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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to remove several OS features

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to remove several OS features

The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 will be released in the coming weeks, and Microsoft promises it will include new features not only for creatives, but improvements to accessibility, security, and UI as well. Unfortunately, there are several existing features of the operating system that will be getting removed or deprecated with the update. Most of them are aging and no longer being developed, or they're being folded into other tools and applications.

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Microsoft swats Russia’s Fancy Bear with ingenious legal takedown

Microsoft swats Russia’s Fancy Bear with ingenious legal takedown

It's time for Putin's hackers to be on the receiving end of the beatdown stick of digital attacks this week. The folks behind the attack come from Microsoft, and the Russian hacker team goes by the name Fancy Bear. Yes, Fancy Bear, a name that's brought relative shame to the Democratic National Convention's game, also known as the Kremlin's cyber spy team. But Microsoft isn't attacking with "the cyber" - they're attacking with... the law!

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Microsoft just passed a huge milestone

Microsoft just passed a huge milestone

It's a good day to be Satya Nadella. Microsoft delivered its latest round of financials yesterday evening, and things are generally looking good across the board. Revenue and per-share earnings beat estimates in Q4, but even those aren't the biggest items Microsoft reported. Instead, our focus should be on Office 365, which passed an absolutely massive milestone during the quarter.

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Intel Clover Trail PCs – security updates until 2023 only

Intel Clover Trail PCs – security updates until 2023 only

If you were one of the early, and probably disappointed, adopters of the first breed of Windows 8.1 hybrids and convertibles, Microsoft has a good news, bad news thing for you. The good news is that your device is going to be supported for another six years. The bad news is that it only applies to security fixes. As far as “Windows as a Service” is concerned, last year’s Anniversary Update is the end of the line for these devices.

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Windows 10 older CPU cut-off: what you need to know

Windows 10 older CPU cut-off: what you need to know

Microsoft's newest way of working with Windows - Windows 10 specifically - limits the hardware a person can use if they want updates. This might not seem crazy to the average PC user - it might even make a lot of sense in a very basic way. You want new software, you need new hardware, right? Not quite so fast there, buckaroo.

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Microsoft’s Cortana thermostat GLAS has a Windows 10 IoT core

Microsoft’s Cortana thermostat GLAS has a Windows 10 IoT core

Microsoft has its own smart thermostat in the pipeline, and it is called GLAS. The model comes from HVAC provider Johnson Controls; it sports a Windows 10 Internet of Things core, according to Microsoft, and packs all of the intelligence of Cortana. The company is only teasing the thermostat at this time, and so there are some questions remaining. The model has, however, been shown off in a video.

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Full Windows 10 on phones is not going to happen, insists Microsoft

Full Windows 10 on phones is not going to happen, insists Microsoft

If you had any fantasies of running a "regular" Windows 10 stack on your phone, Microsoft just dashed them. Not that it was a completely viable dream anyway, even with Windows 10 on ARM almost in full swing. Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore confirms that phones, if there will ever be new ones, will be running Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile only. Which also implies that Windows 10 Mobile isn't going anywhere, at least for now.

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Foldable Surface Phone could just be a cruel tease

Foldable Surface Phone could just be a cruel tease

This is a tease in the truest sense of the word. Microsoft Azure's social accounts have put up what would have been a boring Node.js training ad if not for what it used to include in the image: a never before seen device that immediately calls to mind a foldable tablet or smartphone. Give how the post remains online, it's possible Microsoft didn't "accidentally" leak that image. It's more possible that Microsoft intentionally created a Photoshopped image for fun, which might also be a cruel joke for the Windows Phone loyal.

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Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft and Baidu are hooking up on autonomous car tech, with the Seattle software giant playing cloud host to the Chinese behemoth's self-driving ambitions. The collaboration will see Microsoft Azure made the home for the Apollo alliance, Baidu's attempt to make autonomous driving an open platform. Importantly, it gives Apollo some degree of legitimacy outside of Baidu's home turf.

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Windows 10 Creators Update compatibility excludes these PCs

Windows 10 Creators Update compatibility excludes these PCs

Some things are too good to be true or, at the very least, too good to last. Microsoft has committed to continually update Windows 10 and offer those updates for free as part of its “Windows as a Service” paradigm but everyone knows by now it’s a less than perfect strategy. Now reality is hitting some Windows PC owners even harder as they discover their 2 to 3 year old digital partners, many of them 2-in-1 tablets, locked out of the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. All because they have been deemed incompatible, despite having just received the Anniversary Update last year.

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Skype tweaked after user revolt: two missed features are back

Skype tweaked after user revolt: two missed features are back

Last month, Microsoft introduced a completely overhauled version of Skype, one that borrows heavily from Snapchat and that, for the most part, really upset users. The revolt was swift and harsh, and many have jumped ship altogether, electing to move to a different product entirely. Though the new version isn't going anywhere, the backlash has been at least a tiny bit successful in getting changes: Microsoft has brought back the status icon, for example, as well as another feature.

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Here’s what you’re getting in the new Outlook for iOS, Android

Here’s what you’re getting in the new Outlook for iOS, Android

When people think of email on mobile devices, they usually default to Gmail or Apple Mail, though some have found their own special email havens in other apps. Microsoft, once the king of productivity apps like email, barely leaves a mark in this space. It is, however, trying to make up for lost time and lost customers with its Outlook app for iOS and Android, as shown by this latest update that brings it up to snuff in the latest emailing conventions.

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