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Nokia brand ready for smartphone comeback in 2017

Helsinki - Nokia, once the world's top mobile phone maker, will make a comeback on the smartphone market in the first half of 2017, the company and its licensee said Thursday.

Windows 10 getting a much-needed UI overhaul with Project NEON

Microsoft is planning a major visual overhaul of Windows 10 for launch in 2017, according to recent reports. The new design language will clean up Windows 10's current inconsistencies and introduce a more refined look based on animations and transitions.

Microsoft's Cortana now comes preinstalled on more Android phones

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is now preinstalled on some new phones from Xiaomi, expanding its availability on new Android handsets. Cortana is available as an app for all phones. The partnership with Xiaomi will help increase user adoption.

Xbox One game streaming to Oculus Rift lets you play games in VR

Microsoft has announced it will enable Xbox One game streaming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in early December. Coming just in time for the holidays, it will let gamers experience console titles in a special virtual reality environment.

Microsoft now sharing Windows 10 telemetry data with third party

Microsoft has begun to share telemetry data collected from computers running Windows 10 with a third-party company, according to reports today. Security firm FireEye will have access to data from "every" Windows 10 device as part of a new partnership.

Satya Nadella: Microsoft building the 'ultimate mobile device'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has again reaffirmed the company's commitment to developing smartphones. Unfazed by its market share dropping beneath 1 percent, Nadella said Microsoft is planning a revolutionary "ultimate mobile device."

Microsoft ready to start building scalable quantum computers

Microsoft has announced it is progressing from simply researching quantum computing to actually building machines that run on "qubits." Quantum computing could open up new avenues of scientific research by offering vastly greater performance.

Cortana now integrates with Wunderlist to manage your to-dos

Microsoft has announced its Cortana digital assistant can now create to-do lists. Coming in time for the busy holiday season, the feature also syncs with Wunderlist. It's the first time Microsoft has integrated the company's app into its products.

Microsoft quietly launches preview of Windows 10 'Office Hub'

Microsoft has launched a Windows Insider version of its new Office Hub feature coming with next year's Windows 10 Creators Update. The app provides a single place to view recent documents, monitor Office installs and check your subscription status.

Microsoft says Linux is no longer 'cancer,' joining Foundation

Microsoft has seemingly completed its transition to being a company that cares about open-source by joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. The move would have been unthinkable for the famously closed company only a few years ago.

Users can now Skype without an account

Using Skype is going to be easier because you don't need a full account. Microsoft is now allowing people to use Skype's audio and video call features without an account.

Microsoft's Cheyenne data center to be powered by wind energy

Microsoft announced on Monday two new contracts for 237 megawatts of wind energy capacity, capable of running its Cheyenne, Wyoming data center entirely on wind power.

Smartphones 'strained' Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer's friendship

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed his decision to turn Microsoft into a hardware company in a recent interview. Ballmer said his smartphone push "strained" his relationship with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, causing them to "drift apart."

Xbox Holiday Update available now, brings new social features

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Holiday Update is available today across supported platforms. The social-themed release includes significant updates to the Xbox One and Xbox apps, including support for Clubs and improvements to Xbox's achievements.

Russia targets Microsoft in latest anti-trust probe

Moscow - Russia's antitrust authority on Thursday said it had opened an investigation into Microsoft for allegedly abusing its dominance in the antivirus software market.

Dell's Stack was a Windows Phone that could have be a gamechanger

Dell and Intel collaborated to create a 6.4-inch mini-tablet running Windows 10 Mobile, according to a report this week. The two companies had big plans for the device, the fate of which is unclear. The phone was built around Microsoft's Continuum tech.

Microsoft's new Xbox Insider Program is open to all players

Microsoft has rebranded its Xbox Preview Program as the Xbox Insider Program. It brings it in line with the Windows and Office Insider Programs. For the first time, any Xbox gamer will be able to join up and get access to pre-release software.

Microsoft's Cortana could get chattier and more personal soon

Microsoft's Cortana could become a lot more personal soon. Microsoft recently applied for a patent that describes a "personalized greeting system" capable of emulating human interactions and delivering contextually relevant welcome messages.

Microsoft explains why it's still building Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has again reaffirmed its commitment to supporting and developing Windows 10 Mobile. The smartphone platform now has less than one percent total market share but Microsoft still considers it important to have an OS that runs on mobile hardware.

Microsoft's Slack rival is finally here

Microsoft has officially introduced Teams, a new chat app for the workplace that's built to rival Slack. Slack has experienced extraordinary adoption, pushing existing solutions including Microsoft's Skype out of use. Teams is the company's response.

Hackers pounce on Windows crack exposed by Google

San Francisco - Microsoft warns that a Windows vulnerability exposed by rival Google was being exploited by a hacking group suspected of cyber attacks on US political institutions.

Alcatel launches the first Windows 10 phone with virtual reality

Alcatel has unveiled the IDOL 4S, a flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphone with very high-end specs. It supports all of Windows 10's headline features and also includes virtual reality, a first for the platform. The premium phone is priced competitively.

Controversy over Google's disclosure of bug in Microsoft Windows

Google has publicly detailed a "critical" bug in Windows just 10 days after reporting it to Microsoft. Google has come under fire for releasing details before a fix is available but the company insists it is "protecting users" by doing so.

Google Chrome now runs 15 percent faster on Windows

Google has announced that it has sped up the performance of its Chrome web browser on Windows by up to 15 percent. The improvements have come from incorporating Microsoft technology that allows the code to run more efficiently.

Microsoft removes 90,000 apps from the Windows Store

Microsoft has removed over 90,000 apps from the Windows Store, according to reports today. It follows warnings to developers about updating their apps' age ratings. Apparently, many publishers have not paid attention and have had their products withdrawn.

Microsoft's Surface Dial is a radical new take on PC peripherals

Microsoft has introduced a new kind of PC input device at its 2016 Surface hardware event. Surface Dial is a wireless rotational peripheral with 3,600 precision points that places shortcut buttons, toolbars and radial menus at your fingertips.

Microsoft announces the Windows 10 'Creators Update'

Microsoft has officially unveiled the Windows 10 Creators Update, the first major release of the OS scheduled to launch in 2017. It adds a range of new features aimed at "bringing ideas to life," including tools for 3D modelling and mixed reality.

Microsoft's Surface Studio is the company's first desktop PC

Microsoft has announced its first ever desktop computer, the $2,999 Surface Studio. The 28-inch all-in-one PC offers a touchscreen display, sixth-generation Intel processors and an integrated discrete GPU for gaming and 3D modelling.

Microsoft CEO admits company 'clearly missed' the smartphone race

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has admitted the company missed the smartphone trend altogether with its ill-fated Windows Phone OS. He said he intends to change Microsoft's image through next-gen technology including its HoloLens mixed reality headset.

Google unveils Jamboard, a 55-inch whiteboard for the cloud

Google has announced a 55-inch digital whiteboard to rival Microsoft's Surface Hub. Part of the company's "G Suite" collaboration tools, Jamboard claims to be a "reimagining" of the whiteboard for cloud technology and modern offices.
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