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.
Microsoft has revealed its Xbox 360 holiday bundles. Starting next month, gamers will be able to get a deep blue special edition console from Walmart, which will be joined by a controller with the same dark blue design and light blue edging. This is joined by some other products that will be arriving in time for the holidays.
Early Windows 9 screenshots have leaked, with images believed to be from the Technical Preview giving an early indication of how Microsoft's new platform is shaping up. Details on Windows 9 are expected to be shared at the end of September, but content tipped to have come from a developer release due around the same time has already surfaced.
Microsoft is once again upping the ante on its cloud storage solution. After increasing OneDrive storage capacities across the board and reducing price tags everywhere, they are now giving what they claim is a top user requested feature: the ability to upload and store large files, up to 10 GB in fact.
Microsoft has just unveiled two new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones last week, but availability details were, as always, a bit murky. While this announcement doesn't add anything specific in terms of date or exact price, it does spell good news for those in the US interested in getting their hands on one. AT&T will indeed be carrying the Lumia 830 soon.
The balance between price and features is always a precarious dance, with some yielding more applause than others. HP has been putting out a few laptops that straddle both sides of the price tag line and this new Windows 8.1 laptop was expected to be one of them. Unfortunately, the HP Stream might disappoint a bit.
Major Nelson is ramping up the hype for the Xbox One's next system update even as Microsoft just rolled out the September update two weeks ago. Those who are part of the Xbox One preview program will, of course, get to enjoy, and test, new features in advance, including more Snap mode apps, DLNA support, and for those lucky enough to have one, the new Digital TV Tuner.
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.