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Kaspersky blasts Microsoft’s anti-competitive anti-virus practice

Kaspersky blasts Microsoft’s anti-competitive anti-virus practice

Microsoft is not brand you’d associate with anti-virus software, unless you mean it in a pejorative sense. But starting Windows 8, the company has turned its Windows Defender into a full-blown anti-malware, anti-virus program to exactly change that negative image. Not exactly a good news for creators of anti-virus software like Kaspersky Labs. In fact, according to the company’s Eugene Kaspersky, Microsoft is being downright anti-competitive. In a rather vocal blog post, the Russian billionaire has revealed that he is taking his complaints to the EU’s and Russia’s anti-trust bodies, where Microsoft already doesn’t have good standing.

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Microsoft Surface table could use a projector, not a screen

Microsoft Surface table could use a projector, not a screen

The word “Surface” in Microsoft has come a long way. It started out as a futuristic idea of a coffee table that also functioned as a touch screen computer. Since then it has become a brand than embraced 2-in-1 tablets, a giant whiteboard/screen computer, and, more recently, an all-in-one PC that’s a creative’s wet dream. It might, however, come full circle soon. A recent Microsoft patent filing for an “INTERACTIVE INTEGRATED DISPLAY AND PROCESSING DEVICE” shows the company toying again with the idea of a computer table, but one that uses projectors and sensors instead of more expensive touch screens.

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Canceled Nokia Moonraker smartwatch shown off in video

Canceled Nokia Moonraker smartwatch shown off in video

In the tech industry, we are sometimes left wondering about ideas and products that never came to be. Just a few days ago we saw a glimpse of the modular Ara smartphone. This time, we’re being treated to what could have been Nokia’s first ever smartwatch. Given recent events, perhaps its only smartwatch. The Moonraker, as it was called, never reached the market, but that doesn’t mean there was no actual smartwatch produced. And for the first time, we’re actually seeing a real working, finished smartwatch that could have been.

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Surface Book with Performance Base Review

Surface Book with Performance Base Review

The Surface Book was one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets last year, but the company isn't holding back when it comes to talking up its Performance Base upgrade. Landing in time for the holidays, the new model is actually only 50-percent changed: while the screen-turned-tablet is the same as before, the keyboard section has been squeezed full of extra graphics potency and more battery life. That doesn't come cheap, mind, with this newest model starting at $2,399.

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Windows 10 to get a virtual touchpad for external displays

Windows 10 to get a virtual touchpad for external displays

Although still not as widespread, it is no longer uncommon for computer users to face more than one screen at a time, whether in a more permanent multi-monitor setup or in an ad hoc presentation. Controlling external screens and projectors are no problem for desktops and laptops but can be cumbersome for tablets. Soon it won’t be. Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Insider build showcases a new Virtual Touchpad feature that would allow users to navigate external displays using their tablets, even without a mouse attached.

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Surface Pro 3 battery bug fixed again, refunds offered

Surface Pro 3 battery bug fixed again, refunds offered

Is this finally the end of the Surface Pro 3’s woes? Will owners finally be able to move on? One would certainly hope so, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed nonetheless. Microsoft has just rolled out a firmware upgrade that should, hopefully, end all battery problems for the now “deprecated” Surface tablet, which has irked owners to no small extent. But perhaps even better, the company has changed its previous stance regarding out-of-warranty exchanges and has decided to refund those owners as well.

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Microsoft rolls out Xbox Insider Program to all Xbox One owners

Microsoft rolls out Xbox Insider Program to all Xbox One owners

Microsoft has announced some big changes to its Xbox Preview Program. First and foremost, it's no longer being called the Xbox Preview Program, but rather the Xbox Insider Program. Microsoft says this change is being made to reflect "how we are expanding to offer opt-in opportunities to provide feedback," on the Xbox platform.

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Microsoft Surface Dial ads show the wonders you can create

Microsoft Surface Dial ads show the wonders you can create

As fascinating as the Surface Studio might be, without one particular optional accessory, it’s really just a gigantic, but well endowed, Surface tablet. Microsoft all-in-one computer’s spellbinding appeal is thanks partly to the Surface Pen but probably more importantly thanks to the odd but fancy Surface Dial remote control. And to hammer down on how game changing this little puck can be, Microsoft has released not one, not even two or three, but five ads that show how, with the right app mixed with the right tool, great things can happen.

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Infinite Warfare PC multiplayer doomed by Activision

Infinite Warfare PC multiplayer doomed by Activision

Just a heads up: you may not want to buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on PC through the Windows Store. For some reason, Activision has decided to make the Windows Store version of the game incompatible with other PC platforms. This means that if you have a Windows Store copy of the game, you won't be able to play multiplayer with those who purchased their game on Steam.

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Windows 10 update download are about to get smaller

Windows 10 update download are about to get smaller

For all the improvements, benefits, and nice things about Windows 10, its rollout has been largely criticized for two major pain points: privacy and, most importantly, its update system. Nagging, intrusive, and gargantuan, Windows 10 updates, specifically those from one major version to another, has soured users’ opinion of the OS. Microsoft promises to address these concerns, and the latest one will arrive in the Creators Update next year, via what it has nicknamed the Unified Update Platform or UUP. Microsoft definitely loves its U’s and P’s.

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Minecraft: Education Edition has fully landed in classrooms

Minecraft: Education Edition has fully landed in classrooms

When Markus “Notch” Persson made Minecraft, he probably never envisioned it to be anything other than a sandbox video game. When Microsoft acquired developers Mojang, people feared that, in typical Microsoft fashion, the company would integrate and then kill Minecraft. Both, however, were proven wrong. Surprisingly, Minecraft branched out into more, unexpected places under Microsoft’s stewardship, and it is now officially and formally an educational tool. But unless you’re a school or educational institution or a student, you really won’t be able to get your hands on Minecraft: Eduction Edition.

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Dell’s new all-in-one PC sure looks a lot like the Surface Studio

Dell’s new all-in-one PC sure looks a lot like the Surface Studio

There isn't much question that Microsoft turned some heads when it revealed its new Surface Studio last week. It would seem, however, that it didn't just catch the attention of consumers, but also competitors. Dell has teased a new all-in-one PC today, and if imitation is a form of flattery, then Microsoft must feel pretty good about itself right now.

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