Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Xbox Geek Bundle

This is Microsoft’s ingenious plan to reel in more customers

By on April 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM.

This is Microsoft’s ingenious plan to reel in more customers

Microsoft has devised a new clever way to convince customers to purchase a Surface tablet: the new Surface Pro 2 “Geek” bundle that packs some interesting additional extras including an Xbox controller and two downloadable game. The bundle’s pricing starts at $899 and it’s available exclusively at Microsoft’s online store, with users saving $104 on the free PC games part of the offer including War Thunder Mustang Advanced Pack and Farming Simulator 2013 – users won’t be able to choose any other titles though. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Release Date

The final build of Windows Phone 8.1 will be available on April 14th

By on April 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

The final build of Windows Phone 8.1 will be available on April 14th

Microsoft’s extensive presentation at the Build Developer Conference on Wednesday was packed with information, but the company was unwilling to share many firm release dates. Although the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 is expected within the next few weeks, an engineering email published on Neowin reveals that Microsoft plans to have the final software ready to roll out to developers on April 14th. More →

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Microsoft Cortana Tips and Tricks

These 13 videos might be silly, but they still make Microsoft’s Cortana seem impressive

By on April 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

These 13 videos might be silly, but they still make Microsoft’s Cortana seem impressive

In addition to posting several comparison videos showing the differences between Siri and Cortana, Microsoft has published several other short clips to reveal the distinct “personality” of its voice-based virtual assistant. The company is showing several of Cortana’s features, including its built-in sense of humor, with short videos that have the potential of going viral on YouTube in an obvious attempt to make this future Windows Phone 8.1 feature popular with consumers. More →

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Microsoft Office For iPad Sales

Microsoft: Office for iPad is a smash hit, with 12 million downloads in one week

By on April 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Microsoft: Office for iPad is a smash hit, with 12 million downloads in one week

Gee, do you think there was a bit of pent-up demand for Microsoft’s Office software on the Apple iPad? Microsoft announced on Thursday that its assorted Office apps for the iPad had been downloaded 12 million times in just the last week alone. While everyone expected Office for iPad would be a hit, this is still an impressive number, especially when you consider that Microsoft’s Office apps have also regularly been among the top grossing apps on the App Store as well. This is obviously good news for Microsoft, whose Office software has long been a major cash cow that only figures to become even more profitable now that it’s on the world’s most popular tablet.

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Windows Phone Cortana Early Review

Windows Phone skeptic says Cortana ‘blows away Siri and Google Now’

By on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM.

Windows Phone skeptic says Cortana ‘blows away Siri and Google Now’

Voice-enabled personal assistants are cool things to have but are they really an important enough feature to get people to change platforms? ZDNet’s Matthew Miller, who was initially worried that Microsoft’s new Cortana service would be another “me-too” product that copied Siri and Google Now, now says that after trying it out this week that it’s the real deal and it could win over some iOS and Android coverts. More →

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Windows Windows Phone App Stores 400000 Apps

Windows and Windows Phone app stores have reached 400,000 apps

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

Windows and Windows Phone app stores have reached 400,000 apps

Microsoft hasn’t quite managed to close the app gap between its own app stores and the behemoths that are iOS and Android, but the company has made significant progress over the past several months. Neowin came across the sign you see in the image above at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, proclaiming the latest milestone of the Windows app stores: 400,000 apps between PCs and mobile devices. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update Details

Everything you need to know about Windows 8.1 Update

By on April 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Everything you need to know about Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft finally took the wraps off of its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update, a major revision that will add a range of new functionality to Microsoft’s desktop operating system. For many users, the most important features included in this new update focus on improving the Windows 8.1 experience on desktop and laptop computers. Touch is not the primary means of input on these devices, and Microsoft worked so hard on accommodating tablets with Windows 8 that the mouse and keyboard experience was compromised. With Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft looks to make amends. More →

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Siri vs. Cortana Videos

Microsoft shows us how Cortana is different from Siri in these videos

By on April 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Microsoft shows us how Cortana is different from Siri in these videos

Of all the announcements at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference, Cortana certainly stands out as one of the most intriguing. With the addition of a worthwhile personal assistant, Windows Phone will finally begin to reach parity with iOS and Android, at least from a feature perspective. At first glance, it’s difficult not to compare Cortana to its iOS predecessor, so Microsoft has decided to approach the issue head on with a series of short videos comparing the two assistants. Microsoft argues that Cortana is a more personal companion, one which will learn about you and treat you as an individual, whereas Siri was built for everyone. Check out the videos below. More →

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Microsoft Build Conference News

All of a sudden, Microsoft is making a lot of the right moves

By on April 2, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

All of a sudden, Microsoft is making a lot of the right moves

I didn’t expect to get excited about anything Microsoft announced at its Build conference on Wednesday, but the company more than exceeded my expectations with several announcements that show it’s going in the right direction. More →

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Microsoft Windows Is Free To Use For Smaller Devices

Microsoft makes Windows free for all devices of 9 inches or smaller

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM.

Microsoft makes Windows free for all devices of 9 inches or smaller

Watch out, Google: Microsoft is really coming after you. Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it will make Windows free to use for any manufacturers who are making devices that are 9 inches or smaller. This means that Windows smartphones, small tablets and wearable computers will have free-to-use software, just like with Google’s Android platform. This has the potential to significantly grow Windows’ market share on mobile devices, particularly in emerging markets where manufacturers have been churning out dirt-cheap Android phones.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Start Menu

Microsoft heralds the triumphant return of the Start menu

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Microsoft heralds the triumphant return of the Start menu

The most baffling omission from Windows 8 is undoubtedly the Start menu. Microsoft went all-in with its Metro interface, leaving Start behind, but the company has heard the pleas of developers and users alike, and announced on Wednesday that the Start menu will be returning to Windows 8 in a future update. From the short glimpse we got, it looks like Microsoft will be integrating Live Tiles into the menu as well. There is currently no timetable for the update, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for any news on the matter.

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Kinect for Windows V2

Kinect for Windows V2 officially announced

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM.

Kinect for Windows V2 officially announced

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the second version of Kinect for Windows, as previously rumored. The device looks similar to the Kinect sensor that comes with the Xbox One, and packs a 1080p camera with a wide view. The company further demoed the imaginative ways developers are already using Kinect for Windows to come up with new useful apps and games. “We think this is the future, we think this is the way we’ll all be interacting with computers,” the company said. More →

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Microsoft Xbox Universal Windows Apps

Microsoft reveals its game-changing plan to make the Xbox rule your world

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM.

Microsoft reveals its game-changing plan to make the Xbox rule your world

Microsoft on Wednesday showed off what could be the key to its future: Universal Windows apps that will be available on the Xbox console. This means that developers will one day be able to develop apps that run on Windows PCs, Windows Phones and the Xbox all at once. This has some major implications for gaming since it has the potential to completely tear down the wall between PC gaming and console gaming.  More →

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