Many current Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer owners will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 this summer free of charge after downloading the new operating system, but some users who aren’t eligible for the free update will have to purchase the new OS. According to a few leaked Windows 10 listings, Microsoft might be planning to ditch Windows disks for in-store sales and instead offer USB drives containing the necessary Windows 10 installation files. More →
After a few depressingly tame months of Games with Gold (save for Massive Chalice, of course), Microsoft has taken a step in the right direction for the month of July. In celebration of the two-year anniversary of Games with Gold, Microsoft announced on Thursday that Xbox One owners with Gold subscriptions will now get two new free games every month. More →
Windows XP has long been an OS Microsoft begrudgingly kept alive far longer than it could have ever imagined. Initially released in 2001, official support for Windows XP persisted all the way through April 2014. At the time, Microsoft noted that after 13 years of support, it was time for the company to look forward, unencumbered by outdated software.
If you’ve managed to avoid buying one of the new game consoles for this long, it’s probably either because you have no interest in picking one up or you’re just waiting for the perfect moment to strike. In the week following E3, Microsoft is doing its best to offer that perfect moment by giving away a free game of your choice with any Xbox One console sale. More →
Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS might be one of the company’s most important software releases yet. Not only is the Redmond-based giant looking to unify mobile, desktop and consoles with the help of new software, but Microsoft is also giving it away free of charge to many people who are using older versions of Windows… only the company isn’t always exactly sure who qualifies. More →
Microsoft over the weekend relayed some good news for folks running older versions of Windows. It turns out that there will be a way for people still running Windows XP or Windows Vista to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Previously, it was believed that only Windows 7 and Windows 8 users would be eligible for the free upgrade.
Here’s how it all works.
Nothing at Microsoft’s press conference on Monday got a bigger reaction than HoloLens. Being able to peer into the world of a game without having to leave the real world is a fascinating proposition, but does it really work?
The very first demo I had a chance to play at E3 2015 this year was Halo 5’s new multiplayer mode, Warzone. It’s completely unlike the 4 v 4 Arena mode you’re used to, fusing player vs. environment elements with 12 on 12 multiplayer combat. If standard multiplayer isn’t dynamic enough for you, Warzone might be what you’re looking for. More →
Microsoft’s Xbox One launch was nothing short of an absolute mess. Bad decisions, bad policies and bad public relations had gamers raging right from the console’s unveiling all the way up to its release. Sony’s PlayStation 4 took an early lead in the next-generation console war as a result, and the Xbox One hasn’t been able to make up the ground it lost in those early days.
Many of the Xbox One’s wrongs have been righted at this point. In fact, some of Microsoft’s biggest mistakes were corrected even before the console debuted. And now, Microsoft used E3 2015 to set to stage for the next phase in what could be a comeback for the ages for the Xbox One.
Here are the five most important things the company announced on Monday morning. More →
Warning: If you’re a fan of video games — even a casual gaming fan — we’re not sure there is anything that can prepare you for how insanely awesome the demo video you’re about to watch is.
Microsoft held its huge press event at the annual E3 conference earlier today, and there were several highlights from the show. First and foremost, the company announced that the Xbox One will be backward compatible with Xbox 360 games before the holidays this year. That was enough to make Xbox fans positively giddy, but Microsoft was only getting started.
The first press conference of a very busy Monday is about to begin as Microsoft takes the stage at the Galen Center to discuss the future of the Xbox One. It’s going to be hard to follow up Bethesda’s impressive showing from Sunday night, but Microsoft has a lot to prove with the PS4 regularly trouncing the Xbox One in sales. More →