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Here's how to install Windows 10 Technical Preview and explore some new built-in features

Microsoft recently released the first iteration of its new operating system to the public in the form of Windows 10 Technical Preview. Here's a look at how to install it as well as check out the current new features you can expect when the final version is released.  Read More

Microsoft Xim is a collaborative slideshow app, that lets friends and family browse throug...

Mobile app stores are full of photo-sharing services, and they're all trying to be the next big thing. But how many of them really change anything (well, apart from who you're giving your money to)? Microsoft Research has a new service that could actually change the way you share photos. Meet Xim.  Read More

RoomAlive is the latest prototype from Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research has moved on from IllumiRoom, its concept for adding visuals to the periphery of gamers' television sets. After concluding that that system -- which used a Kinect camera and a projector to bring video games into the living room -- was too expensive to be released commercially, the company has revealed RoomAlive, which is even more expensive and even less practical. Thankfully, it's also an intriguing glimpse at the possible future of gaming.  Read More

Microsoft demonstrated impressive new research based on grip sensors in styluses and table...

If you own a Galaxy Note or Surface Pro, then you probably already know how useful a stylus can be. Much more than a faux finger, a digital pen can give you a sense of precision and control that your meathooks just can't replicate. But based on the work going on in Microsoft Research, the stylus still isn't close to reaching its full potential.  Read More

Windows 10 shrinks Windows 8's Start Screen and moves it to the Start Menu

It’s no secret that Windows 8 was not a particularly successful release, as Microsoft struggled to convince both consumers and businesses of the virtues of its split nature. Fast forward to today, and the company has announced its successor, known as Windows 10. The next version of Microsoft’s operating system makes some big changes, perhaps most notably the removal of the much-hated tile UI.  Read More

Here's how to back up your photos from any mobile device to one location

A lot of us have mobile devices on multiple platforms. Maybe an iPod, an Android tablet, and/or a Windows Phone. Or perhaps you have a BlackBerry or Kindle Fire to throw into the mix. Whatever your combination of devices, it can be cumbersome accessing each platform's respective storage service to manage photos and videos you take. An easier solution is to use one service to consolidate all of your photos and videos in one spot. Both OneDrive and Dropbox have apps for each of the major mobile platforms and will back up photos and videos automatically – no matter which device you're using.  Read More

Both systems are set to receive new features

Both Microsoft and Sony have announced big updates for their current-gen platforms this month. The PlayStation 4 v2 update will land an innovative online/local multiplayer hybrid feature on the system, while the Xbox One is set to receive remote purchase functionality, improved social features and a big tweak to its Blu-ray player.  Read More

Standalone Kinect sensors for Xbox One will be available for purchase from October 7

After Microsoft started offering the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor earlier this year to better complete with Sony's PS4, it was only a matter of time before a standalone Kinect was released. That time has now arrived, with a standalone Kinect to be available from October 7.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the 2014 Retina MacBook Pro with the Surface Pro...

Last week Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro lineup to put a little more horsepower under the hood. How does the latest version of Apple's best notebook compare to what might be the best Windows 2-in-1? Read on, as Gizmag compares the 2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  Read More

Here's a hands-on look at what you can expect from Windows Phone 8.1 update 1

On the heels of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has released the latest update to its mobile OS. Currently available to download for users as part of the free-to-join Preview for Developers program, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes some minor but important enhancements. Here's a look at what to expect.  Read More

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