It’s been an incredibly long wait, but Office 2016 for Mac finally launched on Thursday. After months of testing the software through Microsoft’s preview program, Mac users can now download the completed productivity suite, which includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. More →
Microsoft announced massive restructuring plans for its mobile division earlier this week, which come with an equally impressive write-off. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft is ready to admit it has lost the battle with iPhone and Android just yet. The company will continue to manufacture Windows handsets in the coming years, focusing on three categories of smartphones, and severely limiting the number of new releases. More →
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was not a bad CEO. That said, he did make some pretty big mistakes that set the company back very far in the realm of mobile computing technology. Ballmer’s final blunder as CEO of Microsoft was his decision to pay $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia’s handset division back in 2013. It goes without saying that this move hasn’t exactly paid off for Microsoft so far and now The New York Times is reporting that it could cost the company billions more in lost revenue. More →
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to expand your Xbox One game collection, you might want to check Microsoft’s online game stores this week. Starting today, Microsoft has kicked off its annual Ultimate Game Sale, during which dozens of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and add-ons are discounted by up to 80% of their original price. More →
The long wait for Windows 10 is nearly over. Sources close to the matter tell The Verge that Microsoft is planning to finalize its upcoming operating system this week, with an official release to manufacturing (RTM) build expected to roll out to the company’s PC partners before the end of the week. More →
New trailers are hard to come by in the weeks following E3, so we’ve had to get a little creative to keep this feature up and running.
Last week, we shared our favorite gameplay videos from E3 2015, some of which weren’t made available until after the show came to an end. This week, we’re going to choose 10 of our favorite ID@Xbox trailers for Xbox One indie games from the 124 (!) that have been published on the Xbox YouTube page over the past few weeks. More →
Windows 10 launches later this month — sort of — to save us from the disaster that was Windows 8. As has become tradition at Microsoft, the company made some major missteps as it tried to better address the mobile market. Windows 8 was supposed to offer an ideal computing experience on PCs and tablets, but it ended up being a disaster on both. Now, Windows 10 will dial down the mobile features on desktops and laptops, instead shifting back toward a Windows 7-like experience.
Microsoft continues to announce more details leading up to Windows 10’s July 29th release, and now a new series of comparison grids highlights all of the key features that Windows 10 Home edition users will not have access to. More →
Windows 7 and Windows 8 users probably know by now that Windows 10 is coming on July 29th – the company did its best to ensure that by providing information prompts and starting reservations. But the actual upgrade, which is going to be available as a free download to consumers (not companies) using one of these two Windows versions, might take a while to reach everyone’s PCs. More →
Many current Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer owners will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 this summer free of charge after downloading the new operating system, but some users who aren’t eligible for the free update will have to purchase the new OS. According to a few leaked Windows 10 listings, Microsoft might be planning to ditch Windows disks for in-store sales and instead offer USB drives containing the necessary Windows 10 installation files. More →
After a few depressingly tame months of Games with Gold (save for Massive Chalice, of course), Microsoft has taken a step in the right direction for the month of July. In celebration of the two-year anniversary of Games with Gold, Microsoft announced on Thursday that Xbox One owners with Gold subscriptions will now get two new free games every month. More →
Windows XP has long been an OS Microsoft begrudgingly kept alive far longer than it could have ever imagined. Initially released in 2001, official support for Windows XP persisted all the way through April 2014. At the time, Microsoft noted that after 13 years of support, it was time for the company to look forward, unencumbered by outdated software.
If you’ve managed to avoid buying one of the new game consoles for this long, it’s probably either because you have no interest in picking one up or you’re just waiting for the perfect moment to strike. In the week following E3, Microsoft is doing its best to offer that perfect moment by giving away a free game of your choice with any Xbox One console sale. More →
Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS might be one of the company’s most important software releases yet. Not only is the Redmond-based giant looking to unify mobile, desktop and consoles with the help of new software, but Microsoft is also giving it away free of charge to many people who are using older versions of Windows… only the company isn’t always exactly sure who qualifies. More →