Microsoft announced on Monday that its next Nokia device will be one of the cheapest ever released. The Nokia 215 is a $29 Internet-ready phone designed specifically for newcomers to the world of mobile devices. Equipped with the Opera Mini browser, Bing search, MSN Weather, Twitter and Facebook, this dirt-cheap device has many smartphone essentials at just a fraction of the cost. More →
Microsoft will unveil more details about Windows 10 at an event later this month, at which point the company could also detail some other plans for the future including the launch of a special Office for Windows Phone app that would be on par with the company’s similar offerings for iOS and Android. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore talked about Office for Windows Phone in a post on Chinese social networking site Weibo, of all places. More →
As if the massive DDoS attack from Lizard Squad wasn’t enough of a disastrous end to the year for Sony and Microsoft, a new group called H4LT has apparently leaked the Xbox One software development kit on to Twitter. According to H4LT, this is the first step to bringing homebrew to the Xbox One. More →
Maybe all of the controversy surrounding the launch of the Xbox One was for the best. It meant that Microsoft had no choice but to shake things up if it wanted to get back on the right side of the gaming community. In fact, by slashing prices, providing frequent updates and releasing some stellar exclusives (including my game of the year), the Xbox One became my favorite home console. More →
Remember back in long-ago days of 2013 when Microsoft was pushing the Xbox One as an all-purpose cloud-based entertainment system that wasn’t just for games but also for movies, music and television shows? Well, those days appear to be over and Microsoft for now seems happy for people to think of the Xbox One as just a gaming console. The Verge’s Nilay Patel notices that all of the key executives behind the push to make the Xbox One more than a gaming console have either been reassigned to new positions or have left the company. More →
Microsoft’s upcoming major Windows update is already available to users looking to test-drive it, but existing Windows 10 Technical Preview versions lack several of the features the company has in the works. In addition to the recently leaked Cortana for Windows 10 app, Microsoft may have one other exciting feature for the operating system, ZDNet has discovered. More →
Today, Apple is above it all. The company has retired its gloves for the time being, and it lets companies like Microsoft and Samsung land unanswered blows while Apple just sits back and enjoys being the most valuable technology company in history. It’s easy to stay quiet when your success does the talking, so Apple takes a different approach to commercials for the holidays now, and releases ads meant to move us.
Apple definitely didn’t always take the high road, though. The company used to pick fights all the time with its more successful rival Microsoft, and today we’re going to take a look back at how Apple spent the Christmas holiday back in the 1990s. More →
After canceling The Interview in the wake of the recent hack attack and following threats received from hackers, Sony was able to release it around Christmas Day, as originally planned, partnering up with various theaters. But at the same time, Sony also partnered with Microsoft and Google to quickly for a simultaneous release online and in theaters, which is unprecedented for a movie of this size. More →
Last weekend, I played my first few rounds of Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer. I’d seen the videos and I’d heard the concern from Halo fans, but I wanted to actually get my hands on it before I made any judgments. After all, Halo’s competitive multiplayer has never been my strong suit, so I was more excited about the changes than the Halo purists.
Microsoft’s product placement strategy for the Microsoft Surface has generally not gone well, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t winning some genuine converts among the people it’s been paying to use its flagship tablet. If you want an example of this, check out Engadget’s interview with Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson, who explains in detail how the Surface helps him and his team prepare for games every Sunday. More →
Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals Christmas campaign is slowly coming to an end, but the company still has a couple of special offers for customers who are looking for new gadgets. The company on Thursday is selling a new Windows 8.1 two-in-one tablet/laptop combo at a deep discount, with the promotion set to start at 8:00 a.m. More →
Whether by accident or intentionally, Microsoft published a pro-Office 365 (and anti-Google Apps) post on its blog in the form of a dad’s personal rant against some of his teenaged “knucklehead” son’s life decisions, and it’s actually hilarious.
The company quickly took the post down, however, telling TechCrunch the “blog post was not properly vetted” before going online. Of course, once something is published it’s online forever, and the entire post is still available to read. More →