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Gizmag compares the features and specs of the 11-in 2014 MacBook Air and the Surface Pro 2

Earlier this week we took a look at how the new 13-in MacBook Air compares to the same-sized MacBook Pro with Retina Display. But we don't want to leave the 11-in Air out of the fun. Let's see how its features and specs compare to the Microsoft Surface Pro 2.  Read More

Xbox Originals will see original programming coming soon to Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners

Microsoft is expanding the entertainment options available to Xbox users with the announcement of Xbox Originals, an initiative that will see the company rolling out original programming directly to Xbox Live users. Microsoft isn't restricting the shows only to early adopters of its latest console with the new content to be available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.  Read More

A user zooms in on a map by pinching their fingers on the keyboard

Gesture recognition devices may indeed offer more functionality than is possible using just a keyboard and mouse, but in order to use them, users have to lift their hands up and away from that keyboard. A team at Microsoft Research decided to address that problem, and created a prototype mechanical keyboard that recognizes hand gestures performed on or immediately above the keys.  Read More

Here's a look at some of the new features in Windows Phone 8.1

Just like Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update, its mobile OS is continuing to move forward with Windows Phone 8.1. This is a major upgrade which is free to all current Windows Phone 8 users, and set to be released sometime this summer (Northern Hemisphere). Availability will vary by device and carrier. Here's a look at some of its new features and what you can expect.  Read More

The new accessory is designed primarily for living room use

Microsoft has announced the latest addition to its in-house accessories range in the form of the All-in-One Media Keyboard. The device is aimed squarely at the living room and features an integrated multi-touch trackpad and a range of entertainment-related features.  Read More

From system updates to game announcements, there's a lot happening in the world of gaming

The first half of April has seen a number of big announcements in the gaming world. With Microsoft’s relentless schedule of Xbox One updates, some big game and release date reveals, updates on next-gen resolutions and a certain online retailer getting in on the action, there’s a lot to keep track of. Read on for all the important gaming news.  Read More

Here's how to print from Modern apps in Windows 8.1

Printing from the traditional desktop environment in Windows 8.1 is a relatively straightforward process, but what about the new Modern UI? It’s definitely a new way of doing things, and several Modern apps support printing. If you have a Surface or another device that's running the RT version of Windows 8, you might be wondering how to set up a printer and how to print from apps. Here’s how it's done.  Read More

Microsoft unveiled its latest version of Windows 8.1 at its developer's conference

Who would have thought that a button would have meant so much to so many people? On Wednesday at its developers conference, Microsoft announced that after bringing back the Start button, it’s now rolling out a package of new features for Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1. Based on customer feedback, it’s part of an effort to make 8.1 feel more like older versions of Windows by stepping away from the touchscreen, cloud-centric version of Windows 8 that proved less than a hit with consumers.  Read More

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows features some subtle differences from the Xbox One version

One of the biggest features hyped by Microsoft about the Xbox One was the new Kinect. Now, Microsoft is bringing an SDK for its improved motion and voice sensor to PC with Kinect for Windows v2. This will allow developers to create Windows applications that use features offered by the Kinect.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Power Cover, a keyboard accessory that extends the battery life in Micr...

Thinking about buying a hybrid PC that runs full Windows? Well, then battery life had better be on your radar, or you might end up with a device that conks out after just a few hours. If you own a Microsoft Surface, then that's becoming less of an issue. We've been testing a new accessory that can make a big difference in extending its uptimes. Read on, as Gizmag reviews the Surface Power Cover.  Read More

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