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Microsoft Teams Finally Gets Free Version To Better Compete Against Slack

Microsoft Teams has so far been available only for paid Office 365 subscribers, but a free version is now available at last. Here's what it has to offer and how it will compete against Slack in the workplace communication sector.

Microsoft July 14, 2018

Microsoft Surface Go Unveiled: Is This An iPad Killer?

Microsoft just unveiled the Surface Go, its $399 iPad killer. Aesthetics-wise, it’s hard to tell apart from its Surface siblings, but it’s got a smaller chip, a somewhat less powerful processor, but can still run Windows 10 Pro.

Microsoft July 10, 2018

More Xbox Elite Wireless Controller 2.0 Details Leaked: 'Evolution,' Not 'Revolution'

A new leak provided more details about the successor to the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. The device is said to be an 'evolution' instead of a 'revolution,' with a three-stage hair trigger lock, tension for joysticks, and built-in battery.control

Video Games July 9, 2018

Microsoft Allegedly Developing Movies & TV App For Android And iOS

A Movies & TV app might be on the way for iOS and Android users, sources say. In addition, Microsoft might also be joining the Movies Anywhere program to make it easier for users to access their content on any platform.

Microsoft July 6, 2018

FastStart Feature Now Rolling Out To Xbox Users: Here’s How It Makes Downloads Faster

FastStart is part of Microsoft’s July update for Xbox One consoles, rolling out now. The feature downloads the most important files of a game so players can start them up even before they’re finished downloading.

Video Games July 6, 2018

Skype May Finally Be Getting A ‘Seen’ Feature

In its latest preview build, Skype finally gets read receipts, which oddly has been absent on the popular messaging platform until now. No more ignoring other people’s messages then!

Apps/Software July 6, 2018

Microsoft Allegedly Coming Out With Budget-Friendly Surface Tablets Powered By Pentium Chips

Microsoft will allegedly use Intel Pentium processors for the rumored budget-friendly Surface tablets it’s going to unveil soon. The device is set to compete directly with Apple’s low-cost iPad in the education market.

Microsoft July 5, 2018

Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Pocket-Sized Surface In Leaked Document: Could This Be Andromeda?

New details about Microsoft’s new Surface tablet have now come out via a leaked internal document. It’ll apparently have a foldable display and will fit in your pocket.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 30, 2018

Google Could Have Acquired GitHub Before Microsoft Did, But Says It’s Fine

Google revealed that it also wanted to acquire GitHub, but Microsoft ultimately won the bid. Even though there are concerns about its future projects on the platform, the company claims it is fine with the turnout.

Business Tech June 29, 2018

Microsoft Improves Facial Recognition To Better Identify Darker Skin Tones

Microsoft upgraded its facial recognition platform to improve its accuracy when it comes to darker skin colors. The development team confirmed that it now uses larger and diverse samples to reduce misidentification.

June 28, 2018

Microsoft Edge For iOS And Android Gets Built-In Ad Blocker

Ad blocking is finally coming to Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS. At the moment, Microsoft is testing the new feature with beta users, but a full, stable rollout is expected soon.

Apps/Software June 26, 2018

Microsoft And Razer Team Up To Develop A Keyboard And Mouse For Xbox One

Plans have leaked regarding a potential collaboration between Microsoft and game manufacturer Razer Inc. The two companies are working on building a keyboard and mouse for Xbox One users.

Microsoft June 25, 2018

Microsoft Bing Visual Search Now Lets You Point Your Smartphone Camera At Something And Find It Online

Microsoft's answer to Google Lens is Bing visual search, and it allows users to snap a photo of something and look for it online. Here's how it works and what you can do with it.

Microsoft June 24, 2018

Microsoft Reveals Rebranded Microsoft News, Redesigned App For iOS And Android

Microsoft released a newly rejuvenated Microsoft News platform. It is expected to give news aficionados numerous opportunities to connect themselves to current events through the MSN website and an app for Android and iOS users.

Microsoft June 20, 2018

Xbox Insiders Can Now Try The Avatar Editor

After months of delay, the new Xbox avatars have finally arrived for Xbox Insiders. Initially scheduled for last fall, the new avatar system is available to Xbox Insiders to try out before its release to all Xbox One users.

Video Games June 20, 2018

Microsoft Has No Plans To Put Virtual, Mixed Reality On Xbox One

Microsoft says it’s not focusing on virtual or mixed reality on Xbox consoles right now. Instead, it feels the PC is a much better platform for those experiences.

Microsoft June 20, 2018

Microsoft Acquires Social And Educational Video Startup Flipgrid

Microsoft just announced that it acquired startup company Flipgrid. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company specializes in incorporating video elements in various classrooms around the world so that it could help educators build their students’ love for learning.

Microsoft June 19, 2018

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 June 18, 2018

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

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