It’s a new dawn: Microsoft acquires Sunrise

Published by on Feb 12th, 2015, No Comments


Seeking to re-assert itself as the kingpin of productivity, February 11th saw Microsoft officially confirm its acquisition of mobile calendering startup Sunrise.

The news was first broken by TechCrunch on February 4th, where it was rumoured that Microsoft had allegedly acquired the vendor behind one of the most popular calendering services on the mobile front. A week later, Microsoft has now publicly confirmed that it has spent over US$100 million to acquire Sunrise. (more…)

Microsoft kills Windows RT

Published by on Feb 5th, 2015, 1 Comment


There aren’t many Windows tablets out there, and there are even fewer Windows RT tablets. These will be left out to dry with the announcement that Microsoft will discontinue Windows RT. The Nokia Lumia 2520 and the Surface 2 were the last remaining Windows RT tablets being produced, until early this year.

This move comes as no surprise, frankly, as almost all OEM’s except for Microsoft had already given up on the platform. (more…)

Surface Pro 3 scores big for Microsoft in latest results

Published by on Jan 28th, 2015, 3 Comments


The last week has been quite a big one for Microsoft. They showed off their first concept for the augmented reality device HoloLens, delved deeper into the new Windows 10 and also unveiled their brand new browser, project Spartan (although the name will likely change before release).

We think there are plenty of good reasons to get excited about where Microsoft is going next, but this week they got extremely excited about what is probably their first major success story when it comes to its own hardware, Nokia excluded. (more…)

Microsoft officially unveils new browser, Spartan

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments


During the past few weeks, we reported on what was rumoured to be Microsoft’s new, stand-alone web browser, Spartan. And now, after the Windows 10 launch event of last week, we can confirm that Spartan is, in fact, real – which surely is good news for all Windows users.

As we’ve said before, Spartan will be a complete separate browser to the long-standing Internet Explorer. However, it will be released in the new Windows 10 update alongside an updated Internet Explorer. (more…)

Microsoft unveils new AR device – the HoloLens

Published by on Jan 23rd, 2015, No Comments

hololensIt hasn’t taken Microsoft too long to jump onto the Virtual Reality band wagon. Although their take on it is decidedly more “mixed reality”. Microsoft is building support for holographic displays into Windows 10, so it only makes sense that the company would make one of those displays, wouldn’t it? 

Meet the HoloLens, an official headset with see-through lenses that merges digital content with the physical. It includes spatial sound so that you can hear things happening behind you in the virtual world, and it even has a dedicated Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) to make sure everything works smoothly.  (more…)

Windows Phone 10 leaks shows new homescreen

Published by on Jan 19th, 2015, No Comments


Alongside the new Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft is launching their new software for smartphones. We’re not yet exactly sure what it will be called yet (the rumoured names are either Windows Phone 10 or Windows 10 for phones), but a leak allegedly shows off the homescreen of the new software. (more…)

Is a new Age of Empires game in the making?

Published by on Jan 14th, 2015, 2 Comments


If you get the same nostalgia thinking about the first two Age of Empires games as we do, you grew up a golden age of real time strategy games. We spent countless hours building and destroying walls, decimating enemy armies and gathering those precious resources which made it all possible. (more…)

New Microsoft browser to include Cortana, other features

Published by on Jan 9th, 2015, No Comments


Earlier in the week we reported that Microsoft is allegedly building an entirely new web browser to be launched with the new Windows update, Windows 10.

Apparently, the new browser is specifically designed to be more streamlined and a so-called ‘light-weight’ browser. The browser is supposedly codenamed ‘Spartan’ for now, and will be completely separate from Microsoft’s long-standing flagship browser, Internet Explorer.

Now, reports are stating that ‘Spartan’ will include a whole bunch of new features, some of which haven’t been included in other, rival browsers. This is a big step from Microsoft, considering that Internet Explorer has been lacking behind other browsers for years.

A big step, but one that is no doubt necessary.  (more…)