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Microsoft announces list of devices that will be able to run Windows 10 preview soon

Microsoft announces list of devices that will be able to run Windows 10 preview

Washington, March 29 - Microsoft has announced a second round of devices that will be able to run the latest builds of Windows 10 wherein the list has expanded considerably.

According to the Verge, Microsoft opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to Windows Phone users last month, but only a scant few Lumia devices were supported.

However, there will be a few devices still where the preview will not be available including the Lumia 930 and HTC Windows Phone devices.

Dual-SIM features along with Messaging lacks, search, message drafts, voice notes, spam filters, support for multiple attachments, and other features are severely lacking in the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

The next Windows 10 build will likely come out next week. (ANI)


Microsoft reveals plans to create a new browser for Windows 10

Microsoft reveals plans to create a new browser for Windows 10

Washington, Mar 25 : American company Microsoft revealed last week that it plans to create a new brand for its upcoming browser for Windows 10 codenamed Project Spartan.

Microsoft on clarifying the role of Internet Explorer and Project Spartan in Windows 10, and has confirmed that the new Spartan browser will be the default browser for all Windows 10 customers.

While Microsoft revealed in January that its new rendering engine would power Spartan and Internet Explorer in Windows 10, the company says it is no longer planning to bring this to Internet Explorer.

The Verge quoted Kyle Pflug, Microsoft's Project Spartan program manager as saying, "On Windows 10, Project Spartan will host our new engine exclusively."


Microsoft's Lumia 430 'most affordable Lumia to-date' at 70 dollars

Microsoft's Lumia 430 'most affordable Lumia to-date' at 70 dollars

Washington, March 20 - In a bid to push into the low-end smartphone market, Microsoft has reportedly tagged its Lumia 430 as the "most affordable Lumia to-date."

At just 70 dollars excluding taxes, the specifications offered by the phone helps to achieve the impressive price point. The smartphone comes with a 4-inch WVGA display, 8GB of storage (with a microSD slot), and 1GB of RAM, reported The Verge.

The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and a relatively small 1500 mAh battery.

The Lumia 430 joins the league of Lumia 435 and 532 handsets in Microsoft's lowest-priced Windows Phones while offering similar camera capabilities.


Microsoft's new Windows Hello will allow users to log into Windows 10 devices using face or finger

Microsoft's new Windows Hello

Washington, March 18 : Microsoft has unveiled a new feature that will enable users to sign into a machine with just their face or finger.

Users will get to use the new feature, called Windows Hello, on Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 operating system. It works by scanning your face, iris, or fingerprint to unlock devices, replacing a PIN or password to gain access to your own machine, reported The Verge.

While most current machines won't be able to use Windows Hello face recognition, Microsoft will support existing fingerprint readers. The new Windows 10 PCs that support the new feature will ship with Intel's RealSense infrared
3D camera that will scan your face.


Microsoft to offer free OS upgrades to China's Lenovo, Tencent, Qihoo 360 users

Microsoft to offer free OS upgrades to China's Lenovo, Tencent, Qihoo 360 users

Washington, March 18 : Microsoft has announced its plans to work with three Chinese software firms to offer free upgrades to their collective customer base.

While speaking at an event in Shenzhen, China, Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, said that the company will join hands with China's Lenovo, Tencent and Qihoo 360 to offer free upgrades to its users, reported TechCrunch.

The news came after the company voiced its intention to offer free upgrades to "millions" of customers on Windows 7 or earlier.

Microsoft has also partnered with Android phone maker, Xiaomi , to give selected users of its Mi 4 the opportunity to "help test Windows 10 and contribute to its future release later this year. (ANI)


Microsoft to launch Windows 10 this summer

Microsoft to launch Windows 10 this summer

Washington, March 18 - Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 will be launched this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.

However, the company stopped short of specifying an actual date for the launch of its much-awaited new platform.

The news came just days after Microsoft revealed in a blog post that its upcoming operating software will employ compressing techniques to offer more storage space to its users. (ANI)


Microsoft 'not killing' Internet Explorer just yet

Microsoft 'not killing' Internet Explorer just yet

Washington, March 18 - Microsoft's Internet Explorer has although slipped lower and lower on the popularity meter in the past few years, however, several Windows users, including celebrities like Zooey Deschanel, came to its rescue after Microsoft hinted that it might squash the ageing browser.

The confusion started when Microsoft's Chris Capossela said at the Microsoft Convergence event on Monday that the company was working on a new browser name and brand that will feature in Windows 10, reported Mashable.

Capossela added that the project was codenamed "Project Spartan."

This statement was read as a hint that the IE browser in the upcoming Windows OS will be replaced by another browser. However, Microsoft late clarified that the IE browser will be very much alive.


Microsoft releases Office 2016 and Skype for Business previews

Microsoft releases Office 2016 and Skype for Business previews

Washington, March 17 : Microsoft has reportedly launched a preview of its Office 2016 which is meant to target IT professionals and developers.

However, Microsoft's Kirk Koenigsbauer said that the preview only offered a close look at what's coming alongside monthly updates, adding that the build does not yet contain all the features that the company is planning to ship in the final product later this year, reported The Verge.

Microsoft's upcoming Office client would offer improved search, storage footprint, and email delivery performance, alongside some improvements to image insertion in Word 2016 and Excel 2016.

The report said that the company would not touch add-ins or macro abilities in Office 2016, leaving things the same way for existing documents.


Windows 10 to offer more storage space to users

Windows 10 to offer more storage space to users

Washington, March 17 : Apart from bringing back the "Start" menu and introducing friendlier desktop options, Windows 10 will also offer more storage space, a report said.

Microsoft revealed in a blog post describing Windows 10's storage requirements that the current preview builds of the new operating system will have some "impressive" space-saving techniques, reported The Verge.

Using file compression, the tech company has managed to squeeze around 1.5GB of storage for 32-bit systems and 2.6GB on 64-bit machines. The same savings and compression will also apply to phones running Windows 10 in future.


Microsoft accidentally announces Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL ahead of scheduled date

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Washington, March 02 - Microsoft's news center has accidentally announced two new Windows phone devices, Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL one day before the official announcement which is to take place at a press event at Mobile World Congress.

According to the Verge, Microsoft will most likely launch two new low-end devices, as the numbering scheme suggests.

The Lumia 640 XL is presumably a bigger version of the Lumia 640.

Leaked information about the devices suggests that the Lumia 640 will be a 5-inch device with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, all powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 processor.

Rumours also suggest that Microsoft is placing an 8-megapixel camera at the rear of the device and a 1-megapixel camera at the front. (ANI)


Microsoft to discontinue support for Google, Facebook chat in Outlook.comTech

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Washington, Feb 25 - Microsoft has announced that it will be killing off Google and Facebook chat from its Outlook. com email service in the coming weeks.

According to the Verge, in an email to Outlook. com customers, Microsoft says it's removing Google Talk integration "due to Google's decision to discontinue the chat protocol used by the Google Talk platform."

Microsoft has confirmed that it will no longer provide support for Facebook chat in Outlook. com.

However, the company refrained from divulging details on why it was killing off the social network's chat integration. (ANI)


Microsoft updates Windows Defender to remove Superfish adware

Microsoft updates Windows Defender to remove Superfish adware

Washington, Feb 21 - Microsoft has updated its Windows Defender to remove the Superfish adware which reportedly made Lenovo users susceptible to attacks.

According to the Verge, researchers are reporting that Windows Defender, Microsoft's onboard anti-virus software, is now actively removing the Superfish software that came pre-installed on many Lenovo computers.

Windows Defender will also carry the task of resetting any SSL certificates that were bypassed by Superfish, and restore the system to proper working order.

Researchers recently discovered that Lenovo's Superfish bug could easily give way to attackers looking to breach the systems using the security flaws opened up by the software.


Microsoft set to bring Cortana to Office

Microsoft set to bring Cortana to Office

Washington, Feb 07 - Microsoft is set to bring its digital assistance Cortana to Office.

According to the Verge, the software giant is currently testing a " Work Assistant" app that's designed to use Cortana to open, edit, and share documents using voice commands and Cortana.

The report said that the software giant's initial app is a prototype, but the company plans to integrate Cortana into Office across mobile and desktop platforms soon.

Microsoft may also integrate Cortana on iOS and Android in the future. (ANI)


No fixes for IE on Microsoft Patch Tuesday this month

No fixes for IE on Microsoft Patch Tuesday this monthWashington, Jan 14 : The January 2015 edition of Microsoft Patch Tuesday contains no fixes for the Microsoft Explorer browser.

According to PC World, to date, almost every Patch Tuesday has come with a fix for Explorer, which has long been a target for abuse by malicious attackers.

Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer of security vendor Qualys, said that the lack of fixes for IE was surprising, adding that the one common feature in every Patch Tuesday was that Internet Explorer would get patched.


Tech giants sell smartphone patents for 900 mln dollars possibly ending lawsuits

Tech giants sell smartphone patents for 900 mln dollars possibly ending lawsuitsWashington, Dec 24 - High profile tech companies like Apple, Microsoft and Sony have sold their smartphone patents for 900 million dollars to a clearing house, said the patent's new owner, possibly marking the end of a fight between Android manufacturers and competitors.

The Apple-led Rockstar Consortium including Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson has sold the patents to the San Francisco based RPX Corporations.

The deal is expected to end a series of lawsuits and RDX plans to license the patents to another group of about 30 tech companies, including Google and Cisco Systems, reported CNET.


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