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The implementation of Microsoft Teams Voice at NIU aims to resolve the issue of the antiquated legacy phone system by promoting efficiency and convenience for the faculty and students.

Goodbye telephones, hello Microsoft Teams Voice

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | October 11, 2022

NIU will be replacing the legacy phone system on campus with Microsoft Teams Voice later this year. The legacy phone system, which was installed over 35 years ago, has supported NIU’s communication needs for decades. However, the current phone switch...

Xbox unveils affordable payment plan for consoles

By Jacob Roushia | November 6, 2019

On Nov. 18, Xbox All Access will allow gamers to pay for an Xbox One on a monthly basis. Xbox All Access will allow customers to get an Xbox console, controller, Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass for a monthly cost.Microsoft recently announced that this service...

On Oct. 8, Sony announced the upcoming release of the PlayStation 5.

Sony announces PlayStation 5

By Jacob Roushia | October 15, 2019

On Oct. 8, Sony announced the upcoming release of the PlayStation 5.

Video Game companies pledge to combat climate change

By Jacob Roushia | October 1, 2019

21 video game companies have committed to fight climate change. This news comes after the UN Climate Change Summit from Sept. 21 to 23.The 21 companies include Microsoft, PlayStation and Google. Each company has made a pledge to fight climate change in...

Microsoft should gear up on War tactics

Microsoft should gear up on ‘War’ tactics

By Josh Alfrey | February 2, 2014

Microsoft’s purchase of a struggling Gears of War franchise requires some necessary pointers for the company.“Gears of War” has become infamous for its stale storyline featuring a horde of aliens trying to destroy the humans. However, one of the...

Pass/Fail: ‘Children of the Corn’ sketch show to mix culture, fun, fright, Basics of PowerPoint workshop to take place a few years late

By Danny Cozzi | October 22, 2013

Pass: ‘Children of the Corn’ sketch show to mix culture, fun, frightRather than getting drunk all Halloween weekend, do something with less alcohol but just as much entertainment.The School of Theatre and Dance seniors are hosting a sketch comedy...

Microsoft releases new tablet hybrid

By Roy Herrera | October 29, 2012

As the holiday season approaches, some people are already making a list of products they want to purchase and deciding between a tablet or a laptop can be difficult. A tablet is more compact and offers the main features that a laptop has. A laptop, on...

Microsoft updates Xbox software, holiday prices

By Roy Herrera | October 23, 2012

If you have an Xbox 360 with Xbox Live, you might have come across a few changes in the past couple of days. Microsoft released an update for the Xbox 360 Dashboard last week. If you are one of the few who didn’t receive the update, don’t worry; Microsoft...

Google: The new ‘evil empire’?

By David Thomas | September 29, 2010

It's weird to think that, back in the days of the 1990s, Microsoft was often derided as the "evil empire" of the corporate and technological warfare. Some would argue that Microsoft still is an evil empire like the Soviet Union. There are plenty of gamers...