After an unfortunate leak on Sunday spoiled the surprise, Microsoft officially unveiled the Xbox One Slim on Monday at its E3 2016 press briefing in Los Angeles, California. The first of two reported hardware revisions for the home console, the Xbox One S will be available this August for the price of $299.
With both EA Play and Bethesda’s showcase in the books, E3 2016 has officially begun. Well, technically the show floor doesn’t open until Tuesday, but the press conferences are the main event for the millions of gamers watching from home.
And although yesterday’s press conferences were exciting, the main event begins today as Microsoft prepares to take the stage in Los Angeles.
You know all that annoying spam you get in your inbox about people you don’t really know moving to new positions at companies you’ve never heard of? Well, those emails come from Microsoft now. The company announced on Monday morning that it is acquiring LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, or $196 per share. That’s a healthy premium over Friday’s $131.08 close, and there will be plenty of analysis in the media over the coming days tossing around theories about this monster deal. But if you want to know why Microsoft just spent a fortune to acquire the world’s premiere professional networking site, you can find out straight from the horse’s mouth.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s letter to employees following the deal can be read below in its entirety. More →
After all of the leaks, announcements and live streams that took place this week, it’s hard to imagine that the video game studios have anything left for E3 2016.
I kid, of course, because starting this Sunday, gamers around the world are going to sit down in front of their TVs and computers in order to watch press conferences from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, EA, Bethesda and more.
What’s the next big thing? This is a question that has persistently hovered over the tech industry for years. With smartphones arguably on the cusp of becoming commodities, it’s only natural for us to wonder what the next technological leap is going to be. And while it may be too soon to make a bold proclamation in any particular direction, there’s a lot of evidence suggesting that self-driving cars will represent the next tectonic shift in how we live our lives.
These days, some of the biggest and well regarded tech and car companies on the planet — a list that includes Tesla, Google, Uber and Apple — are working feverishly to develop fully autonomous driving technology. And now comes word that the list is about to get even bigger.
Virtual reality is finally getting to a point where both hardware and software innovations can offer us a spectacular experience. It’s not a Star Trek Holodeck levels just yet, but Oculus, HTC, Sony, Microsoft, and many others have come up with compelling VR headsets and platforms. You can already buy the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and Microsoft has a fantastic HoloLens platform able to combine virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
The software giant just announced its brilliant plan to conquer the world of VR through a platform that already has tremendous potential. More →
Just days before E3 2016, Microsoft has dropped the price of the Xbox One down to $299. Although the console has dipped down to that price range in the past, it was always for special events and promotions. This discount is also listed as lasting “for a limited time,” but the timing is very interesting.
It was clear at launch all the way back in 2010 that Microsoft’s revamped mobile platform wasn’t perfect, but it showed so much promise. The company’s interface was fresh and modern, offering real utility that rival platforms didn’t provide. But that differentiation would ultimately lead to Windows Phone’s demise — Android and iOS were in the process of taking over the world, and there was simply no reason for developers or users to embrace another platform.
Now, Windows Phone is all but dead, and not even Microsoft’s sleek new Surface phone will be able to save it. More →
With less than a month to go until E3 2016, the rumor mill has begun to kick into high gear. On Wednesday, Kotaku published a report claiming that Microsoft will release a cheaper, smaller Xbox One before the end of the year while an upgraded Xbox One console with upgraded specs will launch in 2017. More →
For months now, Microsoft has done everything in its power to shove Windows 10 down your throat. The free update is mandatory at this point, and we’ve heard from many Windows users who discovered their computers updated to the newest version automatically, without their knowledge or explicit permission. Microsoft kept offering excuses for these annoying occurrences, and even said it will stop pushing upgrades to Windows users refuse to hope aboard the Windows 10 train.
Now, the company has come up with its most evil trick yet to get you to update your PC to Windows 10, and it’s based on the same methodology hackers use to trick people into installing malware.
For many Microsoft employees, this is just another Wednesday morning like any other. But for close to 2,000 people it’s going to be a day to remember. The company announced that it’s “streamlining” its smartphone business by laying off about 1,850 people worldwide, including 1,350 people in Finland and 500 elsewhere. The move will see Microsoft take a $950 million financial hit, and it marks the death of the Nokia-born Lumia phone brand. More →
Exciting news, PC gamers: 343 Industries is bringing the Forge editing tool from Halo 5: Guardians to Windows 10. This is big news not just because Forge is a great tool — it’s what it hints at for Halo 5 and PCs.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Forge, it’s a tool that allows players to create new maps and unique game types for Halo, originally introduced in Halo 3. It came to Halo 5 in the form of an update late last year, and now the developer is porting it to PC as a standalone experience, completely free to download.