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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Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issues

At least Microsoft’s new cardboard Surface Pro 3 won’t run into overheating issues

By on August 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

At least Microsoft’s new cardboard Surface Pro 3 won’t run into overheating issues

Microsoft has managed to build a sort-of-working cardboard version of the Surface Pro 3 tablet/laptop hybrid, sending units to schools in Australia as part of its Surface Pro 3 international launch celebration. More →

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Xbox One Standalone Kinect Release Date

Microsoft thinks you’ll pay $150 for something you didn’t want to spend $100 on

By on August 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM.

Microsoft thinks you’ll pay $150 for something you didn’t want to spend $100 on

One of the smartest moves Microsoft made this year was unbundling the Kinect from the Xbox One. The Kinect is an intriguing device, but lacking significant support from virtually every game released on the Xbox One up to this point, gamers in the market for a new console saw the $500 price tag and decided to take their chances with the PlayStation 4 instead. Sales picked up though once the Xbox One dropped to $400 and now Microsoft is finally ready to reintroduce the Kinect as a separate product. More →

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Xbox One Concept Design

This is the Xbox One Microsoft should have made

By on August 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

This is the Xbox One Microsoft should have made

The Xbox One gets a lot more flak than it deserves. Despite its relatively disappointing sales in the international market, it’s still an extraordinarily capable next-gen console with an impressive line-up of first-party software and an update schedule that has kept it consistently ahead of the competition when it comes to additional features. The one thing the Xbox One can’t fix? Its look. More →

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Windows 9 Upgrade Price

Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users

By on August 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users

As Microsoft is readying the public release of its Windows 9 Technical Preview, Myce reports that Russian hacker group WZOR has released more details about the upcoming operating system. More →

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Windows 9 Interface Updates

More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak

By on August 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak

Based on several trusted sources from around the Internet, the Windows Threshold (aka Windows 9) technical preview will be available at the end of September for everyone to try, but there’s still plenty we don’t know about Microsoft’s next major operating system. Much has been made of the returning Start menu and Cortana’s transition to the desktop, yet we still don’t have a clear picture of how Threshold will build upon the interface of Windows 8. More →

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Windows 9 Features: Faster Updates

This new Windows 9 feature could help you avoid huge headaches

By on August 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

This new Windows 9 feature could help you avoid huge headaches

Microsoft is about to unveil Windows 9 “Threshold” Technical Preview in late September, and the first features of the upcoming operating system have already started leaking. Among them, Neowin has found out that Windows 9 may offer users a significantly more convenient way to install future Windows builds. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Vs. MacBook Air

The biggest reason Microsoft has started targeting the MacBook Air

By on August 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

The biggest reason Microsoft has started targeting the MacBook Air

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s been a noticeable shift in the way Microsoft has been promoting its Surface line of tablets — instead of pitting it against the iPhone like it’s traditionally done, it’s started pitting it against the MacBook Air. This may seem a bit puzzling since Apple sells more iPads every year than it does MacBook Airs but it actually makes all the sense in the world, as an excellent analysis by ZDNet’s Ed Bott makes clear. More →

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Xbox One Free Play Day

Leaked promo reveals a sweet new Xbox One feature you won’t see on the PS4

By on August 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM.

Leaked promo reveals a sweet new Xbox One feature you won’t see on the PS4

Game demos had a minor resurgence during the last generation. A quick search on either the PlayStation Store or the Xbox Marketplace brings up hundreds of results for demos of PS3 and Xbox 360 games, but the same can’t be said for PS4 and Xbox One. We haven’t heard much from either console maker regarding the future of game demos, but one Reddit user might have uncovered Microsoft’s plans. More →

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Windows 9 Press Event

Good riddance to Windows 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month

By on August 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Good riddance to Windows 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month

After months of leaks and hints, Microsoft is finally prepared to unveil the next version Windows. The Verge reports that Microsoft will hold a press event on September 30th to officially announce Windows 9 and discuss details of the upcoming release. Microsoft is expected to launch a preview version of the new OS on the same day or in the first days of October, following earlier reports from ZDNet which pegged the same dates for the release. More →

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Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board

End of an era: Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board

By on August 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

End of an era: Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board

Good news for new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: You won’t have to deal with former CEO Steve Ballmer watching your every move. Microsoft on Tuesday announced that the frequently combustible Ballmer would be stepping down from his post as one of Microsoft’s board of directors. More →

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HTC One M8 For Windows Verizon Exclusive

Why is Microsoft still shooting itself in the foot with dumb carrier exclusives?

By on August 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Why is Microsoft still shooting itself in the foot with dumb carrier exclusives?

There are days when I honestly don’t know if Microsoft even cares if Windows Phone succeeds. I bring this up because the new HTC One (M8) for Windows launched today and it’s definitely the most promising high-end Windows Phone we’ve seen released this year… and it’s also a Verizon exclusive. More →

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Microsoft Renaming Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s plan to rebuild Internet Explorer’s image: Stop calling it Internet Explorer

By on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft’s plan to rebuild Internet Explorer’s image: Stop calling it Internet Explorer

What would it take for you to give Internet Explorer another chance? What if it wasn’t Internet Explorer any more? During an Ask Me Anything on Reddit last week, engineers working on Internet Explorer discussed everything from reducing fragmentation by phasing out old versions of IE to the flavor of the cake Mozilla sent two years ago, but the most interesting reveal from the thread came when one Reddit user asked whether or not the team had ever considered rebranding the browser. More →

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