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Microsoft admits Windows 10 update just broke millions of webcams

Microsoft has admitted that it broke millions of the world's most popular webcams with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. An internal change to the way in which webcams are controlled has left devices unusable, including with Microsoft's own apps.

Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs will soon get updates like Windows 10

Microsoft has announced it is changing the way it releases updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. Going forward, it will use the same approach as it does for Windows 10, wrapping all security and reliability updates up into a single monthly release.

Windows Holographic is coming to your Windows 10 PC next year

Microsoft has announced that all Windows 10 PCs will be capable of supporting Windows Holographic mixed reality experiences next year. In partnership with Intel, the company will allow you to run holographic apps on your mainstream computer.

You can now play Minecraft in VR, but only on Windows 10

Mojang and Microsoft have rolled out an update to Minecraft that adds support for playing the hit game in virtual reality on the Oculus Rift. Coming four months after Minecraft landed on Samsung's Gear VR, the new version includes Rift-specific features.

Microsoft planning three Surface PCs, 'gapless' Surface Book

Microsoft has been rumoured to be expanding its Surface hardware range with an all-in-one PC for a couple of months. A new report has now shed more light on the upcoming device, revealing there'll be three models and a new "gapless" Surface Book.

Microsoft leaks the keys protecting millions of Windows devices

Microsoft has inadvertently leaked the "golden keys" that could be used to unlock millions of Windows-powered devices protected by Secure Boot. The blunder proves why the FBI's request to have access to such powerful keys could be a serious security risk.

Metropolitan Police told it must stop using Windows XP

London - London's Metropolitan Police has been warned to stop using Windows XP or risk citizens' security. The force still has over 27,000 PCs running the outdated operating system and is using taxpayers' money to pay Microsoft for important updates and patches.

'World's lamest ransomware' leaves unlock key 'in plain sight'

A ransomware campaign currently doing the rounds in the US has been dubbed the "world's lamest" after researchers discovered it doesn't create unique encryption keys. The single code is hidden "in plain sight," letting anyone recover their files for free.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update causing random PC freezes for many

Days after the Windows 10 Anniversary Update began rolling out, users have discovered several bugs that may make you think twice about upgrading. Some people are facing random system freezes that occur shortly after startup and leave their PC unusable.

Bird friendly gardens can cause more harm than good

Plenty of books and magazine articles encourage people to design their gardens in different ways to attract more birds. A new study suggests this can often causes harm to birds.

Windows 10's new File Explorer app allegedly revealed in pictures

Microsoft may be planning a heavily revised version of its core File Explorer app for Windows 10. Allegedly leaked screenshots of the app show a fresh and modern design that's less crowded than the current desktop app and easier to use on touchscreens.

Microsoft says Windows 10's next big update won't be until spring

After launching the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has announced there will be no further feature updates for the operating system this year. Instead, it's planning two major releases for 2017 that will add new capabilities to the OS.

Decades-old Windows bug leaks your Microsoft account to the world

Hackers have uncovered a major flaw in Windows that has been present in every released version since Windows 95. It is still exploitable in Windows 10 and could reveal your username and password, including your email address, to the world.

Windows 10 upgrade offer has ended but you can still get it free

Microsoft ended the Windows 10 free upgrade offer on July 29, preventing Windows 7 and 8.1 users who haven't moved to the new OS from doing so for free. A workaround has been discovered, letting you claim a free upgrade should you change your mind today.

Microsoft begins rolling out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft has begun the worldwide rollout of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, bringing new features and an extensive roster of improvements to the 350 million Windows 10 devices in use. It is launching gradually in staged waves.

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires today

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires in just a few more hours, giving you until the end of the day to install the new operating system without paying $100. The company has shared some new statistics on usage of Windows 10.

Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Air is thinner, lighter than the MacBook Air

Xiaomi has unveiled its first laptop, a device that is designed to rival Apple's MacBook Air even with its name. The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is thinner and lighter than the MacBook and comes with powerful hardware inside for an aggressive price.

Cancelled Nokia smartphones revealed in colourful group photo

A collection of previously unknown Nokia Lumia devices has been revealed in a leaked group photo. The shot shows several under-development products cancelled when the company was bought by Microsoft, including an 8.3-inch Windows RT tablet.

Demand for Microsoft's $22k Surface Hub reportedly 'very strong'

Microsoft's gigantic Surface Hub, retailing at $9,000 or $22,000 depending on the model, is reportedly selling very well and exceeding internal expectations. The touchscreen computer is designed for enterprise use, enabling collaboration and presentation.

Nokia McLaren's innovative gesture display revealed in full

Two years since it was cancelled, Nokia's innovative 'McLaren' smartphone has been fully revealed and reviewed. The device would have implemented a form of "3D Touch" technology — a year before Apple — using a revolutionary gesture-based display.

Surface owners blast Microsoft as batteries last for minutes

Microsoft is facing a rapidly growing number of complaints from owners of its Surface Pro 3 convertible tablet who claim they are facing dramatically reduced battery life since the one-year warranty expired. Some are left with just minutes of charge.

Windows 10 won't be on 1bn devices by 2018 due to Lumia phones

Over a year ago, Microsoft publicly announced that it expected Windows 10 to reach 1 billion devices by mid-2018. Now halfway to that deadline, Microsoft has admitted it won't be possible to reach the target, blaming Lumia phones for the shortfall.

Microsoft patches 20-year-old critical Windows printing bug

Microsoft has patched a major flaw in all supported versions of Windows that allows hackers to install malware on your computer through the system print spooler. The vulnerability could give attackers an easy way to infect devices connected to a network.

No, Microsoft isn't introducing a Windows 10 subscription fee

A file buried deep inside the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build has raised some concern among Windows users. It appears to hint at a future in which the software may no longer be free, opening the door to an Office 365-style Windows subscription.

Windows 10's 'innovative' Anniversary Update is coming August 2

Microsoft has announced it will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to consumers on August 2, marking one year since Windows 10's launch with a substantial delivery of new features. It includes productivity, entertainment and security improvements.

Microsoft finally lets you opt-out of Windows 10 after being sued

Microsoft has announced it will update its Get Windows 10 app for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs to make it much easier for customers to opt-out of the upgrade entirely. The announcement comes after months of criticism and a $10,000 lawsuit settlement with a user.

Microsoft lets you eradicate Windows 10 bloatware with new tool

Microsoft has unveiled a new Windows 10 utility that makes it simpler to reinstall the operating system should something go wrong. The program is built into Windows and can be started from the desktop, letting you refresh your PC with a single click.

Microsoft warns Windows users of 'worm-like' ransomware

Microsoft has warned Windows users that a new form of ransomware in the wild is dangerous and capable of self-reproducing. It propagates itself across removable and network drives, creating copies to infect as many files and devices as possible.

Microsoft's Cortana is now your personal DJ and cooking assistant

As Windows 10's Anniversary Update begins to draw near, Microsoft is still adding new features to the Insider Preview builds. In the latest update, it added new interactions with Cortana, including the ability to turn Cortana into your own personal DJ.

Microsoft resorts to 'dirty trick' to upgrade PCs to Windows 10

Microsoft has been accused of adopting a "dirty trick" to force unsuspecting consumers to upgrade to Windows 10. As the free upgrade period comes to an end, Microsoft has updated its upgrade assistant app to install Windows 10 even if you close it.
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