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BWB TV Review: Microsoft Lumia 535 – Windows for all?

Published by on Apr 21st, 2015, No Comments

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2015 is an interesting year for Microsoft. For the first time in years, the Redmond company seems to be establishing a vivid ecosystem, with results which look – so far – to be impressive. From the forthcoming release of Windows 10, to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft now has the opportunity to regain the confidence of its consumer base – and that pursuit of critical appeal is where the firm’s newest budget smartphone, the Lumia 535, comes into play.

You can read the full written review here. But first, below is the video review by Bryan Smith. Please check it out and let us know what you think. (more…)

Top 5: Windows 8.1 apps

Published by on Apr 17th, 2015, No Comments

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What began as Microsoft’s attempt to break out of the mould has undoubtedly achieved a mixed measure of success – Windows 8 brought us Microsoft’s new design language, a dedicated app store, and a flexible operating system across tablets, desktop computers, and now, Windows Phone. Crucially, it also brought all of the above stapled atop a still frustrating Windows 7.

With Microsoft’s iterant update to Windows on the way in the form of Windows 10 – which is set to release in late 2015 – there’s still time to reflect on the legacy of Windows 8 and 8.1, and enjoy the best apps which frequent the platform – many of which will be making the journey into Windows 10 territory.

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Microsoft Band launches in the UK

Published by on Apr 15th, 2015, No Comments

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Just days ahead of the release of Apple’s premier wearable, Microsoft has seen fit to launch its wrist-worn Band in the United Kingdom.

The wearable, praised for its fitness-tracking accuracy and multitude of sensors while at the same time criticised for its unattractive appearance, is available for purchase from the Microsoft store at only £169.99 – nearly half the price of Apple’s upcoming premium wristwatch.

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Microsoft ending support for Windows Server 2003

Published by on Apr 15th, 2015, No Comments

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Still running Windows Server 2003? In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft has announced that the end of life (EOL) for Windows Server 2003 is July 14, 2015.

If you’re wondering what this means for you, it comes down to this – there will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at risk. New threats won’t be addressed and your WS2003 systems will become a security risk and compliance nightmare.

See the full explanation from Microsoft below: (more…)

Microsoft brings over-the-air TV to Xbox One in the US

Published by on Apr 8th, 2015, No Comments

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Just weeks after Sony released its own TV streaming service – PlayStation Vue – Microsoft has fired back with an announcement that the Xbox One will now be capable of over-the-air TV streaming, once paired with two small accessories.

Xbox One users in North America – the United States and Canada – are now able to download over-the-air content from popular networks such as CBS, FOX and NBC without a cable subscription.

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Microsoft unveils ‘Project Spartan’ browser

Published by on Apr 1st, 2015, No Comments

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In the latest build of Windows 10 Technical Preview – which was seeded to developers today – Microsoft included a copy (the first public reveal) of its Internet Explorer replacement – a brand new browser under the working name ‘Project Spartan’.

The new ‘Spartan’ browser is an initiative from the Redmond firm to curb the years of flack the company suffered with the unpopular Internet Explorer. Spartan features a new UI as well as new ways to interact with the web.

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Halo 5 arrives on the Xbox One in October

Published by on Mar 30th, 2015, No Comments

Halo5_1With all the amazing new games being released this year I really need to replace my Xbox 360. Sony and Microsoft are working hard to push their exclusives this year with Bloodborne (PS4) and Halo 5 (Xbox One) ranking among the top contenders.

Xbox One fans will be happy to know that the lastest Halo installment (Halo 5: Gaurdians) will be available in Q4 this year… (more…)

Samsung to offer pre-installed Microsoft apps

Published by on Mar 23rd, 2015, No Comments

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Samsung have announced the intention to expand on a recent partnership with Microsoft, and offer pre-installed Microsoft apps on select Android tablets.

Microsoft’s entire Office suite – Word, Excel and Powerpoint –  will arrive pre-installed on Android tablets alongside the company’s OneNote note-taking app, OneDrive cloud storage facility, and the popular video-calling service, Skype.

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