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Women left tech industry when 'gaming industry became very male'

After years of traveling the world working to improve the lives of impoverished women overseas, Melinda Gates looked around the US and decided some work needed to be done here at home.

Microsoft says QWERTY keyboards 'will die out' in the near future

A Microsoft executive responsible for predicting future technologies ahead of time has said the QWERTY keyboard is set to die out in the face of emerging input methods. Microsoft expects voice input, gesture tracking and facial recognition to take over.

Moscow to replace Microsoft software with Russian alternatives

Moscow - The city of Moscow has announced it will replace Microsoft software with programs made within Russia. The decision was made after a call from President Vladimir Putin to reduce the country's dependency on foreign software, a potential security risk.

Windows 10 to keep you safe online with new browser sandbox

Microsoft has announced a significant security enhancement coming to Windows 10 as part of the Redstone 2 software update next year. The company has further expanded Windows Defender to help you stay safe online, isolating the browser from your PC.

Microsoft Windows could soon track everything you do on your PC

Microsoft has patented a technology that would see it almost continually spying on Windows users. The company's software would be constantly listening for "triggers" and sending data home. Microsoft thinks it would be beneficial to customers.

Microsoft integrates Google's AMP tech into Bing's mobile app

Microsoft has announced that the Bing app for iOS and Android now uses Google technology to load webpages faster. The app now supports the AMP initiative which streamlines webpages to reduce their size, prioritising user experience over ads and tracking.

Twitter stock soars amid rumours Google may buy the company

The value of Twitter's stock has climbed more than 20 percent today, propelled by a report that Google and Salesforce are considering a bid to buy the company. It is thought Microsoft and Verizon are other possible suitors in the $13 billion deal.

Microsoft told to compensate Windows 10 users with ruined PCs

Consumer rights group Which? has announced a public challenge to Microsoft over the launch of Windows 10. It called on the company to "take action" over a myriad of issues on the platform, suggesting it pay compensation to users.

Surface Pro 3 battery problems return, now affecting LG cells

In July, Microsoft was forced to acknowledge that a software issue was causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to be left with just minutes of battery life. An update initially fixed the problem, but now it's back, even more severe and affecting other users.

'Skype for Life' to replace dizzying selection of Skype clients

Microsoft recently closed down its Skype office in London for reasons that are now becoming clear. It is said to be building a cross-platform Skype client to run on any device, putting an end to the confusing mass of interfaces currently available.

Microsoft launches another Nokia-branded feature phone

Microsoft's range of Lumia smartphones may have faded into obscurity but it still has some presence in the feature phone market. Today, it announced the Nokia-branded 216, a compact handset for emerging markets with a 24-day battery life.

Amount hoarded overseas by U.S. companies hits new record in 2015

The recent fight among Apple, Ireland, and the European Union has once again shined a spotlight on the growing trend of US companies storing cash overseas to avoid taxes.

Microsoft and Sony are battling over what '4K' actually means

Both Microsoft and Sony are building new gaming consoles with next-generation features. The Xbox One "Scorpio" and PlayStation 4 Pro will each support 4K gaming, although their respective manufacturers have gone for different approaches.

Microsoft again taunts rivals with Edge battery life claims

All the major desktop browser vendors have engaged in a heated "battery war" in recent months, each claiming their browser is the most power efficient. Microsoft is now once again stating that Edge offers the best performance, leading to more controversy.

Microsoft's voice recognition now almost as accurate as humans

Microsoft has announced it has reached a milestone in the development of more accurate speech recognition. The latest version of its technology has just achieved the lowest word error rate in the industry, bringing full voice input closer to reality.

100 million people now play Solitaire on Windows

Microsoft has announced that over 100 million people have now played Solitaire on Windows 8 or 10. It makes it one of the most popular and far-reaching games ever created, showing the mass appeal of the simple titles that come bundled with Windows.

Microsoft apologises as Bing translates 'Daesh' to 'Saudi Arabia'

Microsoft has been forced to apologise after its Bing search engine began automatically translating "Daesh" into "Saudi Arabia." The company blamed crowdsourced translations for the error and is investigating the issue. Saudi users called for a boycott.

Microsoft makes it easy to report Xbox Live, Skype hate speech

Microsoft has launched a new website for Xbox Live, Skype and other users to report hate speech and to reinstate posts that were wrongly deleted.

Op-Ed: Scientists using MS Excel end up with research paper errors

Researchers who reviewed thousands of academic papers relating to genomics have found the data to contain errors and they have blamed this on Microsoft's spreadsheet software Excel.

Op-Ed: Microsoft slammed for Windows 10’s ‘malicious’ privacy invasions

Sydney - Everybody said it when they found out about Windows 10’s “phone home” abilities: they don’t like it, it’s intrusive, and it gets a lot of information. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, those worries are now proven.

Lenovo will load up with Microsoft apps

Lenovo will soon install Microsoft apps and services on its new mobile devices that will still be powered by Android software, the latest smartphone maker to embrace the American firm’s technology.

Microsoft reveals HoloLens' secret 24-core custom processor

Microsoft has publicly revealed details of the custom-built processor that powers the holographic processor inside the HoloLens. A 24-core chip accompanies the main system processor to make the holographic display possible. It's both powerful and pricey.

Microsoft admits Windows 10 update just broke millions of webcams

Microsoft has admitted that it broke millions of the world's most popular webcams with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. An internal change to the way in which webcams are controlled has left devices unusable, including with Microsoft's own apps.

Microsoft's new open source mission sees PowerShell come to Linux

Microsoft is continuing its commitment to supporting other platforms by bringing its previously Windows-exclusive PowerShell scripting language to Linux and Mac OS X. It has also open-sourced PowerShell as part of its new company-wide open ethos.

Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs will soon get updates like Windows 10

Microsoft has announced it is changing the way it releases updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. Going forward, it will use the same approach as it does for Windows 10, wrapping all security and reliability updates up into a single monthly release.

Windows Holographic is coming to your Windows 10 PC next year

Microsoft has announced that all Windows 10 PCs will be capable of supporting Windows Holographic mixed reality experiences next year. In partnership with Intel, the company will allow you to run holographic apps on your mainstream computer.

You can now play Minecraft in VR, but only on Windows 10

Mojang and Microsoft have rolled out an update to Minecraft that adds support for playing the hit game in virtual reality on the Oculus Rift. Coming four months after Minecraft landed on Samsung's Gear VR, the new version includes Rift-specific features.

Microsoft boosting arsenal with Beam purchase

Microsoft has announced it has bought interactive game streaming startup Beam in a bid to bolster its Xbox arsenal, although financial terms were not disclosed.

Microsoft planning three Surface PCs, 'gapless' Surface Book

Microsoft has been rumoured to be expanding its Surface hardware range with an all-in-one PC for a couple of months. A new report has now shed more light on the upcoming device, revealing there'll be three models and a new "gapless" Surface Book.

Microsoft leaks the keys protecting millions of Windows devices

Microsoft has inadvertently leaked the "golden keys" that could be used to unlock millions of Windows-powered devices protected by Secure Boot. The blunder proves why the FBI's request to have access to such powerful keys could be a serious security risk.
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