The Pledge From the Smartphone Industry That Could Stop Your Phone Being Stolen

The likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft and other major figures in the smartphone industry have signed a pledge that will make it harder to steal mobile phones—from July 2015, at least. Read More >>

Xbox One April Update Gets Friendly, Rolls Out

In what's now becoming a monthly tradition, Microsoft has today released its latest system update for the Xbox One console. Detailed previously, it sees Microsoft make good on its promise to improve the console's Friends system, as well as tweaking 50Hz video output support. Read More >>

Microsoft Online is Headed for the Chrome Web Store

Microsoft's Office Online—the free, web-based version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote—is headed for the Chrome Web Store as a series of apps. Read More >>

windows phone
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. Read More >>

Dark Ages Windows XP Users Can Get £80 Off of Surface Tablets

Having finally dropped support for the ageing Windows XP operating system, Microsoft is looking to lure as many people as possible onto its Windows 8.1 platform. As such, anyone looking to buy a Surface Pro (Wi-Fi only, 128 GB for £439) or Surface Pro 2 (WI-FI only, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, starting at £719) from the Microsoft Store using a Windows XP machine will be offered an £80 discount on the tablet range. [Microsoft] Read More >>

Xbox 360 Last Hurrah Titanfall YouTubed by Early Buyers

Titanfall is about to be the only thing men between about 14 and 34 ever talk or think about, with the sci-fi shooter launching on Xbox 360 in the US today and the UK on Friday. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, it's already been captured and uploaded by plenty of buyers, so we can see what it's really like on Microsoft's older machine. Read More >>

xbox one
Microsoft's Next Xbox One System Update to Fix Audio Static, Add 50Hz Blu-ray Output and More

Microsoft's public relations cyborg "Major" Nelson has published a list of forthcoming changes that Xbox One users will see, revealing that an update to the controller firmware will "reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity" -- and 50Hz Blu-ray support for material recorded that way will come too. Read More >>

Are You or is Someone You Love Still Using Windows XP?

Today, Microsoft will be halting any and all support for its fervently-clung-to Windows XP operating system. Which—as far as we can tell—is going to leave quite a few people vulnerable to the internet's many ills. Read More >>

Microsoft Has Six Original TV Series in Production

Amazon and Netflix are doing it in style, Yahoo's clamouring to join in, and now Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has at least six original series in production, too. Read More >>

Xbox 360 Emulation on Xbox One a Possibility Says Microsoft Executive

The transition to next-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles has left PS3 and Xbox 360 games gathering dust on shelves, with neither console offering backwards compatibility. To address this issue, Sony will be offering PlayStation Now game streaming in the future, and it now looks as though Microsoft is dabbling with an emulator for Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One. Read More >>

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. Read More >>

how to
How to 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 of personal computing. Read More >>

The 8 Best Windows Phone 8.1 Features You Need to Know About

It wasn't just the desktop build of Windows getting some lovin' at Microsoft's annual BUILD conference this week. Windows Phone 8.1 will see the company also give its smartphone OS a nip and tuck. There's a lot of new features rolling out to Windows Phone user's devices through April and May -- read on for the best of the bunch. Read More >>

Ridley Scott to Produce Second Halo "Digital Feature Project" for Microsoft

A variety of Hollywood names are rumoured to be attached to Microsoft's other Halo live action project, with famed director Ridley Scott said to be onboard as executive producer. This isn't the Spielberg-produced Xbox-exclusive series. It's something else. Something bigger. Read More >>

The Best New Windows 8.1 Features in 8 GIFs

Windows 8.1 just got an update. The changes are mostly tiny but also great. In fact there so small you might even miss a few when they start rolling out next week, so we've wrangled our favourites into this series of handy GIFs. Read More >>

Windows 8.1 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. It worked very well. 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 can say that once again, little tweaks really add up. Read More >>


Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?