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Microsoft really wants people to leave Google and use its Bing search engine. The problem is that the exodus away from Google never really happened, leaving Microsoft working hard to compete in the search market. Microsoft has announced that it has added some cool new features to Bing in an effort to make the search engine more popular with users.  Microsoft is now integrating additional artificial intelligence (AI) technology into its search results and into Office 365. The AI promises to have a useful impact on our day-to-day lives. "AI has really been integrated into society for many years,"... Read more...
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been a breakout hit on the PC platform, and has gone on to become one of the most played games on the Steam. Given its immense popularity with PC gamers, it stands to reason that console users would also want to get in on the action. If you're an Xbox One or Xbox One X owners, you now that have opportunity, as the game launched for these platforms yesterday. Unfortunately, the game appears to be rife with performance issues that mar the gaming experience. Digital Foundry, which often gets the inside track on anything and everything related to Microsoft's Xbox hardware,... Read more...
If you were alive in 1985, it was a pretty good year to be around. The movies that came out that year are some of the most popular and classic of '80s films like "The Goonies", "Back to the Future", "Weird Science", and "The Breakfast Club". 1985 also happens to be the year that version 1.0 of Windows rolled out. Someone has dug up a complete version of Windows 1.0 that is signed by no other than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The eBay seller, Badastheblues, claims that the Windows 1.0 box set is an original copy that was handed out at an event in Las Vegas in November of 1985. The description... Read more...
Back in September, we talked about the groundwork Microsoft was laying for quantum computing with a new programming language in development. Not even three months later, Microsoft is ready to toss a free preview version of that new language to the public and it's called the Quantum Development Kit. That dev kit includes the Q# programming language, a quantum computing simulator, and other resources for people who want to write apps for quantum computers. From left, Charles Marcus, Krysta Svore, Leo Kouwenhoven and Michael Freedman are leading Microsoft’s quantum computing efforts. Photo... Read more...
Lots of people have a new computer on their Christmas list and if you want to save some loot on buying those computers, Microsoft has some sweet deals running right now. Microsoft kicked off the 12 Days of Deals back on December 6 and each day through December 17. A new deal will go live each day at 12:00 AM ET. Today's deal is on some nice hardware from HP with rigs for everything from workday productivity to gaming and in between. The HP Pavilion x360 convertible 15-br095ms packs a 15.6-inch screen, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD is on sale for $599. The HP Envy x360 convertible... Read more...
Microsoft announced this week that it has teamed up with the FBI and other partners including ESET to dismantle the massive botnet called Gamarue (Andromeda). Microsoft says that it and its partners began the journey to disrupt the botnet all the way back in 2015. A coordinated take down started on November 29, 2017 and an arrest was made. ESET wrote, "A coordinated take down started on November 29, 2017 and as a result of this joint effort, law enforcement agencies across the globe were able to make an arrest and obstruct activity of the malware family responsible for infecting more than... Read more...
For the folks at Intel, all eyes are likely on Qualcomm today. While Intel has faced the toughest competition in recent years from AMD's Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper, and EPYC family of processors, the company will soon be encountering a separate attack from Qualcomm. As we have reported multiple times, there is a new wave of Windows 10 PCs coming that will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, ARM-based processors. This improbable feat is made possible by Microsoft's support for full x86 emulation in Windows 10, which is why Snapdragon 835 (and future ARM-based SoCs from Qualcomm) will be... Read more...
Google first said that it would be building a new London HQ way back in 2013. That new HQ will be built at the King's Cross Central devolvement and plans for the structure have now been unveiled. Google's new HQ will likely be the longest property in the UK when completed and is being called a "landscraper." Rather than building up like a skyscraper, this building will be very long -- 1,100 feet long to be exact once completed. London's tallest building is The Shard, which is 1,016 feet tall making the new Google building longer than The Shard is tall. The building is expected to be the first of... Read more...
Through its human resources service provider, Microsoft has posted a job listing that suggests its collaboration with Qualcomm will not end with shoving the company's Snapdragon 835 processors into its Surface laptops running Windows 10, but will extend to the Qualcomm's next-generation flagship SoC (system-on-chip), Snapdragon 845. That chip has not yet been released, but is next in line and will find its way into phones like Samsung's Galaxy S9. The job listing is for a "Hardware Test Engineer / Manufacturing Engineer," and specifically one who is an expert in Wi-Fi technologies and manufacturing.... Read more...
Microsoft has announced some major construction plans at its Redmond campus. It's not building a spaceship campus as Apple did, but it will be adding 18 new buildings and up to 8,000 more workers to the payroll. Microsoft says that the massive expansion might not be completed until 2025. Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog. Microsoft's campus in Redmond is a 500-acre parcel that the software giant says is close to a "vibrant urban core, suburban towns, mountains, lakes, and forests." Microsoft plans to break ground on the expansion project next fall and the 18 new... Read more...
Microsoft had lofty ambitions for the adoption rate of its Windows 10 operating system when it was released back in 2015. After all, Windows 10 was initially made available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users (and it is still available for free for a limited time if you meet certain requirements) and promised big functional gains over its predecessors. At its annual shareholder meeting, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Windows 10 is installed and actively used on over 600 million devices worldwide. We say "devices", because Microsoft is counting PCs, tablets, smartphones... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to put a new spin on the windowed multitasking workflow that we've all become used too over the past three decades. Browser makers figured out a long time ago that we can be more productive with a tabbed interface for the sometimes dozens of websites that we might frequent on a daily basis. Microsoft is extending that same idea to how we use our apps in Windows 10. Microsoft is calling this new Windows 10 interface "Sets", and it allows you to group together Windows apps into tabs within a single window. If you're doing research on a particular subject, you might have a Set... Read more...
Microsoft Surface Book 2 owners might have noticed an issue that rears its head if you try to game on the computer. With an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU inside, the machine is certainly capable of moderate gaming. You might expect the battery to drain quicker when on the go if you play video games, but you wouldn't expect the battery to drain even when plugged in. That is exactly what has been happening; the base battery inside the Surface Book 2 is draining during gaming session when the machine is plugged in. The drain occurs with some games when power settings are configured to maximum performance.... Read more...
Microsoft has decided to extend support for one of the earliest builds of Windows 10, version 1511, which it released two years ago. The early build is getting six additional months of support (through April 2018) from Microsoft, though not for all users. Microsoft's support extension applies to anyone using Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education, and not the regular version of Windows 10. "To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition to Windows as a service, we will be providing a supplemental servicing package for Windows 10, version 1511 for an additional... Read more...
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