Microsoft

  • Microsoft Starts Pre-Orders For The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

    Microsoft Starts Pre-Orders For The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

    Microsoft revealed its Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, and now there’s a new accessory up for sale, following the official shipping launch of the new Surface last month. The new gadget is a Docking Station, which provides a host of external input and output ports for the Surface Pro 3, including three USB 3.0 ports, a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port, and a security lock slot, along… Read More

  • Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event”

    Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event”

    Apparently the team that handled the Windows Vista version naming framework still works at Microsoft. This morning, the software company announced that it will end several of its standalone conferences, including its confabs for SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Exchange, along with its TechEd event. The five events will be replaced, and I promise that I am not making this up, the… Read More

  • Digital Hints Point Towards More Unified Windows Experience

    Digital Hints Point Towards More Unified Windows Experience

    A job posting and a LinkedIn page are driving conversation in the Microsoft-watching community this morning. The job listing details a position on the “XAML team [...] building the UI framework at the core of the ‘One Microsoft’ OS.” The goal of that team is to “[enable] developers to create UI that works well across all of [Microsoft's] devices: phones… Read More

  • Political Leaders Rebuke Microsoft’s Mass Layoffs

    Political Leaders Rebuke Microsoft’s Mass Layoffs

    Microsoft’s record layoffs have picked up negative attention from governmental authorities and leaders, even as the cuts have been largely welcomed by investors and the broader market. The software company accreted more than 20,000 employees when it acquired the majority of Nokia’s hardware assets. In the wake of that deal’s closing, Microsoft announced 18,000 cuts to its… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — react with nervous jokes as all eyes turn to the success of Yo, the single-minded communication app that has one thing on its little mind. But wait a minute, what’s surreally going on here as BetaWorks’ John Borthwick leads an investment round on the love child union of… Read More

  • Here’s What’s New In The Xbox One August Update

    Here’s What’s New In The Xbox One August Update

    Each month since launch, the Xbox One has received an update meant to teach it a few new tricks. So far, these updates have primarily served to fix bugs, tweak the UI, and reintroduce things that were inexplicably absent after the jump from Xbox 360 to Xbox One — things like external HDD support, automatic account sign-in, and alerts when your friends sign in. Here’s… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Summer Doldrums

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Summer Doldrums

    As you may expect, the summer can be a slow period for tech journalists. But since we’re obsessed with startups, there’s still plenty of new stuff to discuss this week on the TC Gadgets Podcast. Read More

  • PlayStation 4 Tops Xbox One In Monthly Sales Despite Xbox Sales Doubling

    PlayStation 4 Tops Xbox One In Monthly Sales Despite Xbox Sales Doubling

    Microsoft may have done a lot to encourage new people to buy the Xbox One by removing the Kinect from the basic bundle and dropping the price by $100 accordingly, but it still can’t catch up to the PlayStation 4. According to new numbers from NPD, Sony’s is the top-selling U.S. next-gen console for June, which marks the sixth month in a row it has collected that… Read More

  • Microsoft Is Closing Its Entertainment Studios, But Narrow Focus Is Likely Better For Xbox

    Microsoft Is Closing Its Entertainment Studios, But Narrow Focus Is Likely Better For Xbox

    Microsoft let the ax begin to fall today, announcing 18,000 in job cuts to come over the course of the next year, a move Wall Street has so far applauded. A big part of that is going to be ex-Nokia staff, but Microsoft is also shuttering its nascent Xbox Entertainment Studios, according to an email memo unearthed by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. The email talks about how Xbox Entertainment… Read More

  • Microsoft Shares Trade Higher In Wake Of Layoffs Announcement

    Microsoft Shares Trade Higher In Wake Of Layoffs Announcement

    Early this morning Microsoft announced that it will reduce its headcount in the wake of its acquisition of Nokia’s hardware assets. The company was, at one point, up more than 3% in per-market trading following the news. The company opened above $45 — a fresh 14 year high — before retreating, and then regaining some ground. Investors, it seems, are content with the scale of… Read More