Microsoft

Help save $250M per year on energy bills with this one, easy change to your Xbox One

The NRDC has called out Microsoft for making Xbox One an unnecessary energy hog. Cut down on 40% of your console's energy costs by changing this one, simple setting.

Gaming

Track your fitness and learn a new language with additions to Xbox One

Microsoft is integrating its Xbox Fitness with its web-based activity platform, Health. Separately, it's making the third-party Rosetta Stone app, a pared-down version of the Rosetta Stone PC product, available free for Xbox One owners.

Gaming

The Surface 3 will reportedly drop Windows RT, run Windows 10 on power-sipping processor

Reports are circulating that Microsoft will opt for an Intel processor in the successor to the Surface 2, allowing the device to run Windows 8.1, and upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available.

Computing

Project Spartan browser will completely ditch Internet Explorer’s code

Microsoft has announced that contrary to earlier reports, Project Spartan will not include code from Internet Explorer, and will not support a legacy mode for built-in IE compatibility.

Computing

Microsoft loops Adobe into Spartan browser project

Microsoft has now included Adobe in its Spartan project, dedicated to developing a new Web browser for Windows 10. An official blog post from Microsoft indicates this is just the beginning of the collaboration.

Computing

Microsoft teams up with Samsung and Dell to get Office, OneDrive, and Skype on tablets

Samsung announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring Office apps, including Skype and OneDrive, to select tablets. Dell also said that the apps will be preloaded on some of its devices, too.

Mobile

Xbox One April update improves party chat, Achievement notifications

An update bringing improvements to party chat, Achievement notifications, and more will be released to the public in April, but is coming to members of the Xbox One Preview program starting today.

Gaming

Microsoft slashes Surface Pro 3 prices by up to $150

Microsoft has put most Surface Pro 3 models on sale, and the quickest versions have been cut by up to $150, one of the largest discounts we've yet seen.

Computing

OneDrive ditches app status in Windows 10, will be fully integrated

Microsoft wants as many eyes on OneDrive as it can with Windows 10, by stripping its standalone application and making it a baked-in part of the new Windows 10 experience.

Computing

Microsoft may lock out other OSes with Windows 10

Reports suggest OEMs will have the opportunity to make Secure Boot mandatory with Windows 10 — and that means you won't be able to easily install a different operating system on your machine.

Computing

Windows 10’s Start Menu has the best icon ever

Microsoft has added many improvements to Windows 10, but one little icon in the new Start Menu stands above everything else as the most useful, intuitive and convenient feature added in years.

Computing

[Update] Pirates get free copies of Windows 10 – but it won’t be genuine

In an effort to curb the massive piracy of its software in China, Microsoft will upgrade all PCs running Windows 7 and up to Windows 10 for free, whether the previous version of the operating system is genuine or not.

Computing

Forget flagship phones, Microsoft’s back with the $70 Lumia 430

Microsoft's racing to the bottom with the Lumia range, and has announced the Lumia 430, a $70 smartphone with a surprisingly decent specification, making us wonder why it bothered to launch its sister phones at all.

Mobile

Windows 10 Technical Preview updated to build 10041 with transparent Start Menu, task view changes

Microsoft has released the latest Windows 10 build to Insiders on the Fast track. It provides a variety of minor feature updates, such as a transparent start menu, but also contains some bugs.

Computing

Touchpad gestures will become smarter in Windows 10

In a WinHEC session led by Miron Vranjes, Microsoft revealed new touchpad features that will be coming to users with Windows 10. Multi-finger gestures will give users the ability to navigate features ranging from Cortana to the Notification Center.

Computing