A source very close to Microsoft tells me that the software giant is now internally testing TV DVR (digital video recording) functionality for Xbox One, meaning that customers will soon be able to record live TV shows from the console.
Over the weekend, we were treated to premature reports that Spotify had killed support for its app on Windows phone. But Spotify has since clarified matters: Windows phone support is continuing, and a new version of the app will better support Windows 10 (Mobile).
Microsoft is having a nice Spring sale at its retail and online store. Key deals include $100 off Core i5-based Surface Pro 4 models, big savings on the Dell XPS 13 laptop, and 2 free games with select Xbox One purchases.
A few tidbits from around the web: A few headline riffs about imaginary Microsoft products, first Edge extension appears in Windows 10 Store, how Google passed Apple, and a promise that the Oracle/Google case will at least be interesting.
A few tidbits from around the web: Microsoft sneaks a Windows 10 ad into a Windows 7 security patch, how to refuse the Windows 10 upgrade, Tim Sweeney (still) needs to give it a rest, and a few headline riffs for this lovely Saturday morning.
The Intel NUC mini-PC---technically a mini-PC kit to which I've added RAM and storage---is that rarest of delights, a cost-effective yet powerful PC that just works.
Rise of the Tomb Raider for Windows 10 is getting upgraded with DirectX 12 graphics soon, according to the game's maker. This will allow gamers with high-end PCs to really crank up the graphics quality and achieve higher frame rates.
A few tidbits from around the web: Microsoft may compensate customers for Xbox Live outages, a recent Band 2 update also provides True Type font rendering, of mobile platforms, app usage and battery life, andWaze gets an improved UI on Android.
Not sure why this took so long, but Microsoft now has a OneNote Importer utility that will import your Evernote-based notes into the software giant's completely free Office-based solution.
On this episode, I cover the all the news that Microsoft announced this week including the Windows 10 aggressiveness, IE 11 adverts, contemplating new fighting procedures, and much, much more.
The Lumia 650 is the best-looking Windows phone that Microsoft has ever built. And if you want to experience it for yourself, your time has come: You can now preorder Microsoft's latest smart phone in the U.S. and Canada.
A new update for Microsoft Band 2 adds an optional auto-pause feature that pauses tracking when you take a break during a run or bike ride.
Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14283 for testers on the Fast ring. This build includes updates to Phone, Mail, and Calendar, and fixes a number of issues from the previous Fast ring build.
Regardless of the timing for Redstone 2 and whatever features it may bring, Microsoft still needs to stick to a regular and predictable schedule for updating Windows 10. And that means that the software giant must issue a "milestone" release of the OS in late 2016 as previously scheduled.
The next build of Windows 10 sent to insiders is expected to include extensions, a feature many users have been waiting since the release of the OS.
A few tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's March 2016 evaluation VMs, Microsoft's (sort of) Linux distribution, layoffs at Sonos and a look to the future, Samsung vague but positive on Galaxy S7 pre-orders, and yes, the Nexus 6P is getting updated this month too.
Stuck with tiny usage share, Opera is taking a step that other web browser makers are unlikely to embrace: It is adding native ad-blocking functionality to its flagship browser.
In Windows Weekly 456, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Microsoft's blockbuster announcement about SQL Server on Linux, Windows 10 Redstone 2 delays, new Windows 10 builds for Insiders and commoners alike, whether Microsoft should buy Slack, and the cancellation of Fable Legends.
Google is already showing off the first features for the next version, codenamed N. And to get developers started on these new features, Google has also released the N Developer Preview with an updated SDK.
The market researchers at IDC this week claimed that detachable tablets---or what I think of as "Surface clones"---will experience big growth in the next few years, jumping to 30 percent of the overall tablet market by 2020.
With the passage of time and a much-needed power management fix, I can now recommend Microsoft's Surface Book without hesitation: This is a stunning 2-in-1 PC with excellent performance, great looks, and a unique design.
In this episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss Andrew's MacBook Pro purchase experience, delays to the Windows 10 Redstone 2 update, and Google's new discount on the Nexus 5X with a Google Fi subscription.
(More than) a few tidbits from around the web: Teens react to Windows 95, Microsoft Phone Sign-in Beta for Windows 10 Mobile, a Halo game sale, Bill Gates on Reddit, OneDrive for Business roadmap, some quick Lumia 650 thoughts, and more.
In tandem with today's release of Windows 10 1511 build 10586.164, Microsoft has likewise updated the current shipping version of Windows 10 Mobile with a cumulative update that increments the build number accordingly.
Just one week after the previous cumulative update for the shipping version of Windows 10, Microsoft has issued another update. This one increments Windows 10 1511 to build 10586.164 and adds a number of improvements.
Google is temporarily offering a great deal on its superior Nexus 5X smart phone and Project Fi wireless service, offering hundreds of dollars in savings when you buy both.
A few tidbits from around the web: Supreme Court declines to hear Apple appeal in e-book case, Mac suffers from first-reported ransomware attacks, Amazon to bring back device encryption, and an email pioneer passes.