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Windows 10 Cloud specs leak alongside details of Chromebook rival

Windows 10 Cloud specs leak alongside details of Chromebook rival

Microsoft's upcoming May 2nd event is only a few weeks away, and while we already know it will focus on education, new information has emerged that hints we'll finally see the debut of Windows 10 Cloud, a scaled-back version of the operating system designed to compete with Chrome OS on low-spec hardware. Among the new details are a list of minimum specs for Windows 10 Cloud, revealing how such devices running the OS would compare to Google’s Chromebooks.

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The Force is with Xbox Live’s Games with Gold in May

The Force is with Xbox Live’s Games with Gold in May

Microsoft has announced Xbox Live's Games with Gold for the month of May, and Star Wars fans will want to take note. May's selection of free games includes not one but two Star Wars titles, likely as a way to celebrate Star Wars day on May 4th. If you missed out on these Star Wars games the first time around, this is a good chance to pick them up.

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Microsoft To-Do set to replace Wunderlist, preview now out

Microsoft To-Do set to replace Wunderlist, preview now out

When Microsoft sunsetted the popular Sunrise calendar app that it acquired, there were fears that it would do likewise when it acquired popular list app Wunderlist. Consider those fears well-founded as Microsoft releases the preview version of the generic-sounding Microsoft To-Do. It's too early to say if To-Do will be able to match up to the standards set by Wunderlist, but Microsoft made it unambiguously clear. Wunderlist is on its way out.

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Windows 10 will be getting a Power throttling feature

Windows 10 will be getting a Power throttling feature

The Windows 10 Creators Update introduced a Game Mode that would, in theory, hand over most of the hardware resources and processing power to games. Now it seems that Microsoft has plans to go the other way and introduce a feature that would reduce programs' use of resources in order to prolong battery life. "Power throttling" isn't going to be its final name, but that pretty much explains what it does. The feature will allocate just enough processing power to background processes to keep them running while keeping power consumption to a minimum.

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Microsoft reveals which Windows Phones will be getting Creators Update

Microsoft reveals which Windows Phones will be getting Creators Update

While the new Creators Update officially rolled out to Windows 10 users on the PC earlier this week, Windows Phone holdouts are still waiting. That will change on April 25th, however, Microsoft has stated that only a handful of devices will be eligible for the update. Even more disappointing is that Windows Phones that don't support the Creators Update will no longer receive future development builds from the Windows Insider Program.

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Microsoft confirms Windows’ NSA hacking loopholes have been patched

Microsoft confirms Windows’ NSA hacking loopholes have been patched

Yesterday, the computer security industry woke up to the news that a hacker group known as "Shadow Brokers" had released a handful of exploits for Windows operating systems, along with details about how these tools had been created by and stolen from the NSA. While alarms are ringing about the US government's ability to hack consumer PCs, Microsoft has fortunately come forward to clarify that Windows has already been patched to prevent use of these exploits.

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Microsoft and Porsche strike partnership for Forza franchise

Microsoft and Porsche strike partnership for Forza franchise

Microsoft and Porsche have announced a new partnership that will see the duo working together on Forza-related efforts. The partnership is for the next six years, and will have both companies collaborating on 'co-branded initiatives' between Microsoft's Turn 10 Studios and Porsche. All of its starts with the Forza Racing Championship Season 3: The Porsche Cup, which Porsche is sponsoring. Registration for that is now open.

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What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

Earlier this week, Xbox One owners participating in the Xbox Preview program were greeted with a rather nice surprise: Microsoft has implemented a beta test for a refund system. Not only is this refund system apparently planned for both Xbox One and Windows 10, but it's also self-service, meaning you don't need to go through customer support to get your money back. This is very exciting news because it's a move that's ultimately great for consumers.

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Windows 7, 8.1 no longer getting updates on new processors

Windows 7, 8.1 no longer getting updates on new processors

Windows Vista may have just been finally put to rest, but it won’t be alone soon. Well, not too soon, at least. Windows 7 and even Windows 8.1 have been put on notice, whether you like or not. And some definitely won’t. Users of these older versions are reporting that they are no longer able to receive updates, even critical security ones. And they’re only fault is for trying to run an older, but technically still supported, Windows version on super recent and more capable processors.

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Xbox One, Windows 10 self-service refunds are here

Xbox One, Windows 10 self-service refunds are here

Ever bought a game that didn't play out as advertised? If you bought a PC game, especially on Steam, you can easily have it refunded. If you're a console gamer, then you're out of luck. Even mobile platforms like Android and iOS have refund policies. Pretty soon, however, Xbox and Windows gamers will be able to lord it over their counterparts, as Microsoft has finally unveiled its "self-service refund" system. Or at least to the members of its Alpha testing group.

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Microsoft event announced, may miss Surface Pro 5

Microsoft event announced, may miss Surface Pro 5

It looks like Microsoft has something big planned for May 2, as it will be hosting an event in New York City on that day. If, upon hearing that, the first thing to pop into your head was "Surface Pro 5 reveal," you're likely not alone. With plenty of rumors floating around the internet, consumers are definitely ready for a Surface Pro 5 announcement.

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Windows 10 Creators Update is now officially rolling out

Windows 10 Creators Update is now officially rolling out

Let a thousand updates bloom! Microsoft has just finally fired off the release engines to bring the latest major update of Windows 10 to the general public. Of course, it's not as big a jump as Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 considering Microsoft's new found path of rolling updates, but it's a significant one nonetheless. Microsoft has already been teasing and revealing what users can expect so there are very few surprises. At least the positive ones. So far, the rollout hasn't yet been met with botched updates and broken systems, so we'll keep our fingers crossed.

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