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You Can Now Try Xbox One Fast Start Feature On Some Game Pass Titles

A new developer update confirmed that the Xbox One Fast Start feature has a notable caveat. The current preview build only supports a few Game Pass titles, which implies that it will only work on select software.

Video Games

Microsoft Office Redesign Makes It Easier To Use: What's New?

Microsoft has revamped its Office apps to make them easier to use, with a more modern look and some neat changes. Here's what's new.

Microsoft June 15, 2018

Rumor: Microsoft Is Coming After Amazon Go With Its Own Cashier-Free Grocery Retail Stores

Like Amazon, Microsoft wants cashiers and checkout lines out of the picture as well. It’s developing its answer to Amazon Go, which would allow customers to come in, grab items, and leave.

Microsoft June 14, 2018

Next Xbox Console Will Launch In 2020: Will It Be Enough To Beat The PlayStation 4?

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch the next-generation Xbox console in 2020. The timing may be too close to the launch of the Xbox One X, but the move may be necessary for Microsoft to keep pace with its rivals.

Video Games June 13, 2018

Microsoft Ends Forum Support For Several Windows Brands Including Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7

Microsoft is restructuring its forum community. It would be removing staff members from their moderator positions as they'll be unable to answer users’ questions regarding old software such as Internet Explorer 10.

Microsoft June 11, 2018

Microsoft Is Working On A Netflix-Style Game Streaming Service That’ll Bring Console-Quality Games To Any Device

Microsoft has confirmed that it’s laying the groundwork for a cloud-based gaming service that’ll be accessible on any device. Can it solve the issues plaguing game streaming services?

Video Games June 11, 2018

NieR: Automata Arrives On Xbox One June 26: All The DLC Included

Xbox One users can buy 'NieR: Automata' later this June, with a bunch of DLC included. The Xbox One port of the critically acclaimed game, seen as one of last year’s very best, is now available for preorder.

Video Games June 11, 2018

E3 2018: Fifth ‘Gears Of War’ Game, ‘Gears 5,’ Coming To Xbox One In 2019

Microsoft just announced three new ‘Gears of War’ titles under the new ‘Gears’ brand. The most crucial of the three is Gears 5, the latest entry in the main franchise.

Video Games June 11, 2018

Xbox Insider Program Will Soon Let You Test New Xbox One Features Months Before Release

Microsoft will soon invite Xbox Insider Program participants to the new Skip Ahead ring, offering testers the chance to try Xbox One builds further into the future. The news comes just before the start of E3 2018.

Video Games June 9, 2018

What To Expect At E3 2018: Schedules, Live Streams, And Games

E3 2018 officially starts on June 12, but video game companies will be holding press conferences starting June 9. Here are all the schedules, the links to the live streams, and the expected games.

Video Games June 9, 2018

Crackdown 3 Delayed Again To 2019: Another Misstep For Xbox One Vs PlayStation 4

The 'Crackdown 3' release date has once again been delayed, pushing the game into 2019, according to a report by Kotaku. If the rumor is true, the Xbox One may not pose a challenge to the PlayStation 4 this year.

Video Games June 8, 2018

Microsoft E3 2018 Sale Unveiled With First-Ever Xbox One X Discount

Microsoft revealed the Biggest Xbox Sale of the Year, which will start on June 7. The sale will feature the first-ever Xbox One X discount and will look to capitalize on the announcements for the Xbox One at E3 2018.

Video Games June 5, 2018

Microsoft Acquires Website Building Company GitHub For $7.5 Billion

Microsoft is acquiring software developer company GitHub for $7.5 billion in company stock. The technology company hopes that its software tools would enhance GitHub users’ coding development programs

Microsoft June 4, 2018

RIP Groove: Microsoft Is Finally Killing Its Music Player For Good

Say goodbye to the Groove music app on your iOS or Android device. Beginning Dec. 1, Microsoft says it will no longer work even if you still have it installed on your phone.

Microsoft June 2, 2018

Windows 10 April 2018 Update Won't Install On PCs With Avast Antivirus, But There's A Fix Now

Users have reported issues in installing the Windows 10 April 2018 update on PC's with Avast's antivirus software. Microsoft and Avast have finished investigating the issue and offered a fix.

Microsoft May 28, 2018

Microsoft Rolls Out First Xbox 360 Update In Over 2 Years

Microsoft rolled out the first Xbox 360 system update in over two years. The Xbox One backward compatibility feature may have made most gamers forget about the Xbox 360, but Microsoft is not yet willing to let go.

Video Games May 27, 2018

Zombie Survival Game ‘State Of Decay 2’ Crosses 1 Million Players, But There’s More Work To Do

With over a million players logged in a combined gameplay time of 6 million hours, Microsoft and Undead Labs’s 'State of Decay 2' is a success. Even still, the game has several kinks that need ironing out.

Video Games May 27, 2018

Watch Microsoft's AI XiaoIce Hold A Conversation Like A Human (Or Like Google's Duplex)

Microsoft recently demonstrated XiaoIce's capabilities, including being able to carry a full duplex conversation over a phone call. XiaoIce is an AI chatbot that's popular in China, will it come to the US soon?

Apps/Software May 24, 2018

Microsoft Buys Semantic Machines In Hopes Of Strengthening AI, Cortana

Microsoft announced that it would expand its quest to improve artificial intelligence on its products by acquiring Semantic Mechanics. The startup played a role on developing Apple’s digital assistant, Siri.

Microsoft May 21, 2018

Microsoft's Latest Windows 10 Update Bricks Some PCs: How To Roll Back To Previous Version

The first cumulative patch for the Windows 10 April 2018 update is bricking some PCs, so wait for Microsoft to fix the issue before updating. If it's too late, here's how to roll back to a previous Windows 10 build.

Microsoft May 20, 2018

Cheaper Microsoft Surface Tablet To Challenge Apple's $329 iPad: Report

Microsoft is reportedly working on a redesigned Surface line, aiming to launch smaller and cheaper tablets in the second half of this year. The new Surface tablets will purportedly compete against Apple's $329 iPad.

Microsoft May 19, 2018

New 'Halo' Game Unveiled: Sorry, It's Not 'Halo 6'

Microsoft and 343 Industries have unveiled 'Halo: Fireteam Raven,' a new game in the 'Halo' franchise. It is not 'Halo 6,' but that does not necessarily mean that the highly anticipated title will not be announced soon.

Video Games May 18, 2018

The Microsoft Surface Hub 2 Is A 50.5-Inch Digital Whiteboard With Extremely Thin Bezels

Microsoft is trying to reinvent office collaborations with its follow-up to the Surface Hub, called Surface Hub 2. It’s a 50.5-inch touchscreen whiteboard with a resolution higher than 4K that specializes in team-based workspaces.

Microsoft May 16, 2018

Microsoft’s Accessibility Controller For Xbox Leaks Ahead Of E3

Microsoft is reportedly unveiling a new Xbox accessibility controller at its upcoming E3 controllers. As with everything these days, the peripheral just got leaked on the internet.

Microsoft May 15, 2018

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Flickering Screen Issue Solved: Free Replacements Will End 'Flickergate'

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 flickering screen problem, dubbed 'flickergate,' has been around since the launch of the 2-in-1 tablet in 2015. Microsoft has finally decided to issue free replacements for the affected devices.

Microsoft May 12, 2018

Microsoft Enables Digital Game Gifting For PC, Xbox One Titles: Here's How To Start Sending Them

Microsoft has expanded its game gifting option. Users can now send games and content for the PC and Xbox One as gifts to friends and family on the Microsoft Store.

Video Games May 11, 2018

File Explorer Finally Gets Dark Mode In New Windows 10 Build: Check It Out

The latest Windows 10 build introduces a dark theme for File Explorer, plus a new cloud clipboard, and more options for Sets. An official rollout is scheduled later this year.

Microsoft May 11, 2018

Microsoft Reveals New Feature That Links Users' PCs With Smartphones Called Your Phone

Microsoft is one of the major tech companies without its own smartphone, but it is still looking for ways to stay in the smartphone arena. It announced the launch of a new app called Your Phone that connects smartphones with PCs.

Microsoft May 9, 2018

Microsoft Pay Is Coming To Outlook: Here's What You Can Do With It

Microsoft announced on Monday, May 7, that its payment service, Microsoft Pay, will be coming to Outlook soon. The new feature will allow Outlook users to pay bills and invoices directly from their inbox.

Microsoft May 8, 2018

Microsoft Introduces Cortana And Alexa Integration At Microsoft Build Conference

Microsoft shocked the technology world when it announced a collaboration with Amazon at the 2018 Microsoft Build Conference. The companies are working on a way to integrate their two smart assistants.

Apps/Software May 7, 2018

Google Chrome Crashing, Freezing After Windows 10 April 2018 Update? Microsoft Is Working On It

A bug within the Windows 10 April Update is causing devices to freeze or crash when using Google Chrome. Microsoft, Google, and Intel are now working on a fix.

Apps/Software May 6, 2018

New Surface Pro Version With Intel Core i5, 128 GB SSD, 8GB RAM Now Available

Microsoft updated its online store to reflect a new configuration for its latest Surface Pro lineup. The $999 package does not include the Type Cover but comes with the device that holds an Intel Core i5 with 8GB of RAM alongside a 128 GB SSD internal memory.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 5, 2018

Timeline, Virtual Reality Among New Features In Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Microsoft just released its Windows 10 software update. Among the new components that are a part of the software update include Diction, Focus Assist, and the Windows Mixed Reality feature.

Microsoft April 30, 2018

Xbox One Game Pass For May 2018: 'State Of Decay 2,' 'Laser League,' And More

Microsoft just announced what's coming to its Xbox Game Pass service in May. One of the new titles set to arrive next month is Undead Labs' 'State of Decay 2' among other games joining the service's huge roster.

Video Games April 29, 2018

Microsoft Defends Itself As E-Waste Recycler Goes To Jail For Counterfeiting

Microsoft’s corporate vice president of communications, Frank X. Shaw, published a scathing blog post addressing Eric Lundgren’s jail sentence. The e-recycling entrepreneur was sentenced to 15 months for creating counterfeit software.

Microsoft April 28, 2018

iTunes Is Finally Available In The Microsoft Store

After a one-year waiting period, Apple’s iTunes app has appeared in the Microsoft Store. Microsoft originally announced that the media player and store would be coming to Windows 10 computers in 2017.

Apple April 27, 2018

Is There Still Hope For A Surface Phone? Redstone 5 Mobile APIs Say There Might Be

Hints regarding the Surface Phone rekindled as Microsoft makes some changes to its latest operating system. It appears that the Redstone 5 update could be a clue that the smartphone is under development.

Microsoft April 26, 2018

Stop Using Internet Explorer: Browser's Zero-Day Exploit Leaves Users Vulnerable To Malware

A security firm had found a serious flaw in Internet Explorer that made it vulnerable to a malware attack. The group behind the attack is delivering the double-kill vulnerability through Microsoft Office files on a global scale.

Apps/Software April 26, 2018

Microsoft Is Working On Slimmed-Down Version Of Its OS Called Windows 10 Lean

Windows 10 Lean is a slimmed-down Windows edition that does away with apps, drivers, and tools, saving you up to 2 GB of space. It’s not clear who it’s for, though, and what Microsoft plans to do with it.

Microsoft April 24, 2018

Xbox One To Get 120 Hz Support In May: Why High Refresh Rates Matter

Xbox One users who have high refresh rate monitors should be pretty pleased with the console’s upcoming May update. Microsoft is finally bringing 120 Hz support to the system, which will make games smoother and more visually dynamic.

Video Games April 24, 2018

Microsoft Is Replacing The OneNote Desktop App With The Windows 10 Version

Microsoft finally confirmed its plans to push for the adoption of the Windows 10 version of OneNote. Office 2019 will feature the upgraded program but will still offer the 2016 version as an option for its users.

Microsoft April 20, 2018

Fans Have Mixed Reactions To Leaked Xbox Avatars In 2-Minute Video

Social media users were divided over the new Xbox Avatar System. Fans started commenting on the feature when a former Microsoft designer leaked the 2-minute video before it was removed from YouTube.

Video Games April 18, 2018

Microsoft And 33 Technology Companies Vow To Prevent International Cyberwarfare Through Tech Accord

Microsoft and 33 of the world’s biggest technology companies have made a pact to not get involved in international cyberwarfare. Through a document called the Tech Accord, these companies laid out their vision to help their users everywhere.

Security April 17, 2018

Microsoft Will Add 19 Original Xbox Games To Xbox One Backward Compatibility List This Month

Microsoft will soon add 19 more original Xbox games to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility catalog. The titles, which will be playable in both physical and digital versions, include 'The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind' and several classic 'Star Wars' games.

Video Games April 11, 2018

Microsoft's Windows 10 Preview Build 17639 Rolls Out To Skip Ahead Insiders: Sets Feature Is Getting Beefier

Microsoft has released the new Windows 10 Preview Build 17639 to Insiders who are part of the Skip Ahead subset. The new build is focused on the management tool Sets.

Microsoft April 5, 2018

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