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  1. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Partially Resumes Windows 10 October Update Rollout

    After pulling the release due to a bug that deletes user data, Microsoft is rolling out a patched version of the Windows 10 October Update to Windows Insiders. Interestingly, Microsoft notes that "one one-hundredth of one percent of version 1809 installs" reported any data loss, which could...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Announces xCloud Game Streaming Service

    Today, Microsoft officially announced Project xCloud, an Xbox game streaming service. Microsoft says they've built out custom hardware in their Azure datacenters to enable "compatibility with existing and future Xbox games." A video on Microsoft's blog shows off the new blade servers, which they...
  3. cageymaru

    TSMC to Start 5nm Production with Full EUV in April 2019

    TSMC has taped out its first chip with limited use of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) and will start risk production on a 5nm node with full EUV in April 2019. "TSMC said that N5 will deliver 14.7% to 17.7% speed gains and 1.8 to 1.86 area shrinks based on tests with Arm A72 cores. The...
  4. AlphaAtlas

    Windows Store Downloads are Still Getting Stuck

    VG247 says that some Forza Horizon 4 owners are struggling to download the Windows Store exclusive game. Apparently this isn't a new issue, as the author had problems trying to install Forza 7 and Gears of War 4 before, and claims that big downloads in general tend to stall on the Windows Store...
  5. AlphaAtlas

    Windows 10 October Update is Losing User Data

    The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is deleting user data, according to some scattered reports. Users claim that documents, images, and programs in user directories were wiped out after the update, and that their backups weren't found in the "Windows.old" folder the OS usually puts them in. That...
  6. AlphaAtlas

    Task Manager CPU Usage is Broken in the October 2018 Update

    According to a Reddit user, the Task Manager is showing incorrect CPU usage in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Per application CPU usage appears to be understated. Microsoft acknowledged this bug in a previous Windows build, but apparently it managed to slip into the current release. Thanks...
  7. cageymaru

    How Microsoft Became the New Apple

    Microsoft has rediscovered their desire to create interesting hardware and Apple has gotten a bit light on product reveals according to Mike Murphy of QZ.com. He attended the recent Microsoft Surface event which he describes as "felt very much like an intimate version of an Apple event," and...
  8. AlphaAtlas

    Microsoft Launches New Surface Devices

    Alongside the Windows 10 October Update, Microsoft refreshed their Surface product lineup today. The Surface Pro 6 gets a quad core CPU, an allegedly longer battery life, a matte black finish, and a $100 price bump to $899, but is otherwise similar to the last gen Surface Pro 5. The Surface...
  9. AlphaAtlas

    Windows 10 October Update Supports Raytracing

    Microsoft officially released the creatively-named Windows 10 October Update today. The new Windows build finally brings DirectX Raytracing support to the masses, as it was only available in developer builds before today. Both the official Windows Blog and Nvidia's blog post claim that...
  10. AlphaAtlas

    Xbox One to Get Keyboard and Mouse Support

    A few years ago, Phil Spencer hinted at Xbox keyboard and mouse support, and it seems that feature has finally materialized. On their website, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One is getting keyboard and mouse support, but with a few caveats. Its up to developers to build the feature into their...
  11. cageymaru

    Office 2019 Is Now Available for Windows and Mac

    Office 2019 is now available for Windows and Mac. This is the version of Office for consumers and businesses that aren't quite ready for the Cloud or able to receive regular updates. The well known software suite contains staples such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio, Access...
  12. cageymaru

    Microsoft Announces New AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon H-Series VM Solutions for HPC

    Microsoft has added H-series Azure virtual machines for High-Performance Computing to the Azure CycleCloud. The HB-series VMs feature 60 AMD EPYC 7551 processor cores, 4 GB of RAM per CPU core and no hyperthreading. The AMD EPYC platform has more than 260 GB/sec of memory bandwidth which is...
  13. cageymaru

    Hyper-V Quick Create Feature Makes Creating Ubuntu Virtual Machines Easier

    Microsoft has collaborated with Canonical to make running Linux even easier on Windows 10. The Hyper-V Quick Create command in the upcoming Fall Creator's Update will feature a virtual machine image that can be launched by typing "Hyper-V Quick Create" in your start menu. In addition to the...
  14. AlphaAtlas

    WIndows Interrupts Chrome and Firefox to Promote Edge

    Microsoft is getting more aggressive in its attempts to push the Edge browser. In Windows 10 insider build 17744, whenever users try to install or open Firefox or Chome, they get a pop up reminding them Edge is already installed on their system. This feature isn't in mainstream builds of Windows...
  15. cageymaru

    Xbox All Access Is Live

    Every wanted a Xbox One console but really didn't want to pay the upfront costs? Don't fret because Microsoft and Dell are here to save the day! Xbox All Access is now live and allows customers to finance a new Xbox console with 2 years of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold services included...
  16. DooKey

    'Xbox All Access' Possible New Subscription Service With Live, Game Pass, and an Xbox

    Windows Central has heard Microsoft might be announcing a new service later this month called Xbox All Access. The new subscription service will be a 2-year contract that provides an Xbox One S, Xbox Live, and Xbox Game Pass for $22 per month and $35 per month if you want the Xbox One X. If...
  17. cageymaru

    Microsoft Patch Tuesday Addresses Intel L1 Terminal Fault Vulnerability

    Microsoft Patch Tuesday has implemented fixes and improvements to address the newly disclosed Intel L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF). AMD's Bulldozer and Jaguar processors reclaim lost performance as an issue that caused high CPU usage and degradation with Family 15h and 16h AMD processors was...
  18. cageymaru

    Industry Powerhouses Invest into Game Streaming as a Game Console Replacement

    Gaming corporations have long flirted with the allure of game streaming titles instead of selling consoles to consumers as the hardware is sold at a loss in some cases. Microsoft and Nintendo are said to be working on streaming services where you can play a game on most devices as long as it...
  19. cageymaru

    HoloLens Research Mode Spotlights New Azure Sensor Tech Coming to HoloLens 2.0

    MIcrosoft HoloLens hasn't gotten off to the fastest start as the device has been relegated to researchers, developers and limited industrial uses. At the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Microsoft gave a demo of the recently released Research Mode which allows developers...
  20. cageymaru

    The Department of Defense Begins Taking Proposals for $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

    The Department of Defense (DoD) has begun taking proposals for the JEDI Cloud contract. These proposals will be evaluated and a single cloud provider will be awarded a $10 billion contract to provide secure cloud services for the DoD. The contract will be competitively awarded but Amazon Web...
  21. DooKey

    Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter Team up for Data Transfer Project

    Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have announced a new project that will enable users to use data from one service to sign up for one of the other services. They say this will allow user data to be transferred in and out of the services involved without the user requiring help from the...
  22. cageymaru

    Remedy Entertainment Ditches Microsoft for Control Game Release

    Remedy Entertainment has announced that they have lost their bid to continue work on the Alan Wake and Quantum Break franchises. After going to great lengths to make sure that the writing in the games was done in a way to allow for sequels, Microsoft which owns the exclusive rights to the...
  23. cageymaru

    Facial Recognition Technology Needs Government Regulation According to Microsoft

    A Microsoft blog called out elected governmental officials to draft laws that would regulate the usage of facial recognition technology. They stressed the need for the development of norms based on acceptable uses. Microsoft gave examples such as government tracking of citizens over the course...
  24. R

    Microsoft Re-Releases The IntelliMouse

    In an announcement today on the Windows Blog, Microsoft is bringing back the Classic IntelliMouse. Originally launched in 1996, this new version is based upon the 2003 IntelliMouse, which was the last model in the lineup. To go along with the announcement, Microsoft has released a fantastic Rube...
  25. DooKey

    Nintendo And Microsoft Are Rubbing Sony's Face In It

    Last week we brought you news of Sony locking Fortnite accounts to PS4 only and the uproar this is causing. This week Microsoft and Nintendo are jumping on the bandwagon and put out a joint video that highlights how they play well together and Sony doesn't. It's a pretty good jab at Sony and the...
  26. FrgMstr

    Microsoft Declares PC Best for VR & AR

    We welcome Microsoft to the PC Master Race. Console plebs need not apply. I am sure Sony will have something to say about this. But if you were holding out hoping to get some VR action on the upcoming next-gen Xbox, you will likely be waiting a long time. Maybe 1180 will be out by then...
  27. DooKey

    The Xbox One Won't Support VR, Because Microsoft Broke Its Promise

    I'm going to get straight to the point here and let you console peasants know that Microsoft lied to you. Yes, they lied and you aren't going to get VR on the Xbox One for the foreseeable future. I know this is surprising and hard to believe that they would treat you that way, but they are...
  28. modi123

    Hololens2 - Announcing 2nd half 2018; out 2019.

    This certainly makes me happy and I can quit lurking in fleabay for a used hololens from a reputable seller! https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/13/17458168/microsoft-hololens-2-details-rumors
  29. DooKey

    Folding Andromeda Device Could be Microsoft’s iPhone Moment

    Microsoft has been rumored to have a folding phone in the works for some time and the latest patent of the device shows how it could be used and what it would display. It looks like a small hinged tablet and has displays on both sections. The keyboard appears to be a GUI and can disappear when...
  30. DooKey

    AI Powers Windows 10 April 2018 Update Rollout

    Microsoft is proud of their latest update rollout and they give all the credit to AI for making it happen smoothly. They say this is the first time they've leveraged AI on this scale and it really improved the quality and reliability of the update. The AI uses feedback from all that telemetry MS...
  31. DooKey

    Microsoft Takes Aim at Amazon With Push for Checkout-Free Retail

    Microsoft wants part of the checkout-free action that Amazon is starting to use at their Amazon Go stores in Seattle. The basic idea is the store figures out what you put in your shopping cart and then automatically charges you for the goods when you leave. Amazon is leading the way currently...
  32. R

    Crackdown 3 May Be Delayed Until 2019

    In a report from DSOGaming today, sources are saying that the next Microsoft exclusive title, Crackdown 3, may be delayed until 2019. For those who have not been following, Crackdown 3 was announced at E3 2014 as an Xbox One exclusive, and officially revealed at Gamescom 2015 with a 2016 release...
  33. FrgMstr

    Microsoft Buys GitHub Confirmed

    Yesterday's rumor has turned into today's confirmation. Microsoft has purchased GitHub for $7.5B. Obviously those guys are smiling because the community is so happy about this. GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all...
  34. DooKey

    Microsoft Updates Microsoft Services Agreement to Clarify Xbox Tracking

    Microsoft is sending a new service agreement notice to users that log into their Hotmail account that requires them to accept the agreement or they can no longer use Hotmail. This kind of agreement is normal, however, among many things this one is saying that you have to agree to tracking of...
  35. DooKey

    Microsoft Patches Problematic OS to Deal With SSD Woes

    A couple of weeks back we reported about a problem with the latest version of Windows 10 and Intel SSDs. A nasty bug in the new OS could bork installs on machines with some Intel SSDs. That's the bad news and now we have the good news that Microsoft has patched this flaw and a manual update will...
  36. FrgMstr

    Cortana Not Going Away Whether You Like it or Not

    Microsoft has announced that it has purchased Semantic Machines, a company that is "advancing the state of conversational AI." This will put Cortana into the position of being the most advanced OS AI that will never be used by most of its owners. Thanks cageymaru. We are excited to announce...
  37. DooKey

    Microsoft Lets You Gift Digital PC Games Now

    Microsoft has finally caught up to the likes of Steam and Origin in the PC game gifting arena. You can now go to the Microsoft Store and gift any PC or Xbox One game. However, there are some limits on sale games and you can't gift a pre-order or free game. Also, games can only be redeemed in...
  38. DooKey

    Consumers Turn Against Skype Since Microsoft Acquisition

    Skype was once one of the most popular if not the most popular calling service on the internet. Things changed when Microsoft acquired them for $8.5B in 2011 and then proceeded to make Skype a business product that they now bundle with Office 365 and try to steal customers from Cisco. Many...
  39. R

    Samsung and Microsoft Expanding Partnership

    The Korea TImes is reporting that Samsung and Microsoft are expanding their alliance for mixed reality. The article states that Samsung is working on developing cordless, and high priced headsets that support AR and VR, while Microsoft is lowering its royalties to help entice users. Samsung has...
  40. R

    FTC Gives 30 Days to Get Rid Of Illegal Warranty Void Stickers

    In a follow up to a story we did last month where the FTC stated that "Warranty Void if Removed" stickers are BS, Motherboard has obtained copies of the letters sent to companies via a FoIA request. The companies that were warned in the letters were Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Hyundai, HTC, and...
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