Clippy replaces Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 Easter egg

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 update was released only yesterday, but Cortana users have already discovered a number of funny responses from Microsoft's new personal digital assistant. The best Easter egg is the return of Clippy, Microsoft’s assistant from Office. While Clippy doesn’t fully replace Cortana, he will show up temporarily if you ask "do you like Clippy?"

Other "chit chat"...

Xbox One update rolling out with Kinect improvements and friend notifications

Microsoft seems to be improving its Xbox One software on a monthly basis, and April is no different. Starting today, the software maker is rolling out its latest update to Xbox One consoles, bringing some new features and improvements along the way. Xbox 360 owners will be familiar with friend notifications when players arrive online, but the Xbox One strangely lacked this feature at launch. Today’s update brings the friends notifications back, along with the ability to identify friends who are playing multiplayer games.

Microsoft has also turned its attention to improving Kinect voice and motion detection with April's update. Microsoft doesn’t detail the improvements fully, but the company says it has updated some gesture functionality "to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands." Some Xbox One owners have complained about audio issues with Kinect not picking up commands reliably, so hopefully the voice and gesture improvements make Kinect a...

Another month, another update

Steve Ballmer made the decision to ship Office for iPad

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave the go-ahead to ship Office for iPad, according to the team behind the app. That dispels earlier rumors that claimed Ballmer was intentionally holding back a touch-friendly version of Office for Apple's tablet in favor of bringing it to Windows 8 first. It...

The most hated browser in the world is finally dead

After the release of Windows XP in 2001 and for a few years that followed, Internet Explorer 6 was the biggest, most important browser in the world. And for longer, it has been the buggy browser that's overstayed its welcome. Microsoft announced it would support IE6 through...

'Game of Thrones' season premiere will stream on Xbox and cable after HBO Go falters

After another night full of problems for HBO Go customers, HBO will allow Xbox users to view the season four premiere of Game of Thrones starting tomorrow through April 14th. The episode will be made available through Xbox Video, so Xbox One owners won't be left out. (HBO Go hasn't yet been released for Microsoft's latest console.) Cable customers will also be able to watch the kickoff of Game of Thrones' fourth season through their provider's on-demand channel during the promotional period...


Microsoft is finally catching up to the future

"We started out as a company that was focused on developers…we’re again in that era now," proclaimed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage at the company’s Build conference last week. The stakes are high: long renowned for its great relationship with developers, Microsoft is now watching them slip away. Last week’s dev-focused event was Nadella’s chance to prove that he would fight to win them back. In this moment of crisis, he stands...

Microsoft will let you share Xbox One clips on YouTube starting tomorrow

Sharing your best Titanfall moments with the Xbox One's upload feature is pretty seamless, but Microsoft's choice to limit video uploads to OneDrive isn't exactly convenient. Thankfully the company is heeding the call of its users and will enable uploads to YouTube beginning tomorrow. An update for the YouTube app will let gamers share their highlights to the video service via a new "My Uploads" section. Recording game clips and editing them...

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