Windows 10 Will Help Kill the Password for Good

A consortium of tech companies adopted a new standard in December intended to usher in a more secure future without the hassle of passwords. On Friday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will incorporate those specifications, enabling new biometric identification features like fingerprints and eye-scans. Good job,… » 2/16/15 4:10pm 2/16/15 4:10pm

Cortana May Become Microsoft's New and Hopefully Less Annoying Clippy

Clippy was an idea ahead of its time—just horribly executed. The overly friendly paper clip has since become an endless joke that even Microsoft rips on every once in awhile. But as Cortana's conquest across Windows 10 and the new Spartan browser continues, it seems the popular voice assistant will also be coming to… » 2/08/15 11:22am 2/08/15 11:22am

SNL Revisits Your Clippy Nightmares With a New Assistant Named Pushie

Microsoft's Clippy is the oft-bemoaned helper of Windows software until the friendly and overzealous paper clip was killed off for Office 2007. Detested by consumers and Microsoft alike, Clippy didn't leave behind much adoration. But last night, SNL preyed upon our Clippy nightmares with a new office assistant,… » 2/01/15 9:00am 2/01/15 9:00am

Microsoft Outlook for iOS and Android Looks Like Acompli and That's Good

Well, that didn't take long. After Microsoft bought the hit email app Acompli (it was even one of our favorite apps of last year) last month, they turned it around pretty quickly into an official Outlook app for iOS and Android. Outlook joins Office as Microsoft continues its mobile software push beyond Windows Phone. » 1/29/15 3:00am 1/29/15 3:00am

A 3D Model of Microsoft's HoloLens Is the Closest You Can Get For Now

As we all stop caring about 3D TVs, smartwatches, and other recent tech fads, the attention now turns to head-worn interactive displays. And if you think Microsoft's new HoloLens has what it takes to challenge the Oculus Rift, here's your chance to look over the hardware—at least a 3D interactive model of it—… » 1/26/15 5:00pm 1/26/15 5:00pm

​Can Microsoft Make Faceputers Happen?

The next frontier of computing seems, fairly inevitably, the space directly in front of our eye holes. Nevermind that Google Glass washed out (for now), or that Oculus Rift is still a niche within a niche. Our wrists are being colonized. Our faces are next. And Microsoft, of all the players, might be the conquistador. » 1/21/15 5:20pm 1/21/15 5:20pm

HoloLens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

VR? Meh. Microsoft is going the holodeck route with something called HoloLens. These are holographic glasses and they'll be coming out around the same time as Windows 10. Man, this sure looks awesome and cool and probably also janky and questionably useful! We'll find out first-hand soon though; Microsoft will be… » 1/21/15 1:41pm 1/21/15 1:41pm

Microsoft's New Xbox App Brings Game DVR and Chat to Your PC

Windows 10 is about universal apps, and getting everything on all your devices. That includes the new Xbox app, which you'll find on PC, Xbox, and mobile. It'll let you text and chat and do everything you love on Xbox Live across every Windows device you have. The biggest and best news? It'll let you stream your Xbox… » 1/21/15 1:17pm 1/21/15 1:17pm