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Microsoft Sues Justice Dept.; Wants To Be Able To Tell Users When Govt. Reads Their Files

Before the advent of cloud computing, law enforcement would often have to physically go into an office or home and seize computers and servers of criminal suspects and their cohorts — an obvious tip-off that an investigation is taking place. But now, with so much data living far from the devices used to access it, the government can seize that information without having to load up a van full of hardware, leaving the target of the investigation none the wiser. What’s more, the government can try to block cloud-computing companies from telling affected customers about these seizures, which Microsoft believes is a violation of the Constitution. [More]

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Microsoft Bringing Android Notifications To Windows 10 PCs

For those times when your Android smartphone isn’t clutched safely in your hand or resting at an accessible distance nearby, you may experience moments when you’re unaware if you’ve just received a text or missed a phone call. Microsoft says it’s going to ameliorate any uneasiness you may feel by funneling Android phone notifications over to PCs running on Windows 10. [More]

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New Microsoft Office Starbucks Extension Lets You Schedule Coffee Meetings, Buy Gift Cards

The technological powers that be understand that people often don’t want to click around in more apps or programs than they have to. In a move meant for caffeine lovers on the job, one of Microsoft’s newest add-ins for its Office programs lets Starbucks customers do things like schedule meetings at the local coffee shop and buy gift cards for the store as well from within Outlook. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Will Rock Out With This Zune

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Will Rock Out With This Zune

Across the country, hidden away on clearance shelves and junk bins, there are piles of inexplicably outdated and overpriced electronics that should have no place on a store shelf. Our readers who scour the nation’s big-box stores in search of these retail antiquities are the Raiders of the Lost Walmart. In their latest field report, we see a modestly old PC, an iPod Touch and iPhone case that charges your device from 2011 or earlier from AA batteries, and the hottest media player Microsoft had to offer in 2009. [More]

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Microsoft Store: Just Kidding, Everyone! We Still Accept Bitcoins

Remember yesterday, when the Microsoft Store’s support page said it no longer accepted Bitcoins as payment for funding accounts? If you were upset, turn that frown upside down, as Microsoft says that support page information was some kind of fluke, glitch, or otherwise unintended mistake. [More]

Xbox One Will Support Cross-Platform Multiplayer With PS4, PC

Xbox One Will Support Cross-Platform Multiplayer With PS4, PC

If you like playing online multiplayer games on your Xbox One but hate that you can never play your pal because she’s a PlayStation 4 devotee, here’s some promising news. [More]

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Microsoft Store Will No Longer Accept Bitcoins As Payment

If you liked using Bitcoin to pay for apps in the Microsoft Store, we’ve got some bad news for you: the cryptocurrency is no longer a valid payment method. [More]

WhatsApp Ending Support For Some Older Devices By End Of 2016

WhatsApp Ending Support For Some Older Devices By End Of 2016

If you own an older Nokia or Blackberry smartphone and are an avid user of WhatsApp, you might want to think about your phone’s future: the messaging service plans to end support for several operating systems by the end of the year.  [More]

Windows 10 Users Start Seeing Full-Screen Ads As Screen Savers

Windows 10 Users Start Seeing Full-Screen Ads As Screen Savers

Just because you don’t have to lay out money for software, that doesn’t necessarily make it “free.” In the last few days, users of Windows 10 have noticed full-screen ads on their lock screen if they happen to be using “Windows Spotlight” to put pretty pictures there. Fortunately, you can banish the ads from your screen, without even having to pay. [More]

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.

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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.

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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.

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