Microsoft may no longer be under the sway of Steve Ballmer and his ill-advised bombast but that doesn’t mean the company can’t still take some shots at rivals. Dan Laycock, the senior communications manager for Microsoft Surface, tells TrustedReviews this week that Apple’s iPad Pro can’t compare to Microsoft’s own Surface line of laptop-tablet hybrids and he said it would never be anything more than a “companion” device. More →
If you’re still using any version of Internet Explorer other than IE11, it’s time to upgrade. Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on January 12th, which means that all three previous versions of the browser will stop receiving bug fixes and security updates, leaving them vulnerable to attacks. More →
Despite its continued insistence that Windows 10 isn’t spying on anyone, Microsoft has done little to convince the majority of concerned users that its latest operating system isn’t taking more data than it needs.
2015 was a very busy year for video games. Both the PS4 and the Xbox One seemed to find their footing, while the Wii U managed to keep its head above water and the PC continued to chug along as it does every year.
But now 2015 is over, and whether you’re ready or not, hundreds of new games are coming down the pike in 2016. This week, Microsoft is celebrating that fact by reminding us of all the exclusive games launching on Xbox One in 2016.
Despite some concerns about bugs and even privacy, Windows 10 is proving a huge hit.
The company has announced that 200 million monthly active devices around the world are running Windows 10 and the pace is accelerating. More than 40 percent of new Windows 10 devices have become active since Black Friday and Windows 10 is growing faster than any version of Windows – outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140 percent and Windows 8 by nearly 400 percent. More →
By any measure one might consider, Microsoft’s Windows platform for smartphones has been a failure. While one delusional market research firm tried to convince the world that Microsoft would rule the mobile market and surpass Android’s market share at some point in 2013, the rest of us recognized that there wasn’t much of an opening with Android and iOS dominating the market so handily. Today, Windows’ mobile market share sits in the low single digits. The very low single digits. At last count, Gartner said Microsoft’s share of the global smartphone market was around 1.7%.
With Microsoft’s mobile boss Stephen Elop having been pushed out shortly after the Nokia deal and longtime Windows Phone trumpeter Joe Belfiore taking a year off, it’s safe to say Windows Phone isn’t where Microsoft wants it to be right now. But according to CEO Satya Nadella, Windows’ mobile failure doesn’t really matter. More →
Microsoft is rumored to be prepping a slimmer Xbox One console that may launch next year to compete directly against Apple’s brand new Apple TV. The product will not replace the Xbox One but complement it, and will have more limited gaming capabilities. More →
Yes, apparently Microsoft knows when your account is hacked though that might not be made aware immediately. And yes, it will tell you next time hackers will try to spy on your email. But it hasn’t done so in the recent past for a variety of reasons, and one is the fact that the company is afraid of the Chinese government. More →
Microsoft is doing a lot of things right these days and not just in the realm of enterprise software and services that have traditionally been its main strength. It’s shown that it can have a very competitive hardware business thanks to not just gaming consoles like the Xbox One but also with touchscreen laptops like the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. However, there’s one serious weak spot in Microsoft’s lineup that shows no signs of getting better anytime soon: Smartphones. More →
Black Friday might have already come and gone, but the best Xbox One deals are only just getting started this week. On Tuesday, Microsoft kicked off its annual Countdown sale, which will run from December 22nd to January 7th. Last night, Major Nelson shared the list of the first week of deals, which you can see below.
You can’t use it on Windows 10 or Microsoft’s phones yet – and it might never be a commercial product – but the company is apparently working on software that would be able to predict the future accurately. The new app would be able to do more than guess at who will win the next football game, which is one of Cortana’s tricks. The app will be so advanced that it could predict crimes before they happen, similar to what we saw in Minority Report – only without a group of superhuman captives powering it. It could also predict the success of a new Xbox One game, predict box office success, or perform any number of a seemingly limitless number of tasks. More →
Wall Street Journal editor Amir Mizroch stumbled across some interesting and mildly amusing Amazon product listings on Wednesday morning. To see what all the hoopla is about, head on over to Microsoft’s Amazon Germany page, you’ll see a listing for Microsoft’s System Center Datacentre selling for about $13,900.