Microsoft Smartwatch Release Date

Yet another report points to Q4 launch for Microsoft’s iWatch rival

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

Yet another report points to Q4 launch for Microsoft’s iWatch rival

Just a few short days after a report surfaced suggesting that Microsoft is planning to release a wearable smartwatch or smart band this coming October, yet another report has emerged to state that the company is indeed getting ready to go head to head with Apple’s upcoming iWatch. This time, word comes from Paul Thurrott, who is often a reliable source for information surrounding Microsoft’s unannounced plans. More →

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Microsoft Researcher iPhone Reaction

Microsoft exec explains why she uses an iPhone even though she ‘despises’ it

By on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Microsoft exec explains why she uses an iPhone even though she ‘despises’ it

It might not surprise anyone to learn that not all Microsoft employees use Windows Phones and PCs in their personal lives, but Lifehacker’s interview with the Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, danah boyd (and no, I didn’t forget to hold down shift) shows that it’s not all-Windows all the time. When asked about her current mobile device, danah admitted that her “primary phone is an iPhone, but I despise the device.” She only uses it to test apps in development and she really misses her old-school Sidekick. More →

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Windows Phone Missing Apps

Windows Phone still isn’t close to solving its biggest problem

By on July 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM.

Windows Phone still isn’t close to solving its biggest problem

Windows Phone is in a real Catch-22: App developers won’t make apps for the platform if Windows Phone doesn’t get more users and Windows Phone won’t get more users until more app developers make apps for the platform. And it’s not enough for Microsoft to just throw cash at developers to get them to bring their apps to the platform long after they’ve become hits — the company needs a way to get developers to put Windows Phone on the radar right from the beginning. More →

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Lumia 830 Photos

Leak reveals sleek unreleased Microsoft smartphone

By on July 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Leak reveals sleek unreleased Microsoft smartphone

In terms of launches, Microsoft has been relatively quiet since taking over Nokia’s devices and services business. In fact, the company’s only launch to speak of was the Nokia X2, an Android-powered device that will never see the light of day in the United States. Rumors continue to swirl that suggest Microsoft has several Lumia smartphones in the works though, and it looks like one of them has broken cover for the first time. More →

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Sunset Overdrive Chaos Squad Video

New gameplay video shows Sunset Overdrive is chaotic in the best possible way

By on July 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

New gameplay video shows Sunset Overdrive is chaotic in the best possible way

Sunset Overdrive is one of our most anticipated games of the year, but we haven’t seen a whole lot of it through the first half of 2014. The walls finally came down at E3 2014 as the press went behind closed doors to see the game up close and personal while everyone else had the chance to go hands-on with the Chaos Squad mode on the show floor. In case you weren’t in attendance at E3, Microsoft just published the first official video preview for the cooperative multiplayer mode of this Xbox One exclusive, showcasing the assortment of activities players will have at their disposal. More →

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Windows Phone Market Share Analysis

Why Windows Phone isn’t going away anytime soon

By on July 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM.

Why Windows Phone isn’t going away anytime soon

No sane person would argue that Windows Phone is a powerhouse in the mobile world, because it’s clearly not. However, I think that BGR contributor Tero Kuittinen takes things too far when he says that Windows Phone’s failure to gain traction in the United States, China and other key markets means that we’re seeing the “death knell” of Microsoft’s mobile platform. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the biggest one is that Microsoft simply can’t afford to ditch Windows Phone unless it wants to get out of the software platform business all together. More →

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Microsoft Smartwatch Release Date

Microsoft’s iWatch competitor rumored to launch in October

By on July 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Microsoft’s iWatch competitor rumored to launch in October

In recent years, Microsoft has consistently been late to the game when it comes to mobile devices. It’s reentry in the smartphone market following the iPhone’s debut in 2007 was painfully late, and its tablet efforts with Windows RT have been both late and lackluster. According to a recent report, however, Microsoft has no plans to be late again when it comes to the smartwatch market. More →

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Microsoft Windows 9 Features

New details show how Microsoft will make you love Windows 9

By on June 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

New details show how Microsoft will make you love Windows 9

The polarized reaction to Windows 8 showed why Microsoft is finding itself in a tight spot: How can it move Windows into the touch-centric world of smartphones and tablets without alienating its core desktop users who still interact with their computers primarily with a mouse and keyboard? The answer, as reported by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, is to redesign the OS to make Windows more context aware and make it behave differently depending on the form factor it’s being used on. More →

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Microsoft Halo Xbox One

Secret new Halo game revealed by Microsoft job ad

By on June 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

Secret new Halo game revealed by Microsoft job ad

The popular Halo franchise is going to see a huge resurgence over the next year and a half, from Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the Halo Nightfall digital series this fall to Halo 5: Guardians next year. That’s three distinct Halo projects all releasing before the end of 2015, but based on the appearance of a job listing on Microsoft’s website this weekend, it looks like developer 343 Industries is already prepping another Halo game for the Xbox One. More →

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Microsoft Surface Mini Release Date

New report explains why Microsoft ditched plans to launch the Surface Mini

By on June 30, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

New report explains why Microsoft ditched plans to launch the Surface Mini

Microsoft’s line of Surface brand tablets have easily been among the most sleek and well-made Windows devices the world has ever seen. What they haven’t been, however, is a hit with consumers or enterprise users. Microsoft continues to improve its Surface lineup each year, having most recently launched the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet that features what quite possibly the most impressive laptop/tablet hybrid design we have ever seen. The devices are still a tough and expensive sell in a market driven by price, however, and they don’t offer much in the way of truly useful differentiation.

Apparently, Microsoft’s much-rumored Surface Mini tablet didn’t offer much differentiation either, and a new report claims Microsoft cancelled plans to build the smaller tablet at the last minute. More →

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Xbox Games With Gold July

Here are all the free Xbox 360 and Xbox One games Live Gold users get in July

By on June 27, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Here are all the free Xbox 360 and Xbox One games Live Gold users get in July

Microsoft finally caught up with Sony this month as the Games with Gold program expanded to the Xbox One, bringing two free downloadable games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers who have moved on to the new generation. As the month comes to a close, Microsoft is preparing a new batch of games for Xbox One and Xbox 360, but Xbox One owners are getting the short end of the stick this time around. More →

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GameStop Xbox One Discounts

Huge discounts on Xbox One games and accessories coming this weekend at GameStop

By on June 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Huge discounts on Xbox One games and accessories coming this weekend at GameStop

If you’ve been holding out for the right time to pick up a new Xbox One now that Kinect is out of the picture, this weekend might be your best bet. GameStop sent out a press release earlier this week detailing an Xbox One event “you won’t want to miss,” featuring sales, trade-in offers and more. Not only will you receive 50% bonus credit on any console you trade in towards the purchase of a new Xbox One, you’ll also have the opportunity to buy an extra Xbox One controller for $10 off and a 12 or 24-month Xbox Live Gold Membership for $20 off. More →

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