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Microsoft exec shoots down rumours of an Xbox One Mini

Microsoft's head of Xbox has said that rumours of an upcoming "Xbox One Mini" console are simply "not real," shooting down theories that have been circulating online in recent weeks.

Microsoft: Windows 10 is installed on 75 million devices

Microsoft has finally put an end to the rumours and speculation surrounding how many downloads Windows 10 has seen since launch. The company has revealed that in the past four weeks over 75 million copies have been activated.

The Nokia 222 is a $37 feature phone with a month-long battery

Following on from the success of the ultra-cheap Nokia 105, Microsoft today announced a new feature phone with a similarly long-lasting battery life. The $37 Nokia 222 goes for 29 days on a charge and features Internet access, a camera and an MP3 player.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to Android as a public beta

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, previously exclusive to Windows devices, has arrived on Android in public beta form. The app can be downloaded and used as a Google Now replacement, although some of its features remain available on Windows only.

Torrent sites ban Windows 10 users amid privacy fears

Key torrent sites are banning Windows 10 users in fear that the operating system may be sending data back to Microsoft that could identify piracy and land websites in trouble. The sites have claimed that Microsoft is monitoring searches for pirated media.

Calls for German city that ditched Windows to return to Microsoft

Munich - In 2004, the German city of Munich shut down its Windows systems and switched to the open-source Linux instead. Now, it has reportedly had enough. Senior IT members have called Linux "cumbersome" and "limited" and urged the mayor to bring back Windows.

Op-Ed: Why you might want to change one Windows 10 setting

A "feature" in Windows 10's Update utility has been drawing lots of negative attention since launch. Here's what that setting that lets Microsoft use your computer to deliver updates to others over the Internet does - and why you might want to disable it.

Study finds Windows 10 users 'love' Cortana

A study of social media reactions has found that the vast majority of users 'love' Windows 10 with its star feature, digital assistant Cortana, gaining the most attention. Hostility is growing though and some features fare much better than others.

Lumia, Surface, Xbox, Band: Microsoft to launch all in October?

Reports have indicated that Microsoft may have cancelled its rumoured Windows 10 Mobile Lumia unveiling next month in favour of a large-scale October event set to include the Surface Pro 4, flagship Lumias, a smaller Xbox and the Microsoft Band 2.

Vaio returning to the U.S. with a truly 'monster' tablet

The Vaio computer brand has announced that it will be returning to the U.S. from October this year, unveiling a powerful high-end tablet as its launch device. The company used to belong to Sony but became independent after being sold off in 2014.

Op-Ed: 50 million people use Windows 10: Why that doesn't mean anything

Three weeks after its launch, Windows 10 is now in use by 50 million people worldwide. Although the figure sounds impressive, it's still far off the company's target of one billion Windows 10 devices in two years — something I'm not sure is possible.

Turning on Windows 10's privacy controls may not actually do much

Windows 10 has been found to send and request data from Microsoft's servers even when the user enables privacy controls designed to disable this behaviour. Details transmitted include a unique machine ID that has the potential to link computer and owner.

Microsoft: Hackers are exploiting Windows bug using USB sticks

Microsoft has issued an important security update for all currently supported Windows versions that patches an issue allowing hackers to take control of a computer after an infected USB stick is connected. The company says it is being actively exploited.

'Unified', 'appropriate' Windows 10 Start menu wins design award

The new-look Start menu in Microsoft's Windows 10 has been chosen as the winner of the IDSA Design Award. It has drawn praise for allowing users to experience technology in a "contextually appropriate manner", a point of controversy for some who prefer 7.

Microsoft forces first Windows 10 bug-fixing update onto users

Microsoft has released the first update for Windows 10 since its public launch a week ago. Designed to fix some of the issues that users have been experiencing, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically, to the annoyance of many.

Windows 10 launch mired by annoying bugs for many

Microsoft's worldwide rollout of Windows 10 is now well under way but it hasn't gone through without its fair share of issues. Users have been reporting a wide range of early bugs including install failures, broken Start menus and crashing, unstable apps.

Microsoft's Windows 10 download puts pressure on the Internet

The Internet is being put under immense pressure today from the millions of people who are upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft is currently seeing 16 installs per second and has exclusively reserved 40Tbps bandwidth from all the major delivery networks.

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's where to start

Today, Microsoft has officially launched its new operating system, Windows 10. Computers worldwide will be downloading it now so here's a look at some of Windows 10's fundamental new features so you can hit the ground running once you've upgraded.

Yes, Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password: What you need to know

Windows 10 introduces a new option that allows you to automatically share your Wi-Fi password with your contacts, including people on Facebook. The feature is enabled by default and isn't pleasing people online. Here's what you need to know.

After 15 years, game consoles are officially legal in China again

China has officially relaxed its formal ban on video game consoles which has been in place since 2000 and has prevented the sale of dedicated gaming devices. It was feared playing games could be detrimental to the development of children.

New Windows 10 phones to have Surface Pen stylus, facial login

The full specifications for Microsoft's upcoming flagship Windows 10 Mobile devices, the "Cityman" and "Talkman" Lumia handsets, have leaked online. They reveal a very competitive offering including facial recognition and the inclusion of a Surface Pen.

Microsoft joins effort to curb 'revenge porn'

Washington - Microsoft announced Wednesday it was joining an effort to curb so-called "revenge porn," by helping victims remove links to sexually explicit images of them posted without their consent.

'Critical' Windows bug could let hackers take complete control

Microsoft has released an emergency update to nearly all versions of Windows. It fixes an issue that could allow hackers to hijack and take complete control of Windows computers and should be installed immediately through Windows Update.

Apple sold 48m iPhones last quarter, iPad lost out to Microsoft

Apple has announced it has sold 48 million iPhones in the past three months, boosting its total revenue up by over 32 percent based on the same period last year. It refused to say how many Apple Watches were sold though, as Microsoft accepted a huge loss.

Microsoft: Windows 10 is natural, human, intuitive and adaptable

Microsoft has kicked off its advertising campaign for Windows 10 with a series of new videos showing how some of the operating system's best new features will impact your children and the generations to come.

Windows 10 Home users will be forced to install automatic updates

A clause found in the licensing agreement between Microsoft and users of Windows 10 has confirmed that owners of devices running the Home edition of Windows 10 will not be able to postpone updates and will have to install them when available.

Microsoft Edge crushes Google Chrome in new benchmark results

Microsoft has released some more benchmark results for its Edge web browser in which it appears to destroy Google Chrome, performing as much as 112% better. The Windows 10 browser is shaping up to be the fastest around and will be the default from launch.

Lizard Squad hacker guilty of hacking PlayStation Network

The teenager partly responsible for shutting down PlayStation and Xbox network for millions of kids on Christmas has been convicted of 50,700 offenses. Despite the enormous number of offenses, the 17-year-old user was let off with a slap on the wrist.

Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music to 'Groove'

Microsoft has announced it is rebranding its Xbox Music streaming service to "Groove Music" ahead of the launch of Windows 10. The company cites consumer confusion about the use of the Xbox brand as the reason for the change.

Windows 10 final sign-off is now imminent in the next few days

Microsoft has now reportedly compiled a version of Windows 10 that could end up becoming the first version of the operating system to be made publicly available on launch day as an upgrade and on new devices. Final development may be completed this week.
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