Ed Fries in recent days took a trip from Seattle down to New Mexico Tech, his college alma mater that had decided to bestow on him one of those distinguished career awards that tend to cap a long, eventful professional existence.
At one point, as a speaker read through the Microsoft veteran’s biography for the crowd, the audience broke out in cheers.
Even though Fries, one of the early developers of Microsoft offerings like Excel and Word, has worked on a variety of products over the years that many consumers still use every day, it was a one specific item from his time with Microsoft that got the crowd going. Fries is also a co-founder of the Xbox, a console that celebrates its 15th birthday next year and remains a cornerstone of the Microsoft empire. More →
It took Microsoft a while, but the company has finally clarified its stance on the Windows 10 upgrade for pirated copies. Previously, the company said the upgrade will be still available as a free of charge download for PC owners that have installed pirated copies of Windows 7 or later, and then further elaborated on the matter by adding that these Windows 10 copies will still be labeled as not genuine. In a new blog post, the company said that Windows 10 won’t be free for pirates. More →
Ever since temporarily losing its grasp on the top spot over the holidays, the PlayStation 4 has been the console to beat in 2015. With a few huge exclusive releases early in the year, such as The Order: 1886, Bloodborne and MLB 15: The Show, it looked like Sony was going to run away with the first half of 2015… which is why the NPD results from April are especially shocking. More →
10 years ago, hating Microsoft wasn’t just fashionable — it was essential. The company had a monopoly on computing platforms and it had grown arrogant and somewhat lazy thanks to its dominance of the computing industry. However, the shift to mobile and the rise of iOS and Android as major computing platforms means that we now have more alternatives besides Windows-based PCs to meet our needs, which means anyone who still thinks of Microsoft as some kind of “evil empire” is way, way behind the times. More →
With just a month left until E3 2015 kicks off in Los Angeles, all of the major game companies have begun to announce their plans for the show. On Wednesday, we learned that Nintendo will be hosting its second consecutive Digital Event this year, and today Microsoft revealed that its Xbox E3 2015 Briefing will once again take place at the Galen Center on Monday, June 15th. More →
Bit by bit, we’re learning everything there is to know about Microsoft’s next operating system. Just this week Microsoft’s Gabe Aul seemingly confirmed that every participant of the Windows Insider program, regardless of platform, will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10.
On Wednesday, Microsoft went a step further and outlined each of the Windows 10 Editions that will launch this summer. More →
We’ve known since the day it was announced that Halo 5: Guardians would be receiving its own collector’s edition, but until now, we’d never seen exactly what the package would entail. That changed on Tuesday when GameStop Italy’s website leaked the contents of the Limited Collector’s Edition early. More →
Major Nelson announced on Monday that the latest Xbox One system update is now available to download. The May update, much like the last few updates, is relatively minor, but features one significant addition that Xbox One owners have been expecting for quite some time. This month, that addition is voice messages. More →
Almost a year ago, Microsoft demoed one of the best features it could have ever invented for its video chat and messaging application at Re/code’s Code Conference, and the company is finally ready to make Skype Translator available to anyone interested in trying it. Last December, the company released a preview version of it, but only to users patient enough to sign up for access and wait to be allowed in. More →
Microsoft is going to launch Windows 10 at some point this summer, and the operating system will be available free of charge to users who are already running either Windows 7 or Windows 8 on their computers. Everyone else will likely have to pay for it by either purchasing a computer that runs Windows 10 out of the box, or by buying a license, though Microsoft hasn’t shared pricing details for the new OS yet.
However, even users who don’t qualify for the free upgrade will be able to score a free Windows 10 download this summer. More →
Microsoft this year will launch its biggest Surface devices yet, offering users access to TV-sized Windows gadgets, a new report reveals. Obviously, these aren’t your regular Surface-branded tablet/laptop combo. Instead, we’re looking at the Surface Hub Windows-based TV-like gadgets the company demoed at previous press events. More →
Will Microsoft’s gambit to bring Android and iOS apps to Windows help the company permanently close the mobile app gap with rival platforms? Or will it just doom Windows Phone to total irrelevancy? As Ars Technica’s Peter Bright writes, history suggests the latter scenario is the one more likely to play out. More →