Microsoft Build Major Announcements Roundup

3 key announcements from Microsoft’s Build conference

By on March 30, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

3 key announcements from Microsoft’s Build conference

There weren’t any major fireworks at the opening keynote of Microsoft’s Build conference on Wednesday, but the company did make some important announcements that give us some clues about where the company is headed. Below we’ll recap the most important announcements that include everything from updates to Windows 10 to new frontiers in artificial intelligence. More →

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Microsoft Build 2016 Live Stream

How to watch the live stream of Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference at 11:30AM ET

By on March 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM.

How to watch the live stream of Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference at 11:30AM ET

Just over a week after Apple wrapped up its own spring event, Microsoft is preparing to kick off its annual Build Developer Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Although we shouldn’t expect to see any exciting hardware reveals, there should be a few announcements worth tuning in for at 11:30 a.m. ET. More →

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Microsoft Tay Tweets

The good news is that Microsoft’s AI chatbot isn’t a racist anymore…

By on March 30, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

The good news is that Microsoft’s AI chatbot isn’t a racist anymore…

We have good news and bad news about Microsoft’s chatbot experiment involving Tay, a Twitter account that the company hopes will someday interact with other Twitter users in a meaningful way without human assistance. The good news is that Tay is not a racist anymore. But the bad news is that it has apparently morphed into something else the world doesn’t need anymore of: A spambot. More →

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Windows 10

As Apple battles the FBI, Microsoft just created a special government version of Windows 10 for China

By on March 28, 2016 at 8:50 PM.

As Apple battles the FBI, Microsoft just created a special government version of Windows 10 for China

Thanks to Apple’s recent legal wrangling with the FBI (which has seemingly come to an end), issues such as mobile encryption and government surveillance have been thrust into the spotlight. At the core of Apple’s dispute with the FBI was the bureau’s demand that Apple write an entirely new version of iOS that would effectively bypass built-in iOS security mechanisms.

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Microsoft Explains Tay AI Chatbot Racist Tweets

Microsoft explains why its cute AI chatbot became a crazed Nazi in under a day

By on March 25, 2016 at 4:08 PM.

Microsoft explains why its cute AI chatbot became a crazed Nazi in under a day

Earlier this week, we brought you the tragicomic story of Tay, an artificial intelligence chatbot that was designed to interact with and learn from people between the ages of 18 and 24. Unfortunately for Microsoft, however, some racist Twitter trolls figured out a way to manipulate Tay’s behavior to transform it into a crazed racist who praised Hitler and denied the existence of the Holocaust.

That is obviously not a good thing and Microsoft has penned a followup blog post explaining what went wrong and what it plans to do in the future. More →

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Apple Google Microsoft Data Protection Encryption

Despite big branding push, Apple is about as trusted on privacy as Google and Microsoft

By on March 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Despite big branding push, Apple is about as trusted on privacy as Google and Microsoft

Apple is adamant that its iPhones and Macs protect user privacy better than competing products, and the recent fight with the FBI shows the company isn’t willing to back down from its software security principles without a fight. However, a recent poll reveals that customers don’t think Apple can defend their data any better than competing companies, including Google, Amazon or Microsoft.

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Xbox One Spring Sale

Buy an Xbox One for just $299 during Microsoft’s Spring Sale

By on March 20, 2016 at 9:35 AM.

Buy an Xbox One for just $299 during Microsoft’s Spring Sale

Looking for a great deal on a brand new console? Look no further than Microsoft’s Spring Sale, beginning on March 20th, during which Microsoft is knocking the price of the Xbox One down to $299.

That’s $50 off every Xbox One console bundle at participating retailers, including The Division bundle, the 500GB Name Your Game bundle and the upcoming Quantum Break bundle, which will begin shipping early next month. More →

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PS4 Xbox One Cross-Platform Play

Sony responds to Microsoft’s invitation for cross-network play between PS4 and Xbox One

By on March 16, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

Sony responds to Microsoft’s invitation for cross-network play between PS4 and Xbox One

Earlier this week, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla seemed to imply in a post on the Xbox Wire that Microsoft would be willing to link up with Sony in order to allow for cross-network play between Xbox Live and PSN players. Of course, Charla didn’t actually mention the PlayStation 4 by name, so it only makes sense that Sony’s response would be equally cryptic.

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Xbox One Cross-Network Play

Microsoft reveals Xbox One gamers will be able to play against PS4, PC players

By on March 14, 2016 at 1:31 PM.

Microsoft reveals Xbox One gamers will be able to play against PS4, PC players

In an blog post on the Xbox Wire this Monday, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla announced that Xbox One developers will now have the ability to include cross-network support within their games. Xbox One games have always been able to interact with other Xbox Live games on Windows 10, but this will bring other console and PC networks into the fold as well. More →

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Microsoft Surface Book Commercials

Microsoft’s attack on the Mac continues with new Surface Book ads

By on March 9, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

Microsoft’s attack on the Mac continues with new Surface Book ads

Microsoft this week stepped up its somewhat curious advertising attack on the Mac. Following up on four commercials highlighting the advantages Windows 10 PCs have over the Mac, Microsoft this week rolled out two brand new ads featuring wildlife photographer Tim Flach explaining all of the tasks that his Surface Book can accomplish that his Mac can’t.

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Gears of War 4 Details

‘Gears of War 4’ is a true sequel, but will take huge risks to push the series forward

By on March 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

‘Gears of War 4’ is a true sequel, but will take huge risks to push the series forward

Last year, Microsoft revealed Gears of War 4 at its E3 presentation to the surprise and delight of Gears fans. It was one of the biggest announcements of the keynote presentation, but in the nine months since the reveal, we really haven’t learned much more about a game that is sure to be one of the biggest Xbox One exclusive of the year.

On Tuesday, that changed, as Game Informer revealed its latest cover story. More →

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Quantum Break Preview

‘Quantum Break’ could be the future of crossover entertainment

By on March 4, 2016 at 3:14 PM.

‘Quantum Break’ could be the future of crossover entertainment

From the moment I laid eyes on Quantum Break, I wasn’t sure what to think about it. I knew that its creators had a great pedigree, but I couldn’t fathom how Remedy Entertainment was going to overcome to countless issues that other equally ambitious teams have tried and failed to work through in the past.

Many of the greatest games of recent years have been laser-focused. That focus may have been on story, on gameplay, on visuals or something else entirely, but they were focused. I think back to the brilliant puzzles of Portal, the awe-inspiring boss battles in Shadow of the Colossus and the joy of racing through the world of Forza Horizon 2.

What’s crazy about Quantum Break is that it isn’t doing just one thing really well. It’s a full-fledged, live-action show, an engaging third-person shooter and an engrossing drama all at once. And I think it might actually work.

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