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There are plenty of opinions to go around on Microsoft's deal to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, but I'll say this—if Microsoft goes on to reboot franchises like King's Quest and other classics, I'll be ecstatic. It may very well happen, too. Xbox boss Phil Spencer alluded to the possibility when... Read more...
New head of Blizzard, Mike Ybarra, promises that the company will place teams and players at the forefront moving forward. This follows the news that Microsoft will be buying out Activision Blizzard in a blockbuster $68.7 billion deal. Microsoft sent the gaming world into a frenzy earlier this week, when it... Read more...
Several months ago, Microsoft began testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs. Those who run Windows 11 can already download and use apps from the Amazon App Store, but Google Play isn’t officially supported. However, the Android-maker announced in December it would bring Google Play Games to PC. Now, it’s launched a... Read more...
Now that Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, it is fair to wonder what that means for the future of iconic franchises on Sony's PlayStation hardware. Games and franchies like Call of Duty: Warzone, Spyro, and Crash Bandicoot are all at risk of becoming Xbox exclusives, if Microsoft wanted to go... Read more...
Xbox Game Pass is the gift that simply keeps on giving. The popular gaming service is set to release some new titles this month, and a few are even available today. Microsoft made huge waves in the gaming world yesterday, when it announced that it would be purchasing Activision Blizzard. The acquisition will cost... Read more...
If you're a Windows Server admin you're surely already aware, but Microsoft's last monthly update was infested with a bevy of bugs. The patches, released on the 11th, were causing Windows domain controllers to boot loop, blocking Hyper-V initialization, disabling ReFS support, and breaking certain types of IPSEC... Read more...
Microsoft is on the cusp of owning a whole bunch of additional iconic franchises and characters, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and every other gaming IP that falls under the purview of Activision Blizzard. That's because Microsoft announced it is acquiring Activision Blizzard for a... Read more...
Some people may find this hard to believe, but the built-in antivirus protection in Windows is pretty good these days, and has been for quite some time. Defender routine passes musters by independent AV testing agencies. Unlike other AV solutions, though, it is exclusive to the Windows platform for consumers. Perhaps... Read more...
Even though many folks have spent a lot of time talking about microprocessor shortages, the real shortage hampering enthusiasts right now is actually a shortage of smaller discrete components. Things we don't normally have to think about at a component level, like power delivery components, are what's holding up most... Read more...
Those playing on Microsoft's Xbox Series X have enjoyed having one feature that Sony's PlayStation 5 players have been missing—variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It seems that the feature is going to coincide with the release of at least one of Sony's TVs launching this coming spring. Console wars have been going... Read more...
Many people have returned to work after a long holiday break only to discover that their messages are not sending, their computer is behaving slowly, and/or they are faced with a black screen. There is thankfully an end in sight. Microsoft recently issued patches for the “YSK22” Exchange mail and black screen... Read more...
Normally, New Year’s Day is a time to relax, reflect and recover from the previous night’s festivities, but for System Administrators this year, that is not the case. Reminiscent of the Y2K scare at the turn of the century, a new bug has appeared, causing Microsoft Exchange servers to fail and forcing admins to... Read more...
Congratulations to any of you who scored a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or Nintendo Switch OLED for Christmas. Finding one of those consoles in stock is the hard part. It's much easier to surround them with accessories and games, and if that's what you are looking to do, good news—there are a bunch of discounts to... Read more...
Microsoft's dual-screen Surface Duo didn’t exactly wow consumers. The Surface Duo 2 may be a bit more popular, but it’s still not really groundbreaking or record-setting in terms of unit sales. Now, it appears the Redmond-based company is working on a new design for the Surface handheld. Instead of two screens, it may... Read more...
Microsoft has always been eager to keep users on its own browser instead of competitors’. Even after switching to Chromium-based Edge, the software giant still cannot maintain a lead in the browser war. A new panel found in the beta version of Microsoft Edge may help. The browser is getting a Games Panel, and we have... Read more...
Don't blame Santa if you didn't wake up to a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or Nintendo Switch OLED on Christmas Day. Even the big guy in the bright red suit and an army of elves can only do so much in the face of a shortage. There's some good news, though—more restocks are on the way, giving you more chances to score... Read more...
Microsoft's list of known issues in Windows 11 is shockingly short, but among the myriad problems enumerated for the latest version of Windows is a new entry called "Applications using Win32 APIs to render colors might not work as expected." It sounds monumentally disruptive—after all, virtually all of the... Read more...
The latest generation game consoles have been some of the most difficult items to find in stock this year, and that's been true of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 ever since they launched last year. If it is the former you're after, however, GameStop shared some potentially great news—a whole bunch of its physical... Read more...
It won't be long before we'll be a whole lot more interested in Intel graphics drivers. After all, Intel's ability to design and fabricate big GPU chips isn't really in question (although it's leaving the actual manufacturing to TSMC, for now). The real question surrounding the company's forthcoming Arc discrete GPUs... Read more...
The Log4shell exploit in the widely-used Apache Log4j package has had just about every single sysadmin in the world working nights and weekends to desperately get their internet-facing servers updated. The problem isn't simply patching and updating Log4j itself—that was done before the problem even hit the mainstream... Read more...
Are you tired of hearing about Log4shell yet? Well settle in, because a top-3-worst-security-exploit-ever doesn't vanish overnight. Microsoft updated its article about the flaw (which we mentioned on Wednesday) once again, this time with some notes about protecting "non-Microsoft-hosted Minecraft servers." Indeed... Read more...
Finding a current-generation game console in stock from a first-party retailer continues to be a difficult task. Even harder is nailing down a limited edition variant. Namely, the 'Xbox Series X Halo Infinite Limited Edition Bundle' that consists of a themed design in celebration of 20 years of Halo. However, you... Read more...
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