Xbox One Free Game Promotion

Buy an Xbox One next week and get a free game of your choice

By on September 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM.

Buy an Xbox One next week and get a free game of your choice

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to pick up an Xbox One for yourself or for someone else ahead of the holiday season, next week might be your best bet. Microsoft announced on Thursday that select retailers will be running a promotion from September 7th to September 13th: buy an Xbox One and get a free Xbox One game of your choosing. More →

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Steve Ballmer Blue Screen Of Death Text

It turns out Steve Ballmer was directly responsible for developing Windows’ most hated feature

By on September 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

It turns out Steve Ballmer was directly responsible for developing Windows’ most hated feature

When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially bought the Los Angeles Clippers, many Twitter comedians used the opportunity to rebrand the team the “L.A. Clippies,” in honor of the much-loathed cartoon paperclip Office assistant that famously drove users crazy during Ballmer’s reign. However, it turns out that Ballmer was involved in developing something far more annoying to Windows users than even Clippy — that is, the Blue Screen of Death. More →

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Nokia Lumia 830 Specs, Release Date and Price

Meet the Lumia 830, Microsoft’s most affordable flagship yet

By on September 4, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Meet the Lumia 830, Microsoft’s most affordable flagship yet

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a variety of new mobile devices at IFA 2014, just as expected, including the Nokia Lumia 830, described as the most affordable Windows Phone flagship yet. The device is expected to launch in September “around the world,” and retail for €330 in Europe (around $434) when purchased off-contract. More →

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Xbox One 29 New Markets

This is the how the Xbox One is finally going to compete with the PS4

By on September 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

This is the how the Xbox One is finally going to compete with the PS4

In all the discussion regarding sales of the new game consoles from Sony and Microsoft, one important point is too often overlooked — the Xbox One is available in significantly fewer territories than the PlayStation 4. Sony had a huge jump on Microsoft in the international market, but by the end of September, the two consoles will finally be on a relatively level playing field. More →

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Windows Phone Cortana

Following her World Cup triumph, Cortana now tries her hand at making NFL picks

By on September 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Following her World Cup triumph, Cortana now tries her hand at making NFL picks

Cortana is swiftly proving to be the most adamant sports fan of the mobile virtual assistants. First it was soccer score predictions during the World Cup — now Microsoft has updated Cortana once again to predict the outcome of every NFL game this season. In order to get a prediction from Cortana, simply ask “Who will win Team A or Team B?” (with your teams of choice in place) and Cortana will provide an answer. More →

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Xbox One Weekend Trials

The Xbox One gets yet another great feature you won’t find on the PS4

By on September 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

The Xbox One gets yet another great feature you won’t find on the PS4

Taking a page out of Valve’s book, Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One will be free for all Xbox Live Gold members from Thursday to Sunday in order to celebrate the upcoming launch of Forza Horizon 2. Weekend trials of big, recently releases games has become commonplace on Steam, but it’s not something we’ve seen on consoles up to now. More →

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Windows 8.1 Market Share August 2014

Windows XP is enjoying a very strong life after death

By on September 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Windows XP is enjoying a very strong life after death

When Windows 8 launched in 2012, Microsoft struggled to convince users that they should make the switch. The new UI was unfamiliar and unresponsive, the critical reaction was skeptical at best and most importantly, there wasn’t really anything wrong with Windows 7. In fact, two years later, Windows 7 still has an enormous lead over Windows 8, but with the latest software update, Microsoft has finally started turning users around on the new OS. More →

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Windows 9 Teaser Logo

Microsoft just accidentally teased the upcoming Windows 9

By on September 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Microsoft just accidentally teased the upcoming Windows 9

Microsoft has accidentally confirmed in China that at least a Technical Preview version of Windows 9 is going to soon be unveiled by posting a teaser message and picture on Weibo, CNBeta reports. More →

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Cyanogen Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

By on August 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM.

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

Many Android users unhappy with what the mobile operating system has to offer have looked at various custom ROMs based on Google’s latest OS version that offered additional tools to improve their overall mobile experience. CyanogenMod is one such Android-based build that become so popular in recent years that its founder decided to turn it into a business, Cyanogen Inc. That company is apparently now tracked by various tech industry giants that are highly interested in the mobile business, The Information has learned, including Microsoft. More →

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Xbox One September Update

The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived

By on August 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM.

The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been incredibly successful up to this point, but there’s no question that the new consoles would have benefitted greatly from a little more time in development before launch. By lacking a few key features, both consoles felt unfinished, but Microsoft has been hard at work getting the Xbox One up to speed. The latest update might be the most significant one yet. More →

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Xbox Games With Gold September

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

By on August 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

Xbox One owners have a lot to look forward to this fall, from a healthy supply of third-party releases to some huge console exclusives, but the one title that loyal Xbox fans can’t wait to pick up is Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With over 100 multiplayer maps and four complete campaigns, the collection is going to be one of the best deals of the holiday season, but the package doesn’t contain everything. That’s where next month’s Games with Gold comes in. More →

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PS4 and Xbox One vs PC and Mobile

PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming

By on August 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM.

PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming

Over the last several years, there has been a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Consoles, unchallenged for years as the PC market faded, slowly started to lose ground as smartphones and tablets became competent gaming platforms. Suddenly, everyone was playing games on their mobiles devices, from casual fans to hardcore gamers. Things got even more contentious when Steam hit the scene, bringing triple-A and indie developers alike back to the PC in droves. More →

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Microsoft Windows Store Spam Apps

Microsoft vows to clean up its crapware-infested Windows app store

By on August 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

Microsoft vows to clean up its crapware-infested Windows app store

A recent report has revealed that the Windows app store filled with crappy apps and deceitful wannabe software that can trick the user into paying for an application that looks like the real thing. It also said Microsoft may be well aware of the situation, as the company both encouraged app developers to deliver Windows Store apps in bulk, and manually approved them. It appears Microsoft is well aware of its Windows Store problem indeed, and the company said on its Windows blog that it will finally restore order to its Windows Store. More →

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