Almost a year ago, Microsoft demoed one of the best features it could have ever invented for its video chat and messaging application at Re/code’s Code Conference, and the company is finally ready to make Skype Translator available to anyone interested in trying it. Last December, the company released a preview version of it, but only to users patient enough to sign up for access and wait to be allowed in. More →
Microsoft is going to launch Windows 10 at some point this summer, and the operating system will be available free of charge to users who are already running either Windows 7 or Windows 8 on their computers. Everyone else will likely have to pay for it by either purchasing a computer that runs Windows 10 out of the box, or by buying a license, though Microsoft hasn’t shared pricing details for the new OS yet.
However, even users who don’t qualify for the free upgrade will be able to score a free Windows 10 download this summer. More →
Microsoft this year will launch its biggest Surface devices yet, offering users access to TV-sized Windows gadgets, a new report reveals. Obviously, these aren’t your regular Surface-branded tablet/laptop combo. Instead, we’re looking at the Surface Hub Windows-based TV-like gadgets the company demoed at previous press events. More →
Will Microsoft’s gambit to bring Android and iOS apps to Windows help the company permanently close the mobile app gap with rival platforms? Or will it just doom Windows Phone to total irrelevancy? As Ars Technica’s Peter Bright writes, history suggests the latter scenario is the one more likely to play out. More →
When we think of Windows, security is one of the first things to come to mind, but not for the reasons that Microsoft would prefer. For generations, Microsoft’s flagship operating system has been riddled with security flaws, putting users at risk and pushing many consumers to replace their Dells and HPs with MacBooks.
It might be a while until the next-gen Surface Pro 4 launches, but Windows fans looking to buy a new Surface tablet/laptop combo from Microsoft can now purchase the more affordable Surface 3, which is available in stores beginning today. In fact, Microsoft on Tuesday announced that current Surface device users in certain markets might be able to score an even better deal on the Surface 3, bringing the cost of the hybrid device down even further. More →
Windows Phone fans tired to see Microsoft launching only entry-level to mid-range Windows handsets aren’t probably happy to hear that Windows 10 for phones won’t be launched at the same time with the desktop version. Since Windows 10 for phones will arrive later than expected, this also means that flagship Lumia handsets aren’t likely to launch just yet – at least Microsoft did say more than once that such devices are in the works. More →
At the Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, Microsoft shocked us all by announcing that Android and iOS app developers would be able to port their apps to Windows 10. Rumors had been circulating for quite some time, but it was still hard to believe that Microsoft would cave on its mobile ecosystem until we actually saw it happen on stage. More →
Walking around a stunningly modeled digital apartment is fascinating, but it’s not exactly my idea of an exhilarating video game concept, which is why I was thrilled to see Square Enix make an appearance at Microsoft Build to show off a DirectX 12 demo that looked unlike anything I’ve ever seen. More →
There were plenty of announcements to get excited about during the Microsoft Build Developer Conference this week, but HoloLens stole the show. Microsoft’s wearable holographic computer was first announced during a Windows 10 event in January, but we didn’t get much more than a general overview of the hardware.
This week, Microsoft went into much greater detail, and CNET has the scoop on the five fundamental features of HoloLens.
One of the most exciting products Microsoft has in the pipeline is the HoloLens headset that’s supposed to completely change the way you interact with your computer, and the device will go on sale at some point in the future. However, don’t expect the headset to be that affordable, at least not at first. More →