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Microsoft Begins Letting Some Students Get Office 365 for Free

Microsoft Begins Letting Some Students Get Office 365 for Free

Microsoft has announced a new self-serve program for students at eligible schools that allows them to sign up for a free Office 365 license on their own. The offer is available first in the US and will roll out globally later this year. The new program builds on the Student Advantage initiative that launched last year. ...

Five Things to Know About Cortana, Microsoft’s Personal Assistant

Five Things to Know About Cortana, Microsoft’s Personal Assistant

We’ve put Apple’s Siri through the wringer, and have given Google Now an all-access pass to our data, all the while documenting our experiences to offer you the best tips and tricks out there for intelligent assistant apps. Now it’s Cortana’s turn. Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual assistant for smartphones, ...

Report: Microsoft is Bringing its ‘Tell Me’ Helper to the Next Office

Report: Microsoft is Bringing its ‘Tell Me’ Helper to the Next Office

Microsoft is busy preparing a "Windows Technical Preview" for later this month, but the software maker is also privately testing an "Office Technical Preview" for the next version of its popular Office suite. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Office plans tell The Verge that the company has been distributing copies of a ...

National School Backpack Awareness Day Asks Students to #LightenMyLoad

National School Backpack Awareness Day Asks Students to #LightenMyLoad

Take a guess as to what the average college student's backpack weighs. Whatever number you were thinking -- the reality is probably higher. The average college student’s backpack now weighs more than 11.5 pounds. Last year, more than 22,000 people were treated for backpack-related injuries in the United States, and back ...

Microsoft’s New Mobile Keyboard Turns Any Tablet Into a Surface

Microsoft’s New Mobile Keyboard Turns Any Tablet Into a Surface

Microsoft's got a new mobile keyboard, but you won't find a Windows key anywhere on it. You will find a "Command" key though, and a little switch that toggles between Windows mode, Android mode, and iOS mode. It's a keyboard that aims to turn any tablet into a Surface. The new Universal Mobile Keyboard isn't just a ...

Microsoft Officially Buys Minecraft Creator Mojang for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft Officially Buys Minecraft Creator Mojang for $2.5 Billion

Following rumors of a potential acquisition, Microsoft on Monday confirmed that it will be purchasing Mojang, the developer of the insanely popular Minecraft game, for $2.5 billion. As noted, the move isn’t unexpected, but it is a notable one for a company struggling to break into the mobile market in a big way, and one ...

Microsoft is Working on a Way to Play Xbox One Games in Your Browser

Microsoft is Working on a Way to Play Xbox One Games in Your Browser

Microsoft is a technology company and when they see a problem that they think they can solve, they put their best and brightest minds to a solution. So when the question arises as to why cloud-based gaming hasn’t taken off and the answer is lag (to put it simply), the company sees this as a time to get to work. A few ...

Report: Microsoft to Kill Off Nokia and Windows Phone Brands This Holiday Season

Report: Microsoft to Kill Off Nokia and Windows Phone Brands This Holiday Season

Microsoft is planning to stop using the Nokia and Windows Phone brands this holiday season in its marketing materials. GeeksOnGadgets has obtained an internal Microsoft document that details the company's guidelines for its own brands, and The Verge can confirm the material is authentic and accurate. "As part of our phased ...

Report: Microsoft to Buy the Company Behind Minecraft for $2 Billion

Report: Microsoft to Buy the Company Behind Minecraft for $2 Billion

Microsoft is nearing a deal to buy Mojang AB, makers of the Minecraft video game franchise, according to a new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal would value Mojang at more than $2 billion and could be signed as soon as this week. Microsoft and Mojang declined to comment to the Journal. As the Journal ...

The Destiny of the Wii U

The Destiny of the Wii U

In about an hour, I’ll have my copy of Destiny in my hands. I thought about turning this blog into a review, but I’m no good with reviews. Also, here’s the review for Destiny: It’s great. It has to be great. With the amount of money that Activision is throwing at it (along with Bungie’s Halo pedigree), ...