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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...
Scheduled fixes for the Xbox Store didn't go quite as planned for Microsoft heading into the weekend. For a short period, the Fallout 4 Digital Deluxe Bundle was being given away for free as a digital download to Xbox One owners, and as you might imagine, many gamers pounced on the deal. It was inevitable that Microsoft would catch wind of the pricing error, and now that it has, licenses are being revoked.The bundle includes every bit of DLC Bethesda has ever released for Fallout 4, including Far Harbor, Wasteland Workshop, and Automatron, along with a Season Pass for all future Fallout 4 DLC,... Read more...
Thinking about financing a convertible? Microsoft has your back, though we're not about automobiles here, but 2-in-1 devices such as select Surface Pro models and the Surface Book. Through a new Surface Membership option, you can choose to pay off one or more qualifying Surface Pro and Surface Book convertibles in monthly payments rather than pony up for the full amount. "Join now to get the latest Surface devices, including the option to upgrade when available. Keep your business running smoothly in the office or out in the field with support and in-store training, 7 days per week. Plus, manage... Read more...
We first brought you news last week that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update would be coming to the Xbox One shortly in preview form. Well, Microsoft today not only officially announced that the update will land this summer for everyone, but that it will actually be available in preview form for Xbox Preview participants “in the coming weeks.” Perhaps the biggest change that will come with the new Xbox One update is the arrival of the Cortana digital assistant for the console. Gamers in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain will be the first to take advantage of Cortana, and will be able... Read more...
It's been quite the month for Windows 10, for both good and not so good reasons. On the plus side, the OS continues to grow in popularity; conversely, part of the reason might be due to the fact that the company has been outright nagging most of its customers to upgrade. But being asked to upgrade is one thing; it's another to have a software company try and trick you into it. This ongoing debacle is undoubtedly going to make it in the history books, as it affects customers so far and wide. We reported just last week that Chinese users have been affected to the extent where millions of messages... Read more...
When the topic of virtual reality, augmented reality or mixed reality comes up, one of the first things people think of is gaming. And that's fair, considering the high profile releases of headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. However, there are applications outside the realm of gaming that hold some exciting possibilities for these emerging technologies, a notion Microsoft is reminding everyone of by bringing holographic experiences to Outlook Mail and Calendar. Both apps are now supported on HoloLens, Microsoft's AR headset that's currently in development. Microsoft is pitching these versions... Read more...
Give Microsoft credit, it didn't ruin Minecraft when it purchased Mojang for $2.5 billion nearly two years ago. At the time of purchase, Xbox boss Phil Spencer noted that Minecraft was "one of the most popular franchises of all time." It had sold over 54 million copies, and now two short years later, sales have almost doubled with Mojang bragging nearly 107 million copies sold to date. "We’d like to offer our heartfelt thanks to every one of you who’s bought Minecraft over the past few years, no matter which platform you play on. We’re constantly in awe of our community and the amazing things you... Read more...
In Microsoft's ongoing quest to unify devices from different categories to a single platform, it's working on an update to the Xbox One that will prepare it for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The Xbox One update isn't live yet, but Microsoft is currently sending out invites to select Preview members to sign up for the "Latest Xbox One Experience," as it's being called. The update will eventually roll out to all Preview members, but at this early stage, Microsoft is inviting users who earned the most points by submitting feedback in the previous wave, according to a Twitter post by Xbox Preview... Read more...
In case you didn’t already know, Microsoft’s augmented reality device, the HoloLens, isn’t running a garden variety build of Windows 10. Instead, it’s running Windows Holographic, which has been specially tailored for computing and navigating in virtual and augmented reality settings. In an effort to ensure the success of HoloLens (and HoloLens-like devices), Microsoft is opening up Windows Holographic to developers. Microsoft is kicking off those efforts by working closely with the HTC Vive team to help port Windows Holographic to the VR headset. Microsoft’s “end game” is to use Windows Holographic... Read more...
Microsoft has found a new partner in the smartphone sector in Xiaomi, a major player in China that's looking to expand its reach into other territories. To help it do that, Microsoft sold Xiaomi around 1,500 of its patents for an undisclosed sum. The two also entered into a cross-licensing deal as part of what they're describing as a long-term pact. Here's the thing—Microsoft doesn't have anywhere near the same level of market share in the smartphone segment as Google with its Android platform or Apple with iOS, but it's still managed to make a few bucks from the category. One way is through royalties... Read more...
E3 is still a few weeks away, but Microsoft is kicking off the festivities early with another price cut for its Xbox One gaming console. Nearly all of the Xbox One bundles have been given a $50 price cut, which means that base 500GB bundles now start at $299. The price cuts even extend to more expensive offerings like the Xbox One Rainbow Six Siege Bundle (1TB), which falls from $369 to $319, while the Xbox One Rainbow Six Siege Bundle (1TB) drops from $499 to $449. The new pricing is in effect right now, so if you’ve been sitting on the fence with regards to purchasing an Xbox One (and don’t want... Read more...
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