Xbox One Friends Section

The next Xbox One update will put your friends front and center

By on September 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

The next Xbox One update will put your friends front and center

The September update for Xbox One was one of the most substantial updates the console has seen so far, adding the long-awaited media player which had managed to evade both the Xbox One and PS4 since launch. Microsoft plans to keep the ball rolling in October with a few more major additions, most notably the new and improved Friends section which will move to the front of the dashboard for easier access. More →

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Microsoft Surface vs. Apple iPad

Microsoft’s Surface is still getting mistaken for an iPad by NFL announcers after a $400M deal

By on September 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM.

Microsoft’s Surface is still getting mistaken for an iPad by NFL announcers after a $400M deal

It’s no secret that Microsoft has struggled to gain significant momentum with its Surface line of tablets, but it certainly doesn’t help when paid professionals can’t even get the name right on national television. Over a year ago, Microsoft announced a $400 million partnership with the NFL which would bring interactive content exclusively to the Xbox One. It also put Surface Pro 2 tablets into the hands of coaches and players on the sidelines, but there’s one thing Microsoft didn’t account for: none of the announcers seem to know what a Surface is. More →

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Windows 9 Notification Center

New report gives more details on a key Windows 9 feature – and it’s not the Start menu

By on September 5, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

New report gives more details on a key Windows 9 feature – and it’s not the Start menu

Windows 9 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated software releases in Microsoft’s history, but probably not for the reasons the company hoped. Although what we’ve seen from leaks look promising, most Windows users are simply hoping to see Microsoft make a clear departure from the rocky road that has been Windows 8. More →

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Clever Destiny Xbox One Ad

Microsoft finds a hilarious way to market a game you’re not supposed to know is coming to Xbox One

By on September 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM.

Microsoft finds a hilarious way to market a game you’re not supposed to know is coming to Xbox One

Unless you’ve been paying close attention, you might be convinced that Destiny is a PlayStation 4 exclusive. This couldn’t be further from the truth — in fact, Bungie’s highly anticipated FPS is launching on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One next week, but because of an advertising deal between Activision and Sony, Microsoft has been prohibited from promoting the game for its consoles. But rather than accept its fate, Microsoft has found a clever way to let everyone know that Destiny will be coming out on Xbox One as well. More →

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Xbox One Free Game Promotion

Buy an Xbox One next week and get a free game of your choice

By on September 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM.

Buy an Xbox One next week and get a free game of your choice

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to pick up an Xbox One for yourself or for someone else ahead of the holiday season, next week might be your best bet. Microsoft announced on Thursday that select retailers will be running a promotion from September 7th to September 13th: buy an Xbox One and get a free Xbox One game of your choosing. More →

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Steve Ballmer Blue Screen Of Death Text

It turns out Steve Ballmer was directly responsible for developing Windows’ most hated feature

By on September 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

It turns out Steve Ballmer was directly responsible for developing Windows’ most hated feature

When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially bought the Los Angeles Clippers, many Twitter comedians used the opportunity to rebrand the team the “L.A. Clippies,” in honor of the much-loathed cartoon paperclip Office assistant that famously drove users crazy during Ballmer’s reign. However, it turns out that Ballmer was involved in developing something far more annoying to Windows users than even Clippy — that is, the Blue Screen of Death. More →

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Nokia Lumia 830 Specs, Release Date and Price

Meet the Lumia 830, Microsoft’s most affordable flagship yet

By on September 4, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Meet the Lumia 830, Microsoft’s most affordable flagship yet

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a variety of new mobile devices at IFA 2014, just as expected, including the Nokia Lumia 830, described as the most affordable Windows Phone flagship yet. The device is expected to launch in September “around the world,” and retail for €330 in Europe (around $434) when purchased off-contract. More →

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Xbox One 29 New Markets

This is the how the Xbox One is finally going to compete with the PS4

By on September 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

This is the how the Xbox One is finally going to compete with the PS4

In all the discussion regarding sales of the new game consoles from Sony and Microsoft, one important point is too often overlooked — the Xbox One is available in significantly fewer territories than the PlayStation 4. Sony had a huge jump on Microsoft in the international market, but by the end of September, the two consoles will finally be on a relatively level playing field. More →

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Windows Phone Cortana

Following her World Cup triumph, Cortana now tries her hand at making NFL picks

By on September 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Following her World Cup triumph, Cortana now tries her hand at making NFL picks

Cortana is swiftly proving to be the most adamant sports fan of the mobile virtual assistants. First it was soccer score predictions during the World Cup — now Microsoft has updated Cortana once again to predict the outcome of every NFL game this season. In order to get a prediction from Cortana, simply ask “Who will win Team A or Team B?” (with your teams of choice in place) and Cortana will provide an answer. More →

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Xbox One Weekend Trials

The Xbox One gets yet another great feature you won’t find on the PS4

By on September 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

The Xbox One gets yet another great feature you won’t find on the PS4

Taking a page out of Valve’s book, Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One will be free for all Xbox Live Gold members from Thursday to Sunday in order to celebrate the upcoming launch of Forza Horizon 2. Weekend trials of big, recently releases games has become commonplace on Steam, but it’s not something we’ve seen on consoles up to now. More →

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Windows 8.1 Market Share August 2014

Windows XP is enjoying a very strong life after death

By on September 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Windows XP is enjoying a very strong life after death

When Windows 8 launched in 2012, Microsoft struggled to convince users that they should make the switch. The new UI was unfamiliar and unresponsive, the critical reaction was skeptical at best and most importantly, there wasn’t really anything wrong with Windows 7. In fact, two years later, Windows 7 still has an enormous lead over Windows 8, but with the latest software update, Microsoft has finally started turning users around on the new OS. More →

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Windows 9 Teaser Logo

Microsoft just accidentally teased the upcoming Windows 9

By on September 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Microsoft just accidentally teased the upcoming Windows 9

Microsoft has accidentally confirmed in China that at least a Technical Preview version of Windows 9 is going to soon be unveiled by posting a teaser message and picture on Weibo, CNBeta reports. More →

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Cyanogen Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

By on August 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM.

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

Many Android users unhappy with what the mobile operating system has to offer have looked at various custom ROMs based on Google’s latest OS version that offered additional tools to improve their overall mobile experience. CyanogenMod is one such Android-based build that become so popular in recent years that its founder decided to turn it into a business, Cyanogen Inc. That company is apparently now tracked by various tech industry giants that are highly interested in the mobile business, The Information has learned, including Microsoft. More →

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