Tech tidbits from around the web: the Microsoft Band 2 fire sale continues, "Any developer" will be able to upload apps for Xbox One to the store "soon", Microsoft is updating Windows 10 again, and whether Microsoft's Bing bet is starting to pay off.
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It's that most wonderful time of the month: Time for Games with Gold! And that means another set of four free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, two each for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
The Xbox One August Update---previously referred to as the Summer Update---is now rolling out, delivering some new Windows 10 and Anniversary Update features to Microsoft's flagship console.
Tech tidbits from around the web: The first NexDock shipments will now happen in mid-August, Cortana for iOS updated with support for photo reminders, Microsoft provides another peek at Halo Wars 2, Google Maps gets a great update, more.
Today, Microsoft announced the Madden NFL 17 Bundle and the Halo Collection Bundle, which will arrive August 23. They join the standalone Xbox One S consoles and one previously announced bundle, the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle, which ships October 7.
Microsoft is cutting the price of the Xbox One in the US to $249.99, while supplies last, and the offer includes one free game as well.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Windows Server moving under Terry Myerson, the Skype app for Windows Phone 8.0/8.1 will soon stop working, the Xbox One backwards compatibility train rolls on, and Google Play Books gets "bubble zoom" for comic books.
Microsoft has announced today that the Xbox One S 2TB model will arrive on August 2nd, the same day as the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary update.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Game play footage from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the HP Elite x3 is very expensive, Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2 TB Bundle is the first custom Xbox One S, Microsoft Flow now available on the Google Play Store, more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft won't force you to use Cortana on Xbox One, Microsoft starts downgrading OneDrive's free storage to 5GB, the new Moto G is now available, and Nintendo is releasing a mini Collector’s Edition NES that includes 30 classic games
Microsoft's promise to publish all future in-house games via Xbox Play Anywhere---meaning they will work on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs---may be less certain thanks to a quiet rewording of the original announcement. Naturally, conspiracy theories abound.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft and University of Washington researchers set record for DNA storage, four new handsets have been added to the Windows Device Recovery Tool, Samsung discovers that it can succeed if it stops making crap, so much more.
It's both amusing and sad to watch video game bloggers and enthusiasts continually misrepresent Microsoft's new Xbox strategy. Here's just one example: The belief that Xbox Play Anywhere signals an end to Xbox exclusive games.
Xbox is no stranger to hyperbole, but this is actually a really big sale, with over 250 deals on Xbox One and Xbox 360 game titles and over 30 offers for PC games. Dubbed the Ultimate Game Sale, it runs for one week, from today through July 11.
Happy 4th of July! Here are some tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's Ultimate Game Sale starts tomorrow, Xbox Play Anywhere launches on September 13th, Your Groove gets a little bit groovier, NuAns NEO running Windows 10 Mobile heads to Kickstarter, more.
Microsoft announced today that it is killing the Xbox Fitness app and service on Xbox One. Existing customers will be able to use purchased content through next June. But no new content will be offered for purchase.
Tech tidbits from around the web: More info on Microsoft letting users associate Windows 10 licenses with their Microsoft accounts, Kevin Gallo speaks about future of Windows Phone, the Apple Pencil Holder, and much more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: AT&T's Lumia 1520 can get Windows 10 Mobile now, a closer look at Battlefield 1, Apple quietly discontinues its Thunderbolt displays, offline viewing is coming to Netflix, more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Opera attacks Microsoft's Edge battery claims, figuring out what kind of TV you need for Xbox One S and HDR gaming, the user base for Microsoft Wallet with Tap to Pay is tiny, more.
Xbox Preview Program members should wake up to a small update this morning that adds language independence functionality and game pre-order improvements to Xbox One. News of the update comes courtesy of Microsoft's Mike Ybarra.
Microsoft first launched the Xbox One in 2013 with a muddled and ever-changing strategy and too-high pricing, confusing and then enraging its fans. Well, no more: Microsoft just destroyed the competition at E3 2016 and is delivering on a transparent, coherent and exciting Xbox One strategy.
The Xbox One S isn't even shipping until the end of August, but it's never too early to start planning. And those upgrading from the original Xbox One to the new console will want to know how to get a free USB adapter that will let them use their current Kinect Sensor.
There's going to be a lot of navel-gazing over the coming weeks as Xbox fans wonder whether they should get the new Xbox One S. Honestly, it's not a hard question. Of course you should.
As you should expect at any E3, Microsoft has announced many new games this week, and it is of course describing its 2016 lineup as its best-ever. But here's a quick peek at the games that matter most .. to me.
Microsoft is cutting the price of the Xbox One by $20 to $279 to help differentiate the original console from the new One S.
Microsoft is owning E3 this week, but lost in all the understandable hoopla around the new Xbox One consoles is a set of coming improvements to Xbox Live that are in many ways just as important. Here's a quick rundown.