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Microsoft’s Skype removed from China’s App stores, in latest internet crackdown

Microsoft Corp’s Skype has vanished from Apple Inc and Android smartphone app stores in China, becoming the latest victim in Beijing’s sweeping internet clampdown. The internet phone and video service was no longer available on Apple’s iOS or on popular local Android stores such as Xiaomi Corp’s, though it still functioned as of Wednesday. The Ministry of Public Security notified Apple that a number of voice-over-internet-protocol apps didn’t comply with local ... Read More »

Microsoft’s decision to scrap February security updates unnerves patch experts

Microsoft this week canceled February’s slate of security updates for Windows and its other products, including Office, just a day after saying that the fixes would only be delayed. Patch experts struggled with the decision, pointing out that known vulnerabilities will go unpatched and that IT planning had been disrupted. “I was shocked,” said Chris Goettl, product manager at patch ... Read More »

How to join Microsoft’s Office Insider program on any platform

Microsoft is all about showing its work these days. You probably know Microsoft shares preview builds of Windows 10 leading up to major releases, such as the upcoming Creators Update. But did you know Microsoft offers an Insider program for Microsoft Office as well? If your heart starts racing at the thought of trying out new Excel power features, enhanced ... Read More »

Microsoft’s upgraded Beam game-streaming service goes live, taking on Twitch and YouTube

Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, Beam, has now pushed its “Pro” upgrade live to all users, featuring streams with up to 1440p resolution at 60Hz and integration with Xbox Live. Microsoft’s purchase of Beam last summer came as something of a surprise, given that the company seemed satisfied with its relationship with Amazon’s game-streaming service, Twitch.tv. Even with the upgrade to Beam.pro, ... Read More »

Microsoft’s vision for LinkedIn is about tying its business data into Office and other services

Now that Microsoft’s massive $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn has officially closed, it’s time for the next step: figuring out how its massive store of business information can best be used by Microsoft and its customers. Building upon the company’s integration plan outlined earlier this year, Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella laid out a set of plans for short-term integration with LinkedIn (in ... Read More »

Microsoft’s ‘Holoportation’ will virtually beam you into another room

Using a combination of mixed reality displays and 3D cameras, users of Microsoft’s “Holoportation” technology can interact with remote participants as if they were in the same physical space. MORE LIKE THIS Microsoft wants to ‘holoport’ you into a conversation elsewhere Hands-on: Paint 3D Preview remixes Paint for the HoloLens generation Human ears and eagle beaks: 10 amazing items created ... Read More »

How Windows 10’s data collection trades your privacy for Microsoft’s security

Windows 10’s aggressive data-collection capabilities may concern users about corporate spying, but enterprises have control that consumer-edition Windows users do not: Administrators can decide how much information gets sent back to Microsoft. But enterprises need to think twice before turning off Windows telemetry to increase corporate privacy. That’s because doing so can decrease the effectiveness of Windows 10’s security features. ... Read More »

Microsoft’s $300 Windows VR headsets: 6 things we know (and 1 big question)

Everybody expected mixed-reality technology to play a part in Microsoft’s big Windows 10 event on Wednesday—but nobody expected what we got. Rather than showing yet another HoloLens demonstration, Microsoft instead announced a small army of virtual reality headsets unlike anything available today, and they’re all powered by the forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. The demo raised more questions than it ... Read More »

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 beta build improves touchpads, updates Photos, and stabilizes your PC

While Windows 10 is designed for a range of hardware, more modern, powerful PCs will benefit from reliability improvements in the new Windows 10 Insider build 14942, released Friday. The new Insider build for the Fast ring includes a laundry list of tweaks and new changes, but the most important are some under-the-hood improvements that Microsoft promises will help improve the reliability ... Read More »

HP Elite x3 will be available through Microsoft’s brick and mortar stores starting next week

Microsoft has revealed that the HP Elite x3 smartphone will be available for purchase from its brick and mortar stores starting next week – October 10 to be precise. The device has only been available through online channels so far. The revelation was made by Peter Han, VP of OEM Worldwide Marketing at Microsoft. Over 100 physical Microsoft stores will ... Read More »