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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
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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

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event: Samsung Odyssey, headset pre-orders open, and more

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event: Samsung Odyssey, headset pre-orders open, and more

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is going all in on mixed reality.The Redmond, Washington-based company invited the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco. In the invite, it promised to discuss "where Microsoft is headed next" in the AR/VR space. Now that the... Read more

Xbox One 4K movie prices plummet, thanks mainly to Apple

Xbox One 4K movie prices plummet, thanks mainly to Apple

By Rik Henderson

With Apple launching Ultra HD versions of many films on iTunes at rock bottom prices, others are following suit. First, Amazon dropped its 4K movie prices, for both rental and purchase, now Microsoft, through the Xbox Store, is doing the same.Apple launched... 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

Office 2019 is the next version of Microsoft Office, coming next year

Office 2019 is the next version of Microsoft Office, coming next year

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is readying a major update to Office.While at its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft announced the next release of its Office productivity suite. Called Office 2019, it'll arrive in the second half of 2018 and consist of all... Read more

Scrapped Xbox smartwatch pictures leak online

Scrapped Xbox smartwatch pictures leak online

By Rik Henderson

Back in 2013, Microsoft was developing its own smartwatch and planned to release it under the Xbox brand. However, it ditched the idea and has mostly pulled out of the wearables market since.Now images have emerged online of one of the scrapped Xbox... Read more

Microsoft might unveil a new Surface device in London next month

Microsoft might unveil a new Surface device in London next month

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft will supposedly have a new Surface device to show us at the end of October, according to a report.The company is planning to hold its annual Future Decoded event from 31 October to 1 November in London. Devices Chief Panos Panay is scheduled... 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 gives update on Mixed Reality platform: Headset pricing, SteamVR support, and new games

Microsoft gives update on Mixed Reality platform: Headset pricing, SteamVR support, and new games

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform is starting to take shape.The Dell Visor, which is Dell’s first headset for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, will be available from 17 October for $349.99, or you can get it in a bundle with two... 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

Leaked Microsoft memo reveals the Surface Book was returned a lot

Leaked Microsoft memo reveals the Surface Book was returned a lot

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft still has some explaining to do.Last week, Consumer Reports announced it removed its recommendation badge for Microsoft's Surface line, which led to Microsoft issuing a response that essentially dismissed Consumer Reports' decision. But now,... Read more

You might want to read this before you buy a Microsoft Surface device

You might want to read this before you buy a Microsoft Surface device

By Elyse Betters

Uh-oh. Microsoft has some explaining to do.Consumer Reports, which is known for its trustworthy product testing and thorough write-ups, has removed its “recommended” badge from Microsoft’s entire lineup of Surface laptops, which includes devices... 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