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Watch out, Slack: Microsoft Teams now has a freemium tier
Watch out, Slack: Microsoft Teams now has a freemium tier By Maggie Tillman

Considering a move away from Slack? Well, check out Teams.Microsoft has just introduced a free version of Microsoft Teams, making the app a direct competitor to Slack. Microsoft Teams launched in 2016 with no free tiers, and it was limited to an Office... Read more

Microsoft just launched its own version of Google Lens
Microsoft just launched its own version of Google Lens By Maggie Tillman

Microsoft has launched an AI-powered visual search feature.The new feature lets you take a picture of an object, animal, or thing with your phone to search for it online. The feature reminds us of Google Lens, another AI-powered technology that uses your... Read more

Microsoft Build 2018: All the announcements that matter
Microsoft Build 2018: All the announcements that matter By Elyse Betters

The biggest tech companies hold annual developer conferences, and Microsoft's is now underway.Every year Microsoft spends a couple days trying to bring developers and software engineers into its fold with a developer conference called Build. While at... Read more

Windows 10 tips and tricks: Here's some basics of Microsoft's latest Windows OS
Windows 10 tips and tricks: Here's some basics of Microsoft's latest Windows OS By Tyler Fee

With Windows 10 Microsoft worked hard to take the best features from Windows 7 and 8, while dumping a lot of what made Windows 8 so annoying.  Windows 10 Spring Update: Everything you need to know Unfortunately, as it is with every operating system upgrade,... Read more

Like Microsoft Edge? Now you can use it on iPad and Android tablets
Like Microsoft Edge? Now you can use it on iPad and Android tablets By Elyse Betters

Microsoft unveiled a beta version of Edge for iOS and Android phones last year, followed by making it officially available in November. Now, it's releasing the browser for everyone using an iPad or Android tablet.Microsoft's mobile strategy over the past... Read more

Cortana in Windows 10: How it works on the taskbar and in Microsoft Edge
Cortana in Windows 10: How it works on the taskbar and in Microsoft Edge By Tyler Fee

Windows 10 features Microsoft's very own virtual assistant, Cortana. Like Google Assistant, Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, she's designed to help you discover more things that you need and help you find files, settings and much more. How do you access... Read more

Microsoft might launch a free version of its Slack-like Teams service
Microsoft might launch a free version of its Slack-like Teams service By Elyse Betters

Microsoft Teams could add a free tier soon, according to a new report.Microsoft launched its Slack competitor over a year ago as a paid service. It wasn't free, and it didn't have a freemium tier for businesses to upgrade. However, according to Petri,... Read more

What is Microsoft Edge? The lowdown on Microsoft's Windows 10 browser
What is Microsoft Edge? The lowdown on Microsoft's Windows 10 browser By Elyse Betters

Edge is Microsoft's latest internet browser. It's part of the Windows 10 operating system and also available for iPhone and Android devices. Edge is coming to the iPad in due course, too. It first debuted in 2015 under the codename Project Spartan.Here's... Read more

Windows 10 Sets: How do the tabs work and when can you try them?
Windows 10 Sets: How do the tabs work and when can you try them? By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has announced a new Windows 10 feature, called Sets."Sets" is basically another name for tabs. The company is planning to add tabs to apps in Windows 10, allowing you to group together apps in a single window pane. Windows 10 testers have been... Read more

Microsoft just killed Groove Music, but it also partnered with Spotify
Microsoft just killed Groove Music, but it also partnered with Spotify By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is ending Groove Music.Two years ago, Microsoft rebranded its Xbox Music streaming service to Groove Music. Now, Microsoft is retiring Groove Music and will stop selling Groove Music passes, which means subscribers will get a pro-rated refund... Read more

25 awesome album covers recreated in MS Paint
25 awesome album covers recreated in MS Paint By Adrian Willings

Microsoft Paint is one of the wonders of the Microsoft operating system and a piece of bundled software that's been around since the very first version of Windows in 1985. More recently, news appeared to spread that Microsoft was killing off MS Paint in... Read more

20 amazing illustrations created using only Microsoft Paint
20 amazing illustrations created using only Microsoft Paint By Adrian Willings

We covered recently how Microsoft came very close to killing off the legendary software that is MS Paint in favour of their new 3D version. In order to pay tribute to the great bit of kit that's been around for decades, we've been on the hunt for the... Read more

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming 17 October, Mixed Reality leads the charge
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming 17 October, Mixed Reality leads the charge By Mike Lowe

If you've been waiting for the next step in Windows 10 then it's just around the corner: the Fall Creators Update will begin rolling out from Tuesday 17 October - bang on schedule for Microsoft's proposed six-monthly updates plan.It's no coincidence that... Read more

Microsoft IFA 2017 press conference: Watch it right here
Microsoft IFA 2017 press conference: Watch it right here By Max Langridge

Microsoft is hosting its own press conference at IFA in Berlin, although hasn't given away any specific details as to what will be unveiled yet. The company hasn't even have a tagline to tease us with, so for now, all we can do is speculate. If you... Read more

Microsoft's new Outlook.com beta: What's different and how to join
Microsoft's new Outlook.com beta: What's different and how to join By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has unveiled a new version Outlook.com. It's only in beta at the moment, but you can try it now, before everyone else.The refresh includes a revamped search interface and a heavy emphasis on GIFs. But in order to see the changes, you need to... Read more

That was quick: Microsoft kills its Windows Phone keyboard for iPhone
That was quick: Microsoft kills its Windows Phone keyboard for iPhone By Elyse Betters

Farewell, Word Flow. We hardly knew ye.Microsoft launched its Windows Phone keyboard for the iPhone about a year ago. It offered a fan-shaped, one-handed mode, which you'd recognise if you've ever used a Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile phone, as... Read more

Microsoft's new app uses AI to describe to the blind how people look
Microsoft's new app uses AI to describe to the blind how people look By Elyse Betters

Are you visually impaired? If so, Microsoft's latest app is for you.Microsoft has released a new smartphone app, called Seeing AI, which uses computer vision to describe things to the visually impaired. With the app, you can simply focus your phone’s... Read more

This Microsoft app uses Cortana tech to add voice dictation to Office
This Microsoft app uses Cortana tech to add voice dictation to Office By Elyse Betters

Ever wish you could just say your essay aloud and have Microsoft Word write it out for you?Well, now you can, with a new app called Dictate. Microsoft has released the add-in for not only Word, but also Outlook and Powerpoint. It uses Cortana's speech-recognition... Read more

Microsoft Office is now available in the Windows Store for the first time
Microsoft Office is now available in the Windows Store for the first time By Elyse Betters

If you bought the new Surface Laptop, you can now grab Office 365 for free from Microsoft's Windows Store.When Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop recently, it glossed over a major announcement about Microsoft Office; You see, the Surface Laptop runs... Read more

Whiteboard is Microsoft's Windows 10 app for collaborative inking
Whiteboard is Microsoft's Windows 10 app for collaborative inking By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has unveiled a new Windows 10 app called Whiteboard.It's a "collaborative inking" app meant for Microsoft's Surface devices. Microsoft demoed the app while on stage at its Surface event in Shanghai, China on 23 May. The company explained that... Read more

Microsoft Cortana skills: Which are available now and how do they work?
Microsoft Cortana skills: Which are available now and how do they work? By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has launched the first set of skills for Cortana.During the company's annual Build developers conference this week, Microsoft announced a Cortana Skills Kit so that developers could create Amazon Alexa-like skills for Microsoft's voice assistant.... Read more

Microsoft Story Remix lets you edit movies on iOS, Android, or Windows
Microsoft Story Remix lets you edit movies on iOS, Android, or Windows By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is at Build 2017 and has introduced something interesting to consumers: a new Windows 10 app.But it's not just any app. It's basically a successor to, or even a replacement for, Windows Movie Maker, an app that let regular people create videos... Read more

OneDrive Files On-Demand will finally only download your files when you need them
OneDrive Files On-Demand will finally only download your files when you need them By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is finally implementing a feature in OneDrive that could be forgiven for thinking existed already.OneDrive Files On-Demand will store all of your data in the cloud and only download it when you actually want to use relevant files.At present,... Read more

You can watch Microsoft's 2 May education event here, Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S revealed
You can watch Microsoft's 2 May education event here, Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S revealed By Elyse Betters

Microsoft held a hardware event on 2 May 2017 which it used to reinforce its position in education and make a couple of key announcements, including Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop.Microsoft was kind enough to supply us with the video for you to... Read more

What is Microsoft Windows 10 S?
What is Microsoft Windows 10 S? By Chris Hall

Microsoft has announced a new version of its Windows 10 operating system called Windows 10 S.Announced at the company's 2 May event focused on education, the company plans to double down on Windows by offering this new version that offers a range of advantages... Read more

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows for education
Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows for education By Chris Hall

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that it is calling the "soul" of Windows.Announced at the New York education event, Microsoft has said that Windows 10 S has evolved out of feedback from teachers and class leaders, resulting... Read more

This leak shows Microsoft finally plans to take on Chromebooks
This leak shows Microsoft finally plans to take on Chromebooks By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has an event scheduled next month, and it could take the stage to unveil its version of a Google Chromebook.The company is also expected to debut its Windows 10 Cloud operating system at the 2 May event in New York City. Reports have claimed... Read more

Microsoft will now release major Windows 10 updates twice a year
Microsoft will now release major Windows 10 updates twice a year By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has announced a “predictable twice-per-year feature" update schedule for Windows 10.After revealing last year that it had two big updates to Windows 10 planned to released in 2017, the first of which is the Creators Update that recently shipped,... Read more

Windows 10 Creators Update: You can get it now and here's how
Windows 10 Creators Update: You can get it now and here's how By Elyse Betters

Although Microsoft already announced a launch date for its next major update to Windows 10, it's decided to let users grab it sooner.Microsoft will officially start its multi-stage rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update starting on 11 April, but if... Read more

Microsoft's new camera app uses AI to offer up Snapchat-style effects
Microsoft's new camera app uses AI to offer up Snapchat-style effects By Elyse Betters

Microsoft quietly released a new app on April Fools' Day, and no, it isn't a prank app. You can download and use it.It's actually just a "fun camera app" for iOS devices, the company says, and it's currently featured in the the “New apps we love”... Read more

Microsoft is letting people grab the Creators Update a week early
Microsoft is letting people grab the Creators Update a week early By Elyse Betters

Although Microsoft already announced a launch date for its next major update to Windows 10, it's decided to let users grab it one week earlier.Microsoft will start its multi-stage rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update starting on 11 April, but if... Read more

Microsoft reveals another Windows 10 major update will arrive late 2017
Microsoft reveals another Windows 10 major update will arrive late 2017 By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has quietly confirmed it is working on another Windows 10 update, and it will arrive later this year, following the Creators Update. The company hinted last summer that it would release two major Windows 10 updates in 2017. We know that the... Read more

Microsoft Build ticket registration will open up on Valentine's Day
Microsoft Build ticket registration will open up on Valentine's Day By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has alerted the media that ticket registration for its upcoming Microsoft Build conference will kick off soon.In an email, the company said Microsoft Build general registration will open at 9 am PST on 14 February 2017 (otherwise known as... Read more

Windows 10 Creator Update adds picture-in-picture, is feature-complete for April roll out
Windows 10 Creator Update adds picture-in-picture, is feature-complete for April roll out By Elyse Betters

Two months before the release of the Creators Update, Microsoft has announced a new feature included in the upcoming upgrade.PC owners who run the Creators Update will get picture-in-picture support. Microsoft is calling the feature “Compact Overlay".... Read more

LinkedIn has an all-new look for the first time in years
LinkedIn has an all-new look for the first time in years By Elyse Betters

People use LinkedIn, right?The Microsoft-owned company must be exploring ways to spice things up, because it refreshed its entire professional networking site on Thursday. It has an all-new look that simplifies everything and appears to make it much easier... Read more

New Windows 10 privacy dashboard gives you more control over data
New Windows 10 privacy dashboard gives you more control over data By Elyse Betters

Most people are concerned about their privacy, especially when it comes to their computers and mobile devices.So, in response to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's accusation about Windows 10 sending an "unprecedented amount of usage data" back to... Read more

This is Project Neon, the new look Windows 10
This is Project Neon, the new look Windows 10 By Max Langridge

MSPowerUser has obtained leaked images of the new look Windows 10 operating system, currently codenamed Project Neon. It's said to be a minor update to Windows, and will roll out to computers later this year, after the Creators Update in April.One of... Read more

Microsoft Cortana finally comes to Android in the UK, iPhone within weeks
Microsoft Cortana finally comes to Android in the UK, iPhone within weeks By Rik Henderson

Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana is finally ready to make her bow in the UK.As well as a major update to the existing Android app in the US, Microsoft has made it available to UK Android device owners for the first time. It is available to download... Read more

Microsoft sets a date for Build 2017 developer conference
Microsoft sets a date for Build 2017 developer conference By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has announced when you can expect its next-annual Build.Build 2017 will take place in downtown Seattle, Washington. It's scheduled to start 10 May 2017 and will end 12 May 2017. In past years, Microsoft held Build in San Francisco, California.... Read more

Microsoft's classic Solitaire Windows game now out for Android and iOS
Microsoft's classic Solitaire Windows game now out for Android and iOS By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has taken a classic Windows game and made it available for Android and iPhone users.The new app, called Microsoft Solitaire Collection, includes five different Solitaire game modes: Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, and Tripeaks. It also... Read more

Are you colour blind? This Microsoft app will help you see colour
Are you colour blind? This Microsoft app will help you see colour By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has launched an iOS app called Colour Binoculars.It was developed to help the colour blind see a broader spectrum of colours. It works for anyone with the three most common forms of colour blindness, and it comes from a pair of Microsoft software... Read more

Microsoft Teams is here: A Slack-like app that's part of Office 365
Microsoft Teams is here: A Slack-like app that's part of Office 365 By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is the latest company to go after Slack.A couple weeks after Facebook unveiled its Slack-like messenger service, called Workplace, which allows teams to easily communicate, video call, share files, and stay up to date in one place, Microsoft... Read more

Windows 10 Creators Update: 6 new features Microsoft didn't announce
Windows 10 Creators Update: 6 new features Microsoft didn't announce By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update has a few hidden features.While at its 26 October event in New York City, the company announced the Creators Update, an update coming to Windows 10 in early 2017. Microsoft also demoed a bunch of features we can... Read more

Microsoft announces Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC
Microsoft announces Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is live in New York City, where it is unveiling new Surface goods.After introducing an updated Surface Book laptop, Microsoft announced an all-in-one Surface-branded PC called Surface Studio. This is a new product. It features a 28-inch PixelSense... Read more

Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update: What’s new?
Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update: What’s new? By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is live in New York City, where it is holding a hardware event.While at the event, the company revealed the next major Windows 10 update would be available in "early 2017" and that it would be called Creators Update. Keep in mind the last major... Read more

Cortana will soon be better at understanding English than you
Cortana will soon be better at understanding English than you By Rik Henderson

Microsoft claims to have made a significant breakthrough in speech recognition that could result in a artificially intelligent assistant that is better at transcribing speech than a human being.Its latest research into conversational transcription has... Read more

Microsoft will roll out next major Windows 10 update in March
Microsoft will roll out next major Windows 10 update in March By Elyse Betters

A new clue has indicated when the next Windows 10 update might arrive, just two months after Microsoft released the Anniversary Update.Several reports have claimed Microsoft will release two major updates to Windows 10 in 2017, with the first one currently... Read more

Microsoft is holding a hardware-focused event on 26 October
Microsoft is holding a hardware-focused event on 26 October By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has sent invites to the media for an autumn hardware event.The event is happening on 26 October at 10 am ET in New York City. Pocket-lint's press invite is stamped with an "Imagine what you'll do" tagline, as are other versions of the invite... Read more

Microsoft might launch a Slack-like app called Skype Teams
Microsoft might launch a Slack-like app called Skype Teams By Elyse Betters

Slack better watch its back.Microsoft owns Skype, and it doesn't like that Slack is currently dominating in the messaging software space for large teams, so the company is reportedly getting ready to do something about it. According to MSPowerUser, Microsoft... Read more

Here’s how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update right now
Here’s how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update right now By Elyse Betters

It's here!The first major update to Windows 10, the Anniversary Update, has started rolling out to users around the globe. It's full of new tricks and subtle changes, which you can read all about from here, with the most notable new feature being Windows... Read more