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Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Microsoft's fiscal year 2016 Q2 earnings aren't looking so hot unless you know where to look: right at Surface. Windows OEM Pro revenue growth is down 6% year-over-year, one percentage point better than the first quarter, but still down compared to one year ago this quarter. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue growth is down 3% year-over year, while Windows volume licensing revenue growth is down 4% year-over-year. Search Advertising Revenue, Xbox Live active users, and Surface revenue are all on the rise.

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Microsoft Edge’s inPrivate browsing fails at being private

Microsoft Edge’s inPrivate browsing fails at being private

Most browsers these days include an "incognito" or private browsing mode, which, in theory, does not store anything related to your browsing activities on the computer they were used on. Its purpose is to add some level of privacy, especially for a computer that is accessed by multiple users. The newest web browser on the block, Microsoft Edge, also has that feature, which it calls "inPrivate" mode. However, it turns out that browsing in that mode might not be a completely private activity after all.

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Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox has announced that under its partnership with Microsoft, it has added a pair of new integrations with Office Online and Outlook.com, expanding both services’ usefulness for subscribers. Subscribers can now co-edit files — that is, make changes to the same file at the same time, and see what the other is doing in real time. In addition, Outlook.com users can send documents directly to Dropbox.

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Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft has been developing mobile apps for platforms other than its own, mostly through its Garage skunkworks arm. Most those apps land primarily on Android but when it does put out something for Apple's iOS, it's sometimes a mix of strange and beautiful. Like that odd selfie app. Now, out of the blue, Microsoft has launched a new News Pro service, coming from Garage, that is available both on the web and on iOS. It is almost like a jab at Apple News or even Flipboard, except that it tries to focus on work-related content scoured through Bing.

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Skype will now hide your IP address by default

Skype will now hide your IP address by default

While it's difficult to maintain anonymity online, there are certain things you can do to make sure that the people you interact with can't trace your computer. Namely, you don't want anything revealing your IP address. With that information, someone can do some nasty things, like flood your connection with requests, so that you can't get anything done online. Well Microsoft is finally taking a step that it should have taken long ago, to prevent this sort of thing.

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Microsoft shows which Surface Pro power cords need replacement

Microsoft shows which Surface Pro power cords need replacement

Yesterday, Microsoft was reportedly going to issue free recalls for some of its power cords, citing potential fire hazard problems for a certain range of the Surface Pro cables. Now Microsoft has made that official. Redmond is starting a voluntary replacement program for Surface Pro AC power cords that were sold before March 15, 2015 in the US and Canada or before July 15, 2015 in other markets. But, given that the Surface Pro power line comes in two pieces, which is exactly the power cord and which ones are eligible for the free replacement? Microsoft has pictures to clarify.

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Microsoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365

Microsoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365

Microsoft has always had a presence on Apple platforms via its Office suite, competing fiercely with Apple's own blessed iWorks software. But with the launch of the iPad Pro, Redmond has surprisingly become even more aggressive in pushing Office, especially Office 365, to Apple users, both on iOS and on the Mac. This latest announcement aims to endear them further with Apple's own fans, bringing one of the best features of Office to iOS and giving some Mac users early access to upcoming Office features.

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