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Should Microsoft keep bashing Apple, Google?

When I think of Microsoft these days I think of a slightly aging mastiff barking at all the other dogs in the park.<p>The other dogs seem prettier and more sprightly. Could this be why the Microsoft mastiff is so angry?<p>It's hard not to imagine that, one day, someone suggested that Redmond should see …

Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame gets a third dev diary

In the third and final dev diary for the remake of <i>Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame</i>, studio content manager Vincent Monnier discusses how the developers have looked to improve the experience from the 1993 original.<p>Though Monnier says that the original game contained beautiful and varied …

Surface RT prices slashed in UK and Australia, 32GB model down to £279 or $389

Following the significant price cut Microsoft's Surface RT received in the US recently, its cost has begun dropping in other regions, too. In the UK, Redmond's official online store is selling the 32GB model for £279 (down from £399) and the tablet with 64GB of storage for £359 (reduced from £479) …

You Can Now Buy A Microsoft Surface RT for $349

Following news that a price cut was planned for the Surface RT tablet, Microsoft has made the change today, and is now selling its 32GB model for $349 — down from $499.<p>Available at this price in the Microsoft store and elsewhere, the drop is a clear — if not painful — attempt by Microsoft to boost …

Substantial price cut for Surface RT rumored (updated)

Microsoft might not be seeing the sales numbers it hoped to for its Surface RT, because according to <i>The Verge</i>, it's readying substantial price cuts across its debut tablet. In short, the cheapest option (a 32GB Surface RT) could reach $350, while adding a Touch Cover will land at $100 more to $450. …

Digitimes: iPad 5 on for September while Apple still considers Retina iPad mini with even slimmer bezel

In a new report, the hit-or-miss <i>Digitimes</i> shares some very unsurprising details about the next full-sized iPad: a slimmer bezel design and a single LED light tube to power the display. Back in January, we posted photos of shells for the next full-sized iPad, making claims of a slimmer, iPad-mini …

Windows 8.1 Will Be Made Available to PC Makers in Late August

Microsoft said Monday that its forthcoming update to Windows 8 will be ready for PC makers by late August in order to ensure that holiday PCs will …

As Microsoft Doubles Down On Touch, The Desktop Becomes Even More Of An Afterthought

The Windows 8.1 Preview version has now been out for over a week. One of the highlights of this update is the return of the Start button (but not the Start menu), and after using the new version for a while, it becomes clear that, despite this concession, the old desktop isn’t coming back. All the …

Microsoft brings BizSpark, Bing Fund, and its accelerators under one roof

Today Microsoft’s Rahul Sood announced the creation of Microsoft Ventures, the company’s collected efforts to provide software discounts to growing companies, incubate startups, and directly fund firms that it believes in.<p>The breadth of the program may seem unfocused, but Microsoft Ventures’ …

Something Else Revealed At Samsung's Launch Event: Disdain For Windows RT

Another glamorous party in London; another influx of Samsung PCs to suit every conceivable taste. But one sort of machine was conspicuous by its absence. Out of five new computers revealed by the manufacturer, not a single one ran on Windows RT.<p>In fact, Samsung executives gleefully turned RT’s …

Microsoft, Qualcomm to team up on next round of Surface RTs -- report

Microsoft and Qualcomm will work together on the next generation of Surface RT devices, a new report claims.<p>Microsoft will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor in some versions of its Surface RT tablets, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the companies' plans. …

E3 2013: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay Preview

When CD Projekt RED promised the epic conclusion to The Witcher series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was going to be the biggest installment of the game we’ve seen, they failed to do it justice. “Bigger” doesn’t quite encompass what our extended, pre-alpha behind-closed-doors gameplay demo showed off. …

The First Microsoft Surface Tablet Was Made With Cardboard And Duct Tape

In hindsight, we now know that the device hasn't rocked the world with killer sales, or filled consumers and businesses with an unquenchable desire for Windows 8.<p>But think back before the announcement was made. Microsoft was going to risk its relationships with its most important partners, PC …

Early 'Metro' concepts for Windows Phone revealed in Microsoft design video

While Microsoft's "Metro" design is unified across Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox, there was a time when the company was creating concepts for its big mobile refresh. In a new modern design story, Microsoft has revealed some of the inspiration involved in Metro and some early concepts to show how …

Microsoft demonstrates new apps and devices for Windows 8.1

Microsoft is preparing a large number of updates and changes for Windows 8.1, and the company has revealed some of them previously, but a new video shows them in full detail for over an hour. New apps, including Reading List, Food & Drink, and updated Search and Photos changes are all shown with …

Why Microsoft is failing with Windows RT (and what it can do about it)

<i>Jack Gold is the founder and principal analyst at J.Gold Associates.</i><p>Rumor has it that Microsoft is thinking about dramatically reducing prices on Windows RT tablets to stimulate sales. Considering the fact that RT hasn’t sold well against the competition, this is not surprising. But I believe this …

Microsoft Posts Video of Windows 8.1 in Action

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is trying to address some key criticisms of the major overhaul it undertook with Windows 8.<p>The company has been dribbling …

Microsoft’s busy day: Restructuring rumors, Azure rising, and the more business-friendly Windows 8.1

As far as Mondays go, Microsoft has had a pretty busy one. Between rumors of an imminent restructuring, more changes to Windows 8, and some minor — but significant — additions to its cloud product, the company is starting off June with news that means as much to its short-term future as it does to …

Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition already has 350,000 words of new content

Beamdog's Enhanced edition of <i>Baldur's Gate 2</i> already has 350,000 words of new content related to quests and story across <i>Shadows of Amn</i> and expansion <i>Throne of Bhaal</i>, studio president Trent Oster told Shacknews.<p>According to Oster, the studio is continuing with its plan to focus its efforts on the …

Elder Scrolls Online's game director on lore, combat, giant demon anchors, and dragons (interview)

One of the fun things about a fantasy setting is diving deep into a vast, complex world rich with tiny details nobody else could possibly keep straight.<p>Matt Firor built one with the Dark Age of Camelot series while at Mythic Entertainment. Now, as president of ZeniMax Online and game director of …

Microsoft Surface Pro review: a device of many talents

Microsoft created a stir when it unveiled its first two tablets – Surface RT and Surface Pro – at a mystery press conference in Los Angeles on 19 …

Thief reboot impeded by office politics, high-level departures

All is not well in Montreal.<p>The reboot of the medieval stealth franchise Thief has been in production at Eidos Montreal for five years. According to anonymous sources familiar with the studio, corporate politics, creative confusion and a lack of publisher oversight have inflated production costs, …

Everything we saw at GDC 2013

Did you miss anything?<p>Another Game Developer's Conference has come and gone, and whoa boy, are we spent. You've probably already waded through our …

Thief developer explains why it won't be using the original Garrett voice actor

The upcoming reboot of <i>Thief</i> will not feature original voice actor Stephen Russell in the role of Garrett, despite serious considerations from developer Eidos, it was revealed in a recent community interview with narrative director Steven Gallagher and audio director Jean-Christophe …