Microsoft Officially Recalls 2.25M Surface Pro Power Cords That Can Overheat, Catch On Fire

Microsoft Officially Recalls 2.25M Surface Pro Power Cords That Can Overheat, Catch On Fire

Nearly two weeks after rumors swirled that Microsoft would replace the AC power cords for older-model Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 tablets sold in the U.S. and Canada before March 2015, the Consumer Product Safety Commission officially recalled the chargers.  [More]

Microsoft Makes Good On Plan To Push Windows 10 Upgrades More Aggressively

Microsoft Makes Good On Plan To Push Windows 10 Upgrades More Aggressively

Last October, Microsoft told Windows 7 and 8 users that it was only a matter of time before they’d be pushed a bit more aggressively to upgrade to Windows 10. That time is now, as the company will be recategorizing Windows 10 as a “recommended update.” [More]

Microsoft Finally Resolving A Five-Year-Old Skype Privacy Flaw For All Users

Microsoft Finally Resolving A Five-Year-Old Skype Privacy Flaw For All Users

There’s a security flaw in Skype that can expose users’ location. That’s not the news, though: that flaw was discovered in 2010, and published in 2011. No, the news is this: after more than five long years and one big acquisition by Microsoft, that problem is finally fixed. [More]

Microsoft To Recall Power Cords For Several Surface Pro Models, Issue New Chargers

Microsoft To Recall Power Cords For Several Surface Pro Models, Issue New Chargers

A properly functioning power cord is essential for giving life to electronics. That’s certainly the case for Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets, except the cord that came with the device can overheat, leading the company to issue a recall and supply owners with new chargers.  [More]

Microsoft Changes Its Mind, Decides To Nag Business Customers To Upgrade To Windows 10 After All

Microsoft Changes Its Mind, Decides To Nag Business Customers To Upgrade To Windows 10 After All

If you’ve been using Windows 7 or 8 on your personal computer, you’re likely well aware of Microsoft’s recent nagging campaign to get people to upgrade to Windows 10. Despite saying it wouldn’t treat business customers the same way, Microsoft has changed its mind and now says it’ll be nudging those users to make the switch as well. [More]

Reminder: Today Is The Day Microsoft Pulls Support For Internet Explorer 8, 9, And 10 For Good

Reminder: Today Is The Day Microsoft Pulls Support For Internet Explorer 8, 9, And 10 For Good

If you’ve been putting off your final farewells to Internet Explorer, it’s time to stop procrastinating: Microsoft is ending support for IE versions 8, 9, and 10, effectively sending the browser to that Internet pasture in the sky, where its friends Netscape Navigator, Mosaic, and other tech dinosaurs are waiting. [More]

Microsoft Ends An Era: Support For Internet Explorer 8, 9, And 10 Stops Next Week

Microsoft Ends An Era: Support For Internet Explorer 8, 9, And 10 Stops Next Week

The end is nigh: as of Tuesday, January 12, Microsoft will issue its final support patch for versions 8, 9, and 10 of its Internet Explorer browser, bringing one of the web’s clunkiest tools one step closer to vanishing. [More]

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Microsoft officially pulled the plug on its Zune streaming music service on Sunday, shoveling dirt on the final remnants of its digital media venture that began to unravel in 2011 when the company discontinued the media player. Users will no longer be able to stream or download content from Zune, but those who subscribed to Zune Music Pass will automatically be moved to Microsoft’s Groove service, which is compatible with Xbox One, Windows 10, Android and iOS. The Zune was Microsoft’s failed attempt at taking on the Apple iPod in 2006, and immediately received negative feedback. [PCWorld]

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Microsoft Confirms Some Windows 10 Upgrades Have Been Installing In The Background

If you’re a Windows 7 or 8 user who’s been surprised to find Windows 10 automatically installing on your machine, you aren’t alone: just a few weeks after many users reported accidentally downloading the new operating system’s installer, Microsoft admits that Windows 10 has also been installing itself without permission on some computers. [More]

Microsoft Warns Computer Makers They Have A Year To Build New PCs With Windows 7 Professional

Microsoft Warns Computer Makers They Have A Year To Build New PCs With Windows 7 Professional

The clock is now ticking on computer makers planning on building new PCs that come with Windows 7 Professional: Microsoft has issued a deadline of Oct. 31, 2016 to original equipment manufacturers (or OEMs) — after that date, no more new machines can be built with the operating system. [More]

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Microsoft Will Push PC Users Into Upgrading Next Year With Update That Automatically Downloads Windows 10

Though Microsoft has been very eager to get PC users to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10, it’s also been a bit restrained in its efforts so far, luring customers with a reservation system that allowed them to upgrade for free. But next year, Microsoft is going to get a little bit pushier. [More]

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Your Xbox One May Finally Be Able To Play Your Old Xbox 360 Games

Next month, Microsoft’s Xbox One will celebrate its second birthday, which makes it as good a time as any for a software update that will finally allow users to play some of their old Xbox 360 games on the console. [More]

Google Will Give Companies, Government Agencies Free Software If They Ditch Microsoft Office

Google Will Give Companies, Government Agencies Free Software If They Ditch Microsoft Office

As technology companies compete with each other to gain not only individual customers but entire businesses and large organizations, Google has fired a shot against Microsoft designed to steal a share of their software business: if a company or government agency is fed up with using and paying for Office, Google will give them their competing suit of similar software — word processing, spreadsheets, email, calendar, etc — for free. Heck, they’ll even pay those companies and agencies to cover the cost of the switch. [More]

Microsoft Trade-In Program Pays $200 For Your Old Windows Laptop, $300 For A MacBook

Microsoft Trade-In Program Pays $200 For Your Old Windows Laptop, $300 For A MacBook

Microsoft is hoping a $200 trade-in offer will help convince current Windows users to stick around, and that $300 is enough to win over Mac users. [More]

It’s Almost Too Easy To Install Windows 10 — Even If You Weren’t Planning On It

It’s Almost Too Easy To Install Windows 10 — Even If You Weren’t Planning On It

There are many reasons someone might choose to delay installing Microsoft’s Windows 10: maybe you just want to stick with Windows 7 or 8 a little longer, or you don’t feel like making space on your PC to accommodate the new OS. But if you aren’t paying attention, you could end up downloading the OS installer anyway. [More]

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Microsoft Shows Off “Wearable” Holograms With HoloLens

While Sony, Samsung, Valve, the Facebook-owned Oculus, and many others are readying to unleash virtual reality headsets in the coming months, Microsoft is continuing to bank on HoloLens, an augmented reality device that brings holograms into your personal space. [More]

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Microsoft And Google Decide To Kiss, Make Up And Drop All Those Pesky Patent Lawsuits

Giant technology companies — they’re just like us! Instead of continuing to duke it out over a slew of patent infringement claims in court, Microsoft and Google have decided that peace is the answer, and have announced they’re dropping all pending litigation against each other. [More]

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Microsoft To Kill Off Zune Streaming Music Service You Probably Didn’t Realize Still Existed

While Microsoft stopped making Zune devices in 2011 and ditched its Zune music store in favor of Xbox Music in 2012 , its Zune streaming music service was still hanging in there… until now: the company says it’ll kill off that service on November 15. [More]