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Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal may be in jeopardy, as the European Commission launches an "in-depth" investigation into the buyout. The European Commission announced its more in-depth investigation into the deal in order to assess its likely impact on competition. The deal for Microsoft to buy out Activision... Read more...
Microsoft teased the next version of DirectStorage technology back in mid-October, saying that it was "coming soon." Well, the developers weren't kidding around, because it's barely three weeks later and DirectStorage 1.1 is now available and ready to use. Despite the small version number increment, DirectStorage 1.1... Read more...
Microsoft unveiled Windows 365 back in July of 2021, and while adoption has been slow, it looks like the Redmond giant is going all in. A recent careers page listing for the company shows a new role Principal Software Engineering Manager with a focus on cloud and web technologies. The role is part of what Microsoft is... Read more...
Gaming has experienced substantial growth over the past few years, and many expect that trend to level off as the economy cools. But Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, says that the company will continue investing in Xbox as gaming tends to weather economic downturns well. To keep consoles accessible... Read more...
In recent months the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft has come under significant scrutiny both from regulators and competitors. The claim is that if Microsoft gains controlling interest in the games developer they could have a near-monopoly in the gaming market, particularly in cloud space... Read more...
Researchers at the cybersecurity company Guardio have uncovered a campaign that has stealthily injected malware into the chromium-based browsers of over one million victims. The campaign makes use of browser extensions distributed through the Google Chrome Web Store and the Microsoft Edge Add-ons store. However, the... Read more...
There has been a lot of movement in the cloud gaming space in the last few months, including the shuttering of Google Stadia. This has led Microsoft to call cloud gaming a “new and immature technology” in a recent filing that refutes claims made by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), even though... Read more...
If you run Windows, do you use third-party cleaner apps like CCleaner and PrivaZer? These apps are of dubious utility for most users, but they do have legitimately-useful functions, like clearing out temporary folders and removing leftover update data. Microsoft would apparently prefer that you use its own software... Read more...
On September 24, the cyber threat intelligence company SOCRadar notified Microsoft that one of its Azure Blob Storage servers was misconfigured and leaking customer information. Now, almost a month later, both Microsoft and SOCRadar have released blog posts warning businesses that some of their transaction data and... Read more...
Microsoft rolled out the latest major update to Windows 11 with the 2022 update in September. On October 18th, the Redmond giant unlocked a number of highly anticipated features for those who have already installed it. Quite possibly the most anticipated feature now unlocked is File Explorer tabs. The feature is... Read more...
DirectStorage is one of those technologies that perpetually seems to be just on the horizon. Except, Microsoft actually launched DirectStorage back in March of this year. You haven't heard much about it because it simply hasn't seen adoption in any game titles yet. That will probably change with the latest update... Read more...
Microsoft introduced its vision for the next era of the Windows PC yesterday, as it announced its newest members to the Surface family. Along with the new devices, the company also introduced new software that will leverage AI to provide new and exciting ways to enhance the Surface experience. Surface Pro 9 The... Read more...
Microsoft likes to claim that every new edition of Windows is the best Windows ever. With numerous added features and improvements, we can't say they're always wrong, but we can also say performance sometimes takes a hit. After all, tacking on more features will use up more hardware resources, but it's possible not... Read more...
In a few days, Microsoft's Surface event will take place, and the Redmond-based company is expected to unveil several new Surface devices, including a new Surface Pro. However, at this event, it is rumored that the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro '9' will be brought together, bringing ARM and x64 under the same Surface... Read more...
Our universe is beautiful. Thanks to both Hubble, and the James Webb Space Telescope we know of the unending beauty that exists not only in our galaxy, but far beyond. One creative gamer decided to capture this beauty in an amazing way -- within Minecraft. User u/ChrisDaCow in the subreddit r/minecraftbuilds has... Read more...
According to user reports, the most recent 22H2 update to Windows 11 seems to be breaking remote desktop features. This is rather unfortunate considering many system administrators and organizations rely on the remote desktop software for application access or server management. The reports state that the remote... Read more...
Last month, researchers at the cybersecurity firm GTSC discovered cyberattacks actively exploiting two zero-day vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange email system. The researchers reported these two vulnerabilities to the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), which verified this report and passed it on to Microsoft. The... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft confirmed a “new” 0-Day remote code execution vulnerability within Exchange Servers. While it isn’t necessarily new in the family of Proxy-Exploits, critical infrastructure is still being attacked now, and hundreds of thousands of servers are potentially vulnerable to this issue, so patch... Read more...
The popular SwiftKey soft keyboard hasn’t been updated for iOS users for more than a year. Now we have learned that there’s an unpleasant reason behind the obvious neglect; Microsoft are going to delist the app from the Apple App Store. SwiftKey iOS will be axed from the store on October 5, but existing users will be... Read more...
Amazon is serving up several genuine Xbox controllers at deep discounts right now, with savings up of to 27 percent off their respective MSRPs. These are some of the lowest prices we've seen to date, save for last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals bonanza when they sold for a few bucks less. You could choose... Read more...
Microsoft does not intend on being left out of the flurry of new devices being released, as it is set to reveal its own new products at its Surface event next month. While it is not known yet if the event will be in-person, you can more than likely expect to see the company's newest Surface Pro, as well as a few other... Read more...
Windows 11 has definitely had its ups and downs since its release almost a year ago. Certain features like easier descriptions of privacy settings were definitely a step up, though things like making it more difficult to select your default web browser, mail client, or other default apps were absolutely a step down... Read more...
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