Today Microsoft introduced their new Miracast-based wireless streaming device for HDMI monitors and televisions. Its lengthy name is the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter and it's Microsoft's take on an HDMI streaming dongle. One of the most popular devices in this category is Google's Chromecast, and there are many similarities between the two devices. Like the Chromecast, the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is a small adapter that plugs into an HDMI port on your television and uses a USB port for power. From the photos Microsoft has provided, the USB connector seems to be wired directly into the adapter which could pose a problem depending on your television's arrangement of ports as the cord does not look very lengthy. The adapter allows streaming and display...

Microsoft Details Direct3D 11.3 & 12 New Rendering Features

Back at GDC 2014 in March, Microsoft and its hardware partners first announced the next full iteration of the Direct3D API. Now on to version 12, this latest version...

23 by Ryan Smith 5 days ago

Microsoft Updates OneDrive File Size And Features

rtThe competition in the cloud storage space has never been so intense. It is also a vast landscape of different features, free storage sizing, paid storage tiers, and API...

27 by Brett Howse on 9/10/2014

Nokia Lumia 930 Review

Nokia has once again refreshed its Windows Phone lineup with the release of the Lumia 930, which is the spiritual successor to the Lumia 920 which first launched with...

109 by Brett Howse on 9/8/2014

Microsoft Launches New Mid-Range Lumias And Accessories At IFA 2014

Today in Berlin Microsoft announced two new midrange Windows Phones, as well as several accessories to compliment the Windows Phone ecosystem. We now have the rest of the phones...

34 by Brett Howse on 9/4/2014

Xbox Games With Gold September 2014 Preview

It is the end of August already, which means two things. School is back, and Xbox Games with Gold has released the upcoming games for September. On the Xbox...

13 by Brett Howse on 8/28/2014

Intel Demonstrates Direct3D 12 Performance and Power Improvements

Since the introduction of Direct3D 12 and other low-level graphics APIs, the bulk of our focus has been on the high end. One of the most immediate benefits to...

42 by Stephen Barrett & Ryan Smith on 8/15/2014

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3: Core i3 vs. Core i5 Battery Life

A couple of weeks ago I offered a brief performance preview of the $799 entry level Surface Pro 3 with an Intel Core i3-4020Y. The performance hit in going...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/5/2014

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 8.1 Update Developer Preview

At roughly noon, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore (Vice President for Windows Phone) announced via Twitter that users enrolled in the developer preview should check for updates. Microsoft released the Windows...

11 by Stephen Barrett on 8/5/2014

Mobile IE Updates For Windows Phone

Only yesterday Microsoft officially announced the Windows Phone 8.1 Update and today some more details emerged about what is coming as part of the update. Internet Explorer was bumped...

17 by Brett Howse on 7/31/2014

Microsoft Details Next Windows Phone Update With Folders, Expanded Cortana, and More

It hasn't been long since Microsoft began their rollout of the Windows Phone 8.1 update but they are already giving details of the next update which is slated to...

26 by Brandon Chester on 7/30/2014

Xbox Games With Gold August 2014 Preview

The latest round of upcoming games for the Games with Gold program have been announced today, and unlike last month, there are no carryover games on the list. As...

6 by Brett Howse on 7/28/2014

First Look: The $799 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Core i3

Earlier this Summer Microsoft released Surface Pro 3, a fully equipped Haswell ULT based tablet in a chassis that was much more in line with what you'd expect from...

113 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/23/2014

Microsoft Q4 FY 2014 Financial Results

This afternoon Microsoft held an earnings call to announce the results of their fourth quarter for fiscal year 2014. Strong growth in Microsoft’s cloud offerings offset a loss by the...

2 by Brett Howse on 7/22/2014

Nokia Lumia 630 Review

With the introduction of the Lumia 630 and 635 models, we have our first look at the next generation of low cost Windows Phone devices, and the Lumia 630...

81 by Brett Howse on 7/22/2014

Microsoft Announces Significant Cuts to Workforce

Recently appointed CEO Satya Nadella announced the largest layoffs in Microsoft’s 39 year history today, with a staggering 18,000 jobs on the chopping block. The goal, according to Nadella...

38 by Brett Howse on 7/17/2014

Microsoft Begins Rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan Update

After a long period as a developer preview, the official release of Windows Phone 8.1 is now rolling out to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones. Windows Phone 8.1 brings many...

41 by Brandon Chester on 7/15/2014

Xbox Games With Gold July 2014 Preview

Today Xbox released the list of upcoming games for Xbox Live members under their Games With Gold program. In an odd move, one of the Xbox One games carries...

4 by Brett Howse on 6/26/2014

Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Dual SIM Smartphone

Today Microsoft announced a second iteration of the Nokia X family of low end smartphones they first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The new device is...

14 by Brett Howse on 6/24/2014

Microsoft Revamps OneDrive Storage Tiers

Today Microsoft announced some very substantial changes to OneDrive storage. OneDrive is of course Microsoft’s consumer cloud storage product, formerly named SkyDrive. When the service first launched in 2007...

37 by Brett Howse on 6/23/2014

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