Microsoft Smartwatch Specs and Features

Microsoft reportedly has a worthy iWatch rival in the works

By on July 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Microsoft reportedly has a worthy iWatch rival in the works

Apple is widely expected to redefine the smartwatch business with its iWatch, a companion device said to include various sensors capable of measuring many health parameters and record fitness data. But Apple is not the only one working on exciting new wearable gadgets. The International Business Times has learned from a Microsoft source that the unnamed smartwatch the Windows maker is working on will also offer some advanced sensors, and it will come with cross-platform support. More →

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Nokia Lumia 930 and 630 Google Search

This is how Microsoft is trolling Google in new Nokia Lumia phones

By on July 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

This is how Microsoft is trolling Google in new Nokia Lumia phones

The Microsoft-Google enmity is one of the very interesting rivalries in the tech world, and the Windows maker has just taken another hit at its archenemy. The Verge has learned that Microsoft has purposely removed the option for Nokia Lumia owners to select Google Search as their default smartphone engine on newly launched devices, including the Lumia 630 and Lumia 930. Interestingly though, some European versions of the handsets do let users select Google Search as the default search engine for online queries, and Microsoft has not commented on the matter. More →

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Microsoft Layoffs

Thousands to lose their jobs as Microsoft prepares biggest ever round of layoffs

By on July 15, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Thousands to lose their jobs as Microsoft prepares biggest ever round of layoffs

Microsoft will soon announce a massive round of layoffs, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Thousands of employees will be let go as Microsoft looks to integrate the devices and services business it recently acquired from Nokia. The report says that the reductions could be announced as soon as this week, and it could be Microsoft’s biggest ever round of layoffs, topping the 5,800 cuts it made five years ago in 2009. More →

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Microsoft Vs. Apple Vs. Google

Reality sinks in for Microsoft

By on July 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM.

Reality sinks in for Microsoft

Here’s one thing that’s interesting about Satya Nadella’s Microsoft: It’s no longer insisting that it can keep partying like it’s 1999. While Microsoft under former CEO Steve Ballmer used to point to its dominance of the desktop market as its ultimate trump card to use against anyone who said Apple and Google posed a threat to its business, the company is now acknowledging the reality that it’s actually something of an underdog. More →

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Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Leaked image may reveal the new Start Menu coming soon to Windows 8.1

By on July 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM.

Leaked image may reveal the new Start Menu coming soon to Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s next-generation Windows 8 desktop and tablet platform has been something of a mess thus far. Traction is finally picking up now that Windows XP is no longer supported and Windows 8.1 has been released along with some much-needed refinements, but Windows 8 has hardly been the boost PC vendors were hoping for. Consumers and enterprise users have a long list of common complaints, and Microsoft seems to be doing a good job of addressing them slowly but surely. Soon, one of the biggest complaints will finally be addressed. More →

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Windows 9 Release Date

Windows 9 is actually what Microsoft wants to sell you

By on July 14, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Windows 9 is actually what Microsoft wants to sell you

Microsoft will reportedly announce Windows 9 this fall, Russian hacker group WZor said on a forum last week, following the launch of Windows 8.1 Update 2, which will be the last major update Windows 8 will receive. Windows 8.1 Update 2 is expected to be released by mid-August, and while the OS will get subsequent updates, no new features will be added to Windows 8.1. Instead, Microsoft will focus on its next major product it wants to sell buyers, which is Windows 9. More →

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Strategy

The most important ‘hidden message’ in Microsoft’s new manifesto

By on July 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

The most important ‘hidden message’ in Microsoft’s new manifesto

On Thursday we examined one aspect of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s new company manifesto that we thought was pretty overt: Namely, that the Xbox is here to stay and it would be incredibly stupid for the company to give it up. ZDNet’s Ed Bott, a seasoned Microsoft observer who’s adept at interpreting Redmond Kremlinology, reads between the lines of Nadella’s letter to Microsoft employees and lists some of the “hidden messages” the new CEO was trying to send. The most striking one for us? That Ballmer’s plan to transform Microsoft into a “devices and services” company is essentially toast. More →

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Xbox One Sales Improving

Ditching the Kinect requirement is boosting Xbox One sales

By on July 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Ditching the Kinect requirement is boosting Xbox One sales

Although Microsoft still has plenty of catching up to do in the coming months, the Xbox One is finally seeing a jolt in sales after the removal of Kinect and subsequent $100 price drop. At a talk attended by TrustedReviews, Xbox UK Marketing Director Harvey Eagle claimed the company is pleased by the improvement. More →

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Why Is The PS4 Outselling The Xbox One

All the reasons why the PS4 is consistently crushing the Xbox One

By on July 10, 2014 at 1:46 PM.

All the reasons why the PS4 is consistently crushing the Xbox One

When the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One launched last November, everyone expected it to be a close race. If anything, Microsoft had a slight advantage coming off of an enormously successful near-decade with the Xbox 360, but eight months later, Sony is so far out in front that the lead seems insurmountable. So how did the PS4 become an international smash hit, doubling the sales of the Xbox One month after month? More →

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PS4 vs. Xbox One Release Date

How the PS4 took a lead over the Xbox One before it even existed

By on July 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

How the PS4 took a lead over the Xbox One before it even existed

One of the keys to the early success of the PlayStation 4 was its release date. When Sony took the stage in February last year to reveal the PS4, everyone was a bit taken aback, Sony included. Speaking at the Develop Conference in Brighton, SCEI President Andrew House admitted that although Sony wasn’t prepared to show off the new console at the time, the company knew that it wanted to be the first on the scene. More →

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Xbox

Microsoft’s new CEO explains why dumping the Xbox would be incredibly stupid

By on July 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM.

Microsoft’s new CEO explains why dumping the Xbox would be incredibly stupid

It’s sort of sad that Microsoft has to defend keeping around its most popular consumer product to Wall Street analysts, but apparently it does. Late last year, Normura analyst Rick Sherlund and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen called on Microsoft to dump the Xbox because it was a persistent money loser for the firm. However, in his new manifesto sent out to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella spends a good chunk of time defending the Xbox’s place in Microsoft’s product line and explains why keeping it around is hugely important to the company’s future in consumer electronics. More →

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Sales

Is the Surface Pro 3 the much-needed hit Microsoft has been waiting for?

By on July 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Is the Surface Pro 3 the much-needed hit Microsoft has been waiting for?

Microsoft’s first venture into the tablet market didn’t exactly go well but the company has been doggedly refining and improving its products to the point where it may be starting to see some sales success. ZDNet’s Ed Bott does a nice job of digging through Gartner’s latest report on PC sales and has found that there’s one category of PCs that has been surging this year: Premium ultra-mobile PCs such as the MacBook Air and the Surface Pro 3. More →

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Xbox 360 Upgrade to Xbox One

Even after a recent Xbox One price drop, Microsoft will pay you $75 to upgrade

By on July 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Even after a recent Xbox One price drop, Microsoft will pay you $75 to upgrade

After launching a cheaper Kinect-less Xbox One version that put it on par with Sony’s PS4 when it comes to price, Microsoft is now taking additional measures to convince even more people to buy its newest gaming console. A NeoGAF user discovered on his Xbox 360 that the company will offer him $75 in credit that can be used for games, add-ons, movies and other purchases when upgrading to the Xbox One. More →

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