Microsoft

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here, and its a big deal for PC users, especially those wanting to dip a toe into Mixed Reality. Microsoft is releasing the latest upgrade for Windows 10 today, and as the name suggests many of the headline features are all about creating and manipulating content. That's not to say gaming has been ignored either, mind.

Continue Reading

Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it's pulling no punches as it targets Apple's MacBook Pro. Packing new processors for as much as twice the power of Apple's flagship notebooks, there's now not just one 2-in-1 but two. Joining the existing 13.5-inch model is a brand new 15-inch Surface Book 2.

Continue Reading

Outlook desktop app is finally getting a long overdue facelift

Outlook desktop app is finally getting a long overdue facelift

Outlook, at least until recently, has been hailed as the pinnacle of Personal Information Management (PIM) software. It has, however, never really been user friendly in its interface and appearance. And even when Microsoft gave its Office suite a visual overhaul, Outlook remained inconsistent between platforms and versions. But with Microsoft trying to push its new Fluent Design language, that is slowly changing. Outlook fans will soon be treated to a whole new desktop app that won’t look out of place beside other updated Microsoft Office software, whether on Windows, Mac, and even the Web.

Continue Reading

Xbox One’s massive Fall Update is now live

Xbox One’s massive Fall Update is now live

Just a day before the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is scheduled to drop, Microsoft is pushing a similarly large update to Xbox One. With this new update, the name of the game is personalization. Among other new features being added, a revamp of the Xbox One's home screen is one of the biggest new things on the docket.

Continue Reading

Microsoft’s newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses

Microsoft’s newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses

While Google is already well-known for its creative, unique office environments, and Apple has its cool new "spaceship campus," Microsoft has revealed that its employees can now enjoy a trio of giant treehouses. The treetop meeting spaces were built at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and are made to embrace the effects of nature on "creativity, focus, and happiness."

Continue Reading

New Xbox One S bundles include Rocket League, Minecraft, and Halo

New Xbox One S bundles include Rocket League, Minecraft, and Halo

We're still in the midst of October, but the holiday shopping season will soon be here, and Microsoft has gotten an early jump on things for those planning on buying an Xbox One this year. The company has announced four new console bundles that include a popular game and its DLC or other digital content, along with a white 500GB Xbox One S and a wireless controller.

Continue Reading

Minecraft Servers Halloween begins with spooky details!

Minecraft Servers Halloween begins with spooky details!

This week the folks in charge of Mincecraft Servers have revealed the Halloween Spectacular in full. This event will pour over the online version of Minecraft, taking over the Minecraft Servers universe as it does so. This update will have spooky effects in servers hosted by Mineplex, InPvP, and Lifeboat from now until Halloween.

Continue Reading

Microsoft Edge on Android arrives: Here’s how to get it

Microsoft Edge on Android arrives: Here’s how to get it

Precisely one week ago today, Microsoft announced that preview builds of its Edge browser were coming to iOS and Android. The preview was available on iOS later that day, but not on Android. Instead, Microsoft promised that the Android version was coming soon, but failed to give an actual launch date.

Continue Reading

Pre-X Xbox One S bundles just popped up in WHITE

Pre-X Xbox One S bundles just popped up in WHITE

This week the folks at Microsoft have decided to reveal a few more Xbox One S bundles before they start in HARD with promotion of their Xbox One X. Not only was a Minecraft bundle revealed, but a Rocket League bundle, and a Halo bundle as well. And don't forget the non-game-specific bundle called "Xbox One S Starter Bundle", ready to roll with Xbox Live Gold for free for 3 months - with a 3-month Xbox Game Pass to boot. Of note: each of the bundles in this article work with an Xbox One S in white - no super strange skinning going on whatsoever!

Continue Reading

Cortana is now in Skype on iOS and Android to make chats easier

Cortana is now in Skype on iOS and Android to make chats easier

What would a chat bot do in a chat app? Now butt in hopefully. But Cortana could, at your command, chat for you if needed. Of course, it won't be holding a conversation with your friend but will instead suggest things to answer back. And if you need to, you can even talk to Cortana directly. That is what Cortana is bringing to Skype users on Android and iOS, bringing the battle of AI assistants to your messaging.

Continue Reading

This is the bezel-less Microsoft Lumia 435 that never was

This is the bezel-less Microsoft Lumia 435 that never was

If Google is the home of throwaway (and sometimes expensive) prototypes, Microsoft is perhaps the home of broken dreams and, to some extent, promises. From the Courier to Continuum to, now, Windows Mobile, Microsoft has us always asking "what if?". Like, what if it put out a nearly bezel-less smartphone? Well, it almost did back in 2014, 2 years before even Xiaomi got the ball rolling. Unfortunately, like many of its actually good ideas, it passed up on the opportunity.

Continue Reading

Windows Phone just died (again)

Windows Phone just died (again)

Back in July of 2017 we declared Windows Phone dead - but it seemed like we might have been just a hair too early. In reality, there was a bit more software that needed dragging out. Now, here in October of 2017, Microsoft VP for Windows Joe Belfiore just confirmed it. Not the death of the platform, but the death of the future of the platform - which, it turns out, is a bit more important than just your regular, everyday ol' death.

Continue Reading