Quantum Break Xbox One Delay

One of the biggest Xbox One exclusives of the year was just delayed to 2016

By on April 3, 2015 at 4:19 PM.

One of the biggest Xbox One exclusives of the year was just delayed to 2016

No, it wasn’t Halo 5: Guardians. You can exhale.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that Quantum Break, the time traveling action adventure game from Remedy Entertainment, would no longer be launching in 2015. This wasn’t the first major delay of the year, but for Xbox One fans, it’s certainly going to be one of the most disappointing. More →

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Windows 10: Spartan for Phones

Watch: This is Spartan… on Windows 10 phones

By on April 3, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Watch: This is Spartan… on Windows 10 phones

One of the most important Windows 10 features is Microsoft brand-new Internet browser that’s currently known as Project Spartan. The browser is already available to Windows 10 Insiders running the latest Technical Preview release version, and it looks like Windows phone users will also receive it in the near future, as some lucky testers are already using it. Windows Blog Italia posted on YouTube a video showing a brief demo of Windows 10 on a Nokia phone in China, with Spartan being one of the available beta apps in it. More →

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iPhone Office Lens App

Microsoft just unveiled another great-looking iPhone app

By on April 2, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Microsoft just unveiled another great-looking iPhone app

Microsoft on Thursday launched the Office Lens app for iOS. The scanning app has been available on Windows Phone for about a year, but it is now the latest Windows app to make the transition to iPhone and iPad, following the release of the mobile Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook apps late last year. More →

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Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft’s Surface branding is a mess

By on April 2, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Microsoft’s Surface branding is a mess

Microsoft’s branding conventions have a long history of being muddled and downright confusing. Remember when Microsoft when crazy with all of its Live branding? There was Windows Live Essentials, Windows Live SkyDrive, Windows Live Sync, and who can forget about Live Mesh.

Thankfully, Microsoft, over the past few years, has improved quite a bit in this regard. Still, old habits tend to die hard, as recently evidenced by the newly unveiled Microsoft Surface 3, which one shouldn’t confuse with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which was released over 9 months ago.

What’s the difference between the two? What makes the Surface Pro a Pro machine, exactly? Are the two devices the same size? Who’s to say. It’s all so murky.

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Surface 3 Vs iPad Air 2

Surface 3 vs. iPad Air 2: The complete specs comparison

By on April 2, 2015 at 2:49 PM.

Surface 3 vs. iPad Air 2: The complete specs comparison

Microsoft surprised a number of industry watchers earlier this week when it quietly unveiled a brand new tablet. With little fanfare, the company took the wraps off of its new Surface 3, a surprisingly capable and affordable new convertible slate that runs full Windows and starts at just $499. Microsoft’s tablet-top devices are now much more attainable; the more powerful Surface Pro 3 starts at $799.

Comparing the Surface 3 to the iPad Air 2 is a bit odd considering one runs a desktop-grade operating system while the other runs a mobile OS. While it’s true that the gap between the two is narrowing each day, there is still a gap and it is still incredibly wide.

But if people are going to compare the Surface 3 and iPad Air 2, let’s make sure we’ve covered all the bases. More →

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Windows 10 on Android Video

Video: See what Windows 10 looks like running on an Android phone

By on April 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Video: See what Windows 10 looks like running on an Android phone

Windows Phone hasn’t been a serious contender in the mobile world for quite some time, but reports that arose last month indicated that Microsoft was going to be focusing on more than just Windows 10 in 2015. In fact, it looked like the software developer was about to declare war on Android.

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Xbox One Standby Mode

The Xbox One might be costing us millions of dollars a year – here are the details

By on April 1, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

The Xbox One might be costing us millions of dollars a year – here are the details

If you’re like me, then you appreciate the convenience of having a standby mode on your new consoles. It means you’ll never be more than a few seconds away from jumping back into Halo 5 or Forza Horizon 2. In fact, with the Xbox One, it’s as simple as saying the phrase “Xbox on”… but there is a downside.

Last week, Noah Horowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) published a piece on his blog which claims that Microsoft is costing Xbox One owners hundreds of millions of dollars every year by leaving the Instant-On power mode as the default power mode out of the box. More →

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Windows 10 Music and Video Apps

Microsoft releases two more major Windows 10 apps

By on April 1, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Microsoft releases two more major Windows 10 apps

After making Project Spartan available to Windows 10 Insiders via a software update earlier this week, Microsoft on Tuesday announced two more apps that’ll certainly be important to many future Windows 10 users, including the Music and Video apps. More →

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Windows RT Is Dead

Windows RT is dead… but its most useful organs are being donated

By on March 31, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Windows RT is dead… but its most useful organs are being donated

As a platform that people would actually use, Windows RT was dead from the start. It was confusingly branded and its app ecosystem was small enough to make even Windows Phone’s look robust. With the announcement of the Surface 3 on Tuesday, Windows RT is officially dead — the new tablet will run on full Windows and will be thus be fully upgradable to Windows 10 in the fall. That said, while we (very) briefly mourn Windows RT’s passing, we should take comfort in the fact that its most useful organs have been donated to other platforms. More →

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Surface 3 Price Release Date

Microsoft unveils the Surface 3 with full Windows for $499

By on March 31, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft unveils the Surface 3 with full Windows for $499

Nearly a year after the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has announced the next model in its tablet lineup: the Surface 3. The new tablet is said to feature the same design and materials as the Pro 3, but at a price point that will be much more attractive to many consumers.

When the Surface 3 launches, it’ll cost just $499. More →

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Windows 10 Price and Free Upgrades

Windows 10 free vs. paid: (Almost) everything you need to know

By on March 27, 2015 at 12:47 PM.

Windows 10 free vs. paid: (Almost) everything you need to know

Since January when it first confirmed the news, Microsoft repeated time and again that the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade will be available as a free download to certain users, including pirates, adding that enterprises will still have to pay for licenses. To further clarify the Windows 10 update process, Microsoft senior director of product marketing Aaron Woodman talked to Yahoo Tech, revealing new details about the company’s boldest OS release yet. More →

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Xbox One April System Update

Here’s every new feature you’ll find in the Xbox One April system update

By on March 27, 2015 at 10:54 AM.

Here’s every new feature you’ll find in the Xbox One April system update

April is going to be a busy month for Xbox One owners. Not only is Microsoft delivering a double dose of free games, but there are a few frequently requested features coming to the console as well. More →

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