Windows 9 Features Start Menu

Insiders reveal new Windows 9 details

By on April 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

Insiders reveal new Windows 9 details

Russian group WZOR, a reliable source of Windows-related leaks, revealed various details about the future of Windows in a new report, Myce says. According to the group, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will launch later this year bringing the highly sought after Start menu back to the desktop operating system – the OS update could be launched as Windows 8.2 as well. More →

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PS4 vs. Xbox One Game Releases

One chart shows why the PS4 is killing the Xbox One

By on April 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

One chart shows why the PS4 is killing the Xbox One

Another month of sales figures puts the PlayStation 4 way out in front of the Xbox One, but how does Sony keep trumping Microsoft? The $100 price difference is certainly a factor, but NeoGAF user deadpixel has put together an illuminating list of every major game release since the consoles launched, and it might shed some light on the PS4′s success. More →

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Microsoft Nokia Acquisition April 25th

Fall of an icon: Nokia’s device division to be officially acquired by Microsoft on Friday

By on April 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Fall of an icon: Nokia’s device division to be officially acquired by Microsoft on Friday

The end of an era is fast approaching. Microsoft announced on Monday that it will finalize its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division on Friday, April 25th, thus marking the end of the line for Nokia smartphones. Nokia, an iconic Finnish company that was instrumental in making mobile phones a staple gadget throughout the world, will now focus primarily on making telecom equipment while Microsoft will use Nokia’s engineering talent to make its own smartphones and tablets. Microsoft will not retain the Nokia branding for its mobile devices and will instead rename the division “Microsoft Mobile.” Microsoft also says that “this acquisition will help… accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones” all while “introducing the next billion customers to Microsoft services via Nokia mobile phones.”

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Xbox One Titanfall Sales

Titanfall not strong enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4

By on April 18, 2014 at 6:25 AM.

Titanfall not strong enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4

Sony on Thursday announced that it sold over 7 million PlayStation 4 units, significantly more than what it envisioned for its fiscal year 2013. Microsoft made its own announcement yesterday as well, highlighting the strong sales of Titanfall, a shooter game that’s not available on the PS4, and which was named the number one selling game in March according to NPD numbers. However, while Titanfall has helped Microsoft sell more Xbox One units, it wasn’t enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4 sales. More →

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Cortana vs Google Now

Microsoft is giving Cortana Google Now-like powers

By on April 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Microsoft is giving Cortana Google Now-like powers

In addition to creating its own voice-based virtual assistant that can stand its ground against Siri and Google Now, Microsoft appears ready to offer even more personalized search features to users in order to better compete against its main rival when it comes to search. The company on Wednesday announced on its Bing blogs that Bing.com is getting “more personal,” a feature it teased at Build 2014. More →

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Xbox One April Update

Microsoft details every new feature coming in new Xbox One update

By on April 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM.

Microsoft details every new feature coming in new Xbox One update

Microsoft has shown that it is dedicated to improving the Xbox One user experience, having already issued multiple big software updates for the new console that was released just five months ago. Beginning late Monday night, the company began rolling out its Xbox One April update, which includes a number of fixes and new features that were detailed by Microsoft on one of its blogs. More →

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Microsoft Clippy Returns On Cortana

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

By on April 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

Unlike some tech companies out there, Microsoft has the ability to laugh at itself. WPCentral has found that asking Microsoft’s new voice-enabled personal assistant Cortana about the company’s last “personal assistant” for Microsoft Office will get Clippy to pop up on your smartphone display and thank you for asking about him. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Smartphone Specs

Exciting Windows Phone 8.1 high-end smartphones tipped to support 2K displays

By on April 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Exciting Windows Phone 8.1 high-end smartphones tipped to support 2K displays

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system will soon offer support for even better hardware, NokiaPowerUser suggests, as evidence in Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 apparently indicates that 2K displays and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chip may be found inside future high-end handsets. Thus, future Lumia handsets and other Windows Phones may offer the same set of specs expected from upcoming Android flagship handsets. More →

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Office 365 Personal Subscription

Here’s an even cheaper way to unlock the full Office for iPad

By on April 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Here’s an even cheaper way to unlock the full Office for iPad

Microsoft finally launched its Office productivity suite for iPad a few weeks ago, but the free application will only let users view documents unless an Office 365 subscription is purchased. The company offers new subscribers a way to purchase Office 365 inside the iOS application for $99.99 per year, out of which Apple gets its own cut. However, Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its Office 365 Personal subscription, a cheaper alternative for buyers, is now available at a big discount. More →

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Microsoft Scroogled Campaign Ends

It seems that Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign has finally died

By on April 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

It seems that Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign has finally died

Scroogled, we hardly knew ye. Or actually, it seems that we knew ye pretty well and just didn’t like ye. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reads the tea leaves surrounding recent Microsoft statements on its little-loved “Scroogled” campaign and concludes that the company has decided to give it the axe. More →

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How To Use Windows XP After Support Ends

How to safely run Windows XP in the post-XPocalyptic world

By on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

How to safely run Windows XP in the post-XPocalyptic world

A lot of people are having trouble saying goodbye to Windows XP even after Microsoft has cut off support for the ancient operating system. Earlier this week we gave XP fans some tips for how to keep Windows XP around even if they upgrade to Windows 8, but what about those XP diehards who just flat-out refuse to upgrade to a new OS? For those hardy souls, The Guardian has put together a handy guide for XP stragglers who still can’t let go but who also don’t want to be open to the barrage of malware that will now run completely rampant on their machines without Microsoft’s support. More →

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Microsoft Surface Mini Specs and Launch

Microsoft Surface mini tablet supposedly launching this spring

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

Microsoft Surface mini tablet supposedly launching this spring

Microsoft has been rumored for quite some time to be working on a smaller Surface tablet, but the company has yet to make such plans official. However, Neowin says the tablet may be closer to launch than customers expect, with Microsoft now rumored to release it at some point in the second quarter of the year. According to the report, Microsoft’s Surface mini launch delay was intentional – a business decision – and not the result of Microsoft not being able to meet demand for Surface 2 and Surface mini tablets when it comes to production. More →

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Old Computer Advertisements

You have to check out this awesome collection of ancient computer advertisements

By on April 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM.

You have to check out this awesome collection of ancient computer advertisements

We spend a lot of time looking forward here on BGR, but sometimes it’s fun to stop for a moment and look at the past to see how far we’ve come… and to laugh a little bit at how ridiculous some things look in hindsight. More →

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