For those who move between different digital media ecosystems, Roku just became even more of a no-brainer. In addition to supporting Amazon's services, heavy-hitters like Netflix and Hulu Plus, and Miracast, Roku's latest living room set-top boxes now support Google Play Movies & TV as well.
It's been a busy couple of days, but I'm finally up and running with Microsoft Band, the software giant's first wearable computing device. I'm interested in Band for a number of reasons, but after years of experience with several health and fitness trackers, I'm excited to try one that appears to do virtually everything and will improve over time.
Mac users have been begging for news about the next version of Office for their favorite computing platform. And this week Microsoft delivered, and then some. It revealed that the next Mac Office will ship in late 2015 after an early 2015 preview. And it also released a brand-new version of Outlook for Mac. The catch? You need to be an Office 365 subscriber.
While the new Microsoft Band has triggered more excitement than I had expected, that excitement has also served to deemphasize the real news, which is Microsoft Health. This new health service sits alongside and is complementary to Microsoft's other health and fitness services. And these offerings are, collectively, among Microsoft's most misunderstood. Here's a quick guide.
An often irreverent look at this week's other news: Tim Cook comes out of the closet, new EU digital chief says he'll be tougher on Google, Samsung and Apple lose smart phone market share to Chinese companies, Android founder leaves Google, and an Amazon exec doesn't quite get what went wrong with the Fire Phone.
With Microsoft offering unlimited OneDrive cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers, the tantalizing possibility of having a single place for all your data emerges. To test whether reality lives up to that theory, I've begun uploading some of my data to OneDrive, and I've started with some large videos that I know will push the limits of what's possible. So what's possible?
When I reviewed the stylish and innovative Yoga 2 Pro in the spring, I described it as the best transforming PC available, and a versatile companion for those on the go. And now its successor, the Yoga 3 Pro is available, offering a fanless and silent Ultrabook experience with some interesting if controversial styling touches.
Microsoft finally announced its fitness and activity band, the Microsoft Band, on Wednesday night. The announcement caught pretty much everyone by surprise, though of course I had previously and exclusively revealed that it would launch in October, so the firm just squeaked in under their own deadline. Here's a quick overview of what to expect from this interesting device.
In a move that mirrors the ham-handed launch of the Zune several years back, Microsoft on Wednesday night announced its new fitness and exercise tracking band, called Microsoft Band. The device will be accompanied by a Microsoft Health service, will work with popular smart phones platforms plus its own Windows Phone system, and costs just $200. The big news? It's available right now.
Microsoft on Wednesday initiated its third and last major round of layoffs, cutting an additional 3,000 employees. The firm had revealed in July that it would cut 18,000 jobs during the fiscal year that started that month, and after cutting 13,000 positions in July, it cut a further 2,100 employees in September. A final and much smaller round of cuts is now expected in early 2015.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I talk about car technology and how far behind it is, unlimited storage on OneDrive for Office365 subscribers, the new HP Stream laptop, why the Kindle Fire Stick appears to be a great deal.
Back in June, Microsoft announced that it would bring its stellar Xbox One wireless controller to Windows, just as it did previously with the Xbox 360 controller. Good news, game fans: That controller is now available, and I spent some time playing PC games last night to see how well it works.
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday launched a federal lawsuit against AT&T Wireless, alleging that the wireless carrier defrauded consumers when it limited their unlimited data plans. The issue: AT&T never informed customers of the degree to which it would limit bandwidth and it did so unilaterally and without regard to network congestion.
Following through on its early October promise to deliver another Wi-Fi fix for Surface Pro 3 "in the coming weeks," Microsoft today delivered a sweeping set of firmware updates that does include Wi-Fi fixes as well as several other updates. Surface Pro 3 firmware updates generally ship on Patch Tuesday, but this one is arriving two weeks later than usual.
In addition to the OneDrive for Windows Phone update I noted earlier, Microsoft has also update its OneDrive app for Android. The new version supports widgets, so you can customize your home screen, and lets you access the OneDrive Recycle Bin.