Windows XP Support Ends

XPocalypse now: XP stragglers are now wide open to hackers

By on April 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM.

XPocalypse now: XP stragglers are now wide open to hackers

If you’re still using Windows XP and you’re not doling out extra cash to Microsoft to maintain support, then congratulations: You’re now vulnerable to all kinds of fun malware that hackers have been saving up for just this occasion. It’s April 8th, which means that it’s also the last day that Microsoft will give technical support for Windows XP. More →

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Windows 9 Threshold Release Date

Redditor shares details about Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ and future Windows Phone 8.2 update

By on April 8, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Redditor shares details about Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ and future Windows Phone 8.2 update

While the Windows 8.1 update is now available to users, Microsoft is already working on the next major desktop OS release, which could be ready by the end of the year, a Redditor said. However, he deleted his account since hosting an extensive ask-me-anything session on Reddit about Windows Phone 8.1 and upcoming Microsoft plans. Without revealing his identity, he did say he is a 15-year veteran Microsoft employee who’s working inside the operating systems group, with a moderator confirming it during the extensive chat.  More →

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Microsoft Windows In The Car

Microsoft will take on Apple’s CarPlay by bringing Windows to the car

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:35 PM.

Microsoft will take on Apple’s CarPlay by bringing Windows to the car

With a whole team dedicated solely to the Internet of Things (IoT), Microsoft is planning to get every device you own online, or as Steve Teixeira, Director of Program Management puts it: “A computer in every pot and chicken.” At the Build Developers Conference last week, Teixeira spoke at length about Microsoft’s innovations in the IoT field, but one unveiling stood out among the rest — bringing Windows Phone compatibility to the dashboard of a car. More →

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Xbox One DirectX 12 Update

New game-changing update will double Xbox One performance

By on April 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

New game-changing update will double Xbox One performance

At Build 2014 last week, Microsoft announced DirectX 12, a new software pack that’s supposed to significantly improve the graphics performance of all sorts of devices and a new report suggests that with DirectX 12 on board, the Xbox One will deliver twice the performance it’s currently capable of offering. More →

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Xbox One Game Clips YouTube

Upload your Xbox One game clips to YouTube starting this week

By on April 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Upload your Xbox One game clips to YouTube starting this week

Microsoft announced on Monday via the Xbox Wire that the ability to upload game clips directly to YouTube will be coming to the Xbox One this week. This is the second major upgrade since the console’s launch for gamers who want to share their recordings with others, the first being the addition of HD streaming and archiving on the Twitch app last month. More →

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Microsoft Anti-Adware Initiative

Microsoft has a plan to kill annoying adware once and for all

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

Microsoft has a plan to kill annoying adware once and for all

Microsoft knows how annoying it can be to have an adware program take over your browser and inject extra ads onto the webpages you’re visiting. That’s why it announced last week that it’s taking a much firmer stand against adware starting this summer by automatically blocking annoying adware programs unless a user gives them explicit permission to run. More →

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Xbox One Interactive TV Shows

Original shows on the Xbox One will change the way you watch TV

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM.

Original shows on the Xbox One will change the way you watch TV

Microsoft will be bringing a slate of original shows to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 this year, including comedies from Sarah Silverman and Seth Green and a sci-fi thriller called “Humans,” Bloomberg reports. The company announced its intent to begin producing its own original programming late last year, but details have been sparse. According to the report, Microsoft’s Xbox television studio already has six series ready to launch, with over a dozen more in production. More →

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Xbox One External Hard Drive Support

The Xbox One will soon add a key feature gamers have been clamoring for

By on April 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

The Xbox One will soon add a key feature gamers have been clamoring for

An Xbox One problem that’s likely annoying hardcore gamers may “soon” be fixed, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb revealed on Reddit, as the company will soon bring external game storage support to the console allowing users to install and play games on external hard drives. However, it’s not yet clear whether those external drives will be able to offer more storage space than the 500GB available by default on the Xbox One. Hryb apparently doesn’t know yet whether there will be any limitation when it comes to external media storage support, but the exec will share information once it becomes available. More →

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Xbox One Live Compute

Video: The Xbox One has a big ace up its sleeve to help it win the console war

By on April 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Video: The Xbox One has a big ace up its sleeve to help it win the console war

The PlayStation 4 has certainly won the early battles of the console war but it’s still way too early to count the Xbox One out. Why? Because Microsoft thinks its cloud computing prowess is the ace up its sleeve that will help it pull ahead of Sony over the long-term. In a new video posted on the official Xbox blog, Microsoft shows us how its Xbox Live Compute cloud gaming platform has helped give Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment the ability to concentrate on making the best game possible without fretting over whether its multiplayer components will overpower Microsoft’s server capacity. More →

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Best Windows Phone 8.1 Features WordFlow

Video: Microsoft shows how insanely fast you can type with new Windows Phone WordFlow tech

By on April 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM.

Video: Microsoft shows how insanely fast you can type with new Windows Phone WordFlow tech

Among the many other cool things that Microsoft showed off at its Build conference this week, one that really caught our eye was a new Windows Phone 8.1 feature called WordFlow that the company says enables faster touchscreen typing than any other smartphone platform in the world. On Friday Microsoft published a video showing its research team successfully using WordFlow to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ official mark for fastest typing on a touchscreen display by typing a 126-letter sentence on a WordFlow-equipped Nokia phone in just 18.44 seconds, breaking the old record of 20.53 seconds. Even if Microsoft’s team hadn’t broken the record, you can clearly see from the video that the new keyboard tech lets you type at an insanely fast rate, which by itself is a major feather in Windows Phone 8.1′s cap. The full video follows below. More →

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Xbox One Security Vulnerability

5-year-old discovers huge Xbox One security vulnerability

By on April 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM.

5-year-old discovers huge Xbox One security vulnerability

Out of the mouths of babes… come the secrets of the video game industry, apparently. San Diego news station KGTV reports that five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel stumbled upon a blatant security flaw while playing on his family’s Xbox One, giving him access to games his parents thought they had restricted. More →

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Microsoft Smartphone Tablet Sales

Strange days: Microsoft has become an ‘underdog’

By on April 4, 2014 at 10:31 AM.

Strange days: Microsoft has become an ‘underdog’

10 years ago, the thought of Microsoft being an underdog would be just as ludicrous as picking the Yankees to finish in last place or betting against a Jay-Z album going platinum. But after getting caught flat-footed by the Apple and Google-led mobile revolution, Microsoft can actually claim to be something of an underdog when it comes to the market for smartphones and tablets. More →

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Xbox Geek Bundle

This is Microsoft’s ingenious plan to reel in more customers

By on April 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM.

This is Microsoft’s ingenious plan to reel in more customers

Microsoft has devised a new clever way to convince customers to purchase a Surface tablet: the new Surface Pro 2 “Geek” bundle that packs some interesting additional extras including an Xbox controller and two downloadable game. The bundle’s pricing starts at $899 and it’s available exclusively at Microsoft’s online store, with users saving $104 on the free PC games part of the offer including War Thunder Mustang Advanced Pack and Farming Simulator 2013 – users won’t be able to choose any other titles though. More →

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