Microsoft’s Windows 95 is the successor to Windows 3.1x and was released to manufacturing on August 15, 1995, and hit stores on August 24, 1995. It boasted an updated graphical user interface (GUI), complete with simplified “plug-and-play” features. Three years later, it was succeeded by Windows 98, but for anyone who has wondered just what this operating system would look like on a smartphone, this should answer that question. Read more for a video and additional information.
Singer, songwriter, producer, and Icelandic artist Björk teamed up with New York’s Sister City hotel as well as Microsoft to create Kórsafn, an AI-powered composition that builds on the generative soundscape concept. In other words, this is a living and evolving soundscape, thanks to Microsoft AI, while the images in the installation are powered by a camera perched on the roof of Sister City. Read more for a video and additional information.
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We’re still many months away from the launch of Microsof’t Xbox Series X, but leaked images of a prototype console have already surfaced on Twitter. From what’s visible, we can see an optical audio port, two USB-A ports, Ethernet, power, a single HDMI port, a rectangular slot for diagnostic reporting and lots of vents. Read more for a video render based on this leak and additional information.
Microsoft’s 3500 Wireless Mobile Mouse is great for anyone on-the-go, and it’s being offered for just $9.99, this weekend only, originally $29.95. When it’s time to get going, you’ll hardly notice the tiny Nano Transceiver, so you can keep it plugged into your computer’s USB port, or tuck it into the underside of the mouse for travel. It sticks out less than a centimeter from the USB port, so you won’t have to worry about it getting caught on something. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Microsoft officially unveiled the Xbox Series X at The Game Awards 2019, and it will be the company’s fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility. This means you’ll be able to enjoy thousands of games from three generations and more with four times the processing power and support for both vertical as well as horizontal orientation. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Microsoft xCloud is the working title of the company’s upcoming Xbox cloud gaming streaming service, which runs on Microsoft’s 54 Azure cloud computing centers, hosted in 140 countries. It’s designed to work with smartphones, either with touchscreen controls or with an Xbox controller attachment over Bluetooth. This is what an actual smartphone accessory could look like when the service is introduced. Read more for additional pictures.
Microsoft released a new gameplay trailer today at its annual X019 presentation, showcasing various new aircraft coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator, including Boeing’s 747 commercial jetliner, Cessna’s Citation twin-engine jet, and a small aerobatics airplane. For those who don’t know, it will use developer Asobo’s in-house game engine, and use Bing Maps data, accessing over two petabytes of data from the cloud on demand. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset was first announced earlier this year, and now, it’s finally shipping to customers. Improvements from the original model include a diagonal field of view of 52°, which improves over the 34° field of view of the first edition, all the while keeping a resolution of 47 pixels per degree. This mixed reality device combines the company’s artificial intelligence, Azure, and cloud-computing platforms into one. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
At the Ignite 2019 conference, Microsoft showcased Project Silica, an innovative method of storing data on glass. The company partnered with Warner Bros. archive the original 1978 “Superman” movie on this storage medium, or a glass disk measuring 75 by 75 by 2 millimeters thick. It uses infrared lasers to encode data in “voxels,” the three-dimensional equivalent of the pixels that make up a flat image, and stores data within the glass itself. How much data can it store? Well, a 2-mm-thick piece of glass can contain more than 100 layers of voxels, which is roughly 75.6 GB of data plus error redundancy codes. Read more for a video and additional information.
Microsoft launched its Xbox Console Streaming for some, which lets you stream Xbox One games directly to your Android device. Right now, it’s available to US or UK users who are Xbox Insiders in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings. If you just so happen to be in that group, a device running Android 6.0 or higher and a Bluetooth-capable Xbox One controller are required to take part, but a controller clip is also recommended for the best gameplay experience. Read more for a video and additional information.