Here's a special deal for gamers: Pre-order "Quantum Break" now and receive a free digital copy of that game for Windows 10 as well. And this isn't a one-off: Microsoft intends to make this type of thing---called a cross-buy---a platform feature, and more common as we go forward.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Mary Jo's Android experiments, new Windows 10 builds for everyone, some Windows 10 pontificating, updates to Microsoft's many services, and the Xbox One Elite Controller.
A few tidbits from around the web: Major updates coming to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition Explode by the end of the month, LibreOffice 5.1, Apple Music + Sonos, and Google improves Gmail security.
Microsoft announced today that it is expanding the Windows Insider program with a third offering alongside the Fast and Slow rings. It's called the Release Preview ring, and you're never going to believe what Microsoft does next. Just kidding.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian discusses the highs and lows of his time over the past week with the Nokia Lumia 930 Windows phone, I discuss whether or not Microsoft could continue offering Windows 10 upgrades for free after July, and we examine how the Internet has changed culture ... for better and worse.
Windows 10 prevents you from easily uninstalling some of its core built-in apps. But you don't have to be a rocket scientist to get them off your PC. Here's the easiest way to do so.
Jon Bell, the designer who previously explained Microsoft's move away from the Metro design language, is back with a fascinating peek at how his team designed the Office Mobile apps to fit on small phone and tablet screens.
When Microsoft revealed that it was using renaming its Xbox Music service to Groove, there was a bit of confusion. After all, there was another music app out there with the same name as well.
After months of complaints, Microsoft has finally opened a Windows 10 Update History web site that will document the changes it makes to its flagship OS. The firm had promised last October to become more transparent about these updates.
In a show of support for Microsoft's iOS bridge technologies, a developer has taken an ancient iOS game and ported it without issues to Windows 10. The process, he says, took under 5 minutes.
Another day, another snow storm. And some more tidbits from around the web: A great sale on BLU Windows phones hits on Saturday, of Apple and Error 53, a Super Bowl technology fail, a future without passwords, and more.
Greetings from snowy (again) New England. Here are some tidbits from around the web: An Xbox One backwards compat glitch, a coming Nexus VR viewer, Google vs. books, Facebook kills Android/iOS battery life, and Tim Cook's terrible Super Bowl picture breaks Twitter.
It's natural to look to the future as we pass the half-way point in the free Windows 10 upgrade life cycle. Will Microsoft as promised make Windows 10 a paid upgrade after this July? Or will it instead do the right thing and step away from the past completely?
I'm not sure why it's doing so now, but in a bid to perhaps stave off the sales doldrums of winter, the Microsoft Store online is offering great savings on some of Microsoft's first-party devices, including Band 2, Surface Pro 4, and Xbox One.
Google this week highlighted some updates it is bringing to Android Wear "over the next few weeks," including new gestures, voice control, and improved call and message support.
Chances are, you're not a good enough gamer to justify the cost of the Xbox One Elite Controller. But like an M-series BMW, this high-end wonder has the hardware chops to justify its expense. And it will attract exactly the same kinds of wannabes.
Here's a special treat for those using Groove with Windows 10 Mobile: Microsoft has issued a major update to this app, adding significant performance improvements and many new features.
While I'm a fan of digital media, I am of course of a certain generation. Which means that I grew up with physical media. And that I still have a hard time overcoming an internal desire to own and even collect such things.
Bethesda Softworks announced this week that Id Software's remake of the classic shooter DOOM will return to the PC---and to Xbox One and PlayStation 4---on May 13, 2016.
This week, Microsoft provided some real numbers to bolster its claims of success with Windows Store. But it's not clear they've made their point, or that the central issues with the Store have ever been addressed.
Less than two weeks after delivering a massive set of firmware updates for Surface 3, Microsoft has issued a new set of updates for its entry-level tablet.
Citing the success of the entry-level Surface 3 in education, Microsoft today announced special bundles that are priced at 30 percent off through June 30.
I'm in New York for two days of meetings, so here are a few tidbits from around the web: Bing app updates on Android/iOS, Microsoft stole Iowa from Trump, Facebook's 3.5 degrees of separation, and an awesome new Simpsons search engine.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Microsoft's recent earnings, our upcoming live events, Windows 10 news, a bunch of mobile devices developments, and, yes, the enterprise.
Microsoft has delivered a new Office Insider build for Office 2016 for Windows desktop, adding among other things a contrasty new Black theme.
The awkwardly-named VAIO Phone Biz is a mid-range smart phone handset with a sleek aluminum body. But the only reason I'm even discussing it, however, is the weirdest news of all: It runs Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, 14257 and while there are no new features, there are quite a few bugs squashed.