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Microsoft might have killed off its Windows Mobile devices, but the company is still working on a smallish device with dual screens that will slip into the Surface family. The device has dual displays that meet in the middle with a trick hinge. The major details that the patent images and abstract focus on is the hinge system that allows the device to fold into just about any position you might need. One of the images even shows the device folded into a teepee with a traditional alarm clock face that aims at the user. That might be a very nice feature considering how many people rely on their smartphone... Read more...
If you've had your eye on picking up a new Xbox One X gaming console, Microsoft is hoping that a new offer will persuade you to go through with that purchase. Microsoft announced today that Xbox One X console purchases made between December 17th and December 31st will come with a code that will allow you to download PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) for free. Microsoft says that the "special holiday promotion" will only be available in select regions through your local Microsoft Store or participating retailers. So, before you click the "Purchase" button on that shiny new Xbox One X, make sure... Read more...
For a long time if you needed an OpenSSH client for a Windows computer you had to download and install one from a third-party. Applications like PuTTY are very popular with folks that need that sort of client software. Microsoft is now making moves to prevent Windows users from needing an openSSH client from a third party with its own integrated client for Windows 10. The catch for right now is that the Microsoft ssh client is currently available only in beta form. There is a workaround that will get you access to it for now. The ssh client is part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and there... Read more...
Microsoft really wants people to leave Google and use its Bing search engine. The problem is that the exodus away from Google never really happened, leaving Microsoft working hard to compete in the search market. Microsoft has announced that it has added some cool new features to Bing in an effort to make the search engine more popular with users.  Microsoft is now integrating additional artificial intelligence (AI) technology into its search results and into Office 365. The AI promises to have a useful impact on our day-to-day lives. "AI has really been integrated into society for many years,"... Read more...
If you were alive in 1985, it was a pretty good year to be around. The movies that came out that year are some of the most popular and classic of '80s films like "The Goonies", "Back to the Future", "Weird Science", and "The Breakfast Club". 1985 also happens to be the year that version 1.0 of Windows rolled out. Someone has dug up a complete version of Windows 1.0 that is signed by no other than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The eBay seller, Badastheblues, claims that the Windows 1.0 box set is an original copy that was handed out at an event in Las Vegas in November of 1985. The description... Read more...
Through its human resources service provider, Microsoft has posted a job listing that suggests its collaboration with Qualcomm will not end with shoving the company's Snapdragon 835 processors into its Surface laptops running Windows 10, but will extend to the Qualcomm's next-generation flagship SoC (system-on-chip), Snapdragon 845. That chip has not yet been released, but is next in line and will find its way into phones like Samsung's Galaxy S9. The job listing is for a "Hardware Test Engineer / Manufacturing Engineer," and specifically one who is an expert in Wi-Fi technologies and manufacturing.... Read more...
Microsoft has announced some major construction plans at its Redmond campus. It's not building a spaceship campus as Apple did, but it will be adding 18 new buildings and up to 8,000 more workers to the payroll. Microsoft says that the massive expansion might not be completed until 2025. Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog. Microsoft's campus in Redmond is a 500-acre parcel that the software giant says is close to a "vibrant urban core, suburban towns, mountains, lakes, and forests." Microsoft plans to break ground on the expansion project next fall and the 18 new... Read more...
Microsoft had lofty ambitions for the adoption rate of its Windows 10 operating system when it was released back in 2015. After all, Windows 10 was initially made available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users (and it is still available for free for a limited time if you meet certain requirements) and promised big functional gains over its predecessors. At its annual shareholder meeting, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Windows 10 is installed and actively used on over 600 million devices worldwide. We say "devices", because Microsoft is counting PCs, tablets, smartphones... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to put a new spin on the windowed multitasking workflow that we've all become used too over the past three decades. Browser makers figured out a long time ago that we can be more productive with a tabbed interface for the sometimes dozens of websites that we might frequent on a daily basis. Microsoft is extending that same idea to how we use our apps in Windows 10. Microsoft is calling this new Windows 10 interface "Sets", and it allows you to group together Windows apps into tabs within a single window. If you're doing research on a particular subject, you might have a Set... Read more...
Today's Chromebooks appeal to many consumers thanks to their low price of entry and lightweight form-factor. The big downside of the Chromebook is that you are limited to what software you can run on the machines; much more so than a typical Windows-based laptop.  If part of the software you were missing on a Chromebook that kept you from making the leap was Microsoft Office, we've got some good news for you today. When the first Android compatible Chromebooks came out, some were able to run Office apps, and some weren't. Reports also indicate that Office Apps would show up for some Chromebooks... Read more...
Minecraft fans have some big updates to look forward to for the game that will be landing next year. At the MINECOIN Earth show a slew of updates were announced and the biggest of them is The Update Aquatic with a huge number of new features coming to the game. Among the new features will be materials like coral and kelp, more fish types, dolphins, new water physics and even explorable shipwrecks. The new Update Aquatic also means a new trident weapon to defend yourself with during water explorations. The trident can be thrown at enemies and used in close-combat as well. Players can also enchant... Read more...
Microsoft has decided to extend support for one of the earliest builds of Windows 10, version 1511, which it released two years ago. The early build is getting six additional months of support (through April 2018) from Microsoft, though not for all users. Microsoft's support extension applies to anyone using Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education, and not the regular version of Windows 10. "To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition to Windows as a service, we will be providing a supplemental servicing package for Windows 10, version 1511 for an additional... Read more...
Over the past week, many of the country's leading retailers have unveiled their tantalizing Black Friday deals. We've seen ads from Best Buy, Target, and Walmart among others. Hardware companies are also getting in on the festivities as well; the latest of which is Microsoft. The company just posted its Black Friday ad, and there are quite a few gems in there for gamers and productivity fiends alike. On the gaming front, Microsoft will discount the Xbox One S 500GB console to just $189 (a price matched by a few other retailers for Black Friday). However, Microsoft is sweetening the deal by giving... Read more...
If you own an Xbox One X and have been unhappy with some aspects of the Blu-ray playback capability, Microsoft's Mike Ybarra says that a fix is incoming. The integrated 4K Blu-ray player that the Xbox One X offers is one way that some buyers have justified the purchase of the console. $499 for a nice Blu-ray player/game console is palatable for lots of folks out there who don’t spend that much time playing games. The catch for some early adopters of the game console is that the On X isn’t performing as it should when content is played on a HDR-capable TV. Reports indicate that there... Read more...
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