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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.

Metropolitan Police told it must stop using Windows XP

London - London's Metropolitan Police has been warned to stop using Windows XP or risk citizens' security. The force still has over 27,000 PCs running the outdated operating system and is using taxpayers' money to pay Microsoft for important updates and patches.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update causing random PC freezes for many

Days after the Windows 10 Anniversary Update began rolling out, users have discovered several bugs that may make you think twice about upgrading. Some people are facing random system freezes that occur shortly after startup and leave their PC unusable.

Windows 10's new File Explorer app allegedly revealed in pictures

Microsoft may be planning a heavily revised version of its core File Explorer app for Windows 10. Allegedly leaked screenshots of the app show a fresh and modern design that's less crowded than the current desktop app and easier to use on touchscreens.

Microsoft says Windows 10's next big update won't be until spring

After launching the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has announced there will be no further feature updates for the operating system this year. Instead, it's planning two major releases for 2017 that will add new capabilities to the OS.

The winner of the first Forza Championship will get a free car

Microsoft has announced it will be giving away a high performance car to the winner of the inaugural Forza Racing Championship, commencing at the end of the week. The competitive event is designed to involve every Forza racer, from novice to pro drivers.

Decades-old Windows bug leaks your Microsoft account to the world

Hackers have uncovered a major flaw in Windows that has been present in every released version since Windows 95. It is still exploitable in Windows 10 and could reveal your username and password, including your email address, to the world.

Windows 10 upgrade offer has ended but you can still get it free

Microsoft ended the Windows 10 free upgrade offer on July 29, preventing Windows 7 and 8.1 users who haven't moved to the new OS from doing so for free. A workaround has been discovered, letting you claim a free upgrade should you change your mind today.

Microsoft begins rolling out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft has begun the worldwide rollout of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, bringing new features and an extensive roster of improvements to the 350 million Windows 10 devices in use. It is launching gradually in staged waves.

Microsoft begins rolling out the Xbox One Summer Update

Microsoft has begun to roll out the Xbox One Summer Update, a few days ahead of its expected launch date. The launch marks the arrival of digital assistant Cortana on the console, allowing gamers to take control of features with their voice.

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires today

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires in just a few more hours, giving you until the end of the day to install the new operating system without paying $100. The company has shared some new statistics on usage of Windows 10.

Microsoft might fix dead Surface batteries but it's not sure how

After the woes of some Surface Pro 3 owners hit the headlines last week, Microsoft has said it should be able to fix defective batteries with only minutes of capacity through a software update. The issue has left devices unusable.

Microsoft Word to become your writing assistant with new update

Microsoft has announced two major new features coming to Word in an upcoming update. Researcher enables you to research information with automatic citation from within Word. Editor is a personal "writing assistant" to improve your writing style.

Cancelled Nokia smartphones revealed in colourful group photo

A collection of previously unknown Nokia Lumia devices has been revealed in a leaked group photo. The shot shows several under-development products cancelled when the company was bought by Microsoft, including an 8.3-inch Windows RT tablet.

Demand for Microsoft's $22k Surface Hub reportedly 'very strong'

Microsoft's gigantic Surface Hub, retailing at $9,000 or $22,000 depending on the model, is reportedly selling very well and exceeding internal expectations. The touchscreen computer is designed for enterprise use, enabling collaboration and presentation.

Nokia McLaren's innovative gesture display revealed in full

Two years since it was cancelled, Nokia's innovative 'McLaren' smartphone has been fully revealed and reviewed. The device would have implemented a form of "3D Touch" technology — a year before Apple — using a revolutionary gesture-based display.

Surface owners blast Microsoft as batteries last for minutes

Microsoft is facing a rapidly growing number of complaints from owners of its Surface Pro 3 convertible tablet who claim they are facing dramatically reduced battery life since the one-year warranty expired. Some are left with just minutes of charge.
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