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Microsoft sues Corel over, among other things, a slider UI

Microsoft sues Corel over, among other things, a slider UI

The patent system was designed in order to encourage and foster innovation. Of late, however, it has had the opposite effect. Design patents, in particular, have become the focus of much debate in light of the tug of war between Samsung and Apple in the past years. Microsoft is, of course, a long time player in this game but it has recently come under the spotlight when it sued Corel last week for infringing on a few design patents, including a graphical slider user interface.

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Microsoft is looking into Xbox One’s ‘Halo: Reach’ issues

Microsoft is looking into Xbox One’s ‘Halo: Reach’ issues

Xbox One owners hoping to rekindle their fondness for Halo: Reach were disappointed to find the game runs very poorly on Microsoft’s latest console. According to reports from owners, the video game — which takes advantage of backwards compatibility — suffers from a very poor frame rate that leaves the game choppy, makes aiming hard, and in some cases has caused claims the game is entirely ‘unplayable.’

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Microsoft AI Xiaoice gets job as Chinese TV weather host

Microsoft AI Xiaoice gets job as Chinese TV weather host

Microsoft has revealed that its Xiaoice machine learning software, which has gained prominence in China as a chat-bot on local messaging services like WeChat, Line, and the Weibo social network, has made the leap to becoming the first artificial intelligence to appear as a host on live TV. Chinese network Dragon TV have given Xiaoice (which is said to translate to "Little Bing") a job as a trainee weather host on its "Morning News" program.

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Microsoft can, and will, directly push monthly Lumia 950 updates

Microsoft can, and will, directly push monthly Lumia 950 updates

One of the concerns that surfaced when Android was beset with the Stagefright security vulnerability scare was how fast can platform makers push out critical security fixes to users. Apple has practically no problem since it exercises tight control over updates. Android, in complete contrast, is a mess. It seems that Windows 10 Mobile might this time be better off than Google's mobile OS, with AT&T revealing that Microsoft indeed has the power to push updates to Lumia 950 owners, bypassing the carrier's certification process entirely.

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In response to Superfish, Microsoft will block adware at OS level

In response to Superfish, Microsoft will block adware at OS level

Early this year, Lenovo was placed on the hot seat after word of the Superfish adware pre-installed on many of its devices became public. Since then, there has been an increased scrutiny of similar traps that lurk within OEM computers, especially those baked inside the OS or even the firmware. In response to these kind of attacks, Microsoft announced that it will enforce a new security model starting next year that will disallow that kind of software on Windows and instead force advertisers to abide by browser features and rules.

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Lumia 650 might be a low-end phone with a surprising metal body

Lumia 650 might be a low-end phone with a surprising metal body

Nokia's, and now Microsoft's, Lumia lines hasn't really been big on premium materials. While the rest of the smartphone world are donning armors of metal, the Windows Phone models have remained unabashedly plastic. Even the new flagships, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, defied expectations and wishes and still flaunted a polycarbonate shell. It seems strange, then, that one of the newest Lumia's to be clad in metal material won't be a high-end smartphone but rather an entry-level Lumia 650, expected to debut within the first half of 2016.

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Microsoft patches Surface Pro 4 keyboard 2 months after launch

Microsoft patches Surface Pro 4 keyboard 2 months after launch

The Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book might have been two of Microsoft's highest profile and, to some extent, most beautiful products but their warts are slowly starting to show. Two months into their launch, Microsoft is still patching critical software flaws that, in turn, mar the hardware experience on these two otherwise grand computers. This time around, the tech giant is rolling out a patch that should fix some, but not all, random issues with the Type Cover of the Surface Pro 4.

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Microsoft nabs Talko to boost Skype ‘innovation’

Microsoft nabs Talko to boost Skype ‘innovation’

Talko has been acquired by Microsoft, the company announced in a statement today. Talko is a self-described business team communications app, and it’s fairly new to the industry, having launched a little over a year ago. According to Talko, it has been acquired to improve Skype and Skype for Business, though precise details about what that means haven't been stated.

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