News tagged: Microsoft

Cortana Now Works On Android Lock Screen

Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can now function on Android's lock screen, allowing it to be used as a more complete alternative to competing assistants. This feature entered the app's beta in January and now all users are gaining access to it.

Microsoft Removes All Lumia Phones From Its Store

Just days after the German police in Hamburg purchased 900 Lumia smartphones at the cost of €100,000, Microsoft has decided to remove all Lumia smartphones from its online store in the United Kingdom. Currently, there are only two choices left if you want to purchase a Windows

Microsoft Surface 2 Won't Have Detachable Design

One of the key selling points of Microsoft's first notebook was its modular design, where users could use it as a tablet or a laptop, depending on what they want to use it for. Unfortunately, Microsft is now rumoured that the successor to the original model won't sport the

Microsoft Ending Vista Support In Under A Month

Microsoft's support for Windows Vista is rapidly coming to an end. The operating system will no longer be supported come April 11, which means those who are still on the platform will stop getting security updates, non-security updates, and assisted support options.

Microsoft Teams Released Globally

Microsoft's Slack alternative has been released for Office 365 users around the world. Microsoft Teams is a business-centric chat app that comes with deep Office integration. Its roll out includes audio calling support on mobile devices and video calling on Android.

Project Scorpio May Offer 4K Recording, Streaming

Recording and streaming gameplay in 4K may be possible with Project Scorpio. Microsoft has already confirmed the console supports native 4K games, and a report from Windows Central claims the system will feature HEVC and VP9 codecs, and it'll be a big upgrade over the Xbox One.

Skype Now Supports Macbook Pro's Touch Bar

Following the launch of Apple's MacBook Pro, Microsoft first released updates to its Office suite to support the laptop's Touch Bar feature. Many apps have yet to get the support, but the company has now released a new version of Skype that supports the OLED strip.

Playable Ads On Windows 10 Let You Try Apps

Microsoft has launched a preview of Playable Ads, a new format that lets people try a Windows 10 app before actually downloading it. The format is similar to Google's Instant Apps, which give people a chance to run Android software without an installation.

Official Xbox Project Scorpio Page Goes Live

Microsoft already confirmed that they are working on a more powerful Xbox console codenamed Project Scorpio. The company also revealed some details, alongside approximate release date, but now the official page of the console went live in the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Teams Launching Next Week

Microsoft's alternative to Slack, known as Microsoft Teams, will become available next week. It's been available since late 2016 for a small group of users. Microsoft will hold an online event on March 14 to show off the new service to Office 365 users.

Microsoft Closing Socl Network Next Week

A social network operated by Microsoft that few people ever heard of is closing down next week. Socl will no longer be available come March 15. It launched over four years ago and never gained much traction. Socl was available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Microsoft, Google Increase Bug Bounties

Google and Microsoft are both increasing their payouts for bug bounties. In the case of Google, you can get $31,377 rather than $20,000 when locating a Remote Code Execution bug and you can also earn more than before for an "unrestricted file system or database access" bug.