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LinkedIn CEO warns of tech's "unintended consequences"

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, visiting Washington as part of Silicon Valley's new attentiveness to D.C., told Axios that tech companies still need to do …

The next major Windows 10 update is launching on Monday

After a brief delay (though Microsoft won’t confirm or deny this), Microsoft today announced that the Windows 10 April 2018 Update will be available as a free download to users worldwide on Monday, April 30, with the broader rollout starting May 8.<p>As with every Windows release, there’s plenty of …

Microsoft went all out for its Windows 10 desktop background

When Windows 10 launches on July 29, pay special attention to the default desktop background.<p>Microsoft partnered with San Francisco designer Bradley …

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Microsoft pledges to clean up its Windows app store

The Windows Store has been slammed for its array of cluttered, confusing and garbage apps. Now, Microsoft wants to clean up its act.<p>Bernardo Zamora, director of Microsoft's Windows Apps and Store, announced in a blog post Wednesday a set of new policy guidelines for Windows app developers, all …

Lenovo's Windows 10 devices will get unique Cortana features

Microsoft's chatty Cortana is one of the more well-liked parts of Windows Phone, and Lenovo is making it more versatile on its own PCs with ReachIt. It exploits the voice assistant to find your own photos, documents and email across multiple Lenovo Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and even cloud services …

Windows 10 on track to launch in July

Microsoft is still preparing to finalize Windows 10 in time for a July launch. AMD CEO Lisa Su originally revealed the Windows 10 July launch plans in an earnings call back in April, but Microsoft has not officially commented on the date other than restating that the operating system will launch in …

Microsoft replaces broken Nokia phone after it saved a life (updated)

There are plenty of tales on how Nokia phones -- now under Microsoft -- have saved people's lives, with the latest one coming from China, where a man managed to survive a collapsed wall courtesy of his Lumia 920 earlier this month. As recalled by the lucky survivor himself, Mr. Geng Ming …

Microsoft is rolling out a ton of new features for Outlook.com

Outlook.com is getting a big revamp today. Microsoft is slowly rolling out a huge preview update for the email service.<p>There are a ton of new features. First off, as we reported a few days ago, Microsoft’s Clutter tool that separates your non-essential email from your most important emails will now …

Microsoft's Windows app stores still 'cesspool' of copyright infringement

The Store review is ongoing and we recognize that we have more work to do, but we're on it.<p>Todd Brix, Windows Store general manager

Microsoft backtracks on free Windows 10 update for pirates

People running pirated copies of Windows are going to have to pay — or keep pirating — if they want to update their computers to Windows 10. That may sound painfully obvious, but there's actually been quite a bit of confusion up until now.<p><b>Read next:</b> Our Windows 10 review.<p>The confusion has revolved …

Microsoft confirms there will be 7 editions of Windows 10

Microsoft just cleared up some of the confusion around the different varieties of Windows 10 that will be available when it ships later this year.<p>The …

Microsoft Hyperlapse creates smooth time-lapse videos on Windows and Android

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Windows Phone is now officially Windows Mobile again

We meet again<p>Microsoft started dropping the Windows Phone brand back in September, and now we have its official replacement. The software maker has revealed today that the equivalent to Windows Phone for the Windows 10 era is simply "Windows 10 Mobile." If you’ve been paying attention to …

Microsoft aims to gets tough on security with its Edge browser

Microsoft is trying to make users feel more safe and secure with its new Edge Web browser.<p>Designed specifically for Windows 10, Edge is Microsoft's attempt to move past the legacy of Internet Explorer and offer a more cutting-edge browser that's faster, simpler and more flexible. Borrowing a page …

Why Microsoft is Investing in Undersea Data Cables

Microsoft is investing in undersea cables to connect its global data centers in a bid to bolster its cloud business capabilities amid fierce competition from the likes of Amazon and Google.<p>The Redmond, WA-based company plans to connect its data center infrastructure in North America with Ireland …

Windows 10 will be 'the last version of Windows'

Microsoft to move to smaller, more frequent updates – meaning the all-important version number will remain the same from now on<p>Windows 10 will be the last major release of Microsoft’s venerable operating system, according to a development executive at the firm.<p>Once the new version is released this …

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Why Windows 10 is the 'last' version of Windows

Microsoft just said in plain English what it's been talking about for months: Windows 10 will be the last major launch for the Windows …

Here's Microsoft's Hidden Secret Message About Windows 10

Microsoft staffers arrived at last week’s Build developer’s conference wearing mysterious blue t-shirts emblazoned with the company’s four-paned …

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Add Graphene To Spider Silk To Create The Strongest Fiber Yet

Web slingers get a high-tech upgrade<p>Your move, limpets. Earlier this year, the long-reigning champion of the Strongest Biological Material Competition, spider silk, was usurped by the upstart limpet teeth. But we all knew that the arachnids would not go quietly into the night.<p>In an unorthodox move, …

Court says Skype's name is too similar to Sky's

<b>Video chat software Skype's name is so similar to the broadcaster Sky's that the public is likely to be confused between the two, an EU court has ruled.</b><p>The judgement prevents Microsoft from registering a trademark for Skype's name and bubble-design logo.<p>The US company intends to appeal against the …

Xbox One Reportedly Getting TV DVR Later This Year

Microsoft says, "No comment."<p>Rumor has it Xbox One users could be getting TV recording functionality later in the year.<p>Microsoft blogger Paul …

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Everything Microsoft announced at Ignite 2015

Today Microsoft is making a whole bunch of announcements about its enterprise tooling at the 2015 Ignite conference in Chicago. Here’s a roundup of all the news out of the show.<p>Microsoft previews organizational analytics in Office Delve, coming later this year<p>Microsoft today showed off at its …

Lenovo's super-light LaVie Z laptop is now available

If you've been jonesing for a featherweight laptop but feel that Apple's MacBook rubs you the wrong way, you're in luck: as promised, Lenovo is now selling the LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 in the US. Both 13-inch systems largely resemble what you saw in January, and strike a careful balance between …

Microsoft Launches Visual Studio Code, A Free Cross-Platform Code Editor For OS X, Linux And Windows

At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced the launch of Visual Studio Code, a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows. The application is still officially in preview, but you can now download it …

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Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of pen technology used in the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, from supplier and longtime partner N-trig. The Israeli company is a key patent-holder for digital stylus and writing recognition tech, as well as the supplier behind the pen input technologies used by …

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Microsoft rethinks the browser with Edge (hands-on)

Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.<p>Microsoft Edgeis a fast, modern browser that's intended to replace Internet Explorer. It's bundled into Windows 10 , and packs a number of new features that hope to lure folks away from the likes of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.<p>But even …

I created a hologram on Microsoft HoloLens

I am a holographic developer. I know because Microsoft told me I was. And this was just 15 minutes or so into a 90-minute session about building apps …

Microsoft bought 'Minecraft' because it's perfect for HoloLens

Microsoft surprised many when it announced it had acquired Mojang, maker of the hit game <i>Minecraft</i> for $2.5 billion. What could a company specializing in operating systems, business software and consoles do with an already popular sandbox game primarily enjoyed by children? The game's creator, …