47 min ago
Your Xbox One controller is about to get a whole lot better
Microsoft is rolling out a firmware update for the Xbox One controller that enables the controller to connect to the console in roughly two seconds, down from the five or so seconds it used to take to pair previously. The firmware update also brings a host of user-requested fixes along with improved stability.
1 hour ago
Facebook and Instagram experience denial of service attack, outage [Update: Resolved!]
Update: Both social networks are now functional again. If you can't access them in your region just yet, hold tight. Services are being restored.
Facebook and Instagram, the popular social network and it's photo-centric sub-division, are currently experiencing a denial of service attack that's affecting access for some users. If you've been trying to check your feeds and you've been getting errors, don't worry — it's them, not you.
7 hours ago
Plex update for Windows, Windows Phone brings Plex Home and playlist support
Plex users rejoice! The media streaming service has just updated its Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps! While there's nothing groundbreaking in this update, you do score Plex Home support, as well as playlist support as the major new features.
9 hours ago
Brazilian bank Caixa launches official Windows Phone app [updated]
Update: We're not sure what's going on, but the app has been pulled from the store as quickly as it arrived. It's probably just a hiccup and will be back shortly.
While Chase bank may be abandoning the Windows Phone platform here in the states, Brazilian Windows Phone users were treated to a new app from one the country's largest banks, Caixa, today.
9 hours ago
8-inch and larger Windows 10 tablets only will have the desktop [updated]
Update: Belfiore took to Twitter once again to clarify that existing 7-inch devices will still be able to keep the desktop and take advantage of Continuum (thanks to everyone who tipped us on this).
Even after the recent Windows 10 event and the quantity of new information we received, there are still questions to be asked. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has clarified in a Twitter conversation which devices will see the desktop with Windows 10.
10 hours ago
Xbox sees strong holiday sales despite 20% drop in revenue
Microsoft's Fiscal 2015 Q2 results are out and as the first set of numbers after the holidays we've got a clearer picture of how well Xbox performed through the busiest shopping time of the year. The numbers are generally good, with massive unit sales coming despite a drop in overall revenue.
This is in no small part due in both cases to aggressive pricing throughout. In the period around Black Friday and into the Christmas period, the Xbox One could be had with substantial discounts and there will have been a lot of consoles sold without Kinect. All-in-all great for getting the console out there, not so great for the immediate revenue figures.
10 hours ago
Windows Phone rev is down but Lumia sales top 10 million for the holiday
Microsoft's FY2015 numbers for Q2 are just going up, and the numbers for Windows Phones are a bit complicated.
Revenue itself for Windows Phone is down a massive 61% from the last quarter. However, before we declare everything a failure for Microsoft, they explain away that number from the loss of $650 million from Nokia. The agreement had Nokia paying Microsoft per quarter, but that venture has since terminated. In other words, since Microsoft took over the Nokia mobile division, it can no longer collect that lump sum of money since they are now their own customer.
Interestingly, Lumia phone sales are up, both for year-over-year and sequentially from last quarter.
11 hours ago
Microsoft reports FY15 Q2 results, generated $26.5 billion in revenue
Microsoft has reported its earnings for its second fiscal quarter of 2015 ending on December 31. Overall, the company brought in a total of $26.5 billion in revenue. That's compared to $24.5 billion in revenue from the same period a year ago.
11 hours ago
Surface pulls in over one billion in revenue for Microsoft as sales increase by 24%
Microsoft is releasing their Q2 Fiscal Year 2015 results, and the numbers are quite good, despite some ominous decreases in revenue (due to sales or acquisitions).
The Surface line has officially crossed the billion dollar mark for revenue demonstrating a 24% growth from the previous quarter. In other words, the big holiday season looks to have been successful in pushing the Surface Pro 3, which drove the growth, into more hands than ever.
12 hours ago
Chase Mobile app removed from Windows Phone Store, app will shut down March 22
13 hours ago
Out This Week on Xbox One: Dying Light, #IDARB, and more!
Finally, we have our first real week of game releases on Xbox One and there are a couple that you probably haven't heard from. The biggest release of the week is of course Dying Light which is the only AAA game of the week as well. We also will finally see the release of #IDARB this weekend as it will become available for free as February's Games with Gold game.
However, these games are not the one that I'm anticipating the most from this week's lineup. You're going to have to continue reading to figure this one out.
13 hours ago
Spartan's rendering engine dumps all the old code that bogged down Internet Explorer
Microsoft is aiming for the Edge rendering engine that will be used in Windows 10's "Project Spartan" web browser to be a "clean slate" compared to the older Trident engine that's available for Internet Explorer.
13 hours ago
Poll – Should Microsoft keep 'Spartan' as the name for their new browser?
If there is one thing we like around here it is polls. With an average response of nearly 5,000 votes, you seem to like them too.
Last night, we broke some news about some names that Microsoft is considering for their new Project Spartan browser destined for Windows 10 in the coming months. The names were obtained through a research firm working on behalf of Microsoft to see which ones people seemed to enjoy. There is only one problem: none of them were 'Spartan'.
Interestingly though, all the names began with 'e', which suggests Microsoft is heavily considering a name that evokes Explorer but is still different enough to imply a big change to the browser. Using Microsoft, IE or Internet Explorer before the new name are also under consideration, demonstrating that Microsoft is open to dropping the baggage that 'IE' or 'Internet Explorer' evoke from public perception.
14 hours ago
Microsoft demonstrates the upcoming touch-based Windows 10 Office apps
The new touch-based versions of Office apps made for Windows 10 are the subject of a recent video demonstration from Microsoft. The video comes from the company's new Office Mechanics YouTube channel, which was previously called Office Garage.
15 hours ago
It's time to embrace the change with Windows 10, not dismiss it before it arrives
In the week that was Microsoft was the talk of the town. From Windows 10 through the enormous Surface Hub and the HoloLens, the Redmond event left the tech world – and arguably even further beyond – talking about Microsoft. Satya Nadella himself said that Microsoft wants people to love Windows. And a lot of work is going into making that a reality.
Just as Windows 8 was a big departure from Windows 7, Windows 10 is bringing about change, also. The thing about change is that it's a necessary evil. To continue to grow and develop, change is inevitable. But change frightens and frustrates, we become creatures of habit set in our ways. But it's going to happen, so we should embrace it. Not write it off before it's officially even here.
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