Xbox One April Update

Microsoft details every new feature coming in new Xbox One update

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Microsoft details every new feature coming in new Xbox One update

Microsoft has shown that it is dedicated to improving the Xbox One user experience, having already issued multiple big software updates for the new console that was released just five months ago. Beginning late Monday night, the company began rolling out its Xbox One April update, which includes a number of fixes and new features that were detailed by Microsoft on one of its blogs. More →

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Microsoft Clippy Returns On Cortana

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

By on April 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

Unlike some tech companies out there, Microsoft has the ability to laugh at itself. WPCentral has found that asking Microsoft’s new voice-enabled personal assistant Cortana about the company’s last “personal assistant” for Microsoft Office will get Clippy to pop up on your smartphone display and thank you for asking about him. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Smartphone Specs

Exciting Windows Phone 8.1 high-end smartphones tipped to support 2K displays

By on April 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Exciting Windows Phone 8.1 high-end smartphones tipped to support 2K displays

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system will soon offer support for even better hardware, NokiaPowerUser suggests, as evidence in Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 apparently indicates that 2K displays and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chip may be found inside future high-end handsets. Thus, future Lumia handsets and other Windows Phones may offer the same set of specs expected from upcoming Android flagship handsets. More →

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Office 365 Personal Subscription

Here’s an even cheaper way to unlock the full Office for iPad

By on April 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Here’s an even cheaper way to unlock the full Office for iPad

Microsoft finally launched its Office productivity suite for iPad a few weeks ago, but the free application will only let users view documents unless an Office 365 subscription is purchased. The company offers new subscribers a way to purchase Office 365 inside the iOS application for $99.99 per year, out of which Apple gets its own cut. However, Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its Office 365 Personal subscription, a cheaper alternative for buyers, is now available at a big discount. More →

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Microsoft Scroogled Campaign Ends

It seems that Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign has finally died

By on April 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

It seems that Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign has finally died

Scroogled, we hardly knew ye. Or actually, it seems that we knew ye pretty well and just didn’t like ye. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reads the tea leaves surrounding recent Microsoft statements on its little-loved “Scroogled” campaign and concludes that the company has decided to give it the axe. More →

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How To Use Windows XP After Support Ends

How to safely run Windows XP in the post-XPocalyptic world

By on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

How to safely run Windows XP in the post-XPocalyptic world

A lot of people are having trouble saying goodbye to Windows XP even after Microsoft has cut off support for the ancient operating system. Earlier this week we gave XP fans some tips for how to keep Windows XP around even if they upgrade to Windows 8, but what about those XP diehards who just flat-out refuse to upgrade to a new OS? For those hardy souls, The Guardian has put together a handy guide for XP stragglers who still can’t let go but who also don’t want to be open to the barrage of malware that will now run completely rampant on their machines without Microsoft’s support. More →

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Microsoft Surface Mini Specs and Launch

Microsoft Surface mini tablet supposedly launching this spring

By on April 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Microsoft Surface mini tablet supposedly launching this spring

Microsoft has been rumored for quite some time to be working on a smaller Surface tablet, but the company has yet to make such plans official. However, Neowin says the tablet may be closer to launch than customers expect, with Microsoft now rumored to release it at some point in the second quarter of the year. According to the report, Microsoft’s Surface mini launch delay was intentional – a business decision – and not the result of Microsoft not being able to meet demand for Surface 2 and Surface mini tablets when it comes to production. More →

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Old Computer Advertisements

You have to check out this awesome collection of ancient computer advertisements

By on April 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM.

You have to check out this awesome collection of ancient computer advertisements

We spend a lot of time looking forward here on BGR, but sometimes it’s fun to stop for a moment and look at the past to see how far we’ve come… and to laugh a little bit at how ridiculous some things look in hindsight. More →

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Why Windows XP Is Good

Why Windows XP might have been Microsoft’s best blueprint for a tablet OS

By on April 9, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Why Windows XP might have been Microsoft’s best blueprint for a tablet OS

One of Microsoft’s bigger frustrations over the past couple of years has been the continued devotion to Windows XP, the operating system that’s been around for more than a decade and that still has a devoted following despite the fact that Microsoft is pulling support for it after Tuesday. More →

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Microsoft Xbox One Software Update

3 ways Microsoft will make the Xbox One even better in its next big update

By on April 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM.

3 ways Microsoft will make the Xbox One even better in its next big update

Xbox One owners who are interested to know what Microsoft plans to do next to improve their consoles will be happy to know that the company has just announced that it’s testing out three key new features that it will eventually send out in a future update. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update Download

You can download Windows 8.1 Update right now

By on April 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

You can download Windows 8.1 Update right now

Microsoft is slowly but surely turning Windows 8 into a palatable operating system, starting with the first major Windows 8.1 update. Some of the new features of the update include the ability to pin apps to the taskbar, a right-click context menu on the Start screen and a host of keyboard and mouse functionality improvements. Unfortunately, the fated return of the Start menu is still at least an update away, but at least we finally know for sure that it’s coming. Although the update is set to go live on Windows Update at 1pm ET, Neowin has gathered all the download links for the update in one convenient location for any impatient Windows users who want a better OS right this minute.

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Xbox One Sale

Big new sale makes Xbox One much cheaper than PS4

By on April 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Big new sale makes Xbox One much cheaper than PS4

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One video game console has been well-received thus far but there’s no question that sales have been lagging behind Sony’s rival box, the PlayStation 4. A number of industry watchers have suggested that the Xbox One’s price, which at $499 is $100 more than the PS4, was one of the main reasons for the console’s comparatively weak sales — Sony announced last month that PS4 sales had surpasses 6 million units, while the last number we heard from Microsoft was 3 million units as of the end of 2013. If price is indeed the biggest barrier for the Xbox One, a huge new sale that makes the Xbox One much cheaper than the PS4 could be just what Microsoft needs to push forward. More →

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Windows XP Support Ends

XPocalypse now: XP stragglers are now wide open to hackers

By on April 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM.

XPocalypse now: XP stragglers are now wide open to hackers

If you’re still using Windows XP and you’re not doling out extra cash to Microsoft to maintain support, then congratulations: You’re now vulnerable to all kinds of fun malware that hackers have been saving up for just this occasion. It’s April 8th, which means that it’s also the last day that Microsoft will give technical support for Windows XP. More →

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