Windows 9's new Start menu demonstrated on video

Posted 2 days ago ago at The Verge with 2 recent echos

Once more and more apps are pinned to the Start menu, it expands automatically and there are options to resize Tiles in a way thats identical to the regular Start screen in Windows 8. While this new Start menu clearly isnt designed for tablet users, there appears to be an option to use the Start menu instead of the Start screen for those with mouse and keyboard users. That will likely be enabled by default, and Microsoft may even remove the fullscreen Start screen altogether for desktop users in...

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New Xbox 360 Bundles for the 2014 Holiday Season

Posted 2 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 2 recent echos

If you decide to pick up the above bundle at Walmart in the US, theres a special version for you: The Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle includes an arctic blue console and controller and includes everything mentioned in the bundle above, and also retails for $249. The 4GB Kinect Bundle showcases three games – Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, and Forza Horizon – along with one month of Xbox Live Gold access. This bundle also starts at $249, and will be available at Target in the US.

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Windows 9: More about virtual desktops and that pesky Charms bar

Posted 3 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Microsoft is compiling builds of Threshold at a rapid pace ahead of its expected announcement at the end of the month. One of the items that we exclusively revealed back in July is that virtual desktops will be included in this new version of Windows and today, we have a few more details about the desktops and the navigation of Windows Threshold. If you have not already seen them, a bunch of screenshots from a partner build have leaked and you can check them out. First, virtual desktops may not...

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Microsoft reportedly announcing ‘Minecraft’ acquisiton on Monday

Posted 1 day ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

is incredibly popular on iOS and Android, and the game has around 100 million players across all platforms. isnt currently available on Windows Phone, and Microsofts potential acquisition would undoubtedly mean the game would make its way to the platform. We dont view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross platform basis, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund. That wont be the sole reason Microsoft is...

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Leaked Windows 9 video shows new Notification Center in action

Posted 1 day ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

Windows 8 debuted with a notification system to allow apps to generate brief alerts, but the operating system lacked a central Notification Center to collect and display them all. Microsoft appears to be planning to provide a Notification Center in Windows 9. WinFuture has published a new video of the feature in action, providing an early look at how the Notification Center will work. The functionality appears to be similar to the Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center, with the ability to...

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Microsoft pulls one September update, déjà vu all over again

Posted 3 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

On Tuesday, Microsoft released KB2889866, an update for OneDrive,but the company has already pulled the update for unspecified reasoning. This update was supposed to fix problems with OneDrive for Business, specifically the syncing of new libraries. Microsoft has pulled this patch from Windows Update and its support website but why, is not exactly known. Here is what Microsoft has to say about the patch: We are investigating an issue that is affecting the September 2014 update for Microsoft...

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August 2014 NPD: Madden sells better on PS4 than Xbox One

Posted 3 days ago ago at VentureBeat with 1 recent echos

Gamers spent $561.3 million on new physical hardware and software at U.S. retailers last month, according to industry intelligence firm The NPD Group. Thats up from $521.1 million in August 2013. Like the past several months, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 accounted for most of the growth as software sales were down from last year. Overall new physical retail sales increased by 8 percent in August 2014 over August 2013, NPD analyst Liam Callahan said. The month followed a similar pattern of prior...

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Microsoft is testing playing Xbox games in your browser

Posted 4 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Microsoft isa technology company and when they see a problem that they think they can solve, they put their best and brightest minds to a solution. So when the question arises as to why cloud based gaming hasn’t taken off and the answer is lag to put it simply, the company sees this as a time to get to work. A few weeks back, a Microsoft research projectshowed that the company had built a cloud based gaming service that reduced the lag by a significant margin. Of course, Microsoft has many...

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