Microsoft vs Samsung Patent License Lawsuit

Samsung just got itself sued by another iconic tech giant

By on August 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Samsung just got itself sued by another iconic tech giant

Even though Microsoft isn’t making any popular Android devices of its own, the giant Windows maker is still milking a lot of cash from Android device sales, as the company inked more than a few licensing agreements with all sorts of OEMs that sell Android smartphones and tablets for a living. According to existing  reports, Microsoft is reportedly making over $2 billion a year from those licensing deals, and the number could go up to $8.8 billion a year by 2017. However, Samsung, the most important Android device maker doesn’t want to pay the bills anymore, and, unsurprisingly, Microsoft took legal action against the South Korean corporation. More →

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Office for iPad Update 1.1 Features

Office for iPad just got some of the great features you’ve been asking for

By on August 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM.

Office for iPad just got some of the great features you’ve been asking for

Microsoft’s Office for iPad has been a hit from the moment it was finally launched in the App Store, with Word, Excel and PowerPoint quickly becoming top apps, and it looks like the Windows maker is not done with further improving this particular touch-first Office version. Microsoft has updated its Office for iPad apps, Ars Technica reports, with several interesting additions, including support for exporting files as PDFs, cropping pictures in line, and using third-party fonts in documents. More →

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Windows Phone Vs Android

The case against Windows Phone

By on August 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

The case against Windows Phone

Ahead of its launch in 2010, Windows Phone looked like a unique and exciting platform that might propel Microsoft back into contention in the mobile space. Now, nearly four years later, Microsoft’s mobile operating system appears to be nearing the end of the line, struggling to pick up the scraps left behind by Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS. Is there any hope left for Windows Phone, or is the end in sight? More →

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Xbox One China Launch Price

Did Microsoft just botch another Xbox One launch?

By on July 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM.

Did Microsoft just botch another Xbox One launch?

Microsoft’s exclusive deal with China Telecom to bring the Xbox One to a huge new market could be the boost the company needs to begin catching up with the PlayStation 4, but one major detail might be curtailing sales before the console even launches: The price. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Xbox One (without Kinect) will cost 3,699 yuan ($600) when it releases in China on September 23rd. More →

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Robert Scoble Windows Phone

The man who said Google Glass would revolutionize computing wants Microsoft to dump Windows Phone

By on July 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

The man who said Google Glass would revolutionize computing wants Microsoft to dump Windows Phone

One-time Google Glass enthusiast Robert Scoble is always an entertaining read, although he’s not exactly someone whom tech companies should take advice from. After all, Scoble was once so enthusiastic about Google Glass that he compared it to the Apple II and similarly said it would revolutionize the way we do computing. Needless to say, that hasn’t turned out to be the case, as even Scoble admitted earlier this year that Glass in its current incarnation is “doomed.”

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Xbox Games With Gold August

Xbox steps up its game with the best free Games with Gold offering yet

By on July 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM.

Xbox steps up its game with the best free Games with Gold offering yet

It wasn’t long ago that we talked about the one way the Xbox One was beating the PlayStation 4, but if the free monthly offering of Games with Gold keeps getting better at this rate, we’ll have to add an asterisk to that headline. Microsoft announced via the Xbox Wire on Monday that the Games with Gold for August would include Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut on Xbox One as well as Motocross Madness and Dishonored on Xbox 360. More →

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Microsoft Surface 3 Release Date

Microsoft will launch another new Surface tablet in October – but not the Surface mini

By on July 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Microsoft will launch another new Surface tablet in October – but not the Surface mini

Microsoft reportedly had plans to unveil a new Surface mini tablet alongside the Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, but the company supposedly cancelled those plans when it realized the mini tablet didn’t offer much in the way of compelling differentiation. Some reports suggest the Surface mini is back in the mix and could launch later this summer, while others state that tablet has been shelved indefinitely. Whatever the case may be, it looks like Microsoft has another new Surface tablet in store for us this fall. More →

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Gameplay Video

Leaked footage shows Halo: The Master Chief Collection in action

By on July 28, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Leaked footage shows Halo: The Master Chief Collection in action

Although Halo: The Master Chief Collection comprises four games we’ve already played, 343 Industries still hasn’t shown off much in the way of gameplay footage since announcing the project at E3 this year. That changed this week when the team took the stage at Comic-Con to reveal not only the gorgeous new cinematics that would be appearing in Halo 2, but also the graphical differences between Halo 2 remastered on the Xbox One and the original game, which you can swap between with a single button press. More →

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Microsoft Xbox One China Launch

Microsoft is ready to attack China with an exclusive Xbox One deal

By on July 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM.

Microsoft is ready to attack China with an exclusive Xbox One deal

Microsoft is far from beating Sony in the new gaming console war, but the company is reportedly ready to attack a huge market in the coming months. The Wall Street Journal has learned that the Xbox One maker will partner with China Telecom, the country’s most important fixed-line operator, to launch its latest console. More →

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Halo 2 Anniversary Trailer

This is what Halo 2 looks like on Xbox One

By on July 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

This is what Halo 2 looks like on Xbox One

For many Xbox fans, the long-awaited announcement of Halo 2: Anniversary was a highlight of E3 2014. No one ever doubted that Xbox classic would be remastered for the new generation, but it was an exciting announcement nevertheless, especially when coupled with the reveal of The Master Chief Collection. Now 343 Industries has returned to the stage just a month later to show off the first overhauled cinematic cutscene from the Anniversary edition of Halo 2, and it’s even more stunning than you might have imagined. More →

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Windows Phone Vs iPhone

Microsoft’s mobile failure stems from a lack of understanding of the iPhone’s success

By on July 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft’s mobile failure stems from a lack of understanding of the iPhone’s success

After being among the first few companies to bring smartphones to the masses with Windows Mobile, Microsoft has repeatedly failed to return to its former glory in recent years. There are a number of reasons for these repeated failures in the smartphone and tablet markets, but the broadest and most important may be the simple fact that Microsoft appears to have absolutely no idea what users want. The company has focused on unique, differentiated experiences without worrying about making them truly compelling, and it repeatedly harps on the same selling points that almost no one seems to care about.

Now, a recent post may have gotten to the root of Microsoft’s problem: The company still has no idea what made the iPhone such a massive success. More →

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Halo Nightfall First Look

Watch the first clip from the Halo TV show premiering this fall

By on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Watch the first clip from the Halo TV show premiering this fall

We all wish that Halo 5: Guardians could be done in time for the holiday season this year, but 343 Industries and Microsoft are doing everything they can to tide us over in the meantime. At San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, Microsoft took the stage to show off the first footage of Halo: Nightfall, an original television series based on the game franchise which will begin airing this fall. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Video

You won’t be able to stop watching this embarrassing Microsoft promo video

By on July 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

You won’t be able to stop watching this embarrassing Microsoft promo video

If there’s a better way to promote Microsoft’s OneNote solution and its new Surface Pro 3 tablet, we have no idea what it is. Several members of the Microsoft OneNote team recently came together to film a parody of LMFAO’s hit song of yesteryear, “I’m Sexy And I Know It.” Since they’re promoting the Surface Pro 3 and Microsoft’s great cloud-syncing notes solution OneNote, their cover is appropriately named “I Click It And I Note It,” and it focuses on OneNote’s simplicity as well as the speed with which people can take notes using the Surface Pro 3 tablet. More →

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