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Watch Windows 10 upgrade prompt ruin a live weather broadcast

Microsoft's "Upgrade to Windows 10" nagware has been annoying users for months with its insistence that you should install the new OS immediately. Recently, it interrupted a live weather broadcast by deciding an upgrade was required while on air.

Forza Motorsport racing onto Windows 10 for free next month

Microsoft has announced that PC gamers will be able to get their first taste of the hit Xbox racing title Forza Motorsport from early May. The company announced Forza Motorsport 6: Apex for Windows 10 earlier this year, an exclusive PC Forza experience.

Why Microsoft is buying DNA molecules from an SF startup

Microsoft is buying 10 million strands of long oligonucleotides — laboratory-made molecules of DNA — from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience, the companies announced today.

Microsoft adamant it is 'committed' to struggling Windows Mobile

Microsoft has reiterated its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile, saying it intends to support the platform for "many years." The OS has failed to make an impact on Microsoft's negligible mobile market share, leading some to suggest it should abandon it now.

Microsoft's popular Word Flow keyboard now available on iOS

Microsoft has publicly released its Word Flow keyboard for the iPhone, taking it out of beta and making it available to everyone. The keyboard is widely considered one of the best around and now includes more features than the Windows Phone original.

Dropbox to withdraw app from Windows XP

Popular cloud storage provider Dropbox has announced it will discontinue support for Microsoft's aging Windows XP this summer. Users will not be able to login to their accounts to access their files and will be automatically signed out in a few months.

Microsoft to end production of Xbox 360 after 10 years of gaming

Microsoft has announced it is to end production of its Xbox 360 games console over 10 years since the launch of the iconic gaming platform. Current owners will be able to use their consoles as normal as supplies begin to dwindle around the world.

Microsoft's flexible E-ink display makes your phone case smarter

Microsoft Research has developed a flexible E-ink display that could make smart smartphone covers a reality. The display can detect the way you flex it, letting you perform different actions on your phone right from the exterior case.

'Blue Screen of Death' gets friendlier with new helpful QR codes

The 'Blue Screen of Death' is a famed component of Windows that indicates a critical error has occurred, forcing a system restart. Microsoft has recently updated the screen, adding QR codes to let you easily research the cause of a fatal error.

Microsoft Edge joins Google Chrome, to block Flash automatically

Microsoft has announced that a future version of its Edge web browser will disable non-essential Flash content by default. The move will speed up web browsing and increase security. Flash is regularly hit by critical exploits, including one this week.

Latest Windows 10 Preview brings smarter Cortana, adds dark mode

Microsoft has rolled out a major update to the Windows 10 Insider Preview that includes a first look at the new features coming to the Anniversary Update later this year. It includes a more intelligent Cortana that talks to your phone from your PC.

Toyota, Microsoft teaming up to beef up connected car technology

In an attempt to "humanize" the driving experience beyond levels already implemented today, Microsoft has teamed up with Toyota to offer their Azure cloud technology for a deeper look into the data science of motor vehicle operation.

Microsoft says there is no 'Xbox neXt' to rival PlayStation '4.5'

Rumours of Microsoft planning an upgraded "Xbox One and a half" have recently stepped up amid widespread reports of Sony intending to launch a high-performance "PlayStation 4K" later in the year. Microsoft's Xbox chief has denied the rumours though.

Chrome to dethrone Internet Explorer as most popular browser

Google Chrome is now very close to becoming the world's most popular web browser. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome are about to swap places in the charts as Microsoft's aging browser continues to quickly fall out of favour with many consumers.

Microsoft admits Windows 10 Mobile isn't moving, 'not our focus'

Microsoft has explained its plans for Windows 10 Mobile for the year ahead, revealing that smartphones currently aren't its focus and the company won't be concentrating on the platform in 2016. The news may dishearten Windows Phone fans.

Microsoft has an app that lets blind people 'see' again

Microsoft has unveiled an app that helps blind people "see" the world. Using artificial intelligence, the app can work out what is happening in the environment around it and provide detailed descriptions to the user, letting them visualize the world.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 'anniversary update'

Microsoft has officially announced a major update coming to Windows 10 later this summer. Dubbed the "Anniversary Update," the release will bring increased security, a new emphasis on the pen as an input method and a "more helpful" Cortana.

Microsoft has 'surprises' coming for Windows 10's Live Tiles

Microsoft's next Windows 10 update may include some substantial improvements to Start menu Live Tiles. The company has hinted at "surprises" on the way for the unique widgets, potentially incorporating interactive buttons within the tiles.

Trolls turn Microsoft's AI chatbot into a Hitler-loving racist

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled an innovative Twitter chatbot designed to research human interaction. Mere hours later, the company was forced to pull it offline though as merciless trolls turned the chatbot's personality into a pro-Hitler racist.

Microsoft launches AI bot 'with no chill' for teens

On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a few new teen-oriented social media accounts that will chat all day. But users won't be speaking to a person, they'll be talking to "Tay," Microsoft's new bot that's powered by artificial intelligence.

First extensions come to Microsoft Edge in new Windows 10 preview

Microsoft has officially announced browser extensions for its new Edge web browser. Edge extensions are almost identical to Chrome extensions, making it simple for developers to bring their existing code to Microsoft's browser.

The most popular Windows Phone will never see Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 wasn't the greatest sales success but did enjoy strong growth in the budget market. The sub-$100 Nokia Lumia 520 is the best-selling Windows Phone ever built but Microsoft has now confirmed it won't get Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft finally rolls out Windows 10 Mobile to older Lumias

Microsoft has officially announced the immediate availability of Windows 10 Mobile on a selection of older Windows Phone devices. The hugely delayed update is still not available for all phones over three months since Microsoft said updates would start.

Microsoft to 'change everything' with Windows 10 Redstone update

Microsoft executives have taken to Twitter to hype up the major Windows 10 update planned for this summer. The high-ranking program managers claim users are going to "freak out" over the new features and improvements after months of only bug fixes.

Former Windows-exclusive HERE Maps abandoning Windows 10

HERE Maps, the popular mapping, navigation and transit service, has announced it will discontinue its apps on Windows devices on June 30. The company's services have been on Windows Phone since the beginning and were formerly exclusive.

Microsoft to use Minecraft as a classroom for new AI systems

Microsoft has announced a new research project that uses the blocky world of Minecraft to teach artificial intelligence systems how to behave in real life. The system will help AI researchers create AI that behaves like real game players.

'Dull and ancient': Teens react to using Windows 95

Microsoft's Windows 10 is filled with flashy graphical effects and smooth animations but it wasn't always that way. Windows 95 was a rather more austere environment, one that today's teens never experienced. Their response was filmed in a new video.

Outlook 2016 goes haywire, starts duplicating and deleting emails

Microsoft has fixed a major bug in its Outlook 2016 email client that has left users seeing messages appearing twice and then not at all. The program was duplicating the email server's contents and then deleting everything.

Windows 10 a closed 'walled garden', claims veteran game dev

Tim Sweeney, CEO of games giant Epic Games, has written a scathing attack on Microsoft's apparent plans to make the Windows 10 Store the de facto place to buy new PC games. Sweeny called on the industry to "fight" what he sees as monopolisation.

Windows 10 'Redstone' update to converge platforms this June

Microsoft plans to release a major update for Windows 10 later this year that will be comparable in size to the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8. According to a new report, the feature-filled release, dubbed "Redstone," will be launched in June.
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