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Smart keyboard SwiftKey is now owned by Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed it has bought SwiftKey, an award-winning and very popular custom keyboard for Android and iOS devices. The company plans to integrate SwiftKey's predictive technologies into its own Word Flow keyboard.

Microsoft testing submerged servers that operate under the waves

An ambitious Microsoft research project wants to put the datacentres of the future at the bottom of the ocean. Although the plan may sound odd at first, it would lower cost and increase the efficiency of the datacentre.

Report finds Microsoft Edge 'InPrivate' mode isn't private at all

An investigation into the internals of Microsoft's new Edge web browser has found its InPrivate mode is flawed and continues to store browsing data as normal. Outsiders could work out which sites were viewed with InPrivate, making it insecure.

Britain and Bill Gates announce £3 billion to eradicate malaria

London - Britain's finance minister and tech billionaire Bill Gates unveiled Monday a plan to spend billions to eradicate "the world's deadliest killer" malaria.Chancellor George Osborne and Gates announced £3 billion ($4.

Windows 10's app store is so broken that developers are quitting

Microsoft's Windows Store has a major problem and recently it's become so serious that developers are threatening to quit the platform entirely. As the company calls on app creators to write for Windows 10, it is refusing to acknowledge the issue.

Microsoft Surface now even more powerful, key blogger slams brand

Microsoft has refreshed its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book with new range-topping options. The additions include Intel Core i7 processors and 16GB of RAM for demanding workloads. The announcement came as a key commentator slammed Microsoft.

Microsoft recalling hundreds of thousands of Surface Pro chargers

Microsoft is expected to announce a voluntary recall of main power adapters for its Surface Pro range of convertible laptops later this week. The company has found the chargers can overheat and could catch fire, prompting it to take action now.

Microsoft reportedly launching the 'last Lumia' on February 1

According to reports, Microsoft is planning to launch a mid-range Windows 10 Mobile smartphone on February 1, apparently the last device to ever be branded as a Lumia. The company is thought to be planning to abandon the old Nokia name this year.

Microsoft: Windows 7, 8.1 won't support Intel's new processors

Microsoft has found yet another way to get the world using Windows 10, this time by making preventing users from running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on newer computers. It announced the old operating systems won't be supported by new processors.

The Xbox One still isn't a true music player, won't be for months

Microsoft has announced that Xbox One owners won't be able to use their consoles as full media players with background music playback until the summer at the earliest. The hotly anticipated feature is still months away.

Microsoft: Apple's iPad Pro is a 'companion device,' not a PC

Microsoft has publicly discussed its feelings on Apple's iPad Pro and how it compares to its own range of Surface tablets. The company considers the newest member of the iPad family to be only a 'companion device' that can't do productivity on its own.

340m PC users thrown 'hot potato' as Microsoft pulls plug on IE 8

Microsoft has followed through on its plans to end support for old versions of its Internet Explorer web browser and Windows operating system today. The move, described by experts as a "hot potato," puts as many as 340 million Internet users at risk.

Microsoft to release SIM card for contract-free LTE access

Microsoft is currently developing its own SIM cards that will allow Windows 10 devices to access LTE networks without purchasing a long-term contract.

Microsoft will abandon old Internet Explorer versions next week

Microsoft is issuing reminders to people who still use old but popular versions of its Internet Explorer web browser that it will be ending support for IE 8, 9 and 10 next week. The company will no longer issue security patches, putting PCs at risk.

Windows 10 is now being actively used on over 200 million devices

Microsoft has announced new usage figures for Windows 10, revealing over 200 million devices are now actively running the new operating system. The company is "excited and humbled" by what it sees as an "incredible response" to the platform.

Microsoft to Windows 7, 8 users: Upgrade to 10 'now' or 'tonight'

Microsoft has changed its 'Get Windows 10' app automatically installed on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers to more aggressively push the new OS than ever before. Users now see two buttons, 'Upgrade now' and 'Upgrade tonight', but have no easy way to opt out.

Microsoft 'genuinely sorry' for OneDrive storage backlash

Over a month after thousands of angry OneDrive users threatened to abandon Microsoft's ecosystem when the company made some far-reaching changes to OneDrive storage, the company has apologized and extended a life-line for people to retain their storage.

Microsoft giving some Windows Insiders the Lumia 950 for free

Microsoft is expanding its Insider community testing program to include under-development hardware. It has sent out letters to some lucky people who have contributed useful feedback on Windows 10, offering them the chance to test a Lumia 950 handset.

Microsoft slip-up reveals Edge browser extensions coming soon

The erroneous posting of a Microsoft webpage has revealed that support for third-party extension support could be nearly ready for its new Edge browser. The feature was first expected to arrive in November but ultimately needed more development time.

Microsoft's Cortana now officially launched on iPhone and Android

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant has received its first public release to smartphones running iOS, Android and Cyanogen OS. Cortana was built for Windows but is now platform-agnostic so most features work as intended.

iPad popularity wanes as Microsoft Surface sells more strongly

A report has concluded that the Microsoft Surface now sells more strongly online than the iPad, often perceived to be the leading tablet device. Although Apple still dominates overall market share, Microsoft is seeing the most sales.

Microsoft to open-source the JavaScript core of its new browser

Microsoft has announced it will be publicly releasing the source code to one of the most important components of its new Edge browser from early 2016. The developer community will be able to contribute to the code, helping to improve Edge's performance.

Satya Nadella: 'Give us time' to get Windows 10 moving

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella faced criticism over his app strategy from his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, during a shareholder meeting earlier this week. Looking back at the exchange, it's evident Nadella has a plan for Windows 10 — one that requires time.

Xbox gamers played for 325 million hours during Black Friday week

Microsoft has revealed that record numbers of gamers took the day off work to try out hit new titles on their Xbox consoles this Black Friday. The company observed a 196 percent increase in total playtime over the same Black Friday week last year.

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft's shareholder meeting was 'bulls---'

Former Microsoft CEO and major investor Steve Ballmer has accused the firm of not disclosing full financial details during its annual shareholder meeting yesterday. Ballmer branded one set of metrics "bulls---" and questioned the company's mobile policy.

Microsoft's Surface Phone allegedly the 'ultimate Windows Phone'

A new report on Microsoft's mobile efforts claims the company will finally be ready to launch its long-rumoured 'Surface Phone' next year. The hardware team is said to have gone back to the drawing board again and is now targeting a mid-2016 launch.

One of Microsoft's killed Nokia tablets has shown up online

An image of a cancelled Microsoft tablet project has appeared online, revealing the company once worked on something very different from the metal Surfaces of today. Mercury is a bright and bold device with a design drawn from Lumia phones.

Microsoft unveils 'PowerPoint for apps' to let anybody code apps

Microsoft has publicly announced a new Office tool designed to simplify the process of creating mobile apps. Known as PowerApps, the aim of the business-grade program is to let anyone create a working native app without learning code.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to the iPhone for the first time

An early beta of the version of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant for the iPhone is now available to a small group of select testers. Cortana's iOS version is similar to the one on Android, giving users access to a subset of its Windows commands.

Windows 10 Update mystery solved: Microsoft forgot your privacy

Over the weekend, Microsoft abruptly pulled the Windows 10 November update and gave a minimal explanation that did nothing to curb the ensuing confusion. The update is now back with a full explanation: it could delete your privacy settings.
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