Microsoft Plays Nice

At the opening keynote for Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference in Seattle, we heard more about Starbucks than Windows. A ten-minute demo about how Starbuck’s ordering system interacts with Azure, Microsoft’s growing cloud-based computing platform, was a highlight of the event. This should tell you a little about the event itself. Build has never been the most exciting developer conference. Where Google, Apple, and even Facebook take a moment to show consumers a glimpse of the near future, Microsoft has always been focused firmly on its developers, with loads of coding on stage and weird demos meant to excite the enterprise set more than the rest of us. Read More >>

All the New Details About Microsoft’s Rebooted Edge Browser

Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser using the same Chromium foundation blocks that sit underneath Chrome, and thanks to this week’s Build 2019 conference, we now know a lot more about what the revamped browser has to offer. Here are the details you need to know and why you might eventually end up switching to Edge. Read More >>

Microsoft Patent Imagines an Xbox Controller Customised for Gamers With Visual Impairment

Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller was a big leap towards making gaming accessible to all players—not just those who can hold and manipulate the console’s standard controllers. Now it looks like the company is planning to expand its accessibility efforts. A Microsoft patent from last year reveals a special controller customised for visually impaired gamers. Read More >>

Microsoft’s Web Browser for Macs Has Leaked Online

Mac users who are tired of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari just got a new (if not totally official) way to browse the web. Monday evening, a Twitter user named h0x0d posted download links for developer builds of the macOS version of Microsoft’s Edge browser, The Verge reports. Read More >>

Microsoft Botched Its First HoloLens Demo of Build 2019

Anything can happen during a live event. Or not happen. As it just so happens, Microsoft Build 2019 opened up with a whole lot of nothing thanks to a botched HoloLens 2 demo. Read More >>

What’s Going to Happen With Microsoft Next Week?

On Monday, while many of us dissect the latest episode of Game of Thrones, thousands of developers will convene in Seattle to talk about all things Microsoft at its annual Build conference. Where once that meant speculating about cool new laptops or a fancy mixed reality headset, this year things will probably be focused on more esoteric tech. Read More >>

Microsoft’s Solitaire Is Finally Getting Honoured in the Video Game Hall of Fame

It’s hard to imagine a video game dominating more screen time than Microsoft’s Solitaire has since first introduced with Windows 3.0 in 1990. It’s been the go-to distraction for procrastinators for almost three decades, and it’s finally being honoured with a rightful place in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Read More >>

20 Years Ago, Microsoft Changed How We Mouse Forever

Twenty years ago, in April 1999, Microsoft introduced an update to its IntelliMouse line of input devices. On top it didn’t look much different than its predecessors – it still had a few buttons and a scroll wheel – but underneath it introduced a technology to the masses that brought an end to the prehistoric days of cleaning dirt and grime out of computer mice. Read More >>

Microsoft and GitHub Workers Take a Stand Against Grueling, Inhumane ‘996’ Culture in China

For tech workers in China, a brutal work schedule of 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week (usually just called "996") is not only commonplace, it’s been hailed as “a huge blessing” by the likes of Alibaba’s eccentric and fantastically wealthy taskmaster, Jack Ma. Read More >>

Microsoft Pats Itself on Back For Some Pretty Weak Climate Pledges

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced some major updates to its sustainability commitments. The company said it would double its internal price on carbon emissions, meaning it will charge itself more for its emissions from operations, buildings, and data centres, and join a group advocating for a national carbon tax and dividend in the US. These are nice steps for sure (and who doesn’t a love a little Earth Day-timed climate action?) but they’re also wholly inadequate and come at a time when Microsoft is helping companies fuelling the very rise in carbon emissions that’s driving climate change. Read More >>

The Surface Hub 2S Is a Gigantic Windows Touchscreen With Special Wheels to Scoot Around on

It seems like every day there’s someone in a fancy office talking about how teamwork and collaboration is the key to success. And yet, most of us are still stuck with the same infuriating video conferencing tools that make people want to give up. Read More >>

There’s a New Disc-Less Xbox One Coming in May

Microsoft officially announced a new, all-digital version of the Xbox One during the latest episode of Inside Xbox today, confirming previous rumours. It will have a 1 TB hard drive and be $250 (around £200; pricing and availability TBA), with Microsoft saying it will receive price drops to always keep it cheaper than the standard Xbox One S. Read More >>

Microsoft Claimed a Security Breach Didn’t Compromise Email Messages—It Did

A series of security reports published over the weekend have raised serious concerns about Microsoft’s transparency in the wake of a recent data breach. Read More >>

Windows Is Giving Up on Getting You to ‘Safely Remove’ USB Drives

On Windows, at least, the era of living on the edge by recklessly ripping out your USB devices appears to be coming to an end. Read More >>

The U.S. Army Gave a Press Demo of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Military Prototype

Last year, Microsoft won a £375-million-plus contract with the U.S. Army to build Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) prototypes that a government document described as intended to “accelerate lethal defensive and offensive capabilities utilsing innovative components.” This weekend, CNBC got a look at what Microsoft has been cooking up in the form of a modified HoloLens 2, and—though it seems like they got more of a high-end demo than a look at anything refined yet—it seems like the military is getting what they wanted and what Microsoft employees who signed a letter in February 2019 protesting the project feared. Read More >>