When it comes to paid and free online services, I’m usually looking for cross-device and -platform availability, with as little lock-in as possible.
Recent Microsoft Movies & TV Stories
I install the same basic set of desktop applications, web apps, and Store apps on every PC I use. Here’s a quick rundown.
Xfinity customers can now access their cross-service purchased movie content from their cable TV interface.
Now that Microsoft's Movies & TV app is compatible with Movies Anywhere, the software giant is offering you an incentive to link up.
Microsoft Movies & TV is finally part of Movies Anywhere.
Microsoft's Movies & TV service was left out in the cold when Disney expanded Movies Anywhere to include multiple content providers.
Now, you can share your movies purchases from the biggest movie studios among any of the top digital movie services.
Did you seriously put your trust in Microsoft consumer offerings? OK, I did too. But maybe it's time to think differently.
Uh-oh. You can no longer sync your Microsoft Movies & TV account with Disney Movies Anywhere.
Even those Windows 10 users who are never going to purchase movies or TV shows from Microsoft's online store should check out the Movies & TV app, which gets a nice refresh with the Creators Update.
Starting tomorrow, the Microsoft Store will be offering big savings on select PCs and Xbox games, and Xbox Design Lab controllers. There are also savings to be had on entertainment, Microsoft says.
The strange disconnect between how the core OS and its bundled apps are updated is one of the weirder aspects of the Windows 10 development cycle. And we've really seen that most obviously in recent weeks.
We're just weeks away from the release of the Creators Update, but Microsoft continues to screw around with the Windows 10 in-box apps.
Microsoft Movies & TV is the first Windows 10 app to support the new PIP-like Compact Overlay feature that is coming in the Creators Update. It's called mini mode.
If you're anything like me, your Microsoft account is the core of your online identity. It's time for a check-up.
Just when you thought you'd seen the end of Microsoft's holiday sales, the software giant announces Countdown, its biggest Xbox Store sale.
Microsoft's new Xbox One S isn't just the premier video game console. It also offers an elegant solution for living room entertainment, providing access to many popular services and capabilities.
Here's a quick follow-up to my previous "Woku" articles. At this point, I can make two generalizations: While workable, the PC is still uneasy in the living room. And this didn't qualify as a BYOPC project.
For over two weeks now, I've secretly made a major change to my daily workflow and have been using as many Microsoft mobile apps on PC, tablet, and smartphone as possible. And my relative levels of success speak volumes, I think, to the state of Microsoft's mobile efforts here in mid-2016.
I'm tired of waiting for Microsoft to make what I think of as a "Woku," a Windows-based Roku-type device that I can use inexpensively and elegantly access my Windows 10-based media apps and services. So let's build one for ourselves.
Here's a tip for Windows 10 users: Microsoft is offering deals on apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music in the Windows Store tied to the July 29 anniversary of the initial Windows 10 release.
Tech tidbits from around the web: watch the new Star Wars movie with BB-8, Google Calendar gets reminders on the web, Google updates its Play logos, and NeXT's Avie Tevanian pops up again.
I'm flying home from Seattle today, so here are a few tidbits from around the web: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to Microsoft Movies & TV on April 1, Samsung SSD hits 15 TB, Amazon is shipping two new Echo devices.
Microsoft originally planned to ship two Xbox One consoles, one for gaming, and one for living room-based entertainment. But in dropping the latter device, the software giant has missed out on a huge opportunity. And I think it's time to revisit the notion of a much less expensive Xbox One.
Here are some more tidbits from around the Internets today: Cortana to float, big update for Groove on Windows 10 Mobile, Wal-Mart mobile payments, Tim Cook disses Chromebook.
Choosing a living room set top box can be trying for the Microsoft technology fan, and each of the best devices comes with its own set of pros and cons.
What if you rent a movie from Microsoft's Movies & TV service on your Windows 10-based PC and want to watch it on the Xbox One instead? Is that possible?