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As we grow increasingly dependent on various online services that contain information about our personal lives, the need for privacy is paramount. This has major tech companies at odds with the U.S. government, the latter of which would like unfettered access to all things digital. Rather than give in, Microsoft is fighting back by filing a lawsuit against the Department of Justice over a law that allows its to request customer emails without their knowledge.Microsoft is fighting for customers' right to know when a government agency obtains a warrant to read their emails. As it currently stands,... Read more...
Back in January, Microsoft announced that it had acquired MinecraftEdu in an effort to create a new platform aimed at school teachers: Minecraft Education Edition. Microsoft initially said that Minecraft Education Edition would be available this summer, and the software giant is sticking to that promise with May/June launch windows. The beta will launch in two waves -- starting in May, Microsoft will launch a closed beta in 100 schools scattered across 30 countries. Microsoft will use this small-scale rollout to tweak Minecraft Education Edition and prepare it for a more wide-scale release. Then... Read more...
We learned a couple of weeks ago that Microsoft and Canonical would be teaming up to bring some Linux goodness to Windows 10, and a mere week later, we saw the functionality hit the 14316 Insider Preview build. With that build now in the hands of tinkerers, some neat features are now being discovered. After Microsoft made the mind-blowing announcement that Linux's BASH terminal would be supported on Windows 10, many began to wonder if it'd be possible to initiate an X server (the accelerated window manager for Linux) to run GUI applications. In its shipping form, both Microsoft and Canonical... Read more...
When we think of Alcantara, the first thing to spring to mind is its use in high-end sports cars and supercars for headliners, steering wheels, seats and dashboard coverings. But Microsoft has a new use for the suede-like material, which is manufactured by Italian company Alcantara SpA, in its new Signature Type Cover for the popular Surface Pro 4 tablet. We must say, the Signature Type Cover definitely looks fantastic and if you’ve never felt Alcantara before, you’re in for a real treat as you rub your fingers across its grain. Alcantara is used not only on the back of the Signature Type Cover,... Read more...
Microsoft has several goodies in store for Windows 10 users with its forthcoming Anniversary Update, things like subtle Start Menu tweaks and better pen support. One of the more anticipated additions, at least for anyone who values security, is a Windows Unlock feature that will work in conjunction with companion devices. Let's say you're sitting at a PC that doesn't have a webcam for face authentication or fingerprint reader. That rules out Windows Hello, though with Windows Unlock, you can still have a two-factor authentication scheme for logging in. The first of course is your trusty password,... Read more...
Windows has never been particularly helpful when encountering an error so severe that it warrants a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and system restart. Rather than provide a plain English explanation of what went wrong, you're left scratching your head wondering what the flip UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP means and what relevance code 0x0000007F has on your situation. Wouldn't it be handy if BSODs contained QR codes? Microsoft seems to think so. Reddit user "javelinnl" posted a message saying the first thing he did on his new build in his VM setup was initiate a system crash. Sure enough, the familiar... Read more...
It's been quite an eventful year so far for Microsoft and its Xbox One, and the company is only just getting started. Last month, we learned the surprising news that Microsoft would be enabling cross-network capabilities on its Xbox One. That means that Xbox One gamers - with a supported game - would be able to play against those on the PC or, eventually, Sony's PlayStation 4. The first cross-network game on the Xbox One is a crowd favorite: Rocket League. Psyonix's vehicular soccer game became one of the rare games that could be played between PC and PS4 gamers, so the company could have... Read more...
If you're an iOS user who's been dying to try out a new on-screen keyboard, Microsoft has a new one that's well worth testing. Called "Hub Keyboard", Microsoft aims to make the simple on-screen keyboard a lot more powerful, and intuitive. If you're an Office 365 user, the app's usefulness can greatly improve your workflow. Do you hate having to switch apps just to complete routine tasks, such as pulling in a URL or pasting a block of text you recently copied? Hub Keyboard is all about shortening the amount of time it takes to conduct such tasks, even inserting a period. With this solution, simply... Read more...
The development community (and enthusiast) were shocked last week when Microsoft announced that it was bringing the Ubuntu Linux Bash shell to Windows 10, where it will run natively. Microsoft has wasted no time getting the functionality ready for testers, as the company has rolled out Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316 with native Bash support baked right in. To enable Bash, you have first have to enable Developer Mode, which can be accomplished by navigating to Settings --> Update & security --> For developers. From there, you’ll need to enable “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta).”... Read more...
You have a better shot at correctly guessing where Jimmy Hoffa is buried then trying to figure out Microsoft mobile phone strategy. The latter seems to change like the wind, and as it currently stands, there's renewed chatter about Microsoft making a Surface Phone.There was some talk of a Surface Phone back in December of last year. In an episode of Twit, Mary Jo Foley prodded Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela on the prospect of a Surface Phone, and his response was that Microsoft was working on a "breakthough" handset, one that he described as the "spiritual equivalent" of the... Read more...
Microsoft is making some changes to the Start Menu in Windows 10, which you'll get to see in full force when it rolls out its Windows 10 Anniversary update sometime this summer. In the meantime, Jen Gentleman, a software engineer and community champ at Microsoft, gave anxious users a sneak peek by posting an animated GIF of the new Start Menu on Twitter. There's also a short Sway presentation that Microsoft put together. If you're a fan of the Start Menu, don't worry, Microsoft isn't doing anything all that drastic to it. Barring a user revolt, following the update, clicking on the Start Menu will... Read more...
Toyota this week announced that it's partnering up with Microsoft in various ways to push new connected car technologies to the masses. The initiative begins with the launch of Toyota Connected, a new company that will serve as a data science hub for Toyota's operations around the world. "Toyota Connected will help free our customers from the tyranny of technology. It will make lives easier and help us to return to our humanity," said Zack Hicks, Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Connected and Chief Information Officer at Toyota Motor North America. "From telematics services that learn from your... Read more...
The latest buzz from the gaming community is that Sony might be working on an upgraded version of its PlayStation 4 console, one that's built with a burlier GPU capable of playing games at 4K Ultra HD resolution. Nothing is yet official, but if Sony makes a bombshell announcement, will Microsoft follow suit with a beefier Xbox One? Don't count on it.Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, poured water on the fire just as it was getting lit. The inevitable question came up at Microsoft's 2016 Build conference last week, and rather than offer a canned response that would have left the... Read more...
If you have a sneaky suspicion that Microsoft isn't putting as much effort into its Windows Phone plans as perhaps it could be, the first day of its Build Developer Conference in San Francisco would have done nothing to change to your mind. Microsoft talked about Windows 10 and all sorts of related technologies, but not much about Windows Phone. That wasn't by accident.Like it or not, Microsoft's focus just isn't on phones at this point in time. Instead, the company is much more excited about the possibilities of HoloLens, its augmented reality headset and platform, and how Windows 10 can improve... Read more...
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