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Microsoft's plans to build open a flagship store in New York has been in the works for about five years, and at some point in 2015, it'll finally become a reality. Current plans are to take over Fendi, located at 677 Fifth Ave., which is about five blocks away from Apple's flagship store at 767 Fifth Avenue. David... Read more...
Consider this your friendly reminder that we're fast approaching Microsoft's cutoff date for providing its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. Once October 31, 2014 (Halloween) comes and goes, OEMs like Dell and Hewlett-Packard can still sell... Read more...
An update on the official Windows Blog by Microsoft senior marketing communications manager Brandon LeBlanc unveiled the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. It is a device that will connect to a monitor, HDTV, or projector with both HDMI and USB connectivity. Retailing for $59.95, the wireless adapter will allow users... Read more...
After China announced that it would be removing its ban on gaming consoles, there was speculation as to which console manufacturer would try to take advantage of the new market. Up until now, it appeared that Microsoft would be the first to release its console in the Chinese market on September 23. However, the company changed its mind today,... Read more...
In a second round of layoffs, Microsoft has let go of 2,100 employees on Thursday. According to a company spokesman, 747 of those employees were located in the Seattle area and the remaining cuts will occur at other locations worldwide. The layoffs are part of Microsoft’s plan to eliminate a total of 18,000 jobs... Read more...
There's been a great deal of Windows 9-related news this past week, but now, we have what's sure to be the most interesting: September 30th will be when we get our first real preview of what's coming. According to Re/code, Microsoft will be holding an event in which it wants you to, "Join us to hear about what's next... Read more...
Mobile Bluetooth keyboards are a dime a dozen, but mobile Bluetooth keyboards that come from Microsoft and support Android, iOS, as well as Windows, are far less common. But that's what the company gives us with its "Universal Mobile Keyboard", a very compact option that allows you to prop either a... Read more...
Windows Phone owners needn't feel like the red-headed stepchildren of the mobile industry. It's true that Microsoft's share of the mobile market is a drop in the bucket compared to Apple (iOS) and Google (Android), but regardless of that, it's all about the apps and hardware, both of which have been steadily improving. That includes Skype,... Read more...
Last month, we covered a new research project from Microsoft, dubbed Project DeLorean, that seeks to dramatically improve the subjective experience of cloud gaming by cutting perceived latency between the player and the server. Today, in a potentially related announcement, comes news that Microsoft is also working on... Read more...
Microsoft has begun doling out its October update for the Xbox One to preview program members. It's a pretty big update with somewhat of a heavy focus on improving Snap support. After applying the update, the Snap Center will include faster access to Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator when... Read more...
It is launch week for Bungie’s highly anticipated FPS title Destiny. There have been many videos showcasing the game; especially the exclusive content consumers will receive if they purchase the game on PlayStation. While the videos have exclusively promoted Destiny on Sony’s PlayStation consoles, it... Read more...
Here's a friendly heads up that if you're planning to purchase an Xbox One console, do yourself a solid and wait until next week. Waiting sucks, we know that, but in exchange for your patience, Microsoft will reward you with a free game. It's part of a promotion that runs from September 7 (Sunday) through September 13... Read more...
If you haven’t noticed by now, all of the Destiny trailers have been focused on PlayStation and, more recently, showcasing all of the exclusive content that will be available on Sony’s PlayStation consoles. However, Microsoft UK isn’t going to sit back and let people think that Destiny is only coming... Read more...
There's a bit of an arms race going on in the cloud, with services like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox continually adding new features and options. Last week it was Dropbox that made a major move by consolidating its three paid subscription option into a single plan with more storage, and this week it's Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft is flat out ignoring a federal court order to provide U.S. prosecutors access to a customer's emails being held on a server in Ireland. For Microsoft, this boils down to a matter of trust with its users, and so long as the case continues to maneuver through the appeals process, the Redmond outfit has no... Read more...
It is hard to believe that it has been almost two years since Microsoft had announced that it was replacing MSN Messenger with Skype. When the announcement was made, many expected it to be integrated with Skype. But instead, it has continued on since then, though the service was mostly kept alive in China. However... Read more...
We're still several months removed from spring time, but that didn't stop Microsoft from giving its Windows Store a good cleaning -- a much needed one, we might add -- as it swept away more than 1,500 crummy apps that fall afoul of the company's certification process in one way or another. More app removals could be... Read more...
When Google began offering its Drive customers a huge 1TB worth of cloud storage for just $10 per month back in March, it seemed inevitable that its competitors would soon follow-suit. In June, Microsoft was the first to do so, offering 1TB as a perk to its Office 365 subscribers. Today, Dropbox has finally joined in as well, which is major... Read more...
It goes without saying that Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is the best Surface it's ever created. It righted some of the wrongs of the previous generation, and is simply a drool-worthy tablet / laptop. It's no secret that Microsoft knew that it had a winner on its hands, as it's been pushing the Surface brand hard since... Read more...
Whether Microsoft is ready to fully admit it or not, the Redmond outfit incorrectly surmised that bundling a second generation Kinect motion control sensor with the Xbox One and charging a $100 premium would allow the console to fly off store shelves. To Microsoft's credit, it did sell minutes of units at the $499... Read more...
The sly folks at Microsoft decided to snip $100 off the price of its Surface 2 tablets, bringing down the cost of entry to the Windows 8.1 RT tablet to $349 for the 32GB model. If you need more storage, the 64GB version is now priced at $449, and the 64GB with 4G LTE (on AT&T) baked in now goes for $579. What's... Read more...
If it hasn't been made clear enough in recent months that China would love nothing more than to cut down on its reliance to American technology companies, its just-announced decision to create its own operating system should remedy that. At first, this OS will target the desktop, but eventually, it'll make its way to... Read more...
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