Microsoft Bill Gates Letter

Read Bill Gates’ letter to Microsoft employees for company’s 40th anniversary

By on April 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Read Bill Gates’ letter to Microsoft employees for company’s 40th anniversary

Over the weekend, Microsoft, somewhat quietly, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen back in 1975, Microsoft, of course, would eventually go on to become the de-facto standard in computer software thanks to the 1-2 punch of Windows and Microsoft Office.

In commemoration of Microsoft’s 40th year, Bill Gates recently penned a letter to Microsoft employees which touched on what the company has accomplished while also painting a rosy picture of what lies ahead.

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Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad Pro Release Date

Surface Pro 4 tipped to be a huge update, slated for late 2015 release

By on April 6, 2015 at 8:27 AM.

Surface Pro 4 tipped to be a huge update, slated for late 2015 release

Microsoft just unveiled a brand new Surface laptop, but not the Surface Pro 4 some Windows fans might be waiting for. But don’t fret, because new reports indicate the Surface Pro 4 will be an upgrade worth waiting for when it’s released later this year. More →

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Microsoft Windows Open Source Software

Surprise: Microsoft is open to an open source Windows… at least, in theory

By on April 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Surprise: Microsoft is open to an open source Windows… at least, in theory

Nadella’s Microsoft is more exciting than ever, with impressive Windows 10 features even some other software solutions specifically tailored for rival operating systems. On top of that, Microsoft is making more of its own hardware, including the Xbox One, Surface tablets and Windows Phones. What could Microsoft add to make things even more exciting? An open source version of Windows. More →

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Quantum Break Xbox One Delay

One of the biggest Xbox One exclusives of the year was just delayed to 2016

By on April 3, 2015 at 4:19 PM.

One of the biggest Xbox One exclusives of the year was just delayed to 2016

No, it wasn’t Halo 5: Guardians. You can exhale.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that Quantum Break, the time traveling action adventure game from Remedy Entertainment, would no longer be launching in 2015. This wasn’t the first major delay of the year, but for Xbox One fans, it’s certainly going to be one of the most disappointing. More →

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Windows 10: Spartan for Phones

Watch: This is Spartan… on Windows 10 phones

By on April 3, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Watch: This is Spartan… on Windows 10 phones

One of the most important Windows 10 features is Microsoft brand-new Internet browser that’s currently known as Project Spartan. The browser is already available to Windows 10 Insiders running the latest Technical Preview release version, and it looks like Windows phone users will also receive it in the near future, as some lucky testers are already using it. Windows Blog Italia posted on YouTube a video showing a brief demo of Windows 10 on a Nokia phone in China, with Spartan being one of the available beta apps in it. More →

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iPhone Office Lens App

Microsoft just unveiled another great-looking iPhone app

By on April 2, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Microsoft just unveiled another great-looking iPhone app

Microsoft on Thursday launched the Office Lens app for iOS. The scanning app has been available on Windows Phone for about a year, but it is now the latest Windows app to make the transition to iPhone and iPad, following the release of the mobile Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook apps late last year. More →

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Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft’s Surface branding is a mess

By on April 2, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Microsoft’s Surface branding is a mess

Microsoft’s branding conventions have a long history of being muddled and downright confusing. Remember when Microsoft when crazy with all of its Live branding? There was Windows Live Essentials, Windows Live SkyDrive, Windows Live Sync, and who can forget about Live Mesh.

Thankfully, Microsoft, over the past few years, has improved quite a bit in this regard. Still, old habits tend to die hard, as recently evidenced by the newly unveiled Microsoft Surface 3, which one shouldn’t confuse with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which was released over 9 months ago.

What’s the difference between the two? What makes the Surface Pro a Pro machine, exactly? Are the two devices the same size? Who’s to say. It’s all so murky.

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Surface 3 Vs iPad Air 2

Surface 3 vs. iPad Air 2: The complete specs comparison

By on April 2, 2015 at 2:49 PM.

Surface 3 vs. iPad Air 2: The complete specs comparison

Microsoft surprised a number of industry watchers earlier this week when it quietly unveiled a brand new tablet. With little fanfare, the company took the wraps off of its new Surface 3, a surprisingly capable and affordable new convertible slate that runs full Windows and starts at just $499. Microsoft’s tablet-top devices are now much more attainable; the more powerful Surface Pro 3 starts at $799.

Comparing the Surface 3 to the iPad Air 2 is a bit odd considering one runs a desktop-grade operating system while the other runs a mobile OS. While it’s true that the gap between the two is narrowing each day, there is still a gap and it is still incredibly wide.

But if people are going to compare the Surface 3 and iPad Air 2, let’s make sure we’ve covered all the bases. More →

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Windows 10 on Android Video

Video: See what Windows 10 looks like running on an Android phone

By on April 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Video: See what Windows 10 looks like running on an Android phone

Windows Phone hasn’t been a serious contender in the mobile world for quite some time, but reports that arose last month indicated that Microsoft was going to be focusing on more than just Windows 10 in 2015. In fact, it looked like the software developer was about to declare war on Android.

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Xbox One Standby Mode

The Xbox One might be costing us millions of dollars a year – here are the details

By on April 1, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

The Xbox One might be costing us millions of dollars a year – here are the details

If you’re like me, then you appreciate the convenience of having a standby mode on your new consoles. It means you’ll never be more than a few seconds away from jumping back into Halo 5 or Forza Horizon 2. In fact, with the Xbox One, it’s as simple as saying the phrase “Xbox on”… but there is a downside.

Last week, Noah Horowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) published a piece on his blog which claims that Microsoft is costing Xbox One owners hundreds of millions of dollars every year by leaving the Instant-On power mode as the default power mode out of the box. More →

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Windows 10 Music and Video Apps

Microsoft releases two more major Windows 10 apps

By on April 1, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Microsoft releases two more major Windows 10 apps

After making Project Spartan available to Windows 10 Insiders via a software update earlier this week, Microsoft on Tuesday announced two more apps that’ll certainly be important to many future Windows 10 users, including the Music and Video apps. More →

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Windows RT Is Dead

Windows RT is dead… but its most useful organs are being donated

By on March 31, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Windows RT is dead… but its most useful organs are being donated

As a platform that people would actually use, Windows RT was dead from the start. It was confusingly branded and its app ecosystem was small enough to make even Windows Phone’s look robust. With the announcement of the Surface 3 on Tuesday, Windows RT is officially dead — the new tablet will run on full Windows and will be thus be fully upgradable to Windows 10 in the fall. That said, while we (very) briefly mourn Windows RT’s passing, we should take comfort in the fact that its most useful organs have been donated to other platforms. More →

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Surface 3 Price Release Date

Microsoft unveils the Surface 3 with full Windows for $499

By on March 31, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft unveils the Surface 3 with full Windows for $499

Nearly a year after the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has announced the next model in its tablet lineup: the Surface 3. The new tablet is said to feature the same design and materials as the Pro 3, but at a price point that will be much more attractive to many consumers.

When the Surface 3 launches, it’ll cost just $499. More →

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