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Microsoft and GoPro sign a patent licensing deal
Microsoft and GoPro sign a patent licensing deal
Microsoft and GoPro announced a patent licensing deal earlier this week for "certain file storage and other system technologies." It is unclear ...... 07 Feb 2016
Microsoft to reportedly buy SwiftKey for $250 million
Microsoft to reportedly buy SwiftKey for $250 million
Despite the fact that Microsoft has arguably the best mobile keyboard of the major operating systems, multiple reports claim that the software ...... 03 Feb 2016
Microsoft reveals Q4 results, another nail in the Windows Phone coffin
Microsoft reveals Q4 results, another nail in the Windows Phone coffin
Microsoft has revealed quarterly results and disclosed details on smartphone sales. It might not come as a surprise but the figures do not paint ...... 30 Jan 2016
Is Microsoft's Edge browser storing your private browsing data?
Is Microsoft's Edge browser storing your private browsing data?
Microsoft Edge, the company's evolution for Internet Explorer, may be storing data it should not be. The browser, which launched last year ...... 28 Jan 2016 - 7 comments
Microsoft building its own cellular data service for Windows 10 devices
Microsoft building its own cellular data service for Windows 10 devices
Microsoft is building its own cellular data service for Windows 10 devices, if their own app release can be trusted. Reads Microsoft's new ...... 09 Jan 2016
Microsoft to end support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 next week
Microsoft to end support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 next week
Microsoft has confirmed that it is indeed stopping support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on January 12th, as previously announced. Windows ...... 08 Jan 2016
Report: Xbox One Slim to launch this year
Report: Xbox One Slim to launch this year
According to new reports, Microsoft is planning to release a digital-only "slim" Xbox One later in 2016. If true, the new console will cost ...... 03 Jan 2016 - 2 comments
Windows 10 reaches 10% as 2015 comes to a close
Windows 10 reaches 10% as 2015 comes to a close
It has been five months since Windows 10 was released in late July and the pace at which it has been adopted surpassed that of its predecessor ...... 02 Jan 2016 - 2 comments
Where's Santa? Microsoft and Google know
Where's Santa? Microsoft and Google know
Both Google and Microsoft have launched Santa tracking sites, giving kids a chance to check where Santa is currently flying and learn fun facts ...... 24 Dec 2015
Microsoft's official apology for Surface problems
Microsoft's official apology for Surface problems
Microsoft has released an official apology to the customers who have bought their new Surface devices or more specifically to those who've ...... 13 Dec 2015
Take a look at the bland canceled Nokia Mercury tablet
Take a look at the bland canceled Nokia Mercury tablet
Early last year, when Microsoft completed its purchase of Nokia's handsets division, the company decided it was in their best interest to cancel ...... 03 Dec 2015
Steve Ballmer calls out his former company, calls their margin reporting 'bulls***'
Steve Ballmer calls out his former company, calls their margin reporting 'bulls***'
At Microsoft's most recent shareholder meeting, former CEO and major shareholder Steve Ballmer called out Microsoft's new reporting guidelines, ...... 03 Dec 2015 - 1 comment
Cortana for iOS now available in beta
Cortana for iOS now available in beta
Microsoft has begun rolling out the beta version of their Cortana digital assistant to iOS device owners. A few lucky users who signed up ...... 28 Nov 2015
Microsoft event: The Lumia 550 is a mid-range device for just $139
Microsoft event: The Lumia 550 is a mid-range device for just $139
In addition to their Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagships, Microsoft also unveiled a new budget device: The Lumia 550. The new device will replace ...... 07 Oct 2015 - 1 comment
Which Xbox One holiday bundle should you buy this year?
Which Xbox One holiday bundle should you buy this year?
Microsoft has announced six Xbox One holiday bundles that will go on sale before the end of 2015, here is a quick comparison of what they all offer. ...... 02 Oct 2015 - 2 comments
Americans to lose $1.5 billion to common scam in 2015, says Microsoft
Americans to lose $1.5 billion to common scam in 2015, says Microsoft
Are you one of the estimated 3.3 million Americans caught up in this common scam this year? If you haven't been targeted with it, you likely ...... 02 Oct 2015 - 10 comments
Report: Windows 10 now installed on 100 million PCs
Report: Windows 10 now installed on 100 million PCs
According to insider sources, Windows 10 has now surpassed 100 million installs, a major milestone for the operating system. That number ...... 28 Sep 2015 - 37 comments
Microsoft now owns a second Android lockscreen app
Microsoft now owns a second Android lockscreen app
Microsoft has quietly acquired Double Labs, the developer behind the Android app Echo Notification Lockscreen. The app, which has been downloaded ...... 12 Sep 2015
Here are Microsoft's Cityman and Talkman flagships
Here are Microsoft's Cityman and Talkman flagships
Thanks to Evan Blass (@Evleaks), we have what appear to be press images and images of Microsoft's upcoming flagship Lumia devices, codename ...... 28 Aug 2015 - 1 comment
Cortana for Android now available in public beta
Cortana for Android now available in public beta
Microsoft has announced today that their digital personal assistant software Cortana is now available in public beta for Android owners. ...... 25 Aug 2015 - 1 comment
Microsoft is updating its discontinued Windows RT operating system
Microsoft is updating its discontinued Windows RT operating system
Microsoft has updated their Windows 10 FAQ page to reveal info on the upcoming update for Windows RT. Windows RT launched in 2012 for ARM-based ...... 10 Aug 2015
Microsoft to finally bring retail store to NYC
Microsoft to finally bring retail store to NYC
Microsoft has confirmed that it will be opening its flagship Microsoft Store in NYC this fall. The new store will be located at 677 Fifth ...... 30 Jul 2015 - 1 comment
China lifts the decade and a half long ban on game consoles
China lifts the decade and a half long ban on game consoles
China has had an peculiar ban on video game consoles for 15 years. Since last year it hasn't affected companies registered in he Shanghai Free ...... 26 Jul 2015 - 1 comment
Microsoft has largest quarterly loss ever thanks to disastrous Nokia acquisition
Microsoft has largest quarterly loss ever thanks to disastrous Nokia acquisition
Microsoft struggled this quarter following a massive write-off of its Nokia acquisition and the corresponding layoffs. The company reported ...... 22 Jul 2015
Microsoft Cortana for Android will be official later this month following leak
Microsoft Cortana for Android will be official later this month following leak
Following this week's leak of Cortana for Android, Microsoft has confirmed the official version will be available later this month. Microsoft ...... 19 Jul 2015 - 1 comment
Windows 10 is ready for the limelight
Windows 10 is ready for the limelight
Microsoft has finalized the Windows 10 software and the Windows Insider Program members are now able to try out the commercial version. The ...... 17 Jul 2015 - 1 comment
Nokia wants to enter the smartphone market again
Nokia wants to enter the smartphone market again
Nokia released a statement earlier this week addressing the rumors of a possible future smartphone. The Finnish company had earlier suggested ...... 17 Jul 2015
Microsoft creates new social app, Tossup, to help you make plans
Microsoft creates new social app, Tossup, to help you make plans
Microsoft has created an interesting new app this week, 'Tossup,' an app that promises to help you organize plans with friends and family easier ...... 11 Jul 2015
Microsoft discontinues a number of MSN apps
Microsoft discontinues a number of MSN apps
Microsoft has confirmed it will be shutting down a number of MSN-branded apps (also once known as Bing apps) over the next few weeks and months. ...... 11 Jul 2015
Microsoft takes $7.6 billion loss on Nokia acquisition, will layoff 7800 more employees
Microsoft takes $7.6 billion loss on Nokia acquisition, will layoff 7800 more employees
Admitting that the acquisition was a brutal mistake, Microsoft has written off its entire acquisition of Nokia's handset business, taking a ...... 10 Jul 2015 - 7 comments
Rumor: Does Microsoft have interest in acquiring AMD?
Rumor: Does Microsoft have interest in acquiring AMD?
According to a new report, Microsoft is looking into acquiring struggling chip maker AMD, a move that would help the software giant to revive ...... 01 Jul 2015 - 18 comments
Sony surprised by Xbox backwards compatibility, says not in the works for PS4
Sony surprised by Xbox backwards compatibility, says not in the works for PS4
Microsoft announced at E3 this week that its current generation gaming console will be backwards compatible with selected Xbox 360 games later this year. ...... 20 Jun 2015 - 4 comments
Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and others leave Microsoft
Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and others leave Microsoft
Microsoft has announced that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and head of mobile phones Jo Harlow will be leaving the company. The two were considered ...... 19 Jun 2015
Microsoft announces Xbox Elite wireless controller for hardcore gamers
Microsoft announces Xbox Elite wireless controller for hardcore gamers
Microsoft has announced a new wireless controller for the Xbox One and Windows 10 aimed at the hardcore gamer. The new Elite wireless controller ...... 16 Jun 2015 - 10 comments
Moonraker was Nokia's take on the smartwatch
Moonraker was Nokia's take on the smartwatch
Every company in the mobile space seems to now have it, a smartwatch. You have the Motorola 360, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the LG Watch Urbane, ...... 12 Jun 2015
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