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Microsoft unleashes a collection of awesome Xbox deals for the end of March

Microsoft unleashes a collection of awesome Xbox deals for the end of March

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Microsoft is always dropping amazing game discounts on the community and this week there is no exception. Three Xbox One titles, eight Xbox 360 titles, and three Xbox 360 add-ons are up for grabs. Whether you enjoy the racing into a battlefield, dropping on your enemies from above, or exploring the worlds of Rapture and Columbia, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Let us start...

Blast from the past as Microsoft releases MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code

Blast from the past as Microsoft releases MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code

Michael Archambault 62

Sometimes we get so involved with Windows 8, Surface, and other products from Microsoft that we forget about their humble beginnings. Microsoft itself has not forgotten where it came from though and has released the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. If you wish to step into a time machine and travel backwards to the 1980s where the adventure began, read on...

Get secure by encrypting your PC with Microsoft BitLocker for Windows 8 Pro

Get secure by encrypting your PC with Microsoft BitLocker for Windows 8 Pro

Michael Archambault 78

While the release of Windows Vista was plagued with burden and its legacy was remembered as such, one excellent feature to rise out of the wreckage has served its way through Windows 7 up to current day Windows 8 operating systems. The feature that we are referring to is, of course, Microsoft’s BitLocker Drive Encryption – full disk encryption at the click of a button. WARNING: Disk...

Microsoft Store giving away $100 credit; simply trade up your Windows XP dinosaur (US and Canada Only)

Microsoft Store giving away $100 credit; simply trade up your Windows XP dinosaur (US and Canada Only)

Michael Archambault 52

We have been announcing the end days of Windows XP for some time now, and if you are not planning on upgrading your poor sad operating system to a nice new shiny one, then we are a bit of a loss what more to say. Microsoft on the other hand, has one more trick up their sleeves; they are willing to shell out a $100 instant savings credit if you trade up your existing Windows XP machine...

TED attendees are taken on a journey of the cosmos; WorldWide Telescope and Oculus Rift power the experience

TED attendees are taken on a journey of the cosmos; WorldWide Telescope and Oculus Rift power the experience

Michael Archambault 10

Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope computing software was released in February of 2008 by the company’s Research division to display astronomical sky maps. Imagery from the software is provided by the Hubble Space Telescope along with a collection of earth-bound telescopes. The idea for the software, which was originally presented at a TED Conference, is now returning to its roots as a...

Microsoft is making changes to Outlook.com messaging; this is your last chance to save your chat history

Microsoft is making changes to Outlook.com messaging; this is your last chance to save your chat history

Michael Archambault 72

As previously announced, Microsoft will be getting rid of the messaging folder on Outlook.com. As the company moves towards a more unified Skype messaging system, all old messaging history will be removed from your Outlook.com inbox. This change will only affect users who use the Outlook website to message, but if you do want to keep your old chat history, be sure to continue reading...

It is time to redefine the smartphone; phablets are the future of mobile

It is time to redefine the smartphone; phablets are the future of mobile

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My Nokia Lumia 1520 is the perfect size device and everything else is just too small. Picking up a Lumia 1020 feels ridiculous and borrowing a friend’s Apple iPhone 5S to make a call feels like a joke. As the smartphone market evolves, I am no longer the only person to find a love for the “extra-large” phone. In a world where a 3.5” display was once gorgeous, 4.5” is the new standard...

Microsoft announces a $15 mouse to win over new buyers, people on the go

Microsoft announces a $15 mouse to win over new buyers, people on the go

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Sometimes we become so involved in Microsoft’s larger hardware endeavors like the Surface and Xbox One that we forgot about the company’s smaller creations. Today Microsoft has unveiled the new Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850, and while the item will be looked over by many tech enthusiasts, it is an essential part of Microsoft’s offerings for consumers. The new Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850...

Xbox One sales numbers crush the Xbox 360 — combined consoles hold 43% of the market

Xbox One sales numbers crush the Xbox 360 — combined consoles hold 43% of the market

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After Microsoft’s Xbox One Reveal event, we were not sure exactly how the console would fare in the marketplace. The original variation of the console, which was originally tied down by strict digital rights management protection created a backlash that we were unsure if Microsoft could shake even after their decision to rethink the decision. Do not be worried though – Xbox One is the...

What are the benefits of jumping into the Microsoft ecosystem with an Xbox One?

What are the benefits of jumping into the Microsoft ecosystem with an Xbox One?

Michael Archambault 93

Our forums here at Windows Phone Central can be considered the breath and soul of the site itself; a place where fellow "Microsofties" can talk about the technology they hold dearest. In a post this week, WPCentral Member Dallas Gaston asks whether he should grab an Xbox One to pair with his Windows 8.1 Desktop, Surface 2 Pro, and Nokia Lumia 1520 or grab a PlayStation as he always has...

Microsoft says it's really time to dump Windows XP thru this clever infograph

Microsoft says it's really time to dump Windows XP thru this clever infograph

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The sunset for Windows XP is approaching and if you have not left the operating system that launched twelve years ago – it is really time to move on now. Next month, support will be cut for the platform and your PC will become vulnerable to the terrible wrath of internet diseases and attacks. If you are feeling a bit stubborn and are digging your heels into the dirt, checkout this...

Razer announces what may be the most kicks ass gaming laptop in the world

Razer announces what may be the most kicks ass gaming laptop in the world

Michael Archambault 60

If you are a PC gamer, then you will probably remember the days of lugging around a heavy 10-pound machine, just so you could claim the ability to run Crysis on max settings. Gaming laptops of the past were fat, heavy, and had battery life so short that you could blink and the laptop would be dead. Now, Razer has introduced a refresh to their seemingly impossibly thin Ultrabook gaming...

Windows 8 app update roundup: Music, Video, and Evernote receive new features and performance tweaks

Windows 8 app update roundup: Music, Video, and Evernote receive new features and performance tweaks

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If you enjoy writing down notes while listening to music and watching a movie at the same time, then you are in luck because Music, Video, and Evernote for Windows 8 have received updates. Microsoft’s Music and Video applications serve as the gateway to Xbox entertainment, while Evernote provides a Class A experience for organizing various types of data. Music (2.2.767) This week’s...