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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.

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.

Meet the world's thinnest laptop: HP introduces the new Spectre

HP has announced a new ultra-premium laptop with the world's thinnest chassis design. The Windows 10-powered device aims to appeal to professionals who may previously have opted for Apple products, incorporating powerful hardware and crafted style.

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 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.

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.

Internet Explorer update adds banners to advertise Windows 10

Some users of Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and 8.1 have discovered banner advertisements have begun appearing inside the web browser. The adverts market Windows 10, attempting to convince users to upgrade in yet another unwelcome marketing push.

'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.

Tablet sales to fall as Windows 'detachables' rise in popularity

Sales of tablet computers are expected to fall almost 6 percent this year as other more versatile products rise in popularity. Hybrids are expected to see particular success, driven by Windows-based laptops that convert into tablets.

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.

Microsoft bringing Forza 6 to Windows 10 PC gamers this spring

Microsoft has announced that Forza 6, one of the most popular Xbox One-exclusive games, is coming to Window 10 later this spring. A special version of the game has been developed to introduce PC gamers to the franchise and plan for future releases.

PlayStation 4 rivals Xbox One with new PC game streaming feature

Sony has announced a new PlayStation 4 software update that adds in several heavily-requested features. Version 3.50 launches in beta tomorrow and includes expanded Remote Play support, letting owners stream PS4 games to their PC and Mac.

Microsoft scraps its plan to make Android apps work on Windows

Microsoft has officially announced that its ambitious quest to get Android apps running on Windows has failed and development has been discontinued. The project is believed to have run into issues months ago, possibly including legal problems.

Microsoft to let Xbox gamers write Office docs from their console

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has reportedly confirmed that the Xbox One will soon be able to run Windows 10 Universal Apps, further blurring the line between games machine and full-blown computer. The console will also support mice and keyboards.

HP unveils the Elite x3 — A huge Windows phone for professionals

HP has announced the Elite x3, a Windows 10 Mobile flagship smartphone capable of transforming into a PC with Continuum. The device is the most powerful Windows phone ever and will target business customers.

Microsoft unveils the Lumia 650 — Possibly the last Lumia to land

After months of leaks and rumours, Microsoft has officially launched the Lumia 650. The budget mid-range Windows 10 Mobile smartphone features a metal design and thin construction and is aimed at businesses. It could be the last "Lumia" to launch.

Microsoft apps doing better than ever on Android

Microsoft has revealed that a significant number of manufacturers of devices running Android now bundle its productivity software out of the box, a major win for the software giant looking to get its services onto every platform.

Microsoft promises to start detailing Windows 10 updates

Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been releasing regular cumulative updates for the operating system without supplying any changelogs. After hearing much negative feedback, the company has committed to revealing what updates do.

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.
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