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Next Surface RT To Be Called Surface 2 [Rumor] Next Surface RT To Be Called Surface 2 [Rumor]

It’s fair at this point to say the Surface RT was a failure. Microsoft’s first attempt at a tablet was designed well enough, but the limited Surface RT OS just wasn’t as desirable as the full Windows 8 experience available …

Xbox Music Comes To iOS And Android, Goes Free On The Web Xbox Music Comes To iOS And Android, Goes Free On The Web

Spotify changed the music industry forever by bringing free ad-supported music to users on the Web. Microsoft tried to imitate that success with Xbox Music, but still required a subscription to even stream on the Web. That might not have …

Bing News Gets New Look, Trending Topics From Facebook, Twitter Bing News Gets New Look, Trending Topics From Facebook, Twitter
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Microsoft continues its Bing redesign spree with a new look for Bing News. Here’s the before and after. Before After The design adapts to fit your browser width, so it looks good regardless of what device you’re using. It also …

Microsoft’s IllumiRoom Tech Won’t Be Coming To The Xbox One Anytime Soon

Remember IllumiRoom? It was a concept Microsoft showed off earlier this year that would project the environment from a game beyond the TV display and onto the walls around it. It was incredibly cool and there was even talk of …

Bing Redesigns Video Search From Ground Up Bing Redesigns Video Search From Ground Up

Bing just announced a big redesign of its video search feature, which it says has been redesigned from the ground up. Changes include navigational improvements, video overlays, pop-out previews, bigger thumbnails and new filters. “Rather than making you travel to …

Xbox One To Launch On November 22

At Gamescom, Sony announced that the PS4 would launch on November 15 in North America. We were hoping for a similar announcement from Microsoft at Gamescom, but nothing came. Instead, Microsoft chose today as the time to unravel the final …

Windows Phone Sales Rising in Europe Windows Phone Sales Rising in Europe

Though the announcement that Microsoft will be buying Nokia’s devices and services unit was not surprising, the move is now placing pressure on other smartphone manufacturers. It is expected that Windows Phone will become an exclusive Microsoft platform, changing little …

Xbox One To Lack Support For External Storage At Launch

The Xbox 360 launched with memory cards, but soon ditched those in favor of standardized external memory. Unfortunately, the Xbox One won’t have support for the latter at launch. During a PAX podcast, Major Nelson revealed that the Xbox One …

Microsoft Explains The Rationale Behind Its Nokia Purchase Microsoft Explains The Rationale Behind Its Nokia Purchase

By now, it’s no secret that Microsoft is purchasing Nokia’s Devices and Services business. With the purchase, Microsoft will integrate Nokia’s hardware business into its own to help push Windows Phone 8 forward. The market isn’t being too kind on …

Windows Phone Could Become a Closed Platform [RUMOR] Windows Phone Could Become a Closed Platform [RUMOR]

Microsoft decided not to take the long holiday weekend off, ironing out a deal to buy Nokia’s devices and services division for upwards of $5 billion. The acquisition makes sense due to the tight relationship the two companies have had …

Microsoft’s Nokia Purchase Is Causing Another Organizational Shuffle Microsoft’s Nokia Purchase Is Causing Another Organizational Shuffle
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Early this morning, Microsoft announced its intention to purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services business for $5 billion. It also paid $2.18 billion to license Nokia’s patents. It’s a deal that many are surprised didn’t come sooner, but Microsoft may have …

Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Phones Unit, Brings Elop Back Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Phones Unit, Brings Elop Back

Microsoft and Nokia announced that the former will acquire the latter’s devices and services business for 3.79 billion Euros ($5 billion), and will pay 1.65 billion Euros ($2.18 billion) to license Nokia’s patents, bringing the total transaction price to 5.44 …

Microsoft Says The Government Isn’t Doing Enough To Promote Transparency Microsoft Says The Government Isn’t Doing Enough To Promote Transparency

In late June, Google and Microsoft both filed suit with the FISA court demanding that the government let them publish the number of federal data requests they receive. The companies had hoped to work out a deal with the government …

Surface Pro Price Cut Is Now Permanent Surface Pro Price Cut Is Now Permanent

The Surface Pro is much too expensive. That’s at least what some consumers think as the tablet isn’t exactly flying off store shelves. In an attempt to remedy that, Microsoft introduced a temporary price cut, but it has apparently proved …

Microsoft Just Doubled The Size Of Exchange Online Mailboxes Microsoft Just Doubled The Size Of Exchange Online Mailboxes

Microsoft announced that it is doubling the size of user mailboxes in all Exchange Online and Office 365 service plans. Inbox sizes are going from 2 5GB to 50 GB. Better yet, users won’t have to pay any more for …

Skype 3D Video Conferencing Soon To Be Reality Skype 3D Video Conferencing Soon To Be Reality
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In today’s world of online communication, Skype has become synonymous with home-based online video conferencing, and utilizing Skype has become one of the most prominent ways to video chat with other people around the world, especially since its merger with …

Microsoft May Soon Invest In Foursquare, Android App Gets ‘Smarter’ Microsoft May Soon Invest In Foursquare, Android App Gets ‘Smarter’
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Foursquare is reportedly in talks with multiple companies about a potential strategic investment, and one of them is Microsoft. Bloomberg first reported the news, citing people with knowledge of the situation, then later reported that Microsoft specifically is in advanced …

Surprise: The Xbox One Mic Will Have Superior Audio Quality

Microsoft hit upon a stroke of genius when it included a mic with every premium Xbox 360 sold in 2005 and 2006. It ensured that nearly everybody in an online match could talk to one another thus fostering a better …

Foursquare Makes Its Way To Windows 8 Foursquare Makes Its Way To Windows 8

Windows 8 needs apps, and not just any apps either. It needs the big apps that every other platform has. It won’t be able to compete with iOS and Android until it does. It still has a ways to go, …

Xbox Time Warner Cable App Released Xbox Time Warner Cable App Released

Back in June, Microsoft and Time Warner Cable announced that they had reached a deal for Xbox 360 consoles to stream hundreds of live cable TV channels to Time Warner customers. This week, the fruits of that deal have been …

Xbox One Lowered Shipment Rumors Disputed Xbox One Lowered Shipment Rumors Disputed

Yesterday, rumors surfaced that shipment forecasts Microsoft‘s upcoming Xbox One console have been dialed down. The number of Xbox One units shipping this year was reportedly lowered to 6.2 million from 7 million. The cause of the cuts was reportedly …