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This leaked memo just made Microsoft vs Consumer Reports fascinating

This leaked memo just made Microsoft vs Consumer Reports fascinating

Microsoft's war over Surface reliability with Consumer Reports has taken another unexpected turn, with leaks suggesting a combination of ambition and inexperience led to higher than expected return rates. The two companies came head to head last week, after Consumer Reports took the unexpected decision to strip Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Laptop of their "recommended" ratings, in addition to warning buyers off the Surface Pro 4. That was down to the worrying results of a survey which suggested Microsoft's laptops and tablets were the least reliable in the industry.

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Xbox Live Creators Program debuts, allows indie self-publishing

Xbox Live Creators Program debuts, allows indie self-publishing

Microsoft has just made the Xbox platform a more welcoming place for indie game developers. The new Xbox Live Creators Program launched this week, allowing a developer of any size to publish their games for Xbox One or Windows 10. Nine new titles are available as part of the launch, with games published under the program found under the "Creators Collection" section of the Xbox Live store.

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Xbox Insider Program opens previews to everyone: Here’s how to join

Xbox Insider Program opens previews to everyone: Here’s how to join

Microsoft has announced that it will be simplifying the user testing tiers in its Xbox Insider program. Though the biggest and earlier updates will still be restricted significantly, Microsoft is now allowing everyone to opt into the Xbox Insider program. These follow changes that expanded the Xbox Insider program, but still kept it exclusive to a certain degree.

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Microsoft fires back at Consumer Reports’ Surface slight

Microsoft fires back at Consumer Reports’ Surface slight

Microsoft has pushed back at Consumer Reports' decision to strip the Surface range of its "recommended" award, arguing that its actual reliability is much better than was claimed. Consumer Reports had previously granted both the Surface Laptop and the Surface Book its coveted recommendation, based on factors such as performance and design. However, it backtracked after surveys of existing Surface owners reported significantly higher problems with their laptops and tablets compared to the rest of the industry.

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Windows 10 Pro for Workstations launched for power users

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations launched for power users

Looks like we’re back to the good old days of having almost a dozen different Windows editions for very specific sets of users. In addition to the basic Home and Mobile Windows 10 editions, there’s also Pro, Education, Pro for Education, Enterprise, Enterprise LTSB, Mobile Enterprise, IoT, Teams, and S. Actually, make that exactly a dozen. Introducing Windows 10 Pro for Workstation, designed for very high-end PCs and very advanced power users. Because Windows 10 Pro just isn’ t Pro enough.

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Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft might be reconsidering its Consumer Reports subscription today, with the news that the Surface Laptop and Surface Book have both been stripped of their "recommended" status. Concerns about reliability of the Surface line-up as a whole have prompted the review organization to backtrack on its awards, in addition to suggesting that the Surface Pro shouldn't be among your top considerations for a 2-in-1 hybrid, either. Microsoft is suitably outraged, as you'd expect, and indeed there are some big questions around just what Consumer Reports is testing and how they're doing that.

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Microsoft dodges antivirus antitrust with Windows 10 Fall tweaks

Microsoft dodges antivirus antitrust with Windows 10 Fall tweaks

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will see Microsoft change how it works with third-party antivirus developers, after being accused of anticompetitive practices. The change in policy comes after one high-profile security firm, Kaspersky Labs, slammed Microsoft back in November 2016 over what it claimed was a concerted effort to squeeze out third-party antivirus software and give priority to Microsoft's own Windows Defender. It wasn't just talk, either, with Kaspersky also filing complaints with antitrust investigators in both the EU and Russia.

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Consumer Reports just un-recommended Microsoft’s Surface range

Consumer Reports just un-recommended Microsoft’s Surface range

Consumer Reports has withdrawn its recommendations for Microsoft's Surface laptop and 2-in-1 range, citing concerns about reliability after polling owners. The decision particularly impacts the latest Microsoft Surface Laptop and the Surface Book, which the reviews organization had initially awarded its coveted "recommended" designation. However, Consumer Reports says it also applies to the Surface Pro released earlier in the year.

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Xbox Insider Program now open to all, rings get new names

Xbox Insider Program now open to all, rings get new names

Video games have become so sophisticated and so complex that each one, especially triple-A ones, take up a huge amount of human resources and working hours even just to get updates out the door. At the same time, players have equally become more sophisticated and more varied in their tastes that it’s no longer a one size fits all situation. But rather than just throw in more time and more people in perfecting an update, Xbox is taking a more efficient approach by harnessing the power of the crowd. Yes Xbox fans, the Xbox Insider Program is now open to everyone willing to lend a helping hand. With some caveats, of course.

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Next Major Xbox System Update: Sneak Peek!

Next Major Xbox System Update: Sneak Peek!

The Xbox Insider Program has an Xbox One update they've begun delivering today to all participants on the console. Customization elements will be delivered to both Xbox One and Windows 10. This new update will also give users an "effortless" guide navigation, a reorganized Activity Feed, and a new Game Bar. This update is all about deeper control of the system - how it looks and what it does.

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Xbox One Spotify app: There may be some great news

Xbox One Spotify app: There may be some great news

It's been a long time coming, but we may soon see a Spotify Music app land on the Xbox One. It almost strange to think that Spotify isn't on Xbox One yet, but considering that a Spotify app just arrived on the Windows 10 Store back in the June, the timing certainly seems right for a debut on Xbox One.

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Windows 10 preview gets Eye Control: here’s what it can do

Windows 10 preview gets Eye Control: here’s what it can do

Just yesterday, eye tracking experts Tobii and Microsoft announced a collaboration to bring a new input method to Windows users everywhere. Everywhere where there’s a Tobii tracker, that is. And this Eye Control technology isn’t something that’s for a not so distant future. In fact, it might be coming in the Fall Creators Update coming soon. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, specifically Build 16257 for PCs, introduces a beta version of the feature, giving everyone, both those disabilities and fully capable users, some hands-free control over their computers.

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