The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

You're heading to the store to get an Xbox One right now, and need to know which games to get. (Land the plane, first, of course.) Or you're at work or in school, daydreaming about what you want to play next. Or maybe you're suiting up for a battle in the console war, cinching on your armor and trying to remember which … » 4/17/14 5:38pm Thursday 5:38pm

Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Gloriously Good Enough

Windows 8.1's recent update was a subtle but effective boost. Windows Phone's 8.1 power up follows the same cues. It's not mind-blowing, it's not world-changing, it's nothing to jump around and scream about, but it turns Windows Phone into something it's never quite been before: an OS that's totally good enough. » 4/14/14 8:00am 4/14/14 8:00am

Photographer reveals the secret of the Windows XP desktop image

Charles O'Rear is the photographer who took Bliss, the image that became the desktop of every single Windows XP computer in the world. Billions saw it and probably think the photo is so perfect and colorful that it is computer generated—or at least Photoshopped. O'Rear reveals the origin of the photo in this video. » 4/10/14 6:43pm 4/10/14 6:43pm

The Best New Windows 8.1 Features in 8 GIFs

Windows 8.1 just got an update. It's rolling out automatically starting today, but you can also grab it in the Windows Store. The changes are mostly tiny but also great. In fact they're so small and intuitive that you might even miss a few, so we've wrangled our favorites into this series of handy GIFs. » 4/08/14 10:00am 4/08/14 10:00am

Microsoft's New "Windows in the Car" Concept Takes on Apple's CarPlay

Microsoft's no stranger to in-car entertainment systems; it's been powering a number of auto-makers' interfaces for years. But now, Microsoft is getting serious about its own, Windows Phone-centric car integration system—and it looks an awful lot like Apple's own CarPlay. » 4/06/14 11:05am 4/06/14 11:05am

Make the Switch from Windows XP

As of Tuesday, the venerable Windows XP operating system is going kaput. Microsoft is pulling update support for the OS, leaving it vulnerable to rapidly mutating cyber threats. There's precious little time to make sure your computer isn't left to the wilds of the Internet. Here's how to make the jump to the modern era … » 4/05/14 12:00pm 4/05/14 12:00pm

​Windows 8.1 Update Hands On: Terrific Tweaks For the Mouse Faithful

Windows 8.1 did a whole bunch to make Windows 8 feel more homey by tweaking tiny fit and finish issues. And it worked great. The next Windows 8.1 update (creatively called "Windows 8.1 Update") is pretty much the same thing all over again, but this time with mouse-users specifically in mind. And after trying it out we… » 4/02/14 2:00pm 4/02/14 2:00pm

Microsoft Will Leave Email Snooping Up to the Authorities Now

After last week's uproar over Microsoft's 2012 snooping in a blogger's Hotmail account, the company says it will no longer perform its own email snooping in criminal cases. In an official blog post today, Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith said that, effective immediately, when investigations occur, "we will… » 3/28/14 5:53pm 3/28/14 5:53pm

Save 33% On Office 365 By Buying Through Amazon

If you just downloaded the new Microsoft Office apps for iPad, you probably noticed that they require an Office 365 subscription to actually create or edit any documents. Instead of signing up for that $100 in-app purchase though, save yourself a bunch of money by buying a subscription on Amazon. » 3/28/14 10:46am 3/28/14 10:46am

Microsoft Office for iPad: Full Video Walkthrough and Hands On

After Office for iOS proved itself a pretty big disappointment to anyone who was hoping to actually do things with the app, the long-anticipated Office for iPad has finally hit the App Store. It's ok; you can let out a sigh of relief. This time, Microsoft got it right. » 3/27/14 5:07pm 3/27/14 5:07pm

Microsoft Office Finally Comes to the iPad Today, And It's Free(mium)

It's coming up on a year since the original release of Microsoft Office for iOS, but in all that time there's been no iPad-specific version to be found. And now it's here (for free, to try) as of two o'clock this afternoon, as a gift from Microsoft's new cloud-guru CEO Satya Nadella. » 3/27/14 1:13pm 3/27/14 1:13pm

​The Xbox One's Media Remote Is Surprisingly Great

The Xbox One wasn't supposed to need a remote control. That was the whole point, right? With its high-tech Kinect camera, we could just talk to it and tell it what to do. Remote controls were a thing of the past, a finally bygone relic of the 20th century! Except, well, not really. » 3/24/14 5:47pm 3/24/14 5:47pm

Microsoft Snooped on a Blogger's Email to Hunt Down a Windows 8 Leaker…

An indictment filed in federal court today reveals that Microsoft snooped through a blogger's Hotmail account trying to plug an internal leak of pre-release Windows 8 software. That sounds like an outrageous violation of privacy because that's exactly what it is. Microsoft claims they had the legal right under its… » 3/20/14 5:58pm 3/20/14 5:58pm