After having to concede that the Xbox One would not be able to meet its original 21-market goal at launch, Microsoft is reiterating the point it announced in June: its next-gen console's games will not be region-locked.
That means fans stuck in the eight European countries that won't be seeing the Xbox One until sometime in 2014 have a workaround available if they want to get their hands on the console come November.
Reiterating that the delay Microsoft announced on Wednesday was due to voice support for various languages into the console's dashboard, Microsoft's director of … Read more
The new YouTube app for Windows Phone isn't going over too well.
Microsoft got into trouble in May over its native YouTube app after Google complained that the app violated its terms of service. After hashing out their difficulties, the two companies were supposed to team up to create a new version based on HTML5. A new version did debut this past Tuesday, but apparently not the one that Google envisioned.
Consumers who upgrade to Windows 8.1 will find Skype already part of the package.
Microsoft confirmed Thursday that Skype will be included in Windows 8.1 right from the get-go. In a blog announcing the news, Microsoft emphasized its theme of connecting and sharing:We believe that connecting and sharing should be a seamless part of every Windows experience. Over 300 million people today use Skype for the most personal connections in their lives, sharing those everyday moments big and small across messaging, audio and video calling. With Windows 8.1, Skype is included right from (the) Start, making … Read more
Microsoft is still trying to resolve a nagging problem that has affected access to Outlook.com for many users.
A few of Microsoft's key online services started suffering from hiccups on Wednesday. Many users reported trouble trying to access Outlook.com, SkyDrive, and Contacts. Microsoft's status dashboard confirmed the trouble with all three. The problems with SkyDrive and Contacts were apparently resolved on Wednesday, and they were given a clean bill of health later in the day via the status page.
Outlook.com has remained the sole problem child, and it's proving to be a difficult one. … Read more
Touch may be all the rage at Microsoft, but that doesn't mean the company is abandoning work on its keyboards and mice.
Like it did last year with the introduction of new Windows 8-customized keyboards and mice, Microsoft is rolling out yet more Windows 8-friendly models.
I've been typing on one of these keyboards loaned to me by Microsoft for the past few days and can say it's quite comfortable. The keyboard is domed, so it's raised in the middle and slopes downward toward the edges. The "6" key is in an unfamiliar place, which is kind of annoying, as is the backspace key. But users can opt to turn one of the space-bar keys into a backspace button, so that helps a bit.… Read more
Microsoft continues to tweak Windows 8.1 just in time for its official roll out to manufacturers by the end of August.
Recently leaked online, build 9471 is likely to be the last one before device makers receive the final RTM (Release to Manufacturing) build in the next few weeks. As such, it seems designed to ease some of the learning curves of its predecessor.
It takes more than putting some electronics in a box to be a premiere hardware company.
And in some ways, Microsoft was already more of a devices company than Google proper (excluding Motorola) prior to shipping the Surface tablet or before Google even existed. Its first mouse, released 30 years ago, paved the way for a strong PC accessories business that gained wide distribution. And Microsoft has moved to expand its own store presence to compete with Apple.
Microsoft has kicked off a new program designed to attract Windows 8 and Windows Phone app developers.
Dubbed App Builder Rewards, the new program rewards people with points for accomplishing certain tasks, such as creating apps, attending events, and publishing apps to the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. In return, those points can be swapped for actual items, such as a licensed copy of Windows 8, a couple of Xbox games, or a Windows Store developer account.
For example, joining Microsoft's App Builder program scores you 1,000 points, while following Microsoft's Developer account on Twitter nets … Read more