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'Ransomware' wave seemed aimed at old flaw and Ukraine

San Francisco - A global wave of cyberattacks exploited an already patched vulnerability in Windows software and appeared to have Ukraine as a primary target, according to computer security specialists.

US tech giants join forces against terror content

San Francisco - Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.

Microsoft unveils new YouTube rival for business customers

Microsoft has launched a video streaming service for enterprise customers of its Office 365 cloud platform. Microsoft Stream is described as an "intelligent enterprise video service" that's built to give companies a robust online video platform.

Microsoft launches experimental voice dictation Office add-in

Microsoft has unveiled an experimental extension for its Office apps that lets you dictate text using your voice. The company claims the technology is faster than typing with the keyboard. It supports over 20 languages, including automatic translation.

Is Silicon Valley resisting Trump? (It's complicated) Special

Brooklyn - Until recently, tech companies have largely shied away from politics. With Donald Trump’s election, though, they may no longer have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines. But are these companies really willing to stick their necks out?

Surface Laptop a 'glue-filled monstrosity,' impossible to repair

A teardown of Microsoft's new Surface Laptop has revealed it is impossible to repair. The laptop, now shipping to customers, has been described as a "glue-filled monstrosity" by repair specialists iFixit. The new Surface Pro is similarly problematic.

Windows XP updated to defend against 'nation-state' cyberattacks

Microsoft has taken the highly unusual step of releasing a new set of Windows security updates for unsupported operating system versions. The company said the patches come in the wake of WannaCrypt and provide protection against "nation-state actors."

Microsoft planning Cortana overhaul with new 'conversational' UI

Microsoft is reportedly testing a new Windows 10 Cortana interface that is more "conversational," akin to Google Assistant. Cortana is also moving from the taskbar, near the Start button, to the system tray, next to the Action Center icon.

Microsoft makes Windows more accessible in new preview build

Microsoft's latest Windows Insider preview build has introduced a set of new accessibility features that will make Windows easier to use for people with individualised input requirements. They include expanded Braille support and an improved narrator.

Latest Windows 10 Insider build packs in scores of new features

Microsoft has announced a new Insider Preview version of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that includes a substantial list of new features. The company has revised the look of the Start Menu and Action Center and added new Microsoft Edge features.

Microsoft shutting down its Docs.com Office file sharing site

Microsoft has announced that it is shutting down Docs.com, the company's little-known file sharing site that lets you upload and publish Office documents. The closure comes shortly after a major security incident on the site.

Microsoft's Cloud is attacked 1.5 million times every day

Microsoft has revealed its automated cloud protection mechanisms foil over 1.5 million attacks on its online services every day. The service-centric company has robust systems that help to keep user data on products like Office 365 and Outlook secure.

Microsoft's massive Windows 10 Mobile overhaul pictured in leak

Microsoft's new "adaptable shell" for Windows 10 has been pictured for the first time after an internal build of the operating system was released by the company last week. It shows Microsoft's radical plans for its next take on Windows Mobile.

Leak: Microsoft creating Windows 10 edition for 'Advanced PCs'

A leaked build of Windows 10 has revealed Microsoft is working on three new versions of the operating system designed for "advanced PCs." The company looks set to revive its Workstation branding last used over 20 years ago to offer extended features.

Microsoft's upgraded deep learning tools released to the world

Microsoft has announced the public release of its second generation deep learning toolkit that lets developers use the company's technology to add neural networks to their apps. The company said it wants to enable new breakthroughs in AI.

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer wants his wealth to help U.S. families

Business Insider met with Ballmer at the Code Conference in Los Angeles to talk about his favorite philanthropy projects. He was all smiles, relaxed, and happy to talk.

Report: Microsoft is rebooting Windows 10 Mobile again

Microsoft is reportedly planning another complete overhaul of Windows Mobile in an effort to gain relevance in the smartphone industry. Continuing a pattern that's now all too familiar to fans, the company is heading back to the drawing board.

Microsoft still has millions of PCs to upgrade to Creators Update

Microsoft has detailed the progress of the rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update, released to consumers last month. The company said that around 20 percent of all devices have now got the update. It explained why yours may still be left waiting.

Microsoft rebrands its Beam game streaming service as 'Mixer'

Microsoft has unexpectedly renamed Beam, the game streaming service it acquired last year. Now known as "Mixer," the company has unveiled a slew of new features that fans have been vocally requesting. The name change has proved divisive though.

Microsoft makes Windows even more pen-friendly

Microsoft has detailed a new set of pen-focused features in Windows 10 designed to give creatives the freedom to emulate real writing on a digital display. It has expanded its Windows Ink platform with new "building blocks" to simplify ink input.

Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro with more power, bigger battery

Microsoft has officially unveiled its new Surface Pro, the latest incarnation of the popular convertible device. The company has focused on incremental improvements to refine the existing experience, adding new processors and subtle design changes.

UN rights office eyes corporate cash after Microsoft deal

Geneva - The UN human rights office on Tuesday announced a $5-million (4.5 million euros) donation from Microsoft, billing the gift as a key step towards increasing corporate support.

After massive cyberattacks, Microsoft criticizes U.S. government

Microsoft has criticised the US government following a massive ransomware cyberattack that hit computers around the world Friday, after it emerged that the malware made use of a software exploited developed by the NSA.

Microsoft brings Minecraft to the Nintendo Switch

Minecraft has officially launched on the Nintendo Switch, exposing one of the world's most popular games to even more players. The Switch Edition of the game comes with specially modified features from Minecraft's other console versions.

Microsoft launches first Windows 10 preview with all-new UI

Microsoft has released a new development version of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders, including elements of the new design language and Fall Update features introduced on-stage earlier today. It's debuting an app that lets you create "photo stories."

iTunes is coming to Microsoft's Windows Store in surprise reveal

Apple and Microsoft have announced that iTunes is coming to the Windows Store in a surprise reveal today. The addition will give the Store a much-needed boost, increasing its visibility. iTunes is one of the world's most popular Windows desktop apps.

Windows 10's next big update is coming in the fall

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be getting another major feature update later this year. The company will debut a new design language, bring back a top-requested OneDrive feature and introduce new "storytelling" apps.

Microsoft unveils Fluent Design to make Windows 10 look new again

Microsoft has officially announced it is working on a complete overhaul of Windows 10's design using a new visual language called Fluent. Previously leaked as Project NEON, Microsoft is aiming for a cohesive and modern experience built around animations.

Bonkers browser bug: Microsoft Edge prints '123456' as '114447'

Microsoft Edge has a strange bug that appears when trying to print a document containing lots of numbers. The digits have a tendency to get mixed up and switch places, leading to major inaccuracies in documents. Microsoft is working on a fix.

Microsoft: 'There is no Surface Pro 5'

Microsoft has put to bed rumours that it's preparing to launch the next version of its Surface Pro tablet, categorically stating that the device doesn't yet exist. It leaves the company's upcoming hardware event in Shanghai looking even more mysterious.
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