Yes Windows 8 was a mess, and the Xbox One's early days were embarrassing, but Microsoft's been sharpening its game with impressive deftness and speed. And now it is once again, hands down, the most exciting company in tech.
Microsoft's first Xbox One update of the year is a reasonably meaty one. Among a list of new features, the console's wireless gamepads will now sync and fire up quicker than before, letting you get into a game (admittedly fractionally) faster.
Need help placing football bets down your local bookmakers? Microsoft's Windows Phone voice assistant Cortana can now predict Premier League Match results (and her World Cup track record wasn't at all bad). [Microsoft]
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—courtesy of the folks at Sketchfab.
Aaaaaaand Windows RT is dead. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 won't be coming to either of the Surfaces that run RT, though an update that offers some of the features will. It's Windows Phone 7 all over again.