FEATURED: Project Sparks For Unique Game CreationsOn Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled their awaited game creation tool on Windows 8.1 for users to create exciting games. The Project Spark beta is the newest thing from Microsoft that will give anyone, from a developer to enthusiast to create games for Xbox One’s, Xbox 360, or Windows 8.1 machines.
In a holiday inspired move on Tuesday, Microsoft and NORAD teamed up to deliver the latest installment of their Santa Claus inspired app. The next generation Santa Claus tracking app has been touch inspired, and is built for Microsoft Tablets and Internet Explorer 11.
On Monday, the merger between Microsoft and Nokia got another step to final approval, as the United States Department of Justice gave the merger the OK. The approval as expected came on November 29th, but wasn’t formally announced publicly until Monday, which should please many.
On Monday, Microsoft is in the holiday giving mood, and for students and teachers, the gifts of Office 365 is one of the best gifts ever. The company expanded the availability of the Student Advantage program to students in over 35,000 educational institutions worldwide.
In the latest CEO updates for Microsoft’s search for their next boss, the number of leading contenders has narrowed down according to a report released on Thursday. The names of Alan Mulally and Satya Nadella are becoming the two main people racing to lead Microsoft in the next years.
In an article on Friday, the name of Tony Bates came to the forefront for those looking to replace Steve Ballmer as the next Microsoft CEO. The name of Tony Bates was on many shortlists passed around the tech world, but many are thinking he might be the main choice by the Microsoft board.
For active real estate seekers and real estate professionals, the lack of professional apps available for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has left them challenged. But on Friday, Microsoft gave them the app they have wanted with Zillow, and its a free app available today.
The Nokia Lumia 520 has been one of the best selling Windows Phones around the world, and on Wednesday the sequel to the bestseller was announced.
One of the more hyped and wanted services from Microsoft was announced on Wednesday, as the Xbox Video web service was announced.
Many users of Skype have had issues with Windows 8.1 and the integration that Skype has with the Windows system.
As Microsoft ships three different versions of its Windows software across platforms, hints about a unified Windows ecosystem were hinted by a Microsoft executive on Monday. The comments sparked rumors that a unified Windows might be coming sooner rather than later.
Two of Microsoft’s bigger products on Tuesday got major updates, as OneNote and Skype for Mac got updates that users will enjoy. The more technical updates for the Skype client for Mac gives it more visual and technical stability, while the OneNote changes are much bigger.
On Wednesday, the shareholders of Nokia approved the sale of their devices and services segment of their business to Nokia. The expected approval should allow for the next steps of the sale to take place, and will require global approval before the final approval is given to Microsoft.
Two of the world’s most popular mobile apps have been missing from Windows Phone from Microsoft, but on Wednesday, they finally arrived for Windows Phone users. Both Waze and Instagram became available for general download and the public reaction has been grand on it so far.
On Thursday, Microsoft gave SkyDrive some impressive mobile updates that should make iOS users very happy. The updates allow for users to update and backup their photos from their iPhones, iPads, and other iOS devices automatically, a feature that wasn’t previously available until today.