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  • Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’

    Microsoft's purchased mobile and devices division is falling out of the company's favour faster than its stock price, and after the news that it's cutting nearly 8000 jobs, it seems that the company's cutting its range of smartphone offerings too. A new report has suggested that Microsoft will release a total of six smartphones to market each year, with two catering for the three distinctive sectors of the market: low end, mid-range consumer friendlies and the flagship or business segments. Read more: Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7800 jobs According to Bloomberg's unnamed source close to the matte, Microsoft...

  • ‘Minecraft’ finally takes the lead in the classroom

    That's right, gone are the days of building blocks and ridiculous board games, now Minecraft is taking over the classroom. If you are unaware of the world of Minecraft, it is a combination of terrible graphics and Lego-style gameplay. Your goal: to build and create worlds using elements and resources that you find in the game. So why not build historic events and create problems that can be solved using maths or other subjects that haunt the classroom? How the hell else are you going to get students to come in on a Saturday to practice maths? It now seems so...

  • Windows 10 Insiders will get Windows 10 for free, according to blog post

    We're just over a month away from Microsoft's biggest software launch in many a year, and Windows 10 Insiders have had a substantial role to play in the crafting of the new operating system. For this, Microsoft has announced in a blog post that Windows Insiders, regardless of their Windows 7 or 8 license status, will get the OS for free once its released. The news also suggests that those previously running illegitimate versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will get Windows 10 absolutely free, as long as they are Insiders and registered to use Windows 10 with an...

  • 9 Xbox One exclusives that make the PlayStation 4’s lineup seem boring

    For more news, announcements and videos from E3 2015, follow our dedicated week-long live blog. We said that Microsoft needed a good E3 2015 and hell was its press conference a stellar showing. With announcements that will undoubtedly have the Sony executives a little worried, the company, now well into its post-Don Mattrick era, also unveiled a slew of games coming to the console this year. Alongside backward compatibility, Phil Spencer, Xbox One head honcho, boasted that this year's lineup is the best set of games ever exhibited on any Xbox console, and we don't think he's too far from being...

  • Build Tour Johannesburg 2015: Microsoft talks Africa, Windows 10 and the web’s future

    Apple and Google haven't taken the time to pop in to greet South African developers and users in person, but at least Microsoft's personnel understands the importance. At the recent Microsoft #BuildTour event at Johannesburg's VodaWorld conference centre in Midrand, some Redmond folk donned South African cricket shirts (amid a minor baggage kerfuffle) to address avid and prospective Windows 10 users. But to what degree will Microsoft's next ecosystem fundamentally change the way developers and users interact with the world around them? Well, as it turns out, extensively. We were there to sieve through the dense and sometimes overwhelming stream of...

  • Microsoft’s relaunched Nokia Lumia 105 can last 25 days on one charge

    Smartphone launches are more common than Sundays in this day and age, but we almost never hear of big companies launching new feature phones. Microsoft thinks that this should change, at least based on its latest phone launch -- the simple Nokia Lumia 105. Arriving in single and dual SIM variants, it's feature phone through and through which isn't all bad news. Microsoft notes that it's price range should enable "more people around the world to have a voice, and bringing new mobile opportunities to their fingertips." That's largely what prospective clients will get. It's built like the Nokias of yore...

  • [Update] Windows 10 officially launching 29 July, Microsoft urges users to ‘reserve’ upgrade

    Update: Windows 10 will be launched officially on 29 July, according to Microsoft's Terry Myerson on the Windows Blog. The post reads: On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you. Remember back in January when Microsoft announced Windows 10's free upgrade deal for those running Windows...

  • 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...