Microsoft can’t beat Google and Android in the mobile game when it comes to market share or hardware sales, but it’s relentlessly developing software solutions – and purchasing interesting apps – that will give it a major presence in the mobile world. Such is the case with a new Android launcher that’s available to download from the Google Play store. More →
Microsoft is getting even pushier about Windows 10 updates, something that has been more than apparent over the last few weeks. Ads for the Windows 10 update are becoming more annoying for some users while others discovered their machines were accidentally upgraded to Windows 10 without their explicit permission.
Even so, Microsoft says the number one request from users is about how to get the upgrade – supposedly those annoying popups aren’t clear enough – so the company is taking additional steps to update your machine. Microsoft won’t quite force the Windows 10 upgrade on you, but that might also be a way to describe the upcoming upgrade experience. More →
Microsoft’s Surface Book is the company’s first high-end laptop, a promising machine that targets buyers who would usually spend lots of cash on a MacBook Pro. The device should offer users impressive build quality, up to twice the performance of a MacBook Pro (assuming a discrete GPU is on board), Windows 10 out of the box, and a tablet mode that might come in handy. Microsoft is pretty pumped about the product, which sold out online already and convinced people earlier this week to line up in front of retail stores to buy one.
But the Surface Book is not a perfect product as there’s already one major issue affecting it. Microsoft has confirmed a problem with the Surface Book’s display flickering but it’s already promising a fix. More →
Remember back in 2012 when we were all talking about the death of the home video game console? Back when we said that mobile devices and cloud-based services would take over for archaic boxes under our televisions and the outdated discs we put inside of them? We were all very, very wrong.
When’s the last time you remember seeing a Windows PC maker post an official “How to switch from Mac” page on its website? You know, the kind of guide that basically acknowledges that Apple MacBooks can be vastly superior to PC alternatives? The type of guide you’d expect if Macs accounted for the majority of available computers? That’s right, you don’t expect to see that on a PC vendor’s site.
But that’s exactly what Microsoft has done for the Surface Book. The “ultimate laptop” is essentially paying Apple an ultimate compliment, as Microsoft is actively trying to convert Mac users with its own high-end personal computer. More →
PC buyers are actually lining up in front of Microsoft stores around the country for the new Surface devices that went on sale on Monday. The Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book were announced a few days ago when Microsoft made them available for online preorders. Since then, the Surface Book sold out, and the only option for buying one now is to walk into a Microsoft retail store and pray there’s enough stock left.
The Surface Book has been described as the ultimate laptop that Microsoft started working on a couple of years ago although the company did a first-rate job of preventing its coolest features from leaking out before its official unveiling. More →
We get it, Microsoft, you’re dying to see as many users jump to Windows 10 as possible this year. That’s probably why you’re so insistent with reminders and full-screen pop-ups on computers eligible for the free update, and that’s why you’ve even upgraded some of these computers to Windows 10 without the user’s consent – though the latter tactic has been deemed to be an error that was patched.
But not all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users want to make the jump to Windows 10 yet, and all the spammy messages have to stop. Luckily, there’s a way to prevent Microsoft’s popups from annoying you with free Windows 10 upgrade reminders. More →
There has never been more pressure on an entry in the Halo series than there is on Halo 5: Guardians. Of course, that won’t factor directly into the review, but the story around the game is nearly as important as the story within the game — Microsoft is looking to catch up with Sony, and Halo 5 is going to be the key to upping Xbox One sales this holiday season.
The reason this context is important is because, in many ways, Halo 5 is the biggest game the series has ever seen. But not always in the ways you’d expect. More →
Recently, former Microsoft CEO and current Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer appeared on Bloomberg TV where the former executive briefly touched on Microsoft’s monumental 1997 investment in Apple.
At the time, Microsoft’s deal with Apple not only helped rescue the company from the brink of bankruptcy, it gave Apple a much-needed lifeline, affording the company room and time to innovate. And as we all know, the deal ultimately helped set Apple up for the most astounding tech resurgence in history.
As part of the deal, Microsoft agreed to invest $150 million in Apple for shares of non-voting stock. Additionally, the two companies signed off on a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. And to top it all off, Microsoft promised to provide continued support for Microsoft Office for the Mac for a period of 5 years while Apple promised to make Internet Explorer the default web browser on the Mac for the same period of time.
So when asked about Apple during an interview segment on Bloomberg TV, Ballmer said that helping out Apple back in 1997 might very well have been the craziest thing Microsoft ever did.
Remember when Microsoft said on stage that the Surface Book is twice as fast as the MacBook Pro and suggested the entry-level price will get you that crazy performance? It turned out that the Surface Book capable of outperforming Apple’s MacBook Pro was $300 more expensive than the Surface Book’s $1,499 base price, because you need a discrete graphics card to take on Apple’s professional-grade notebook PC.
The Surface Book laptop was probably Microsoft’s most interesting announcement from its Windows 10 event. It’s a device that’s been highly praised in reviews, though people don’t like what Microsoft has done with the price. While many reviews go into the overall experience with the device, both in laptop and tablet modes, there’s one hands-on experience with the Surface Book that you shouldn’t miss, because it explains several of the Surface Book’s design secrets. More →