Lawmakers attending the Cleveland Republican National Convention where Donald Trump formally clinched the presidential nomination were able to ruminate about what they had done in a luxurious hideaway reportedly funded in part by Microsoft, Comcast, AT&T, Chevron, the Koch family, and Big Pharma.
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The Xbox One has had more interface updates than I've had hot dinners. And I'm a hungry guy. Every change has refined things further and further, and the Fall Update improves your Xbox home screen even more. It's also the last update before the Xbox One X launches, so it gets existing owners ready just in case they want to upgrade.
There's a new Surface Book -- the Surface Book 2. It has the newest Intel processors under the hood, the newest Nvidia graphics, and a new 15-inch screen size along the original 13.5-inch version. All that comes with up to 17 hours of battery life, which Microsoft says is 70 per cent more than the latest MacBook Pro the Surface Book goes up against.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a critical case over data privacy, the outcome of which will likely determine how easily law enforcement can gain access to information stored in tech companies' overseas data centres. Microsoft will go head-to-head with the Justice Department, arguing that the agency cannot use a warrant to collect emails held in Microsoft's Ireland data center.
It took a few revisions of Windows, but Microsoft is finally providing a consolidated and user-friendly way of managing applications the run at startup. Previously, you'd have to use Task Manager / msconfig or a third-party tool to do this easily, but come a future update of Windows 10, you'll be able to do it via the in-built Settings console.
Windows Phone is dead, but Microsoft isn't getting out of mobile -- in fact it's redoubling its efforts. With plenty of apps for iOS and Android out now and improving fast, you can recreate much of the feel of a Windows Phone on your existing handset, as long as you can live without those rotating tiles. Here's how to go all-in with Microsoft on mobile.
The sprawling inquiry into the extent of Russian attempts to purchase ads on the US internet before the 2016 US federal elections has expanded to yet another digital giant, with Microsoft confirming that it has launched an internal investigation into whether it sold such advertisements via its Bing search engine.
In case the lack of new phones or software updates didn't already clue you in, Microsoft has shut down any efforts to keep Windows Mobile 10 alive. On Twitter, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore stated that the company is no longer actively developing new features or hardware for the platform, and that he has even switched over to an Android phone for his personal mobile needs.
VR, like that one cousin on Facebook, can be hard to love. The potential is there, and you have all these fond memories -- mainly rooted in cool science fiction books you've read -- but in reality VR is pricey, buggy, and kind of limited to one experience: Games. Yet Microsoft has been making a lot of low key noise about VR, AR and mixed reality recently, and how it can be more than a tool for fragging aliens.
On Monday, Trump signed a memorandum to ramp up education initiatives in US STEM education and computer science, and on Tuesday, Ivanka joined a panel discussing the over $US300 million that tech companies have just pledged to K-12 computer science programs in the US. "Computer science and coding are a priority for the administration as we think about pathways for jobs," Ivanka said during the Internet Association lobby group's press conference. But to blindly believe that the Trump administration now gives a damn about these efforts requires a complete disregard of how the White House has screwed US education, science, and technology efforts in the past.
As Google and Apple (and Samsung) scramble to build the smartest, do-anything personal assistant for your phone, Amazon and Microsoft have elected to take a different route: They're working together rather than competing. The news arrived in the form of a joint announcement from both companies, and the New York Times is reporting that Amazon and Microsoft have spent the last year integrating Cortana into the Alexa ecosystem and vice versa.