Microsoft has launched a store at Scroogled.com selling T-Shirts and coffee mugs. Microsoft's angle is that Google is reading all of your emails, watching and listening to you all the time. However, Microsoft also reads all of your email in order to fight spam. Leo thinks this is very disingenuous of Microsoft, and it's just a dirty trick.
Leo got the XBox One and he says that gaming has gotten so sophisticated that you need the reflexes of a teenager all the time to play it. But one thing he thought was really interesting is that you can see what your friends are doing if you follow them. You can follow Leo at "Chief Twit Leo".
Other great features include voice commands, and since the Xbox is always listening, you can just turn it on with a word. Through Kinect, it recognizes you and logs you in, which is making people a bit nervous because it's always on, always listening. Very 1984.
Leo got the new XBox One yesterday and hasn't stopped playing it. This isn't a cheap game console, though. It's $500, plus extra controllers, plus games, plus a required XBox Gold subscription. Since Microsoft has decided to build in non XBox gaming content, it's really a media center more than a game platform.
Jim is running Internet Explorer 10, and keeps getting error messages saying that "Internet Explorer has stopped working". There are a lot of things that can cause a browser to crash. He should first update Internet Explorer to version 11, which is the latest. He'll have to go to Windows.com and install it from there, because it won't be in his System Updates yet. If that doesn't fix it, he should reset the browser.
This week, the Sony PS4 will launch with the XBox One launching 12 days later, just in time for the Holiday shopping season. Target kind of blew it by accidentally sending out a few XBox One's with preorder, rather than waiting. When you do get the XBox One, you'll need to download over 500MB of system updates. Then there's the massive downloads of games.
Yvonne is looking at the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 because she likes to use Corel Draw. Leo says that it would be an excellent choice for both that and for using conventional Windows applications. Great battery life, and 200GB of SkyDrive storage too. It is a tad pricey, but Leo's not of the opinion that you should "save money" when buying a computer.
Microsoft has released the Surface 2, dropping the "RT" designation. Leo says that's not going to prevent confusion over it and the pro model. He also noticed that it also won't help because you still can't use programs from one Windows device to another, and that could affect the data interaction as well.
In other Microsoft news, Nokia released the Lumia 2520 Windows Surface Tablet. It has a full 1080p resolution, 11 hours of battery life, and an attachable keyboard that adds another 5 hours of battery life.
Nokia announced the Lumia 2520 Windows RT Tablet this week. Leo says that while everyone says this is just more evidence that we're in the post PC era, Leo says that doesn't mean that the desktop is going away. It means that computing is spreading out into more devices. A perfect example of this is Nest, the company that makes smart thermostats. It now will be developing an internet connected smoke alarm that talks to you and tells you when it needs a new battery.
Colby's parents are going to get him either a laptop or tablet. Apple or Windows? Leo says it largely depends on what the school uses, usually. A tablet for school work is a tedious affair. So you'd have to buy a bluetooth grade keyboard for another $100. Microsoft will be coming out with the Surface 2 in two days. Also check out the HP ChromeBook. A real laptop, but it runs the Chrome OS. You use Google Docs and you' have all you need and the price isn't all that bad at $279.