If you were born yesterday, you might find it odd to think that a couple decades ago, Microsoft was the (mostly) undisputed king of everything personal computer related. Before iOS, before Google Android, Microsoft was the personal software juggernaut. Fast forward to now, where Microsoft often feels like an old boxing champ that refuses to go down, even as it’s clearly bruised and wobbling. But in a smart move to try and fend off Android from becoming the new de facto OS for the upcoming internet of things— wearables, home electronics, car electronics etc— Microsoft has announced a free version of Windows for devices with screens 9 inches and smaller, which makes Windows a very enticing option for manufacturers looking to manufacture the next wave of internet connected everything.
Not Nutella, sorry. Nadella. Satya Nadella, until now the VP of enterprise and cloud products, was named as Microsoft’s new CEO this morning. Bill Gates will also be stepping down as chairman of the board to return to a more active, hands-on role with the company. Mmm, Nutella.
Always thinking about the future and boobies, researchers at Microsoft have been working on a smart bra that would detect when the wearer is stressed out and likely to binge eat, and somehow preventing that unwanted action. Possibly by powerful electric shock or robotic voiced nagging, I don’t know, I got distracted by looking for a picture of boobs for the article header.
If you’ve got an Xbox One, or are planning on getting one, you can probably figure out pretty easily that you can tell your console things like “Xbox turn off” or “Xbox watch TV”, but just so you’re not babbling on trying to ask your Xbox to advise you of the best place to bury a dead body or pleading with it to unlock hot coffee modes, Microsoft recently released a full list of Kinect voice and motion commands.
Even though Microsoft’s original Surface tablets sold like buckets full of shit, the company is dedicated to manufacturing tablet hardware, and so have introduced the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro.
Shortly after Microsoft announced the Xbox One, some people began shortening the name of the new console to “Xbone”, a moniker Microsoft is now making official with the purchase of Xbone.com. Sexbone? Is connected to the hip bone?
Earlier today, Microsoft announced that long time CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down within the next 12 months. Even though Windows 8 hasn’t been a big hit, the company is still making bank on its business and server software, so it’s not that Ballmer is mad you didn’t like his tiles, he’s just been with the company for a long damn time.
When Microsoft proudly held up the Xbox One to the world like a newborn baby, there was as much to be impressed by as there was to be disappointed by. An always on Internet connection requirement and restrictions on used or borrowed games pissed a lot of people off. But then there was also Skype, NFL on Demand, this huge entertainment hub and a rolling buffer game DVR that would let you easily capture moments from games to share with friends. But the question was, how much of this would require an Xbox Gold subscription? Turns out… all of it.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting a Microsoft Surface tablet, now might be a good time, that Microsoft just reduced the prices of the tablets, with the base 32GB model starting at $349.
After almost everyone reacted with outrage to Microsoft’s policies for the Xbox One console, mainly the whole thing about always requiring an internet connection and the way the console handles used games, after Sony skewered Microsoft at E3 over these issues, it looks like things are a-changin’, as Microsoft announced today a reversal on some of these rules.
Microsoft kicked off E3 earlier today with a keynote about the Xbox. There was stuff that we’ve already heard about the Xbox One, but even better (kinda?), they announced a redesigned, very Xbox One-like version of the Xbox 360 that’s available today. Kinda sorta-ish looks like the One, only it won’t force you to re-purchase all of your downloaded games. Hooray!