I’ll say one thing about the new Microsoft Surface Headphones. They’re pretty, especially if you like the color grey. I’ll tell you a few other things. The Cortana features are frustrating. The noise-canceling tech is basically fine. The ear cups aren’t super comfortable. And the headphones just don’t sound that amazing. They’re a good fashion statement. “Look at me,” these branded cans scream, “I’m a loyal Microsoft user.” Nothing wrong with that. The $350 wireless Surface Headphones have that high quality feel that’s featured in the rest of the new wave of Microsoft hardware. In addition to the ghostly grey finish, the headphones are sturdy and sleekly sculpted with the same clean lines you’ve seen on the Surface tablets. The design actually reminds me a lot of the very fancy Beoplay H9i luxury headphones, which cost $500. Things start to get a little less perfect when using the Surface Headphones, though. … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Surface Headphones Sound Like Disappointment
Microsoft Surface aims to change the way we collaborate across the table from each other. Image courtesy of Microsoft Many science fiction films have depicted powerful computers that are no more than large touch-screen displays. In "Star Wars," it was a series of transparent room partitions with schematics used to plan and monitor a battle out in space. In "Star Trek," it was entire wall panels and tabletops for controlling everything on the spaceship. Today, here on Earth, Microsoft Surface is beginning to turn these sci-fi wonders into a reality. Surface is a platform, or combination of hardware and software technologies, designed to work as a collaborative touch-screen interface for multiple simultaneous users. Here are just a few possible examples of how Surface could be useful: Colleagues gathered around a table could push digital text blocks instead of paper across the desk, and they could sign paperwork without requiring printouts.Doctors could glide through patient … [Read more...] about How Microsoft Surface Tabletop Works
In 2006 and 2007, major security flaws were discovered in Microsoft Word. 2008 HowStuffWorks In the last two months of 2006 alone, at least four major security flaws involving Microsoft Word were revealed. All are "zero day" flaws, meaning Microsoft and security organizations became aware of them at the same time that destructive hackers became aware of them. In many "zero day" cases, it's the exploitation of the flaw that brings it to the attention of the software companies; in other cases, the software companies announce the flaw and hackers immediately take advantage of it before a patch can be released. The strange thing about these Word problems is that almost eight weeks after the flaws were exploited by attackers, Microsoft still hadn't released a patch to fix it. The first in this string of security holes popped up in early December 2006. This flaw affects computers running Word 2000, 2002 and 2003; Word 2004 for Mac and Word 2004 version X for Mac; Word Viewer 2003; and … [Read more...] about What’s the problem with Microsoft Word?
Fans of venerable digital art program Microsoft Paint reacted in horror when news broke that Microsoft would no longer provide updates. HowStuffWorks Yesterday, news broke that Microsoft was discontinuing the application MS Paint, which has been part of the Windows platform for 32 years. It was included as part of Windows 1.0 and has found its way into every update since. The next version of Windows 10, called Autumn, will not include the venerable app. Predictably, people on the internet had something to say about it. Including some big brands that bemoaned the loss of another promotional tool. And some people just wanted to celebrate the stuff others had created using the program. But fear not, oh pixel slingers, for Microsoft has heard your hue and cry! The company now says that Paint will remain available -- it's just not packaged with the Windows OS. To get Paint, you just need to brush up on your web navigation skills and canvas the Microsoft Store. There, you'll find the … [Read more...] about Fans Bristle at Death of MS Paint, Microsoft Reacts
Start the Countdown A T-shirt from Microsoft's clothing line features a photo of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates' infamous 1977 mug shot. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images There's an iconic image of Bill Gates that might help explain our collective fascination with this legendary businessman and his most famous creation, the Microsoft Corp. It's a mug shot from 1977, taken after Gates was pulled over in Albuquerque, N.M., for a traffic violation [source: The Smoking Gun]. The photo shows a chinless 19-year-old geek with tinted prescription glasses and an undeniable smirk. How, we're left to wonder, did this goofy-looking college dropout with questionable driving skills (and wearing an even more questionable flowered shirt) end up becoming the richest man in the world? If you go searching for answers to that question online, you'll find a lot of half-truths and misinformation. It doesn't help that Microsoft has made more than its fair share of enemies over the years. It really … [Read more...] about Top 5 Myths About Microsoft