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Windows 8.1 Is Now Available On The Windows Store Windows 8.1 Is Now Available On The Windows Store
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It’s been almost a year since Windows 8 hit the scene, and what a year it’s been. After getting off to a super slow start, Windows 8 finally managed to overtake the dead-in-the-water Windows Vista. Sure, it’s not much, but …

Bing Talks Up Yahoo Bing Network Ahead Of Yahoo’s Earnings Bing Talks Up Yahoo Bing Network Ahead Of Yahoo’s Earnings

Yahoo will soon release its earnings report for the third quarter. Microsoft is taking the opportunity to provide an update on what’s happening with the Yahoo Bing Network. David Pann, general manager of the Microsoft Advertising Search Group, has written …

Here’s How Multiplayer Is Changing On Xbox One Here’s How Multiplayer Is Changing On Xbox One

Xbox Live has been the defining feature on Xbox 360 as millions of players hop online every day to play games with friends and strangers from all over the world. That will remain the same on the Xbox One, but …

Here’s How The Friends App Works On Xbox One Here’s How The Friends App Works On Xbox One

Friends are an important part of any online community, and Xbox Live was one of the first online communities to connect console gamers together. Not a lot has changed since then, even with the move to the Xbox 360, but …

Upcoming Windows Phone 8 Update Paves The Way For Phablets Upcoming Windows Phone 8 Update Paves The Way For Phablets

As Android devices like the Galaxy Note have proven, smartphone consumers love phablets. As Android devices get bigger and bigger, however, iOS and Windows Phone device displays remain below 5-inches. Microsoft will be changing that with its next software update. …

Bing Gets Snapshots From Klout In Search Results Bing Gets Snapshots From Klout In Search Results

Klout announced an extension of its partnership with Bing today with the launch of Klout-verified snapshots in Bing search results. Klout’s Paul Kim and Genevieve Lydstone explain, “From the beginning of Klout, we’ve been focused on helping people better understand …

Internet Explorer 11 Adds Better Accessibility Features For The Blind Internet Explorer 11 Adds Better Accessibility Features For The Blind

The blind and visually impaired are criminally overlooked as technology progresses. There’s been a few improvements to how computers behave to help those with visual impairments, but you could easily argue that not enough is being done to improve accessibility. …

New Xbox 360 Holiday Bundles Announced New Xbox 360 Holiday Bundles Announced

Though Microsoft’s efforts are currently on promoting its upcoming Xbox One console, the company still knows the Xbox 360 has years of life left. This holiday season, Microsoft will continue to try to expand the Xbox 360′s large user base …

Luxembourg Authorities Investigating Skype’s Relationship With NSA Luxembourg Authorities Investigating Skype’s Relationship With NSA
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Skype is not spying on you, or at least that’s what it said back in July of last year. That claim is now suspect in the wake of the Snowden leaks, especially one that found Skype had made it easier …

Businesses Avoiding Windows 8, Says Toshiba Businesses Avoiding Windows 8, Says Toshiba

PC shipment estimates for the third quarter are out today, and show that the PC market has declined yet again – for the sixth straight quarter. Though shipments saw a slight pick-up due to the back-to-school season, the worldwide PC …

Microsoft Wants To Replace Ballmer Before The End Of 2013 [Report] Microsoft Wants To Replace Ballmer Before The End Of 2013 [Report]

In late August, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that he would retire within the next 12 months. That gives him until August 2014 to hand the reigns over to somebody else. While that could certainly happen, it seems that Microsoft’s …

Microsoft To Host Surface 2 Launch Parties Full Of Fun, Contests and Pitbull Microsoft To Host Surface 2 Launch Parties Full Of Fun, Contests and Pitbull

Are you already sold on Microsoft’s updated Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets? Are you finding it hard to wait for the devices’ launch on October 21? Well, there’s no easy way to get one early, but Microsoft is …

Steve Ballmer’s Final Shareholder Letter Is Full Of Optimism Steve Ballmer’s Final Shareholder Letter Is Full Of Optimism
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Steve Ballmer’s days at Microsoft are numbered. The board has until the end of the year to find a replacement, but he’s already resigned to his fate that today’s shareholder letter will be his last. In classic Ballmer style, the …

Get Ready For Lots Of Microsoft Enterprise Releases This Fall Get Ready For Lots Of Microsoft Enterprise Releases This Fall

Microsoft has announced a bunch of new enterprise cloud solutions coming this fall. On October 18th, the company will release Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 for businesses to create data centers, as well as Visual Studio …

Microsoft Launches ‘Bing Offers Card-Linked’ Deals Microsoft Launches ‘Bing Offers Card-Linked’ Deals

Earlier this year, Bing announced Bing Offers, its latest foray into the local deals space. The product launched across the United States. Today, the company has announced an expansion of that with “Bing Offers Card-Linked”. This is a program they’re …

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis Talks 3D Printers, Windows 8.1 MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis Talks 3D Printers, Windows 8.1

Over the past few years, MakerBot has quickly grown from a promising 3D printer startup to one of the biggest suppliers of desktop 3D printers in the world. The company’s success even led to it being acquired by Stratasys, one …

Apparently Microsoft Recycles Email Addresses Too Apparently Microsoft Recycles Email Addresses Too

Yahoo has been making headlines in recent weeks thanks to an account recycling program it implemented recently, and the apparent security issues that have come along with it. It turns out that Microsoft has pretty much been doing the same …

Microsoft Wants To Put Windows Phone On Android Handsets [Report] Microsoft Wants To Put Windows Phone On Android Handsets [Report]
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I think we can all agree that Nokia’s Windows Phone hardware is great. It’s the Samsung and HTC Windows Phones that are debatable. Microsoft wants to change that. Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft is currently in talks with HTC to …

Bing: We Don’t Track The ‘Bing It On’ Results Because Of Privacy, Have No Idea If People Are More Likely To Select Bing Bing: We Don’t Track The ‘Bing It On’ Results Because Of Privacy, Have No Idea If People Are More Likely To Select Bing
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Bing has no idea if people are more likely to select Bing results when using its Bing It On challenge, and has admitted as much in a blog post defending its campaign. Despite being over a year old, the Bing …

Government Says Tech Companies Can’t Reveal Data Request Numbers Because Terrorism Government Says Tech Companies Can’t Reveal Data Request Numbers Because Terrorism
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Ever since PRISM’s reveal in early June, tech companies named as participants in the program have been trying to distance themselves from it. Part of that effort involved asking the federal government to let them publish the number of federal …

New Kinect Features Previewed in New Video New Kinect Features Previewed in New Video

Microsoft is betting big on its next-generation version of its Kinect motion sensor. The device has been packed in with every one of its upcoming Xbox One consoles, ensuring that all Xbox gamers will have a Kinect. This has caused …