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  • Surface Studio: Microsoft makes a pricey desktop PC

    Microsoft's 27 October event was rather subdued compared to last year's edition, but it still had something interesting in the form of the Surface Studio. The company revealed an all-in-one desktop PC yesterday, being aimed at "creatives" and other professional types. So what kind of specs are you getting then? Users have a choice between an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, as well as the choice between 2GB GeForce GTX965M and 4GB GeForce GTX980M graphics. Other notable specs include between 8GB and 32GB of RAM, 1TB or 2TB storage and four USB 3.0 ports. In addition to some decent grunt, the Surface...

  • Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update features and release date?

    Microsoft has already released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PC and Xbox, but what about the company's mobile platform? Neowin reports that the Lumia India Twitter account has revealed a 9 August launch date for the new update. The tweet has since been deleted and replaced with a vague "gradual rollout from 2 August" response. @prasumoholkar (1/3)That's a great question! Microsoft roll out the new update August 2 gradually, meaning it will take time for the update — Lumia India (@LumiaIndia) August 3, 2016 What should Windows Phone users expect from the update? A few of these features have been detailed on...

  • The latest Windows 10 Mobile update is a meaty one

    Windows 10 Mobile is a step up from Windows Phone 8.1 in a few ways, but it could definitely do with more features and polish. Microsoft's latest update shows that the platform is well on its way though, introducing quite a few additions and tweaks to Windows Insiders. Notifications get some love The Action Center and notifications are the first items on the list, as Microsoft has decided to group all notifications from one app under one heading instead. Notifications themselves have also seen some visual changes, with large images now possible in the notification, Microsoft confirmed in a blog post. Finally, one more neat notification...

  • Will Microsoft release Office on the Xbox One?

    This generation of video game consoles hasn't been an easy one to afford or justify. With high development costs, weak economies, and faltering currencies, console gaming is now a luxury more than ever. But what if your home console could handle more than just media and gaming to become a functional work machine, could it then be justifiable? Recently, Microsoft has been demonstrating that the Xbox name is becoming more of a brand than just a home console. The company recently announced upcoming title Quantum Break, will not only be receiving a PC port, but including it with Xbox One edition...

  • Microsoft Lumia 650 is now official, gunning for budget enterprise market

    If you were hoping for a more feature rich smartphone from Microsoft this year, you might have to wait a little longer. The company has today announced its new US$200 Microsoft Lumia 650 smartphone, and it's clearly aimed directly at the enterprise market. The budget enterprise market at that. Looking to get its foot in the door before Apple, Microsoft's GM of phone management, Samuli Hänninen, notes that its 650 features "unparalleled and premium feel." "We’re extremely proud of the Lumia 650 and believe it will quickly be seen as the device that provides the perfect balance between work and personal needs,"...

  • You can still run Windows 95 with this nifty browser trick

    We get nostalgic now and again at Gearburn, whether it's chatting about great BlackBerry smartphones of years gone by, or wondering how some savvy individuals get Doom running on Apple Watches. But this time around, we're talking about one of Microsoft's benchmark operating systems, Windows 95. Last year we saw Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch and the New Nintendo 3DS, but this time, we look at a platform a little closer to home. The Windows that I first experienced as a wee little boy can now be run on modern hardware courtesy of a web browser and some nifty...

  • Windows 10 is now world’s second most popular desktop OS after Windows 7

    Launched in August 2015, Windows 10 has been a great success story for Microsoft, especially in light of the latest market share news. The company's newest operating system is now the world's second most popular on desktop, claiming a global market share of around 12.6%, according to StatCounter's January 2016 numbers. The most prevalent OS remains Windows 7 with around 43.7% market share, while Windows 8.1 holds around 10.3%. These numbers are largely thanks to Microsoft's aggressive strategy to see all users on legacy OSes upgrade to Windows 10, making the OS free, and prompting users on older OSes to download...

  • Styx, Gears of War 2 included in February’s Xbox Games with Gold

    Microsoft has announced the Xbox Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One and Xbox 260 subscribers. The first of these titles will be available to download from 1 February free of charge for those enrolled in the Xbox Games with Gold service. Most of next month's games carry an RPG-tone. First up is Styx: Master of Shadows (available 1-29 February). Players will guide goblin assassin Styx through a dark fantasy world as he infiltrates the Tower of Akenash. The second Xbox One title is Hand of Fate, which will be available from 16 February to 15 March. The title is described as...

  • 6 ways Microsoft can improve the Xbox One system software

    The Xbox One has been out for a few years now and received its first major software overhaul last year. While this new Windows 10-based "New Xbox Experience" is a welcomed change, it's still not perfect. Microsoft is trailing behind the competition (read: Sony's PlayStation 4) and while this is due to a number of factors, they're at least trying to set things right, but there's more that can be done. Here are the six ways I think Microsoft can improve the Xbox One software: Redesign the store. Please. The games and app store on the console can be described (at best) as barebones. Trying...

  • Microsoft Surface tablets derp during NFL playoff game, affected team loses

    If you've ever watched an American Football match, you'll understand just how important sideline tactics are. They're frankly the meat and potatoes of the entire sport, and if you're unable to relay instructions to your troops between plays, you're as dead as, well, these Microsoft Surface tablets. In a bid to get more Surfaces in the hands or more people, Microsoft partnered with the NFL to provide tablets to the management of NFL teams, but they aren't the management or players' favourite devices right now. This weekend, during a game between Denver Broncos and New England Patriots (a playoff game, mind),...