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We’ve stated on many occasions that Windows 10 is a fine operating system, albeit one with a few rough edges that need to be sorted out. However, Microsoft has angered many users over the past year for its willingness to not only dance right up to the line of what customers feel is acceptable practice for promoting adoption of its operating system. Further, some feel it crossed that line with respect to user data collection and privacy concerns. It looks as though Microsoft stands to garner more criticism if its recent patent filing comes to life in a production software product. The title of the... Read more...
It seems as though Microsoft Surface Pro 3 owners just can’t catch a break when it comes to battery-related problems. We’ve already cataloged the convertible tablet’s battery woes, which were finally resolved with a firmware update back in late August. However, just as one battery problem has been squashed, another rises to confound users. While the first battery fiasco pertained to units with integrated SIMPLO batteries, Surface Pro 3 owners that installed the August update are saying that their LGC-LGC batteries are now seeing severe battery degradation. While it would seem that the timing of... Read more...
There’s no question that Windows 10 is a fine operating system for many people. The vast majority of new PCs shipping today come preloaded with Windows 10 and most have simply come to accept the operating system. However, there are those that still think that Microsoft has a lot of work to do to improve Windows 10. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has already taken Microsoft to task for user privacy lapses in Windows 10, and now another consumer advocacy group is giving Microsoft an earful. Which? says that it has received over 1,000 complaints from Windows 10 users that claim that using... Read more...
Let’s face it, cancer sucks! We’re sure that at all of us knows someone who is battling cancer or has lost a friend of close family member due to the perils of cancer. Given that this disease touches just about all of us, it should come as no surprise that billions of dollars are poured into researching cancer and ways to eradicate it for good. Luckily, the fine folks at Microsoft are well on their way to cracking the secret code that allows cancer to propagate in a host body. Microsoft’s researchers from around the world are working together using artificial intelligence to effectively “solve”... Read more...
If you're trying to removing malware from your system, it's a good idea to boot your Windows system in Safe Mode, or so conventional wisdom has taught us. That's still true, but in an ironic turn of events, security researchers at CyberArk Labs warn that remote attackers who've infiltrated a system can use Safe Mode to more easily maneuver your network and do more harm while remaining undetected. Safe Mode loads only the bare necessities to boot and run Windows. It's primarily used to troubleshoot issues that arise in a normal Windows environment, be it a buggy driver, conflicting hardware or software,... Read more...
Skype was founded in the city of London way back in 2003. Unfortunately, Skype’s newest office in that same city is coming under Microsoft’s surgical scalpel in a fresh round of layoffs. Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for a staggering (at the time) $8.5 billion, and perhaps its investment isn’t paying off as handsomely as originally expected – especially with the rise of hugely popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Microsoft is closing its European headquarters in a concerted consolidation effort, putting nearly 400 jobs on ice. According to the Financial Times, Microsoft... Read more...
Politicians are not the only ones mudslinging this season. Huawei’s Matebook and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 have teamed up to continue to try and humiliate the iPad Pro and its various shortcomings. In Huawei’s latest commercial, the iPad Pro is being pushed out of the cool kid’s table. The advertisement battle all started when Apple released its initial iPad Pro commercial. The iPad Pro ad is titled “What’s a computer?” and starts with “Just when you think you know what a computer is, you see a keyboard that can just get out of the way...and a screen you can touch and even write on.” The commercial... Read more...
After rolling out the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 last month, Microsoft's been looking ahead to Redstone 2, the codename for one of two more major upgrades Microsoft has planned for next year. Windows Insiders subscribed to receive Fast ring updates had the opportunity to play with a very early Preview build of Redstone 2 in August, and now right around a month later, Microsoft is serving up another one to Fast ring subscribers for both PC and Mobile. Coinciding with the release is the expiration of "really old" Insider Previews, which will start to see build expiration notifications today... Read more...
Over the past few months, Microsoft has attacked Google Chrome for its propensity to chew through notebook batteries at a rapid pace. Any enthusiast that uses Chrome on a regular basis (and that includes the majority of the computing populace) knows that the browser is a resource hog, but Microsoft has been looking to spread the word around in an effort to prop up its competing Edge browser in Windows 10. After sitting on the sidelines while Microsoft pummeled Chrome in benchmark after benchmark, Google finally responded with the release of Chrome 53. Using Microsoft’s Surface Books as benchmark... Read more...
My how the tables have turned. It used to be that you couldn’t blink an eye without Microsoft shoving its Windows 10 nag screens down the throats of Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Now that the free upgrade period to Windows 10 is over, Microsoft is taking it easy on users. The same goes for Windows 10 users that haven’t yet been auto-updated to the Anniversary Update. When Microsoft initially launched the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in early August, it announced that the update would be handed down to users in waves. Over a month later, some Windows 10 users still haven’t been automatically upgraded... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft’s Lumia Windows 10 Mobile smartphones were on their way to the graveyard. According to various Microsoft insiders, production of the Lumia 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL was slated to end by December 2016. However, a fresh report coming from WinBeta suggests that at least one of those four phones has been given an early funeral. The reigning Windows 10 Mobile flagship, the Lumia 950 XL, is apparently winding down its production run. Production has already stopped for UK versions of the smartphone, although WinBeta acknowledges that the production halt could (and... Read more...
Microsoft launched its slim and trim Xbox One S console back in early August. Taking up 40 percent less volume than its predecessor and packing variants ranging in capacities from 500GB to 2TB, the Xbox One S was only initially available in white. That changes, however, with the launch of three new console bundles which will soon find their way to retail shelves. All three of Microsoft’s new Xbox One S bundles include Battlefield 1, which has gained nearly universal acclaim during its public beta. The first bundle paints the console in storm grey and includes a matching wireless controller. The... Read more...
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time — Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services Division has been a complete disaster and a money pit. Microsoft bought the division for $7.9 billion in spring 2014, and a year later, the company had to take an impairment charge of $7.6 billion for the purchase. Since that time, the Redmond, Washington-based company has laid off thousands of employees that it brought over from Nokia along with additional Microsoft employees that were already working on smartphone hardware and software. To make matters worse, smartphone sales have plummeted... Read more...
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Such is the case with the widely rumored Surface all-in-one PC that is reportedly on the way from Microsoft. Microsoft has found some success with its Surface Pro and Surface Book convertibles, so it makes sense that the company would look to extend the brand to other form-factors. The latest news on the Surface all-in-one front comes courtesy of reliable Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley. According to her sources, the device has been developed under the codename “Surface Cardinal” and will of course run Windows 10. Foley’s also says that Cardinal will in effect... Read more...
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