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Believe it or not, there’s a very good reason to shop at Microsoft’s retail outlets

By on August 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Believe it or not, there’s a very good reason to shop at Microsoft’s retail outlets

Microsoft’s retail stores don’t typically generate the same crowds as Apple stores but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out, especially if you’re in the market for a new PC. The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern points out that buying a PC at a Microsoft store means that it will come without one of the most annoying problems that has long plagued PC users: OEM bloatware. More →

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Lumia 730 Selfie Phone Photos Leak

Leaked pics give us our first look at Microsoft’s ‘selfie phone’

By on August 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Leaked pics give us our first look at Microsoft’s ‘selfie phone’

The release of the next Nokia devices might not be too far off. Windows Phone Central has obtained photos of what appears to be the Lumia 730, or the ‘selfie’ phone, which is reportedly going to be the follow-up to last year’s Lumia 720. It has been said that the standout feature of the new phone will be its 5-megapixel front-facing camera for taking some of the highest quality selfies on any Windows Phone device to date. More →

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Microsoft Mobile First Cloud First

What Microsoft’s new CEO really has up his sleeve

By on August 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM.

What Microsoft’s new CEO really has up his sleeve

A lot of people we talk with who only follow consumer electronics news are always surprised to learn that Microsoft is still a gigantically profitable company. After all, they reckon, Windows 8 is hugely polarizing, Windows Phone is nowhere, the Surface is a money-losing flop and even the Xbox One has been running a distant second in console sales compared to Sony’s PlayStation 4. Given all these high-profile stumbles, it is fair to ask: Just why isn’t Microsoft falling apart at the seams? More →

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Microsoft Haptic Feedback Keyboard

Microsoft has come up with an ‘almost magic’ way to improve your smartphone’s keyboard

By on August 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Microsoft has come up with an ‘almost magic’ way to improve your smartphone’s keyboard

We’ve all had plenty of time to adjust to the virtual keyboards on our smartphones and tablets, but many of us still miss the tactile response of physical keys. Microsoft researcher Hong Tan knows that we are multisensory beings — we want more than just the illusion of touch, we want to actually feel the click of the keys when we press on our screens — which is why she is working to bring haptic feedback to our mobile devices. More →

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Windows 9 Features and Release Date

Expect some major changes in Windows 9, and not just the new Start menu

By on August 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Expect some major changes in Windows 9, and not just the new Start menu

Microsoft already confirmed that the Start menu will not be returning to Windows 8.1 via a special “Update 2,” thus suggesting that Windows 9 will actually bring back the Start menu – after all, Microsoft did confirm at Build that it listened to Windows users and committed to resurrecting the Start menu. However, Windows 9 will have several other major features and new user interface elements compared to Windows 8.1, various publications have learned. More →

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Microsoft Fifth Avenue Store New York

Microsoft plans to take the fight directly to Apple in NYC with a massive new retail outlet

By on August 7, 2014 at 7:46 AM.

Microsoft plans to take the fight directly to Apple in NYC with a massive new retail outlet

Microsoft isn’t about to let Apple hog all the prime retail real estate in New York. The New York Daily News reports that Microsoft is in talks to open up an enormous new 8,700-square-foot two-story retail outlet on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, just blocks away from Apple’s own giant retail outlet. More →

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Microsoft Surface Sales $1.7 Billion Loss

Microsoft has lost $1.7 billion trying to make the Surface a hit

By on August 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Microsoft has lost $1.7 billion trying to make the Surface a hit

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet might finally be gaining some traction for Microsoft in the tablet market, but the whole Surface venture has come at an enormous cost. Computerworld notices that Microsoft revealed in an 8-K statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week that it has lost $1.7 billion on its Surface line of tablets so far, which is nearly double the $900 million write down that Microsoft took last year on unsold Surface inventory. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Release Date International

The Surface Pro 3 is about to go global

By on August 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

The Surface Pro 3 is about to go global

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, the latest and most glorious addition to the Surface family, will soon be available in several markets, the company confirmed on the Surface blog. No less than 25 more markets are going to get the Surface Pro 3 this month, in addition to the U.S., Canada and Japan. In most of the 25 new markets, the Surface Pro 3 will be available for pre-order starting today, with a few exceptions, and will release starting on August 28th. More →

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Microsoft Nokia Layoffs Employees

Microsoft is trying to make laid off Nokia employees feel better in the worst way possible

By on August 6, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Microsoft is trying to make laid off Nokia employees feel better in the worst way possible

Microsoft is definitely not setting high standards for bedside manner when it comes to laying off Nokia employees. MarketWatch reports that Microsoft is trying to assuage anger in China over its plan to ax thousands of Nokia employees by offering laid off Chinese workers… wait for it… a free Nokia handset. More →

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Microsoft Windows Smartwatch Concept

Windows fans can only pray that Microsoft’s first smartwatch looks as great as this concept

By on August 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Windows fans can only pray that Microsoft’s first smartwatch looks as great as this concept

Microsoft is rumored to be working on worthy iWatch rival, a smartwatch of its own that will be compatible with various mobile operating systems and deliver certain smart features, including advanced health and fitness tracking capabilities. While the Windows giant has yet to announce such a product, designer Nadir Aslam has already imagined what a Windows watch will look like and what it will have to offer while posting several concept images on Behance. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 Denied

Microsoft: Don’t expect any more major updates until Windows 9

By on August 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM.

Microsoft: Don’t expect any more major updates until Windows 9

Microsoft on Tuesday revealed that it’s not planning to release a major “Windows 8.1 Update 2” at any point in the near future, although the company will release several other smaller updates as part of its regular Windows 8.1 update release schedule. More →

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Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle

These awesome deals might finally convince you to pick up an Xbox One

By on August 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

These awesome deals might finally convince you to pick up an Xbox One

If you’re a sports fan who has been holding out on buying an Xbox One, this new offer might be too good to pass up. Microsoft announced on Monday that it will be releasing an Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle on August 26th for $399. The bundle includes both the Xbox One console, a download code for Madden NFL 15 and three Pro Packs for Madden Ultimate Team. If you preorder the bundle before 2pm PT on August 22nd, you’re guaranteed to receive it the day it’s released. More →

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Xbox One Price Cut Gamescom

Is Microsoft already getting ready for another big Xbox One price cut?

By on August 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Is Microsoft already getting ready for another big Xbox One price cut?

Based on a recent update to the Spanish version of Xbox.com on mobile browsers, the Xbox One might be receiving a $50 price cut in the near future. NeoGAF user Hydragyrus was the first to point out the message on the Spanish webpage, which shows a picture of the Xbox One with the message “Ahora desde 349,99 €” (Now from 349,99 €) beneath it. A hashtag for #xboxgamescom also appears on the page, indicating that Microsoft might be saving the announcement for its press conference at the Cologne trade show on August 12th. More →

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