It’s almost time for Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10 and Microsoft is getting ready to roll out the major operating system update to the millions of users who have already preregistered. In fact, it turns out that you may already have the files necessary for upgrading Windows 7 or Windows 8 downloaded on your device, without you even knowing. More →
Of all the huge announcements at E3 this year, few received as much fanfare as the addition of backward compatibility on Xbox One. After years of hard work, Microsoft had finally cracked the code. Gamers will finally be able to bring their Xbox 360 libraries to the Xbox One, but there’s one important caveat: compatible games will come in waves. More →
It was inevitable. They even told us it was coming, but I was still somehow surprised to see a Windows 10 ad parading around the Internet this morning. With ten days left until the launch of Microsoft’s next operating system, the first full commercial was shared on the Windows YouTube channel — an attempt to humanize a piece of software. More →
Microsoft has further cleared some of the confusion regarding its imminent Windows 10 release, explaining how following updates will work and how much they’ll cost. Spoiler alert: you’re not going to pay anything for them in the future. The company will offer users 10 years of support for the operating system, and that’s all free of charge, regardless of how you received your initial Windows 10 update. More →
Many Windows users will have their Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC updated for free to Windows 10 come July 29th, but that doesn’t mean other Windows fans won’t have to pay for it. In fact, several leaks so far suggested this might be the first time Windows will be available in packages containing USB install sticks rather than disks, and that, in the future, Windows updates will be done strictly over an Internet connection.
However, those of you looking to buy Windows 10 can already preorder it from Amazon, but be ready for a wait. More →
Microsoft is preparing for one of its most critical Windows updates in its history, the Windows 10 release that will be available as a free download to consumers who already own genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8 copies. Beginning on July 29th, the update will be rolled out gradually, with Windows 10 retail boxes supposed to reach retailers at some point after that. But Microsoft is also working on new hardware for Windows 10, and a report already shares some exciting details for the next-gen Surface tablet. More →
With just over two weeks until the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is shifting the hype train into high gear. Corporate VP Yusuf Mehdi published an article on the Windows blog today outlining all the ways that the company plans to celebrate the release of its latest operating system on Wednesday, July 29th. More →
Microsoft is getting ready to release Windows 10, a new PC operating system that will be available as a free download for a large number of current Windows users. However, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer is only good if you download the new OS within one year of the official July 29th launch date, and enterprise users will have to pay either way.
That means many Windows users out there will still have to buy licenses, and now they know what the retail box will look like. More →
Microsoft is not a force in phones and never has been. The software giant’s $7.6 billion write-off of its phone business makes it even less likely now that consumers will opt for its phones.
The Windows Phone platform is projected to have about 3 percent of the global phone market in 2015, according to market researcher IDC. That compares to about an 80 percent share for Android and over 16 percent for Apple (iOS).
With Android and Apple controlling the global phone market, that leaves very little for Microsoft to build a consumer phone business on. So, here’s a tough question for consumers: Would you buy a phone from a company that has just stated, however elliptically, that its consumer phone strategy is a bust? More →
OK, Minecraft on HoloLens still might be the coolest thing we’ve ever seen. If you haven’t already watched the video, you really, really need to watch it. HoloLens is obviously about much more than just gaming though, and a new demonstration video Microsoft released this week shows some fantastic examples of how partners will use HoloLens. More →
In this week’s episode of The BGR Show podcast, Jonathan gushes over iOS 9 and Apple Music, and Zach threatens to leave the show. We also discuss Microsoft gutting its phone business, Amazon’s colossal Fire phone failure — with some juicy never-before-reported tidbits — and pizza. Mmmmm, hot dog pizza. More →
It’s been an incredibly long wait, but Office 2016 for Mac finally launched on Thursday. After months of testing the software through Microsoft’s preview program, Mac users can now download the completed productivity suite, which includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. More →
Microsoft announced massive restructuring plans for its mobile division earlier this week, which come with an equally impressive write-off. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft is ready to admit it has lost the battle with iPhone and Android just yet. The company will continue to manufacture Windows handsets in the coming years, focusing on three categories of smartphones, and severely limiting the number of new releases. More →