Five months after the release of the mobile Office suite for iOS, Microsoft is finally bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to its own Windows Phone users. On Monday, Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team, took to the Office Blogs to announce that the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 would hit phones by the end of the month. More →
Even though it’s been pumping out mostly dirt-cheap Lumia Windows phones in the past few months, Microsoft has also promised fans that it’ll also launch some high-end devices at some point too. The company has yet to make any official announcements on the matter, but sources familiar with the plans have already told Nokia Power User that at least four new Lumia handsets will be available later this year, including two high-end models and two mid-rangers. More →
After many rumors claimed that Microsoft would either buy or invest in Cyanogen, the two companies on Thursday confirmed that they’ve formed a strategic partnership. Cyanogen happens to be the company that’s responsible for one of the most popular custom Android builds around and it hasn’t been shy about criticizing Google more than once for the way it’s handling Android. More →
Microsoft is still playing catch-up with its mobile business, being a distant third to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems. That means many people choose an Android handset or an iPhone even though their desktop operating system of choice might be Windows.
While Microsoft is currently building a brand new version of Windows that should offer an even more cohesive experience on phones and desktops, Windows fans who don’t want to purchase Lumia or other Windows Phone devices would be better off buying an iPhone than an Android device.
In fact, in certain cases they might be better off buying iPhone instead of a Windows Phone model. More →
We were initially taken aback when rumors began to spread that Samsung would be entering into a partnership with Microsoft to preload some of the software developer’s mobile apps on its new Galaxy devices. After all, Microsoft has its own smartphone OS to worry about, but it’s clear that the company understands the importance of being a player in the mobile arena, and Windows Phone isn’t going to tip the scales. More →
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that small tablets would be outfitted with a different Windows 10 interface than the one on larger devices, something more along the lines of the Windows Phone UI. Up until now, we’ve only been able to speculate as to what it would look like, but a recent leak may have outed the unseen version of the upcoming operating system. More →
Not long ago, the Natural Resources Defense Council raised a stink about Microsoft’s failure to inform Xbox One owners about how much energy their consoles were consuming while the “Instant-on” mode was enabled. According to the council’s research, this standby mode was adding a collective $250 million to Xbox One owners’ energy bills every year. More →
Microsoft is working hard on delivering a Windows product that’s more promising than ever. The company already unveiled various exciting features coming to future Windows 10 users, including the Cortana voice assistant, the Project Spartan browser, universal apps, faster updates and even mobile payments. Yet there are even more tricks under the hood left to be uncovered and one of them concerns Microsoft’s digital content stores, which are getting their own major overhaul. More →
This might be a fairly specific scenario, but if you own an Xbox One and are on the fence about signing up for a cable subscription, Microsoft might have just made the decision for you. On Wednesday, the Xbox team announced that it would be bringing over-the-air TV functionality to Xbox One owners in the United States and Canada. More →
Over the weekend, Microsoft, somewhat quietly, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen back in 1975, Microsoft, of course, would eventually go on to become the de-facto standard in computer software thanks to the 1-2 punch of Windows and Microsoft Office.
In commemoration of Microsoft’s 40th year, Bill Gates recently penned a letter to Microsoft employees which touched on what the company has accomplished while also painting a rosy picture of what lies ahead.
Nadella’s Microsoft is more exciting than ever, with impressive Windows 10 features even some other software solutions specifically tailored for rival operating systems. On top of that, Microsoft is making more of its own hardware, including the Xbox One, Surface tablets and Windows Phones. What could Microsoft add to make things even more exciting? An open source version of Windows. More →
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 →