Xbox One Sales November

Microsoft says Xbox One sales have ‘skyrocketed’ in recent weeks

By on November 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Microsoft says Xbox One sales have ‘skyrocketed’ in recent weeks

After months of having to settle with second place, the Xbox One might finally be on the rebound. Yusuf Medhi, corporate VP of devices and studios at Microsoft, took to the Xbox Wire on Wednesday to discuss some of the recent developments in the world of Xbox, from the release of console exclusives Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive to the limited time sale that brings the price of the Xbox One below that of the PS4 for the first time since the two consoles launched. More →

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Microsoft WinShock Security Update

Microsoft fixed a critical 19-year-old bug that affects every version of Windows

By on November 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Microsoft fixed a critical 19-year-old bug that affects every version of Windows

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a critical fix for a 19-year-old software bug that affects all existing Windows versions since Windows 95. IBM researchers discovered the bug this past May, and BBC reports that they “worked with Microsoft to fix the problem before going public.” More →

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Microsoft Black Friday 2014 Full Ad

Microsoft announces big Black Friday deals

By on November 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

Microsoft announces big Black Friday deals

In addition to Target and Best Buy, which have already revealed plenty of details about their upcoming Black Friday sales, Microsoft also has special deals planned for the upcoming shopping spree, including some interesting Xbox One bundles. The company has updated its Black Friday Offers page to highlight its Black Friday sales that will be available to buyers online starting with 12:00 a.m. on November 27th. More →

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Windows Phone Market Share Microsoft

Windows Phone has been a huge disappointment this year – but Microsoft isn’t worried yet

By on November 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Windows Phone has been a huge disappointment this year – but Microsoft isn’t worried yet

It’s safe to say that Windows Phone has been a massive disappointment this year. Despite being a strong overall platform, it still hasn’t gained any traction and Microsoft hasn’t released any flagship hardware for the device so far on par with 2013’s Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520. Business Insider reports, however, that Microsoft isn’t too concerned about its mobile operating system despite the fact that most third-party data suggests that its market share has either stagnated or even decline this year. More →

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Microsoft Lumia 535 Release Date

This is Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphone, and it’s not spectacular

By on November 11, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

This is Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphone, and it’s not spectacular

Just as previously teased, Microsoft on Tuesday announced the first Windows Phone smartphone that doesn’t have Nokia branding, the Microsoft Lumia 535. And just as previous reports suggested, the first Microsoft Lumia phone isn’t a flagship device. Instead, the handset offers mid-range specs and will be quite affordable when it launches later this month. More →

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Microsoft Nadella Vs. Ballmer

Why Microsoft’s new CEO took a hatchet to Ballmer’s ‘devices and services’ plan

By on November 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Why Microsoft’s new CEO took a hatchet to Ballmer’s ‘devices and services’ plan

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done things very differently from the way former CEO Steve Ballmer used to do business, although toward the end of his term Ballmer recognized that Microsoft seriously needed to change to remain a dominant force in the tech world. Ballmer’s strategy was to reposition Microsoft as a “devices and services” company that would produce its own hardware that acted as a showcase for its software and services such as Microsoft Office, Azure and more. More →

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Halo 5 Multiplayer Leak

Huge leak reveals the first footage of Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer

By on November 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Huge leak reveals the first footage of Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer

Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the most anticipated Xbox One exclusive of the month will hit store shelves on Tuesday. With four full campaigns, over 100 multiplayer maps and the debut of Halo 2: Anniversary, it’s going to be hard to find more value in a game this holiday season, but the best part of the whole package won’t be available at launch. More →

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 Microsoft Office iOS Android

Office might be free on iOS and Android, but there are tons of restrictions – here they are

By on November 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Office might be free on iOS and Android, but there are tons of restrictions – here they are

Microsoft set the Internet ablaze yesterday with the announcement that all of the Office mobile apps would be free to download on iOS and Android phones and tablets, but there are a few provisions worth noting. PCWorld got in touch with Microsoft in order to find out exactly which features would be free for all mobile users and which would require a subscription to Office 365. More →

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Office for Android Tablet Preview

Awesome news, Android fans: Office for Android tablets is now available for you to try

By on November 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Awesome news, Android fans: Office for Android tablets is now available for you to try

Microsoft’s Office for iPad product was a great success last year, but the company did not bring its famous productivity suite to Android tablets at the same time. However, the company is getting closer to releasing an Android tablet optimized version of Office in the near future, as Microsoft on Thursday announced it’s taking registrations for a preview version of Office for Android tablets. More →

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First Microsoft Lumia Smartphone

Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphone is almost here

By on November 7, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphone is almost here

There are many Windows Phone Lumia handsets in stores, but these devices still have Nokia branding, which Microsoft has to ditch. However, that’s about to soon change, as the company next week will release its first ever Lumia handset that doesn’t have Nokia written anywhere on it. As The Verge reports, Microsoft has already started teasing a November 11th announcement on its website, when it should unveil the first Microsoft Lumia smartphone. More →

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Microsoft Dropbox Office Deal

Microsoft’s huge Dropbox deal is the latest evidence Nadella is much wiser than Ballmer

By on November 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM.

Microsoft’s huge Dropbox deal is the latest evidence Nadella is much wiser than Ballmer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was a very bright guy and capable CEO who also had a very bad habit of casually brushing off competitors who actually deserved to be taken very seriously. Recall his infamous dismissals of the iPhone and of Android, for example, to see how Ballmer ridiculing a product became a reverse-kiss-of-death — in other words, Ballmer trashing a rival offering was almost a guarantee that it would become a success. More →

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Microsoft Surface Pro: 13-inch and 14-inch

Microsoft might be working on even bigger and better Surface Pro tablets

By on November 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM.

Microsoft might be working on even bigger and better Surface Pro tablets

After suggesting a few weeks ago that Microsoft might be interested in discontinuing its underperforming Surface Pro line of products — a report Microsoft has vehemently denied — Digitimes now says the company might be working on even bigger Surface Pro models than the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 released a few months ago. More →

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Microsoft Skype Translator Preview

You can preview the coolest product Microsoft has unveiled this year – here’s how

By on November 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

You can preview the coolest product Microsoft has unveiled this year – here’s how

Microsoft has unveiled a lot of cool products this year but for our money the coolest one is the new Skype Translator software that will interpret what someone is saying in real time and offer you a translation into your preferred language right on your screen. If it works as well as Microsoft hopes, it would go a long way toward breaking down language barriers and allow us to interact with people in ways we never before imagined. More →

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