That includes Steve Ballmer, who presides today over what's likely to be his last financial analyst gathering as Microsoft's CEO. Sometime within the coming year, Ballmer plans to step down, leaving the scorekeepers to size up his legacy and he would bristle if anyone applied that description to him. But in his quiet moments -- if those exist -- Ballmer knows that there's … Read more
Xbox One owners are scheduled to get more TV shows airing on the upcoming game console.
In May, Microsoft revealed an agreement with Steven Spielberg to create a TV show based on the popular Halo game series. But that seems to be just the start.
"We are very close" to announcing similar projects before year-end, Microsoft Studios Vice President Phil Spencer said in an interview in Tokyo on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Microsoft has promised TV content exclusive to the Xbox One unrelated to games, but Spencer believes "there will be a certain level of interactivity to … Read more
Microsoft announced a few months ago that Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade for anyone already running Windows 8. That still holds true.
But Tuesday, company officials shared more on how much Windows 8.1 will cost for those running an older version of Windows. For those running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, Windows 8.1 will cost $119.99. Windows 8.1 Pro will cost $199.99. These prices are for either a download from Windows.com or a retail-packaged DVD product sold at retail. These are the same prices Microsoft charged users of older versions of Windows for the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro upgrades.… Read more
I've been waiting for years for Microsoft to come up with a worthy sequel to what once was my favorite keyboard, the company's swoopy ergonomic model. So I was excited about the arrival of Microsoft Sculpt keyboard.
Alas, it didn't take long for Microsoft to burst my bubble: it's got a wireless connection, but it doesn't use Bluetooth. Instead, the keyboard uses a tiny USB dongle that handles the wireless communications, which I feel is a technology choice that stopped being good a few years ago.
I still hold out hope that the keyboard will … Read more
Microsoft is kicking up a notch its competition with Apple's iPad with a new, limited-time trade-in offer.
"Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card," according to the deal, outlined on the Microsoft Online store site. The gift card may be used toward the purchase of a Microsoft Surface or other products available through the Microsoft Store.
The deal actually kicked off September 5 and runs until October 27, 2013. According to the fine print, the deal is available in "select Microsoft retail stores in the US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada" but … Read more
Microsoft is now the papa of a domain name dubbed xbone.com.
A search of the Whois database confirms the company as the domain's administrator to firm up control of names associated with the Xbox One.
Microsoft had already secured the domain names XboxOne.com and XboxOne.net following a reported complaint with the National Arbitration Forum over domain squatters. The folks in Redmond may have had to fork over a healthy amount of cash to win custody from xbone.com's previous owner, speculates blog site Fusible.
For now xbone.com simply defaults to a Bing search on … Read more
Microsoft's Bing search engine has been steadily gaining in US market share since 2010, but it still has a long road ahead in its potentially fruitless attempts to dethrone Google. Its strategy in that department -- to out-feature the no-frills search behemoth -- has proven effective in the past, and Microsoft has once again managed to keep up the fight with an overhauled video search function.
Announced Wednesday, the new Bing video search was designed "from the ground up," Microsoft's official Bing blog reveals, to put the focus on navigation and discovery while easing maneuverability between … Read more
Those not eager to drop $499 for the Xbox One when it hits shelves November 22 can take solace in Microsoft's dedication to the Xbox 360 platform.
Xbox Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Yusuf Mehdi told attendees at the Citi Global Technology Conference on Tuesday that his company plans to release more than 100 games for the current-generation console and that it will receive support for another three years.
Microsoft has been buying up smaller companies since it nabbed the software that would become PowerPoint in 1987, but its most robust period of acquisition is undeniably the post-dot-com bubble years after Bill Gates handed Steve Ballmer the CEO position in January 2000. Between 2005 and 2008, the software giant snatched up more than 10 companies a year and set a company record in 2006 by buying a whopping 18. During Ballmer's 13-year tenure, Microsoft devoured 149 companies.
Microsoft has been very successful building its business on the backs of developers and third-party manufacturers, what the industry calls OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Windows dominated the desktop with hordes of Windows-compatible machines from OEMs and tens of thousands of applications from developers selling into a huge market. It was the ecosystem that defined personal computing in the 20th century.
The formula hasn't worked out so well in the early 21st century. In the shift to mobile computing, Apple's iOS and Android have left Microsoft in the dust over the last five years. Now Microsoft is trying to … Read more