Sony might still be in the lead when it comes to total console sales this generation, but the Xbox One has now officially taken the top spot on the NPD Group’s U.S. sales estimates for two consecutive months to round out 2014. After temporarily cutting the price of the Xbox One to $349 (which is now a permanent cut) and launching several bundles with the year’s biggest games, Microsoft finally found a way to catch up with its rival.
So how have the two companies reacted to the news? More →
Market research firm NPD Group on Thursday night released its sales estimates for the video game industry in December. The firm’s figures are widely viewed as the most important estimates in the industry, and for December they revealed a huge victory for Microsoft as Xbox One sales topped PlayStation 4 sales in the holiday month.
A big reason for that win was obviously Microsoft’s move to slash the price of its Xbox One bundles to $349, and now the company has already brought back its promotional pricing once again for a limited time. More →
Despite clawing its way back into the conversation at the end of the year, the Xbox One still hasn’t caught up with the PlayStation 4. The best-selling console of the generation is holding fast to its lead, but Sony knows that it wouldn’t take much to rock the boat.
And rocking the boat is exactly what Microsoft plans to do.
Fans of racing games, rejoice! On Monday, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios announced that Forza Motorsport 6 is officially in development and will be arriving exclusively on Xbox One.
Windows fans interested in experiencing Microsoft’s Windows 10 way ahead of its official release have been able to do so quite a while now, via the company’s official preview program. In addition to desktops, however, Windows 10 is also coming to mobile devices including tablets and smartphones, and a Windows Phone 10 preview version should be available by the end of the month, according to The Verge. More →
Microsoft’s might not be present at CES anymore, but the company certainly made headlines this week during the Las Vegas-based event thanks to the Spartan leaks that popped online. According to many reports, Spartan is the internal codename of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 Internet browser, which is supposed to offer a different experience than Internet Explorer and other browsers. More →
Microsoft on January 21st will make several announcements related to Windows 10, although it’s not clear whether project Spartan will be one of them. Various reports have revealed so far that Microsoft is creating a special new browser for its upcoming desktop operating system meant to make Internet Explorer forgotten. Dubbed Spartan internally, the project we posted screenshots of yesterday, has further been detailed by Neowin, with the publication providing additional information about how the browser is supposed to look and feel. More →
Last November, Microsoft announced that it would be inviting some Android tablet users to test Microsoft Office for the very first time. Two months later, the preview is receiving its largest expansion yet as Microsoft makes the preview apps available to anyone with an eligible device without having to request access or being put on a waitlist. More →
A few days ago, a report revealed that Microsoft is secretly developing a special new web browser for Windows 10 dubbed Spartan. The company is looking to offer users a different Internet surfing experience from Internet Explorer, though it’s not clear whether Microsoft will unveil the new program at its Windows event scheduled January 21st. However, since then a source exclusively sent BGR an image showing the Spartan browser in action, alongside some information about this particular new project. More →
Microsoft announced on Monday that its next Nokia device will be one of the cheapest ever released. The Nokia 215 is a $29 Internet-ready phone designed specifically for newcomers to the world of mobile devices. Equipped with the Opera Mini browser, Bing search, MSN Weather, Twitter and Facebook, this dirt-cheap device has many smartphone essentials at just a fraction of the cost. More →
Microsoft will unveil more details about Windows 10 at an event later this month, at which point the company could also detail some other plans for the future including the launch of a special Office for Windows Phone app that would be on par with the company’s similar offerings for iOS and Android. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore talked about Office for Windows Phone in a post on Chinese social networking site Weibo, of all places. More →