Why Is The PS4 Outselling The Xbox One

All the reasons why the PS4 is consistently crushing the Xbox One

By on July 10, 2014 at 1:46 PM.

All the reasons why the PS4 is consistently crushing the Xbox One

When the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One launched last November, everyone expected it to be a close race. If anything, Microsoft had a slight advantage coming off of an enormously successful near-decade with the Xbox 360, but eight months later, Sony is so far out in front that the lead seems insurmountable. So how did the PS4 become an international smash hit, doubling the sales of the Xbox One month after month? More →

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PS4 vs. Xbox One Release Date

How the PS4 took a lead over the Xbox One before it even existed

By on July 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

How the PS4 took a lead over the Xbox One before it even existed

One of the keys to the early success of the PlayStation 4 was its release date. When Sony took the stage in February last year to reveal the PS4, everyone was a bit taken aback, Sony included. Speaking at the Develop Conference in Brighton, SCEI President Andrew House admitted that although Sony wasn’t prepared to show off the new console at the time, the company knew that it wanted to be the first on the scene. More →

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Xbox

Microsoft’s new CEO explains why dumping the Xbox would be incredibly stupid

By on July 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM.

Microsoft’s new CEO explains why dumping the Xbox would be incredibly stupid

It’s sort of sad that Microsoft has to defend keeping around its most popular consumer product to Wall Street analysts, but apparently it does. Late last year, Normura analyst Rick Sherlund and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen called on Microsoft to dump the Xbox because it was a persistent money loser for the firm. However, in his new manifesto sent out to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella spends a good chunk of time defending the Xbox’s place in Microsoft’s product line and explains why keeping it around is hugely important to the company’s future in consumer electronics. More →

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Sales

Is the Surface Pro 3 the much-needed hit Microsoft has been waiting for?

By on July 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Is the Surface Pro 3 the much-needed hit Microsoft has been waiting for?

Microsoft’s first venture into the tablet market didn’t exactly go well but the company has been doggedly refining and improving its products to the point where it may be starting to see some sales success. ZDNet’s Ed Bott does a nice job of digging through Gartner’s latest report on PC sales and has found that there’s one category of PCs that has been surging this year: Premium ultra-mobile PCs such as the MacBook Air and the Surface Pro 3. More →

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Xbox 360 Upgrade to Xbox One

Even after a recent Xbox One price drop, Microsoft will pay you $75 to upgrade

By on July 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Even after a recent Xbox One price drop, Microsoft will pay you $75 to upgrade

After launching a cheaper Kinect-less Xbox One version that put it on par with Sony’s PS4 when it comes to price, Microsoft is now taking additional measures to convince even more people to buy its newest gaming console. A NeoGAF user discovered on his Xbox 360 that the company will offer him $75 in credit that can be used for games, add-ons, movies and other purchases when upgrading to the Xbox One. More →

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Opinions
Windows 8 Vs. Windows 9

Dear Microsoft: I am begging you to make sure Windows 9 doesn’t suck

By on July 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Dear Microsoft: I am begging you to make sure Windows 9 doesn’t suck

My old HP laptop has finally bitten the dust and a techie friend is offering to help me build my own PC this summer to replace it. My plan was originally to install Windows 7 on the machine and keep it there until Microsoft released Windows 9 next spring, at which point I’d try it out to see if it would make for a suitable upgrade. More →

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Microsoft Windows 7 Support Deadline

Microsoft ending mainstream support for Windows 7 in early 2015

By on July 8, 2014 at 2:53 PM.

Microsoft ending mainstream support for Windows 7 in early 2015

The inevitable transition to Windows 8 continues unabated. Microsoft published an update on its support site on Tuesday with a list of products reaching the end of their Mainstream Support life cycles in the coming months, including Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and most notably, Windows 7 Home, Professional, Starter, Enterprise and Ultimate. More →

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Surface Mini Release Date

Microsoft’s iPad mini rival reportedly back on track for a summer launch

By on July 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

Microsoft’s iPad mini rival reportedly back on track for a summer launch

Has Microsoft finally found the key differentiated functionality that will make its Surface mini tablet a hit? According to earlier reports, Microsoft cancelled plans to unveil its smaller Surface tablet at the last minute this past May when the realization set in that consumers likely would have no reason to purchase the Windows RT slate over the similarly sized iPad mini or Android tablets. According to a new report, however, plans to launch the Surface mini are now back on. More →

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Nokia Lumia Android Smartphone

The Nokia Android handset you’ve been waiting for is reportedly coming

By on July 7, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

The Nokia Android handset you’ve been waiting for is reportedly coming

It took Nokia several years to launch an Android handset of its own, but the company’s Android vision wasn’t exactly what fans were expecting. In early 2014, Nokia announced budget-friendly Android smartphones that weren’t top-of-the-line flagship handsets and didn’t even run an Android OS version filled with all the goodies most Android users have grown to love. Following the Microsoft purchase, Nokia released one more mid-range Android handset, which was in line with its predecessors. However, Microsoft is now rumored to launch a different kind of Android handset in the future, one that will be included in the Lumia family rather than the X family of affordable devices. More →

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Microsoft Smartwatch Release Date

Yet another report points to Q4 launch for Microsoft’s iWatch rival

By on July 3, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Yet another report points to Q4 launch for Microsoft’s iWatch rival

Just a few short days after a report surfaced suggesting that Microsoft is planning to release a wearable smartwatch or smart band this coming October, yet another report has emerged to state that the company is indeed getting ready to go head to head with Apple’s upcoming iWatch. This time, word comes from Paul Thurrott, who is often a reliable source for information surrounding Microsoft’s unannounced plans. More →

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Microsoft Researcher iPhone Reaction

Microsoft exec explains why she uses an iPhone even though she ‘despises’ it

By on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Microsoft exec explains why she uses an iPhone even though she ‘despises’ it

It might not surprise anyone to learn that not all Microsoft employees use Windows Phones and PCs in their personal lives, but Lifehacker’s interview with the Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, danah boyd (and no, I didn’t forget to hold down shift) shows that it’s not all-Windows all the time. When asked about her current mobile device, danah admitted that her “primary phone is an iPhone, but I despise the device.” She only uses it to test apps in development and she really misses her old-school Sidekick. More →

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Windows Phone Missing Apps

Windows Phone still isn’t close to solving its biggest problem

By on July 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM.

Windows Phone still isn’t close to solving its biggest problem

Windows Phone is in a real Catch-22: App developers won’t make apps for the platform if Windows Phone doesn’t get more users and Windows Phone won’t get more users until more app developers make apps for the platform. And it’s not enough for Microsoft to just throw cash at developers to get them to bring their apps to the platform long after they’ve become hits — the company needs a way to get developers to put Windows Phone on the radar right from the beginning. More →

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Lumia 830 Photos

Leak reveals sleek unreleased Microsoft smartphone

By on July 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Leak reveals sleek unreleased Microsoft smartphone

In terms of launches, Microsoft has been relatively quiet since taking over Nokia’s devices and services business. In fact, the company’s only launch to speak of was the Nokia X2, an Android-powered device that will never see the light of day in the United States. Rumors continue to swirl that suggest Microsoft has several Lumia smartphones in the works though, and it looks like one of them has broken cover for the first time. More →

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