Make no mistake, Microsoft's head (and heart) is in the cloud, hence the growing number of subscription-based services. But if you're more grounded to the desktop, fear not, the Redmond giant hasn't forgotten about you. In fact, Microsoft today expanded the availability of its Office 2016 Preview suite as it seeks feedback from a broader audience leading up to the software's general availability this fall.
Microsoft surprised a lot of folks when it announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, especially after explaining that the new operating system was such a departure over previous versions that it warranted skipping a version number. As many speculated, the free upgrade is part of Microsoft's strategy of shifting to Windows as a service. Microsoft CFO Amy Hood talked a little about the shift and where the company is headed.
Rumors of a deal between the two companies first began to swirl in February
For many Surface users, the Surface Pen is critical to the whole device experience. It is one of the things that sets Microsoft’s device apart from most other tablets on the market. And who else would know this better than Microsoft itself? The Redmond-based tech giant has acquired the technology behind the digital pen from Israeli firm N-trig.
The 13-inch LaVie Z notebook that we caught a glimpse of at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is now up for sale. The device has, however, put on a bit of weight since its unveiling as the “world’s lightest laptop” in January, and it’s also pricier than expected. But even then it remains a ridiculously light machine at a mere 1.87 pounds.
Will come pre-installed with Android and Kodi home-theater software
Around two years back, Israeli company SolidRun launched CuBox-i, a line of ARM-powered 2-inch cube PCs with a starting price of $45. It’s now upping the ante on that front with a device it says is the “smallest ARM quad core 4GB mini computer” out there.
Windows Media Center hasn’t been part of Microsoft’s plans since at least 2009, when Microsoft disbanded the team behind it and ceased active development. And the Media Center add-on that has been available for Windows 8 is a paid offering, even though boasts nothing new over the Windows 7 version. But Microsoft, it seems, has finally had enough.
Screw this, I'm going on a shopping spree for a convertible sports car and whatever else people buy when they have a midlife crisis. Not that I'm going through one, I'm just a little ticked at Microsoft's new website that guesses your age and gender when you upload a photo of your mug. When I tried it out with a recent photo of myself, it got the gender right (hooray!), but overshot my age by 9 years (you dirty little algorithm!).
E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a show held in downtown Los Angeles that focuses on pretty much all things games. But, if you've ever been to E3 or followed E3 coverage, you'll quickly realize that E3 is all about consoles. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, all push games for their latest big consoles, and well, the PC is really where things shine. So why is it that the gigantic and technologically superior PC platform doesn't get more of a showing at E3? PC Gamer decided to solve that.
The value proposition of using Epic Games' Unreal Engine keeps getting better. Just under two months ago, Epic ditched the $19 per month subscription free, opting instead to give budding developers free and unfettered access to its complete C++ source code hosted in GitHub while continuing to collect a 5 percent royalty on gross revenue after the $3,000 per project. Now Epic is adding support for SteamVR in Unreal Engine 4, the company announced today.
Razer's best known for its line of PC gaming peripherals, especially mice, though it's been branching out into several different directions through the years, including audio recording. The company tossed its hat into the audio recording ring last December with its Seiren digital microphone. Now here we are a little more than four months later and Razer is announcing its Seiren Pro model, an upgraded version of the original.