Microsoft

  • New Kinect For Windows Now Available For $199, Shipping July 15

    New Kinect For Windows Now Available For $199, Shipping July 15

    Microsoft previewed availability of its new Kinect for Windows version 2 back in June, but now the hardware is ready for anyone to pre-order for $199 through its website, with a ship date of July 15. The new version of the motion-tracking, video- and microphone-equipped interface device is based on its Xbox One counterpart. It aims to give developers ways to build more innovative… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck

    Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — spend a late Thursday afternoon on experiments, office shake ups, and a potential bank shot from an old monopolist. With the world going cup crazy, you wouldn’t fault those who traded tech for TV and shelter from the tweetstorm.
    The Facebook social reengineering has been all the… Read More

  • Microsoft Goes After Botnet, Tanking No-IP’s Dynamic DNS Service For Regular Users In The Process

    Microsoft Goes After Botnet, Tanking No-IP’s Dynamic DNS Service For Regular Users In The Process

    Microsoft seized 23 domains this week from No-IP, a provider of dynamic DNS services, after filing a civil suit alleging that the domains in question were used to distribute malware. The domains, according to Microsoft, were used 93 percent of the time for distributing the Bladabindi and Jenxcus malware families. A court granted Microsoft custodianship — DNS authority — of the… Read More

  • Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Prepare another entry into your File Of No Surprise: Microsoft is moving ahead with its efforts to bring the highly lucrative Office franchise to Android tablets. According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently prepping a private beta of the new software. A sign-up page has been mostly taken offline since the news broke. A full Office suite for Android tablets is roughly as surprising as… Read More

  • Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

    Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

    Microsoft announced this morning that it has bolstered the security of several of its digital products, bringing stronger encryption tools to its OneDrive and Outlook.com services. In the wake of revelations that the United States government was tapping the core fiber cables of the Internet, snooping on traffic between the data centers of large technology companies, and working to weaken… Read More

  • Microsoft May Prioritize The Desktop In Windows 9

    Microsoft May Prioritize The Desktop In Windows 9

    Microsoft is looking to revamp and retool its Windows 8 operating system with a blend of updates that will see the code better suit the form factors that it wants to service. However, could those updates undo its push to create the Windows Store as a favored place for developers to put applications? Read More

  • Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

    Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

    It’s been a busy week in the realm of policy and technology, with the Supreme court weighing in on a several issues impacting the industry, and the government releasing something akin to a transparency report regarding a portion of the NSA’s surveillance practices. The unanimous Supreme Court decision on Riley v. California caused a stir because it set new precedent regarding… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls On Congress To End The NSA’s “Unfettered Bulk Collection Of Data”

    Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls On Congress To End The NSA’s “Unfettered Bulk Collection Of Data”

    Earlier this morning, Microsoft executive vice president and general counsel Brad Smith made the case against pervasive government surveillance, arguing that reform is needed of this nation’s security apparatus. At a talk this morning, the general counsel couched his larger remarks in the historical context of general warrants, the use of which led to the political climate the out of… Read More

  • Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

    Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

    Meet the Nokia X2, the first Android-based smartphone being made by Microsoft. Yes, you read that right: Microsoft has just made a new Android-based handset. It’s not the first Android device Microsoft owns, being as Redmond took over Nokia’s mobile making division in April. But some doubted whether Microsoft approved of Nokia’s Android experiment — and speculated that… Read More

  • Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

    Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

    At NUI Central’s Kinect for Windows Hackathon, a projector on the ceiling creates an image of sand and shrubbery on the ground. The terrain is supposed to be Afghanistan. After walking around on the small projected space expecting nothing to happen, a boom and a white flash hit my senses. I stepped on a land mine, or at least that’s what the app, Sweeper, wants me to think. Read More

  • The Race To Ubiquitous, Free Cloud Storage

    The Race To Ubiquitous, Free Cloud Storage

    Two interesting things happened today in the realm of cloud storage: Microsoft cut its prices for OneDrive and gave out more free gigabytes, and Box took its editing tool Box Notes mobile. Both fit neatly into the current market arc relating to cloud storage: The price per gigabyte for consumers and customers is going to zero, and storage companies are looking to diversify their… Read More

  • Microsoft More Than Doubles OneDrive’s Free Cloud Storage To 15 Gigabytes

    Microsoft More Than Doubles OneDrive’s Free Cloud Storage To 15 Gigabytes

    Continuing the trend towards free, unlimited cloud storage, Microsoft this morning increased the amount of capacity that it offers free to regular users of its OneDrive service to 15 gigabytes, more than double its previous offering of 7 gigabytes. The company will also now offer a full terabyte of storage to all Office 365 customers. If you want more storage capacity, but don’t want to… Read More

  • Bing Looks Abroad

    Bing Looks Abroad

    Microsoft is working to expand Bing’s international footprint. A job posting, spotted by Neowin, speaks plainly: “Bing is embarking on the most ambitious geographic and product expansion in its history.” Well then. Microsoft hasn’t taken down the listing, so it’s likely not too concerned about having its plans aired publicly. What this signifies is that Microsoft… Read More

  • Microsoft Does Us A Solid By Accidentally Confirming That The Surface Mini Is Real

    Microsoft Does Us A Solid By Accidentally Confirming That The Surface Mini Is Real

    Microsoft declined to comment. Earlier today, a manual published to help users dig into their new Surface Pro 3 devices contained multiple mentions of the currently Super Secret Surface Mini. Oops. Surprised? Don’t be. Microsoft had originally planned to debut the Surface Mini alongside the Surface Pro 3. I’ve heard from people with knowledge of the matter that the decision was… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates The Surface Pro 3 Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

    Microsoft Updates The Surface Pro 3 Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

    Tomorrow is launch day in Canada and the U.S. for the Surface Pro 3, and to make sure the device has as smooth a launch as possible, Microsoft has released a set of updates for the tablet-hybrid. The updates include a slurry of performance boosts, as well as a fix for a power button issue that was annoying some. If you have a review device, the code should be live for you now. Otherwise, you… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises To Render Your Smartphone Useless If It’s Stolen

    Microsoft Promises To Render Your Smartphone Useless If It’s Stolen

    This morning, Microsoft promised to meet the stipulations of the CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment before the goal-date of July 2015. Specifically, Microsoft will bring remote-wipe; bricking of lost handsets; reactivation protection for stolen handsets; and the ability to undo phone “inoperability” if the handset in question is recovered. Read More

  • Nokia Has Just Epically Trolled Microsoft By Making An Android Launcher

    Nokia Has Just Epically Trolled Microsoft By Making An Android Launcher

    Nokia completed the multi-billion dollar sale of its phone-making business to Microsoft back in April. But that doesn’t mean it’s done with phones entirely. Oh no. The company that transferred some 32,000 of its staff to Redmond in exchange for more than $7.2 billion has just released a launcher (aka an alternative homescreen) — for Android smartphones. Read More

  • Microsoft Kills Vendor Program That Offered To Pay People To Write About IE

    Microsoft Kills Vendor Program That Offered To Pay People To Write About IE

    Repeat after me: Don’t pay people to write about your thing. Repeat after me: Don’t offer to pay people to write about your thing. Repeat after me: People will write about your thing if they think that your thing is cool, or newsworthy, so build things that are cool, or newsworthy. Microsoft was called out last night for a program, executed through a third party, offering… Read More

  • Microsoft Social Media “Strategist” Targets The Wrong Guy

    Microsoft Social Media “Strategist” Targets The Wrong Guy

    Oh, social media strategists, will you never learn? Even after the great Samsung Debacle of a few months ago, a “strategist” working on behalf of Microsoft (and I don’t believe this is Microsoft’s fault, honestly, because even Microsoft wouldn’t be this stupid) sent our own former EIC and anti-payola-crudsader Michael Arrington a nice note: Read More

  • Microsoft Cuts The Price Of Its Now-Dated Surface Pro 2 Tablet Hybrid

    Microsoft Cuts The Price Of Its Now-Dated Surface Pro 2 Tablet Hybrid

    Here’s a non-surprise: Microsoft is discounting its line of Surface Pro 2 tablets by $100 to $200, configuration depending. When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, a device that has received stronger reviews by the media than its predecessors, we asked if it would continue to sell the Surface Pro 2. The company replied with the following comment: “Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2… Read More