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Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music to 'Groove'

Microsoft has announced it is rebranding its Xbox Music streaming service to "Groove Music" ahead of the launch of Windows 10. The company cites consumer confusion about the use of the Xbox brand as the reason for the change.

Windows 10 final sign-off is now imminent in the next few days

Microsoft has now reportedly compiled a version of Windows 10 that could end up becoming the first version of the operating system to be made publicly available on launch day as an upgrade and on new devices. Final development may be completed this week.

Windows 10's 'launch day' doesn't actually mean very much

Microsoft has said that most people will not be getting the Windows 10 upgrade on its official July 29 launch date even if they have reserved a copy. Windows 10 will be delivered in "waves," seemingly using a queue system, instead of one single rollout.

Microsoft's default Windows 10 background is a radical departure

Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed the image that will be the default desktop background for new Windows 10 computers. Now referred to as "the hero image," the shot features the Windows logo made of light amid an aurora of smoke and haze.

$99 Windows 10 PC will live in your pocket and connect to your TV

French technology firm Archos has announced that it is getting in on the new "computer stick" market with its own dongle. It will run Windows 10, connect to your television as its monitor and cost just $99, making it a great option for those on the go.

Microsoft will sell Windows 10 on USB sticks as well as DVDs

A report has suggested that Microsoft will sell retail editions of Windows 10 on USB drives, a sign of the continuing demise of optical media for storage. Although DVDs will remain available, installing from USB will be much quicker for most people.

Microsoft creates chaos by saying Windows 10 free for Insiders

Microsoft has created online chaos by saying that Windows Insiders would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free before seemingly retracting that offer with an updated blog post and then saying that Insiders will get 10 for free after all.

Apple unveils 'El Capitan': the next Mac OS X

Apple has announced an iterative update to Mac OS X at its worldwide developers conference in San Francisco today. The emphasis is on refining and improving things, borrowing some features from Windows to add more productivity and a cleaner interface.

iOS 9 gets proper split-screen multitasking for the first time

In a bid to attract more professional and enterprise users away from Microsoft's Surface Pro, Apple has added proper split-screen multitasking to iOS on iPad for the first time. Users will be able to run two apps side-by-side.

Windows 10 launching July 29th, reserve your upgrade now

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has announced that Windows 10 will be made available on July 29th for free and on new devices. You can reserve a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 computers right now with a dialog that is appearing in the Windows system tray.

Windows 10 will hurt PC sales, says analyst

A key analyst firm has said that Microsoft's release of Windows 10 in the next few months is actually going to harm the declining PC market rather than help it because the key home consumers will be able to get a free upgrade, leading to less new sales.

New Windows 10 build brings yet more welcome improvements

As Windows 10 nears completion ahead of its release this summer, Microsoft is continuing to push out new preview builds. Another build was released last night and brings several more refinements across the OS, focusing on a more polished interface.

Cortana will kick Google Now and iOS off their own platforms

In a video uploaded to the Windows YouTube channel today, Microsoft has announced its digital voice assistant Cortana, already known by Windows Phone fans, will be coming to Android, iOS and PC with the launch of Windows 10 this summer.

Deepening the mystery: Snapchat has 'plans' for Windows Phone app

Windows Phone is known to have a substantial app gap when compared to rival platforms like iOS and Android. One of the most notable absences is Snapchat who have continually refused to come to Windows but an unexpected tweet has suggested that may change.

Windows 10 will come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Microsoft has managed to create a new divide in technology communities by announcing that Windows 10 will be shipping with publisher King's hit match-three mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" preinstalled alongside the ubiquitous Solitaire and Minesweeper.

Microsoft releases substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has just released a substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Insiders. It brings along the new universal Office apps for the first time and updated music, video, Xbox and camera apps alongside improvements and support for new devices.

Microsoft announces there will be seven editions of Windows 10

Ahead of its launch this summer, Microsoft has revealed what different editions of Windows 10 will be offered at release. This time around there will be six desktop builds with pricing to suit while the variant for smartphones will be "Windows 10 Mobile".

Microsoft still working on Interactive Live Tiles for Windows 10

During a session at Microsoft's Ignite conference last week, the company announced that it is still working hard on making Interactive Live Tiles a reality in a future update to Windows 10, enabling users to access features of apps directly from Start.

Op-Ed: Why search must succeed and be cohesive in Windows 10

If Windows 10 is to do only one thing right, it must be getting searching down to a finely-tuned art. After the disastrous full-screen interface of Windows 8, the new Start menu in Windows 10 needs to deliver the cohesive search once offered by Windows 7.

Windows 10 is the 'last version of Windows', says Microsoft

A Microsoft developer has revealed that the company is viewing Windows 10 as the last major version of the renowned operating system, confirming many previous rumours of how Microsoft will update Windows over-the-air with incremental feature additions.

New self-destructing virus kills computers when detected

A new form of self-destructing virus has been discovered with a unique agenda. The malware can work out when anti-virus programs have detected it and then renders the computer unusable so that it can keep on operating.

The iconic Snake game is being brought to smartphones by creator

The original creator of the now infamous "Snake" game has revealed that a new, revived version will be launching on modern smartphone platforms later this month. First launched in 1997, Snake quickly became one of the most-loved games ever.

Review: The Inateck HB4009 'Magic Hub' is one unique USB expansion

Most USB hubs have a very simple purpose. They allow you to add more USB ports to your computer by connecting a dongle to one of the existing ports. The Inateck HB4009 has some rather different functionality though including clipboard and mouse sharing.

Review: Linx 7 — One of the cheapest Windows tablets you can buy

The Linx 7 is one of the cheapest Windows devices ever to be launched and is widely available for much less than £70. Despite its super-affordable price, the tiny tablet is still surprisingly capable though with a remarkably powerful processor.

Microsoft Build keynote: Everything you need to know about Windows and more

The keynote of Microsoft Build yesterday was filled with announcements detailing the future and evolution of Microsoft's core services including Windows and Office, as well how the company intends to stock its app store. Here's everything you should know.

Microsoft wants 1 billion devices running Windows 10 in two years

Microsoft has announced it is aiming to get Windows 10 running on a billion different devices within the first two to three years of the new operating system's launch, encompassing devices ranging from small-screen phones to extensive TVs.

Microsoft names Project Spartan web browser as 'Edge'

Microsoft has revealed the name for its "Project Spartan" web browser. Called Microsoft Edge, the universal app is taking over the baton from Internet Explorer as the default browser for Windows 10 and has now been expanded with several improvements.

London Metropolitan Police still uses 35,000 Windows XP computers

A freedom of information request has revealed how prevalent the 14-year old Windows XP still is at key public businesses. The London Metropolitan Police force announced today that officers still use 35,000 XP machines, despite support ending a year ago.

Solitaire is returning on Windows 10

Games like Minesweeper, Hearts and Solitaire were removed from Windows 8, but overhauled and modern versions were accessible via the Windows Store.

Windows 10 update brings features, fixes and more finesse

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 Technical Preview that adds several new consumer-orientated features including improved customization options for the Start menu, Taskbar and window accent colours and an enhanced tablet mode.
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