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Given the huge sales lead that the PlayStation 4 has over the Xbox One in the current generation console race, Microsoft is looking for just about any way to gain an advantage over its rival Sony. Microsoft saw a clear chance to pounce when it was announced that the PlayStation 4 Pro would amazingly not ship with a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive (something that the new Xbox One S does include). And while Microsoft won’t be supporting native 4K gaming with the recently released Xbox One S, the upcoming powerhouse Project Scorpio gaming console will be a completely different story. Rather than relying... Read more...
If you’re a Windows Insider, then you have a nifty little feature to try out in the latest Skype Preview for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The latest update to Microsoft’s premiere messaging app allows you to both send and receive text messages via your Windows 10 PC using the SMS relay feature. The only catch is that the Skype Preview must be set as your default messaging app on your Windows 10 Mobile device. “There’s no need to reach for your phone – you can view new messages as they arrive and respond to messages from your computer,” writes Microsoft’s Suzanne Choney in a blog posting.... Read more...
Skype was founded in the city of London way back in 2003. Unfortunately, Skype’s newest office in that same city is coming under Microsoft’s surgical scalpel in a fresh round of layoffs. Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for a staggering (at the time) $8.5 billion, and perhaps its investment isn’t paying off as handsomely as originally expected – especially with the rise of hugely popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Microsoft is closing its European headquarters in a concerted consolidation effort, putting nearly 400 jobs on ice. According to the Financial Times, Microsoft... Read more...
Politicians are not the only ones mudslinging this season. Huawei’s Matebook and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 have teamed up to continue to try and humiliate the iPad Pro and its various shortcomings. In Huawei’s latest commercial, the iPad Pro is being pushed out of the cool kid’s table. The advertisement battle all started when Apple released its initial iPad Pro commercial. The iPad Pro ad is titled “What’s a computer?” and starts with “Just when you think you know what a computer is, you see a keyboard that can just get out of the way...and a screen you can touch and even write on.” The commercial... Read more...
After rolling out the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 last month, Microsoft's been looking ahead to Redstone 2, the codename for one of two more major upgrades Microsoft has planned for next year. Windows Insiders subscribed to receive Fast ring updates had the opportunity to play with a very early Preview build of Redstone 2 in August, and now right around a month later, Microsoft is serving up another one to Fast ring subscribers for both PC and Mobile. Coinciding with the release is the expiration of "really old" Insider Previews, which will start to see build expiration notifications today... Read more...
Over the past few months, Microsoft has attacked Google Chrome for its propensity to chew through notebook batteries at a rapid pace. Any enthusiast that uses Chrome on a regular basis (and that includes the majority of the computing populace) knows that the browser is a resource hog, but Microsoft has been looking to spread the word around in an effort to prop up its competing Edge browser in Windows 10. After sitting on the sidelines while Microsoft pummeled Chrome in benchmark after benchmark, Google finally responded with the release of Chrome 53. Using Microsoft’s Surface Books as benchmark... Read more...
My how the tables have turned. It used to be that you couldn’t blink an eye without Microsoft shoving its Windows 10 nag screens down the throats of Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Now that the free upgrade period to Windows 10 is over, Microsoft is taking it easy on users. The same goes for Windows 10 users that haven’t yet been auto-updated to the Anniversary Update. When Microsoft initially launched the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in early August, it announced that the update would be handed down to users in waves. Over a month later, some Windows 10 users still haven’t been automatically upgraded... Read more...
The Star Trek 50th anniversary celebrations just keep on comin’. Now, Microsoft Rewards is offering bonus points for select Star Trek movies and television shows. The company is “thrilled to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek with this bonus Microsoft Rewards offer, giving you the chance to relive your favorite moments from the classic franchise.”Customers can earn 500 points for selected movie rentals, 3,000 points for selected movie purchase, and 4,000 purchases on television series purchases. This offer excludes single TV episodes, games and music. Customers could even pre-order Star Trek... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft’s Lumia Windows 10 Mobile smartphones were on their way to the graveyard. According to various Microsoft insiders, production of the Lumia 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL was slated to end by December 2016. However, a fresh report coming from WinBeta suggests that at least one of those four phones has been given an early funeral. The reigning Windows 10 Mobile flagship, the Lumia 950 XL, is apparently winding down its production run. Production has already stopped for UK versions of the smartphone, although WinBeta acknowledges that the production halt could (and... Read more...
Microsoft launched its slim and trim Xbox One S console back in early August. Taking up 40 percent less volume than its predecessor and packing variants ranging in capacities from 500GB to 2TB, the Xbox One S was only initially available in white. That changes, however, with the launch of three new console bundles which will soon find their way to retail shelves. All three of Microsoft’s new Xbox One S bundles include Battlefield 1, which has gained nearly universal acclaim during its public beta. The first bundle paints the console in storm grey and includes a matching wireless controller. The... Read more...
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time — Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services Division has been a complete disaster and a money pit. Microsoft bought the division for $7.9 billion in spring 2014, and a year later, the company had to take an impairment charge of $7.6 billion for the purchase. Since that time, the Redmond, Washington-based company has laid off thousands of employees that it brought over from Nokia along with additional Microsoft employees that were already working on smartphone hardware and software. To make matters worse, smartphone sales have plummeted... Read more...
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Such is the case with the widely rumored Surface all-in-one PC that is reportedly on the way from Microsoft. Microsoft has found some success with its Surface Pro and Surface Book convertibles, so it makes sense that the company would look to extend the brand to other form-factors. The latest news on the Surface all-in-one front comes courtesy of reliable Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley. According to her sources, the device has been developed under the codename “Surface Cardinal” and will of course run Windows 10. Foley’s also says that Cardinal will in effect... Read more...
Sony unveiled a pair of updated PlayStation 4 consoles on Wednesday, one that's a slimmer, lighter version of the current model, and the more exciting PS4 Pro with upgraded internals capable of 4K resolution gaming and movie watching. Cool stuff, though Microsoft was quick to remind the Internet community that its Xbox One S can do something the PS4 Pro can't—play 4K Blu-ray discs. Microsoft posted a picture of its Xbox One S console to Twitter accompanied by a several highlights. 4K streaming and Blu-ray? Check. HDR gaming? Check. Sames goes for being 40 percent smaller, and it costs $299, a Benjamin... Read more...
According to tracking website NetMarketShare, Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer this past March to become the most widely-used Web browser on the planet. As of just last month, the service pegged Chrome as owning a staggering 54% of the total marketshare, with IE settling with 27%. Firefox, meanwhile, scored about 8%, while Edge took 5%. With Chrome dominating the market, it must mean that it's the best browser out there, right? While Chrome is definitely doing something right to get to the top, as we've found out in recent months, those reasons have nothing to do with battery life. As... Read more...
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