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The console war has been taken to the courts in Brazil, as Microsoft defends its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In addition, new court documents also have Microsoft finally giving Sony credit where credit is due as it recognized the PlayStation 4 console outsold the Xbox One X two to one. Back at the beginning... Read more...
Microsoft is trying to buy Activision-Blizzard in what would be the largest game developer acquisition to date. The merger would give Microsoft control over an enormous swath of the "core" game demographic, at least from a Western perspective. The process has entered regulatory review, which invites competitors and... Read more...
Microsoft has finally released a security update that addresses a zero-day vulnerability that went unpatched for more than two years. The vulnerability, known as DogWalk, appears in the national vulnerability index as CVE-2022-34713. Microsoft has assigned the vulnerability a high severity rating of 7.8. The company’s... Read more...
Unity wants to make it easier than ever to build and distribute immersive 3D experiences. By partnering with Microsoft Azure, Unity is able to empower real-time 3D (RT3D) experiences and games using the cloud which would not be feasible on traditional hardware. The traditional 3D development pipeline is... Read more...
Windows 11 has some great features to it. As the latest in Microsoft's operating system repertoire, it is also getting a whole host of awesome features with patches regularly. However, the Redmond software giant has regularly emphasized that they really want you to use a Microsoft account with your... Read more...
If you're not a gamer and not particularly technical, you may feel slightly let down by your new NVMe SSD. After all, the newest game consoles from Microsoft and Sony came along with big promises as to the potential benefits of their solid-state storage subsystems. Integrating the same type of storage technology for... Read more...
Macros can be highly useful tools in Microsoft Office. Most Microsoft Office macros use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or Excel 4.0 macros (XLM). These programming and macro languages have a surprising amount of access to system resources on Windows machines, especially considering they only run from within... Read more...
Two days ago, I was at my cousin's residence attempting to troubleshoot a Brother laser printer that would not work. The printer was duplicated several times in the Windows "Printers & Scanners" dialog, and troubleshooting had to go as far as removing all of the print devices, while rebooting several times, before... Read more...
The time it takes your Xbox Series X/S console to boot up is about to get a bit faster. Microsoft was able to cut several seconds off the boot sequence by creating a shorter bootup animation. Gamers can be some of the most impatient people on the planet. If a new console or gaming PC takes more than a few seconds... Read more...
If you feel like you're serving as a tech guinea pig for the rest of us, running with Windows 11 as your daily OS driver, well, good on you. The officially-released OS does come with a few nice renovations, like the mostly-unified Settings applet, DirectStorage support, and under-the-hood improvements for Intel's... Read more...
Do you ever find yourself running way too many apps on your Windows computer? We sure do, with our writing, our browsers, our image editors, calculator, chat applications, music apps, and the list goes on. It is pretty easy to watch the taskbar real estate slowly start to disappear over time. Fortunately, Windows 11... Read more...
Xbox and Discord have come together to make communicating with your teammates across various platforms much easier. Discord Voice Chat is making its way to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, rolling out to Xbox Insiders first, with everyone else to follow soon. Being able to communicate with a group of friends... Read more...
Somewhere in a parallel universe, Windows 10 is still the most recent version of Windows, with Microsoft holding true to its original plan to continually uddate the OS until the end of time. But in this universe, Microsoft ended up changing direction and ultimately released another version, Windows 11. That's not... Read more...
Were you around for the heyday of Windows 98? PC gamers were slow to adopt Windows 95 because the conventional game design paradigm of talking directly to the hardware was a big no-no in the new operating system. However, in the not-quite-three years between the release of Windows 95 and Windows 98, both PC hardware... Read more...
Windows 11 has been a contentious launch for Microsoft. Historically speaking, when users are dissatisfied with the latest Windows release (Windows 95, Windows ME, Windows Vista), the next release is usually met with relative enthusiasm. Yet, while Windows 10 isn't exactly beloved by most users, Windows 11 isn't... Read more...
An annoying Outlook bug has seemingly crawled out of the woodwork again, after having pestered users around this same time last year. In a recently posted support document, Microsoft said it is investigating an issue that is preventing Outlook Desktop on Windows 11 from displaying recent emails in search results. The... Read more...
We love to watch a good dogfight, especially when the two opponents can be considered rivals. You know, Celtics versus Lakers (go Celtics!), Red Sox versus Yankees (go Red Sox!), and so forth. In the realm of tech, there's Windows versus Linux on the software side, and a new set of benchmarks pit the two against each... Read more...
Game streaming services are gaining steam as viable alternatives to spending big money on decked out PCs and dedicated gaming consoles, and they've come a long way in a relatively short time. One of the benefits is they're mostly platform agnostic. Or they should be—there are multiple reports that Microsoft's Xbox... Read more...
It has been right around nine months since Microsoft released Windows 11 to the public and during that time it has carved out a section of gamers, according to the latest Steam survey. Valve's monthly audit of Steam gamers shows that around one out of every five systems that tapped into the digital distribution... Read more...
On November 15, 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was released by Bungie exclusively for the Xbox. In a way, this title revitalized both couch co-op and competitive play alike for consoles. Every Halo game since its release has also included a co-op campaign, with one exception at launch. Exactly 20 years later Halo Infinite was released, and while Read more...
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine near the beginning of this year, some prominent hacking groups announced that they would be joining the war within the digital realm. The hacking collective Anonymous declared cyberwar against the Russian government and has since been conducting cyberattacks on Russian and... Read more...
It's been a little over 8 months since Microsoft released Windows 11 (on October 5, 2021). When it hit the market it came with a slew of new features. Things like a significantly upgraded UI, more cloud based functionality, and even cleaner interfaces were all packaged into the new (at the time) release. Windows 11... Read more...
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