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Microsoft Seizes Domains Imitating Right-Wing Groups Controlled by Kremlin Hackers

Last week, Microsoft took control of six internet domains allegedly being used by Russian hackers, the company said. The domains included one website apparently created to mimic an organisation led by six Republican senators, the International Republican Institute, on whose board also sits Senate hopeful Mitt Romney. Read More >>

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A Year Later Cortana and Alexa Are FINALLY Working Together

It only took a year, but Cortana is finally coming to Alexa speakers, and vice versa. Read More >>

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Microsoft Threatens to Stop Hosting Gab, the Worst Social Network, Over Anti-Semitic Threats of Violence

Gab, the Twitter knock-off of choice for the far right, has 48 hours to delete offending content that Microsoft says incites violence. If Gab doesn’t delete the two posts, created by a user of the site, Microsoft says it will suspend its hosting services. Read More >>

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Remember That Time Microsoft Bailed Apple Out?

Apple has become the first U.S. company to hit $1 trillion in market value. Not bad for a company that used to be run out of a garage. Read More >>

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How to Choose a Laptop For Less Than £500

Between the £319 iPad and the £380 Surface Go, it seems like the budget end of the computer spectrum is finally getting some attention. And it’s about damn time. As portable computers like laptops, and some tablets, have become the primary device people turn to to get work done, the price of top machines has stayed fairly high compared to desktop computers. And the devices available for less ask some very serious compromises of their users. But while the landscape of sub-£500 laptops is bleak—with a whole bevy of devices that aren’t worth the money, there are still some good deals out there! Read More >>

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The Microsoft Surface Go Is Practically Perfect

Look, £509 is a lot of money... unless you’re talking computers. Any computer you buy for that little is firmly a “budget” PC, as far as the people making them are concerned. They’re not impressive, or especially fast, or pretty. They’re purely functional—the Ford Fiesta of computers. The sheer mediocrity of the sub-£500 range of laptops is why the new £509 Microsoft Surface Go is so damn special. It’s a cheap laptop that’s actually nice. Read More >>

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Windows Will Now Use Machine Learning to Decide the Least Infuriating Time for a Forced Update

Windows 10, Microsoft’s current version of its operating has long tormented users with a hard-to-bypass policy of forced updates. It will soon try to take the edge off by using machine learning to determine whether a user is actually using a computer when it updates. Read More >>

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Video From 1991 Imagines What Estate Agents of the Future Might Look Like

What will estate agents of the future look like? That’s what a video from 1991 was trying to find out. Read More >>

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The One Thing Windows Vista Did Right

Vista was bad. Coming five years after XP, it was heavily anticipated by Windows users who were impatiently awaiting something interesting from Microsoft as Apple’s star was on the rise. Yet when the OS dropped publicly in January 2007, it was immediately reviled by, well, everyone. It was slower than XP, had annoying DRM that grossly restricted what people could do, and removed a ton of features people liked. It is not hyperbole to say it might be the most hated software product Microsoft has ever produced – impressive for the company that gave us Internet Explorer and Clippy. But Vista did one thing very, very right, and 11 years later, it’s never been more in fashion. Read More >>

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Four of the Biggest Tech Giants Teamed Up to Make Moving Your Data Around Less Painful

Thanks to the rise of cloud storage, there’s a seemingly endless number of ways to save photos, music, documents, or anything else offsite. Unfortunately, if you ever want to transfer that data from one service to another, the process can be quite tedious, as you’ll probably be forced to download everything and then manually re-upload all those files to a new home in someone else’s server farm. Read More >>

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Microsoft Says Skype Will Finally Get Call Recording This Summer

A new update for Skype has arrived, and with it comes the promise that we’ll finally be getting the option to record calls. Skype has gone more than a decade without this obvious feature, and you might as well update now because all other versions of the service will stop working on 1 September, according to Microsoft. Read More >>

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Watch a Guy Build a Brand New, Completely Obsolete Gaming PC With 20-Year-Old Parts

On June 25, 1998, Microsoft released Windows 98. It didn’t come out with quite as much fanfare as Windows 95 did, so to commemorate the OS’ 20th anniversary, YouTuber Shelby Jueden built a gaming PC using brand new, in the box, 20-year old components, as well as an unused copy of Windows 98. Read More >>

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Microsoft Notepad Is Finally Getting an Update

It’s taken ages, but Microsoft is finally updating Notepad, its barebones text editor. This is the next in a recent series of updates to software that’s been floating around the Windows operating system since the ‘80s. Read More >>

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Microsoft Surface Go Is a Cheap, Tiny Tablet That Might Just Beat the iPad

It’s really, really hard to find a good Microsoft Windows device for under £500. There are some diamonds in the rough — devices that sacrifice display quality or form or speed to get the price way down. Yet until today there was no clear winner. Microsoft’s new Surface Go could change that. Read More >>