Microsoft and NASA have teamed up to bring commercial VR tech in the form of the Microsoft HoloLens to the ISS in a new product called Sidekick. Sidekick uses HoloLens to give astronauts virtual aid when working off the Earth, a pair of Sidekicks are scheduled to be sent to the ISS on the SpaceX Dragon capsule on June 28.
With the consumer release of Windows 10 quickly approaching, Microsoft has decided it's time to unveil the new default desktop image that will be shipping with the new operating system, and thus what many users afraid of customization will be looking at for some time. This time, they're going with a classic Windows logo, which hasn't been done since Windows 7's default wallpaper. That's about it, a Windows logo in a pretty blue color. Just kidding. Actually there's a story behind it that Microsoft felt like sharing in a video.
Microsoft Office for Android phones is here. At last, Android users can maximize productivity as well as iOS and Windows Phone users. Until now, if Android users had Office 365 they could use Office Mobile, which was pretty basic. With the new apps, Office 365 users still get an advantage. (Otherwise what would be point of the subscription fee?) While the apps are free to all users, the people without 365 accounts will be limited to opening, editing, and saving files. 365 members will have functionality that almost mirrors the full PC versions. For example, subscribers get a button in the Word for Android app that brings up a pop-up tool tray where you can make changes to layout, format, paragraphs, headers, footers and more without ever having to leave the document.
With Forza Motorsport 6, the latest entry in the in-depth racing game series for Xbox, approaching its September release date, Microsoft has just unveiling a limited edition Xbox One console to celebrate not only Forza 6, but the series' 10th anniversary. Fans of the Forza series, or racing games in general, are going to find a lot of loving attention and detail went into designing this special edition console. Not only does it feature a sports car-inspired design, but it even comes with special sound effects.
Microsoft promising a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and 8.1 users is definitely a great thing, but it seems that Redmond still can't its strategy pinned down. It once sent confusing messages regarding Windows 10 updates for those running on non-genuine (read: pirated) copies of the operating system. Now it's muddling the waters again for their own testers, at first saying the Windows Insiders who have been testing Windows 10 will get the update for free, backtracking on that position, and then ambiguously confirming it again.
Now roughly 9 months old, Microsoft's Band fitness wearable is getting an update that will add support for tracking a new activity: your golf game. Microsoft has just announced a new partnership with golf company TaylorMade, and with that an update to the Band and Health app to track a number of golfing stats, including shots, scorecard, and hole distances. The update is said to be available in the "coming weeks," and will also include new stat tracking for workouts and cycling in the Health app.
At MWC earlier this year, Microsoft introduced its two new latest Lumia smartphones, the 640 and the 640 XL. Earlier, we took the Lumia 640, available on Cricket Wireless, for a spin. Now, we're hearing about its larger sibling. The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is also coming to the US, but it will be an exclusive offer from AT&T. Mixing a large phablet screen with rather low specs, the Lumia 640 XL is yet another addition to Microsoft's growing number of almost indistinguishable Windows Phone models.
The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?
Former Nokia chief Stephen Elop is leaving Microsoft, part of an executive reshuffle the company says better fits its latest strategy. At the same time as Elop's departure, EVP Terry Myerson will take the helm of a newly-combined team, Windows and Devices Group (WDG), which will pull together what was previously the Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group. It's not the only change at the top, either.
Microsoft isn't slowing down with virtual reality partnerships, announcing at E3 2015 today that it is working with Valve on VR for Windows 10. "We will be working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said during the company's keynote in Los Angeles this morning, confirming the second deal in two weeks with a high-profile player in the virtual reality space.