Microsoft Buys Minecraft For $2.5 Billion; Founder Pens Strangest Resignation Letter, Ever

The big news today is the acquisition of Mojang, the game development studio responsible for Minecraft, by Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington tech giant paid a staggering $2.5 billion for the Swedish game studio. Founders Markus Persson (“Notch”), Carl Manneh (“Boss”), and Jakob Porsér are all cashing out and leaving the company. For the time being, [...]


After 34 Years With Microsoft, Steve Ballmer Steps Down

In a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this week, Steve Ballmer, the company’s 30th employee, announced that he’s stepping down from the Board of Directors, effective immediately. This comes just six months after Ballmer stepped down as the company’s CEO, a position he held since 2000. Despite these moves, he still holds (and plans [...]


Oh Look, Microsoft Made Its Own Snapchat Clone Called WindUp

Windows Phone users often get left out when it comes to new apps, as developers look to launch mainly on Android and iOS. Point in case: there’s still no official Snapchat app for Windows Phone 8. Instead, you’re left with a few unofficial choices that independent developers have hacked together (6Snap, and Snapchat for Windows [...]

The Most Interesting Questions Internet Explorer Developers Answered On Reddit

The Most Interesting Questions Internet Explorer Developers Answered On Reddit

On Thursday, several members of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer development team spent a few hours answering questions from Reddit users as part of the site’s “Ask Me Anything” forum. Internet Explorer, of course, is the often-mocked web browser that in recent years has taken a backseat to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as the most popular [...]


Confirmed: Microsoft to Layoff 1 Out of Every 7 Employees by 2015, “Vast Majority” by Christmas

Bad news came down the pipe this morning for Microsoft employees. Satya Nadella, the company’s new CEO, is sharpening his ax, and has confirmed his intentions of cutting down the workforce by 18,000 people – 14% of the total employees at the Redmond, WA-based company. Two-thirds of the layoffs will affect employees in the recently [...]


U.S. Gov’t: What You Store in the Cloud Isn’t Protected by the Fourth Amendment

Back in April of this year, a judge in New York ruled that search warrants issued in the U.S. applied to digital content, even if the content was stored on servers overseas and physically outside U.S. jurisdiction. The same is not true for physical content. For example, a search warrant issued in the U.S. would [...]


News Of Surface Mini Accidentally Leaked By Microsoft

With the introduction of the Surface Pro 3, many were expecting Microsoft to announce the arrival of a smaller version of the Surface as well. There have been some reports that Microsoft cancelled the launch of their mini tablet just days before the Surface Pro 3 event; yet Microsoft has never officially confirmed that they [...]


Xbox Adds 45 New Apps To Their System

Microsoft’s Xbox has taken another giant leap at becoming not just a platform for gamers but a whole home entertainment device; Xbox has added 45 new media apps. With these new additions, Xbox has raised their number of offered apps by nearly 25%. With this announcement, Xbox has announced they are bringing online a made-for-TV [...]


Microsoft Announces ‘Surface Pro 3′ and Says it Can Replace Your Laptop

The big news out of Redmond this week is the new Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s latest and greatest tablet-laptop slate running Windows 8.1 Pro. On its own, it’s a 12-inch tablet. It starts at $799 for the 64 GB model with an Intel Core i3 processor. Add the $129 ‘Type Cover’ and it becomes a [...]


Xbox Will No Longer Require ‘Gold’ Subscription For Netflix And Hulu Access

Microsoft will soon announce that a premium “Xbox Live Gold” subscription will no longer be required to use streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu on the game consoles Xbox 360 and Xbox One, reports from Arstechnica this week suggested. Currently, Xbox users who want to watch streaming video content on their game consoles must subscribe [...]

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