First it was the Samsung TV, now they’re saying your Xbox may be spying on you as well. And it doesn’t stop there, sources are now saying that Microsoft and Apple devices, and Samsung phones are also snooping on their customers.
For the Xbox, Microsoft uses Kinect to activate spoken commands for the console. Unfortunately, Microsoft is able to listen to conversations as well. Read the article.
Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users. I guess it means free updates as well. It doesn’t make sense to charge customers for bug fixes. So, why is Microsoft giving away a huge part of their revenue? Maybe, it has learned from the Windows Vista experience. Remember when Vista users had to buy Windows 7 to upgrade to a much more stable environment. Many people don’t seem to like Windows 8. That’s why Microsoft came out with Windows 10 right away, to make a right of the wrong. Charging for Windows 10, would have made people think twice before opening up their pockets.
Microsoft Sway is now available to the general public. Sway is a new online tool for creating presentation documents. Sway doesn’t have traditional files. It’s built for the cloud. Features include undo and redo, bullets and numbering, editing text on the canvas, reordering of sections, importing PDFs, and color picker, to name a few. Read more.
Ford is ditching Microsoft for QNX for in-car technology package. It’s supposed to be faster, sleeker and much improved over the old one. It’s also more intuitive and easier on the eyes, and integrates smartphone apps better. Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of Microsoft Auto. Read more.
Microsoft is distancing itself from Windows 8 as much as possible, that they even skipped a version just to provide some cushion. Everyone was anticipating that the new version will be called Windows 9, but Microsoft just announced it will be releasing Windows 10 instead. Why no love for the number 9? Does this mean the Start menu is getting another makeover? By the way, it’s scheduled to release next spring.