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Windows 10 coming in July, says AMD's CEO

Every now and again you get a massive leak in the technology world that doesn't originate from a buried forum but rather a reputable public figure. In one of these incidents, processor manufacturer AMD's CEO just let slip the release date of Windows 10.

Here is Microsoft's response to bricked Lumia 520s on Windows 10

Microsoft has responded to claims from several users that their Nokia Lumia 52x-series was bricked when rolling back to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 and explained what has caused the issue. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of a fix for owners.

Tips: Which browsers are the most secure?

Back in the early days of Internet browsing, the choices for the browser you could use were limited to Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape.

Microsoft's Bing is finally eating into Google into the U.S.

A market research firm has found Microsoft's Bing search engine powered more than 20 percent of U.S. searches for the first time in history last month, taking a large chunk out of Google's share. The story is rather different outside of the U.S. though.

The best-selling Windows Phone ever has Windows 10 preview pulled

Microsoft has been forced to temporarily cancel the Windows 10 preview for the world's most-popular Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 520. It follows reports from many users that their devices were bricked when trying to return to Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft unveils yet another budget Lumia Windows Phone

Microsoft has added another low-cost entry-level smartphone to its growing range of Lumia Windows Phone devices. The Lumia 540 Dual Sim packs in some decent hardware, a slim body and capable camera while still costing less than $150.

Windows 10 on small tablets: Windows Phone but a little bigger

Screenshots have emerged of an early build of Windows 10 for tablets with small screen-sizes of under 8-inches. For these devices, the desktop will not be accessible and a Windows Phone-reminiscent interface will be used.

New Windows 10 for Phones build brings many new features

Microsoft has just pushed out a new update to the Windows 10 preview for phones. With it comes several new features including improvements to core apps, multitasking and the first inclusion of the Project Spartan web browser.

Windows 'Redstone' coming 2016: What you need to know

Details have emerged of Microsoft's future upgrade plans for Windows beyond the launch of Windows 10 this summer. The company will release two updates for the OS in 2016. They are currently in development under the codename "Redstone."

Windows 10 upgrade adverts to be shown to Windows 7, 8.1 users

Microsoft has posted a Windows Update for 7 and 8.1 users that prepares their systems for the Windows 10 upgrade. The files of the patch reveal that the company intends to show upgrade advertisements and alerts to users to persuade them to get Windows 10.

Microsoft lays off hundreds more employees in restructuring plan

Microsoft has laid off hundreds more employees amid its continuing "restructuring" plan started last summer by CEO Satya Nadella. It is unknown exactly how many have been affected by the latest round of cuts.

Bill Gates letter to Microsoft employees on 40th anniversary

Microsoft marked 40 years of creating personal computing products on April 4, 2015, and Bill Gates marked the anniversary with an email to all employees.

Vine gets updated on Windows Phone to be more like iOS, Android

Vine has updated its Windows Phone app to bring it more in line with what users on other platforms have access to. The update will be encouraging to supporters of Windows Phone which historically has had a large "app gap".

Microsoft's 'Project Spartan' web browser is here

Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders yesterday that includes the company's new web browser to replace Internet Explorer, Project Spartan. The new browser promises to be much faster than IE and built for the modern web.

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.
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