Measuring just 5.33mm thick and weighing 1.68 pounds, the Surface Pro X is the thinnest, lightest, most powerful and most connected Surface Pro yet. Microsoft’s new SQ1 processor co-designed with Qualcomm pushes 2 teraflops of graphics processing power, and is the fastest Qualcomm processor ever created for a PC. Its vibrant 13” edge-to-edge touchscreen display has 33% thinner bezels, making it perfect for the chassis of a 12” device. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Not just a concept, the Microsoft Surface Duo is a an actual dual-screen Android smartphone set for launch during Q4 2020. Just like the Surface Neo, no technical specifications were revealed, but as you can see, it does sport two 5.6-inch displays that are designed to bring together the “best of Microsoft” with the “best of Google,” according to Microsoft’s chief product officer for the Devices group, Panos Panay. Read more for a video and additional information.
During Microsoft’s Surface event today, the company unveiled its first dual-screen device, called the Surface Neo, running Windows 10X. No technical specifications were released, but we do know that it features dual 9-inch displays that open up like a book, using a hinge system equipped with micro-gears, a torque system, and ultra-thin components. This means that it can be used as a traditional laptop, tablet, or in other ways. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Microsoft announced today at Minecon 2019 that their augmented-reality mobile game Minecraft Earth is set to be launched in early access during October. Right now, the closed beta is only availability in a few large cities, including Mexico City, London, Seattle, Stockholm and Tokyo. For those who’ve never heard of this title, the AR game is centered around building structures, gathering resources, crafting and exploration. You augmented reality structures in collaboration with other players, gather resources using in the in-game map, and access “Adventures” (puzzles, tasks, virtual locations with entities to defeat). Read more for a video and additional information.
For those who don’t know, Project xCloud is Microsoft’s game-streaming service that enables gamers to play console-quality games anywhere using mobile and tablet devices they already own. The public preview for Android devices begins in October in the United States, United Kingdom and Korea. After registering, the invites will be sent in the “coming weeks.” Titles will include Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves. Best of all, you don’t need to buy or already own the game for it to work during the preview. Read more for the announcement video and the preview signup link.
Tatsuo Horiuchi, an 79-year-old artist from Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, prefers using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets over actual paint to create his masterpieces. Horiuchi didn’t want to spend money on art supplies so he started to use Excel to create art after seeing others using the program at work. How does it work? The Autoshape function is mainly used to form the images and then custom colored shapes are layered to weave together an intricate image. Read more for a video and additional information.
Yes, Microsoft the Musical exists and it’s not just some random parody video. It was dreamed up and led by real Microsoft Interns, and starts off with them introducing Bill Gates before coming up with the ‘Idea of Gates’ to motivate people to continue working on their ideas. Then it moves on to Windows and how it ended up funding all of their future projects. Read more to watch and for additional information.
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Microsoft first announced Project xCloud back in 2018, its cloud gaming platform that will enter beta trials later this year. Simply put as possible, all of its games will be hosted on remote servers and live gameplay video will be streamed to a compatible device over the internet. Controller inputs are then transmitted back and forth with little to no lag depending on the internet connection, so it feels like the game is actually loaded on the device itself. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Gears 5 release is just over a month away, and today, Microsoft unveiled a limited edition Xbox One X bundle for the game. It’s the first first Limited Edition Xbox One X since the Project Scorpio Edition, and sports a never-before-seen dark translucent casing as well as laser-etched cracks across the console’s frosty top surface, complete with snow drifting across a golden Locust symbol on the back. Read more for a video and additional information.
Popular Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is the most followed streamer on Twitch, and today, he announced that Microsoft’s Mixer is going to be his exclusive streaming platform from now on. He leaves behind 14.7-million followers, along with a large number of paid subscribers. For those who don’t know, “Ninja” started streaming “H1Z1” in 2011 before eventually moving to PUBG, another battle royale game. Read more for a video and additional information.