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When Microsoft released Windows 10, it wasted no time informing us what it was to become: the company's central OS for all platforms. Microsoft wants its prized OS to run on our desktops, notebooks, and smartphones, of course, but also on its Xbox One game console and upcoming HoloLens. The ultimate goal here is to allow developers to take advantage of Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and publish their apps or games to a huge number of platforms all at once. Eventually, we'll see Windows apps hit the Xbox One, and Xbox One games hit Windows. A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced that Forza 6 would be one of the games coming to Windows from the Xbox (albeit with a tweaked... Read more...
When it originally leaked out that Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update would be 'Redstone', it seemed likely that one of the things coming with it would be support for extensions in Edge. With it recently becoming known that Redstone will be spitting into two, the state of Edge extensions were up-in-the-air. Well, a new leak gives us hope that we won't be waiting much longer after all. Where's the leak come from? None other than Microsoft itself! Through some sort of accident, Microsoft launched the official landing page for Edge extensions, which doesn't just give us a hint that the official support is coming soon, it gives us a quick preview of what's going to be available. At the moment,... Read more...
A few weeks ago, we talked about how Microsoft wants to improve the interoperability between the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. At the very least, games built using Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform can be developed for both Xbox and Windows at the same time, and part of that perk means that many (or all) of these games will allow gamers to play against (or with) each other cross-platform. Well, going forward, things could be improving in that regard. At the ongoing Game Developers Conference, Microsoft announced that it's aiming to pave the way for cross-network play in games released for both the Xbox One and Windows and other consoles (namely the PlayStation 4). "This means players on Xbox... Read more...
It's pretty common knowledge that using strong passwords is important, but we'd can understand it if you sometimes take shortcuts for the sake of convenience. A great example for many of us would be with our PCs. Given the fact that we login to them all of the time, it can get old typing in (or even trying to remember) your secure password. That's where decisions need to be made: do you use a strong password, or a weaker one to make life easier? Hold that thought, because Microsoft has just come in with a third option: use a strong password and make life easier. With its just-released "Phone Sign-in Beta" for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft gives users the ability to log into their Windows 10 devices... Read more...
Since its launch in 2013, Slack has risen to superstardom. In a recent blog post, the company highlighted some of its recent milestones, which includes hitting 2.3 million daily active users by its second anniversary, over 675,000 paid seats, and over $64 million in annual revenue. Not bad for a software solution that came out of nowhere just a couple of years ago. Given its meteoric success, it's only a matter of time before this cloud-based collaboration tool gets snapped up by a bigger company, but that company apparently isn't going to be Microsoft. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft apparently mulled the idea of acquiring Slack but instead decided to double-down on its Skype focus. Microsoft's... Read more...
When we learned earlier this week that Microsoft would be bringing Forza Motorsport to Windows, it was hard to not feel excited. Well, at least for those racing fans who call the PC home and have loathed the fact that the series never broke free from the Xbox. Forza is just the beginning, as Microsoft promised that all of its self-published Xbox One games will come to the PC. That would seem like a great thing. Or is it? In an opinion piece written for UK's The Guardian, Epic founder Tim Sweeney explains why Microsoft's initiative is not as great as it sounds on paper. The problems are tied to Microsoft's new Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which is a new platform for game publishing. This... Read more...
We first learned of Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update almost a year ago, and later, its release was pegged for summer of this year. As we can now see, those plans have changed a little bit. According to Winbeta, the Redstone update will be split into two parts, with the second hitting us in 2017. That might sound like a bit of a downside, but we're still set to see the first part this June, which itself could include substantial updates. This version will be codenamed RS1, and one of its greatest goals is to enhance the convergence of different Windows devices (which includes the Xbox One). - That kind of update might seem a little boring, but it's important for Microsoft, especially... Read more...
Microsoft has just released another update to Windows 10 Mobile, bringing us up to version 10586.122. The company notes that this isn't going to be the bulkiest release it's let loose, but that those coming from Windows Phone 8.1 should notice the most obvious improvements with regards to the upgrade experience. The company also added support for 4 new phones: MCJ Madosma Q501, BLU Win HD W510U, BLU Win HD LTE X150Q, and ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL. This is one of the rarer builds that actually goes to the Slow and Release Preview rings, so if you're running the Fast ring and want to go with a more "stable" version for whatever reason, you will have to switch to one of those rings temporarily... Read more...
With Remedy Entertainment's latest title, Quantum Break, launching on April 5th, Microsoft has decided to give us a two-month heads-up on a couple of important details surrounding the launch. First and foremost, the company has just announced that the game will be coming to the PC, and that those who pre-order the game on the Xbox One will automatically get a free copy of that version. This is the first time Microsoft has offered this kind of deal, and it highlights the company's desire to make its Xbox One and Windows 10 interoperable. It goes without saying that Quantum Break's PC version is going to be a console port, but it's not like most. For starters, Windows 10 is required. Why? Because... Read more...
Since Satya Nadella stepped into the role of Microsoft CEO, the company's outlook has been a lot more positive than it had been in recent years. As the company's latest financials highlight, the company's killing it where cloud services are concerned, and as we've reported a few times over the past year, its latest OS, Windows 10, has proven to be a grand success. When Microsoft unveiled its first cloud initiatives, many revolving around its Azure platform, it was hard to grasp just how important they'd become for the company. As we now see, and Nadella backs up, it's proving to be an extremely important market for the company. Nadella even uttered this bold statement, "The enterprise cloud opportunity... Read more...
Since its initial release over a decade ago, Skype has evolved to become the de facto application for those wanting to chat online. It works great as a simple messenger, but also quite well for 1v1 video chats, or even group chats. While the service might have its own caveats, its reliability has effectively locked in a great number of people. Because of its reliability, even game streamers have adopted its use to chat with fans during a broadcast. But up until this point, there has been a serious flaw tying into this: users could quite easily discover the IP address of a broadcaster, then target that IP as part of a DDoS attack. This of course results in a ruined day of the streamer, and a total... Read more...
One of the most ambitious features Microsoft has packed into Windows 10 Mobile is Continuum, which lets users plug their smartphone into a dock, and then take advantage of it as if it were a PC, complete with mouse, keyboard, and monitor. It's a niche feature, but for those who could take advantage of it, it can prove to be a real boon to on-the-go productivity. Up to this point, Continuum has required beefier hardware to work, such as the hardware featured on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Microsoft has now added another SoC to the list: Qualcomm's MS8952, also known as the Snapdragon 617. At the moment, this chip is featured in only one Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, the NuAns Neo, but given its... Read more...
It's starting to seem like Microsoft is a glutton for punishment. The fact that the Redmond company's foray with Windows RT fizzled before it could even get started -- something all-too-real for those who had enough faith in Microsoft to purchase an equipped device -- isn't a surprise at all. Today, it seems few people who bought into Windows RT feel like it was worth it, and the fact that Microsoft didn't even bother porting Windows 10 to the platform is proof that it was just a lost cause. But, a lost cause might be temporary, and based on a new job listing posted by Microsoft, one mere lost cause isn't enough to shelve an idea forever. Microsoft's Surface RT, running Windows RT In this job... Read more...
Virtual reality is enjoying some ridiculous hype right now, fueled by the fact that the first kits will be launching in the months ahead. But while VR gets so much love right now, we can't forget about another alternate reality platform, AR, or augmented reality. AR, unlike VR, isn't designed to completely replace your field-of-view with another world, but instead complement the world around you. We've seen examples in the past where Microsoft would be able to drop monsters into your environment, although HoloLens' focus so far hasn't so much been gaming, but instead creation - being able to sculpt something virtual right in front of your eyes, and walk around it, zoom in and tweak as necessary.... Read more...
We've talked a handful of times in the past about Microsoft's upcoming major Windows 10 update called 'Redstone', one that should add polish that the company would have liked to see in the OS' initial release. While there's still much to learn about this update, we do know that it will bring substantial updates to Continuum, and possibly, extensions to Microsoft Edge. A couple of weeks ago, Windows Insiders were treated to the first preview build of Redstone, version 11082. While there's not too much to see quite yet, this is proof that development is well underway, and that we could very well see its final release before the summer. While Microsoft's role in this past CES was minor compared... Read more...
It's a sad reality we must all face: some groups want nothing more than to intrude on our personal lives, gaining information that should be kept private. A notable group is of course the US government, which Edward Snowden proved to us over the past two years many times over is relentless when it comes to information gathering. While the government just last month officially scaled-back its mass collection efforts, it's clear that the spying is not going to stop entirely. Given that unfortunate fact, Microsoft has decided to make a rather significant change to its email service Outlook.com, and also its OneDrive cloud storage service. Going forward, if the company detects that your account is... Read more...
Last Christmas, so-called hackers at Lizard Squad decided to toy with the emotions of millions. At a time when many people would have been hooking up a brand-new game console (or loading up a new game), both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were knocked offline, thanks to an effective DDoS attack. Considering the fact that the same group decided to take PSN down on Black Friday a few weeks ago, it seems the attackers haven't grown bored. With Christmas right around the corner, we can't help but wonder what will happen next. So far, there have been no visible threats on PSN or XBL, but Steam and Minecraft are being targeted by a new group desperate for attention. This one goes by the... Read more...
Since its introduction in Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft has helped keep users safe from malware and browser hijacks with SmartScreen. The company went on to introduce SmartScreen as a feature of Windows itself, able to detect malicious software, or at least warn people that software about to be installed is an unknown to the company. Now, the company has updated Internet Explorer 11 and Edge with a SmartScreen feature that will help protect users from so-called "drive-by" attacks. Drive-by refers to the fact that the attacks can come out of nowhere, and even initiate on a legitimate website. They could trigger through a Flash element, for example, or some piece of JavaScript. Microsoft already... Read more...
With its Windows OS, Microsoft is likely the biggest victim of piracy on Earth, and it's no secret that China plays a major role in that. But, so too do other issues, such as the Chinese government's distaste or distrust of American companies. This ties into the reason that China is working to get its own CPU off the ground, as well as its own OS. Microsoft realizes this problem well, but can't ignore the huge potential of penetrating the Chinese government market. So it has decided to go out of its comfort zone to cater to the Chinese government's requirements. It's doing so by establishing a new company called C&M Information Technologies in Beijing, which will act as a bit of a proxy between... Read more...
Since launching its "New Xbox One Experience" in mid-November, Microsoft has seen some a great response. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's also found that one of the most-used features of the update is the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. Despite there being a limited number of supported titles, it hasn't stopped players from logging more than 9 million hours to date. Fortunately for those who yearn for their favorite Xbox 360 game to be supported with this backwards compatibility, Microsoft seems to be working very hard to add support for as many games as it can, and as quickly as possible. Today, the company adds support for 16 titles, bringing the total number to 120. The majority... Read more...
Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to release its next major Windows 10 update, dubbed "Redstone," in Summer 2016, and new information teases us with the prospect of being able to test it out soon. If true, it either means that we'll be getting a really advanced preview, or that Redstone is so far ahead of schedule that we could see it drop in the spring. This latest information comes from a Twitter account that monitors various OS builds coming out of Microsoft, with one of its recent tweets referencing build 11082. This is notable because of the "11" at the start; the Windows 10 RTM and Threshold 2 builds begin with 10, with the latest being 10586 (tip: you can see your Windows version... Read more...
Here's a bit of a strange issue. Microsoft, via its TechNet website, has said that the encryption keys used to secure the connection between a Windows PC and the xboxlive.com domain have been "inadvertently disclosed." At the current time, Microsoft isn't telling us exactly how that happened, but the fortunate thing is that the company has been rather quick in issuing a fix. With encryption keys that are used to validate a security certificate in the hand of malicious users, man-in-the-middle attacks could be performed. A MITM attack is when a connection is interfered with to either fetch the traffic information or reroute it. We saw an example of a MITM attack earlier this year when the Chinese... Read more...
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