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Microsoft is working hard on the next iteration of Windows, now collectively called Windows 10 and has promised that device owners won’t be left in the lurch. Not only will Windows 10 be the best version to date, it’s also going to be an upgrade option for all Windows Phone 8 devices. This promise extends to all Windows Phone 8 handsets, so even if you have a launch HTC Windows Phone 8X, you’ll still get the upgrade.

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Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate VP of marketing, strategy and business, just popped up on the official Xbox news website to provide some feedback on the sales figures of the Xbox One. Thanks to recent price adjustments, which see Xbox One bundle deals starting from $349, the console has seen a dramatic rise in uptake.

These price adjustments kicked off on 02 November and brought with them an increase in Xbox One sales by more than 300% from the previous week in the US. The release of Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection has also helped Microsoft push console figures. Prior to these limited specials, the cheapest Xbox One console you could buy was the Kinect-less $400 model.

Mehdi is reporting that Microsoft has now sold in close to 10 million Xbox Once consoles. That means that the company has essentially supplied retailers with 10 million units; it does not mean that the console has sold 10 million units to the public.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Ha! Hahaha! Ahahahahahahah! Muahahahahaha!… I feel happy just writing this post. Because honestly, what pisses people like me off more than hardware failures? Not being able to find my install disks for software, that’s what. In the past, I had to hoard several copies of Windows 7 and 8 install disks that did different things depending on the PC I was setting up.

I had a Windows XP SP3 64-bit disk that I created myself with Nlite and prized very highly. Somewhere along the line, these things just slip away into some black hole with all the missing socks from your drawer, never to be seen again. But fear not! Microsoft has finally listened to sense and brought out a slipstreamed method of giving you your install disks for any Windows 8.1 OS, free of charge.

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Nokia Lumia 930 (7)

I’ve always been interested in Windows Phone. I’ve been interested in the platform since it debuted with the Lumia 800 and I even sat in the rain for two hours trying to win one. Since then, things for Microsoft have changed drastically and the fact that I’m writing these opening paragraphs from a Lumia 930 using the swipe keyboard says a lot about how things have changed for the brand. You may remember, dear NAGlings, that I was recently handed one to review and now that I’ve used a high-end one for a solid amount of time, I have a very different opinion about where Microsoft is going with this platform.

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Xbox Stand rAge

I recently reported on what Microsoft was bring to rAge 2014, and it was a short list because they naturally wanted to keep a few surprises for the show. Well, I’ve walked about a bit, so here’s what’s playable at their stand.

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Remember Microsoft’s proof of concept for something called “Illumiroom”? The Illumiroom concept cropped up way before the Xbox One had even been officially unveiled, and it was speculated that the projector peripheral might have been part of Microsoft’s then “next-gen” console. Turned out it wasn’t part of the Xbox One, but Illumiroom has evolved into something new: “RoomAlive”.

The RoomAlive concept is built off multiple projectors and Kinect sensors. Using some very clever software, the system can overlay interactive elements onto any lounge space. There are a couple of games that have been made to showcase the idea, including one that has you controlling a little soldier as he scales your chairs and couches to evade killer robots.

Don’t get excited just yet, because something like this would cost a lot to put together. As it stands, it’s very much a proof of concept, and unless hardware configurations change, I doubt most people would want multiple projectors and Kinect sensors hanging from their ceilings. Still, it’s clever; not revolutionary or world altering, but certainly very clever. Check it out after the jump.

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windows 10 device family

One product family, one platform, one store, eh? Well it sounds appealing and all, but Microsoft needs to deliver on this promise lest they fall further down the slope in the mobile and other emerging markets in the tech world like projected screens. While their engineers toil away in the Redmond campus, though, the company showed off Windows 10 to the world. Unnoticed by others, though, they showed off overhauled user interfaces for their other devices as well. Don’t believe me? Hit the jump to find out!

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windows 10 device family

Last night Microsoft revealed their next version of Windows to a small audience of about sixty persons. It was a very low-key affair with very little fanfare and hype and it brings me back to the days of the early reveal of Windows 7. Back then, things were also subdued and understated and Microsoft, eager to get rid of Vista’s stigma, showed that they were changing things a little bit and taking concepts from XP and Vista and bringing them together, but not in a way that would alienate everyone altogether.

I get the same vibe from the Windows 10 reveal last night and I have to admit that I’m feeling a lot more positive about the PC world now that Microsoft openly admits that Windows 8 was not as successful or as good as they hoped it would be. Cue lots of humble pie and a focus on returning the PC to its proper place in the computing hierarchy with the other devices now alongside it, instead of being under or above the PC’s importance.

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Microsoft is holding an event on 30 September 2014 to fill in the world about the future of Windows and, rather unsurprisingly, the company will be revealing Windows 9 shortly. At least, that’s according to Microsoft France president Alain Crouzier, who used the name “Windows 9″ in an official capacity for the first time, but slipped the name accidentally into his marketing drive . The company’s only ever talked about the next version of Windows using its codename, “Threshold,” so it’ll be interesting to see how the company handles the name change and convinces customers to return to the Windows world. In a statement to ZDNet France, the company quickly covered up the slip and noted that they haven’t settled on a name for the next version of Windows just yet. Weird. Come on guys, it’s just an operating system.

Source: WP Central, ZDNet France

Microsoft has just announced that if you were tired of hacking drivers to make the Xbox One controller compatible on your PC, you can finally buy a retail-packaged version of the thing along with a nice, long, 3-metre cable along with software to make it work on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems. You’re out of luck if you wanted to run one of these on your Linux machine or with OS X with the ability to update the firmware properly, but there’s some basic functionality already for those platforms so long as you’re running it in wired mode. If you want a wireless controller, the Xbox 360 version with the charge and play kit is still an option and Sony’s Dualshock 4 officially supports being run on various platforms because it uses Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

Source: Microsoft


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