Windows Phone Market Share Shipments

Windows Phone is dying on the vine

By on August 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM.

Windows Phone is dying on the vine

There’s a reasonable argument to be made on both sides about whether Microsoft should just dump Windows Phone and move to Android or whether it should stick things out and try to gradually improve its market share. However there is no argument that from a sales standpoint, Windows Phone has been a complete failure so far — and its shipments have actually gotten worse over the last year. More →

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Ice Bucket Challenge Apple Microsoft Facebook Execs

Watch Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg and Phil Schiller take the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

By on August 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM.

Watch Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg and Phil Schiller take the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

If you’ve ever wanted to see some of the most powerful individuals in the tech industry douse themselves in freezing cold water, now is your chance. In order to raise money and awareness for ALS, people all over the country are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, a movement which originated in Massachusetts when former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, diagnosed with the disease in 2012, dumped cold water on his head and dared others to do the same. They had 24 hours to respond — if they failed to complete the challenge within that time, they would have to donate to the ALS Association. More →

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Windows 8.1 August 12 Update Download

You can download Windows 8.1’s August update right now

By on August 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

You can download Windows 8.1’s August update right now

Microsoft on Tuesday released the Windows 8.1 August 12th update, just like it promised a few days ago, but users shouldn’t expect any interesting new features in this software update. After all, the company did say the Windows 8.1 August update will be a minor one, hinting that it will not include the highly anticipated return of the Start menu, in spite of what it said back at Build 2014. More →

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Xbox One Call of Duty Bundle

Microsoft just gave you another great reason to buy the Xbox One

By on August 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Microsoft just gave you another great reason to buy the Xbox One

If you’re waiting until the holiday season to pick up an Xbox One, you’re going to have a wealth of options to choose from. The most appealing offer might be the long-awaited white Xbox One included in the Sunset Overdrive bundle, but Call of Duty fans have their own exclusive bundle to look forward to. Microsoft announced at Gamescom on Tuesday that it was teaming up with Activision to release a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare-skinned Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive for $499.99 this fall. More →

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Top 10 Xbox One Gamescom Trailers

Here are the 10 trailers you need to watch from the Xbox One Gamescom event

By on August 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM.

Here are the 10 trailers you need to watch from the Xbox One Gamescom event

Microsoft took Gamescom by storm on Tuesday morning with a huge showing of games coming this fall and early next year. Most, if not all of the games had been announced at previous events, but many of the attendees in Cologne, Germany will be the first to go hands-on with some of the biggest Xbox One games of the year, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection. More →

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Xbox One Media Player

Microsoft continues to outpace Sony with another huge Xbox One update

By on August 12, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Microsoft continues to outpace Sony with another huge Xbox One update

Gamescom only just began, but Microsoft has already made a splash with a couple of huge Xbox One bundles, some exclusive game announcements and a software update that Xbox One (and PS4) owners have been waiting for since the consoles launched last fall. Major Nelson took to the Xbox Wire shortly before the media briefing kicked off to announce that a full-scale media player would finally be coming to the Xbox One. More →

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Lumia 730 Selfie Phone Reveal

Microsoft’s ‘selfie phone’ expected to be revealed on September 4th

By on August 11, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Microsoft’s ‘selfie phone’ expected to be revealed on September 4th

It looks like Samsung won’t be the only smartphone maker trying to get the jump on Apple next month. According to The Verge, Microsoft has begun sending out preliminary invites to the press that seem to indicate the rumored Lumia 730 will be making an appearance at IFA 2014 in Germany at the beginning of September. Dubbed the “selfie phone” by leakers, the Lumia 730 is rumored to have a 5-megapixel front-facing camera — an especially attractive feature for younger smartphone shoppers. More →

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Microsoft Nokia 130 Analysis

Microsoft isn’t even pretending to have a coherent smartphone strategy

By on August 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Microsoft isn’t even pretending to have a coherent smartphone strategy

Microsoft’s handset strategy is looking more convoluted with each passing day. A few weeks ago, Microsoft killed the Asha range of Nokia phones, which was largely viewed as an admission that it cannot compete with Android vendors such as Xiaomi and Micromax in the $60 to $90 price range. Asha models employed a Nokia-created operating system called Series 40, which gave these feature phones certain smart elements such as a reasonably sophisticated email system and support for downloading simple games and such. More →

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Windows 9 New Features Cortana

After the new Start menu, this might be Windows 9’s second killer feature

By on August 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM.

After the new Start menu, this might be Windows 9’s second killer feature

The return of the Start menu and other core desktop features is enough to make many PC users excited for Windows 9’s big release next year but now Neowin reports that Microsoft’s next big OS is getting another killer feature: Cortana. More →

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Microsoft Research Hyperlapse Videos

Amazing Microsoft tech will help you make the gorgeous time-lapse videos you’ve always dreamed of

By on August 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Amazing Microsoft tech will help you make the gorgeous time-lapse videos you’ve always dreamed of

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own first-person time-lapse video with a GoPro, Google Glass or similar mounted devices, but you don’t think you have the skills necessary to make it look good, this Microsoft Research project is worth some investigation. More →

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Windows Phone App Gap

Windows Phone takes another small stumble forward

By on August 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Windows Phone takes another small stumble forward

Microsoft quietly announced  that it now has over 300,000 apps in its Windows Phone Store, with hundreds more added every day. While that certainly seems like a lot, and might make switching to a Windows Phone a bit easier, it has a long way to go to catch up to Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

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Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air TV Ads

Microsoft realizes the Surface will never beat the iPad, goes after the MacBook Air instead

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

Microsoft realizes the Surface will never beat the iPad, goes after the MacBook Air instead

Apple may have dumped its Mac vs PC ads a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean such ad comparisons are over. It’s now Microsoft’s time to troll Apple with comparison ads, this time using the Surface Pro 3 to take on one of Apple’s most iconic laptops out there in the MacBook Air. More →

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