Microsoft Announces Wireless Display Adapter, a Miracast Receiver

Miracast never really caught on; the standard seems to have lost what little ground it had to simpler solutions, like Chromecast mirroring, but it has its niche in environments with flaky Wi-Fi connections and programs which require low latency. The only problem? Finding an inexpensive, reliable receiver. Luckily for those in the market, Microsoft unveiled an option today. (more…)

It’s Official, Microsoft Acquires Makers of Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

Made official early this morning, Microsoft is set to purchase Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, for a smooth $2.5 billion dollars. In Minecraft, a survival sandbox game, players must forge and build whatever they see in their imaginations, using blocks that they collect with pickaxes, axes, shovels, and swords.

Over the course of just a few years, Minecraft has grown from a small community of players to an entire marketing machine, complete with versions available on many platforms, as well as merchandise in Target and countless other retailers. Since 2009, Minecraft has seen 100 million+ downloads on PC alone, with nearly 2 billion hours played on the Xbox 360. In terms of popularity, not many recent games stack up to Minecraft.  (more…)

Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App for Climate Geeks

Budding meteorologists, take note –  Microsoft’s Climatology app is chock-full of esoteric weather information that will have you geeking out for hours. Leveraging technology developed by Microsoft Research, the app is a portal to a vast trove of data, including temperature, rain, and sunniness statistics from around the globe.

Ever wanted to look up the humidity of Ghana in March or compare average rainfall in London during February? The Climatology app makes those worthy searches possible. (more…)

Microsoft Opens OneNote Beta for Android

Microsoft is the latest high-profile company to embrace the Play Store’s beta feature with OneNote. OneNote is a lot like Evernote – you can record audio, video, picture, and text notes, format them to your liking, and sync them across multiple platforms, like Windows PCs and iOS devices.

It’s been historically well-supported on Android devices, and while it doesn’t support Android Wear quite yet, perhaps beta testers could be the first to see that feature. (more…)

Report: Microsoft Smartwatch Incoming, Will Work With Android Phones

According to sources of Forbes, Microsoft is working on a smartwatch that will work with not only Windows Phone devices, but Android phones and iPhones too. The report speculates that the watch could be here as soon as this summer to compete in a wearable market that Samsung has tried to get a jump start on.

Forbes’ sources claim that the watch will “draw on optical engineering expertise from Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division” and be sensor-rich with features like constant-heart rate monitoring. Battery life could weigh-in somewhere around two days, which is similar to Samsung’s Gear devices.  (more…)