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App Folder for Nokia Lumia phones now available, here’s how it works

Surprise! It doesn’t actually need Lumia Black to work. We we’re able to install and use the app on a device with the Amber firmware update installed.<p>…

Apps

Here's The Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet Delta Bought 11,000 Pilots Instead Of iPads

Delta Air Lines agreed to buy 11,000 Surface 2 tablets for pilots. It is also buying 19,000 Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phones, equipped with credit card readers, to be used by flight attendants as a cash register when passengers buy food and drinks.<p>The Surface tablets will be rolled out on all flights …

Gear & Gadgets

7 hidden features in Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 last month, featuring a range of refinements and functional improvements, including a more customisable Start screen, enhanced Bing search, and a range of new apps and services. Here are some of the operating system's best hidden features.<p><b>1. Turn the Start screen into</b> …

Software

Microsoft Adds Yammer To Office 365 Enterprise, Updates Web Apps

Microsoft is going all out to ensure that it does not fall behind in the productivity space, as it deepens the integration between Office 365 and business networking application Yammer — which it owns — and as it introduces a slew of fresh features for its Office Web apps.<p>The company announced …

Microsoft and Facebook team up to offer bug bounties for a safer internet

In an effort to battle hackers and keep the internet safe and secure, Microsoft has teamed up with Facebook to sponsor an Internet Bug Bounty program that'll offer a cash prize to anyone able to uncover important web vulnerabilities. Rewards range from $300 to $5,000 depending on the severity of …

Microsoft expands Office Web Apps functionality, adds real-time co-authoring

Microsoft has declared Thursday, Nov. 7, to be “Get It Done Day,” and in that spirit it’s rolling out significant changes for Office Web Apps, the free Web-based complements of the core Microsoft Office applications.<p>Traditionally, Microsoft has viewed Office Web Apps as a companion to the full …

Apps

Yes, Microsoft is giving out free Xbox One consoles to “Xbox fans”

If you have seen someone bragging that they are getting a free Xbox One from Microsoft, it might be true. The company has been sending out emails to …

Xbox

Microsoft announces Xbox One entertainment app lineup

Yesterday Sony announced what entertainment-centric apps would be featured on the PlayStation 4 at launch, and now it's time for the Xbox One to get the same treatment. Microsoft has detailed the different TV, video service, and streaming apps that will be available on the console for each of the …

Microsoft's Xbox One Video Tour Shows Off new Dashboard, Apps, Games

Microsoft posted an extensive video walkthrough of the Xbox One dashboard today, taking you through the general UI and how to access video games, apps and the new integration with live TV.<p>The 12-minute tour by Microsoft’s Marc Whitten and Yusuf Mehdi is the most thorough and accurate representation …

Xbox One comes with six months of free Skype group video calling and minutes

Microsoft is gradually revealing a lot more about its Xbox One console today. While video calling is free on Skype, Microsoft typically charges $4.99 per month for group video calling with multiple people. If you’re an Xbox Live Gold subscriber then the company is supplying six months of free Skype …

You Can Play Your PS4 Through Your Xbox One

One very interesting thing gamers will be able to do if they happen to pick up both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is use the Xbox One’s interface to play games on your PS4 (or Wii U, or even current gen systems.)<p>Speaking with Ben Kuchera of the Penny Arcade Report, Microsoft’s Jeff Henshaw …

Yahoo Adopted One Of Microsoft's Worst Ideas, Just As Microsoft Killed It Off

Looks like Yahoo and Microsoft are pulling a switcheroo.<p>Microsoft told employees on Tuesday that it's ending its so-called "stack-ranking" system. Under Microsoft's infamous system, workers were ranked on a curve, and those at the low end would be fired or dealt with in some way. The goal in …

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore takes over Internet Explorer app development

Microsoft’s Dean Hachamovitch revealed earlier this week that he is switching roles to a new team inside the software giant. Hachamovitch has essentially been the Internet Explorer man at Microsoft for a number of years now, heading up the development of the company’s browser rendering engine and …

Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images

<b>Leading search engine companies Google and Microsoft have agreed measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online.</b><p>As many as 100,000 search terms will now return no results that find illegal material, and will trigger warnings that child abuse imagery is illegal.<p>PM David Cameron has …

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Xbox One guarded by sharks ahead of 10,000 launch parties

Microsoft is preparing for an elaborate Xbox One launch later this month. Ten thousand retail locations in 13 countries will open their doors at midnight to mark the Xbox One launch on November 22nd. Some of the bigger events in major cities will be streamed on Xbox Live and broadcast on Spike TV. …

Nokia's Refocus app makes its way to Lumia PureView devices

The app allows users to adjust the focal point of an image after the photo has been taken.<p>Nokia's Refocus Windows Phone application is now available, the company announced on Wednesday.<p>Microsoft's Windows Phone store is offering the free app, which allows users to snap a photo and then adjust the …

Windows Phone

Microsoft drops stack ranking system: Did the incoming CEO make that happen?

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>We’ve heard that Microsoft’s board is eager to bring on a new CEO before the end of the year to replace outgoing Steve Ballmer …

Nokia to add Bluetooth LE to all Windows Phone 8 Lumias

An update called Lumia Black will enable the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology for the entire WP8 Lumia lineup.<p>Nokia will roll out an update that will outfit all Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 with the latest low-energy version of Bluetooth.<p>In a new FAQ, Nokia noted that the recent Amber …

Windows Phone

Microsoft Launches New Cybercrime Center To Fight Botnets

Microsoft has launched a new Cybercrime Center which is being used to fight botnets, malware and more, and from the looks of the photos, it certainly …

Try this, Apple: Xbox greets PlayStation 4 with a nice tweet

Can you imagine Cupertino greeting a new Samsung Galaxy with a congratulatory tweet? Well, it seems things are different in the gaming world.<p>There's too much fighting in the world.<p>Wars are everywhere. And then sporting and business entities co-opt the postures and the language, making themselves …

Xbox

Steve Ballmer: Here's The Real Reason I'm Leaving Microsoft

In it, he gives his fullest explanation for why he's stepping down as CEO of Microsoft.<p>It sounds like Ballmer decided it was time to leave after getting a certain amount of nudging from his board members.<p>In January, Ballmer was laying out his plan to combat the rise of the iPhone and Android to his …

Nokia updating Windows Phone 8 Lumias with low-power Bluetooth

<b>Nokia is adding Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) to every Windows Phone 8 device that it has made, with an imminent update adding support for the</b> …

Windows Phone

Apple reportedly acquiring the company behind Microsoft’s Kinect sensor

Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, an Israeli fabless semiconductor company, for $345 million. Israeli newspaper <i>Calcalist</i> claims Apple has finalized the acquisition, with plans for an announcement within the next two weeks. Primesense worked with Microsoft to include its technology, chips, …

The Moment Steve Ballmer Broke Up with Microsoft

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After thirty long years, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally stepped down this year, signalling the …

How Next-Gen Kinect is More Accurate Than Ever

The coolest new features headed to Xbox One and Kinect for Windows.<p>Microsoft has made big changes to improve the accuracy and potential applications …

Xbox Kinect helps stroke patients regain freedom of movement

Physical therapy researchers at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center are developing a home therapy program for stroke patients, and the Xbox Kinect …

Xbox One includes system-wide SkyDrive integration

As Microsoft edges closer to its Xbox One release on November 22nd the company is starting to detail some of the built-in apps available on the console. While the Xbox 360 includes access to a SkyDrive application, the Xbox One’s support goes a little further. Microsoft is integrating its cloud …

Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One and PlayStation 4 double XP weekend confirmed

Activision and Infinity Ward have confirmed that a double XP weekend exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts will take place later this month.<p>Double the experience points will be switched on for PS4 and Xbox One at 10:00 PST/18:00 GMT on Friday, November 29, …

Call of Duty

SkyDrive on Xbox One will bring your pictures and videos to life

Did you pre-order an Xbox One? Do you already have a ton of videos and photos on SkyDrive? Then you’re going to dig the interaction between the two …

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