyone is invited to the Windows 10 Mobile party.Microsoft’s Gabe Aul noted that One M8 for Verizon would be on the sidelines when he announced build 10080 about a week ago. Aul urged users to sit tight and promised that support was on its way. Today, Aul got the word out on Twitter. “#WindowsInsiders with Lumia 640 or HTC One... Read more...
It seems hard to fathom, but it's been two and a half decades since Microsoft released its first true mainstream operating system, Windows 3.0. Yes, there were two major releases that preceded it, but Windows 3.0 was the first to version to strike a cord and see widespread use. Together with Windows 3.1, Microsoft sold 10 million copies in the first two years.By the time Windows 3.0 debuted on this day in 1990, computers had already become a part of daily life. PCs were getting faster, and Windows offered a friendly user interface that was far more welcoming to new users than having to type commands... Read more...
If you missed the last chance to score a white Xbox One console with the Sunset Overdrive bundle, here’s your second chance to score the rare color combination. For a limited time, Microsoft will offer its “Cirrus White” Xbox One console and matching wireless controller with a free code to download Halo: The Master Chief Collection. If you need a refresher, the oft-maligned Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4. Microsoft says that this particular console bundle will be available later this month in “limited quantities”... Read more...
Android phone owners can download Office for Android today. The office suite is still in preview form, but if you’re itching to give the apps a try and have backup for your important data, there’s no reason not to join the Microsoft Office for Android program and fire them up on your phone.  If you’re feeling some déjà vu, that’s because Microsoft released its Office suite for Android tablets back in January. Since then, as Microsoft is quick to point out, the apps have received four stars in Google Play Store. The apps that are now available (in Preview form) for your Android... Read more...
If you don't want to pay full price for a Surface Pro 3 tablet, then all you need is a little patience. We say this because Microsoft is pretty good about running sales and promotions on a fairly consistent basis, though some have a tendency to slip under the radar since there's usually no announcement. For example, you can currently score a select Surface Pro 3 for $150 off retail, though you won't find a press release or Microsoft blog post promoting the sale.At present, it's the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage that's on sale. It's currently marked down to $1,149 versus its normal selling... Read more...
It doesn't happen very often, so you'll have to excuse Microsoft if it savors the moment after its Xbox One console outsold rival Sony and its PlayStation 4 system last month, according to data collected by NPD Group. The Xbox One was the best selling game console in the U.S. in April, a month in which overall hardware sales decreased by 4 percent. Microsoft needed a win. Since launch, the PS4 has been pretty consistent in outselling the Xbox One, which no doubt played a role in Microsoft's decision to sell the standalone console without a second generation Kinect motion control sensor. Microsoft... Read more...
Google caused quite a stir late last month when it altered its search engine algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites on smartphones. Considering that mobile devices currently make up the bulk of Google’s search traffic, this move was inevitable. The move makes sense, as sites that offer an alternate mobile layout or a dynamic layout that automatically adjusts based on screen size is preferable for smartphones. So it should come as no surprise that Microsoft has now thrown its hat in the ring by making “significant investments towards understanding the mobile friendliness of web pages.” Microsoft... Read more...
We learned yesterday that there will be seven variants of Windows 10. One of those variants is Windows 10 Mobile, which we have previously been calling Windows 10 for Phones. Now that Microsoft’s smartphone-oriented operating system officially has a name, the company has rolled out a new preview that brings with it some new features and additional device support. Windows 10 Mobile Build 10080 is available to Insiders on the Fast Ring, and includes the Windows Store beta which aligns visually with the complementing store on Windows 10 for PCs. Although carrier billing has not been enabled for purchases,... Read more...
Microsoft deserves a lot of kudos for what it's doing with Skype. Specifically, Skype Translator, a nifty project that was first showed off a year ago this month. Since then, Microsoft's been enhancing Skype's real-time language translation in a number of ways, including adding more languages. The best news to date, however, is that Microsoft has removed the sign-up requirement to begin testing it out at home. The Skype Translator preview application is available to download from the Windows Store for Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PCs and tablets. There's no waiting period to use it -- once you have... Read more...
Just over a month following its official unveil, Microsoft's Surface 3 is already a belle of the tablet ball as far as business is concerned, running Windows 8.1 and offering easy IT integration and robust Enterprise-class security. And with the company's release yesterday of a new driver update designed to bring the process of Surface 3 mass system deployment in line with that of the larger and faster (and more expensive) Surface Pro 3, the attraction is set to grow deeper.  According to a Microsoft blog post, "The update – which is available now -- improves the mass... Read more...
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