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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Microsoft’s wearable is coming ‘within weeks’, according to report

    Great, another wearable. After esteemed technology companies, jewelry designers and even sup-par musicians all jumped on board the promising wearable bandwagon, we’ve been wondering where Redmond’s position is in all of this. While we reported back in April that Microsoft is planning a wearable, it was merely just a rumour. But now, reports suggest that we could see a wrist-wrangler straight out of Redmond “within weeks”. But what will Microsoft do differently as opposed to the Android Wear crowd? According to Forbes, the wearable will be cross platform, holding hands with some of the industry’s biggest mobile OS’, including Windows Phone,...

  • It’s called Windows 10: Microsoft surprises everyone with unexpected name, improved UI

    It has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft’s Windows division since the release of Windows 8 two years ago, but its time of torment looks to be over. Finally. After a not-so-secretive lead up, the new Windows is here, but it’s not what we were expecting. Unveiled today at a tiny San Francisco event, Microsoft’s latest stab at this “operating system thing” was thankfully not made in the dark, because the world definitely couldn’t deal with another poorly designed desktop OS. And as far as operating systems go, Windows 10 (yes, not Windows 9 like everyone supposed) looks to be...

  • HP, Microsoft reinvent the netbook with fanless $199 Stream machine

    Hewlett-Packard, makers of traditionally high-quality portable machines, has unveiled what it thinks is the future of Windows-based mobile computing — the netbook, or what it’s calling the Stream 11. Although not a completely far-fetched move considering the direction mobile computing is heading — especially considering the role Windows 8 had in converting non-touchscreen-believers — the idea of the re-emergence of the netbook — a device that was ultimately killed by the tablet — is a tad insane. At the same ironic token, HP is also offering two new tablets, powered by Intel — one boasting a 7″ screen and the other,...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Mojang sells itself to Microsoft for $2.5-billion, and here’s the reason why (besides money)

    It’s official. After what feels like weeks of speculation, both Mojang and its new owner Microsoft has admitted this: that Minecraft is now officially a Microsoft product. The move doesn’t quite come as a surprise though. Since its launch in 2009, Minecraft has become one of the biggest PC games ever, amassing over 100-million sales and raking in close to half a million dollars daily. So why on Earth would anyone want to sell such a mega-success? According to Mojang’s official site, the game with its runaway success was just too much for Markus “Notch” Persson (Minecraft’s creator and majority shareholder) to...

  • 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...

  • From Apple to Timex: the A to Z smartwatch guide

    Sick of smartwatches yet? Unfortunately, they’re here for the foreseeable future to enslave the wrists of the countless masses. While the technology is debatably still a relatively new breed, there is no shortage of confusing and overwhelming options on the market. From the stylish round-faced traditionalist, to the square button-laden wrist wrecker — there’s essentially a smartwatch suited for everyone, for all styles and all needs. With Microsoft and Apple yet to launch their contenders however, there’ll be even more options in the coming months for consumers to gloss over. For now, here is a list of smartwatches from A...