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Microsoft unveils the Surface 3 — A low cost Windows tablet

As previously rumoured, Microsoft has today launched the Surface 3 as a low-cost addition to its line-up of Windows tablets. Sporting a 10.8-inch display and Intel Atom processing power, the new Surface is tasked with bringing entry-level consumers in.

Many more phones to get the next Windows 10 preview build

Microsoft has announced that the next Windows 10 for phones preview build will be able to run on many more phones than it currently can ranging from the ultra-budget Lumia 520 to flagship devices like the Lumia 1520.

Microsoft expands beta of Skype for Web

Microsoft has launched a beta of Skype for Web. The new website will allow users to access Skype from any web browser, removing the issue of being unable to use the popular communication program on computers where it is not installed.

Microsoft could be building a new budget Surface for Windows 10

Microsoft is reporting to be building a new variant of its popular Surface Pro 3 tablet that will be a lower-end replacement to the Windows RT Surface 2 of September 2013. The new tablet will run full Windows though and is designed to fill a range gap.

Op-Ed: Taylor Swift buys ‘taylorswift.porn’ domain, raises big questions

Sydney - She may not be famous for her intellectual songs, but Swift is showing a lot of genuine business savvy in recent times. Her latest is to shut down the possibility of anyone starting taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult sites by buying the name.

Microsoft reveals the Lumia 430: A low-cost Windows Phone

Microsoft has added another low-cost Windows Phone to its growing range. The Lumia 430 is the most affordable Lumia smartphone to-date at only $70 but still offers a full smartphone experience.

Windows Hello biometric authentication allows for instant logins

Microsoft has unveiled a brand new way of logging in to your computer that will debut with Windows 10. Called Windows Hello, it uses biometric authentication to instantly log you in when you show your face or touch your finger to a device.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade even to software pirates

Microsoft has announced that users currently running pirated versions of Windows will be able to upgrade them for free to Windows 10 when it launches later this year in what could be a historic moment in the lengthy battle against software pirates.

Internet Explorer is finally dead, Microsoft is killing the brand

Microsoft's marketing chief confirmed at the company's Convergence conference yesterday that the long ill-spoken Internet Explorer web browser brand will be killed off with Windows 10 and replaced with the company's new "Project Spartan."

Windows 10 for phones to include notification LED support

New leaked screenshots of an unreleased build of Windows 10 for Phones revealed last night that the operating system will feature support for notification LEDs. Just a day later, such an LED has been found hidden inside Microsoft's Lumia 735.

Microsoft has received 1 million bits of feedback on Windows 10

Microsoft has announced that it has now received over 1 million pieces of individual feedback on Windows 10 from Insider users running preview builds of the upcoming operating system. The feedback will be used to aid development of the software.

Watch out Siri: Microsoft Cortana comes to iOS, Android this year

Microsoft is going to bring its Cortana voice-controlled digital assistant in an enhanced form to iPhones and Android devices later this year after the launch of Windows 10, directly competing with Siri and Google Now already included on the platforms.

The rise of the real-time translation apps

Translation apps on the internet and phones have got much better at their jobs in recent years and are now used frequently by tourists. A major question remains though: how reliable are they and do they work? A recent BBC report attempts to answer this.

FREAK security flaw in HTTPS affects Windows too

A decade-old flaw in the HTTPS protocol that could allow hackers to decrypt secure traffic between web browsers and servers, including payment details, has been confirmed to be present on Windows as well as Android and iOS devices.

'Microsoft tech support' scammer recorded threatening to kill man

Nelson - In a scam that has defrauded Canadians to the tune of $347 million dollars, scammers are resorting to unnerving tactics, including threatening a man in British Columbia with death. That's what happened to Jakob Dulisse, who decided to be proactive.

Microsoft's Outlook email app nears top of iOS charts

Yesterday Microsoft released a new version of Outlook for iOS and Android phones that seems to be going down well with consumers, now sitting in the "Best New Apps" list and climbing rapidly.

Silicon Valley developers talk HoloLens

Windows Holographic is an augmented reality computing platform by Microsoft that will be introduced in the Windows 10 operating system when it is released in 2015.

Microsoft's 84-inch videoconferencing tablet dubbed Surface Hub

While Microsoft showed off a number of new technologies and devices that it is preparing to release during the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, what garnered the most buzz looked like an overly large TV.

Lizard Squad attacks Malaysia Airlines website, replaces homepage

Hacking group Lizard Squad took control of the Malaysia Airlines website homepage for a while earlier today, replacing it with a high-profile mocking of the disasters that have struck the troubled company in the past year.

Microsoft may be building a gadget that mixes a laptop and phone

We're going to learn a lot about the next version of Windows on Wednesday. Presumably, we'll find out when the preview build will launch, new features aimed at consumers rather than enterprise users, and changes to how the Windows Store works.

Microsoft announces $1,000,000 Call of Duty tournament

Microsoft has announced details of the largest Call of Duty Xbox gaming tournament ever, taking place this February and March and with a top prize of $1,000,000.

Google & Microsoft fight hotels banning personal Wi-Fi hotspots

Microsoft and Google are amongst other big-name companies joining together to lobby the FCC into declining a petition by the hotel industry that requests permission to block users' personal Wi-Fi hotspots whilst staying in the hotel.

Leaked video on YouTube gives sneak peek of Windows 10

A video leaked on YouTube gives us a preview of what the latest build of Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 10 looks like.

Microsoft, Yahoo pitch to replace Google as iPhone search engine

Last week, Yahoo and Mozilla announced a new partnership that would place Yahoo's search engine as the default in Mozilla's Firefox browser instead of Google's.

Microsoft promotes 2 senior execs after huge ad sales layoffs

Microsoft Advertising has promoted two of its senior executives, a move that comes days after the division laid off scores of sales people as it looks to streamline the business to push it towards profitability.

Even Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft is losing in mobile

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer doesn't think the company is "winning" when it comes to mobile, he said in an interview with CBS This Morning.

Microsoft phasing out Nokia brand name

Microsoft has officially decided to phase out the Nokia brand name, with the announcement being made on the Nokia France Facebook page.

Xbox One gets major system update for October

Microsoft's Xbox One is getting a system update today, continuing the monthly patches it has received since launch. This is one of the more major ones though and includes some major UI tweaks.

Romania to probe Microsoft reseller 'bribery' of ministers

Bucharest - Romanian President Traian Basescu on Friday authorised public prosecutors to launch an inquiry into five former ministers suspected of receiving millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks from resellers of Microsoft software.

Op-Ed: Behind Windows 10 – A return to good user functionality, or what?

Sydney - After the general loathing of Windows 8, Microsoft has moved with unseemly haste to crank up the new OS, formerly known as Windows 9, now to be called Windows 10. The question is whether real users will like it, not whether its PR sways the public.
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