Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang, bringing the team behind the massively popular franchise into Microsoft Studios, and taking over the reins at the game. The deal, which is expected to close in late 2014, is worth a whopping $2.5bn, Microsoft said today; however, those players worried about what this could mean for their favorite block-building game shouldn't worry, it seems.
When Microsoft snapped up Nokia, we all knew things would be changing. The original darling of the mobile phone world had long been pandering to Windows Phone, eschewing better avenues like Android. While the purchase sealed Nokia’s fate as an actual Windows brand, a new report suggests it may now be branded as Windows rather than Nokia.
No, this isn't Cortana in an office suit. It isn't even voice-controlled. But somewhat like Google Now, Delve will also surface relevant and timely content for users, but one that has been dug out from users' emails, documents, and cloud storage. No more searching for contacts and files that you need for a hot project you are working on. Delve will put those front and center to greet you when and where you need it.
Microsoft has gone to great lengths to ensure that sports fans are plastered with impressions of its hardware -- the Surface has a strong presence this season, and that presence is hinged upon a hefty sum of money the company is shelling out to get its slate in the limelight. The problem? Getting the announcers to remember what it is called.
It's August 28 and Microsoft is finally giving the go signal. Its latest high-end Surface Pro 3 hybrid tablet can can now be purchased in 25 more countries, starting with New Zealand in the farthest East, bringing the total supported markets to 28. In addition, the Docking Station will also be up for pre-orders on those same territories.
Microsoft has a well-documented history of trolling Google. Prior attempts at throwing shade on the search giant have revolved around things like privacy in Gmail, and Google’s scanning of your communiqué for their own good (sarcasm on my part, of course). A new promotional Surface tablet, meant as an announcement of the PC-killer launching in several new countries, might just be another round of trolling from Microsoft.
Reports of Microsoft's top-spec Surface Pro 3 tablet suffering heat problems have begun circulating, with some owners of the Core i7 models claiming to have experienced repeated problems. The complaints all focus on the fastest versions of the tablets that Microsoft offers, and include both fans running aggressively for much of the time, and even stability issues with the Surface Pro 3 shutting itself down for safety.
Microsoft has a dongle in the works, and it is poised to take on Google's Chromecast by the look of things. The Miracast dongle would allow Lumia users to broadcast their mobile's screen to an HDTV, the benefits for which are obvious, and include watching movies on the big screen.
Projecting computer graphics onto buildings or rooms to make them digitally come alive isn't new, but how about if your canvas is a living, moving, human face? Omote does just that, a combination of real-time face tracking and projection mapping that takes a model's face and turns it into something far more mesmerizing, even as it moves around.