Microsoft Tests Low-Bandwidth Cloud Gaming


Microsoft says it’s found a way to cut the bandwidth needed for cloud-based gaming by 80 percent. It shifts part of the work to the user’s device, so results will likely be variable. The company has been working with researchers at Duke University and has come up with a tool named Kahawai, the Hawaiian word for “stream.” […]

Microsoft Offers Free Upgrade To Windows Pirates


Microsoft is giving a free upgrade to Windows 10 for users running pirated Windows 7 or 8.1. But there’s a hidden catch that somewhat undermines the exercise. Earlier this week Microsoft announced at a conference in China that the free upgrade that’s being offered to almost all Windows 7 and 8.1 users will apply even […]

Internet Explorer Gets A Death Sentence


Microsoft has confirmed it is effectively ditching the Internet Explorer browser and brand. It will be kept on in Windows 10 for compatibility purposes only. It’s been known for some time that Microsoft was working on a new browser project, codenamed Spartan. Now the company has confirmed this will be the primary browser in Windows […]

Turkish Government Says Minecraft Too Violent


The Turkish government has denied reports that it is seeking a legal ban on Minecraft. Local media says officials are concerned the game could encourage children to become violent and even cruel. It appears the country’s Family and Social Policies Ministry began investigating the game after complaints that it allowed players to attack women characters. […]

Microsoft Will Finish Windows 10 in June


For those tapping your fingers together feverishly waiting for the newest OS for their PC’s, looks like Microsoft will be finishing up Windows 10 in June. While that may seem like a short time between announcement and release, they followed a very similar template with Windows 8, so it’s not like they can’t deliver on […]

Windows 10 Biggest Gaming Announcements (and Holograms!)


Microsoft had its Windows 10 press conference recently and unveiled some rather interesting features that seem to be aimed at their hardcore gaming audience. From being able to stream your Xbox Live games to your computer to the potential for holograms to make an appearance, we shouldn’t count Windows out as it seems the OS […]

Microsoft Patents ‘Inconspicuous Mode’ For Cellphones


Microsoft has patented an “inconspicuous mode” for making sure cellphones behave themselves in movie theaters and similar settings. But the patent is vague about exactly how the setting would be triggered. After applying for the patent, titled “Inconspicuous mode for mobile devices” in 2013, Microsoft received the final thumbs up from the US Patent and […]

Skype Live Voice Translation Gets Public Launch


English and Spanish speakers can now have a Skype conversation without learning the other language or typing. Skype Translator is now available in a “preview” edition to anyone on Windows 8.1. The service had previously been in a limited-numbers preview but has now rolled out publicly, though you will need to sign up to use […]

Star Wars Comes To Minecraft


If you’ve got the Xbox One or 360 versions of Minecraft, you can now download a skin pack of Star Wars characters for $2.99. The full list is: 4-LOM Admiral Ackbar AT-AT Pilot Ben Kenobi Bib Fortuna Blockade Runner Soldier Boba Fett Bossk C-3PO Cantina Band Member Chewbacca Darth Vader Dengar Emperor Emperor’s Royal Guard […]

The Best Way to Deal With Computer Illiterate People [Pic]


This might be fake, but I don’t care, it made me laugh anyway! [Via]

OMG WHY: Windows 95 Running on a SmartWatch [Video]


So, everyone is talking about smartwatches these day, so Corbin Davenport decided to install an emulator on his android-based Samsung Gear Live device and run Windows 95 on it. Is this going too far? :) [Corbin Davenport | Via]

Whatever Happened To Windows 9?


When Microsoft announced the successor to Windows 8 will be called Windows 10, most of us wondered what happened to Windows 9. Now a self-professed Microsoft developer has suggested the reasons might date back to the last millennium. During the presentation to announce the new system, Microsoft didn’t give any clear explanation, but hinted at […]