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  1. 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...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Digital Foundry Analyzes Crackdown 3's Cloud Based Destruction

    Fully destructible environments have long been a holy grail of game physics engines. I remember Red Faction: Guerrilla generating quite a bit of buzz when it came out, and according to Digital Foundry, the Crackdown devs have been working on an even more ambitious system that leverages the power...
  3. cageymaru

    Microsoft LSV2-Series Azure Virtual Machines Are Powered by AMD EPYC

    Microsoft has announced that its Lsv2-series Azure virtual machines (VM) are powered by AMD EPYC 7551 processors. The Lsv2-series features high throughput, low latency, and directly mapped local NVMe storage. The VMs are configurable from 8 to 80 vCPUs with simultaneous multi-threading. A 1.92TB...
  4. cageymaru

    Here Is the New Atomic Heart: 10 Minute Gameplay Trailer

    IGN has posted a new Atomic Heart: 10 minute gameplay trailer. Enjoy! Atomic Heart came out of nowhere last year and jumped on a lot of people's radars, thanks to its BioShock-on-acid weirdness (in a good way). Check out a huge new chunk of gameplay! Look up Mundfish on YouTube for more.
  5. AlphaAtlas

    Bing Appears to be Blocked in China

    NPR reports that Microsoft's search engine, Bing, appears to be blocked in China. Until Wednesday, Bing was one of the few foreign search engines that still worked inside the country, but NPR's Rob Schmitz confirmed that the site is no longer accessible, while noting that "China's internet...
  6. cageymaru

    Windows 10 Mobile Is Officially Dead

    Microsoft has officially signed the death certificate for Windows 10 mobile as it recently posted a "Windows 10 Mobile End of Support: FAQ." On December 10, 2019, "Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support...
  7. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Puts $500 Million Towards Affordable Seattle Area Housing

    Microsoft says they're committing $500 million towards an affordable housing program in the Pudget Sound region around Seattle. More specifically, $225 million will be invested "at below market rate returns, focused on preserving and developing new middle-income housing on King County’s...
  8. cageymaru

    "Floss" and "The Carlton" Dance Emotes Removed from Forza Horizon 4

    Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios have taken the initiative to remove controversial dance emotes from Forza Horizon 4 that are the center of a lawsuit against Fortnite creators; Epic Games. Dance creators Alfonso Ribeiro, Backpack Kid, and 2 Milly filed lawsuits against Epic Games in response...
  9. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft's Direct3D Team Mounts Old GPUs on Their Office Wall

    Throughout their history, Microsoft's Direct3D team, who are responsible for the various incarnations of DirectX and other related APIs, had to test quite a few graphics cards. In their own words, they've accumulated "a LOT" of old GPUs, and instead of storing them in boxes, the team decided to...
  10. AlphaAtlas

    Future Windows 10 Builds Will Reserve Storage and Tabulate It

    According to a recent Microsoft TechNet blog post, future versions of Windows 10 will automatically set aside several gigabytes of storage for updates and other Windows-related features. The post says that the reserved space will shrink the apparent size of regular, user accessible disk space...
  11. AlphaAtlas

    Windows 10 Web Market Share Overtakes Windows 7

    According to NetMarketShare's latest statistics, Windows 10's market share has finally overtaken Windows 7. The Steam userbase hit this critical crossover point in 2016, and Statcounter claims that Windows 10 usage was higher this time last year. But NetMarketShare claims they measure market...
  12. cageymaru

    The RetroArch Emulator Is in Development for the XBOX One

    Libretro has announced that it has committed to releasing a port of RetroArch to the Xbox One in early 2019. The Xbox One platform has a built in Developer Mode that grants users the ability to develop and test software on the system. This should forgo having to jailbreak the console. According...
  13. AlphaAtlas

    Halo Infinite Might Feature RPG Like Mechanics

    In a recent live stream, the Halo Infinite developers confirmed several new details about the upcoming game. Unlike Halo 5, Infinite will support 4 -player splitscreen, and its also getting a Reach-like customization system. The full developer livestream can be seen on Microsoft's streaming...
  14. cageymaru

    Microsoft Announces Project Mu: An Open-Source UEFI Creation Tool

    Microsoft has announced Project Mu, an open-sourced release of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) that will allow firmware to be kept up-to-date. Project Mu will support Firmware as a Service (FaaS) which is similar to the Microsoft Windows as a Service initiative. This will allow...
  15. cageymaru

    Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update for Actively Exploited Vulnerability

    Microsoft has released an emergency security update to patch an actively exploited vulnerability in Internet Explorer. CVE-2018-8653 addresses a remote code execution vulnerability caused by the way the scripting engine handles objects in Internet Explorer. The exploit corrupts memory in such as...
  16. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Introduces Windows Sandbox

    In bleeding edge Windows builds, Microsoft introduced a way to quickly and easy spin up a Windows VM. "Windows Sandbox," as they call it, allows users to create "isolated, temporary, desktop environment where you can run untrusted software without the fear of lasting impact to your PC."...
  17. AlphaAtlas

    Former Microsoft Employee Claims Google Broke Edge

    JoshuaJB, who Neowin says is really former Microsoft employee Joshua Bakita, made a post on Hacker News claiming that the Edge development team is switching to Chromium because Google "broke other browsers." While Joshua claims he isn't convinced Google intentionally sabotaged Edge, he says that...
  18. cageymaru

    Microsoft Edge Development Will Be Based on the Chromium Open Source Project

    Microsoft has officially adopted the Chromium open source project for the development of Microsoft Edge. This will create better web compatibility for Microsoft customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers. This change will occur over the course of the next year. Microsoft...
  19. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft is Working on Dual-Screen Surface PC

    Windows Central reports that Microsoft is working on a dual-screen Windows PC. Following the constellation theme used by the previously leaked "Andromeda" phone, the new device uses the code-name "Centaurus." Windows Central's sources claim that Microsoft will announce the device in fall 2019...
  20. modi123

    Microsoft Centaurus - Two screen tablet coming..

    I was always a big fan of the Courier from five or seven years back, but this looks.. interesting.. and definitely a new change to the slate tablet form factor. (Though it sounds like this will put the Surface Phone Andromeda on hold for a bit.) New Core OS, Intel, rest of the specs unknown...
  21. cageymaru

    Microsoft Is Replacing Edge in Windows 10 with a Chromium-Based Web Browser

    According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is giving up on its Edge browser and is switching to a Chromium-based web browser code named "Anaheim." This browser will replace Edge as the default browser on Windows 10. I expect we'll see Microsoft introduce Anaheim throughout the 19H1...
  22. Armenius

    (RUMOR) Microsoft in talks to acquire "mid-size" studio that "historically worked with PlayStation"

    Could it be Insomniac Games? I think they would be considered a large studio, though. Ready at Dawn was tossed out by others online, mentioning that the developer recently opened up a studio in Portland despite having financial issues. Would be closer to Redmond, but still 200 miles away from...
  23. cageymaru

    Mastercard and Microsoft Team up to Give Citizens a Global Digital Identity

    Mastercard and Microsoft have joined forces to promote the concept of a global digital identity. This global digital identity would track you, your purchases and travel around the world as it would effectively replace other forms of ID. Mastercard makes the case that it is a hardship for people...
  24. cageymaru

    Microsoft Wins $480 Million Contract to Supply Hololens to U.S. Army

    Microsoft has beaten out all competitors to win a $480 million contract to supply over 100,000 HoloLens HMDs to the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army wanted to correct issues with close combat readiness with an Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS). The program's objective is to to rapidly...
  25. AlphaAtlas

    Bing Flags VLC's Official Site as Dangerous

    As of now, Bing is flagging the VLC homepage as "dangerous." More specifically, Bing says the site has "indications of malicious activity," was scanned "16 times over the past 30 days," and that the last scan was on November 25, 2018. Techdows, who spotted the warning, did some digging and found...
  26. AlphaAtlas

    Windows 10 1809 Rollout Paused on Some Intel PCs

    Once again, Microsoft has paused the rollout of the Windows 10 "October" Update to some users. According to the 1809 support page, Intel "inadvertently released versions of its display driver (versions 24.20.100.6344, 24.20.100.6345) to OEMs that accidentally turned on unsupported features in...
  27. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Pulls Faulty Office Updates and Warns Users of Another

    Last Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released some updates to Microsoft Outlook and Office 2010 with the intent of addressing changes in the Japanese calendar. However, Softpedia reports that Microsoft pulled KB4461522 and KB2863821 due to issues that can cause Office to crash. Meanwhile, Microsoft...
  28. cageymaru

    Windows as a Service Is Failing

    Chris Hoffman of How-To-Geek has written an article critical of Microsoft's move to "Windows as a Service." He accuses Microsoft of updating Windows too much with new features instead of sticking to a yearly cadence with new updates like the corporation successfully did for decades. He argues...
  29. AlphaAtlas

    InXile CEO is Upbeat about Microsoft Aquisition

    Microsoft doesn't have the best track record when it comes to game studio acquisitions, which led many RPG fans to worry about InXile and Obsidian when the software giant bought them out. But Eurogamer recently interviewed InXile's CEO, Brian Fargo, and he seems particularly excited about the...
  30. cageymaru

    Microsoft to Release a Disc-Less Xbox One in 2019 for $199 [RUMOR]

    Brad Sams says that Microsoft is going to release a disc-less Xbox One S for $199 in 2019. Users of the console will be able to take their physical games and trade them in for digital entitlements. Then they will be able to download their games direct to their consoles. For increased value...
  31. cageymaru

    Windows 10 Version 1809 Is Getting a Re-Release Today

    Microsoft has announced that the October update is getting a re-release. Those who previously missed out on the excitement of losing their files, will have a chance to update to the seminal Windows 10 version 1809 experience today. Finally all of the NVIDIA RTX 2000 series owners will be able...
  32. cageymaru

    Windows 10 Pro Has Amnesia and Wants You Buy a New Copy from the Windows Store

    My personal copy of Windows 10 Pro decided that it is no longer valid as the key stored on the Microsoft servers is only good for Windows 10 Home. I even ran the Windows troubleshooter where it listed all of the valid Windows 10 Professional licenses stored on my Microsoft account, but still...
  33. AlphaAtlas

    PUBG Temporarily Free on Xbox and Coming to PS4

    Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is temporarily free on the Microsoft Store, assuming you have an Xbox One and an Xbox Live Gold subscription. PubG normally costs $30, so if you've held off on playing the game, now might be a good time to jump in. Meanwhile, Eurogamer thinks that the game is coming...
  34. AlphaAtlas

    Windows 10 October Update Might Not Launch In October

    Following a number of bugs, Microsoft has repeatedly delayed the global roll-out of the "Windows 10 October 2018 Update." Yesterday, Microsoft fixed the zip file bug in a new release, and pushed the build out to Windows Insiders. Pushing updates to the "Release Preview" ring usually means an...
  35. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Completes $7.5B Github Acquisition

    Today, Microsoft completed their acquisition of the Git hosting service Github. Microsoft payed a cool $7.5 Billion for the company, which they announced back in June. Github's co-founder and former CEO, Chris Wanstrath, is stepping down, and former Xamarin CEO Nat Friedman will start his job as...
  36. AlphaAtlas

    Alan Wake is Back from the Digital Graveyard

    Because of some expired music licenses, Alan Wake was pulled from the Steam storefont last year. The studio behind the Alan Wake games lost the license to their own series back in July, and up until recently, the future of the franchise didn't look too bright. But with a TV adaptation on the...
  37. cageymaru

    Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Has Succumbed to Cancer

    Paul G. Allen has succumbed to complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He had been treated for the same disease 9 years prior. The Microsoft co-founder revealed that he was beginning treatment for the disease earlier this month, and passed away today. Vulcan Inc, had this to say, "It is with...
  38. AlphaAtlas

    Windows 10 Tuesday Patch is Crashing HP Computers

    According to scattered reports collected by Windows Latest, a patch released by Microsoft on Tuesday is crashing some HP systems. KB4464330 reportedly conflicts with a specific HP keyboard driver, and IT staff on social media claim that the update is affecting many of their clients. Microsoft is...
  39. cageymaru

    Microsoft Joins OIN with a Portfolio of 60,000 issued Patents

    Microsoft has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) with the intentions of protecting Linux and open-source software from patent assertions waged by "patent trolls." They are bringing 60,000 issued patents to the organization and hope that their joining will attract others to the...
  40. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Partially Resumes Windows 10 October Update Rollout

    After pulling the release due to a bug that deletes user data, Microsoft is rolling out a patched version of the Windows 10 October Update to Windows Insiders. Interestingly, Microsoft notes that "one one-hundredth of one percent of version 1809 installs" reported any data loss, which could...
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