UK govt sticks by Microsoft for software due to cost savings

The UK government is sticking by Microsoft as its software provider of choice due to cost savings – even over open source alternatives. 

The revelation came after Jos Creese, the CIO of Hampshire County Council, told Computing that a combination of a workforce already familiar with Redmond gear and a refreshing flexibility from the vendor side made Microsoft a surer bet when taking into account...

By Ryan Daws, 12 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Xbox One to launch in China, a gamer market bigger than the population of the U.S

Gaming giants Xbox and PlayStation are continuing their traditional console war to gain gamers hearts, minds, and thumbs. Foreign console sales in China have been banned for the past 14 years under reasons of influencing youth in the country.

That ban has now been lifted and Microsoft, in partnership with BesTV New Media, will be launching their Xbox One console in September.

China has around 500 million gamers – a third of the country – and more than the population of the entire U.S. Due to a...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms.

Should or shouldn’t Microsoft patch the IE flaw?

Several headlines can be found across the web which are designed to create fear that Windows XP is now unsecure – and rightly so, it is. What isn’t fair are the articles accusing Microsoft of being irresponsible for not releasing a fix despite announcing support will end months in advance.

It also isn’t Windows, Microsoft’s core product, which is at fault for this particular exploit – it’s Internet Explorer. Pointing the blame at the OS is only designed to further damage a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Security.

Microsoft’s week started with big earnings, and ended with Nokia... How was yours?

In a single week just under three months after his appointment as CEO, Satya Nadella has both sealed the deal for Microsoft's acquisition of iconic brand Nokia and given a successful earnings call.

The week’s news out of Redmond has displayed a positive outlook and growth for one of the world’s most famous brands, but one which is often criticised under the microscope in regards to being “late” to get a grasp on mobile devices.

Under the new deal, Nokia’s talent will merge with...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Microsoft: How our Cloud is enabling new gaming experiences…

At BUILD 2014 we’ve seen a lot of advancements regarding Windows and Windows Phone – but a lot us have been waiting for Microsoft to showcase how the much-hailed Cloud is going to help developers create brand-new gaming experiences...

During the company’s annual developer conference – a demonstration showed the differences between using the local power of (even a high-end) PC alone compared to using the same PC but with some Cloud-based assistance.

The performance when pitted...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

BUILD 2014: Smart coffees, smarter devices, and the smartest AI?

Microsoft’s biggest event of the year, BUILD, is kicking off today and we already have pretty strong evidence regarding what to expect. But could Redmond shock us with any surprises?

This week Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, had his first public appearance in an event to launch the long-anticipated Microsoft Office for Apple’s iPad tablet. Since, he has announced a reorganisation of his executive team…

Both his initial appearance and reorganisation plans have...

By Ryan Daws, 02 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft has a new star exec line-up, and it quells Xbox sell-off rumours…

Newly appointed Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, appears to be moving fast to break down the team barriers often said to be a barrier to innovation at the Redmond-based company. His latest shake-up announced in an email to employees today shows a promising future.

The new executive positions relate to the Cloud and Enterprise department, Devices Group, and the company’s consumer ‘Xbox’ brand recently rumoured to be sold to a...

By Ryan Daws, 01 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Opinion: Office 365, Microsoft's Cloud-based future, and why Google should be worried...

Newly-appointed Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, took the stage yesterday in his first public press conference to unveil the long-anticipated Office suite for Apple's iPad. 

Whilst instantaneously rejoiced by many long-term users of Office in homes, schools, and enterprises worldwide - many also asked the question whether it was too late for Microsoft to position itself as a competitor to Google's free web-based...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Microsoft.

DirectX 12 blasts the past, takes aim at the future of gaming…

Whether you’re a developer or not – you’ll probably have some idea of the importance of DirectX if you’ve played games since its release back in 1995. DirectX is a collection of APIs which – although has a multitude of multimedia uses – focuses primarily on easing game development.

Direct3D, DirectDraw, DirectMusic, DirectPlay, and DirectSound are the core components of DirectX and although had consistent updates up until 2009 – no major version had been released...

By Ryan Daws, 21 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft makes Windows Phone free (to select OEMs)

There’s one manufacturer which rules the Windows Phone roost, it’s a brand we’ve all heard of and most of us will have owned a device from at some point… it's the Finnish legends at Nokia.

Whilst Windows Phone is available to other OEMs - with a license-fee - there has been little interest; only a limited amounts of handsets have been released so far from the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Huawei…

Perhaps taking a look at the problems faced by OEMs in the Android market – who...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.