There are times when Digitimes offers up interesting and accurate information, particularly when it comes to supply chain news. There are other times, however, when it seems as though its writers have spent all week taking part in a $300,000 crack party. That said, between reporting that Apple plans to merge iOS and OS X earlier this week and reporting that Microsoft plans to kill its Surface line of tablets, Digitimes this week has reached a level of insanity that could only be matched by Gene Munster on a bad acid trip. More →
Microsoft’s attempts to convince you that your next computing machine shouldn’t be an iPad or a MacBook Air, or any other tablet or laptop for that matter, apparently aren’t working in the company’s favor, a new report from Digitimes says. The publication says it learned from sources familiar with the upstream supply chain that the Windows maker is already considering discontinuing its Surface tablet line, as Surface Pro 3 demand isn’t as hot as expected. More →
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s form Chief Technical Officer and Chief Software Architect, has unveiled a new iPhone app named Talko, a voice calling app that he has been working on for 2 years and that can actually tell the phone recipient if the person on the other end is walking or driving. This type of app will give the user the information on just how attentive the recipient is and could prevent potential accidents.
One of the most anticipated Xbox One exclusives of the year isn’t launching until the end of the month, but Microsoft is well aware of how impatient its fans can be. That’s why the console maker is teaming up with Best Buy to offer an exclusive first look at Sunset Overdrive on October 11th during a one-hour livestream of the game on the Xbox Twitch channel. More →
Just as previous reports suggested, Android might be a golden goose for Microsoft, a company that has licensing deals in place with many top Android device makers. Previous estimates revealed that Android devices sales might bring Microsoft $2 billion a year, although the number was never confirmed. However, documents from a recent Microsoft vs Samsung case found by Re/code have revealed that the Galaxy device maker might be on the hook for $1 billion in licensing fees owed to Microsoft per year. More →
The official NPD numbers for September haven’t been released yet, but it looks like Sony had another whopping victory last month despite some important moves by Microsoft to try to put the Xbox One back on top. According to VGChartz, Sony sold 178,000 PlayStation 4s globally during the week of September 14th while Microsoft only moved 94,000 Xbox One consoles in that time.
Installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview isn’t overly complex, but what do you do if you don’t have a Windows PC handy? Use a Mac instead. The team behind Parallels, the cross-platform app that allows Mac users to run Windows without rebooting, has put together a guide for installing the Technical Preview in Parallels Desktop 10. More →
Microsoft surprised everyone earlier this week when it announced the name of its next major Windows release, as the company decided to simply skip Windows 9, the name everyone expected to see, and jump directly to Windows 10. The company didn’t really explain that decision, but a Windows developer revealed on Reddit a simple, silly, reason why there’s no Windows 9 – and no, it’s not “because 7 8 9,” no matter what you read on Twitter. More →
Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled Windows 10 — not Windows 9, as users were expecting — and revealed various Windows 10 features, although not all of them. Microsoft focused on assuring existing Windows users that it understood their main concerns with Windows 8, and showed off various user interface changes that are supposed to offer both future desktop and tablet Windows 10 users a much better experience than Windows 8. More →
Microsoft on Tuesday gave the world a heartfelt apology for Windows 8 by unveiling Windows 10, which backs away from the “modern” interface users almost universally hated and moves toward an experience more akin to Windows 7. The new cross-device platform won’t ship until sometime next year so there’s still plenty we don’t know about it, and that includes details concerning exactly how it will work on Windows Phone devices and on Microsoft’s Xbox consoles.