Marking the fifth anniversary of its release, Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios celebrated the birthday of the Xbox video game "Halo" by releasing the beta version of its latest sequel, "Halo 3." The Xbox Live public pre-release precedes the game's final version, which is scheduled for availability in spring 2007. Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie also confirmed Wednesday that consumers will be able to preview the "Halo 3" experience via a 60-second teaser ad that will air one time only on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" Dec. 4. Quenching an Insatiable Desire "The 'Halo' Nation has a nearly insatiable desire," said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "We hope a taste of advance 'Halo 3' gameplay satisfies some of their appetite as we count down to the game's launch later in 2007." Expanding on the "Halo" franchise, the final version of "Halo 3" will provide a number of technical and gameplay … [Read more...] about Microsoft, Bungie Studios Release ‘Halo 3’ Public Beta
This isn't a new product name for Microsoft. Microsoft introduced the "Microsoft Surface" five years ago. That time, the Surface was a 30-inch-and later 40-inch--diagonal tabletop computer intended for businesses, with a multitouch display that could recognize bar-coded objects placed upon it. By 2009, you could find Surface computers in the occasional bar, bank, or retailer; I even spotted them occasionally in corporate lobbies or lounges. In 2011, Microsoft updated the Surface, making it thinner, lighter, and incorporating Corning's Gorilla Glass, a chemically strengthened material used in iPhones and other mobile devices. The Microsoft Surface wasn't cheap-the original price was $15,000, coming down to $7600 last year-but there have been rumors that a consumer version was in the works, and any day now, it seemed, we'd be covering our homes with surface computers. At least that's the vision Microsoft execs-first Bill Gates, later Steve Balmer-presented year after year in the … [Read more...] about The Downsizing of Microsofts Surface
Even more important is the introduction of new flagship tablets from Google and Microsoft. The Samsung-made Google Nexus 10 is certainly one of the most powerful Android tablets ever announced and the Microsoft Surface shows a new sexy and fun side to Microsoft that most of us have never seen before. While the two devices will likely appeal to very different kinds of users, let's take a look at the hardware and even a quick peak at the software to see how they compare. Overall Design The Nexus 10 and the Surface are night and day when it comes to hardware design. The Surface has a thin and light design, although its screen is bigger at 10.6-inches. The Nexus 10 on the other hand has a fairly large bezel around the device and is a bit clunkier looking. Still, picking the tablet up reveals a unibody desing that is actually very light and durable. Preferences are going to dictate here. The Surface seems to have a style that is a bit more similar to what you find with the Apple iPad - a … [Read more...] about Google Nexus 10 versus Microsoft Surface RT: Which is Right for You?
There has probably never been a better time to get a tablet than now, thanks to the shear amount of great choices on the market today. From the iPad to the Nexus 10, there is plenty of options out there, that much is clear. What if you are considering the Microsoft Surface? Should you get the Surface RT or wait for the Surface PRO? This is a good question, and one that is really hard to answer until we have exact pricing and other information. That being said, we'll do our best to compare the two models and help you figure out which is right for you. Microsoft Surface RT The newly released Microsoft Surface RT is the first Microsoft-made tablet and one of the first Windows tablet that uses an ARM chip instead of an X86 Intel/AMD processor. The Surface RT has a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10.6-inch display with a 1366×768 resolution, 32GB (base model) storage and has a battery that should withstand about 8 hours of use. Due to its ARM processor, it has access … [Read more...] about Interested in Microsoft Surface? Should you get Surface RT or Surface PRO?
Initially known as the manufacturer of computer software, Microsoft has decided to expand its horizon. Soon after Satya Nadella took over this Cupertino giant, he stated that the company needs to produce products wanted by the consumer, instead of just basic necessities. The Microsoft Surface Studio isn’t the cliché boring black or beige computer but has a sleek yet flexible design. One would definitely want to ditch his everyday laptop to enjoy working on this PC. The main selling point of this computer is that it can instantly transform from a desktop to a studio catering to the needs of a modern artist. This sleek design reminds one of the iMac computers by Apple, indicating that the Surface Studio aims to compete with the slender iMac range. The first thing one will notice on sighting this desktop computer is its remarkable screen which can be used as a monitor as well as a giant tablet due to its touch-sensitive nature. This 28-inch PixelSense display makes … [Read more...] about Pen down your Imagination on the Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft has rescheduled the launch of its ambitious Visual Studio 2010 software development platform and the accompanying .Net Framework 4 programming platfom to April 12, after having scrapped a planned March 22 release date. "Short but sweet, Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 will launch on Monday, 12 April 2010," said Rob Caron, marketing communications manager for Developer and User Experience Runtimes and Tools at Microsoft, in a blog entry published Wednesday evening without elaboration. [ Among other capabilities, Visual Studio 2010 will offer developers search engine optimization features. | The InfoWorld Test Center recently gave a thumbs-up to the second beta of Visual Studio 2010. | Keep up with app dev issues and trends with InfoWorld's Fatal Exception blog. ] [ Get started with functional programming, including examples in F#. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Issues with performance of the platform spotted by … [Read more...] about Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 launch re-set for April 12
Offering aid to quality assurance labs, Microsoft this week began offering Visual Studio Lab Management for Visual Studio 2010 users, enabling automation of the build-deploy-test process for software development while maintaining visibility into the process itself. Managing a quality assurance lab can be challenging, said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Microsoft Developer Division, in a blog post. [ Get the scoop on Visual Studio 2010 in the InfoWorld Test Center review. | Keep up with app dev issues and trends with InfoWorld's Fatal Exception blog and Developer Central newsletter. ] [ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to [email protected] | We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk. | Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]"A dizzying number of machines need to be set up, torn down, or restored to a … [Read more...] about Microsoft Visual Studio users get lab management
Offering Windows developers an alternative to Microsoft's rival Silverlight rich Internet technology, SapphireSteel Software on Monday is releasing an IDE providing Adobe Flash capabilities for Microsoft's Visual Studio software development platform. To be formally launched Monday, Amethyst is an IDE with Flex, Flash, and ActionScript development capabilities for Visual Studio 2008 and 2010. Microsoft-based developers can design, code, and debug Flash applications and Flex applications without being forced to use an unfamiliar IDE, SapphireSteel said. Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) capabilities are offered as well. [ Microsoft is positioning its Script Junkie site as a hub for Web development. | Keep up with app dev issues and trends with InfoWorld's Fatal Exception blog and Developer World newsletter. ] [ Download InfoWorld’s essential guide to microservices and learn how to create modern web and mobile applications that scale. | Cut to the key news in technology trends … [Read more...] about Microsoft Visual Studio users get Flash development capabilities
With the next version of its Visual Studio software development environment, dubbed Visual Studio vNext, Microsoft will emphasize agile programming practices, as well as linkages between development and operations units. Detailed this week, the agile and collaboration endeavors comprise Microsoft's application lifecycle vision for vNext. "When we asked people what the biggest problem they faced in successfully delivering software, they identified the need for better collaboration.We know that building software takes a team of people including developers, testers, architects, project planners, and more," said Jason Zander, Microsoft corporate vice president, in a blog post. [ The critical "Manifesto for Agile Software Development" document recently turned 10 years old. | Keep up with the latest developer news with InfoWorld's Developer World newsletter. | Follow Paul Krill on Twitter. ] [ InfoWorld's quick guide: Digital Transformation and the Agile Enterprise. | Download … [Read more...] about Microsoft Visual Studio upgrade focuses on agile development
Is Microsoft joining Apple and Google in divorcing mobile devices from the standard management systems IT relies on? It sure seems that way. On Friday, Microsoft will ship its Surface tablet running Windows RT -- the Metro-based operating system that doesn't include the traditional Windows Desktop environment (as Windows 8 does). Windows RT can't join an Active Directory domain, which means IT can't manage Surface tablets using Active Directory domain settings such as those managed by the Group Policy engine. Microsoft will ship Surface tablets with Windows 8, but not for another three months. You can expect Windows RT tablets to enter the enterprise, posing the same kind of challenges the iPhone and iPad first did. [ J. Peter Bruzzese shows that Microsoft has now joined the BYOD revolution it enabled. | Stay abreast of key Microsoft technologies in our Technology: Microsoft newsletter. ] [ iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro vs. Pixel C vs. Galaxy TabPro S: The "tabtop" tablet/laptop hybrids … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface and Group Policy don’t mix — now what?
Microsoft has been talking about its Surface Pro tablet for six months. Today, it revealed when you can buy one: Feb. 9. Because it uses an Intel x86 chip rather than an ARM chip, the Surface Pro runs Windows 8 Pro, so unlike the Surface RT tablet that debuted in October 2012, it can run standard Windows 7 applications in addition to the full-screen "Metro" apps that Windows 8 and RT debuted. The Surface RT can run only Metro apps, plus special versions of some included Microsoft Office 2013 apps. [ Read InfoWorld's review of the Surface RT tablet and review of Windows 8. | Stay abreast of key Microsoft technologies in our Technology: Microsoft newsletter. ] [ iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro vs. Pixel C vs. Galaxy TabPro S: The "tabtop" tablet/laptop hybrids compared. | Get deep into Windows: Subscribe to the InfoWorld Windows Report newsletter. ]The Surface Pro costs $899 for a model with 64GB of RAM and $999 for a model with 128GB. Both use Intel's Core i5 processor. For comparison, a 64GB … [Read more...] about It’s official: Intel-based Microsoft Surface Pro to ship Feb. 9
Have you ever had a helluva time explaining to an experienced Windows user that the Surface Pro runs Windows but the Surface RT does not? If so, hang onto your hat -- just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse, it looks like Microsoft is taking a swift dive into the shallow end of the gene pool with its Surface branding. For several months, Tom Warren at the Verge has been using the name "Surface 2" as a code name for the next version of the Surface RT. I assumed it was internal shorthand, used by the dev teams to refer to Surface RT 2 or Surface RT 8.1 -- or whatever Microsoft would end up calling its son of the deservedly maligned non-Windows tablet. Imagine my surprise when I read Aaron Souppouris's story on the Verge yesterday that says, "Microsoft's Surface 2 could drop the 'RT' moniker." Apparently AdDuplex has been sifting through its data on recent website hits, and came up with many that say "Microsoft Corporation Surface 2." [ iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro vs. Pixel … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface naming debacle about to get worse
Another election is coming for computer and laptop users, but it's not the political kind. This is a choice for users searching for the ultimate power in a machine. Of course this is something the recent low-tech candidates neither understand, what with Clinton who doesn't know how to handle e-mails and Trump just discovering what Google search is all about. Anyway, presenting the candidates: Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface Book. Let's look at their platforms. Video Courtesy of Youtube: Apple MacBook Pro Technically, the MacBook Pro isn't really new because it's just been completely redesigned. It's now as thin and light as the MacBook Air, but it has a lot more power. It also has Apple's high-resolution Retina display. Its new key feature is the new Touch Bar that replaces the traditional physical function keys with a row of digital keys that change depending on the app being used. The MacBook Pro comes in two sizes: 13-inch or 15-inch. Microsoft Surface Book The Surface … [Read more...] about The Microsoft Surface Book versus Apple MacBook Pro. And the Winner? Microsoft Hands Down
The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 laptop could come during the first quarter of the year. Reports indicate that it would just be a few more months before potential customers and die-hard followers welcome the much-awaited device. This comes just in time as Microsoft's Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet has long been overdue for a really great change. Also, the last generation Surface Pro 4 was released far back in October 2015 and much has changed since then. Video Courtesy of Youtube: Many of the media leaks coming out stems from loose lipped manufacturers and nothing has been confirmed by Microsoft, but the information seems credible and accurate enough as also confirmed by anonymous insiders. Specs and new features Expected to be released early this year, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is anticipated to have an improved and "magnetically charging" stylus, as well as a 4K Ultra HD display, and Thunderbolt 3. All these will be offered to the public with the help of a new supplier that Microsoft tapped … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Expected to Come Out in March 2017 with Better Features
Microsoft today revealed new Windows features and new hardware, all squarely aimed at the high-endmarket long associated with Apple. Surface Studio takes a fresh look at the desktop PC There were many rumors about a forthcoming all-in-one Surface desktop PC, and Microsoft showed them to be true. The Surface Studio is an all-in-one PC with an ultrathin, 28-inch, 4.5K touchscreen. The screen is mounted on a pair of hinges that let it sit up vertically like a traditional desktop computer, and lower down to a drafting position, where the display is only inclined to the desk by 20 degrees. The Surface Studio's base is what holds the computer's brains. The base model features a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX965M GPU with 2GB of VRAM. Buyers can scale up it to a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 2TB of storage, 32GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX980M GPU with 4GB of VRAM. [ iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro vs. Pixel C vs. Galaxy TabPro S: The … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s new Surface Studio and Win10 updates target creative users
Microsoft has been cautious about making its Surface product line available worldwide. It tests devices in specific markets, sees how they do, and, if the response is good, ships them to those areas.The company appears to have have received a strong response in particular to its Surface Studio, Surface Book devices, and Surface Dial, which will soon be available in many Asian and European countries.[ InfoWorld has you covered through all stages of Windows 10. Download the Windows 10 installation superguide and the ultimate Windows 10 survivor kit, both available as PDFs. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]The expanded availability of these devices was announced on the same day Microsoft said it would release Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11.The Surface Book with Performance Base, one of the devices that will be more broadly available, is a high-performance laptop that can also be a tablet. The screen pops out from the keyboard base to be … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Studio will ship in more markets
Today’s Microsoft Surface event was very impressive. There’s no telling if Redmond’s new tablet will succeed in a marketplace already saturated with iPads and countless barely-usable Android knock-offs, but there is no denying that between this announcement and Windows Phone, Microsoft finally seems to have figured out how to design products that people want. (Or, at least should want.) But rather than bombard you with more details about this device or pointless speculation as to its performance or game-changiness, I’d like to take you on a trip down memory lane. Here’s my favorite demo of the original Microsoft Surface prototype. (And no, it’s not the infamous parody video that declared Surface to be a “Big-Ass Table.”) Unfortunately I can’t embed the video, because it’s locked into Scientific American’s older video player. The upside is you probably haven’t seen it before. Here’s Bill Gates himself, just … [Read more...] about The (Extremely) Humble Origins of Microsoft Surface