Back at GDC 2014 in March, Microsoft and its hardware partners first announced the next full iteration of the Direct3D API. Now on to version 12, this latest version of Direct3D would be focused on low level graphics programming, unlocking the greater performance and greater efficiency that game consoles have traditionally enjoyed by giving seasons programmers more direct access to the underlying hardware. In particular, low level access would improve performance both by reducing the overhead high level APIs incur, and by allowing developers to better utilize multi-threading by making it far easier to have multiple threads submitting work. At the time Microsoft offered brief hints that there would be more to Direct3D 12 than just the low level API, but the low level API...

Chipworks Confirms Xbox One SoC Has 14 CUs with 2 Disabled

In our mini-review of the Xbox One I speculated that the shipping version of Microsoft's console featured 14 AMD GCN CUs (Graphics Core Next Compute Units), with two disabled...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/26/2013

The Xbox One - Mini Review & Comparison to Xbox 360/PS4

Earlier this morning Microsoft lifted the embargo on press reviews of the Xbox One. I’ve been playing with final hardware and near final software for a few days now...

286 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/20/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Firmware Update Improves Battery Life

Shortly after general availability of the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft pushed out a firmware update that allowed the Marvell WiFi solution to drive down to even lower power states...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review

When Microsoft introduced its first Surface devices last year, it did so in a staggered fashion. Surface RT showed up first, then four months later Surface Pro went on...

277 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/21/2013

Microsoft Surface 2 Review

A year ago Microsoft first threw its hat into the tablet race with a new brand, a new OS and a completely new strategy. To make a challenging situation...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/21/2013

Windows 8.1 Update Now Available

October 17th is here, and as previously announced by Microsoft Windows 8.1 is now shipping. Microsoft’s service pack/update for Windows 8 is being distributed through the Windows 8 Store. Microsoft...

105 by Ryan Smith on 10/17/2013

Microsoft Comments on State of Direct3D, Mantle Support, & Names XB1 API “Direct3D 11.x”

In a somewhat unusual technical/promotional blog entry called “Raising the Bar with Direct3D”, Microsoft has released some additional details on the version of Direct3D for Xbox One, along with...

36 by Ryan Smith on 10/15/2013

Windows Phone 8 GDR3 Update Breakdown

Today, Microsoft announced the third developer update to Windows Phone 8, which brings support for larger screens, and 1080p display resolution. This also means a larger start screen, going...

44 by Joshua Ho on 10/15/2013

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 2 & Surface 2, Shipping October 22

Microsoft just announced the long awaited successors to its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices at a press event in NYC. We were fans of the original Surface devices...

91 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 9/23/2013

Microsoft Surface Event Live Blog

We're seated and inside at Microsoft's Surface event in New York City, where Microsoft will hopefully announce the upcoming Surface RT and Pro successors. We'll be live blogging away inside.

85 by Brian Klug on 9/23/2013

Xbox One: Unboxed

We’ve already discussed the hardware of the Xbox One (or Xbone as Brian likes to call it) and compared it with the PlayStation 4, so all that’s left is...

41 by Jarred Walton on 8/8/2013

Surface Pro $100 Price Drop - A Prelude of Things to Come?

Techreport.com posted earlier today that there's currently a $100 rebate from Microsoft on the Surface Pro. That brings the price of the 64GB SSD model to $799 and the...

100 by Jarred Walton on 8/5/2013

Welcome to the Preview Release of Microsoft 2014

Today Microsoft released a couple of major announcements regarding the restructuring of their entire business. The complete One Microsoft email from Steve Ballmer along with an internal memo entitled...

79 by Jarred Walton on 7/11/2013

Windows 8.1 Preview Released

Coinciding with Microsoft’s BUILD 2013 conference this week, the public preview of Windows 8.1 has been released over at Microsoft’s Windows website. Windows 8.1 (née Blue) is Windows 8’s first...

52 by Ryan Smith on 6/26/2013

Outlook 2013 RT Coming Free to Windows RT 8.1 Tablets Later this Year

Microsoft has been pretty quiet at Computex thus far, but today we got a bit of expected news. Outlook 2013 RT will be coming with the free Windows RT...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2013

Windows 8.1 Sings the Blues

There’s a saying dating back to the early MS-DOS days: “Wait for the point release.” The implication was that the x.0 version of any new MS-DOS was sure to...

76 by Jarred Walton on 5/30/2013

The Great Equalizer Part 2: Surface Pro vs. Android Devices in 3DMark

While we're still waiting for Windows RT and iOS versions of the latest 3DMark, there is one cross-platform comparison we can make: Ivy Bridge/Clover Trail to the Android devices...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro mSATA SSD Upgrade: Dangerous but Successful

Unlike current ARM or Atom based tablets, Microsoft's Surface Pro integrates a full blown mSATA SSD. My review sample included a 128GB Micron C400, while I've seen reports of...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown: mSATA SSD Inside

After we published our Surface Pro review I went back and updated it to confirm that the SSD inside was indeed of the mSATA variety. My particular review sample...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

There's clearly interest in a device that converges the tablet and notebook. ASUS saw some of the earliest success in this department with its Transformer line of Android tablets...

229 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/5/2013

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