Ebooks Purchased From Microsoft Will Be Deleted This Month Because You Don’t Really Own Anything Anymore

Anyone who bought ebooks through the Microsoft Store is in for a rude shock in the coming days. The good news? You can get a refund. The bad news? All of your books are going to be deleted this month. Read More >>

Report: Microsoft Is Cooking Up a Dual-Screen Surface With Support for Android Apps

Computer makers have been dreaming about dual-screened laptops for a long time. Microsoft got the hype started nearly a decade ago with the Courier, a rumoured dual-screen tablet that at some point was in development but never got an official release. Now in 2019, it seems the idea behind the Courier has come full circle, based on a new report from Forbes. Read More >>

Microsoft Bans Employees From Using Slack, Has Amazon Web Services and Google Docs on a ‘Discouraged’ List

PC giant Microsoft has informed its staff not to use popular chat app and competitor Slack, adding it to a list of “prohibited and discouraged technology” comprised of software and services that it does not want employees using outside of specific circumstances, Geekwire reported on Friday. Read More >>

Now You Can Build Your Own Windows 2-in-1

Slapping the term STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths) on a toy, even one with questionable educational value, has become a popular way for companies to convince parents a product is worth buying their kids. That’s rarely the case, but amongst all the noise there are a few companies producing toys that can genuinely help foster a child’s mind and make learning enjoyable, including Kano, whose DIY computer kits have been upgraded to full-fledged PCs running Windows. Read More >>

Can You Actually Use iCloud on Windows and Android?

Whisper it quietly, but a few holes are starting to appear in Apple’s walled garden: AirPlay on TVs. Apple Music on Android. iCloud on the web. And now, a revamped, updated iCloud app for Windows. As Apple shows hints of being more cross-platform-friendly than it has been in the past, is its iCloud suite now usable across Windows and Android? Read More >>

The Next Generation of Xbox Means No More OG and 360 Backwards Compatible Games

Microsoft announced its next console, Project Scarlett, at E3 2019 this week, but as it looks to the future, it's scrapping its backwards compatibility programme. Read More >>

I Touched the xCloud: An Incredibly Early Look at Microsoft’s Vision for the Future of Games

While Google has already held two splashy events about Stadia, its big bet on streaming games, Microsoft, has been a little more lowkey about its own streaming game initiative, xCloud. We still don’t know a whole lot about it, but today I got to play it—and watch it break. Read More >>

All the New Details About Microsoft Xbox Project Scarlett and xCloud

Sony and Google have spared few details about their next-gen video game systems, but Microsoft has been quieter about how it plans to deliver games. We'd heard a few details about the console, codenamed Scarlett, and the cloud service, xCloud. We know these things exist. We just haven’t known what they’d look like, how powerful they’d be, or how xCloud and Project Scarlett might work together. Today, at the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA, Microsoft finally started giving us details. Read More >>

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Microsoft Quietly Pulls Its Database of 100,000 Faces Used By Chinese Surveillance Companies

Back in 2016, Microsoft built a database of more than 10 million images featuring roughly 100,000 people. Today, the Financial Times has reported Microsoft quietly deleted this database, dubbed MS Celeb, from the internet. Read More >>

This Windows Flaw Is So Bad, Even the US National Security Agency Is Begging You to Update

It’s not every day that America's National Security Agency (NSA) urges you to update your computer. Read More >>

Terry Pratchett Predicted the Rise of Nazis Online During an Interview with Bill Gates in 1995

Most of us weren’t online back in 1995, let alone getting most of our news from online sources. But the late fantasy author Terry Pratchett knew what was coming. And a newly unearthed GQ interview from 1995, with Bill Gates no less, reveals that Pratchett really could see the future. Read More >>

Microsoft is Opening its First Flagship Store in London This July

Microsoft is opening an honest-to-goodness bricks-and-mortar store in London's Oxford Circus and it opens on July 11. Read More >>

Happy Belated Birthday, Bing!

Microsoft’s Bing – a search engine that literally bribes people to use it and still (still!) can’t seem to grow its witheringly small four per cent market share – has been around for an entire decade. As of yesterday. We forgot its birthday and seemingly so did virtually everyone else. Read More >>

Microsoft’s Classic IntelliMouse Returns With Its Cord Still Intact

Twenty years ago, Microsoft vastly improved how we all point and click with the introduction of its IntelliMouse Explorer that used a small camera to track movements instead of an easily dirtied rolling ball. Countless iterations were released over the past few decades, but Microsoft has finally revived the original design with its new Pro IntelliMouse—which even still comes with a USB cable. Read More >>