After learning just how much data Windows 10 might be collecting from users, France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act and “stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent” within three months.
Having struggled to keep up with the PlayStation 4 for nearly three years, Microsoft knew it was going to have to bring the big guns to E3 2016. Rather than just announcing new games and peripherals, the company actually announced not one, but two (2!) new versions of the Xbox One console last month.
On paper, this sounds like a surefire way to reinvigorate a fan base. In reality, it might have unintentionally stalled Xbox One sales.
Pokemon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game that instantly went viral. Looking through the camera on your phone, you interact with objects that appear as if they’re part of your real-life surroundings. The game is incredibly addictive, as millions of Pokemon fans old and new are playing it around the world. But what if there was an even better way to play it? Rather than whipping out the phone all day long to catch Pokemon and fight at gyms, and rather than using that affordable accessory that’s launching soon, you could just use HoloLens.
One of the most exciting (and least surprising) announcements at E3 2016 was that of the Xbox One S. After months of speculation, Microsoft finally unveiled a sleeker, slimmer model of its latest console, but the company wasn’t ready to share an exact release date quite yet. That all changed on Monday, when we finally learned when we’d be able to get our hands on the Xbox One S.
Stop what you’re doing and check your OneDrive account right now. Your storage space might be in danger if you’re only using a free account, as Microsoft is starting to downgrade freebie OneCloud accounts to 5GB. That’s plenty of cloud data available free of charge, but the move could still hurt those users who’re using more than that.
Look, we’re going to level with you: there are definitely some valid reasons to skip the update to Windows 10. Maybe you’re on a work PC and your IT department hasn’t authorized the update. Maybe you have some crazy custom legacy software that you’ve confirmed just won’t work on Windows 10. Maybe you’re afraid Windows 10 is going to spy on you.
We’re not going to judge you in any of those cases but to be frank, Windows 10 is pretty awesome. Microsoft did a terrific job of listening to customers complain about everything they hated in Windows 8 and undoing most of the damage. But be warned: If you ever plan to update to Windows 10, now is the time to do it. More →
Microsoft surprised fans last year with a great MacBook Pro alternative, a high-end 2-in-1 Surface Book laptop that nobody saw coming. The Surface Book line joined the regular Surface models to better compete against Apple’ MacBooks and iPads. A report that flew under the radar last week claims that Microsoft is working on the next generation of Surface-branded devices. Among them, there’s an iMac-killer as well, which would become the company’s first Surface desktop. More →
If your bank account isn’t entirely depleted after the Steam summer sale, Microsoft’s Ultimate Game Sale might do the trick. Every summer, Microsoft discounts dozens of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for a week, striking up to 75% off of the price for some of the most popular games of the last two generations.
Although this year’s sale doesn’t begin until July 5th, Major Nelson announced the 250+ deals early on his website. We’ve collected the best of them below.
Imagine this: you’re watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones on your Windows laptop or desktop, paying bills online, or you’re catching up with some work, and an annoying image appears taking over your entire screen. It looks like a blue screen of death at first – or a new version of it – and you might panic for a few seconds until you read the prompt on that blue background. Your computer is safe, your documents have not been lost. It’s just Microsoft being even more annoying than ever with its Windows 10 upgrade notifications. More →
I’m not typically one for customization.
When an RPG gives me the option to retool my character—his face, his size, his shape, the color of his nose hairs—I just hit the “randomize” button and take whatever the game spits out. It’s not that I don’t see the value in customization, it just doesn’t really do anything for me… which is why I was so surprised to find myself obsessed with the newly introduced Xbox Design Lab.
The first major content update for Windows 10 finally has a release date.
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Anniversary Edition — a free update for all Windows 10 users — is launching on August 2nd. The update was originally unveiled at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference in March, but the company wasn’t ready to show off all of the new features and upgrades.
Now, with just a few weeks until launch, the curtain has been pulled back.
Earlier this year, Microsoft began pushing upgrade notifications to Windows users, suggesting they upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.
As the year marched on, the notifications became increasingly aggressive, to the point where there was no longer any way to opt out of the upgrade from the notification windows. Users were understandably livid that Microsoft wasn’t giving them a choice in the matter, but all of that changes this week.
Windows 10 auto-upgrades are like a sick, cruel joke being played on us by this point. Most stories that start with “my Windows 10 PC auto-upgraded” tend to end with “and then all my data was lost,” but this particular version has a happy ending, because it involves Microsoft paying out a lot of money.
A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft, after the tech giant gave up challenging a court case. Teri Goldstein alleges that after her computer was upgraded to Windows 10, it became slow and unreliable.