Hey, remember Windows Phone? You probably don’t and for a long time it seems like Microsoft hasn’t remembered it either. Behind the scenes, however, it looks like Microsoft has been working on new features for its mobile operating system and at least one of them is really cool. Per The Verge, Microsoft recently took the wraps off a new feature that it describes as “pre-touch sensing for mobile interaction.” Essentially, this feature can detect when your fingers are near the devices display and will automatically put up menu options for you to use. More →
If you’ve been waiting until the last possible moment to decide whether or not you want to upgrade to Windows 10, that last possible moment is suddenly right around the corner. Microsoft reminded Windows users in a blog post today that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 30th, at which point the price for a full version of Windows 10 Home will jump to $119. More →
A new report shows that hackers from Russia have obtained login credentials for more than 272.3 million email accounts, which are now available for sale in Russia’s criminal underworld, a Most of them are Mail.ru accounts, though the list also includes smaller fractions of Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft email users. More →
We’re still well over a month away from E3 2016, but Microsoft decided to announce its plans for the show even earlier this year. Neither Sony nor Nintendo have confirmed anything for E3 yet, but on Tuesday, Microsoft revealed that its Xbox E3 2016 Briefing would once again take place on Monday, June 13th at 9:30 a.m. PDT at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Windows 10 has been a welcome hit for Microsoft, especially after the massive debacle that was Windows 8. Despite this, it’s an open question of whether Microsoft is set up over the long haul to do well as a platform provider. Longtime Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott writes that iOS and Android have been improving to such an extent as computing platforms that Windows may be a dead platform walking. More →
Following countless rumors of an upgraded Xbox One console set to be introduced later this year, a new report from Thurrott is the latest to lend credence to the idea. According to the report, inside sources say that Microsoft will bring both a new Xbox One console and a new standard controller to E3 2016 in June.
Bickering about the paltry amount of storage on the cheapest new iPhone might become a thing of the past… at some point in the distant future. Microsoft is currently experimenting with DNA material for the purpose of holding massive amounts of data. How massive? Try a billion terabytes, or a zettabyte. The best part about it is that the whole DNA storage receptacle would weigh just 1 gram. More →
If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage with any regularity, chances are that you’re still reeling from the news that free users will have their storage cut from 15GB to 5GB on July 27th. Unless you visited a page on Microsoft’s website before January 31st, 2015, you’re going to lose 10GB of storage this summer.
Thankfully, there are a few ways to counteract the change. More →
In 2016, Microsoft doesn’t carry quite the same cachet that it did a decade ago. Although Windows 10 has been widely praised as a step in the right direction, the company has never been able to garner the same good will that Apple has been swimming in for nearly a decade now. So who’s to blame?
It’s incredible how quickly the tide can turn on the internet. It seems like just yesterday that hordes of angry Windows users were banding together and vowing in unison that they would never patronize Microsoft again because of its shoddy Windows 8 platform. Now, it’s almost as though Windows 8 never existed — apparently skipping 9 and jumping directly to 10 worked pretty well indeed.
But Windows 10 isn’t just a marketing trick, it’s a well-crafted desktop platform that doesn’t overcompensate for Microsoft’s shortcomings in mobile, which is why the Windows 8 experience was so terrible. The best part is that Microsoft continues to make important improvements to its Windows 10 platform, and it looks like the next big addition to Windows will be one of my favorite features from iOS and OS X. More →
OneDrive users, we have some bad news and we think that you should probably be sitting down for it. Microsoft announced last year that it would be making some big changes to its cloud storage solution, OneDrive. Unfortunately, those changes were all bad news for users. For one, the company said that it intended to ditch its 100GB and 200GB plans and offer only a paid 50GB plan for $1.99 per month. Of note, that’s twice what Apple charges for the same amount of iCloud storage.
But that’s not even the really bad news. Microsoft also said that it planned to trim the amount of cloud storage available to free OneDrive users from 15GB to 5GB at some point in early 2016, and now we know exactly when the change will take place. More →
Computers have become so advanced that they can recognize the contents of the photos you take with your iPhone or Android smartphone, meaning you’ll be able to easily find a certain picture by simply describing it to a computer in the future. It’s all possible thanks to advanced deep learning techniques that train computers to recognize all sorts of shapes and objects in regular images.
Apple isn’t the only company that’s fighting with the government over user privacy these days. Via GeekWire, Microsoft has sued the United States Department of Justice and has asked a court to declare the government’s secrecy orders as unconstitutional. Microsoft says it objects to orders issued by the DOJ that say the company cannot inform customers when law enforcement officials are seeking access to customer information and data. More →