Items tagged with Microsoft

So-called "Super Resolution" features first came about during the tail end of the 6th generation of game consoles, when developers started experimenting with spatial upscalers on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The technology came into its own in PlayStation 4 games, which utilized features like checkerboarding to... Read more...
Elon Musk, of SpaceX, brain-computer interface, and Tesla fame, is struggling with a fresh Windows 11 install on a new laptop per recent postings on X, formerly Twitter. Musk is getting swiftly ratio’d by nerds on his social media platform using the community notes feature, however, explaining that he is wrong about... Read more...
There is quite a bit of mystery and intrigue surrounding Microsoft's future Xbox hardware plans, both in the long-term and the more immediate future. As it applies to the latter, a fresh leak alleges that Microsoft is getting ready to release an Xbox Series X in white trim, and without an optical disc drive, making it... Read more...
One rumor that's persisted for several years—at least a half a decade, at this point—is that Microsoft will completely abandon physical discs for its Xbox game consoles. It hasn't happened, though with Microsoft confirming that it plans to keep releasing newer generation Xbox consoles into the future, the question has... Read more...
Xbox CEO Phil Spencer got to talk about the future of Xbox in a wide-ranging interview with The Verge. The discussion included Xbox titles making their way to Sony’s PlayStation 5 console, the future of Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS, and the possibility of an Xbox handheld. The interview comes on the heels of a turbulent... Read more...
Reports of the Xbox console's demise have not only been exaggerated, they're flat out wrong. If there was any doubt that the Microsoft still intends on releasing future generation consoles, it was put to rest in a recent podcast in which Xbox president Sarah Bond put gamers on notice: the next-gen Xbox will deliver... Read more...
Artificial intelligence has found a footing in large language models (LLMs), which are all the rage right now, even finding their way onto PCs with user-run instances. However, with this increase in accessibility comes an increase in the risk of nefarious activity, like creating bioweapons using GPT-4. Now, Microsoft... Read more...
Apple and Microsoft dodged a big bullet, as the European Commission found the duo to not be designated as “gatekeepers.” The decision closed four market investigations that were first launched in September of last year following the passage of the Digital Markets Act. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) was a landmark... Read more...
The Xbox brand has been taking a battering lately with all the rumors surrounding the status of exclusives, and it appears Xbox CEO Phil Spencer attempted to calm employees by stating that there are no plans for the company to stop manufacturing hardware, during a recent company townhall. This is according to Shannon... Read more...
PC enthusiasts of a certain age will recall the bad old days before DirectX, when developers who wanted to make use of advanced acceleration hardware in graphics processors had to use a vendor-specific API for it. This meant that your ATI Rage version of Mechwarrior 2 wasn't going to work on your fancy new Rendition... Read more...
As we prepare to roll into an early Spring, if a ground-dwelling rodent is anything to go by, you might be looking to do some Spring cleaning, especially with your technology. At least for Windows 10 and 11 users, Microsoft has a solution that can help boost your PC’s performance, though this could prove to be... Read more...
A rough week for team Xbox just got a bit tougher as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has officially filed a complaint in a federal appeals court in regard to its decision to lay off 1,900 employees last month. The FTC is continuing to probe Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard on anti-trust... Read more...
The AI arms race is ever escalating, pushing machine learning models into the faces of everybody who ever looks at a screen, be it a PC monitor or a smartphone. Artificial intelligence, as it's been defined in modern times, has been with us for quite a while now, including deep integration into Windows. For instance... Read more...
In a surprising shift in strategy it appears as if Microsoft will be letting its biggest exclusive from 2023, Starfield, head over to Sony’s PlayStation 5 console. This information came to light as a part of a series of leaks that has rocked the Xbox community, because it’s not just Starfield that will reportedly make... Read more...
Microsoft is laying off 1,900 employees from its gaming division, or roughly 9% of its workforce, mere months after finalizing its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Microsoft isn’t only limiting its maneuvering to personnel, as it’s also cancelling a survival game project that Blizzard had been working... Read more...
When it comes to security breaches, traditionally we expect that it is a company with poor security practices or simply struggling to keep up in the never-ending onslaught of threats online. However, the latest breach suffered by Microsoft changes that narrative significantly, indicating that, realistically, anyone... Read more...
Here's a secret you are free to share with the world, or whoever will listen—when it comes to certain items, including laptops, you don't have to wait for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime Day, or any other major event to score a bargain. Laptops are one of those products (like audio gear, especially speakers)... Read more...
Microsoft has just set new performance targets for PCs to be considered AI-ready. The trillion-dollar software, services and devices company has specified 40 TOPS (Trillions Of Operations Per Second) in AI computational throughput and 16GB of memory at a minimum, for a system to potentially have all AI features... Read more...
Windows has had some recent security issues, but Microsoft has gnerally been good about offering critical fixes. A problem comes when people don't actually apply those fixes to make their systems more secure. As such, TrendMicro has discovered a previously-patched vulnerability being exploited on Windows devices to... Read more...
Microsoft is announcing Copilot Pro, its new subscription tier for Microsoft 365 users, which will cost $20 a month per user. This new subscription option will be available to both individuals and businesses looking to get more done with AI. According to the company, Copilot Pro “delivers the most advanced features... Read more...
Microsoft has taken over the market cap crown from rival Apple with its momentous emphasis on generative artificial intelligence. Market data showed Microsoft’s market cap stood at $2.887 trillion, while Apple’s market cap was $2.875 trillion. AI has not only been a buzzword among tech giants, it has been a driving... Read more...
Just the other day, Windows released Insider Preview Build 26020 to kick off the new year with a handful of new features and capabilities. However, this update also took away some features with the official execution of WordPad, which will no longer be installable in a clean install of the OS. Moreover, in a future... Read more...
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