Facebook over the years has received no shortage of buyout offers, with Yahoo’s bid to purchase the social network for $1 billion back in 2006 perhaps being the most famous of all. While $1 billion seems like a steal today, remember that Facebook back in 2006 was only two years old and it was no surefire guarantee that it would go onto become the tech giant it is today. Remember, MySpace was still alive and kicking back in 2006 and Facebook at the time was still closed off to anyone without a .edu email address.
In 2013, Microsoft paid the NFL $400 million for a 5-year deal to equip NFL teams with Surface tablets. And leaving no room for Apple’s iPad to sneak into the mix, Microsoft’s Surface was publicly dubbed the “Official Tablet of the NFL.”
Three years after Microsoft and the NFL signed on the dotted line, the most revered coach in the NFL — and perhaps in NFL history — has had enough with Microsoft. Bill Belichick is usually pretty restrained when talking to the press, but when asked about his recent decision to kick the Microsoft Surface to the curb, he seemingly turned into a different person.
Apple and Microsoft are going to unveil new computers in the coming weeks. But Windows fans hoping to see a hot new a Surface Book 2 or a Surface Pro 5 in stores this Christmas are about to be disappointed. More →
Microsoft is expected to unveil new Surface-branded hardware this year, including Surface Pro 5 and a Surface Book 2 tablet/laptops. But for the first time since introducing the Surface family of Windows devices, Microsoft may also launch a desktop computer of its own. Rumored to be an all-in-one (AIO) PC, the Surface desktop is expected to compete directly against Apple’s iMac. More →
The inbuilt Windows browser, whether you’re talking about Internet Explorer or Edge, mostly exists to be the butt of bad jokes. But Microsoft has greater aspirations for Edge, and it’s working hard to make it a real browser. It’s made grown-up browser things like extensions and an engine that isn’t lamentably slow, and it’s all kinda coming together.
But not fast enough, which is why Microsoft had to “intelligently” use test results to make it seem like Edge is a competitive browser. For shame, Microsoft.
As a consumer, I’ve never cared much about video game console redesigns. I had the boxy PlayStation 2 until I no longer had any use for a PlayStation 2. I still have an OG PlayStation 3 sitting in my entertainment center, complete with the backwards compatibility that the console lost post-revision.
It just never made any sense to me to buy a slimmer console that didn’t do anything that the box sitting in my living room couldn’t already do.
The Xbox One S is different. It’s a genuine upgrade.
Microsoft on Sunday took to Instagram to post a teaser image of the Surface Book, saying that Surface is “your key to success.” The company didn’t say anything about the photo, but people soon noticed there was something odd with the picture. It didn’t show the same Surface Book hinge that Microsoft introduced on the first model. Instead, the image hints at a significant design change coming in this year’s Surface Book 2. More →
Both Microsoft and Apple are preparing to launch new laptops this year, but it’s only the Redmond-based company that’s making a big fuss about its existing lineup. In a hilarious attack on the Mac, Microsoft says – well, sings – that the Macs are less useful, just like as a hat for your cat. The 30-second ad is funny, but also rather ironic, as Microsoft is making fun of the devices that it also happens to praise.
Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10’s collection of data, and the “malicious” way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you’re not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride.
There’s little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple’s device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss.
The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 is a phenomenal smartphone and Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 is shaping up to be an exciting upgrade as well. Companies are making huge strides in the virtual reality space right now, and we’re seeing very early versions of autonomous driving software reach the public. But for my money, mixed reality devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens make up the most exciting segment in consumer technology right now — at least, in terms of products that will materialize and be widely available in the next couple of years.
On Tuesday, Microsoft gave users even more cause for excitement when it announced ambitious plans to make mixed reality tech widely accessible as soon as next year. More →
In case you’re one of the unhappy Windows 10 users who has discovered that the system freezes after performing the Anniversary Update, we’ve got a partially good news for you: Microsoft issued a fix, but it’s only temporary.