Back on April 8th, 2014, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 to the public for free download as an upgrade to Windows 8. A number of users were unable to grab the update at that time - and since - because of a problem which locked them in an update failed cycle. Microsoft’s newest solution to this comes in a Windows 8 and Windows RT Pilot Program.
Microsoft and Canon have inked a new patent sharing deal, but before you yawn and roll over, the agreement could well make for even stronger PureView camera technology on future Windows Phones. The two firms have already joined forces on select R&D in the past, but the new collaboration covers "certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products" according to Microsoft.
Behind the scenes videos with the folks creating the Call of Duty series are always interesting to behold, even if you’re not a player of the games themselves. This is because Activision, and now SledgeHammer Games, are all about showing as much as they possibly can before a game release. In this case, this means seeing actors being captured in as much detail as possible - body and face included.
It’s not the sort of speech team that’d win tournaments in high school, but the sort that’d replace Apple’s reliance on Nuance speech recognition software that’s forming behind the scenes. Word from several sources suggests that Apple’s creation of a speech research team means big things for Siri. After Microsoft released Cortana and Google’s speech recognition has hit Android Wear, it’s high time Apple stepped up their game.
The Windows Threshold updates, which may or may not be dubbed Windows 9, will usher in a shakeup to how Modern UI ("Metro") will be used by the operating system. Clear lines will be drawn between the mobile versions of the system versus how it is displayed for laptop and desktop users, it is being reported.
There’s a new Windows 8 update coming your way this year which is said to bring a real return back to a more "classic" desktop environment. With Windows 8, the launch of the "Modern UI" was made ready for touch screens, appearing to many to ditch the original work environment. Microsoft has clearly seen the light and felt the complaints of workers around the world - Threshold will alleviate.
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch is the topic of choice this weekend, with unnamed sources cropping up to state that the wearable will arrive this October. The same sources corroborated some past rumors we've heard regarding the device, as well as tossing some new details into the mix.
Google continues to edge out Microsoft it what could be the latter's remaining bastion. With a batch of announcements about Google Drive, the search giant is offering more reasons for users to switch to its cloud and to ditch the once-popular Office suite, whether for personal use or for the enterprise.