Microsoft isn’t saying much about what’s inside HoloLens

Without a doubt, the biggest surprise from today’s Windows 10 keynote at Microsoft’s Redmond campus was the outfit unveiling its HoloLens headset. Dubbed as the “first fully untethered, holographic computer” the device and its capabilities looked pretty neat– if a little fantastical — onstage when Alex Kipman showed it off. But for all his talk […]

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Here’s a closer look at the latest build of Windows 10 (video)

Shortly after Microsoft wrapped its epic Windows 10 keynote today, we had a chance to see the latest version of the next-gen OS running on some honest-to-goodness hardware. Using a Dell Venue Pro 11 tablet on display here at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters, we got to experience the software in a slightly more final form than […]

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Here’s the biggest news from Microsoft’s Windows 10 event

  Microsoft hinted that its January Windows 10 event would have a lot to offer, and boy was it right. The Redmond crew unveiled not just a ton of software features for desktops and mobile devices, but also new hardware that pushes the limits of what you thought computers could do. Overwhelmed? Don’t be — […]

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experience ‘mixed reality’ with Microsoft’s holographic computer headset, ‘HoloLens’

  Unlike virtual reality, it’s much easier to describe what it’s like using Microsoft’s “mixed reality” holographic headset, HoloLens. Imagine you’re wearing sunglasses with completely transparent lenses, and overlaid on the world in front of you is a rectangular box. That rectangular box is your window into Microsoft’s “mixed” version of reality, meant to convey […]

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Xbox Live and PlayStation Network both down due to an apparent attack

Merry Christmas, gamers: Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are down this morning, apparently due to a denial-of-service attack. The notorious hacking group Lizard Squad — which already carried out earlier attacks on Microsoft and Sony — has claimed responsibility on Twitter for these latest outages. While the group’s role in all of this remains […]

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Microsoft wants you to stream apps and games

Microsoft has explored software streaming before, but it looks like the company is about to give it a second shot. The company is hiring people to work on “Arcadia,” a technology that ZDNet understands will let you stream “certain apps” and games on Microsoft’s platforms. It’s not clear just what the Redmond crew is building, […]

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Facebook’s updated search tool leaves out Bing results

Facebook recently updated its Graph Search tool to make it easier to find friends’ old posts. According to Reuters, though, the company failed to announced another change: it has apparently stopped showing Bing results, as well. The social network launched Graph Search in 2013, giving people a quick way to scour the website for posts, […]

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Dropbox makes it easy for workmates to edit Office files

    In November, Dropbox users gained the ability to edit Office files from within inside the app, thanks to a partnership with Microsoft. Now, the company has launched its first set of Project Harmony tools so that groups of workmates can take advantage of that feature — but only if they’re Business users part […]

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Microsoft finally sold more Xbox Ones than Sony did PlayStation 4s

Building on its success from last month, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One was the number one selling console for November — ending the PlayStation 4’s almost year-long top spot. As Redmond tells it, by way of NPD Group data, its latest console was the best selling in the United States and the United […]

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Microsoft now accepting Bitcoin at Xbox and Windows online stores

Bitcoin just got a big boost in stature as Microsoft is now accepting the cryptocurrency for digital content from its stores. If you live in the US, you can use it to buy apps, games, music and videos from the Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox Games, Xbox Music and Xbox Video stores. According to Coindesk, Redmond […]

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Windows Phone may come to your car with Cortana as copilot

Microsoft has a home in the automotive world, but it doesn’t have a way to bring a phone’s interface to your car’s infotainment system — there’s no Windows Phone equivalent to Apple’s CarPlay. That might change before long, though. The software giant used a presentation at this week’s Build conference to show off Windows in the Car, a conceptual platform that […]

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Windows Phone 8.1 does Miracast media sharing, but most devices won’t cut it (updated)

Windows Phone 8.1 includes many, many upgrades, not the least of which is Miracast media sharing; it should be easier than ever to send content to your TV and other gadgets. However, it’s now very likely that you’ll have to upgrade to a newer phone to get that convenience — Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore says that most existing Windows Phone 8 devices can’t handle […]

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An independent developer is bringing a Plex client to Xbox One

When Microsoft revealed the Xbox One’s independent developer program (and more recently, universal Windows apps) we hoped it could provide access for more than just games — and it looks like that’s happening. Developer Tyson Edwards reveals he’s been approved by ID@Xbox to develop a Plex client for Xbox One, bringing better access to video, music and photo streaming than the console’s DLNA support […]

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The Xbox One is getting another controller update, unfortunately

Really, Microsoft? You just asked gamers to go through the hassle of updating their Xbox One gamepads in March, yet there’s word on NeoGAF that the next patch — currently in testing — will once again bundle “new controller firmware.” Yes, the (hopefully optional) code should fix connection and headset quality issues that are even more of a pain, but it’s […]

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 ‘Geek’ bundle includes free Xbox controller and games

If you’ve considered the Surface Pro 2 to be more than just a portable workstation, then Microsoft’s latest tablet bundle might pique your interest. In collaboration with online culture show Geek & Sundry, the company has quietly pushed live a new gaming deal on its virtual store in the US and Canada that throws in $105 worth of […]

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12 million people are already using Office for iPad

Microsoft’s version of Office for iPad has apparently been a rousing success. So much so, that the company’s taken to Twitter to boast that the productivity suite has topped 12 million downloads. In a week. As the Seattle Times points out, though, Redmond hasn’t said how many Office 365 subscriptions (which are required to create and edit documents) have been sold alongside the free, document-view-only downloads. We reached out […]

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