Xbox Games With Gold August

Xbox steps up its game with the best free Games with Gold offering yet

By on July 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM.

Xbox steps up its game with the best free Games with Gold offering yet

It wasn’t long ago that we talked about the one way the Xbox One was beating the PlayStation 4, but if the free monthly offering of Games with Gold keeps getting better at this rate, we’ll have to add an asterisk to that headline. Microsoft announced via the Xbox Wire on Monday that the Games with Gold for August would include Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut on Xbox One as well as Motocross Madness and Dishonored on Xbox 360. More →

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Microsoft Surface 3 Release Date

Microsoft will launch another new Surface tablet in October – but not the Surface mini

By on July 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Microsoft will launch another new Surface tablet in October – but not the Surface mini

Microsoft reportedly had plans to unveil a new Surface mini tablet alongside the Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, but the company supposedly cancelled those plans when it realized the mini tablet didn’t offer much in the way of compelling differentiation. Some reports suggest the Surface mini is back in the mix and could launch later this summer, while others state that tablet has been shelved indefinitely. Whatever the case may be, it looks like Microsoft has another new Surface tablet in store for us this fall. More →

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Gameplay Video

Leaked footage shows Halo: The Master Chief Collection in action

By on July 28, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Leaked footage shows Halo: The Master Chief Collection in action

Although Halo: The Master Chief Collection comprises four games we’ve already played, 343 Industries still hasn’t shown off much in the way of gameplay footage since announcing the project at E3 this year. That changed this week when the team took the stage at Comic-Con to reveal not only the gorgeous new cinematics that would be appearing in Halo 2, but also the graphical differences between Halo 2 remastered on the Xbox One and the original game, which you can swap between with a single button press. More →

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Microsoft Xbox One China Launch

Microsoft is ready to attack China with an exclusive Xbox One deal

By on July 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM.

Microsoft is ready to attack China with an exclusive Xbox One deal

Microsoft is far from beating Sony in the new gaming console war, but the company is reportedly ready to attack a huge market in the coming months. The Wall Street Journal has learned that the Xbox One maker will partner with China Telecom, the country’s most important fixed-line operator, to launch its latest console. More →

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Halo 2 Anniversary Trailer

This is what Halo 2 looks like on Xbox One

By on July 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

This is what Halo 2 looks like on Xbox One

For many Xbox fans, the long-awaited announcement of Halo 2: Anniversary was a highlight of E3 2014. No one ever doubted that Xbox classic would be remastered for the new generation, but it was an exciting announcement nevertheless, especially when coupled with the reveal of The Master Chief Collection. Now 343 Industries has returned to the stage just a month later to show off the first overhauled cinematic cutscene from the Anniversary edition of Halo 2, and it’s even more stunning than you might have imagined. More →

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Windows Phone Vs iPhone

Microsoft’s mobile failure stems from a lack of understanding of the iPhone’s success

By on July 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft’s mobile failure stems from a lack of understanding of the iPhone’s success

After being among the first few companies to bring smartphones to the masses with Windows Mobile, Microsoft has repeatedly failed to return to its former glory in recent years. There are a number of reasons for these repeated failures in the smartphone and tablet markets, but the broadest and most important may be the simple fact that Microsoft appears to have absolutely no idea what users want. The company has focused on unique, differentiated experiences without worrying about making them truly compelling, and it repeatedly harps on the same selling points that almost no one seems to care about.

Now, a recent post may have gotten to the root of Microsoft’s problem: The company still has no idea what made the iPhone such a massive success. More →

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Halo Nightfall First Look

Watch the first clip from the Halo TV show premiering this fall

By on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Watch the first clip from the Halo TV show premiering this fall

We all wish that Halo 5: Guardians could be done in time for the holiday season this year, but 343 Industries and Microsoft are doing everything they can to tide us over in the meantime. At San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, Microsoft took the stage to show off the first footage of Halo: Nightfall, an original television series based on the game franchise which will begin airing this fall. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Video

You won’t be able to stop watching this embarrassing Microsoft promo video

By on July 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

You won’t be able to stop watching this embarrassing Microsoft promo video

If there’s a better way to promote Microsoft’s OneNote solution and its new Surface Pro 3 tablet, we have no idea what it is. Several members of the Microsoft OneNote team recently came together to film a parody of LMFAO’s hit song of yesteryear, “I’m Sexy And I Know It.” Since they’re promoting the Surface Pro 3 and Microsoft’s great cloud-syncing notes solution OneNote, their cover is appropriately named “I Click It And I Note It,” and it focuses on OneNote’s simplicity as well as the speed with which people can take notes using the Surface Pro 3 tablet. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Sales

Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 is its fastest selling tablet yet

By on July 23, 2014 at 9:25 PM.

Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 is its fastest selling tablet yet

Microsoft reported its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday afternoon. While the company missed Wall Street’s consensus mainly due to poor performance out of its newly acquired Nokia smartphone division, all in all it was a fairly solid quarter with operating income coming in at $6.48 billion on revenue that beat analysts’ estimates at $23.38 billion. While we still don’t know how well the company’s Surface tablets are selling — in fact, the odds are very good that we’ll never know — Microsoft CFO Amy Hood did share a bit of good news during the company’s earnings conference call on Tuesday evening. More →

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Windows 9 for Desktop, Smartphone and Xbox

Windows 9: One OS to rule all devices

By on July 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Windows 9: One OS to rule all devices

Unlike Apple, which thinks merging iOS and OS X would be a “waste of energy,” Microsoft wants one single Windows operating system to be available to all its device users, whether they’re Windows Phone handset owners, Xbox fans, or rely on a Windows computer for work or play. Business Insider reports that CEO Satya Nadella said on the company’s FQ4 earnings conference call that a future version of Windows will merge all current Windows versions, becoming an “operating system that covers all screen sizes.” More →

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Xbox One vs. PS4 Updates

The one way Xbox One is crushing PS4

By on July 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM.

The one way Xbox One is crushing PS4

Sony took advantage of Microsoft’s early missteps to ensure that the PlayStation 4 would come out on top as the new console generation kicked off, but after being on the market for over half a year, one surprising disparity has begun to arise in the Xbox One’s favor. Despite a steady stream of updates on both consoles, the PS4 has gained very little in the way of new features while the Xbox One is loaded with functionality it didn’t have at launch. More →

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MIcrosoft Earnings Q4 2014

Microsoft misses Q4 estimates with earnings of $0.55 per share on $23.38 billion in sales

By on July 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

Microsoft misses Q4 estimates with earnings of $0.55 per share on $23.38 billion in sales

Microsoft posted strong fiscal third-quarter earnings back in April, which helped carry the positive sentiment we’ve seen since Satya Nadella took over as CEO. Shares are now up about 12% over the past 12 months, having been given an extra boost when news leaked that Microsoft plans to eliminate 18,000 jobs, 12,500 of which will come from the Nokia devices and services business that Microsoft acquired recently. More →

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Opinions
Windows Phone Vs iPhone

Are we witnessing Windows Phone’s last stand?

By on July 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Are we witnessing Windows Phone’s last stand?

Much has been written about Microsoft’s unsettling plan to cut loose some 18,000 of its employees by the end of 2014. You could argue that it’s a necessary evil, or you could argue that it’s a short-sighted misstep. From what I’ve read, this is about Microsoft repositioning itself for the current reality it finds itself a part of.

In many ways, Ballmer never took the steps to shape the company into a viable behemoth. Just as he laughed off the iPhone in 2007, he never really figured out that the company was slipping in a lot of ways — not the least of which was mindshare.

Out of the 18,000 announced cuts, a staggering 12,500 will come from Nokia’s devices division. A division that Ballmer was hellbent on acquiring before heading for the exits. To me, however, the question shouldn’t be on Microsoft’s commitment (or lack thereof) to building phones. The question should be about Windows Phone.

I’ve long since believed there are some battles worth fighting, and some worth conceding. The trick, as you know, is figuring out which slots where. More →

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