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Microsoft to boost enterprise security of aging Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft is bringing one of Windows 10's headline enterprise features to Windows 7 and 8.1. Despite maintaining that businesses should upgrade to Windows 10 for maximum protection, Microsoft said it wants to help all customers improve security.

Microsoft abandons Windows 10 S after less than a year

Microsoft is to abandon its Windows 10 S variant and replace it with an optional "S Mode" for Windows 10 Home and Pro. The "S" version was devised as a more secure Windows that only runs Store apps. In practice, it's a restrictive platform for many users.

Report: Microsoft building new 'modern' Windows 10 version

Microsoft's building a new version of Windows 10 that will break away from the operating system's legacy roots. Intended for devices with conventional form factors, the "Polaris" project will revolve around Windows Store apps and a modular architecture.

Microsoft to let Windows 10 users view their telemetry data

Microsoft's announced the next version of Windows 10 will include an app that lets you view the diagnostic data collected from your device. After facing criticism of its telemetry for years, Microsoft said it now wants to "increase trust" in its products.

Microsoft says Cortana will become 'ubiquitous digital assistant'

Microsoft has publicly addressed the scepticism around its Cortana assistant. The company's rival to Alexa and Google Assistant has been left exposed after CES. It has only a handful of third-party integrations and consumer use is thought to be low.

Microsoft launches new education PCs and apps from $189

Microsoft's announced a renewed push into the education sector for 2018. The company's launched a new range of Windows 10-powered PCs for the classroom, accompanied by improved software capabilities across its education and productivity suites.

Report: Microsoft rethinking Cortana's role in Windows 10

Microsoft is planning to move Cortana into a redesigned Action Center panel on Windows 10. The digital assistant will be reworked around conversations, similarly to Google Assistant, as Microsoft aims to increase adoption of the feature.

Amazon Alexa to launch on Windows 10 PCs this year

Amazon's announced that select Windows 10 PCs will come with Alexa built-in this year. The company has partnered with Windows device manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, HP and Lenovo to add Alexa to new laptops. Microsoft doesn't appear to be involved.

Windows 10 facial recognition tricked by printed photo

Microsoft silently released an update for Windows 10 to patch an embarrassing flaw in its Windows Hello biometric authentication system. Researchers discovered Windows Hello's facial recognition could be reliably bypassed using a specially printed photo.

Microsoft, Qualcomm launch ARM-based 'Always Connected' PCs

Microsoft's launched Windows 10 on ARM, a project that brings its desktop operating system to a new category of hardware. The company has partnered with Qualcomm to build Windows devices with smartphone processors, offering month-long battery life.

Experimental Windows 10 feature adds a whole new way to work

Microsoft's announced an experimental Windows 10 feature that adds a tabbed interface to every app. First rumoured earlier in the year, "Sets" offers a structured way to work with different desktop activities by grouping app instances together in tabs.

Windows 10's search could soon look a lot like macOS Spotlight

Microsoft's testing a major redesign of Windows 10's search that introduces a new design similar to Spotlight in macOS. It's abandoning search's current home inside Cortana in favour of a floating search box that appears in the middle of your display.

Microsoft launches Windows 10 update with Mixed Reality features

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the latest version of the OS and the first to include support for Windows Mixed Reality. Microsoft is betting big on bringing mixed reality and 3D content into the lives of consumers.

Microsoft announces Surface Book 2 in surprise reveal

Microsoft has announced the Surface Book 2, the anticipated upgraded version of its detachable laptop featuring improved performance. The surprise unveiling comes on the same day Microsoft's new Windows Mixed Reality platform is introduced to the world.

Windows 10 data collection found to violate privacy laws

A report from the Netherlands has found Windows 10 breaches data protection laws by collecting personal information without letting users explicitly choose settings. Microsoft has said it is assessing the case, claiming privacy compliance is "a priority."

Microsoft makes it official: Windows 10 Mobile is as good as dead

Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 Mobile will not be getting any new features going forward. The company said the lack of apps on the platform has caused its demise. The operating system will still be supported with bug fixes and security updates.

Report: Microsoft planning new modular Windows dubbed 'Andromeda'

Microsoft is reportedly laying down the groundwork for a more modular Windows known as Andromeda. The company wants to rid itself of the 30-year-old legacy components in Windows 10, creating a more agile platform that adapts to different hardware.

Microsoft won't hold its annual hardware launch event this year

For the last several years, Microsoft has thrown a splashy New York City event in late October to introduce new Surface computers and other gadgets into the world.

Dell enters mixed reality market with $350 Windows headset

Dell has opened preorders for its Visor mixed reality headset. It's one of several Windows-powered MR devices arriving this fall that integrate directly with Windows 10. The headset is designed around comfort and is priced competitively for the holidays.

Over half of Windows 7 PCs have no antivirus installed

Microsoft's latest security report contains several interesting statistics on Windows antivirus usage. Over half of all PCs running Windows 7 have no antivirus software installed or have it turned off. The situation's not much better on newer versions.

Microsoft aims to recapture power users with new Windows version

Microsoft has launched a new version of Windows 10 designed specifically for users of high-end workstation PCs. The company said it had listened to feedback from customers asking for a desktop operating system tailored to server-grade hardware.

Microsoft: Windows 10 users 'positive' about privacy changes

Windows 10 users have been "positive" about privacy improvements made with the recent Creators Update. Microsoft said that feedback suggests its customers are now pleased with the options available but it recognised there's "still work to do."

Microsoft reacts to 'incredible outpouring' of Paint nostalgia

Microsoft has responded to the massive community reaction that followed its deprecation of its classic Paint app yesterday. The company acknowledged there was "incredible" nostalgia for the 32-year-old program and promised it would remain available.

Microsoft officially deprecates Paint after 32 years

Microsoft Paint, the company's fan-favourite Windows drawing app, is being deprecated 32 years after its release. Microsoft confirmed the next Windows 10 update will see support for Paint come to an end. It will however remain available.

LinkedIn launches new app that integrates with Windows 10

LinkedIn has announced it is rolling out a new Windows app that lets you get notifications on your PC when people connect with you on the network. The Microsoft-owned platform is now better integrated with Windows, improving your productivity.

Microsoft brings Linux to the Windows Store as it embraces devs

Microsoft has announced that the Ubuntu Linux distribution is now available within the Windows Store. It lets you access Linux terminal features from your Windows PC, without dual-booting. It's a reflection of Microsoft's changing attitude to developers.

'Microsoft 365' combines Windows and Office into a single service

Microsoft has unveiled a new headline cloud subscription offering, "Microsoft 365." It brings together the company's existing Office 365 cloud productivity software with Windows 10 Enterprise edition. It's an all-in-one approach to software licensing.

Microsoft cuts Windows 10 'Timeline' feature from upcoming update

Microsoft has confirmed that one of the big new features announced as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update won't be ready in time for its launch this year. Timeline is meant to simplify switching between devices and visualising how you spend time.

Microsoft planning Cortana overhaul with new 'conversational' UI

Microsoft is reportedly testing a new Windows 10 Cortana interface that is more "conversational," akin to Google Assistant. Cortana is also moving from the taskbar, near the Start button, to the system tray, next to the Action Center icon.

Microsoft makes Windows more accessible in new preview build

Microsoft's latest Windows Insider preview build has introduced a set of new accessibility features that will make Windows easier to use for people with individualised input requirements. They include expanded Braille support and an improved narrator.
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