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Microsoft experiments with putting tabs in every Windows window

Microsoft is toying with a major rethinking of the core Windows desktop. The company is considering a new layout for apps that would see every window fitted with a tab strip reminiscent of your web browser. Multiple app instances would display as tabs.

Microsoft unveils new 'To-Do' app, will kill off Wunderlist

Microsoft has launched the preview version of new task management app that will eventually replace the popular Wunderlist. The aptly-named Microsoft To-Do is available on Android, iOS and Windows and is backed by Microsoft's Office 365.

New Windows update could boost battery life by over 10 percent

Microsoft has announced details of an upcoming Windows power saving technology that could lead to substantial battery life improvements. The next major Windows version will be able to intelligently manage background apps to cut down power consumption.

Microsoft patched Windows flaws in new NSA leaks back in March

Microsoft has said it patched Windows flaws allegedly exploited by the NSA in an update in March, before they were leaked. The company has not disclosed who alerted it to the issues in an unusual move that's added to the mystery.

Microsoft's infamous Solitaire game was built by a summer intern

Microsoft's Solitaire game, included with Windows PCs for generations, has long been presented by the company as a way to teach new computer owners how to use the mouse. According to the intern who created it, it was actually built 'out of boredom.'

Microsoft's 'CloudBooks' to step up the fight against Chromebooks

Microsoft has announced a new hardware event for early next month in which it's widely expected to switch the focus from its premium Surface devices to low-cost education PCs. The company will unveil a range of Windows laptops to rival Google Chromebooks.

Op-Ed: One year on — Why I'm still using Windows 10 Mobile

It's been one year since Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to older phones. The platform has fallen below 1 percent market share and is nearing abandonware status. 12 months on, it still holds promise – if Microsoft gives it more attention

Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista as new version launches

Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Vista, the dated and never particularly popular Windows version launched a decade ago. While it's saying goodbye to the past, Microsoft is also looking forwards, launching Windows 10's latest update.

Microsoft to patch Office exploit that allows code execution

Hackers have been caught using compromised Microsoft Word files to install malware on target computers. The flaw, yet to be patched by Microsoft, is in active use in the wild and can be used to silently run code and download executable files.

Microsoft bans game emulators from the Windows Store

Microsoft has banned game emulator apps from its Windows and Xbox stores. The company has notified developers of the popular class of apps that they're no longer allowed, preventing users from playing games originally built for archaic consoles.

Project Scorpio hardware revealed: 4K gaming at 60fps

Microsoft has publicly revealed the technology inside Project Scorpio, the next version of the Xbox One. The upcoming console will arrive this holiday season and includes support for 4K gaming. Microsoft is promising it'll be the fastest console ever.

Microsoft explains new privacy settings in Windows 10 update

Microsoft has revealed the details of how Windows telemetry works and what it collects. The announcement improves the transparency of Windows 10's often shady privacy arrangements, addressing some major concerns since the platform's launch.

Windows 10 is four times more popular than Mac, says Apple

Microsoft is continuing to dominate the PC operating system market, seeing four times as many sales as Mac-based devices. The figures come from an unusual source: Apple. The company revealed the data while discussing its plans for future Mac products.

Android surpasses Windows to become the world's most used OS

Android has become the most used operating system in the world, overtaking the decades-old Windows. It reflects the growth and mass acceptance of mobile devices as smartphones are now the computer of choice for many consumers worldwide.

Op-Ed: Samsung DeX and Microsoft Continuum: Mobile productivity compared

Samsung has officially announced its new Galaxy S8 smartphone with DeX, a pioneering mobile product that lets the phone display a desktop interface when docked to a screen, keyboard and mouse. It's an Android interpretation of Microsoft's Continuum.

Microsoft rolls out Xbox One update with built-in game streaming

Microsoft has commenced the roll out of a major Xbox One update including an array of new features to accompany the Windows 10 Creators Update. The company is debuting a refreshed look and feel for the console and integrated game streaming support.

Microsoft to launch next major Windows version on April 11

Microsoft has officially announced it will be launching the next major Windows version on April 11th. The Windows 10 Creators Update will be available as a free download to all existing Windows 10 users. It's an extensive refresh of the operating system.

Microsoft hit with lawsuit as Windows 10 'destroyed data'

Microsoft has been hit with a class action lawsuit instigated by a group of Windows 10 users who claim the operating system "destroyed" their data and caused damage to their PCs. It stems from Microsoft's aggressive attempts to get people to upgrade.

Report: Microsoft's Surface Book 2 will be a regular laptop

Microsoft is said to have commenced production of its awaited Surface Book 2, the successor to its popular premium laptop with a detachable display. The company will reportedly adopt a conventional design for the new device which could launch this month.

Row over 'very limited' Linux PCs escalates in Munich

Munich - A dispute has erupted in Munich over the city's plans to revert back to Microsoft Windows-based computers after years of using Linux. The city's head of IT has now said there's no need to switch, insisting the unpopular Linux machines are working fine.

Bill Gates 'optimistic' about the future — but Trump worries him

Bill Gates hasn't kept quiet about his thoughts on President Donald Trump and the future of the United States. In December, Gates told CNBC that "there can be a very upbeat message" about a Trump administration.

Microsoft's ambitious Slack competitor now available worldwide

Microsoft has officially launched Teams, its enterprise messaging service designed to rival highly-popular app Slack. Teams is now available to every Office 365 subscriber on all devices, giving it an immediate potential audience of millions of people.

Microsoft shuts down the social network you didn't know existed

Microsoft has announced it is shutting down its long-forgotten So.cl social network launched back in 2011. The site was created by the company's FUSE Labs research division and hasn’t been updated in years. It never attained widespread attention.

Microsoft's new AI writes its own code by copying other programs

Microsoft has teamed up with the University of Cambridge to create an artificial intelligence system capable of writing its own code to solve new problems. The technology could be used to power autonomous vehicles or let non-programmers create apps.

Microsoft's office of the future puts Surface in the foreground

Microsoft has collaborated with office designer Steelcase to take a look at the office of the future. The resulting designs show how offices could evolve in the coming years, integrating devices into the room to build a new kind of working environment.

Future Windows updates will be smaller and faster to install

Microsoft has announced changes coming to the way in which future Windows updates install that will make the process faster, easier and more controllable. Update downloads will be around 35% smaller, reducing download times and saving data.

Microsoft is making a big change to how Windows 10 does updates

Since the launch of Windows 10, one of the biggest user complaints has been around how it handles updates to the operating system — namely, how it sometimes will download new upgrades on its own, requiring a restart.

Xbox Game Pass lets you play over 100 games for $10 per month

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new $10 monthly subscription service that brings a Netflix-style business model to console gaming. For a fixed price each month, buyers will be able to play any game from a rotating library of over 100 titles.

Microsoft confirms another big Windows update for this year

Microsoft has confirmed it will launch a second major update for Windows 10 this year after the Creators Update in April. Currently in development as "Redstone 3," the update is expected to usher in Windows' new "Project NEON" design language.

Microsoft's new app strips Skype back to basics for India

Microsoft has launched a new Skype app aimed at users who struggle with limited data plans and patchy network connectivity. Skype Lite is a basic version of the popular messaging app that's smaller to install and uses less data.
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