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Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant gets sexually harassed?

Microsoft has explained how it trains its Cortana digital assistant, available on Windows, Android and iOS, to respond to the "inappropriate" questions that users often ask. A "good chunk" of early queries asked Cortana about her sex life.

Run Windows 7 or 8.1? Windows 10 will now try to install for you

Windows 10 is now a "recommended" update in Windows Update for computers running Windows 7 and 8.1. This means the new operating system may try to install itself automatically in a move that will further annoy users who don't want to upgrade.

Windows 10's app store is so broken that developers are quitting

Microsoft's Windows Store has a major problem and recently it's become so serious that developers are threatening to quit the platform entirely. As the company calls on app creators to write for Windows 10, it is refusing to acknowledge the issue.

Microsoft Surface now even more powerful, key blogger slams brand

Microsoft has refreshed its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book with new range-topping options. The additions include Intel Core i7 processors and 16GB of RAM for demanding workloads. The announcement came as a key commentator slammed Microsoft.

Microsoft: Windows 7, 8.1 won't support Intel's new processors

Microsoft has found yet another way to get the world using Windows 10, this time by making preventing users from running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on newer computers. It announced the old operating systems won't be supported by new processors.

340m PC users thrown 'hot potato' as Microsoft pulls plug on IE 8

Microsoft has followed through on its plans to end support for old versions of its Internet Explorer web browser and Windows operating system today. The move, described by experts as a "hot potato," puts as many as 340 million Internet users at risk.

Windows 10 is now being actively used on over 200 million devices

Microsoft has announced new usage figures for Windows 10, revealing over 200 million devices are now actively running the new operating system. The company is "excited and humbled" by what it sees as an "incredible response" to the platform.

Microsoft to Windows 7, 8 users: Upgrade to 10 'now' or 'tonight'

Microsoft has changed its 'Get Windows 10' app automatically installed on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers to more aggressively push the new OS than ever before. Users now see two buttons, 'Upgrade now' and 'Upgrade tonight', but have no easy way to opt out.

Microsoft 'genuinely sorry' for OneDrive storage backlash

Over a month after thousands of angry OneDrive users threatened to abandon Microsoft's ecosystem when the company made some far-reaching changes to OneDrive storage, the company has apologized and extended a life-line for people to retain their storage.

Microsoft giving some Windows Insiders the Lumia 950 for free

Microsoft is expanding its Insider community testing program to include under-development hardware. It has sent out letters to some lucky people who have contributed useful feedback on Windows 10, offering them the chance to test a Lumia 950 handset.

Microsoft's Cortana now officially launched on iPhone and Android

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant has received its first public release to smartphones running iOS, Android and Cyanogen OS. Cortana was built for Windows but is now platform-agnostic so most features work as intended.

Satya Nadella: 'Give us time' to get Windows 10 moving

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella faced criticism over his app strategy from his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, during a shareholder meeting earlier this week. Looking back at the exchange, it's evident Nadella has a plan for Windows 10 — one that requires time.

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft's shareholder meeting was 'bulls---'

Former Microsoft CEO and major investor Steve Ballmer has accused the firm of not disclosing full financial details during its annual shareholder meeting yesterday. Ballmer branded one set of metrics "bulls---" and questioned the company's mobile policy.

Microsoft's Surface Phone allegedly the 'ultimate Windows Phone'

A new report on Microsoft's mobile efforts claims the company will finally be ready to launch its long-rumoured 'Surface Phone' next year. The hardware team is said to have gone back to the drawing board again and is now targeting a mid-2016 launch.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to the iPhone for the first time

An early beta of the version of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant for the iPhone is now available to a small group of select testers. Cortana's iOS version is similar to the one on Android, giving users access to a subset of its Windows commands.

Windows 10 Update mystery solved: Microsoft forgot your privacy

Over the weekend, Microsoft abruptly pulled the Windows 10 November update and gave a minimal explanation that did nothing to curb the ensuing confusion. The update is now back with a full explanation: it could delete your privacy settings.

Confusion as Windows 10 November update appears to vanish

The first major Windows 10 feature update has been available to users for just over a week now. However, it now appears to have vanished without trace in uncertain circumstances that haven't been fully explained by a statement from Microsoft.

Windows 10's first major update brings UI changes, improved apps

Microsoft has publicly released Windows 10's first major update, containing more than just bugs and security fixes. Users will find refinements in several areas of the interface, improvements to core apps and increased performance.

Tim Cook: Microsoft's Surface Book 'sort of deluded'

On the day when iPad Pro pre-orders go live, Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken a not-so subtle shot at rival Microsoft, describing its popular new Surface Book laptop as a "deluded" device that "tries too hard."

Google Chrome to end support for Windows XP and Vista next year

Google has announced that its Chrome web browser will no longer be supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista and some older versions of Mac OS X from next year. Users still have a little time left but the company is keen to get people upgrading.

Dell, HP caught telling customers not to upgrade to Windows 10

PC phone support representatives at HP and Dell have been caught telling customers not to upgrade their computers to Windows 10, apparently contradicting their own marketing messages.

Windows 10 adoption rapidly slowing but rising among gamers

Microsoft's Windows 10 got off to a flying start in the first couple of months since launch but is now beginning to slow down. The company is struggling to convince more users to upgrade, although the OS is popular with PC gamers.

Microsoft to 'make it easier' to upgrade to Windows 10 next year

Microsoft has announced it will be "making it easier" to upgrade to Windows 10 next year by delivering it as a "recommended" update to Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Critics have interpreted the plans as the most aggressive push of the operating system to date.

Windows 10 coming to Xbox One on November 12

Microsoft has announced that the New Xbox One Experience update will be rolling out to all console owners on November 12. The update brings an all-new responsive interface, backwards compatibility with some Xbox 360 games and a Windows 10-powered core.

Microsoft expected to roll out major Windows 10 update next month

Windows 10's first major update including new features and apps instead of just bug fixes will be rolled out during the first week of November, reports have said. Dubbed "Threshold 2," the update will roll up the preview builds released since launch.

Lenovo's new convertible blends premium power with a tablet form

Lenovo has launched its new Windows 10 flagship laptop, the Yoga 900. The convertible device was unveiled yesterday and is designed to be an "incredibly thin" but powerful hybrid, aimed at professional work requiring tablet portability.

Microsoft's ultimate Surface Book 'ultimate laptop' costs $3,199

Microsoft has opened pre-orders on the top-spec model of its new Surface Book convertible laptop. Boasting 1TB of storage, an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a dedicated graphics chip, the device comes in at an eye-watering $3,199.

Microsoft: Automatically upgrading PCs to Windows 10 a 'mistake'

Microsoft has admitted that a bug in Windows Update has led to some Windows 7 and 8.1 computers automatically starting the upgrade to Windows 10 without ever asking the user for permission. It called the error a "mistake" and said it would be fixed.

Installing and activating Windows 10 will soon be much simpler

Microsoft released a new preview build of Windows 10 earlier this week that includes a simplified way of installing the OS onto Windows 7 and 8 devices eligible for a free upgrade. The company has received large amounts of user feedback on the process.

Toshiba to 'reinvent pen and paper' with a unique Windows tablet

Toshiba hosted a major device launch in Japan today that included a Windows 10 tablet design that aims to "reinvent" writing on pen and paper. The two-in-one convertible includes a keyboard dock and precision stylus, rivalling Microsoft's Surface.
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