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Microsoft and other major tech firms around the world are working hard towards the next breakthrough in computing, something many pinning their hopes on quantum computing. One of Microsoft's top researchers, Michael Freedman, has been with the company for twenty years and has put Microsoft on the path to build the first topological qubit. A topological qubit is a robust type of quantum bit that Microsoft hopes will serve as the basis for a scalable, general purpose quantum computer system. The discovery of this qubit would also be a major breakthrough in quantum physics as well. "We’re seeing the... Read more...
Apple may be at odds with Google when it comes to iOS versus Android, but it appears that the two can still find common ground on search. Google has been a long-time fixture in iOS and macOS as the default engine for Safari searches. However, Microsoft Bing has been the default provider for Siri queries, iOS Search and Spotlight on macOS. In a bid to provide a more consistent experience across all of its platforms and areas of search, Apple is kicking Bing to the curb, and has retained Google's services for nearly all areas of search (by default), with the sole exception being image searches via... Read more...
William Henry Gates III, better known to the world as Bill Gates, spent several decades building Microsoft into the software (and hardware) empire that it is today. His legacy outside of the philanthropy world is Windows. If he had to do it all over again, do you think he would do things differently? Sure he would, though one of his biggest regrets might surprise you. What still eats away at Gates to this day is how to force a reboot in Windows.Image Source: Flickr (World Economic Forum)More specifically, Gates laments the Ctrl-Alt-Delete combination to restart Windows. During a speech at the Bloomberg... Read more...
If you didn't bite on the pre-order madness for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles a while back, now is your chance to pre-order the standard version of Microsoft's latest console hardware. Pre-orders kicked off today at 10 AM PT at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop for the standard Xbox One X (system ship November 7).  GameStop fans also have some cool deals to go along with the pre-orders for the console bundles. Gamers can get a $200 credit toward the Xbox One X if they trade in their current console. Odds are there are caveats to that, but those are unclear. There... Read more...
Microsoft has some big things planned this fall, including the release of its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 and, tying into that, its big push towards mixed reality experiences. One thing that is not on the docket for a fall release, however, is a new generation Surface Book. Instead, it seems Microsoft is content to wait until next year before releasing refreshed models.The Redmond outfit has a press event scheduled for October 3 in San Francisco. That is when it will highlight its mixed reality initiative and how it ties into Windows 10. Then later in the month, Microsoft will announce... Read more...
Evidence recently started mounting that something interesting was afoot in Fortnight, a game developed by Epic Games that is available for both Xbox One and PS4. The first indications of cross-play between the Xbox One and PS4 for this particular title came when PS4 gamers noted that there were players running around in their games that had spaces in their online usernames. The PS4 doesn't allow spaces in usernames, only underscores or other characters. A bit of sleuthing by some of those users turned up the same exact players and usernames active on the Xbox One version of the game. More definitive... Read more...
Odds are that most of what regular Americans know about submarines comes from what we see in movies. Those subs always have a large mast that comes down in the middle of a room for the periscope. The person manning that periscope simply spins in a circle to look out and see what's going on above the surface of the water. However, most modern subs don't operate in this manner.  The sub in the image above is one of the U.S. Navy's newest submarines called the USS John Warner. Inside the advanced attack submarine are lot of high-resolution screens that show all manner of detail on the sub including... Read more...
When it comes to developing games, the easier it is to make a game for multiple systems, the better it is for gamers because studios can make better games with more resources that function across all platforms. Microsoft has announced that it has launched a new Expanded Resource feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that has moved the development industry closer to the goal of creating one game that can run anywhere. Expanded Resources gives developers access to 6 exclusive cores, 5GB of RAM, and full access to the GPU. In case you didn't already realize, when Windows 10 launched back... Read more...
We are an impatient society; we need everything "right now", the faster the better. Microsoft is looking to fuel this need for urgency with a new method for installing and streaming games on the Xbox One called "Intelligent Delivery". Intelligent Delivery strips a game's assets down to data chunks that are individually tagged. There could be tags for 4K assets in a game or for each local language that is supported. So, if you live in the United States and play a game that is enjoyed by a world audience, like FIFA 2018, you would only need to download the English audio tracks instead of countless... Read more...
The October 17 release date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is looming , with barely more than a month to go before it is here. At this stage of the game, Microsoft is finished implementing major new features. Instead, it is focused on fixing last minute bugs in the homestretch. As such, the newest Windows 10 Insider build (16288) contains a whole bunch of improvements, and you can grab it now if you are an Insider subscribed to the Fast ring. "We are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to... Read more...
The American DJ and production duo known as The Chainsmokers have officially arrived, ladies and gentlemen. Not that Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall were not already successful and a well-known team, but when Microsoft takes notice and designs a custom themed Xbox One S just for you, nobody should be able to question your status after that point. And so it goes with The Chainsmokers—this DJ duo kicks off a new effort by Microsoft to create custom, one-of-a-kind Xbox One S consoles for celebrities and brands. "We were really pumped to work with Xbox on this project and help bring our music to life... Read more...
One of the things Microsoft focused on when developing the original Creators Update for Windows 10 was playing games. Features such as Beam (now called Mixer) and even a dedicated Game Mode intended to make gaming performance better were introduced with the update. Unfortunately, so were some bugs that had the opposite effect—users have been complaining of stuttering and random drops in frames per second in games such as Overwatch and Rocket League. Now several months later Microsoft says it is working on fixes. Yes, fixes, as in plural. There is not just one issue causing these problems, but several... Read more...
It's not uncommon for us to write about security issues, but it's pretty rare when we write about one that's not going to be fixed, per the guilty party. In this case, that guilty party is Microsoft, and the bug is one that has been around ever since the launch of Windows 2000. Whether or not it's truly severe, we'll really have to wait and see. Or, at least we suppose, since it's existed for 17 years already.  The bug is related to a Windows API hook called PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine, which lets the kernel know that a new module has been loaded. The problem, allegedly, is that invalid module... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the Microsoft Surface hardware front for the past few months (at least with regards to new releases). Earlier this summer, Microsoft performed a brain transplant on the Surface Pro convertible and introduced the all-new Surface Laptop. However, an update for the Surface Book, which was first introduced in late 2015, was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, Microsoft has revealed that it will hold a keynote on October 31st at its “Future Decoded” event in London. As you might expect for a major announcement relating to Surface, division chief Panos Panay... Read more...
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