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  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by aj0690
    +14 +4

    Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads

    I’ve sat back and witnessed the development of Windows 10 and appreciated the speed of new feature releases, but it seems there’s a price to pay for this new “Windows as a service” world. Microsoft has gradually been infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads. The first emerged on the lock screen as “tips,” and then there was the bundling of Candy Crush with the OS, and now Microsoft has started blasting notifications into the task bar and File Explorer.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +26 +6

    Xbox's New Gaming Subscription Is Just What the Struggling Console Needed

    In this generation of console wars, the Xbox One has lagged behind the PS4 in both sales and consumer mindshare. In fact, a January report from games intelligence firm SuperData pegged Microsoft has selling half the number of consoles as Sony. To be frank, Microsoft is getting its ass kicked.

  • Expression
    2 weeks ago
    by rhingo
    +18 +3

    ProBeat: Slack is screwed

    Slack's problem just got a lot worse. Not only did the full-page New York Times ad fail to stop the upcoming launch of Microsoft Teams next week on March 14, but now Google is entering the fray with Hangouts Chat in private beta. For the millions of G Suite and Office 365 users, Slack will soon be superfluous.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by hxxp
    +16 +2

    Microsoft renames Windows Holographic to Windows Mixed Reality due to ‘broader vision for the platform’

    Microsoft’s approach to mixed reality has, up until now, been referred to as “Windows Holographic.” The name made sense as a descriptor of Microsoft’s approach towards holograms in their headsets, but it seems like the company had a different idea about how to move forward. Microsoft spoke at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) earlier today about Acer’s new “Windows Mixed Reality Dev Kit,” seemingly ditching the old “Windows Holographic” for some new terminology.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +31 +9

    Microsoft Windows 10: It may be adding an ebook store

    The Microsoft Windows 10 Store—which already includes apps, games, movies, and TV shows—is going to include books in the Creators Update. This is according to pictures obtained by MSPoweruser. Based on images from an internal Windows 10 Mobile build, books will have their own dedicated section within the Store. The whole process will work much the same way as it does for any other purchase.

  • Analysis
    3 months ago
    by sjvn
    +46 +6

    Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt

    It had a good 36-year run, but its day is done.

  • Review
    3 months ago
    by baron778
    +41 +12

    Microsoft is about to turn a phone into a real PC

    Microsoft is bringing a full version of Windows 10, complete with desktop app support, to ARM chipsets. The software giant demonstrated Windows 10 running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip today, complete with HD video playback, Adobe Photoshop support, and Microsoft Office. Microsoft expects ARM-based laptops to be the first to adopt this new version of Windows 10. Traditional x86 desktop apps will be emulated, making the experience seamless to the end user. Laptops might be the first, but it’s easy to see past that and realize that this means Microsoft is about to turn a phone into a real PC.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by weekendhobo
    +40 +5

    Windows 10 is about to get a high-performance Game Mode

    Microsoft made a big fuss out of the Windows 10 Creators Update's gaming features, and it's nearly ready to start delivering on them... including some that have remained mysterious. The company has revealed that it'll start trotting out a largely unknown Windows 10 Game Mode as part of Insider previews "this week." The improvement won't be fully functional until later releases, but Microsoft has at last shed some light on what it is: it'll fine-tune your PC to speed up gaming performance.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +24 +3

    Google, unlike Microsoft, must turn over foreign emails: U.S. judge

    A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O). U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter in Philadelphia ruled on Friday that transferring emails from a foreign server so FBI agents could review them locally as part of a domestic fraud probe did not qualify as a seizure.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by zobo
    +2 +1

    Microsoft really wants you to upgrade OneDrive, with new ads popping up in Windows 10 File Explorer

    One of the least popular new “features” in Windows 10 is the advertising function Microsoft injected directly into the operating system. Ads show up in a number of ways, from promotions of Windows Store apps in the Start menu to pop-up “reminders” that Microsoft’s Edge browser gets better battery life than Google’s Chrome.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by Gozzin
    +38 +12

    Stupid Patent of the Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent on a Slider

    For the first time ever, this month’s Stupid Patent of the Month is being awarded to a design patent. Microsoft recently sued Corel for, among other things, infringing its patent on a slider, D554,140, claiming that Corel Home Office has infringed Microsoft’s design. The design patent, as detailed by Microsoft in its complaint, is titled “User Interface for a Portion of a Display Screen” and entitles Microsoft to own this:

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by spacepopper
    +45 +16

    How Microsoft moves profits offshore to cut its tax bill

    Cash doesn't flow directly from buyers' pockets to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Instead, the company operates through three regional sales units, centered in Ireland, Singapore and Puerto Rico. These groups control the rights to profit from Microsoft products around the world. By conducting sales from places with small populations and low tax rates, and routing some profit through virtually tax-free jurisdictions like Bermuda...

  • Review
    1 year ago
    by SMcIntyre
    +27 +9

    Microsoft Edge's incognito mode isn't so incognito

    Microsoft's latest web browser saves users' Web browsing history while they're in incognito mode, defeating the entire purpose of the feature.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +44 +8

    Microsoft plans to make Windows 10, Xbox One game “crossbuys” a habit

    Gamers who preorder Remedy’s upcoming Xbox One game Quantum Break will receive a free digital copy for Windows 10 PCs—a “crossbuy” strategy that Microsoft’s Xbox chief plans to make a “platform feature” of the gaming console. The preorder deal will also include Remedy’s earlier hit Alan Wake, and its sequel, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare—all for free. (You only have from February 11 until April 4 to score the preorder deal, though...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Jourdy288
    +24 +8

    Microsoft to unify PC and Xbox One platforms, ending fixed console hardware

    Head of Microsoft’s gaming division effectively confirms Xbox is becoming a new kind of PC/console hybrid

  • Video
    1 year ago
    by Chubros
    +31 +9

    The Original Windows 1 Advert in 1985 with Steve Ballmer

    The original Windows 1 promotional video from almost 30 years ago. This slightly mad advert started off the whole Microsoft software business. Bizarrely, this is Steve Ballmer the outgoing CEO of Microsoft, leaving this year but not before delivering many entertaining moments over the years, such as this one. Steve knew Bill Gates at Harvard in 1977 and worked with him since 1980 at Microsoft.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by baron778
    +47 +9

    Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it

    With its new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, Microsoft has built a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10, as the first apparent step towards locking down the consumer PC ecosystem and monopolising app distribution and commerce. In my view, this is the most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made. While the company has been convicted of violating antitrust law in the past, its wrongful actions...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +46 +7

    Microsoft is using Minecraft to develop artificial intelligence tech for the real world

    Yet more proof that Minecraft is more than just a game comes our way today. Microsoft already has plans to use the platform, which it bought for $2.5 billion, to help kids learn and for virtual reality, and now we can add artificial intelligence development to that list, too. Today, Microsoft announced a project that enables artificial intelligence researchers to tap into the hit title to sculpt and develop their tech. AIX is a new software development platform that researchers can use to...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by ubthejudge
    +36 +7

    Microsoft stops accepting Bitcoin in Windows Store

    Back in November 2014 Microsoft announced that it had struck a deal with an outfit called Bitpay that would let it accept Bitcoin in the Windows Store. “For us, this is about giving people options and helping them do more on their devices and in the cloud,” Eric Lockard, corporate vice president of Universal Store at Microsoft said at the time. “The use of digital currencies such as bitcoin, while not yet mainstream...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +47 +10

    Twitter taught Microsoft’s friendly AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day

    It took less than 24 hours for Twitter to corrupt an innocent AI chatbot. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Tay — a Twitter bot that the company described as an experiment in "conversational understanding." The more you chat with Tay, said Microsoft, the smarter it gets, learning to engage people through "casual and playful conversation." Unfortunately, the conversations didn't stay playful for long. Pretty soon after Tay launched, people starting tweeting the bot with all sorts of misogynistic...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by MichDe
    +21 +6

    Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

    A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by hxxp
    +26 +7

    Patent that cost Microsoft millions gets invalidated

    One of the oldest and most profitable patent trolls, Uniloc, has been shot down. Its US Patent No. 5,490,216, which claims to own the concept of "product activation" in software, had all claims ruled invalid by the Patent Trademark and Appeals Board (PTAB). The process through which PTAB eliminated the patent is called an "inter partes review," or IPR. The IPR process, created by the America Invents Act, is an increasingly popular and effective way for defendants...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +22 +8

    Microsoft 'deeply sorry' for Tay chatbot, will bring it back when 'vulnerability' is fixed

    A Microsoft executive said Friday that the company was “deeply sorry” for the “unintended offensive and hurtful” tweets the company’s Tay chatbot delivered earlier this week. “Tay is now offline and we’ll look to bring Tay back only when we are confident we can better anticipate malicious intent that conflicts with our principles and values,” Peter Lee, the corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft Research, wrote in a blog post.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by rhingo
    +27 +8

    You'll soon be able to 'holoport' anywhere in the world

    Microsoft research manager Shahram Izadi is showing off the company’s latest innovation using HoloLens: ‘holoportation,’ enabling him to appear as if he’s there in real-time, anywhere in the world. His image is captured in 3D by cameras placed around the room. This is then stitched together, compressed and transmitted so someone else can see, hear and interact with him as though he’s right there with them.

  • Current Event
    12 months ago
    by wildcard
    +26 +9

    Skype is getting Cortana and crazy bot messaging

    You'll soon be able to use Skype to books trips, shop, and plan your schedule, just by chatting with Cortana. During its Build conference, Microsoft demoed how Skype users will soon be able to start a chat with Cortana and get things done just by having a conversation. "Cortana is brokering the conversation with a third-party bot," says Lilian Rincon, Skype's program manager. Essentially, Skype will know which company or service you want to talk to, bring a new bot...

  • Analysis
    12 months ago
    by Gozzin
    +23 +6

    A blind Microsoft developer has created an app to help him 'see' the world

    Microsoft software engineer Saqib Shaikh was promoted at the company's Build 2016 developer conference. Shaikh, who is blind, created a research project called Seeing AI, which uses intelligence APIs from Microsoft Cognitive Services. The app gives him accurate descriptions of people, places and actions in the world

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by kxh
    +40 +7

    Microsoft sues over law banning tech firms from telling customers about data requests

    A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that the statute violates speech and privacy rights.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by hxxp
    +25 +5

    'Free' Windows 10 Reveals Its Expensive Secret

    This is a statement which makes many people uneasy. After all Windows didn’t used to be free and nothing in life is ever really free, right? So when will the real cost of Windows 10 be revealed? Well now we know and it hits both customers and Microsoft in very different ways… If you ever doubted Microsoft was taking a huge hit to give users Windows 10 for free, doubt no longer. This month the company announced its Q3 results and revealed this carved a massive $1.5 billion hole in its revenues.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +23 +5

    Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism

    Microsoft and Google, two of the world’s greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they announced a startling accord. The companies have withdrawn all regulatory complaints against one another, globally. Rather than fighting their battles in public courts and commissions, they have agreed to privately negotiate. This is a gentleman’s agreement. The specifics are secret, but the message on both sides is that...

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by melaniee
    +28 +7

    Microsoft will kill 'Get Windows 10' nagware in July

    Microsoft's "Get Windows 10" nagware that has been driving some people bonkers will be killed off in July, when Redmond pulls its free upgrade offer. A spokesperson for the software giant told us today...

  • Expression
    10 months ago
    by kxh
    +34 +5

    As Microsoft kills off the remnants of Nokia, it signs off on its own eventual demise

    PayPal is the latest company to join a long list to ditch support for the “fringe” phone operating systems: Microsoft’s Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Amazon’s Fire OS. This decision comes on the heels…

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by everlost
    +26 +6

    Facebook and Microsoft are building a giant cable under the sea

    Facebook and Microsoft are working together on an unusual project. The two tech behemoths want to bury a 6,600 km cable deep under the Atlantic Ocean, stretching all the way from Virginia to Spain. The companies deal with a tremendous about of data every day, whether it's showing photos to Facebook's 1.6 billion users, or loading documents stored in Microsoft's cloud services. Instead of solely relying on telecom companies for bandwidth, they're taking matters into their own hands.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by geoleo
    +33 +6

    Microsoft Slammed for 'Sneaky' Windows 10 Updates

    Microsoft ‘Upgradegate’ irks Windows users. Microsoft has some explaining to do. It’s not “just” Chinese consumers who are up in arms about what some are calling forced updates to Windows 10, but a noisy group of U.S. users are also steamed about a change to the update process that they say tried to dupe them into upgrading their older version of Windows. The issue? Microsoft quietly changed how the upgrade process worked, according to reports on Reddit, PC World, software support forums, and elsewhere.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +34 +5

    Microsoft is banning your stupidly easy-to-guess passwords

    No matter how many times we tell you to change your passwords and make it anything but your birthday, “123456,” or “password,” many still aren’t taking the efforts to make their accounts more secure. So Microsoft is actively doing something about it by banning weak passwords entirely. The team calls it “dynamically banned,” which means that if your account uses a password that appears in the most-used/stolen password list, Microsoft will force you to create a more complex one instead. This will apply to Microsoft Account and Azure AD services.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by TNY
    +38 +7

    Microsoft’s new Xbox One S revealed in leaked images

    In less than 24 hours, Microsoft will host its E3 press conference. The software maker is expected to launch a smaller, slimmer version of the Xbox One, and a fresh leak on the NeoGAF forums today is providing our first look at the new console. Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans had previously told us that the new Xbox One "Slim" would be 40 percent smaller, and the leaked image appears to show a smaller Xbox One in white.