Want to know the future of technology? Try taking a look at the most recent commercial failure from Microsoft and you might get a clue. Business Insider has put together a piece about 11 Microsoft products that flopped commercially but were surprisingly innovative and ahead of their time. The issue here isn’t, as some pundits have claimed, that Microsoft isn’t innovative. The problem is that many of these products have often been marred by poor execution, poor marketing, or some combination thereof. That said, many of them were nonetheless innovative and should be appreciated on their own terms, even if they didn’t lead to blockbuster sales for Microsoft. More →
Although there are a few stragglers remaining before 2015 comes to a close, most of the year’s biggest game releases have already launched. And it’s been a great year for gaming by and large, with many of our favorite franchises returning and a few original IPs taking the industry by storm, but now it’s time to look forward to year three of the new generation. More →
Just as expected, Microsoft evening on Thursday released its first major update for Windows 10, bringing over several new features, But not all of them are immediately evident to the user. Among these hidden Windows 10 features, there’s a useful Find my device functionality, Cortana support for answering text messages (with a twist), Microsoft Edge sync support and even more. More →
Siri, it’s time we had a talk.
It’s not that iPhone users don’t appreciate you, it’s just that you’re rarely more convenient than simply typing something into Google. I can’t even remember the last time I used you, but don’t worry, I’m not getting rid of you — I just think it’s time I explore my options. So I’m giving Cortana a try. More →
Microsoft just started selling the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 in stores. Both laptop/tablet 2-in-1s have generated plenty of interest but that doesn’t mean either device is perfect. In fact, there are at least a couple of issues affecting early buyers, including screen flickering and battery draining. More →
It’s been just over a year since Microsoft announced that all Office 365 subscribers would have access to unlimited cloud storage, but now the company is yanking that offer away. Instead, Microsoft now says subscribers to Office 365 Home, Personal and University will get 1TB of cloud storage instead of the unlimited amount they were previously promised. More →
Microsoft can’t beat Google and Android in the mobile game when it comes to market share or hardware sales, but it’s relentlessly developing software solutions – and purchasing interesting apps – that will give it a major presence in the mobile world. Such is the case with a new Android launcher that’s available to download from the Google Play store. More →
Microsoft is getting even pushier about Windows 10 updates, something that has been more than apparent over the last few weeks. Ads for the Windows 10 update are becoming more annoying for some users while others discovered their machines were accidentally upgraded to Windows 10 without their explicit permission.
Even so, Microsoft says the number one request from users is about how to get the upgrade – supposedly those annoying popups aren’t clear enough – so the company is taking additional steps to update your machine. Microsoft won’t quite force the Windows 10 upgrade on you, but that might also be a way to describe the upcoming upgrade experience. More →
Microsoft’s Surface Book is the company’s first high-end laptop, a promising machine that targets buyers who would usually spend lots of cash on a MacBook Pro. The device should offer users impressive build quality, up to twice the performance of a MacBook Pro (assuming a discrete GPU is on board), Windows 10 out of the box, and a tablet mode that might come in handy. Microsoft is pretty pumped about the product, which sold out online already and convinced people earlier this week to line up in front of retail stores to buy one.
But the Surface Book is not a perfect product as there’s already one major issue affecting it. Microsoft has confirmed a problem with the Surface Book’s display flickering but it’s already promising a fix. More →
Remember back in 2012 when we were all talking about the death of the home video game console? Back when we said that mobile devices and cloud-based services would take over for archaic boxes under our televisions and the outdated discs we put inside of them? We were all very, very wrong.
When’s the last time you remember seeing a Windows PC maker post an official “How to switch from Mac” page on its website? You know, the kind of guide that basically acknowledges that Apple MacBooks can be vastly superior to PC alternatives? The type of guide you’d expect if Macs accounted for the majority of available computers? That’s right, you don’t expect to see that on a PC vendor’s site.
But that’s exactly what Microsoft has done for the Surface Book. The “ultimate laptop” is essentially paying Apple an ultimate compliment, as Microsoft is actively trying to convert Mac users with its own high-end personal computer. More →