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Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s Windows 10 S “Chromebook”

Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s Windows 10 S “Chromebook”

Surface Laptop? Windows 10 S? What sorcery is this? In just a few hours, we will hear Microsoft explain why it doesn't have a new high-end Surface in sight. Snarkasm aside, the Surface Laptop is what has alternately been speculated to be the Surface Book 2, sans the 2-in-1 form factor. And as a "Chromebook killer", this traditional portable computer will be running a not so traditional version of Windows 10, Windows 10 "S", previously known as Windows 10 Cloud.

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Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Don't expect the Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5, or even a Surface Phone at Microsoft's event this week, but do expect its answer to Google's Chromebook. Anticipation for what the software giant will do next with its premium Surface range has never been higher, not least because it was a disappointing glitch in an otherwise healthy financial quarter. It looks, though, like we'll have to wait a little longer to see how Microsoft will address that, because the company is too busy going back to school.

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Windows 10’s My People feature arrives in latest Insider build

Windows 10’s My People feature arrives in latest Insider build

Windows 10 users in Microsoft's Insider program are used to testing out the operating system's newest updates via test builds, and the latest includes a feature that was missing from the recent Creators Update. Called My People, the feature acts as a shortcut to users' most frequent contacts, allowing quick access to messaging and file sharing options. My People get pinned to the Windows 10 taskbar, making the selected contacts just a click away.

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Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Now this is a first. It's barely been a month since Microsoft opened the Creators Update floodgates and reception is rather lukewarm. In the past, Microsoft would be very aggressive in getting users to update to the latest version of Windows 10. This time, however, it is taking things slowly. Almost too slowly for some, which has lead those to manually download and install the update themselves. Which, in turn, has led to not a few broken Windows 10 PCs. Now Microsoft director Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery has written a blog post which basically tells users to be patient and wait their turn.

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There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have

There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have

Two of the three (or four) major software platforms are on smartwatches. There's Android Wear and there's Apple watchOS. For years, Microsoft fans have been waiting and crying out for a Windows-powered wearable. After the short live of the Microsoft Band, that possibility seemed dead in the water. Well, not anymore. Sort of. The good news: there is indeed an existing and, more importantly, working Windows 10 smartwatch. The bad news: this TrekStor IoT Wearable is not something you'll ever be able to buy off the shell.

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Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out

Better late than never, as they always say. And considering this is Microsoft and smartphones we're talking about, the default is, more often than not, "never". Still, the Creators Update for the mobile version of Microsoft's operating system has been promised and, in truth, was already rolled out to its Insiders group. Following the release of the update for Windows 10 on desktops, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar confirmed over at Twitter that the update is rolling out to everyone in waves. At least everyone eligible to get the update, of course.

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Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Microsoft has gradually been updating the default mail and calendar apps in Windows 10, turning them into viable alternatives for users who prefer desktop clients to those on the web. This includes the most recent update from February, which introduced the Focused Inbox feature, automatically detecting important emails and presenting them first. Now Microsoft has announced that it's allowing users with Google and Gmail accounts to take advantage of these new features.

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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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