Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board

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

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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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Xbox One August Update

The latest major Xbox One update is now available to download

By on August 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

The latest major Xbox One update is now available to download

The Xbox One might not be topping the sales charts, but with every system update, Microsoft is building upon what has quickly become the most capable console on the market. Although the most exciting new features aren’t due until later this fall, the August system update brings many additions that users have been clamoring for over the past few months. More →

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Microsoft Windows Store Scam Apps

How Microsoft filled its Windows Store with app scams waiting to steal your money

By on August 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

How Microsoft filled its Windows Store with app scams waiting to steal your money

Microsoft might have just stolen some money from you with help of the Windows Store. In an extensive look at the “cesspool of scams” in the Windows Store, How-To Geek reveals how the store is crammed with fake versions of popular paid apps that people are unwittingly giving money to. And it all happens with Microsoft’s knowledge, which has not only encouraged (read: paid) developers to create apps for Windows, but has already manually verified them and approved them, and it’s taking a cut of any profits developers make from sales. More →

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Bill Gates Ice Bucket Challenge

Watch Bill Gates take the funniest ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ so far

By on August 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Watch Bill Gates take the funniest ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ so far

It’s always fun when people in positions of power are willing to step down to make a fool of themselves for a good cause. That’s what Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg and Phil Schiller did earlier this week by dumping a bucket of freezing cold water onto their heads for the ALS awareness campaign, challenging their friends to do the same. One of the three people included in Zuckerberg’s list was Bill Gates, and he didn’t disappoint. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Release Date

Huge launches from Samsung, Sony, Microsoft and more are coming in three weeks

By on August 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM.

Huge launches from Samsung, Sony, Microsoft and more are coming in three weeks

This fall is shaping up to be an action-packed one for smartphone fans. While every unannounced handset we know about so far will likely be an iterative update as opposed to an innovative release — this is, after all, a boring year for smartphone lovers — there will still be plenty of solid new options for shoppers heading into the holidays.

As is the case each year, Apple’s upcoming new iPhone is easily the most hotly anticipated of the bunch. According to dozens of reports, the iPhone 6 will finally feature a significantly larger display alongside upgraded internals.

Beyond Apple’s new iPhone, however, there is plenty more in store — and it looks like the best and brightest of the bunch will all be unveiled in just a few short weeks. More →

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How To Save Windows Phone

3 ideas for rescuing Windows Phone

By on August 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM.

3 ideas for rescuing Windows Phone

Windows enthusiast Paul Thurrott takes some exception to people who are tossing dirt onto Windows Phone’s grave. I agree with him that it’s still too early to say that Windows Phone is doomed to Zune-style failure but let’s be honest: Microsoft’s current strategy is floundering and it desperately needs a course correction. More →

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Windows 9 Public Preview

Windows 9 preview set to be released in September

By on August 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Windows 9 preview set to be released in September

Disgruntled Windows 8 users: there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is planning to release a Windows 9 “technology preview” sometime between the end of September and the beginning of October. In order to install the preview, you’ll have to agree to receive automatic monthly updates, but the preview will be publicly available for anyone interested in testing out the Threshold operating system. More →

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Video Game Sales PS4 Xbox One July 2014

PS4 continued to crush the Xbox One in July

By on August 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM.

PS4 continued to crush the Xbox One in July

For seven consecutive months now, the PlayStation 4 has dominated the sales charts. Sony announced at Gamescom this week that PS4 sales have surpassed 10 million units sold through to consumers, another huge milestone for the nine-month-old console and an indication that sales won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Even with a fairly limited selection of games, PS4 also took the top spot in software, accounting for more than half of all new generation game sales with The Last of Us Remastered coming out on top. More →

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Microsoft 3D Camera Technology

Microsoft is on a roll, unveils second killer smartphone camera innovation in less than a week

By on August 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Microsoft is on a roll, unveils second killer smartphone camera innovation in less than a week

Although its Windows Phone platform may stuck in the mud, that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from developing some killer smartphone camera technologies over the last week. Just a few days ago we wrote about the amazing new technology that Microsoft has developed to help you make incredibly steady time-lapse videos while you’re walking around with your smartphone camera or GoPro. And now Technology Review brings us word that Microsoft engineers have figured out a way to modify ordinary smartphone cameras and give them the ability to take 3D images. More →

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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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