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Third-party antivirus developers aren't happy with the way Windows 10 seemingly goes to great lengths to kick AV programs to the curb in favor of Microsoft's own built-in Defender software, and that has led to an antitrust investigation in Russia. Among the various complaints, the Russian antitrust authority will see if Microsoft abused its position of dominance by rushing the OS to market. Russia's antitrust suit echos the complaints Eugene Kaspsersky shared in a lengthy blog post blasting Microsoft for how it treats Defender versus third-party AV programs. Kaspersky, who is the CEO of Kaspersky... Read more...
Cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky just channeled his inner Howard Beale to let Microsoft know he's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. If that reference is too old, we can kick things up a decade to Twisted Sister, as all that's missing from his strongly worded and scathing blog post calling out Microsoft for unfairly favoring its own Defender antivirus software over third-party solutions is the 1980s band's hit song playing in the background. While Eugene himself doesn't bring this up, there are quite a few parallels between the song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and his message to... Read more...
Microsoft is feeling pretty good about its gaming console business, and with good reason. The company announced today that the Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 for the fourth consecutive month in the United States according to The NPD Group. Microsoft has never had such a lengthy string of victories over the PlayStation 4 since both consoles debuted three years ago. When we reported on the Xbox One’s third consecutive sales victory last month, we reckoned that sales of the newly launched PlayStation 4 Slim would reverse the losing streak for Sony. However, Microsoft has still been able to... Read more...
One of the great things about modern consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is that they are continually updated and granted new features through software. The Xbox One is a much more capable console today than it was when it first launched in late 2013, and it’s gaining even more features today with the release of the Holiday Update. The Xbox One Holiday Update is aimed at making the console experience even more “social” in an attempt to “unite gamers across devices, giving you access to more people to play with that share your interests and more choice in how you play.” The Holiday Update... Read more...
All is well that ends well for Surface Pro 3 owners, it just took a little bit of time to get there. Various battery issues have plagued the tablet for several months, and with its latest firmware release, Microsoft thinks it has finally solved the problem for good. Microsoft also made the decision to refund users the cost of a replacement battery if they purchased one for the Surface Pro 3 beyond its warranty period. "We’ve gathered additional details about which customers were affected and are committed to making sure that the people who experienced this issue are taken care of. We have reached... Read more...
Microsoft is moving along rather swiftly with test builds of the Windows 10 Creators Update (aka Redstone 2). After delivering Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14959 last week, Microsoft is back again with Build 14965. And this time around, there are a lot more feature updates to report on that testers will be able to take advantage of. Kicking things off, Microsoft has made it easier for those using Windows 10 tablets to control external monitors and TVs. After connecting your external display device, you simply need to navigate to the Action Center and invoke the Project command, which will extend... Read more...
  Microsoft wowed an incredibly receptive audience last month with its Surface Studio announcement. Surface Studio is a 28-inch touch screen all-in-one powered by Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and features an innovative screen tilting mechanism which is a boon for professional content creators. However, perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Microsoft’s hardware keynote was the reveal of the Surface Dial, which is a hockey puck-esque accessory that can be used in conjunction with the Surface Studio (and other Surface hardware) as an alternative form of input. We were given a... Read more...
Microsoft has been hinting at consolidating its Xbox Preview Program and Windows Insider Program for quite some time. After all, the Xbox One shares a codebase with Windows 10, and as Windows Chief Terry Myerson stated in March, “It doesn’t make sense for these to be separate.” Today, Microsoft is taking the first step towards harmonizing its public software testing regimen by renaming the Xbox Preview Program to the Xbox Insider Program. “Since the program launched in February 2014, your feature requests, ideas, and millions of votes have helped shape and improve your Xbox experience for... Read more...
Despite all the effort Microsoft is expending in getting Internet users to try out and stick with its Edge browser, Chrome continues to the popular choice. Even worse for Microsoft, Chrome's popularity is growing—it now accounts for more than half of all desktop browser usage and has nearly double the market share of Edge and Internet Explorer combined. Market research firm Net Applications has Chrome sitting pretty with a 54.99 percent share of the desktop browser market, up from 31.12 percent at this moment a year ago, while Internet Explorer and Edge combine for 28.39 percent and Firefox stuck... Read more...
If you are in the market for a brand new Xbox One S gaming console, Microsoft is looking to make an offer that you can’t refuse. The Xbox One S is currently available for as low as $299 for bundles with the 500GB hard drive, but now the company is throwing in an additional free game if you purchase a brand new console. Microsoft is running the promotion from November 4th through November 12th via the Microsoft Store and its participating retail partners (Amazon, Target, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart). The promotion is available for new Xbox One or Xbox One S consoles. So if you were to purchase a... Read more...
Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Maybe you're a New England Patriots fan (like this editor), in which case your favorite football team is on a bye week. Well, Microsoft has your back—the Forza Horizon 3 demo for Windows 10 is finally available to download for free from the Windows Store, provided you have the requisite hardware to get behind the wheel. The minimum system requirements call for an Intel Core i5-3570 processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R7 250X graphics card with 2GB of memory, and Windows 10. Microsoft recommends bumping... Read more...
Microsoft is riding high these days under CEO Satya Nadella. The company is firmly entrenched in the cloud business, has deftly transitioned its software products to a subscription model for its most profitable customers, invested heavily in deep learning and advanced AI technologies, and is finally seeing some of the fruits of its investment into the Surface family of first-party hardware. As a result, Microsoft shares closed at an all-time high of $61 in late October (the company is still not far off that mark today at $59.15). With all that is going right at Microsoft these days, Bloomberg decided... Read more...
When it comes to Windows 10, Microsoft is that like that annoying friend that's seen a movie you haven't and keeps asking when you're going to watch it (by the way, check out Deadpool if you haven't already). The journey from Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10 has been filled with aggressive attempts to get users to upgrade, and even after you do, you might still receive popup ads. For what, you ask? Microsoft's Edge browser. Tech journalist Brad Chacos posted to Twitter a screen grab of a popup ad imploring him to earn free movies and games with Edge. It was basically pointing Brad in the direction of... Read more...
It’s that time again; time for a new Insider Preview build of Windows 10. This time around, Microsoft is doling out Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14959 for both PC and smartphones. Build 14959 brings with it core functionality that users will receive early next year with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Some of those features were included in last week’s Build 14955, but this latest build adds some exciting features like Paint 3D, which will be a boon to Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and future Surface Studio owners. Microsoft has also given those that take advantage of Hyper-V Virtual Machines... Read more...
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