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Microsoft has just announced that a new Microsoft Store experience will soon be available for the current family of Xbox One consoles. Rather than a minor update to the existing storefront, Microsoft says that this is a “completely rebuilt” interface that is focused on speed and ease of use. On the speed front, Microsoft says that the new Xbox Store will load twice as fast as previous iterations, meaning that it will launch in less than two seconds. The speed benefits are not only attributed to performance improvements, but also in how quickly you can find the content that you’re looking for; be it a new game, a trailer for a TV or movie release (which are viewable inline with... Read more...
Microsoft has made available a pair of out-of-band security patches for Windows 10, one of which is labeled as "critical" and the other as "important." Under normal circumstances, security patches get doled out on the second Tuesday of every month, otherwise known as Patch Tuesday. But in this case, Microsoft decided to make these particular ones available now, with Patch Tuesday still being two weeks away. Both flaws—CVE-2020-1425 and CVE-2020-1457—exist within the Windows Codecs Library and the way it handles objects in memory. According to Microsoft, if left unpatched, an attacker who leverages CVE-2020-1425 "could obtain information to further compromise the user's system." This... Read more...
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit the business sector particularly hard over the past few months, and some big-name companies have either been forced to drastically change their operations, or have closed their doors altogether. Even a tech giant like Microsoft is not immune to the aftereffects of COVID-19, as the company has announced a “strategic change” in its retail operations going forward.   The change means that most of the company’s Microsoft Store physical locations will be closing down shortly. Microsoft’s endeavor towards physical stores was modeled in part on the very successful Apple Stores. Customers were able to walk into a Microsoft Store... Read more...
During the coronavirus outbreak with everyone home doing school or working, it can be hard to get peace and quiet in a full house. One way to block out all the static, and concentrate on school or work, is with a nice set of noise-cancelling headphones such as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. These headphones are currently on sale at both Amazon.com and the Microsoft Store. Bose QuietComfort 35 II are on sale Amazon.com for $299, which is a $50 discount. As with most things at Amazon, the headphones also come with free shipping for Amazon Prime members. Amazon has been a bit slower delivering items during the coronavirus outbreak, and has made it clear that the company is focusing on delivering essentials... Read more...
Christmas has come and gone, but Microsoft still has some excellent deals that gamers can take advantage of via the Microsoft Store. There are big savings on Xbox and PC digital games, movies, and more. Microsoft says this is the biggest Xbox sale of the holiday season, with up to 67% off digital games for the Xbox One. Discounts are offered on some of the most popular games out there and are good through January 2. A few of the deals can be seen below, and gamers can go here to see them all. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - $59.99 regualr price, on sale for $49.79 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - $59.99 regular price, on sale for $49.79 NFS Heat - $59.99 regualr price, on sale for $38.99 Mortal... Read more...
If you're looking for a gaming phone, but don't want to break the bank, you can get the original ASUS ROG Gaming Phone for just $350 with a hot eBay deal. And in case you were wondering, you'll be purchasing from a highly reputable seller, as this is Microsoft's eBay Outlet Store. The original ROG Gaming Phone – read our review here -- debuted last year priced at a staggering $899, so this represents a hefty discount off the original price. While the ROG Phone might not come packing the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/855+ SoC, it's no slouch with its older Snapdragon 845. Likewise, the ROG Phone uses a 90Hz display, while its successor -- the ROG Phone II -- rocks a... Read more...
Microsoft's brand-new Surface Pro X convertible began shipping to customers earlier this week, and we've already seen that the device is surprisingly accessible when it comes to repairability. And we also can't argue with the good looks of the device, which has rounded edges, a slimmer chassis, and smaller display bezels than the Surface Pro 7. However, one aspect of the Surface Pro X that has come under fire from reviewers (and those that plunked down at least $999) is app compatibility -- or rather, the lack thereof in many cases. This problem was confounded by the act that it wasn’t made clear in the Microsoft Store that the Surface Pro X is incompatible with a number of apps... Read more...
When Microsoft launched the Windows 10 May 2019 Update last month to the public, one of the big changes came with how the Cortana virtual assistant is presented to the user. Previously, Cortana and Search were fused together in the taskbar. However, the May 2019 Update separated the two so that they could be further developed independent of one another. Now, the latest move from Microsoft means even bigger changes for Cortana. A new Cortana app -- in beta form -- has been discovered in the Microsoft Store. With this further decoupling of Cortana, the general consensus is that Windows 10 might not even have Cortana installed by default. If users want access to the Cortana,... Read more...
Back in October, Microsoft launched its snazzy looking Surface Headphones, which are Bluetooth enabled and feature integrated support for the Cortana digital assistant. However, the headphones also came with a $349.99 price tag, which was a tough pill to swallow for a newcomer to the headphone market. For those that liked the style and functionality of the Surface Headphones, but were put off by its price, we've got some good news for you. The Microsoft Store is currently discounting the headphones by $100, which means they now ring up at just $249.99. That's still a bit on the high side, but puts it more in line with comparable cans from Beats (among other entries in the over-the-ear headphone... Read more...
Microsoft is extending its partnership with Amazon in a big way, as the Microsoft Store is now selling both the second-generation Echo and the third-generation Echo Dot Alexa-powered smart speakers. The Microsoft Store offers both the Echo and the Echo Dot at their regular MSRPs of $99 and $49 respectively. This is a striking turn of events given that Microsoft is currently marketing the Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke AI smart speaker. The Invoke hit the market priced at $199, but is now selling for $99 from the Microsoft Store -- only the Pearl Silver model is available, as the Graphite version is currently out of stock.  Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation)... Read more...
Microsoft if finally enabling an oft-requested feature to Windows 10, which may come in handy for people with multiple PCs in their household. The web version of the Microsoft Store is enabling a new button on app pages called "Install on my devices" that allows you to remotely install apps. As the name of the option implies, it will allow you to install a given app to any of the Windows 10 devices that are currently associated with your account. So even if you aren't physically in front of the desktop PC in your bonus room, you can actually install an app like Netflix or Amazon Music by logging into the Microsoft Store from a web browser. It doesn't appear that this feature has rolled... Read more...
It just got a little bit easier to find a gift for that special gamer in your life, in case you want to get a head start on the holiday shopping season. That's because Microsoft has expanded the option of buying games from the Microsoft Store as a gift to include PC games and PC downloadable content (map packs, skins, and the such). In addition, all Xbox One games available in the Microsoft Store are now eligible for gift giving as well. The ability to gift games is something Microsoft rolled out last fall, though at the time it only included select Xbox One digital titles and DLC, along with Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. Microsoft says this proved popular with gamers, saying... Read more...
Last week, Microsoft announced that it would be lopping $200 off the price of its Surface Pro to celebrate the 2-in-1 convertible’s 5th anniversary. Well, that promotion has been ongoing since the start of the weekend, and unfortunately has to come to an end today. Microsoft's current $200-off offer, unlike other ongoing Surface promotions, extends to most of the Surface Pro family (the Surface Pro with LTE is the sole exception). This means that no matter if you are looking for a base Core m3 machine or a top-end model with a Core i7 processor, you can take advantage of the discounts.  As we mentioned in our previous article, the promotion is currently running at brick and mortar... Read more...
It looks as though we’ve come to the end of the road for Microsoft’s Lumia smartphone family. Microsoft has stopped selling the Windows 10 Mobile smartphones via the Microsoft Store, and there’s little chance that they will be restocked. Earlier this year, during the launch of the Lumia 650, Microsoft made it clear that it would be the last Lumia device introduced. And over the course the past few months, we’ve see reports that Lumia production was in fact winding down. According to a new report, the following Windows 10 Mobile devices are now out of stock from the Microsoft Store: Acer Liquid Jade Primo Bundle - Unlocked AT&T - Microsoft Lumia 640 XL AT&T - Microsoft Lumia 950 Microsoft... Read more...
Today is Day 7 of Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals promotion, an annual holiday event in which it marks down items for sale at the Microsoft Store. Each day is also accompanied by a doorbuster item, a sale item that is only available in-store at one of Microsoft's retail location, and today's doorbuster an original Xbox One console for $179. That's a $120 savings over the Xbox One's normal selling price. It's even less expensive than a previous generation 500GB Xbox 360 console, which sells for $200 at the Microsoft Store. This will likely be the lowest price around for a new (not refurbished) Xbox One console this season. The only caveats are that it's not available online and the deal is good while... Read more...
Happy Pi Day, nerds and geeks! Don't worry, we mean that affectionately, otherwise we'd be throwing stones in glass houses. In case you weren't aware, today is March 14, or 3.14, the shortened version of Pi, which is the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter regardless of the size of the circle. Pi is also an irrational number, meaning it goes on forever in decimal form and never repeats itself. It's truly a wondrous, mind-blowing thing, and in celebration of Pi Day, Dell is offering 31.4 percent off select notebooks in the Microsoft Store.Don't fault Dell for putting the decimal in the wrong position—a 31.4 percent discount is much more enticing... Read more...
If you've been ever-so-patiently waiting for the exact right time to buy an Xbox One game console, now might be it, provided you go through Microsoft's online store. Those who do will receive a free game selection plus a $75 gift code to go along with their console of choice, and yes, those freebies apply to bundles, too. On the fence between a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? It's understandable—both are excellent systems with their own pros and cons. For those of you leaning towards an Xbox One and needing a gentle nudge to make a regret-free purchase, Microsoft's latest console has a lot going for it. First, it recently received an overhauled UI based on Windows 10 (dubbed "New Xbox One Experience"... Read more...
What would be your first thought if we told you a mob of Microsoft employees gathered outside an Apple Store? Some sort of shenanigans, right? Well, it happened, right on 5th Avenue in New York City in front of Apple's flagship location, the one that's shaped like a cube. But instead of shenanigans (or at least obvious ones), Microsoft was spreading holiday cheer through song. Microsoft captured the moment on video and made a commercial around it, one that doesn't take any snarky jabs at Apple's products. Heck, the ad doesn't even prominently show off Microsoft's own products -- just a chorus of voices, including those from a local NYC children's youth choir, singing their hearts out in front... Read more...
Just when we thought that Microsoft’s smokin’ Xbox One deals couldn’t get any better, the company outdoes itself. Last week, the company was running a promotion that offered anyone that purchased an Xbox One an additional free game. The Microsoft Store sweetened the deal by adding in $50 of store credit for buyers. Today, Microsoft going even further by throwing in one additional free game into the mix when purchasing the Xbox One + Halo The Master Chief Collection Bundle. Not only do you get Halo The Master Chief Collection, but you also receive a free digital download for Assassin's Creed Unity. And if that’s enough, you can choose from one of 15 free games (physical game disc) to add to your... Read more...
Microsoft has really been hitting it out of the park recently when it comes to the Xbox One. Just last week, Microsoft kicked off a new promotion which gives you one free game of your choice with the purchase of a new Xbox One console. Today, however, Microsoft is sweetening that deal by not only giving you a free game with the purchase of an Xbox One console, but also an additional $50 in store credit to use at the Microsoft Store. This new promotion applies to the following console bundles: Xbox One + Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle — $3491TB Xbox One + Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle — $399Xbox One with Kinect Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle — $499 Once you select your bundle;... Read more...
With all of these dollar-off promotions for the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft should just go ahead and institute a permanent price for the versatile tablet. While Microsoft has knocked off up to $100 from the price of the Surface Pro 3 in months past, it’s upping the ante this week with up to a $150 discount. The base Core i3/64GB models and Core i5/128GB models retain their $100 discounts, priced at $799 and $899 respectively. But the higher tier SKUs — which include the Core i5/256GB, Core i7/256GB, and Core i7/512MB — all come with a built-in $150 discount. That means that these SKUs are now available for $1149, $1399, and $1799 respectively. As before, Microsoft is including a free sleeve in with... Read more...
Two weeks ago, Microsoft initiated a $100 price cut for its Surface Pro 3 tablets. The 128GB model with a 128GB SSD and Intel Core i5 processor dropped from $999 to $899, while the configuration with a 256GB SSD and an Intel Core i5 processor fell from $1,299 to $1,199. While these price cuts were definitely appreciated, Microsoft declined to include the entry-level Surface Pro 3 in that initial round of price cuts. Thankfully, Microsoft has come to its senses and is now trimming $100 from the base system, dropping it from $799 to a more enticing $699 (this represents a bigger percentage discount compared to the pricier models). For that price, you’ll receive a 64GB SSD and a 1.5GHz fourth generation... Read more...
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