After spending two hours with the Halo 5: Guardians campaign, I have a pretty good grasp on how the series has improved and what could have been done better. This is not an attempt to extrapolate a review out of my exceptionally limited time with the game, just an observation of what’s working and what’s not. More →
After spending several hours with the Arena multiplayer beta at the beginning of the year and going hands-on with the new Warzone mode at E3, Halo 5: Guardians has quickly become one of my most anticipated games of 2015.
Earlier this month, I had a chance to play through two missions of the campaign for the very first time, giving me a chance to see the final (and possibly most vital) piece of the Halo 5 puzzle. So how does single-player hold up?
Microsoft has been promoting the New Xbox One Experience for months now, but this weekend, preview program members are finally going to get a chance to take the updated software for a spin.
For all the praise that we’ve bestowed upon Windows 10 since it launched at the end of July, there are plenty of outstanding issues that Microsoft has yet to address. The privacy concerns certainly take precedence, but the lack of patch notes following mandatory updates is by far the most maddening change in the latest operating system. More →
No matter the product, it’s always risky demoing software up on stage in front of a live audience. Software might work great during testing, but once you’re up on stage showcasing it to the world, Murphy’s Law has a strange way of sneaking up and rearing its ugly head. And if you’re so bold as to try and tempt fate by demoing voice recognition software in front of a large crowd, well, may the force be with you.
Unfortunately, and hilariously, this is a lesson that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had to learn the hard way this week. While presenting a keynote speech at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference, Nadella decided to show the crowd what Cortana, Microsoft’s version of Siri, was capable of.
When Apple introduced the iPad Pro last week, it called up two of its oldest rivals to help sell the device: Adobe and Microsoft. For many, this was quite a sight to behold. For years, Apple and Adobe engaged in a bitter war of words over the former’s reluctance to support flash on iOS devices. As for Apple and Microsoft? Well, their decades-old rivalry certainly needs no introduction.
So when both companies took the stage at Apple’s special event last week to sing the praises of Apple’s upcoming new tablet, it was a funny reminder of how quickly the technological landscape can change.
Further illustrating this point, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella yesterday used an iPhone to demo Microsoft’s Outlook app while speaking at Saleforce.com’s Dreamforce Expo.
In case you didn’t know, today is apparently 8-Bit Day, as it coincides with the anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros. on NES. Today’s an especially noteworthy 8-Bit Day too, as the Nintendo classic is turning 30, and some of the biggest companies in the world are joining in on the fun to help celebrate the occasion. More →
Although the numerous privacy issues that have cropped up since Windows 10 launched two months ago are indeed worrying, there is nothing quite as annoying as receiving the upgraded operating system before you’re ready for it.
That’s right, Microsoft is automatically downloading the new OS to Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers, regardless of whether or not the users reserved it. That’s all well and good if you want Windows 10, but it’s an enormous waste of space otherwise.
One thing that kept Xbox 360 ahead of the curve throughout its lifecycle was Microsoft’s willingness to dramatically change the user experience in the years after launch. The Xbox 360 wasn’t just a home console — it was a platform to build off of, and the Xbox One isn’t any different.
On Thursday, Microsoft took to the Xbox Wire to go into detail about the upcoming New Xbox One Experience that will begin rolling out this holiday, alongside a huge slate of new games. More →
There have always been concerns about how long Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo can continue pushing out $300-500 machines every few years, but the former head of Xbox doesn’t think that this is the last generation. In an interview with GeekWire last week, ex-Xbox chief Robbie Bach discussed the future of game consoles, the Xbox One PR disaster and more. More →
Can Windows be saved? There are a lot of technology companies that certainly hope so.
Going strictly by the numbers Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is a success. The company claims that the new operating system has been installed on 75 million systems since its launch in July. For many existing customers, the upgrade is free and people were anxious to escape the asphyxiating tentacles of the disastrous Window 8 and 8.1 software (never mind the incessant pop-ups Microsoft pushed out to users enticing them to switch).
Furthermore, Windows 10 is significant improvement over the previous version. The disorganized and disorienting tile interface has been revamped, allowing multiple points of access, and Cortana, the company’s answer to Siri, has extended her reach making it easier to find facts and files.
But the device upon which Microsoft built its empire — the vaunted IBM compatible PC — continues its decline. Sales are dropping faster than the price of oil. Market researchers at Gartner and IDC estimate that PC shipments so far this year have dropped 9.5 and 11.8 percent, respectively. The writing has been on the tablet for some time as consumers became enthralled by smartphones and the iPad, abandoning any allegiance to a particular operating system in favor of disposable apps. More →
Windows 10 is Microsoft’s hottest new product, with tens of millions of Windows users having installed it in the first month after release. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for most users. Since launching the new platform, Microsoft had to release a number of updates to address various bugs and issues with the young operating system, but the company is also working on the first non-patch update for the OS.
Unfortunately, a new report says the Windows 10 “Threshold 2” update has been delayed until November rather than October, as initially planned. More →
Microsoft has been the king of aggressive bundles this console generation. Gamers have had countless opportunities to pick up an Xbox One and get a newly released game for free, but the latest bundle brings something new to the table.
If you were paying attention during E3 2015, you might remember Microsoft announcing the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. With this new bundle, not only will you get the Elite Controller, you’ll also get a matte-finished Xbox One console with a new 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive, giving you a slight performance edge over everyone who bought the first 1TB bundle. More →