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Microsoft Whiteboard app is out and lets you collaborate with others
Microsoft Whiteboard app is out and lets you collaborate with others By Maggie Tillman

Microsoft has officially launched its Whiteboard app.The app, which lets you collaborate on a digital canvas through Windows 10 devices, has left preview and is available for download. Like a physical whiteboard, Whiteboard lets you draw and erase as... Read more

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 Surface Go tablet is the cheapest, most accessible Surface yet
Microsoft Surface Go tablet is the cheapest, most accessible Surface yet By Maggie Tillman

Microsoft has introduced a new Surface-branded device: The Surface Go.The company is targeting Apple iPad users and Chromebook users with this device that starts at £380/$399. It is a 10-inch touchscreen tablet that, at first look, looks like a smaller... Read more

Microsoft’s budget Surface tablet clears FCC, might launch soon
Microsoft’s budget Surface tablet clears FCC, might launch soon By Maggie Tillman

It looks like Microsoft has developed a cheaper Surface tablet.The company has been rumoured to be working on a budget Surface-branded device, and it appears to have finally passed through the US Federal Communication Commission this week. The filing,... Read more

Microsoft's next Surface device could be a 'pocketable' device
Microsoft's next Surface device could be a 'pocketable' device By Maggie Tillman

Microsoft is reportedly developing a foldable tablet, and the evidence pile that suggests so just grew larger.This foldable tablet, codenamed Andromeda, which is expected to support pen input and could launch as soon as this year, will be a pocket Surface... Read more

Showtime is turning game franchise Halo into a TV show
Showtime is turning game franchise Halo into a TV show By Maggie Tillman

Do you like Halo? If so, you'll be glad to know that Showtime has just green-lighted the game franchise to be turned into a TV show.Showtime announced that it has ordered a 10-episode season based on the franchise, describing it is as the network's "most... Read more

Microsoft brought back its iconic IntelliMouse gaming mouse
Microsoft brought back its iconic IntelliMouse gaming mouse By Maggie Tillman

Remember the Microsoft IntelliMouse?It's a gaming mouse that Microsoft launched in 1996 and hasn't been updated since 2003. Well, Microsoft just announced an all-new Classic IntelliMouse. And, yes, it's inspired by the last IntelliMouse, the Explorer... 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 HoloLens 2 headset to use Qualcomm's XR1 VR chip
Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset to use Qualcomm's XR1 VR chip By Maggie Tillman

VR and AR headsets aren't cheap.If companies making these forward-looking devices want people - other the developers - buying them, they have to lower their prices. The $200 Oculus Go is a good start, but Microsoft's HoloLens, on the other hand, starts... Read more

Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset might launch this year or in early 2019
Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset might launch this year or in early 2019 By Maggie Tillman

HoloLens is over three years old.Microsoft's mixed reality headset isn't getting any younger, and many have begun to wonder if the company has dropped this project altogether, considering it opened up its MR platform to other manufacturers, which led... Read more

Trio of Microsoft Surface devices leak out, including foldable tablet
Trio of Microsoft Surface devices leak out, including foldable tablet By Max Langridge

Information regarding a trio of new Microsoft Surface devices has leaked out, courtesy of Brad Sams at Thurrott. Sams has been able to lay his eyes on some internal documents relating to Microsoft's plans for the Surface brand, which reveal codenames... Read more

Microsoft Surface Phone back on the cards; Windows 10 on ARM, Snapdragon 850 SoC
Microsoft Surface Phone back on the cards; Windows 10 on ARM, Snapdragon 850 SoC By Max Langridge

Rumours regarding a Microsoft Surface Phone have been thin on the ground for the past couple of years, but the rumour mill has started churning away again thanks to Winfuture.de. The German website has laid its hands on several Qualcomm documents, which... Read more

Windows 10 vs Windows 10 Pro: What's the difference?
Windows 10 vs Windows 10 Pro: What's the difference? By David Nield

If you're upgrading the operating system on your computer or buying a brand new one, you'll be met with a decision: Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro?As the name suggests, the Pro version is the more advanced of the pair, but what are the exact differences?... Read more

Microsoft might launch cheaper $400 Surface tablets later this year
Microsoft might launch cheaper $400 Surface tablets later this year By Elyse Betters

Microsoft wants to make a much cheaper line of Surface tablets.The company apparently wants to better compete with Apple's more budget-friendly iPad models, so it is completely rethinking Surface devices and plans to redesign them with 10-inch screens,... Read more

Microsoft working on own Cortana smart speaker, to rival Amazon, Google and Apple
Microsoft working on own Cortana smart speaker, to rival Amazon, Google and Apple By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is clearly feeling left out in the smart speaker wars. While Apple, Amazon and Google, with HomePod, Echo and Home respectively, have their own-brand devices, Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is largely anonymous in the space.The only one... 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 April 2018 Update: Everything you need to know
Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Everything you need to know By Dan Grabham

It's been called several things including the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, the Windows 10 Spring update, and more. But Microsoft is releasing what it has calls the Windows 10 April 2018 Update on Monday 30 April. It's been delayed already so... Read more

Microsoft announces Windows 10 April update, here are all the new features it will bring
Microsoft announces Windows 10 April update, here are all the new features it will bring By Max Langridge

Following the discovery that Microsoft was planing a Spring Creators Update, the company has now revealed the official name of its next update to be the Windows 10 April 2018 update. The update, due to be released on Monday 30 April, will bring with... Read more

Microsoft is making a 'Windows 10 Lean' for devices with less storage
Microsoft is making a 'Windows 10 Lean' for devices with less storage By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is making yet another edition of Windows 10.Microsoft has a twice-yearly update schedule for its Windows 10 operating system. The next update, called Spring Creators Update, is due this spring. But it also offers different editions of Windows... 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

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update delayed due to massive bug
Windows 10 Spring Creators Update delayed due to massive bug By Rik Henderson

Those hoping to see the Spring Creators Update hitting their Windows 10 PCs or laptops last Tuesday were disappointed. Even though the considerable update was allegedly planned for release on "Patch Tuesday" - 10 April - it didn't materialise.That's because... Read more

Microsoft enhances upcoming Windows Sets feature: Group multiple apps in the same window
Microsoft enhances upcoming Windows Sets feature: Group multiple apps in the same window By Dan Grabham

We're all now very used to tabbed browsing. But our desktops can still get messy. Unless you do everything in your browser, chances are you've got windows behind windows. Behind more windows. And, with more and more of us using laptops on the move -... Read more

Microsoft drops prices of Surface Book and Surface Pro for Easter
Microsoft drops prices of Surface Book and Surface Pro for Easter By Dan Grabham

Microsoft has announced Easter price drops for certain Surface Book and Surface Pro models, available for a limited period.The deals will be available from the Microsoft Store, Currys PC World and John Lewis.The promotions run at various intervals between... 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

Microsoft's next Windows 10 update might be 'Spring Creators Update'
Microsoft's next Windows 10 update might be 'Spring Creators Update' By Elyse Betters

Microsoft wants to reuse the “Creators Update” name.For its fifth major update to Windows 10, the software giant plans to use the "Creators Update" name for the third time. Confused? No worries. You see, there was the November Update, then the Anniversary... 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 confirms it will ditch Windows 10 S for an S Mode in 2019
Microsoft confirms it will ditch Windows 10 S for an S Mode in 2019 By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is trying something new with Windows 10 S next year.Windows 10 S was originally launched as a dedicated operating system for convertibles and laptops targeting students, though starting next year, it will become a special “S Mode” for versions... Read more

Microsoft's Surface Pro with LTE is now available to pre-order
Microsoft's Surface Pro with LTE is now available to pre-order By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has started selling its Surface Pro with LTE.Technically, it launched the LTE-connected convertible for business customers in December, but now, the company has opened-up pre-order sales to consumers. It's selling two models, both of which come... 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

Huge Harman Kardon Invoke sale: Cortana speaker is now 50% off
Huge Harman Kardon Invoke sale: Cortana speaker is now 50% off By Elyse Betters

Those of you who want to try Microsoft's assistant outside of your PC will be happy to hear that the Harman Kardon Invoke is now half off.The smart speaker, which debuted last year with a $230 price tag, currently costs $108 on Amazon (US), a 53-per cent... Read more

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration
Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration By Elyse Betters

Despite all of Microsoft's efforts, its Cortana assistant is just not as ubiquitous as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Google Assistant.It seems like every new smart home device or appliance in the market supports just about every assistant, except for... Read more

The supercharged 15-inch Surface Book 2 is now available in the UK
The supercharged 15-inch Surface Book 2 is now available in the UK By Dan Grabham

The 15-inch version of the Surface Book 2 is now available to buy in the UK from the official Microsoft Store, John Lewis and Currys PC World.We've played with this thing and it is a beast, with up to 17 hours of battery life and Intel's latest generation... 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

Microsoft Office 365: Should you subscribe to Microsoft's Office suite?
Microsoft Office 365: Should you subscribe to Microsoft's Office suite? By Elyse Betters

Should you subscribe to Office 365 or buy Office 2016 as a one-time purchase?  What is Office 365? Microsoft's Office 365 subscription service enables you to use of all the Office standalone apps, other Microsoft services, and value-added services... Read more

Microsoft Office gets a welcome power-up on iPad
Microsoft Office gets a welcome power-up on iPad By Dan Grabham

Microsoft has beefed up Office for iPad, with several new productivity boosts across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive.Key among the list is that you can now drag and drop content between Office apps just as you can with all the native apps in iOS... Read more

Microsoft Xbox Watch leaks out: New pics reveal scrapped smartwatch
Microsoft Xbox Watch leaks out: New pics reveal scrapped smartwatch By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Xbox Watch has leaked online again.In 2013, Microsoft was developing its own smartwatch and planned to release it under the Xbox brand. It eventually ditched the idea and pulled out of the wearables market. Nevertheless, last autumn, images... Read more

Microsoft confirms Cortana isn't going anywhere, will appear in more devices in 2018
Microsoft confirms Cortana isn't going anywhere, will appear in more devices in 2018 By Max Langridge

With all the new product announcements at CES 2018 that incorporate Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, you may be wondering where Microsoft Cortana has gone.We recently saw it appear in the gorgeous Johnson Controls JCI Glas thermostat and Qualcomm has... Read more

You can pre-order that beautiful GLAS Cortana thermostat in March
You can pre-order that beautiful GLAS Cortana thermostat in March By Elyse Betters

Look out, Nest. Microsoft is coming at you with its own Cortana-powered thermostat, and it'll be available for preorder this spring.Microsoft announced last summer that it partnered with Johnson Controls on a thermostat called GLAS. The company previewed... 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

Moleskine's Paper Tablet and Smart Planner are now supported by Windows 10
Moleskine's Paper Tablet and Smart Planner are now supported by Windows 10 By Max Langridge

Moleskine has announced a new Notes app for Microsoft Windows 10 devices that finally allows anyone with a Moleskine Paper Tablet notebook, Smart Planner and Pen+ smart pen, to write out handwritten notes and have them digitally synced to a Windows 10... Read more

Minecraft comes to Windows Mixed Reality ahead of major update
Minecraft comes to Windows Mixed Reality ahead of major update By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform is still new, but we're starting to see exciting and immersive content arrive for it, including SteamVR titles, and now, Microsoft's own blocky adventure game.That's right. Minecraft has officially arrived for... Read more

Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) review: It's still super sleek, it's still super expensive
4.0 stars Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) review: It's still super sleek, it's still super expensive By Mike Lowe

The original Microsoft Surface Book was one heavyweight (literally) laptop-meets-2-in-1 that, ultimately, was designed for professionals seeking desktop-grade power in a portable form factor. It had all the makings to give Apple a big kick between the... Read more

Microsoft introduces Surface Pro with LTE connectivity, launches 1 December for business customers
Microsoft introduces Surface Pro with LTE connectivity, launches 1 December for business customers By Max Langridge

Microsoft has announced a revised version of the Surface Pro 2-in-1 convertible it launched earlier in the year, with the latest model adopting LTE connectivity so you can ensure you can carry on working wherever you are. Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)... Read more

Minecraft 'Stranger Things' skin pack arrives alongside season two
Minecraft 'Stranger Things' skin pack arrives alongside season two By Elyse Betters

The second season of Stranger Things just premiered on Netflix, and now, Minecraft is capitalising on the moment.The Microsoft-owned building game has announced that players who love the hit retro-horror TV show can now buy a new skin pack based on... Read more

Microsoft is making a Courier-like foldable phone for digital scribbling
Microsoft is making a Courier-like foldable phone for digital scribbling By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is rumoured to be working on a new type of mobile device.According to report from Windows Central, it will be a Windows 10-powered device with pen and digital-ink functionality. Past reports have referred to Microsoft's next mobile device as... Read more

Microsoft announces Surface Book 2, is two times more powerful than MacBook Pro
Microsoft announces Surface Book 2, is two times more powerful than MacBook Pro By Max Langridge

Microsoft has introduced the brand new Surface Book 2, two years after the Surface Book made its debut. Microsoft says the Surface Book 2 has been designed and developed "for the creators of the future" and is powerful enough to "fuel the next wave of... Read more

Windows Phone: 10 moments that defined the life and death of Microsoft's mobile platform
Windows Phone: 10 moments that defined the life and death of Microsoft's mobile platform By Rik Henderson

Windows Phone is officially over. Microsoft has finally admitted defeat in its battle against Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile platforms.It won't be releasing any new versions of its Windows 10 Mobile software, nor will it release new hardware.... Read more

Windows Phone is dead, Microsoft admits in tweet
Windows Phone is dead, Microsoft admits in tweet By Rik Henderson

Microsoft has finally given up on Windows Phone. At least, when it comes to new updates or hardware.The company's Windows 10 head, Joe Belfiore, has posted on his own Twitter account that while there will be patches to fix bugs and plug security holes,... Read more

Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker gets official $200 price tag
Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker gets official $200 price tag By Max Langridge

Harman Kardon and Microsoft revealed some details about the Invoke wireless speaker earlier this year, confirming it would be the first to use Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant and sport a premium aluminium build. Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft... Read more

Windows Mixed Reality: What is it, what headsets are available and when can you get it?
Windows Mixed Reality: What is it, what headsets are available and when can you get it? By Chris Hall

Over the past few years, we've seen an increase in the conversation around breaking content and experiences out from a device's display, and into a new world of perception and interactivity.Virtual reality is something that we are familiar with, thanks... Read more