The busiest sales event of the year has come and gone, but Microsoft has decided to bring its Xbox One Black Friday deals back for a limited time. On Wednesday, the company announced that all Xbox One console bundles will go back on sale for $50 off their original price from December 9th to December 26th. More →
On January 12th, 2016, Microsoft will end support for every version of Internet Explorer but the latest once and for all. Although you might not still use Internet Explorer on your personal computer, tens of millions of connected individuals still do, which is why this is vital information for a significant portion of the population. More →
While Microsoft’s HoloLens won’t start shipping to developers until early next year — and it’ll be a costly $3,000 when it does — the augmented reality headset is easily one of the coolest things we saw introduced in 2015. The device is worn like a virtual reality headset but the panel that sits in front of the user’s eyes is clear. It uses sensors to observe the room and objects around the wearer, and then displays graphics that are situated within those physical objects. For example, it might display 3D schematics on a table that remain stationary as the user walks around the table, allowing 3D interactions that are not possible with a conventional PC or mobile device.
We’ve seen some pretty incredible HoloLens demos in the past, and we can’t wait for this great new tech to hit the market. Now, a new pair of demo videos that aren’t anywhere near as complex as earlier ones have emerged, but they give us yet another reason to be excited for Microsoft’s upcoming augmented reality headset. More →
We’re used to seeing plenty of Apple patents that describe all sorts of technologies and services that might be someday used in future iPhone, iPad, and Mac generations. But many of these patents describe tech that might never be used in commercial products, of course.
One such innovation concerns augmented reality (AR), with a new patent revealing how a particular projector device could map a person’s home and then use it to deliver augmented content to the user. It’s similar to the incredible HoloLens product Microsoft is working on, but with a few creative twists. More →
Microsoft released the first major Windows 10 update a few weeks ago, but the operating system’s spying capabilities are still intact – though you can disable them from the settings app if you follow the instructions in our earlier post. But it looks like Microsoft did make certain changes under the hood, and Windows 10’s spying features may have been reenabled even on those machines that were configured to prevent data from reaching Microsoft’s servers. More →
Microsoft’s Black Friday offer includes discounts on several devices and also a special sale on digital products available from its content store. For a limited period – which, thankfully, extends well beyond Black Friday – Microsoft will heavily discount “the latest Hollywood movies, blockbuster music, must-have apps, and addictive games.” More →
Microsoft released its most significant update yet for Windows 10 update in November, but the software release isn’t bug-free. In fact, it seems that Microsoft pulled the November build due to various bugs, with one of them being particularly annoying: Windows 10 can apparently delete apps without asking the user. More →
One week before Black Friday 2015, Microsoft has officially started a “countdown to deals” on its website. It’s not an especially extensive selection, but if you’re looking for a new monitor, new headphones, a Surface tablet or an extra Xbox One controller, you’re going to want to keep reading. More →
There are plenty of issues with Windows 10, from privacy concerns to incompatible software, but nothing has been quite as galling to me as the addition of full-blown ads in the Start menu. There isn’t anyone on the planet that wants to see invasive ads on their desktop before they even opening an Internet browser.
Thankfully, they’re ridiculously easy to deactivate.
Want to know the future of technology? Try taking a look at the most recent commercial failure from Microsoft and you might get a clue. Business Insider has put together a piece about 11 Microsoft products that flopped commercially but were surprisingly innovative and ahead of their time. The issue here isn’t, as some pundits have claimed, that Microsoft isn’t innovative. The problem is that many of these products have often been marred by poor execution, poor marketing, or some combination thereof. That said, many of them were nonetheless innovative and should be appreciated on their own terms, even if they didn’t lead to blockbuster sales for Microsoft. More →