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Once a relatively niche market, the gaming peripheral sector is now a big business that has attracted a bevy of hardware makers looking to cash in on the craze. It is not just third-party hardware partners that recognize the opportunity, either. Microsoft offers its own accessories, including customized controllers. It is perhaps best known for its Xbox Elite controller, a premium $150 game pad with interchangeable parts. Now the company is introducing a more affordable wireless controller, the Recon Tech Special Edition. The Recon Tech Special Edition is the first product in Microsoft's new Tech... Read more...
Members of the Xbox Insider program have spoken out about certain features they would like to see Microsoft implement and lo and behold, the Redmond outfit is responding to the feedback. Over the course of the next few weeks, Xbox Insiders will see a handful of new features they requested, including the ability to filter game libraries by platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360). "Gamers are at the center of everything we do at Xbox – we value your opinions and want you to help evolve the Xbox experience. Over the past few months, we’ve released brand new features to Insiders including Beam broadcasting... Read more...
We are just weeks away from Microsoft releasing its Creators Update for Windows 10, one of two major Windows platform updates scheduled for 2017. Microsoft will use the remaining time to clean up code and stomp out bugs, hence why it continues to dish out preview builds to Windows Insiders. In fact, Microsoft began this week by releasing a new preview build (15063) to Insiders in the Fast ring. At this late stage, it is not likely that Microsoft will inject any major new features into the Creators Update. Even minor feature additions will be rare at best. Rumor has it Microsoft will release the... Read more...
The clock is ticking for users holding out on Windows 7 and 8. For starters, Microsoft is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates for Intel's seventh generation Core i3, i5 and i7 (Kaby Lake), AMD's Ryzen (Bristol Ridge) and Qualcomm's 8996 processors. The low-level Vulkan API will also not be supporting multiple GPUs on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and users will need to update to Windows 10 in order to support SLI or CrossFire with Vulkan. Microsoft’s main argument is that this lack of updates will help them to focus on the deep integration between Windows and new silicon generations. Windows... Read more...
The latest preview build for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update includes language that would allow the company to push out security updates and bug fixes over metered connections even though charges may apply for some users. However, Microsoft said in a statement it will practice restraint by not issuing large updates on metered connections, and instead will only send out fixes it deems critical. The change in policy was noted earlier this week in a preview build issued to Windows Insiders. Before that build arrived, Windows 10 presented the following language with regards to updates... Read more...
So apparently Microsoft has begun mass producing its second generation Surface Book, with upstream supply chain players expecting the company to make an announcement by the end of the month or sometime in April. That is not really surprising—Microsoft has several generations of Surface Pro models under its belt, so why not keep the Surface Book line alive? What is somewhat surprising, however, is that Microsoft may opt for a traditional clamshell design rather than stick with the detachable 2-in-1 form factor of the original.It seems that Microsoft wants to create more separation between the Surface... Read more...
When it comes to supporting legacy operating systems on new hardware, Microsoft has just unleashed the mother of all nuclear options. We already knew that Microsoft and its hardware partners — namely Intel and AMD — will not provide official support for the newest generation of PC processors on operating systems released prior to Windows 10. “To achieve the highest confidence in the performance of our AMD Ryzen desktop processors, AMD validated them across two different OS generations, Windows 7 and 10,” said AMD with respect to Ryzen support. “However, only support and drivers for Windows 10 will... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to send a message while playing an intense MMO, but did not have time to type? Microsoft has the solution for you, as the company has just released the pilot for its Game Chat Transcription feature for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Game Chat Transcription features speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities. Speech-to-text converts what a player is verbally conveying into text. Text-to-speech enables typed text to be spoken aloud to other players. This feature is perfect for deaf or hard-of-hearing gamers, or gamers who are simply doing a lot of multitasking. According to... Read more...
Microsoft is rolling out another perk to subscribers of its Office Insider program. In addition to testing out new builds and having access to features that have not yet been released to the public, Microsoft is launching a bug bounty program for Office Insiders. Through the bug bounty program, Office Insiders can score anywhere from $500 all the way up to $15,000 for discovering vulnerabilities. "The Microsoft Cloud and Online Services Bounty Program has helped us identify elusive vulnerabilities and provided a way to reward the individuals actively partnering with us to protect our customers.... Read more...
Watch out Minecraft, there is a up and coming sandbox game looking to challenge your throne. Roblox Corp. recently raised $92 million to enhance its customizable sandbox video game. The funds will mostly go to hiring coders to develop social and mobile tools and buying back shares from employees. Roblox was first introduced in beta in 2004, but officially launched in 2006. It started to really gain traction in 2011. Players can customize their avatar for use in multiplayer and games include a variety of scenarios, from running a pizza joint to surviving a natural disaster. Roblox attracts a similar... Read more...
With Sony’s PlayStation 4 kicking butt in the current generation console sales race, Microsoft is hoping for a winner with its upcoming Project Scorpio, which will be the next phase in the evolution of the Xbox One and Xbox One S. Today, we’re learning more about the gaming machine, which is being billed as a “true” 4K console. Like the current Xbox One S, Project Scorpio is said to support both VP9 and HEVC codecs for decoding 4K content. That means that you’ll have no issues streaming 4K HDR content from popular video services like Amazon Video and Netflix. However, where Project Scorpio enhances... Read more...
Last week, Microsoft made a surprise mention that it had been working with Qualcomm to bring Windows Server to ARM, a tidbit that no doubt sent many into a frenzy. At Intel, we wouldn't be surprised if a little bit of anxiety was felt.  From a consumer or enterprise standpoint, Windows Server on ARM could sound like an interesting route to take. Well, as it happens, Microsoft didn't announce that Windows Server was going to become available for ARM. Instead, the company has been using WS on ARM internally, and as for now, that's not going to be changing. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley verified this... Read more...
If things go to plan, Microsoft will release an upgraded console capable of playing games at a 4K resolution later this year. It is called Project Scorpio and it will have more powerful components than what is found in today's Xbox One S consoles. There are many questions surrounding the unreleased console, including whether or not gamers will need a 4K television to take full advantage of it.Turns out that will not be the case, not if Windows Central's "trusted sources" know what they're talking about. According to those sources. Microsoft will highlight numerous benefits of playing on Project... Read more...
Microsoft continues to release new Windows 10 preview builds to Insiders at a steady clip, the newest of which is build 15055 for both PC and mobile. As we approach the release of the forthcoming Creators Update, these preview builds bring less to the table in terms of major new features and upgrades, and are more focused on crushing bugs and tidying things up. That is the case with build 15055.The latest preview build is available to Insiders subscribed to the Fast ring. It introduces a bevy of fixes, one of which makes the update play nicer with systems running antivirus software from Symantec.... Read more...
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