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Microsoft Customer Support exposed 250 million user records

Microsoft Customer Support exposed 250 million user records

Microsoft may not be starting the year on the right foot, at least as far as security is concerned. Just last week the NSA of all people disclosed a critical Windows 10 vulnerability which was followed by a US-CERT report of an actively exploited Internet Explorer security bug. Microsoft's security mishap, however, may have gone even further back, extending up to New Year's Eve when it was discovered its Customer Support system was leaking millions of users' records on the Web.

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Microsoft Surface Duo SDK prepare Android devs for dual screens

Microsoft Surface Duo SDK prepare Android devs for dual screens

Microsoft doesn't seem to be kidding when it said it wanted to give developers the chance to prepare for its dual-screen future quite early. Over the past weeks, it has been dropping bits and pieces of its vision, like its Fluent design language the Microsoft Launcher for Android. Now it has dropped its biggest chunk yet, providing the most critical tool that Android developers will need to make sure that their apps will behave well on the Surface Duo.

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Xbox Series X leaked photos are all about ports

Xbox Series X leaked photos are all about ports

Even though the Xbox Series X is still (presumably) most of a year away, we know that prototypes and dev kits are out there. Today, one such prototype surfaced in a pair of leaked images that show off the front and back of the console. That, most importantly, means that we get to see what the port situation is like on this incoming machine.

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Windows 10 PowerLauncher will put Search and Run front and center

Windows 10 PowerLauncher will put Search and Run front and center

Windows isn't exactly an easy operating system to customize and bend to your will, which is why there is a market for third-party software that offer power user tools ranging from organizing windows to launching programs. Microsoft might be putting some of those out of business with the revival of its PowerToys suite, one of which will soon offer a more powerful way for users to search for things and run all sorts of commands in a single place.

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Project xCloud adds 15 more games including Destiny 2

Project xCloud adds 15 more games including Destiny 2

It seems that Microsoft has pushed a rather large update to its Project xCloud preview today, adding 15 new games to the service. Prior to this addition, there were already around 50 games available through the Project xCloud preview, so the addition of 15 is a significant one. There are some well-known names among the list of additions, including one of Google Stadia's marquee titles.

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Xbox Adaptive Controller mod for Nintendo Switch brings joy to disabled kids

Xbox Adaptive Controller mod for Nintendo Switch brings joy to disabled kids

The Nintendo Switch may have become the darling of the console gaming market but, more than a year ago, Microsoft did something that ranked it higher in the eyes of many gamers. Its Xbox Adaptive Controller or XAC practically opened the opening floodgates for people with disabilities by making it possible to create controller mods that catered to that underserved market. Now a dad has hastily put the two together to create an arcade-like controller that empowered his kids to play Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch.

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Internet Explorer security flaw in active use, patch still coming

Internet Explorer security flaw in active use, patch still coming

It may be long past expiration but Internet Explorer is still being used on some computers and in cases where companies or organizations have locked themselves into technologies that depend on good ol' IE. In fact, Microsoft's browser is still installed by default on almost all Windows computers, which means it can still become a security liability, like in this new flaw that's reportedly being exploited in the wild. Microsoft's response? Wait next month for the fix.

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Google Chrome battery usage could go down thanks to Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome battery usage could go down thanks to Microsoft Edge

Chrome may have the lion's share of the web browser market but it is no secret that it is also one of the more resource-heavy and battery-hungry options in the market. Not a problem for desktops, of course, but as more and more people start working more on laptops, it definitely becomes a pain point. Fortunately, there might be some hope coming and it's coming from a rather unexpected source: Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser.

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A look back at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era

A look back at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era

With next-generation consoles due to launch as early as May 2020, we are finally nearing the end of the road for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. These consoles have been docked by our TVs since 2013, with exciting releases that have shaped gaming as we know it.

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Windows 10 Your Phone might soon copy and paste content across devices

Windows 10 Your Phone might soon copy and paste content across devices

Microsoft seems to have found a way to make its presence in the mobile market felt even without having a mobile platform of its own. Instead of trying and failing to make its own mobile OS, it has started to focus on making its apps and services not only available on mobile but making them actually desirable. One of the most recent examples of that is the Your Phone app for Windows 10 that might soon have yet another feature that may make it worth having on your phone.

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Walmart bundles Xbox One S with Minecraft, V-Bucks, Xbox Live Gold

Walmart bundles Xbox One S with Minecraft, V-Bucks, Xbox Live Gold

Walmart has launched a new relatively cheap Xbox One S 1TB console bundle that includes three games, one of which is free, as well as extra perks on top of it like V-Bucks and a long free Xbox Live Gold trial. This is the slim digital-only version of the Xbox One console, meaning it doesn't have a disc drive and can only be used with digitally downloaded games, music, and movies.

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Microsoft makes Carbon Negative pledge: Here’s what that means

Microsoft makes Carbon Negative pledge: Here’s what that means

It's overwhelmingly clear that we need to do something about emissions if we want to curb the worst effects of climate change, and a big part of getting on the right track will be getting massive corporations on board. We've seen plenty of corporations talk about their sustainability plans, but today, one of the biggest is detailing what it will do to help: Microsoft.

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