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Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music to 'Groove'

Microsoft has announced it is rebranding its Xbox Music streaming service to "Groove Music" ahead of the launch of Windows 10. The company cites consumer confusion about the use of the Xbox brand as the reason for the change.

Windows 10 final sign-off is now imminent in the next few days

Microsoft has now reportedly compiled a version of Windows 10 that could end up becoming the first version of the operating system to be made publicly available on launch day as an upgrade and on new devices. Final development may be completed this week.

Windows 10's 'launch day' doesn't actually mean very much

Microsoft has said that most people will not be getting the Windows 10 upgrade on its official July 29 launch date even if they have reserved a copy. Windows 10 will be delivered in "waves," seemingly using a queue system, instead of one single rollout.

Microsoft gets out of display ad business, 1,200 jobs move to AOL

Microsoft is shutting down most of its display advertising business and handing over parts of it to AOL and AppNexus, the company said in a blog post Monday.

Microsoft's default Windows 10 background is a radical departure

Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed the image that will be the default desktop background for new Windows 10 computers. Now referred to as "the hero image," the shot features the Windows logo made of light amid an aurora of smoke and haze.

Microsoft will sell Windows 10 on USB sticks as well as DVDs

A report has suggested that Microsoft will sell retail editions of Windows 10 on USB drives, a sign of the continuing demise of optical media for storage. Although DVDs will remain available, installing from USB will be much quicker for most people.

Microsoft creates chaos by saying Windows 10 free for Insiders

Microsoft has created online chaos by saying that Windows Insiders would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free before seemingly retracting that offer with an updated blog post and then saying that Insiders will get 10 for free after all.

Microsoft is using some interesting codenames for its new Lumias

The codenames of four more upcoming Lumia-branded Windows 10 Mobile devices have been revealed, bringing the total number of rumoured phones up to six. The mid-range handsets are currently named after Asian cities and a Finnish mountain and lake.

Nokia is intending to return to smartphones in 2016 after all

After first hearing that Nokia will be resuming smartphone production again and then the subsequent denial of any such intent, the company's chief executive has now said that Nokia is indeed looking to get back into smartphones again in 2016.

Xbox One to allow backwards compatability by the end of the year

This year at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) Microsoft announced its plans to begin implementing backwards compatability to its Xbox 360 games to be played on the Xbox One.

Microsoft to encrypt all Bing search data by default

Microsoft has announced that it is going to begin encrypting all search data through Bing by default from this summer. The change is intended to help protect the personal data of its users but could impact websites reliant on analytics tools.

Microsoft says the Ask toolbar is a 'high risk threat to your PC'

Microsoft is now flagging the Ask search toolbar as malware in its Malware Protection Centre. Older versions of the once popular toolbar can prevent users from changing their default search provider and many people now view it only as an annoyance.

The Oculus Rift is ready for consumers, launching early 2016

Oculus has finally unveiled the much-anticipated consumer version of its Rift VR headset. Slated for release in early 2016, the Rift will now be shipping with an Xbox One controller and seeks to make games more immersive than ever before.

Microsoft launches a 1TB Xbox One with a revised controller

Microsoft has launched an updated version of the Xbox One which now includes 1TB of internal storage. A refreshed controller has also been revealed which features a full-size 3.5mm headphone jack for use with gaming headsets.

Microsoft races to patch crippling Skype bug

Microsoft has rushed out an update to Skype on several major platforms after a crippling bug was discovered and widely reported yesterday. Similarly to an issue that recently affected iPhones, Skype would crash when a certain message was received.

Microsoft says dumb phones still exist, updates the $20 Nokia 105

Adamant that there is still a place for dumb phones in a market now almost totally ruled by smart ones, Microsoft has updated its popular $20 Nokia 105 to make it an even more appealing offer in emerging markets or as an emergency backup device.

Microsoft has bought popular to-do list app Wunderlist

Microsoft has announced that it has bought the immensely popular productivity app Wunderlist. The acclaimed app allows users to create synchronised to-do lists with reminders and due dates and then share lists with friends, family and co-workers.

Windows 10 launching July 29th, reserve your upgrade now

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has announced that Windows 10 will be made available on July 29th for free and on new devices. You can reserve a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 computers right now with a dialog that is appearing in the Windows system tray.

Windows 10 will hurt PC sales, says analyst

A key analyst firm has said that Microsoft's release of Windows 10 in the next few months is actually going to harm the declining PC market rather than help it because the key home consumers will be able to get a free upgrade, leading to less new sales.

New Windows 10 build brings yet more welcome improvements

As Windows 10 nears completion ahead of its release this summer, Microsoft is continuing to push out new preview builds. Another build was released last night and brings several more refinements across the OS, focusing on a more polished interface.

Cortana will kick Google Now and iOS off their own platforms

In a video uploaded to the Windows YouTube channel today, Microsoft has announced its digital voice assistant Cortana, already known by Windows Phone fans, will be coming to Android, iOS and PC with the launch of Windows 10 this summer.

Microsoft threatened UK government over open source plans

Microsoft reportedly threatened the UK government over its plans to promote more open-source software standards instead of the company's products last year. Microsoft apparently even went so far as to consider closing its UK research facilities.

Deepening the mystery: Snapchat has 'plans' for Windows Phone app

Windows Phone is known to have a substantial app gap when compared to rival platforms like iOS and Android. One of the most notable absences is Snapchat who have continually refused to come to Windows but an unexpected tweet has suggested that may change.

Windows 10 will come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Microsoft has managed to create a new divide in technology communities by announcing that Windows 10 will be shipping with publisher King's hit match-three mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" preinstalled alongside the ubiquitous Solitaire and Minesweeper.

Microsoft releases substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has just released a substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Insiders. It brings along the new universal Office apps for the first time and updated music, video, Xbox and camera apps alongside improvements and support for new devices.

Microsoft announces there will be seven editions of Windows 10

Ahead of its launch this summer, Microsoft has revealed what different editions of Windows 10 will be offered at release. This time around there will be six desktop builds with pricing to suit while the variant for smartphones will be "Windows 10 Mobile".

Skype Translate now available for everyone

After being launched last year on an invite only basis Skype Translate is now freely accessible, and could be a template for future business and personal communications

Microsoft still working on Interactive Live Tiles for Windows 10

During a session at Microsoft's Ignite conference last week, the company announced that it is still working hard on making Interactive Live Tiles a reality in a future update to Windows 10, enabling users to access features of apps directly from Start.

Xbox One May update brings new features including voice messages

Microsoft has released the May update for its Xbox One games console and media hub. It features several notable new features that have been often requested by the community including the ability to send voice messages and turn the console on remotely.

Op-Ed: Why search must succeed and be cohesive in Windows 10

If Windows 10 is to do only one thing right, it must be getting searching down to a finely-tuned art. After the disastrous full-screen interface of Windows 8, the new Start menu in Windows 10 needs to deliver the cohesive search once offered by Windows 7.
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