Microsoft is preparing for another major shakeup as CEO Satya Nadella announced over the weekend that two top executives will be leaving the company this year. According to the internal letter sent to Microsoft employees, Tony Bates, the leader of the Business Development and Evangelism team and former CEO of Skype, will be departing, along with Tami Reller, leader of the Marketing Group. Business Insider shared the letter on their website, and you can read it in full below. More →
The release of Titanfall is just over a week away, but much of the game was shrouded in mystery until Reddit user FallenFusion unveiled several screenshots and previously unknown details this week. According to the leak, Titanfall will feature 15 maps at launch, at least 5 modes, 9 campaign matches and the ability to “regenerate” (similar to prestige in Call of Duty) once you’ve reached the highest attainable rank in multiplayer. A detailed list from the thread can be seen below. More →
Game Center on iOS has always been a bit of a let down. As a bare bones social network to keep track of your friends and achievements, it does its job, but it can’t compete with the functionality of most gaming networks. That’s why Microsoft is thinking about expanding its hugely popular Xbox Live to every mobile platform under the sun. More →
Microsoft and Apple have been exchanging blows in TV commercials for years. In recent history, Apple’s “I’m a Mac” ad campaign was the height of the advertising rivalry, but the Mac maker has since backed off as its focus shifted to its more recent mobile devices. Microsoft isn’t done throwing friendly jabs toward its longtime rival, however, and its latest ad suggests that Apple’s Mac computer lineup should be more like… Windows 8. More →
The next version of Windows Phone is shaping up to be the biggest evolution of Microsoft’s mobile operating system yet. We already know that Cortana, the Windows Phone voice-controlled digital assistant, will have advanced privacy settings for users that want to be in complete control of how much data they share, and we think the official reveal of Cortana will take place at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference next month, but we still don’t have a clear picture of what Cortana will look like. Until now. More →
Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has been inching forward since it first debuted in 2010. While the mobile platform finally started making gains worth speaking of in 2013, Microsoft’s global smartphone market share remains in the low single digits. What might finally give Windows Phone the boost it needs to start really making a dent in rivals’ sales? As it turns out, the key to Windows Phone’s success could turn out to be Android. More →
Microsoft didn’t make a lot of waves at Mobile World Congress this week but TechCrunch has spotted a little-reported detail from its MWC presentation that shows how Microsoft’s Windows Store has made some very strong gains over just the past six months. At MWC this week Microsoft said that Windows Store is now serving 4 million app downloads a day, which TechCrunch estimates is a 135% increase from the 1.7 million daily downloads it averaged this past October. This is extremely impressive growth, especially when you consider that Apple’s App Store last year was averaging daily download volumes in the 5.5 million to 6 million range. If Windows Store’s numbers keep growing like they have been then Microsoft should have much less trouble getting app developers to sign onto its platforms going forward.
Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console got its first big update earlier this month, and it brought with it various fixes and enhancements (most importantly for me personally, I can now say “Xbox on” a single time to turn the console on instead of having to shout the phrase 437 times before it finally booted). Updates for Microsoft’s new console are coming hot and heavy, however, and another major software release is due next month. Some users got early access to the March update and we provided preliminary details earlier this week. Now that gamers have had some time with the new software, however, additional details have come to light. More →
We’ve mentioned before that Nokia’s Lumia 520 line of smartphones is one of the world’s biggest smartphone bargains and now it looks like future Windows Phones could offer even better deals for budget buyers. Infosonics CEO Joseph Ram tells PCMag that Microsoft plans to cut licensing fees for Windows Phone by as much as 70% in an effort to draw more manufacturers to use the platform and to help make Windows Phones cheaper to battle the onslaught of dirt-cheap Android phones that are spreading through emerging markets. More →
Now that the Xbox One has fallen firmly into second place as the PlayStation 4 continues on its tour of world domination, fans of the Microsoft console are looking for answers. The $100 price difference between the consoles has clearly been a factor, but the wave of negative PR that surrounded the announcement of the Xbox One hasn’t helped either. How can Microsoft turn this console generation around before it completely loses momentum? Is it already time for price drop? More →
Resolution might not matter to you, but for a lot of gamers, it’s the biggest issue facing the Xbox One right now. Every developer with a multiplatform title has had to put up with a tenuous group of consumers who are frustrated by the disparity in visual quality, and now the developer of the most anticipated Xbox One exclusive of the year has confirmed that even Titanfall won’t be able to reach full HD. More →
If there’s one “dying” company you have to back, Microsoft is probably a solid choice. Pundits have insisted that Microsoft is dying for years now. Decades even. Of course most of the things that were supposed to kill Microsoft have come and gone, and Microsoft is still standing. With a market capitalization of more than $310 billion, revenue in the most recent quarter that grew 11% to a record $24.5 billion, and a share price that has ballooned 35% over the past 12 months, Microsoft isn’t just still standing, it’s flourishing.
Of course, none of that will stop pundits from saying stupid things about the company. More →