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Xbox One X, S To Get 1440p Gaming Resolution Support Soon

It appears both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S will get 1440p support soon. What’s more, a program manager just hinted that Xbox Insiders might finally be able to try it out.

Video Games

Microsoft Continues Killing Already-Dead Windows Phones: 7.5, 8.0 Devices Won't Get Notifications Anymore

Smartphones on Windows 7.5 or 8.0 are apparently no longer supported. Microsoft confirmed that push notifications will no longer work on the older versions of its mobile platform.

Microsoft

Google Reveals Microsoft Edge Flaw: Foul Or Microsoft Is Just Too Slow To Create A Patch?

Microsoft seems displeased with Google's decision to publicly report a vulnerability with the Edge browser. Sources claimed the deadline was past due and that no action was taken by the Redmond firm.

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Xbox Engineering Lead Talks Keyboard, Mouse Support On Xbox One, Says ‘Developers Have The Choice’

No, Microsoft isn’t planning on banning keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One anytime soon. That’s because it wants developers to have the freedom of making their games as they see fit.

Video Games February 19, 2018

Microsoft's Xbox One Deals Include The Xbox One S 'PUBG' Bundle And More

To promote its Xbox platform, Microsoft once again offered limited console bundles. The packages available will reportedly include a free copy of 'PUBG' and Xbox Game Pass trial memberships.

Video Games February 17, 2018

Sea Of Thieves System Requirements: Even Your Old Laptop Can Probably Run It

Rare posted an update on the official trailer for 'Sea of Thieves.' Surprisingly, the information included details for the lowest specifications that can still decently run the game.

Video Games February 16, 2018

New ‘Ultimate Performance’ Mode Added To Windows 10 For Serious Pro Users: Here’s How To Set It Up

Microsoft has unveiled a new Ultimate Performance mode in Windows 10 via a new preview build for Insiders in the Fast Ring. The new mode, which disregards power management features, is for serious pro users.

Microsoft February 15, 2018

Xbox App's Party Chat Feature Is Now Available On iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Xbox party chat application is now live and ready to download for Android and iOS users. The app permits real-time conversation among gamers and essentially extends the Xbox Live outside of the living room.

Apps/Software February 15, 2018

Facial Recognition Accuracy Best For White Men, Worst For Dark-Skinned Women, Research Shows

Research from M.I.T. Media Lab revealed that the accuracy of facial recognition systems depends on the gender and skin color of its user. The technology may not be intentionally biased, but the discrepancy arises from its data sets and creators.

Apps/Software February 12, 2018

Microsoft Wants To Put An End To Passwords Once And For All

Microsoft will not include password use as default requirement for the next test release of Windows 10 S, indicating of the company’s plan to kill passwords in favor of biometrics and other form of authentication.

Microsoft February 12, 2018

Microsoft Is Trying To Steal Dropbox, Google Customers With OneDrive Deal: What You Need To Know

Microsoft has revealed a new deal for users currently under competing cloud storage services. Businesses can now switch to OneDrive for free and use it until their contract with a competing service ends.

Microsoft February 7, 2018

Microsoft Is Killing Windows 10 S, But Not Really: What You Need To Know About ‘S Mode’

Microsoft might be retiring its Windows 10 S operating system. Instead, it’ll turn it into a feature called S Mode within standard Windows 10 versions.

Microsoft February 7, 2018

Here's Microsoft's Response To Backlash From Retailers After Xbox Game Pass Changes

Microsoft received feedback from retailers that were against its Xbox Game Pass changes. However, the company claims that it will push through with its decision.

Video Games February 6, 2018

Windows 10 Finally Overtakes Windows 7: Why Did It Take So Long?

Windows has finally overtaken Windows 7 in terms of worldwide market share, according to StatCounter. Why did it take Microsoft's current operating system two and a half years to achieve the feat?

Microsoft February 3, 2018

Microsoft Unveils Cheaper But Slower Surface Models Starting At $799

Microsoft just released a new model of its Surface Laptop that is cheaper, but only comes with an Intel Core m3 chip. There’s also a cheaper Surface Book 2 model with an Intel Core i5 chip.

Computers February 3, 2018

Windows Defender Will Get Rid Of Software That Scares You Into Upgrading

Microsoft is launching a crackdown on applications that use 'coercive messaging' to force users to upgrade to the paid version. Beginning March 1, cleaner or optimizer utilities found with unwanted behavior will be automatically deleted.

Microsoft February 1, 2018

Microsoft Acquires PlayFab Gaming Service For Azure Gaming Group

Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, a cloud-based gaming start-up based in Seattle. The online gaming platform will be integrated with Microsoft's Azure gaming group. Here are all of the details you need to know about the acquisition.

Microsoft January 31, 2018

Microsoft Reportedly Thinking About Acquiring EA For Xbox Exclusives: Why It Probably Won’t Happen

It looks like rumors have noted that EA is being eyed by Microsoft as their next acquisition. However, it does not seem to be possible since rights will be expensive, and the publisher is not in any financial trouble.

Video Games January 31, 2018

Microsoft Rolls Out Massive Teams Update That Adds App Store, Slash Commands, And More

Microsoft has now officially released a massive update for Teams. It brings an app store, new app integrations, slash commands, and several other improvements that aim to smoothen collaborative workflows.

Apps/Software January 30, 2018

Microsoft Scrambles To Put A Stop To Intel's Shoddy Spectre Variant 2 Patch

Microsoft has released an emergency system update meant to reverse the potential instability that Intel’s Spectre variant 2 patch could cause to machines running on Windows OS. KB4078130 is ready to download for Windows 7 users and up.

Microsoft January 29, 2018

Xbox Games With Gold February 2018: Play 'Crazy Taxi,' 'Assassin's Creed,' And More

Microsoft revealed the new game lineup for Xbox Games With Gold subscribers. Players will get four new games including 'Crazy Taxi,' 'Assassin’s Creed,' and More.

Video Games January 27, 2018

Hate Windows 10 S? Microsoft Is Now Selling A Surface Laptop Running Windows 10 Pro

Microsoft is now offering customers a Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro already installed. Since it’s charging $100 extra for it, users can instead buy a base model and take advantage of the free upgrade until March.

Computers January 26, 2018

Xbox Game Pass Adding New Games From Microsoft Studios

Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass will begin featuring Microsoft Studios titles when it launches in March. Microsoft is going all in with the game service to start enticing more subscribers.

Video Games January 24, 2018

Microsoft Unveils $189 Windows 10 Laptops For Schools

Microsoft is challenging Google's Chromebooks with a new cheap alternative for schools with a $189 laptop. Microsoft wants to keep Windows' dominance among students and teachers.

Computers January 24, 2018

Microsoft Doubles Down On Education With 'Minecraft,' LEGO, And More

Microsoft will depend on the available technology to promote better and easier learning. The company will make use of LEGO and Minecraft and will collaborate with BBC and NASA to realize its vision of creating a future generation of builders.

Microsoft January 23, 2018

Here's What The Microsoft Xbox Watch Looked Like Before It Was Cancelled

Images of a powered on Xbox Watch prototype have surfaced, offering a glimpse into Microsoft's early work on wearable devices. The project was shelved to make way for the Microsoft Band line of fitness trackers, which was also eventually canceled.

Microsoft January 22, 2018

Remastered ‘Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition’ Arrives In All Its 4K Glory Later This February

The highly anticipated remaster of a classic RTS game has finally confirmed a new release date. 'Age of Empires: Definitive Edition' will reportedly launch on Feb. 20, with a limited online multiplayer beta before the month ends.

Video Games January 20, 2018

Microsoft Makes Minecraft Boss Matt Booty Head Of Xbox Games

Last year, Phil Spencer stepped into the role of managing Microsoft’s broader game platform and his previous position was not filled. Now, ‘Minecraft’ head Matt Booty will take the role of Xbox Games head.

Video Games January 19, 2018

Microsoft’s New Xbox Elite Wireless Controller: Leaked Images And Details

Have you been itching to buy Microsoft's Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller? You might want to hold off as the company is working on a second version of the controller for hardcore gamers.

Video Games January 19, 2018

Microsoft Looking To 'Forza Horizon' Developer For 'Fable' Remake

Mirosoft is reportedly looking to revive its popular action RPG title 'Fable.' The company is said to be seeking help from 'Forza Horizon' developer Playground Games.

Video Games January 17, 2018

Xbox One Guide: How To Pin Games, Apps To Your Home Screen

Take control of the Xbox One Home screen by creating pins for games and applications. Pins provide a way to reorganize and personalize the gaming console, and at the same time provide easy access to preferred contents and items.

Microsoft January 15, 2018

Free Windows 10 Upgrade From Windows 8.1 Is Ending On Jan. 16

You have only until Jan. 16 to nab a free Windows 10 upgrade from Windows 8.1, as Microsoft is ending the 'assistive technology loophole.' That means you better decide quick whether you want to take the plunge or not.

Apps/Software January 15, 2018

Windows 10 Adds Do Not Disturb-Like Option Called Quiet Hours In Latest Insider Update

Microsoft has added a new feature called Quiet Hours via the latest Windows 10 Build. Like the Do Not Disturb feature on Mac, it lets users stay focused and productive by blocking out notifications.

Apps/Software January 15, 2018

The Massive Xbox Duke Controller Returns: Release Date And Price Confirmed At CES 2018

The massive Xbox Duke controller, released alongside the original Xbox, will soon make its return. The controller may be bulky and cumbersome, but it will bring a shot of nostalgia to hardcore Xbox fans.

CES 2018 January 14, 2018

It's Official: Skype Is Getting End-To-End Encryption

Skype plans to soon roll out Private Conversations, a new messaging feature protected by end-to-end encryption. Microsoft is collaborating with Signal Protocol to make privileged communications possible with Skype, and perhaps catch up with rivals Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Apps/Software January 12, 2018

Nvidia Rolls Out Updated Drivers To Prevent Meltdown Or Spectre From Destroying Your CPU

Companies struggled to issue updates to protect computers and devices from Meltdown and Spectre. Nvidia made a claim that its GPU products are immune.

Security January 11, 2018

Xbox One Update Preview Reveals Next Achievements, Do Not Disturb, Mini Game Hubs, And More

Microsoft said the Xbox One is getting an update soon and beta testing of the feature jumps have already commenced. Testers of firmware update 1802.180105-1503 stand to experience a more exciting gameplay, courtesy of the cool new features.

Gadgets January 10, 2018

Microsoft Warns Meltdown And Spectre Patches Will Really Slow Down Older Computers: Time To Upgrade?

Microsoft revealed that most users of older computers will experience slower performance once Meltdown and Spectre patches are installed. Windows 7 and Windows 8 users are urged not to skip the security updates though, as the consequences may be severe.

Microsoft January 10, 2018

Linksys WRT32XB Router To Take Your Xbox One Gaming Experience Up A Notch

At the CES 2018, Linksys has unveiled the WRT32XB gaming-optimized router that is a doppelganger of the WRT32X router the company earlier introduced. When in use, the WRT32XB will prioritize network traffic from an Xbox console.

CES 2018 January 8, 2018

Microsoft Has A Slick New Thermostat That Features Cortana, But It’s Really Expensive

Microsoft and Johnson Controls have announced pricing details and a release date for GLAS, the Cortana-powered smart thermostat it unveiled back in July 2017. It’s going to be pretty expensive.

Smart Home January 6, 2018

What You Should Know To Stay Safe From Meltdown, Spectre CPU Security Flaws

Meltdown and Spectre are whipping the industry into a frenzy. Before you go into full panic mode, here are four things you need to know to at least keep your devices relatively safe from the CPU security flaws.

Computers January 5, 2018

Apple: All Macs And iOS CPUs Affected By Meltdown, Spectre Chip Flaws, But Security Patches Are Coming

Apple confirmed that their devices are also vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre exploits. The firm instructed their users to update their devices and to only download from the App Store.

Apple January 5, 2018

Microsoft Acquires Hybrid Storage Tech Company Avere Systems

Microsoft continues to make a large push into cloud computing. This time, the company bought Pittsburgh-based hybrid storage tech company Avere System to beef up Azure.

Business Tech January 4, 2018

Remember Amazon And Microsoft's Alexa, Cortana Integration? Things Didn't Work Out Yet

Amazon and Microsoft announced the Alexa and Cortana integration in 2017 and said it'll roll out in the later part of 2017. Now it's already 2018, but the harmony between the two smart assistants still isn't here.

Smart Home January 3, 2018

RIP Kinect: Microsoft Stops Production Of Kinect Adapters For Xbox One

Microsoft just double-killed the Kinect. In October, it officially stopped production of the peripheral, but now it’s also discontinuing the adapter that connects it to newer Xbox One consoles.

Video Games January 3, 2018

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