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Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft may have acquired more than Nokia's mobile business. It has also inherited the Finnish company's legal headaches and now it will be facing the music. A judge for the US International Trade Commission has deemed that Microsoft's smartphones indeed infringe on two patents held by patent licensing outfit InterDigital. This lawsuit was first filed against Nokia almost four years ago and it is Microsoft who will now be paying the price. Worst case scenario, the ITC could ban imports of infringing Windows Phones into the US.

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Microsoft gives $1 million aid and free Skype in Nepal relief efforts

Microsoft gives $1 million aid and free Skype in Nepal relief efforts

Over the weekend, a strong earthquake struck Nepal with tragic consequences. The death toll continues to rise, with counts currently reported around 4000. Now is a crucial time for relief efforts as the golden window of time to rescue survivors elapses. In response, tech companies are springing into action, offering whatever services they can to help the relief effort. Microsoft is doing its part to provide relief by immediately making Skype calls for mobiles and landlines both to and from Nepal completely free of charge.

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Microsoft adds Game of Thrones words to Word’s spellcheck

Microsoft adds Game of Thrones words to Word’s spellcheck

Fantasy stories are fun, but trying to write about them is tricky -- tis a rare fantasy novel that uses conventional spellings, and the end result is two things: a lot of head scratching and Web searching in hunt of the correct spelling, and a bunch of squiggly red lines under words that a word processor thinks are spelled incorrectly. Such problems will no longer affect those using Microsoft Word, however...at least not if they're writing about Game of Thrones, which now holds a place in Word's spellcheck.

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Microsoft’s Q3 financials show continued PC market slump

Microsoft’s Q3 financials show continued PC market slump

Microsoft's third-quarter 2015 financial report is in, and overall it shows good things for the company. Not all was stars and sunshine, however, and it suffered in the same area many of it competitors have been feeling the squeeze: PCs. The PC market has been in a slump for a while now, suffering from the proliferation of mobile devices and a consumer trend away from traditional computers, and no exception was made for Microsoft, which saw its Windows revenue decline sharply.

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Windows 10 Tech Preview promises a more sophisticated Mail

Windows 10 Tech Preview promises a more sophisticated Mail

Microsoft seems to be putting on the heat with its Windows 10 previews, bringing out Build number 10061 out of the woodwork. And if the rumors are true, it better be really cranking up things. In this latest Technical Preview, Redmond teaches the Mail and Calendar app a few new tricks. Users who like to personalize their Windows experience will also be in for a treat. And the Continuum experience that switches back and forth desktop and tablet modes has seen a few nips and tucks, as well as more options to tweak things to your liking.

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Microsoft moves Outlook for Android out of Preview

Microsoft moves Outlook for Android out of Preview

It took them a while but Microsoft is now declaring that its Android app for Outlook is ready for prime time. Unfortunately for Android users, Microsoft somewhat rubbed it in that their iOS counterparts actually go to that goal first. After a round of polishing, Outlook for Android is available for everyone with an Android device (and Google Play Store and running Android 4.0 or higher) and could very well take on Gmail in some features, especially when it comes to customization and offering a somewhat integrated productivity suite.

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Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft’s wearable and fitness monitoring platform — Band and Health, respectively — are seeing another update. On the back of the most recent tweak, which brought in a cycling tile and a tiny keyboard to complement an SDK, Microsoft is today building on the bicycling monitoring and adding some context to gathered data. In a strange but ultimately smart turn of events, Microsoft is also announcing they’re no longer making Band a must-have to use their Health app. In the coming weeks, your smartphone sensors will be used to push basic info to Health.

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Microsoft Handpose tracks hand movement in supreme detail

Microsoft Handpose tracks hand movement in supreme detail

Motion tracking is something that a bunch of gaming companies have been working on for years. Microsoft is already doing this to some extent with Kinect and the Xbox game console. Researchers at Microsoft have now developed a new system called Handpose that can track hand movements so accurately and in such detail, the system is capable of translating sign language into spoken word.

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Apple Watch lets you control PowerPoint presentations from your wrist

Apple Watch lets you control PowerPoint presentations from your wrist

It seems as though everyone is getting ready for the Apple Watch launch, including Microsoft. Today, Microsoft released a new update to the iOS edition of PowerPoint. The update incorporates input Apple Watch, and lets you use it as a remote control for presentations. You will be able to start a presentation and navigate through slides by swiping the smartwatch face on your wrist, making it a neat trick that is equally fit for a college group presentation or a dynamic sales pitch.

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