Microsoft will let current Windows users who are rocking at least a version of Windows 7 on their computers upgrade free of charge to Windows 10 in the first year after the new operating system launches. However, the company still doesn’t want to say what it’ll cost to get Windows 10 after that – or anything else related to pricing schemes in the future for following updates. As CNET reports, Microsoft is more interested in having as many people jump on Windows 10, and it’s doing so by making this major OS update available as a free download to millions of users. More →
Microsoft will release its ambitious Windows 10 operating system at some point this summer, but only desktops, laptops and tablets will get it at first, The Verge reports. Smartphone users currently on Windows Phone 8.1 looking forward to receive the Windows 10 for phones update will have to wait longer, the company has confirmed, as the launch schedule for the mobile version doesn’t coincide with the desktop release. More →
Windows 8 was an absolute disaster. Microsoft’s attempt to bridge the gap between desktop computers and tablets was a failure, and it ended up driving customers crazy. In fact, it was such a disaster that several top Microsoft executives are no longer with the company. Now, with Windows 10, Microsoft will try to undo much of the damage it has done over the past few years.
And from the looks of things, the company is off to a good start. More →
Anyone who thinks that Microsoft can’t innovate anymore hasn’t seen HoloLens, the virtual reality headset that has incredible promise as a tool to help people collaborate on projects when they aren’t even in the same room. To demonstrate HoloLens’s potential, Microsoft has posted a new video showing how the HoloLens works running an application designed by Trimble to help architects and engineers collaborate and visualize their projects through incredible 3D holograms. More →
After doubling up on free games in April, Games with Gold is back to normal next month, with four games to download on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, one of the free Xbox One games is just an extension from last month’s collection, but we’re all going to be too busy playing The Witcher 3 to worry about it anyway. More →
It’s been a relatively slow start for the Xbox One in 2015, with hardly any exclusives to speak of save for Screamride and Ori and the Blind Forest. That’s not to say that the PS4 has been outpacing Microsoft’s console by much, but if the Xbox One is going to stand a chance of taking the lead this year, it’s going to need to have a big E3.
According to Phil Spencer, that’s exactly what Microsoft has in store. More →
Windows 10 is easily one of Microsoft’s most important launches in years, as the company looks to regain the ground it lost with Windows 8. At this point it’s beyond safe to say that the company’s current desktop operating system is a flop, with many consumers and businesses alike doing everything they can to avoid it. Windows 10 dials back many of the controversial visual changes we saw in Windows 8, however, and the press has had plenty of good things to say about it thus far.
Now, we finally know almost exactly when the final version of Windows 10 will be released to the public thanks to a slip-up from one of Microsoft’s key partners. More →
Microsoft is slowly revealing all the features users will be able to enjoy on Windows 10 devices, whether they’re desktops, tablets or smartphones. The company on Friday published a preview look of what Windows 10 Maps for phone will look like to give us an idea of how we’ll use Windows Phones as navigation tools. More →
Five months after the release of the mobile Office suite for iOS, Microsoft is finally bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to its own Windows Phone users. On Monday, Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team, took to the Office Blogs to announce that the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 would hit phones by the end of the month. More →
Even though it’s been pumping out mostly dirt-cheap Lumia Windows phones in the past few months, Microsoft has also promised fans that it’ll also launch some high-end devices at some point too. The company has yet to make any official announcements on the matter, but sources familiar with the plans have already told Nokia Power User that at least four new Lumia handsets will be available later this year, including two high-end models and two mid-rangers. More →