Xbox One S Release Date Price

Xbox One S launches on August 2nd for $399

July 18th at 9:30 AM

Xbox One S launches on August 2nd for $399

One of the most exciting (and least surprising) announcements at E3 2016 was that of the Xbox One S. After months of speculation, Microsoft finally unveiled a sleeker, slimmer model of its latest console, but the company wasn’t ready to share an exact release date quite yet. That all changed on Monday, when we finally learned when we’d be able to get our hands on the Xbox One S.

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Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Free Storage

PSA: Much of your free Microsoft OneDrive storage is going away

July 14th at 6:00 PM

PSA: Much of your free Microsoft OneDrive storage is going away

Stop what you’re doing and check your OneDrive account right now. Your storage space might be in danger if you’re only using a free account, as Microsoft is starting to downgrade freebie OneCloud accounts to 5GB. That’s plenty of cloud data available free of charge, but the move could still hurt those users who’re using more than that.

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Windows 10 Download

Final countdown: You have 3 weeks left to update to Windows 10 for free

July 8th at 5:30 PM

Final countdown: You have 3 weeks left to update to Windows 10 for free

Look, we’re going to level with you: there are definitely some valid reasons to skip the update to Windows 10. Maybe you’re on a work PC and your IT department hasn’t authorized the update. Maybe you have some crazy custom legacy software that you’ve confirmed just won’t work on Windows 10. Maybe you’re afraid Windows 10 is going to spy on you.

We’re not going to judge you in any of those cases but to be frank, Windows 10 is pretty awesome. Microsoft did a terrific job of listening to customers complain about everything they hated in Windows 8 and undoing most of the damage. But be warned: If you ever plan to update to Windows 10, now is the time to do it. More →

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Microsoft Surface 2016: Book AIO

After iPad and MacBook Pro, Microsoft is taking on the iMac with new kind of Surface

July 5th at 10:20 PM

After iPad and MacBook Pro, Microsoft is taking on the iMac with new kind of Surface

Microsoft surprised fans last year with a great MacBook Pro alternative, a high-end 2-in-1 Surface Book laptop that nobody saw coming. The Surface Book line joined the regular Surface models to better compete against Apple’ MacBooks and iPads. A report that flew under the radar last week claims that Microsoft is working on the next generation of Surface-branded devices. Among them, there’s an iMac-killer as well, which would become the company’s first Surface desktop. More →

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Xbox Ultimate Game Sale 2016

All the best deals from Microsoft’s Xbox One Ultimate Game Sale

July 4th at 4:35 PM

All the best deals from Microsoft’s Xbox One Ultimate Game Sale

If your bank account isn’t entirely depleted after the Steam summer sale, Microsoft’s Ultimate Game Sale might do the trick. Every summer, Microsoft discounts dozens of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for a week, striking up to 75% off of the price for some of the most popular games of the last two generations.

Although this year’s sale doesn’t begin until July 5th, Major Nelson announced the 250+ deals early on his website. We’ve collected the best of them below.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Full-Screen Prompt

This might be Microsoft’s most annoying Windows 10 upgrade prompt yet

July 4th at 7:15 AM

This might be Microsoft’s most annoying Windows 10 upgrade prompt yet

Imagine this: you’re watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones on your Windows laptop or desktop, paying bills online, or you’re catching up with some work, and an annoying image appears taking over your entire screen. It looks like a blue screen of death at first – or a new version of it – and you might panic for a few seconds until you read the prompt on that blue background. Your computer is safe, your documents have not been lost. It’s just Microsoft being even more annoying than ever with its Windows 10 upgrade notifications. More →

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Xbox Design Lab Review

Building controllers in the Xbox Design Lab is my new guilty pleasure

July 1st at 5:17 PM

Building controllers in the Xbox Design Lab is my new guilty pleasure

I’m not typically one for customization.

When an RPG gives me the option to retool my character—his face, his size, his shape, the color of his nose hairs—I just hit the “randomize” button and take whatever the game spits out. It’s not that I don’t see the value in customization, it just doesn’t really do anything for me… which is why I was so surprised to find myself obsessed with the newly introduced Xbox Design Lab.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Release Date

Microsoft announces free Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out on August 2nd

June 29th at 8:49 AM

Microsoft announces free Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out on August 2nd

The first major content update for Windows 10 finally has a release date.

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Anniversary Edition — a free update for all Windows 10 users — is launching on August 2nd. The update was originally unveiled at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference in March, but the company wasn’t ready to show off all of the new features and upgrades.

Now, with just a few weeks until launch, the curtain has been pulled back.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications Fixed

Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints

June 28th at 9:31 AM

Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints

Earlier this year, Microsoft began pushing upgrade notifications to Windows users, suggesting they upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.

As the year marched on, the notifications became increasingly aggressive, to the point where there was no longer any way to opt out of the upgrade from the notification windows. Users were understandably livid that Microsoft wasn’t giving them a choice in the matter, but all of that changes this week.

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Windows 10 Upgrade: Lawsuit

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

June 27th at 12:35 PM

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

Windows 10 auto-upgrades are like a sick, cruel joke being played on us by this point. Most stories that start with “my Windows 10 PC auto-upgraded” tend to end with “and then all my data was lost,” but this particular version has a happy ending, because it involves Microsoft paying out a lot of money.

A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft, after the tech giant gave up challenging a court case. Teri Goldstein alleges that after her computer was upgraded to Windows 10, it became slow and unreliable.

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Microsoft Edge Battery Life Comparison

One simple change can increase your laptop’s battery life by 50%

June 20th at 4:25 PM

One simple change can increase your laptop’s battery life by 50%

It wasn’t long ago that we were celebrating the release of Opera’s power saving mode, but on Monday, Microsoft decided to prove to everyone that its own proprietary browser might be the best in the market for your battery.

In a new blog post, Microsoft Edge web platform team director Jason Weber explains how Edge can help save your computer or tablet battery.

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Windows 10 Clean Install

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

June 18th at 12:00 PM

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

Windows 10 has been the center of countless controversies over the past year. But while many users have been (often justifiable) complaining about some of the software’s privacy settings and intolerable update notifications, Microsoft has been quietly working behind the scenes to improve Windows 10.

On Thursday, the company released a preview build for Windows 10 which included a new tool that makes it even easier to perform a clean installation.

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Microsoft Marijuana Software

Microsoft’s Next Big Thing is going to be…tracking weed?

June 16th at 5:06 PM

Microsoft’s Next Big Thing is going to be…tracking weed?

Microsoft is trying really very hard to not be the next Yahoo. It’s ticked most of the boxes of a corporate mid-life crisis: buying a social network, failing to make smartphones, and shouting about the cloud a lot.

But after much introspection, Microsoft’s execs have settled on its new moneymaker: making software for the legal weed industry.

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