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  • Winning: Windows 9 may be free upgrade for Windows 8.x users

    Tomorrow could be big for Microsoft, as it launches Windows 9. With just under 24-hours until the company’s biggest launch since Vista, Microsoft is trying to win back its fans in a major way, at least according to one loose-lipped official. How major? It seems that Redmond is about to play its “I’m so sorry, here’s a cookie” card, by offering Windows 8.x users the chance to upgrade to its forthcoming OS free of charge. CEO and President of the company’s Indonesian operations, Andrew Diantoro, has spilled the information in quite a declaratory manner on local website detik.com. His statement is...

  • Is the Xbox One the best console for South Africa? Not quite

    The Xbox One is like an unnecessarily tardy friend, always missing the interesting part of the party. Now that it has finally arrived, it’s too late, because the PS4 is already rapping and dancing to MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.” And frankly, it’s difficult to see how the Xbox One draw attention away from that. Ready for #XboxOne South Africa? It’s available tomorrow in select retail stores across the country. pic.twitter.com/dtr1C8RDN5 — Microsoft SA (@MicrosoftSA) September 22, 2014 After South African gamers have been familiarising themselves with Sony’s latest gaming machine, the Xbox One was held back — for nearly 10 months....

  • Incredible Connection launching Xbox One midnight in South Africa

    The never-ending wait for the Xbox One ceases tonight, at least if Incredible Connection has anything to do about it. The South African technology retailer will launch the console at midnight, 23 September at 17 selected stores across the country, for one hour. In the wee hours of tomorrow morning, the retailer will award the first ten buyers of the “must have” Xbox One bundle at each store, a R1000 voucher each, as well as a 10% discount on any other item they desire in store (excluding the Xbox One, of course). The announcement comes just hours before the machine is...

  • Microsoft to hold ‘Windows 9′ event 30 September

    We’ve seen the leaks, the shoddy screenshots and the German-techno desktop recordings, but now Microsoft has announced a “Windows event” that will likely see the unveiling of the company’s latest operating system. Emails came buzzing out of Redmond yesterday, with a note a little less coy than Apple’s terrible attempt. We’re guaranteed to see the new version of Windows in action, at least according to the invite. For now, we don’t know what it’s going to be called. Anything from Windows 9, One and the codename “Threshold” has been quoted, but the world will have to wait and see (and deal...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 9 Technical Preview leaked in bevy of screenshots

    Update: As if this couldn’t get any better. The same site that leaked the pile of purported screenshots has just leaked a video of the OS in action. We wondered how the start tiles would operate alongside the returning start menu, and it seems “Pin to Start” functionality will overlap quite a bit. Additionally, the new animations are crisp and swift, which should benefit underpowered machines. But we have vastly polarised opinions in the office about the fledgeling OS, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments. The world may be one step closer to knowing what’s going...

  • Is Microsoft about to buy Mojang, Minecraft for $2-billion?

    The last thing Microsoft bought didn’t exactly work out too well. The company found itself in a massive spiral of loss which resulted in cutting numerous services and jobs from its payroll. Perhaps this is why Redmond is lining up a US$2-billion move for Minecraft creator Mojang AB. The deal, according to WSJ at least, “could be signed as early as this week”, quoting sources familiar with the matter. With Microsoft’s extensive gaming reach thanks to its Xbox boquet, gaming consoles and exclusive titles, the move seems a promising one, especially considering that the company will likely see the opportunity to...

  • Windows 9 ‘Technical Preview’ may have click-to-upgrade system

    There’s no doubt about it — the next iteration of Windows is forming behind closed doors at Redmond, after Windows 8’s market share and sales slowly shrivels. While consumers eagerly anticipate what will likely be dubbed “Windows 9″, there are some tasty details emerging regarding the Technical Preview coming to developers’ systems before October. Prior to retail release, Windows 9 (codenamed “Threshold”) will be put through thorough testing, both in developers’ and users’ spheres, as per all new operating systems. But perhaps and unlike previous editions of Windows, the Technical Preview will allow developers to install updates and new builds...

  • HP, Microsoft readying $199 Chromebook-culler with AMD internals

    There are two distinct trends prevalent in mobile technology at the moment. The first is building ridiculously expensive, world-conquering machines that can restart planets. The second is creating affordable devices for the people. Google has done the latter with the Chromebook, but now Microsoft and HP are also getting in on the act. According to Mobile Geeks, HP is readying its US$199 Chromebook-killer, dubbed the “Stream.” Hearing Microsoft and HP together again would almost certainly suggest that Intel is somewhere not to far away, but that’s not the case here. HP has gone with an AMD quad-core Micro-6400T SoC with...

  • Meet the new 3310: $25 Nokia 130 plays music and video, lasts full month on single charge

    This is a strange move from Microsoft if there ever was one. After scrapping the Asha and X ranges from Nokia’s fleet, the company has decided that it should remain in the low-cost phone market after all. Its latest offering? The cheapest-of-the-cheap Nokia 130, costing just US$25. Yes, it’s a ridiculously low price and that usually means skimping on a few options, but for a feature phone, the 130 flaunts some smartphone-like potential. Yet buyers won’t get a touchscreen, camera, or connectivity above 2G. It’s as basic as a phone can get, but this in itself seems to be one...

  • Windows XP, 7 still reigns supreme as Windows 8 gets minor UI fixes with ‘Update 2′

    As if Windows updates weren’t hard enough to keep track of already, Microsoft is readying yet another vaguely-named bundle just in time for August’s edition of Patch Tuesday. And akin to the previous upgrade, it will be dubbed Windows 8.1 Update 2, not Windows 8.2. Why the marketing department at Redmond decided to go with the “Update x” moniker is beyond understanding. Regardless, this update is being billed as a minor UI fixer alongside a few more backend stability and safety patches. So those expecting — nay praying — for the Start Menu’s return, will need to wait until 2015. Users...