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  • Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana is coming to your iPhone, Android

    Microsoft is on a mission to create the most device-friendly operating system to date. Native Windows 10 apps like Cortana, the Phone Companion App, and Xbox Music are all going to be available to download on iPhones and Android devices. In competition with Apple's Siri and Android's Google Now, Cortana is a digital assistant that helps you set reminders, do search queries, check flights or weather information on your smartphone. In a blog post announcement, Microsoft explains that all changes made in Cortana’s notebook will be reflected across all your devices. These changes include tasks like taking photos, creating playlists, and so...

  • Xbox Live revived after outage, Xbox 360 social features still affected

    Microsoft's having a pretty bad start to the week it seems. Xbox Live dropped off the map earlier today for reasons yet unknown. The company has since repitched the core services for Xbox Live users, but social services, Slacker Radio and Xbox Fitness remain limited. Social services will affect those looking for multiplayer action, but it is currently only affecting Xbox 360 and not Xbox One users. Microsoft notes: Hey Xbox members, are you having issues with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare crashing during multiplayer following the latest title update? Additionally, are you having trouble sharing to Facebook? We’re working with...

  • Patch Tuesday May 2015: Internet Explorer is this month’s problem child [update]

    Update (16 May): It seems that the relatively uneventful May Patch Tuesday updates have sprung a last minute surprise, mainly courtesy of KB3046002, which causes 64-bit Windows 7 machines to hang after installation. Typical. Although it might seem like a massive issue, the update itself addresses a Microsoft Journal issue. But there is a fix. WindowsITPro suggests cutting power to the PC in question mid-install, which should get the cranks moving again. As it turns out, it seems that the update just doesn't call home to Microsoft to tell it that it has installed properly, hence the hang. There hasn't been any...

  • Xbox One trumps PlayStation 4 in US sales race for April

    Here's an incredible little turn up for the books in the lead-up to E3 2015, especially if you're on the greener side of the fence (pun intended in this case). Microsoft's straggler, the Xbox One, has finally outsold its PlayStation 4 competition in the United States in the month of April, which ends a long streak for Sony and its gaming machine. As the NPD report would have it, it wasn't because the Xbox One reinvented itself -- it's primarily thanks to Mortal Kombat X, which led software sales. There was an absence of exclusive title launches during this time too,...

  • ‘Candy Crush Saga’ is coming to Windows 10 devices, automatically

    Stories and news regarding Windows 10 has been nothing but positive so far, but Microsoft has finally hit its first obstacle with the internet and prospective Windows 10 adopters. News has surfaced that Redmond has signed a deal with software manufacturer King, which means Candy Crush Saga, one of the world's most popular games, will be automatically installed to those who upgrade to Windows 10 during the launch period. Microsoft's also promising more "popular and awesome King game titles" in the future. So buckle up for the ride, kids. It seems that Microsoft has sold its soul to the mobile...

  • Microsoft outlines the 7 versions of Windows 10, including one for ‘elevators’

    Windows 10 will be the one OS to rule them all, but Microsoft isn't making the same mistake it did with Windows 8. It has largely clarified what the OS's destiny is, and thus will be releasing seven distinct versions to cover its seven target brackets. It's not too dissimilar to previous OSes, but Windows 10, according to Microsoft at least, will power "everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables." So, what does this mean for the consumer, the enterprise and the likes of the mobile computing world? We outline the seven briefly below. Windows 10 Home Home users...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s Windows OS swansong, reports suggest

    If reports and Microsoft's new service-over-product mindset is to be believed, then Windows 10 will be the company's final iteration of Windows and possibly it's final operating system release. That's right. The OS that practically spanned many of our waking lives will adopt an OS X- or web browser-like update cycle, with Microsoft tweaking bits and bobs instead of overhauling it every five years. Think of it as the final underlying iteration of the OS, which will likely change its hair or summer dress every season. As noted in The Telegraph this week, Microsoft developer evangelist Jerry Nixon practically confirmed this...

  • Microsoft Build 2015: HoloLens, Windows 10, Microsoft Edge and more

    Build is almost always Microsoft's most important event of the year, not only for developers but consumers too and in an operating system launch year, its especially important as the company woos the public, showing off new features and upcoming technologies based on Windows 10 and other wares, like HoloLens. The only problem? It's extremely hard for consumers to slice the news into legible chunks (hell, even we have a hard time), especially since making heads and tails of it all is pretty important. Now that San Francisco has chased the remaining Microsoft employees back to Redmond, it's time to round...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 will embrace reworked Android, iOS apps

    Prior to the announcement made at BUILD, long term Windows watcher Paul Thurrott suggested that Windows 10 could be coerced into running the likes of Android apps on its platform. This has now been confirmed at BUILD, but in addition, Microsoft has also announced that iOS apps will also run on the OS. It's a notion that's in stark contrast to previous Microsoft operating systems, but Nadella's new Windows will let its competitors play on its proving grounds. It's transforming into a developer-friendly platform. We've seen the company experimenting with Windows 10 running on Android devices from Xiaomi a few weeks...

  • Microsoft reintroduces ‘Solitaire’ to latest Windows 10 build

    Procrastinators, listen up. If you were gravely saddened by Microsoft's hasty removal of the much loved Solitaire suite from Windows 8, the company has (finally) felt your pain. A new tweet, initially spotted by The Verge, has revealed that Redmond will be returning Solitaire to its rightful, pre-installed place in the Windows 10 ecosystem. Although the game was previously available for those scouring the Windows Store, not everyone using Windows understood how to access these apps. Spotted by Irish gaming developer on Twitter, Steven Troughton-Smith (who has been giving the internet a run down of new features on the latest Windows 10 build),...