Unless you’re already paying Microsoft extra to keep your Windows XP machines safe from malware then you really should upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 within the next week. Tom’s Guide talks with a couple of security experts about the impending end of support for Windows XP and they conclude that, yes, staying with Windows XP after the April 8th cutoff date will be really, really bad for both you and your computer. More →
Microsoft finally released Office for iPad last week to both great acclaim and lucrative sales. However, this success story has raised some questions about what this means for Microsoft’s young hardware division and most specifically its Surface tablet. Forbes contributor Gene Marks makes the case that the Surface “died” the minute Microsoft decided to bring Office to the iPad, although he sees that as a positive sign for the company’s future. More →
Ed Fries, co-founder of the Xbox project and former Microsoft VP, left the company more than 10 years ago to pursue other interests, but last week he re-entered the world of console gaming to discuss the new generation. In an “Ask me Anything” on Yabbly, Fries answered a wide variety of questions concerning the game industry, from his thoughts on Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR to what he would have done differently if he could relaunch the original Xbox. More →
No, the device you see in the image above this post is not the unbundled Xbox One Kinect we’ve been requesting, but rather the second version of the Kinect for Windows hardware due out later this year. Since the Kinect that comes bundled with the Xbox One no longer uses a standard USB connector, you’ll have no choice but to pick up Kinect for Windows v2 if you want motion controls on your PC. The sensor is nearly identical to the Xbox One model, save for the “Kinect” logo across the top, replacing the Xbox symbol. Unlike the Xbox Kinect, Kinect for Windows requires both a hub and a power supply. The hub features connections for USB 3.0, the sensor itself and the power supply. According to Microsoft, the Kinect is getting “closer and closer to launch,” and it promises to keep us posted for the official announcement.
As the world becomes increasingly hostile toward any violation or even perceived violation of privacy, Microsoft has backtracked on one of its more controversial decisions. Brad Smith, Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs, took to the Microsoft on the Issues blog on Friday to announce that the company will no longer be inspecting the private information of any users reported trafficking in Microsoft’s intellectual or physical property. That information will instead be turned over the authorities for further investigation. More →
“Windows” has one of the five biggest trending topics on Twitter this afternoon. All four of the top iPad apps measured by download volume in America are Microsoft products right now. Even more astonishingly, Microsoft Word for iPad has become the No. 6 highest grossing iPad app in the United States. In productivity-loving Germany, Word is the third biggest grossing app on iPad and it actually just surpassed the mighty Candy Crush Saga in revenue generation. Even in notoriously unproductive countries such as Italy, Word is a top 10 app. More →
Apple CEO Tim Cook may not be a charismatic visionary like legendary Apple cofounder Steve Jobs but he definitely seems to have a lot more social graces. Per 9to5Mac, Cook sent out a message on his Twitter account welcoming both Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the just-released Office for iPad to Apple’s App Store. It’s a little hard to imagine Steve Jobs offering a similar public welcome to a Microsoft product, although 9to5Mac points out that Jobs did frequently have nice things to say about Office on Macs. Even so, Jobs was known much more for his public ridicule of Microsoft products than his praise, as he once famously said the company had “no taste” and also compared using Windows to being trapped in hell.
Apple tablet users have long since wondered when they could finally get their hands on Microsoft’s famed productivity suite. Well, some of them have. Maybe. The answer, according to numerous reports, will finally be announced during a press conference set to begin in just a few minutes. For those who do try to get work done on their iPads, there are obviously plenty of options out there. None even come close to approaching Microsoft Office, however. Will Office for iPad deliver a fantastic experience like Office does on Windows, or will it be a dumbed down version like Office for iPhone? A link to live streaming video of the event on Microsoft’s site follows below in our source section, so you can learn all there is to know straight from the horse’s mouth. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Lush green hills under a cobalt blue sky with precisely the right amount of fluffy clouds floating about. Who hasn’t been lost in reverie staring at the default Windows XP wallpaper, dreaming of Middle Earth or maybe a weekend in Cork County? Yet that shot of a bucolic paradise has turned into a very personal nightmare for Charles O’Lear, the man who captured the iconic photo and sold it to Microsoft. More →
Take a victory lap, Microsoft: Your claims that Google is “Scroogling” its customers have stood up to scrutiny. The Guardian reports that the Advertising Standards Authority, a U.K. advertising watchdog, has ruled in favor of Microsoft and has said that Google’s data collection practices are a legitimate point of criticism for Microsoft’s “Scroogled” ad campaign. Specifically, the A.S.A. said that “because the ad made clear that the privacy claims were in relation to ad targeting, which Outlook.com does not carry out, we therefore concluded that the ad was not misleading” and that Microsoft well within bounds to call it out. Although Microsoft’s “Scroogled” campaign hasn’t exactly sent users flooding to Windows Phone or Bing, it has highlighted some serious privacy concerns with Google apps and services that Google would probably rather not be associated with.
Glassdoor this week came out with its list of employees’ most highly rated CEOs for 2014 so far and the usual suspects in the tech world made the overall top 20, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (93%), Google CEO Larry Page (93%) and Apple CEO Tim Cook (92%). However, one thing we were most curious about was how employees in Redmond, Washington were rating new CEO Satya Nadella so far. And even though Nadella didn’t make the top 20, Microsoft employees’ ratings of him on Glassdoor make one thing very clear: He’s already much more popular than Steve Ballmer was last year.
Tired of foul language, idling players and trolls in your online Xbox One games? Starting this month, you can finally do something about it. Xbox Live’s Michael Dunn has taken to the Xbox Wire to announce reputation notifications for the new console, warning players as their reputation begins to drop. In the current system, a green reputation means “Good,” yellow means “needs work” and red means “avoid me.”
Microsoft is dropping support for Windows XP on April 8th, and with 95% of all ATMs still running XP, this could become a major problem for any banks that haven’t signed agreements to keep support running past the deadline. And today, we learned of an ATM attack that could be easily fixed if the ATMs update to Windows 7 or 8: According to Symantec, attackers have found a way to steal money from ATMs using SMS messages. Symantec first noticed this attack late last year, when the attacks were happening in Mexico. In a blog post on Monday, it noted that a new variant of the malware, called Ploutus, had been translated to English.