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The Xbox One reached the one-year milestone this weekend, and to celebrate its first anniversary, Microsoft is sending just about ever owner of its console a gift package containing several digital goodies. This applies to customers who purchased an Xbox One between November 22, 2013, and November 11, 2014, within... Read more...
The 1980s taught us many things, one of them being that robot guards don't mess around. Remember the ED-209 Enforcement Droid in RoboCop? That's a prime example of why we don't want armed robots in charge of keeping the peace. But what about unarmed robots? You'll find them patrolling Microsoft's Silicon Valley... Read more...
In any other universe, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial would be a long forgotten game at this point. Not just because it came out for what's now an ancient game console -- the Atari 2600 -- but also because it was such a terrible game. And not just terrible, but considered by many to be the worst video game of all time... Read more...
Stuck inside this weekend because of the snow and/or cold weather? Or simply looking for something to occupy your time? Good news, at least for you folks who own an Xbox One console and are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold -- the Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive developed by Insomniac Games and published by Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft doesn't appear very interested in using the Nokia brand, even though it negotiated the rights for the next 10 years when acquiring the Finnish company's mobile phone division for $7.2 billion. However, we haven't seen the last of the Nokia name -- not by a long shot. Last week, reports surfaced that Nokia is... Read more...
Little Ayan Qureshi is now six years old and embarking on his first year as a student at Clifford Bridge Primary School in the United Kingdom. However, he's not like most other classmates. He's an IT genius, a designation he earned by passing Microsoft's exam to become a Certified Professional when he was just... Read more...
In a couple of recent Microsoft-related posts I've written, I've highlighted fact that the company's been doing quite well - and making some excellent changes - ever since Satya Nadella came on as CEO, Simply put, there have been way too many improvements made since that position shift to call it a coincidence. With... Read more...
If you thought you'd seen the last of the Nokia brand stamped onto handsets, think again. The Finnish company is reportedly looking to re-license the Nokia brand to mobile device makers, even though Microsoft negotiated a deal to use the Nokia name for the next 10 years when it purchased the company's mobile division... Read more...
It seems like we can't go a single month without seeing a major change happen at Microsoft that wouldn't have likely happened had the company still been under the rule of Steve Ballmer. Today, another such change is tossed on the pile, and it's a great one for anyone using a Windows Phone 8 device. When Windows... Read more...
Microsoft's been changing quite a bit - for the better - since Satya Nadella stepped in as company CEO, and I don't think that's a coincidence. In the latest major move, the company has announced that it will soon be open sourcing its .NET Core stack, which includes everything from ASP .NET 5 down to the Core runtime and Framework. Once completed,... Read more...
Now that Microsoft has decided to retire the Nokia brand with regards to future Lumia devices, one could argue (semi-seriously) that the Nokia Lumia 830 is suddenly a collector's edition. Big whoop, right? Well, that's not the only reason to pick up the 5-inch handset -- AT&T is offering to throw in a Fitbit Flex... Read more...
The Xbox One might not be the best selling console of the modern generation -- that honor belongs to Sony's PlayStation 4 -- but give Microsoft credit for continually improving the experience with frequent updates. Hundreds of new features have been added via 10 updates within the console's first year, and this... Read more...
A new era in the smartphone business is about to begin. Come next Tuesday, Microsoft will fully unveil its first Lumia handset without the Nokia brand attached, a decision the company made by choice rather than being forced into due to any legal roadblocks. In fact, when Microsoft purchased Nokia's mobile phone... Read more...
Microsoft's latest play in mobile is to make Office apps free for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. That means you no longer need an Office 365 subscription to create and edit content on any of the major mobile platforms as Microsoft makes a push to bring Office to everyone, everywhere. However, that's not the only... Read more...
It might not be its main business, but cloud storage is something Microsoft takes very seriously, and lately, it seems like the company takes great pleasure in getting under the skin of its competitors. This past summer, the company followed-up Google's decision to offer 1TB for 10 bucks a month with the same kind of... Read more...
Poor Microsoft. Since the release of its Surface Pro 3 tablet, the Remond team has pushed their new slate hard. It's as if the company wanted it to overwrite that part of our memory that recalls the Surface RT and it's monumental losses. This past August, we saw the company make a big move by deploying a boatload of... Read more...
Just when Mac users might have thought Microsoft forgot all about them as it relates to productivity software, the Redmond software giant made a couple of big announcements that show otherwise. The first is there's a new and polished version of Outlook for Mac available, and the second is that Mac users can expect the... Read more...
In case you haven't noticed, companies small and large seem to believe that health -- and in particular, connected health -- is the next major cash cow. As fitness slots into the mainstream attention, it's an ideal time for the likes of Apple, Google, LG, Samsung, Fitbit, and now Microsoft to make a splash in both... Read more...
Time is quickly running out if you plan on purchasing a pre-built PC with Windows 7 installed. Once Halloween (October 31, 2014) comes and goes, Microsoft will no longer provide its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. In light of this, Dell is... Read more...
The cloud storage ecosystem is rife with fierce competition, with companies one-upping each other every single month. In August, we saw Dropbox finally decide to offer a 1TB plan for $10/mo like Google and Microsoft rolled-out months earlier, and last month, Microsoft issued some updates to OneDrive, which included a... Read more...
Microsoft’s Pro Surface 3 tablet has been doing well, but it has been a while since the company has said anything concrete, sales-wise, regarding its Xbox One console. While it revealed during its fiscal Q1 FY15 earnings report that 2.4 million Xbox units were sold over the last several months, the company... Read more...
Microsoft has seen strong performance across its commercial and consumer segments in its last quarter. According to the company’s fiscal Q1 FY15 earnings report, it was revealed that Microsoft’s revenue was $23.2 billion for the quarter that ended on September 30, 2014. The company had a 25 percent... Read more...
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