Microsoft announced on Monday that HoloLens Development Edition preorders will kick off today for $3,000. It’s been over a year since the company unveiled its mixed reality device, but this is the first time that developers will be able to get their hands on a device in order to begin building software. More →
Virtual and augmented reality won’t be used solely for entertainment purposes, though immersive VR movies and games will definitely be exciting developments. A new Microsoft tutorial video, first seen by WinBeta, shows us how apparently easy it is to flick open a Windows 10 overlay on top of a wall and interact with its user interface. A combination of head turns and finger gestures will get you to your desired destination with relative ease – or at least, that’s what the video is suggesting. More →
About a year ago, I penned an article about how happy I was that Google was taking over my iPhone. The premise was simple: Android is no match for the iPhone in most key areas — read my earlier article titled “8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android” for more on that — but Google’s mobile software and services are almost always far superior to Apple’s.
Three of the most popular Apple bloggers in the world recently began talking about Apple’s serious app and service problems, and it shoved this ongoing issue back into the spotlight. It also made me stop for a moment think about how I use my iPhone, which led to an interesting revelation that’s dripping with irony: All of the best apps on my iPhone are made by Apple’s two biggest software rivals. More →
You can stop your machine from sending contact and calendar details, typing and speech data, location data and even error and diagnostic reports. Unfortunately, no matter how many boxes you uncheck, Microsoft is still going to collect information from your computer, whether you know it or not.
The future of virtual reality is exciting. Of that, there’s no question. But augmented reality — the combination of the physical and digital worlds — is easily just as tantalizing, if not even more exciting. Devices like the upcoming Microsoft HoloLens mark the start of a major shift in the way the world computes. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but scenes like the ones we’ve enjoyed in Microsoft’s various HoloLens promo videos will ultimately become a reality in the future.
And with each new video — like the one Microsoft just released — we’re reminded yet again of how badly we want that future to arrive. More →
Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed it purchased one of the greatest Android and iPhone keyboard apps of all time, paying $250 million for it, according to one report. The app is already installed on more than 300 million devices, having been one of the first third-party keyboard apps to be made available on both platforms.
The app in question is SwiftKey, which launched on Android a few years ago and then on iOS once Apple started allowing third-party keyboard apps in the app store. But why did Microsoft need a smartphone and tablet keyboard app when it makes a similar keyboard itself? And why this particular app? More →
Microsoft will start forcing Windows 10 updates on machines that are eligible for the free upgrade as soon as this week. And you won’t be able to do much to stop it. Windows 10 is now a recommended update, which means it’ll download itself on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and attempt to install. More →
Try as it may, Microsoft simply can’t compete in a smartphone market still dominated by Apple’s iPhone and an assortment of Android handsets. As part of the company’s Q4 2015 earnings report, the company disclosed that it sold just 4.5 million Lumia phones during the busy holiday quarter. By way of contrast, Microsoft in the same quarter a year-ago sold 10.5 million units, a staggering 57% drop.
One problem some people might have with the larger new iPhones is that they’re too big for one handed operation, especially the Plus versions. But Microsoft has figured out how to help you text easily using just one of your hands, in spite of the iPhone’s size. The company will bring its Windows Phone keyboard to iOS in the very near future, The Verge has learned. There are many third-party keyboards already available in the App Store, but Microsoft has come up with a feature that makes its keyboard stand out.
Earlier this month, Microsoft unwittingly angered a significant portion of its user base by publishing frightening specific statistics about Windows 10 usage. The fact that Microsoft has access to this data wasn’t much of a surprise, but the lack of tact continually amazes users who are begging the company to be more forthright about its data collection.
Microsoft wants to know what bugs you about Windows 10, but sadly, Microsoft can’t even get that quite right.
It might be the end if the line for Lumia.
According to a recent report from Windows Central, Microsoft plans to officially unveil the Lumia 650 smartphone on February 1st. The reveal has been a long time coming, but sources tell Window Central that the announcement will be relatively mundane as Microsoft doesn’t plan to add to the Lumia line for the rest of 2016.