1. J

    The last train of Microsoft

    In my opinion there's a tech company could compete with Oculus, and that's company is Microsoft. Microsoft has money for compete in the price, one the main obstacle for other companies are the money. The price is very important for the mass market and It's one the reason of successful of Quest...
  2. Armenius

    Microsoft is bringing Auto HDR to DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 PC games

    The much touted feature available on the Xbox Series X|S is coming to PC games on Windows 10 for those on DirectX 11 and later. The feature is currently being tested on Windows Insider Program Dev Channel build 21337 and later. The feature will not work with every game out there, but it is...
  3. Red Falcon

    30,000 U.S. Organizations Newly Hacked Via Holes in Microsoft’s Email Software

    If any of you are in charge of Microsoft Exchange servers, you might want to get them patched immediately. 30,000 U.S. Organizations Newly Hacked Via Holes in Microsoft’s Email Software
  4. Armenius

    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    Thanks to Templar_X for pointing out that Microsoft has backtracked already on changes to the pricing model at this time. In addition, they removed the Gold requirement for free-to-play games. Interesting that they do this now when people have been complaining about the latter for a long time...
  5. Armenius

    Announcing DirectX 12 Ultimate

    In a blog post Microsoft announced an additive layer to DirectX 12 supporting new features teased during the new console reveals this week, including variable rate shading and sampler feedback. Along with the API update comes DirectX Raytracing 1.1. Unfortunately no mention of DirectStorage...
  6. Zarathustra[H]

    Seriously Microsoft?

    I don't know what build of Office 365 my organization is on, and can't even seem to figure out how to check, (Seriously, where is the "About" button?) so I don't know if this last update I just got the other day is new, or old news because of my IT department holding things back, but I have to...
  7. Zarathustra[H]

    Office 365 Pro-Plus to Change Chrome's Default Search Engine to Bing

    Microsoft in their wisdom have decided that it makes sense for an imminent update to Office 365 ProPlus to install an extension in Chrome to change its search engine to Bing. I can't even start to explain how much this makes my blood boil. Not only is it an abuse of Microsoft's market position...
  8. Armenius

    Project: MARA

    New experimental horror from Ninja Theory based on real life experiences of people suffering from "mental terror."
  9. modi123

    DreamWalker - A short walk closer to rejecting your reality and substituting a new one..

    Microsoft researchers have made some leaps with VR with a project called 'DreamWalker'. These cats strapped on a VR head set, told it where they wanted to go, and the VR set navigated them to their destination but in the meantime the displayed information is a city and what not. The program...
  10. B

    As predicted: Windows as a PPV service...

    Only since they announced Win8 and the SCo-Linux debacles, have I predicted that 1) Windows would go pay-per-view Windows-as-a-service, and 2) they would roll Linux into the OS, possibly turning the OS into a version of Linux. Seems like it's gonna come true. Imagine that.
  11. scojer

    T-Mobile and Microsoft Team up on Project xCloud As much as we don't want game streaming to take off, they're pushing for it more and more. When technology is at a place with very minimal lag, and affordable service, I'll jump on board. Until then, watching this...
  12. d3athf1sh

    Microsoft workers listening in on cortana/skype calls. Found this a little unsettling. but what do we expect at this point amazon, apple, and google all do the same thing.
  13. Retronym

    Microsoft: Preferred partner with OpenAI All services to be featured on Azure after the billion dollar deal.
  14. Pieter3dnow

    AMD Bundles 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with Ryzen and Radeon parts Terms are listed here:
  15. Zarathustra[H]

    Converting .NSF Notes Archive file to .OST Outlook Archive file?

    Hey all, This was one difficult question to find the correct subforum for, but after going back and forth I ended up here. Does anyone have any experience with this? My work recently moved from Notes to Office 365 including Exchange. I am very happy about this transition. Notes was a pain...
  16. Retronym

    All new Microsoft games coming to Steam As of today, Microsoft is abandoning its previous Windows 10 Store exclusivity and bringing all its future first-party PC titles to Steam—and potentially other storefronts as well.
  17. Armenius

    Sony and Microsoft to explore strategic partnership

    Better check if hell is freezing over. In a Memorandum of Understanding released today, Sony and Microsoft announced that they will work together in the future to bring cloud-based solutions for game streaming that benefit both companies, along with developing more advanced AI. TOKYO and...
  18. S

    Remember Microsoft PowerToys? Windows 10 Is Getting Them

    Microsoft is resurrecting the PowerToys project. Designed for power users, these utilities may include a keyboard shortcut manager, a batch file renamer, and a window manager that can change window layouts when you dock or undock a laptop. The PowerToys project originally launched for Windows...
  19. cageymaru

    Microsoft Will Ship a Linux Kernel with Windows

    Microsoft has announced that it will be shipping a Linux kernel with Windows. The Windows Subsystem for Linux: WSL 2 will bring full support for Docker and other Linux features to Windows. This will be the first time a Linux kernel is shipped with Windows and it is based on the 4.19 version of...
  20. cageymaru

    Windows Terminal Announcement

    Windows Terminal has been announced by Microsoft. It features a GPU accelerated DirectWrite/DirectX-based text rendering engine and will use the fonts from your PC. Microsoft also announced the release of new fonts for the Windows Terminal. Full customization over the look and control of the...
  21. Retronym

    MS Paint lives on...for now

    Microsoft has decided not to kill off the best program ever made. For now.
  22. cageymaru

    Microsoft Launches Disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

    Microsoft has announced that it has launched the disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. The $250 video game console will feature a 1TB hard drive and is comparable to a $300 Xbox One S without the ability to play physical discs. Microsoft expects to maintain that price difference between...
  23. cageymaru

    Microsoft Patent Describes a Persistence of Vision Augmented Reality Display

    Microsoft has filed a patent for a new type of mixed-reality head-mounted display (HMD) called a Persistence of Vision Augmented Reality Display. The display uses movable screens to simulate a 360 degree field of view. These screens can rotate back and forth, spin around a user's head, or spin...
  24. cageymaru

    Microsoft Announces Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac

    Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac brings the same robust protection from Windows Defender to the Mac platform. Microsoft has created a "cross-platform next-generation protection and endpoint detection and response coverage" heterogeneous solution that will help Microsoft reach its goal of securing...
  25. AlphaAtlas

    All Digital Xbox One S Could Launch May 7

    Following up on previous reports claiming that Microsoft could unveil a disc-less Xbox One in April, Windows Central allegedly got their hands on some photographs of the upcoming console, and recreated them in Photoshop to protect their source. "Additional documents" they obtained suggest that...
  26. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Criticizes FCC Broadband Report

    According to a recently spotted FCC report, Microsoft thinks that the government is a little generous when it comes to their analysis of broadband availability. Based on their own analysis, some areas that supposedly have access to speeds of over 25 Mbps really don't have much access at all, and...
  27. cageymaru

    Microsoft Announces Variable Rate Shading Support for DX12

    Variable Rate Shading (VRS) is a powerful new API that gives the developers the ability to use GPUs more intelligently. Shaders are used to calculate the color of each pixel in a screen. Shading rate refers to the resolution at which these shaders are called (which is different from the overall...
  28. cageymaru

    Microsoft Reveals Project xCloud: a Vision for Game-Streaming

    Microsoft has revealed Project xCloud: its vision of the future of game-streaming. As long as there is a client for the device, the service enables gamers to play the games that they want on the device that they want. Just like music where you have a choice to listen at home, on the commute to...
  29. AlphaAtlas

    Windows Update Fixes Previous Patch's Mouse Issues

    Microsoft has released a fix to a previous update that reportedly caused "graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming when playing certain games, such as Destiny 2." KB4482887 contained the performance enhancing "Retpoline" Spectre mitigation, and in addition to the new mouse...
  30. cageymaru

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection Is Coming to the PC

    Microsoft has announced that Halo: Reach is being added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the entire collection is coming to the PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam! The team at 343 Industries has updated the games with improved and modernized matchmaking and services, support for...
  31. cageymaru

    Microsoft Announces DX12 Support for Windows 7

    Blizzard Entertainment added Windows 10 DX12 support to its MMO World of Warcraft (WoW) and fans of the game responded with a warm welcome to new features such as multi-threading. Blizzard Entertainment contacted Microsoft about bringing the same improvements to WoW gamers that remain on Windows...
  32. cageymaru

    Windows 10 Will Uninstall Incompatible Updates

    Microsoft has rolled out a new feature for Windows 10 that allows the operating system (OS) to automatically uninstall broken or incompatible updates. Windows 10 will attempt to fix startup failures with automatic recovery attempts before uninstalling the updates. Users will see this message "We...
  33. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft HoloLens Was the Star of MWC

    Mobile device manufacturers released a slew of new handsets and MWC this year, but Forbes' Patrick Moorhead thinks that Microsoft's HoloLens 2 was one of the most impressive devices at the show. The new headset doubles the field of view of the original Hololens without sacrificing pixel density...
  34. AlphaAtlas

    Google Discovers Vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows 7

    Google just publicized a combination of zero-day exploits for Windows 7 and Chrome that are reportedly being exploited together in the wild. The bug in Chrome allegedly involved the browser's file reader, while the vulnerability in Windows "is a NULL pointer dereference in...
  35. cageymaru

    Highlights of the Microsoft HoloLens 2 Presentation at Mobile World Conference

    CNET has released a highlights video of the Microsoft HoloLens 2 presentation at the Mobile World Conference. The video shows some of the forward thinking solutions that Microsoft engineers have been working on for years to make working with holograms feel like interacting with objects in the...
  36. cageymaru

    Microsoft Announces the Open Sourcing of Windows Calculator

    Microsoft has announced that it has open sourced the Windows Calculator on GitHub under the MIT License. Microsoft is seeking more community contributions and ideas in the development of Windows Calculator. Reviewing the Windows Calculator code will allow developers to learn how to work with...
  37. AlphaAtlas

    Developers Install Windows 10 on an Nintendo Switch

    A developer and hacker who goes by "Ben" on Twitter has allegedly shoehorned Windows 10 for ARM into an Nintendo Switch. This is reportedly the same hacker who helped get Windows 10 running on the Lumia 950 and the Raspberry Pi 3, but the Switch doesn't appear to be quite as functional as those...
  38. cageymaru

    Microsoft to Announce Xbox One S "All Digital Edition" in April [Rumor]

    Last year, Brad Sams of Thurrott leaked information detailing how Microsoft is expected to announce a Xbox One S without the disc drive. Now Jez Corden of Windows Central has heard that the console is coming and it will be called the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Preorders for the console are...
  39. AlphaAtlas

    ZDNet Analyzes the Windows 10 Update Schedule

    Microsoft recently released code from the Windows 10 2020 H1 branch to testers last month, which left many wondering why Microsoft wasn't releasing code from the 19H1 update. Some thought Microsoft might be moving to one Windows 10 feature update per year, while others thought the marriage of...
  40. AlphaAtlas

    Phil Spencer Comments on Developer Acquisitions and PC Gaming Plans

    Microsoft recently acquired the long-running RPG developers Obsidian and inXile, and, given Microsoft's track record with acquisitions and PC titles in general, many fans were justifiably worried about what that means for either studio. But, in a recent interview with PC Gamer, Microsoft's Phil...