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.
A few tidbits from around the web: More details on that Surface power cord recall, a WWII shooter game hits Kickstarter, Lenovo's quarterly results show the firm is still mostly a PC maker, Google's podcast service is imminent, and Amazon is opening more retail book stores.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss new rumors about Windows Phone being dead, Microsoft changing the Windows 10 upgrade to a recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1, and how computers has changed over the years.
A report from the industry analysts at Spiceworks claims that Windows 10 adoption in businesses is proceeding at a pace that is double that of Windows 8 from three years ago. I'm most curious why the adoption rate is even faster, however, given how reviled Windows 8 was, especially with businesses.
As you may have seen, Microsoft revealed that it has purchased SwiftKey and will, over time, integrate this software-based keyboard technology with its own WordFlow efforts. I look forward to that future, but for now, let's take a quick look at how SwiftKey works today.
Microsoft this week updated its Band 2 wearable with a new battery-saving GPS mode and weight tracking functionality. The software giant says that both changes were driven by customer feedback.
A few tidbits from around the web: An accessibility update for Windows 10 Mail, Mojang Cobalt ships, Android is the future of Blackberry, and Yahoo is finally starting to make some big changes.
While HoloLens will roll out only in limited form to vertical markets at first, Microsoft is naturally looking to a future of broader consumer applications as well. And this week it came up with a vision of what it could be like to use HoloLens to enjoy NFL football games in the future.
As you may recall, I'm a big fan of the InFocus Kangaroo mini-PC, which offers amazing functional value and a low price. Today, InFocus announced a second model of its mini-PC, called Kangaroo Plus, which provides double the RAM, storage, and performance.
I've been preaching common sense and honesty in all things tech for years, but when something you love comes under fire, you tend to take things a bit more personally. Buck up, Windows phone fans. For now at least, you can of course continue using your favorite smart phone, while Microsoft figures out what to do next.
As promised, Microsoft has changed the Windows Update-based Windows 10 upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs from an "optional" update to a "recommended" update. This means that more users will be prompted to upgrade to the latest Windows version.
Windows 10 is now the third most-frequently-used personal computer operating system, behind Windows 7 and Windows 8.x. More people now use Windows 10 than Windows XP, as well as every version of Mac OS X combined.
Microsoft today released a cumulative update for the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview, bumping the build number in the process to 10586.71. Despite the long wait between releases, there are no new features, just fixes.
It's February 1, so it's time for this month's look at the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games that Xbox Live users can get for free as part of Microsoft's ongoing Games with Gold promotion.
To some, Microsoft's recent quarterly financial results indicate that Windows phone, finally, is dead. To others, nothing has changed, and Windows phone will continue to limp along as before. The truth, as always, is a bit more nuanced.
Just as a reminder, today is the last day when OneDrive users---which is to say, most Windows users---can claim their free 15 GB of online storage before Microsoft reverts to the new level of 5 GB.
This week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Windows Store has triggered much excitement, given that it's the first AAA Windows Store game. But how does it perform on Microsoft's latest devices?
It's been an interesting couple of months since the launch of Surface Pro 4 and the initial roll out of Surface Book. These are both amazing, trend-setting devices, but some customers have experienced bewildering reliability issues. What's going on?