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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.

Microsoft decimating mobile workforce in 'streamlining' of jobs

One week after selling its Nokia-branded feature phone business to Foxconn, Microsoft has announced it will be cutting 1,850 jobs from its smartphone hardware division in a "streamlining" of the struggling business.

Windows 10 preview now syncs Android notifications to your PC

Microsoft has added a new feature to the latest Windows 10 preview build for Insiders. It lets you get notifications from your Android phone on your Windows PC. You can view new messages in Action Center and respond to them with your keyboard.

Google Chromebooks now more popular than Macs in the U.S.

Google's range of cloud-based Chromebook laptops is continuing to enjoy unforeseen success in the U.S. Google announced that Chrome OS will soon be able to run Android apps earlier this week and revealed Chromebooks recently outsold Macs in the U.S.

Gamer gets Windows 95 running on an Xbox One

An Xbox One owner has managed to get Windows 95 running on the modern games console by exploiting the capabilities of Microsoft's Universal Windows Apps platform. The experience lets you run classic PC games and programs on an Xbox.

Microsoft going after Google Photos with 'digital memories' app

Since launching only a year ago, Google Photos has grown to be a huge and much loved service that is a firm favourite with Android users. Although Microsoft has its own Photos app, it looks like the company is now building a proper Google Photos rival.

Microsoft axes Windows 10's controversial Wi-Fi password sharing

Microsoft has removed a controversial Windows 10 feature that automatically shared your Wi-Fi password with your Facebook friends and Outlook contacts. The company confirmed it has been axed going forward, citing a lack of use as the reason.

Microsoft prepares to banish nagging 'Get Windows 10' adware

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that its free upgrade offer to Windows 10 will end on July 29. It has since confirmed that its "Get Windows 10" app for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs will be removed after that date, ending a year of nagging upgrade reminders.

Microsoft warns Windows 10 free upgrades are ending soon

Microsoft has announced it is to end the Windows 10 free upgrade offer in the near future, preventing current Windows users from installing the new OS for free. Purchasing a license will cost $119 as Windows 10 approaches its first anniversary.

HP's new laptops and all-in-ones have almost invisible bezels

HP has unveiled a new range of affordable, family-oriented computers including convertibles, notebooks, all-in-ones and desktop PCs. The devices are offered in bold and bright colours, have modern components and respectable list prices.

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.

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.

'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.
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