It’s been a relatively slow start for the Xbox One in 2015, with hardly any exclusives to speak of save for Screamride and Ori and the Blind Forest. That’s not to say that the PS4 has been outpacing Microsoft’s console by much, but if the Xbox One is going to stand a chance of taking the lead this year, it’s going to need to have a big E3.
According to Phil Spencer, that’s exactly what Microsoft has in store. More →
Windows 10 is easily one of Microsoft’s most important launches in years, as the company looks to regain the ground it lost with Windows 8. At this point it’s beyond safe to say that the company’s current desktop operating system is a flop, with many consumers and businesses alike doing everything they can to avoid it. Windows 10 dials back many of the controversial visual changes we saw in Windows 8, however, and the press has had plenty of good things to say about it thus far.
Now, we finally know almost exactly when the final version of Windows 10 will be released to the public thanks to a slip-up from one of Microsoft’s key partners. More →
Microsoft is slowly revealing all the features users will be able to enjoy on Windows 10 devices, whether they’re desktops, tablets or smartphones. The company on Friday published a preview look of what Windows 10 Maps for phone will look like to give us an idea of how we’ll use Windows Phones as navigation tools. More →
Five months after the release of the mobile Office suite for iOS, Microsoft is finally bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to its own Windows Phone users. On Monday, Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team, took to the Office Blogs to announce that the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 would hit phones by the end of the month. More →
Even though it’s been pumping out mostly dirt-cheap Lumia Windows phones in the past few months, Microsoft has also promised fans that it’ll also launch some high-end devices at some point too. The company has yet to make any official announcements on the matter, but sources familiar with the plans have already told Nokia Power User that at least four new Lumia handsets will be available later this year, including two high-end models and two mid-rangers. More →
After many rumors claimed that Microsoft would either buy or invest in Cyanogen, the two companies on Thursday confirmed that they’ve formed a strategic partnership. Cyanogen happens to be the company that’s responsible for one of the most popular custom Android builds around and it hasn’t been shy about criticizing Google more than once for the way it’s handling Android. More →
Microsoft is still playing catch-up with its mobile business, being a distant third to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems. That means many people choose an Android handset or an iPhone even though their desktop operating system of choice might be Windows.
While Microsoft is currently building a brand new version of Windows that should offer an even more cohesive experience on phones and desktops, Windows fans who don’t want to purchase Lumia or other Windows Phone devices would be better off buying an iPhone than an Android device.
In fact, in certain cases they might be better off buying iPhone instead of a Windows Phone model. More →
We were initially taken aback when rumors began to spread that Samsung would be entering into a partnership with Microsoft to preload some of the software developer’s mobile apps on its new Galaxy devices. After all, Microsoft has its own smartphone OS to worry about, but it’s clear that the company understands the importance of being a player in the mobile arena, and Windows Phone isn’t going to tip the scales. More →
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that small tablets would be outfitted with a different Windows 10 interface than the one on larger devices, something more along the lines of the Windows Phone UI. Up until now, we’ve only been able to speculate as to what it would look like, but a recent leak may have outed the unseen version of the upcoming operating system. More →
Not long ago, the Natural Resources Defense Council raised a stink about Microsoft’s failure to inform Xbox One owners about how much energy their consoles were consuming while the “Instant-on” mode was enabled. According to the council’s research, this standby mode was adding a collective $250 million to Xbox One owners’ energy bills every year. More →
Microsoft is working hard on delivering a Windows product that’s more promising than ever. The company already unveiled various exciting features coming to future Windows 10 users, including the Cortana voice assistant, the Project Spartan browser, universal apps, faster updates and even mobile payments. Yet there are even more tricks under the hood left to be uncovered and one of them concerns Microsoft’s digital content stores, which are getting their own major overhaul. More →
This might be a fairly specific scenario, but if you own an Xbox One and are on the fence about signing up for a cable subscription, Microsoft might have just made the decision for you. On Wednesday, the Xbox team announced that it would be bringing over-the-air TV functionality to Xbox One owners in the United States and Canada. More →