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Microsoft is ready to enter the NFC wireless payments arena with its Windows 10 Mobile platform with the official arrival of Microsoft Wallet. We first learned of Microsoft’s intentions earlier this month via leaked internal builds of Windows 10 Mobile, but Microsoft Wallet is now being introduced in the latest Insider Preview builds. Microsoft Wallet is analogous to Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay in the mobile payments sector. Given that this feature is still a work in progress, Microsoft only has the backing of VISA and MasterCard at this point in development, in conjunction with eight... Read more...
There was probably a time in the not too distant past when Microsoft thought it would be a viable contender in the mobile handset market by now. That was before reality slapped the Redmond outfit in the face like a stinky trout, and that reality is that the vast majority of consumers are interested in Android and iOS devices. Where the does that leave Microsoft with its Lumia devices? Microsoft isn't giving up, but it is giving handsets away.If you purchase a Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft Store, Microsoft will toss in an unlocked Lumia 950 handset for free. That's a $549 value, a compelling deal... Read more...
Google Chrome might be the most popular browser on the planet, but it has long been criticized for its insistence on tearing through laptop batteries. Between the high memory consumption and negative impact on battery life, Microsoft is trying to capitalize on this achilles heel with its Edge web browser. The PC market is skewed towards customers that use notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1 convertibles, hence making the best of your machine’s available battery is paramount for people who aren’t able to plug into a wall at a moment’s notice. To highlight the disparity between Edge and Chrome, Microsoft... Read more...
If you're looking for an entry-level handset based running Windows 10 Mobile, just head over to the Microsoft Store and grab yourself a Lumia 550. Microsoft has the unlocked handset marked down to $99, compared to its normal selling price of $139, and you also get a prepaid T-Mobile 3-in-1 SIM kit with 40 minutes of airtime with purchase.There's nothing to indicate on the Lumia 550's product page that it comes with a SIM kit for T-Mobile, but it will automatically appear once you add the phone to your cart. That's a $40 value by itself, and provided you're planing to activate with T-Mobile anyway,... Read more...
Looking for a last minute gift idea for pop to celebrate Father's Day? Fear not, Microsoft has your back, assuming your dad's in need of a new PC and you have the budget to fulfill that request. If so, be advised that Microsoft has shaved up to $150 off its Surface Pro 4 family of 2-in-1 devices, and you get a free Surface Dock to boot! The Surface Dock itself is valued at $200, so you're looking at a savings of up to $350. Microsoft's pitch is that the Surface Dock turns the Surface Pro 4 into a desktop PC by adding an assortment of ports, including two mini DisplayPorts, a Gigabit Ethernet port,... Read more...
404: Weed not found? Not anymore, says Microsoft. Microsoft is turning some of those 404’s into 420’s. Microsoft is the first large corporation to jump into the legal marijuana market and the company just announced a partnership to begin offering software and services that track marijuana plants from “seed to sale.” The software is a new product in Microsoft’s cloud computing business. It is meant to help states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana keep track of sales and commerce. Microsoft will be partnering with Kind, the startup that initially developed the... Read more...
In our opinion, Windows 10 is undeniably the best version of Windows to come out of Redmond, and it's only going to get better with time. We know this because Microsoft's been testing some neat new features in its Windows Insider program, one of the latest of which is a tool designed to give your Windows installation a fresh start. Microsoft said it designed the tool in response to users asking for an easier way to perform a clean installation of Windows. What it does is install clean copy of the most recent version of Windows while removing apps that either came pre-installed on your PC or that... Read more...
There are plenty of competent first-person shooter (FPS) games on the Xbox One gaming console, but they all rely on Microsoft’s wireless controller. Any PC gamer worth his (or her) salt will tell you that the only way to truly become dominant in FPS titles is to use a mouse and keyboard. Microsoft has heard those cries, and mouse/keyboard support will be arriving on the Xbox One in the coming months. After last referencing mouse/keyboard support back in July 2015 in a tweet, Xbox chief Phil Spencer is once again talking up the feature. Given Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft isn’t finished with its Xbox One price cuts. Just two weeks ago, the software gutted the price of the base Xbox One console from $349 to $299 in an effort to spur sales ahead of E3 (and to likely make some inroads on Sony’s nearly 2:1 sales lead with the PlayStation 4). Microsoft is once again pulling out its pricing gun, dropping the price of the entry-level Xbox One by another $20, taking it to $279. Microsoft says that this is a promotional discount that will last until October 1st. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Microsoft is trying to clear out... Read more...
There's been a lot of chatter leading up to E3 about more powerful gaming consoles designed to take advantage of the growing number of 4K televisions in the wild. Turns out the rumors were true, or at least some of them. In addition to teasing an upgraded version of the Xbox One known as Project Scorpio, which will be four times faster than the original Xbox One, Microsoft unveiled its most compact Xbox model yet, the Xbox One S. The Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, a feat that's made even more remarkable by the fact that Microsoft was able to cram the power supply inside... Read more...
Microsoft’s brand new, slimmer Xbox One S leaked yesterday afternoon, just ahead of today’s E3 keynote. Painted in a shade of “Robot White”, the console is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One and can now stand vertically (Microsoft includes a stand in the box if you want go this route). There’s also support for 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) content, which means that you can take advantage of 4K UHD Blu-rays that are starting to trickle into the market. This will also open the door for 4K gaming in the future on the Xbox One S Although its absence likely won’t be missed by many, the dedicated... Read more...
One of the benefits of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology is the tap to pay feature that's supported on a bunch of mobile devices. Apple has Apple Pay for iOS handsets and wearables, Google has Android Pay, and Samsung is pushing its Samsung Pay as an alternative to both. What about Microsoft? The Redmond software giant will get in on the action when it releases Wallet 2.0.Microsoft has sort of been sitting on the sidelines in the mobile payment arena, but the forthcoming Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile, also known as Redstone 1, will introduce Microsoft's new Wallet 2.0 app, which... Read more...
Microsoft has just announced its intentions to purchase the “professional” social networking site LinkedIn for a staggering $26.2 billion in an all-cash transaction. That values LinkedIn at around $196 a share, compared to Friday’s close of $131.08 a share. This marks Satya Nadella’s largest acquisition to date following his arrival as CEO of Microsoft in early 2014 and plays into his efforts to increasingly focus Microsoft’s attention to business customers. LinkedIn has experienced nearly 20 percent year-over-year growth, and has amassed 433 million users worldwide. The site has 105 million unique... Read more...
We’ve been hearing rumors about the Xbox Slim for weeks, and just ahead of E3, the console has leaked to the internet. The official name of the console is Xbox One S, and it’s quite the looker. The scant details that are provided with the leaked images confirm what we’ve heard in our previous reporting on the console: it’s roughly 40 percent smaller than the current Xbox One and it comes with a 2TB hard drive. In addition, the Xbox One S supports 4K Ultra HD video and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content along with a more streamlined wireless controller design. Microsoft is even tossing in a stand... Read more...
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