Microsoft, Windows

7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

windows 9 leaked start menu There's a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft's most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It's not ...

Microsoft, News, Nokia

Dying Nokia X range ditches Android for Windows as Microsoft cull continues

Nokia X2 lead Well, here's an unsurprising surprise. Microsoft's big boss, Satya Nadella has announced that Nokia's Android-based X range will ditch Android as its OS in favour of Windows. This means that the Nokia X2 will be the last Android phone the company will (likely ever) offer. Microsoft, in its bid to "evolve", has lined up some 18 000 job cuts in the coming months, with more than a third of those coming from the newly integrated Nokia Devices and Services division. Another ...

Reviews, Windows

Windows Phone 8.1 review: the OS we needed all along

Win81lead Windows Phone didn’t get the attention that Microsoft expected it to. Almost four years after its initial release, it is still playing the catchup game with competing platforms; iOS and Android. Windows Phone 8 lacked some really important features such as notifications centre and proper multitasking. Could Windows Phone 8.1 help it to gain the user and developer attention it needs? Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8.1 update during its BUILD 2014 developers conference earlier this year. It currently comes pre-installed ...

News, Windows

Forget Xbox, Microsoft wants Kinect in our phones

Lumia 920 Windows Closeup Touch, voice, type, and gestures. Those are some of the ways we can interact with our phones these days. According to several sources, Microsoft is working on a new flagship codenamed McLaren. Not only will this mysterious Windows Phone carry a massive camera like the Lumia 1020, it also has 3D Touch which would allow you to operate apps using motion gestures. While the 3D Touch features are still hidden in Microsoft's basement, leaked sources suggest that we can expect ...

Microsoft

Upcoming IE looks to the future: supports Media Capture, Web Audio, HTTP/2

Internet Explorer 11 Microsoft has outlined its roadmap for the upcoming version of Internet Explorer, unveiling a list of planned technologies and features for inclusion. Among these technologies mentioned on the IEBlog, are many that its rivals already support, including Web Audio API (allows developers to natively process and manipulate audio in web apps), Media Capture API (allows native access to audio, image and video capture on a webpage), support for ES6 Promises and HTTP/2 (the next planned version of the HTTP protocol). These ...

Microsoft, Tablets

Microsoft debuts 12″ Surface Pro 3, its super-slim laptop-killing tablet

Surface Pro 3 Launch Event in New York City on May 20, 2014 The Surface Pro 3 is now official, after Microsoft launched its self-proclaimed laptop-replacing tablet at its Surface Event in New York. All specifications leaked earlier this week hold water, including the use of Intel's Haswell chipset, thinner bezels, relocated Windows button and a larger form factor. Microsoft reckons that the average user will eke out nine hours of web browsing and enjoy crisper sound thanks to Dolby Audio. The 12" Full HD display, the press release notes, will be housed in ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets

Windows RT’s failure equals Surface Mini no-show

Surface Pro 3 When Microsoft launched its ultra-thin, ultra-expensive Surface Pro 3 during a presentation in New York earlier this week, the internet was left wondering where the rumoured Surface Mini was. While a few of us hoped for a Nexus 7 or iPad Mini-version of the Surface, it was simply not meant to be. The reason could be down to a few factors, but blame can chiefly be placed on the shoulders of Windows RT and its failure to grab the publics ...

Microsoft, Xbox One

External drive support coming soon to Xbox One?

Xbox One Drive Support Early in April, there were reports circulating that Microsoft would be bringing long-awaited external drive support to the Xbox One. Now an image posted on Reddit by an official Xbox developer suggests trials of external drive support have begun in earnest. That means users may soon be able to use their external storage devices with the console. Currently this is not supported but Microsoft has been releasing updates at a rapid rate recently. No additional information has been leaked by the developer ...

Microsoft, Tablets

Microsoft tries again as it launches faster, larger Surface Pro 3 tomorrow

Surface Pro 3 With less than a day until Microsoft's Surface event kicks off in New York, the upcoming Surface Pro 3 tablet specifications have been leaked. Windows Phone Central has reportedly acquired the internal specifications and pricing figures for the soon-to-be-released third generation of Surface tablets. It would suggest that instead of freshening the Surface Pro 2 lines, the Pro 3 lineup will be a completely new model. Based on Intel's Haswell chipset, the five new tablets range from the baseline US$799 i3 CPU ...

Mobile Phones, Windows

20 genuinely important features that will make you love Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 81 Microsoft announced a huge update to the Windows Phone platform during its BUILD 2014 developers conference. The Windows Phone 8.1 update brings with it hundreds of new features but how many of them are useful to the general consumer? We've listed 20 useful features, and many are game-changers for Windows Phone OS. Action Centre -- The single biggest feature in the Windows Phone 8.1 update is the Action Centre which brings in quick setting toggles and notifications in a single place. The Action Centre ...

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