It is the end of August already, which means two things. School is back, and Xbox Games with Gold has released the upcoming games for September. On the Xbox One, as usual, there are two games for the entire month but unfortunately one of the games is carried over from last month. The Xbox 360, with its much larger catalogue of games has two new games to the program though, but as is standard with the Xbox 360, one game is for the first half of the month, and the second game is for the latter half of the month. Xbox One Crimson Dragon “Available Sep. 1-30, Crimson Dragon, originally an Xbox One launch title, and acts as a spiritual successor to the much-beloved Panzer Dragoon saga...

Intel Demonstrates Direct3D 12 Performance and Power Improvements

Since the introduction of Direct3D 12 and other low-level graphics APIs, the bulk of our focus has been on the high end. One of the most immediate benefits to...

41 by Stephen Barrett & Ryan Smith on 8/15/2014

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3: Core i3 vs. Core i5 Battery Life

A couple of weeks ago I offered a brief performance preview of the $799 entry level Surface Pro 3 with an Intel Core i3-4020Y. The performance hit in going...

82 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/5/2014

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 8.1 Update Developer Preview

At roughly noon, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore (Vice President for Windows Phone) announced via Twitter that users enrolled in the developer preview should check for updates. Microsoft released the Windows...

11 by Stephen Barrett on 8/5/2014

Mobile IE Updates For Windows Phone

Only yesterday Microsoft officially announced the Windows Phone 8.1 Update and today some more details emerged about what is coming as part of the update. Internet Explorer was bumped...

17 by Brett Howse on 7/31/2014

Microsoft Details Next Windows Phone Update With Folders, Expanded Cortana, and More

It hasn't been long since Microsoft began their rollout of the Windows Phone 8.1 update but they are already giving details of the next update which is slated to...

26 by Brandon Chester on 7/30/2014

Xbox Games With Gold August 2014 Preview

The latest round of upcoming games for the Games with Gold program have been announced today, and unlike last month, there are no carryover games on the list. As...

6 by Brett Howse on 7/28/2014

First Look: The $799 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Core i3

Earlier this Summer Microsoft released Surface Pro 3, a fully equipped Haswell ULT based tablet in a chassis that was much more in line with what you'd expect from...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/23/2014

Microsoft Q4 FY 2014 Financial Results

This afternoon Microsoft held an earnings call to announce the results of their fourth quarter for fiscal year 2014. Strong growth in Microsoft’s cloud offerings offset a loss by the...

2 by Brett Howse on 7/22/2014

Nokia Lumia 630 Review

With the introduction of the Lumia 630 and 635 models, we have our first look at the next generation of low cost Windows Phone devices, and the Lumia 630...

79 by Brett Howse on 7/22/2014

Microsoft Announces Significant Cuts to Workforce

Recently appointed CEO Satya Nadella announced the largest layoffs in Microsoft’s 39 year history today, with a staggering 18,000 jobs on the chopping block. The goal, according to Nadella...

38 by Brett Howse on 7/17/2014

Microsoft Begins Rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan Update

After a long period as a developer preview, the official release of Windows Phone 8.1 is now rolling out to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones. Windows Phone 8.1 brings many...

41 by Brandon Chester on 7/15/2014

Xbox Games With Gold July 2014 Preview

Today Xbox released the list of upcoming games for Xbox Live members under their Games With Gold program. In an odd move, one of the Xbox One games carries...

4 by Brett Howse on 6/26/2014

Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Dual SIM Smartphone

Today Microsoft announced a second iteration of the Nokia X family of low end smartphones they first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The new device is...

14 by Brett Howse on 6/24/2014

Microsoft Revamps OneDrive Storage Tiers

Today Microsoft announced some very substantial changes to OneDrive storage. OneDrive is of course Microsoft’s consumer cloud storage product, formerly named SkyDrive. When the service first launched in 2007...

37 by Brett Howse on 6/23/2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

I can't believe it's only been sixteen months since I published our review of the original Microsoft Surface Pro. It feels like longer but that's likely because Surface RT...

267 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/23/2014

FPGA news roundup: Microsoft "Catapult", Intel's hybrid and Xilinx OpenCL

There has been some activity in the FPGA realm lately. First, Microsoft has published a paper at ISCA (a very well-known peer-reviewed computer architecture conference) about using FPGAs...

23 by Rahul Garg on 6/21/2014

Liveblogging with the Surface Pro 3

While we don’t have the full Surface Pro 3 review up yet, I’d figure that it’s worth posting some thoughts on it. For those that didn’t follow our WWDC...

35 by Joshua Ho on 6/4/2014

Reducing Bill Of Materials - Windows 8.1 With Bing

Traditionally, Microsoft has been a dominant force in the computing landscape, and with that domination it has cultured partnerships with many companies to have them build PCs based on...

28 by Brett Howse on 5/24/2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Hands On, Display & Performance Preview

Earlier today Microsoft announced its 3rd generation Surface Pro device, aptly named the Surface Pro 3. This is the first Surface model to deviate from the 10.6" 16:9 form...

295 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/20/2014

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