Leaked Windows 10 Insider Build Reveals Revamped Start Menu

Microsoft’s Windows platform has come a very long way from back in the early days of Windows 3.1, where the Start Menu has become synonymous with Windows operating systems. Microsoft has made some changes to the design of the Start Menu over the years, most notably in Windows 8 when the company tried (and failed) to do something new and different.


Microsoft Announces $1 Billion Investment In OpenAI

Microsoft today announced that it’s investing $1 billion in Open AI. The two companies have embarked on a multi-year partnership which will see them working together on artificial intelligence and other technologies on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing infrastructure. Open AI was initially founded as a nonprofit in 2015 with $1 billion in funding from major Silicon Valley investors like Peter Thiel, Sam Altman, Reid Hoffman, and more.


Microsoft Embraces The $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ‘Lifehack’

Usually when companies discover pricing errors, they will be quick to correct it. However, in Microsoft’s case, it seems that the company is embracing it and are actually encouraging its customers to take advantage of it, albeit for a limited time.


Dark Mode For Microsoft Outlook Reportedly In Development

Having a dark mode for your app is in vogue these days so it’s hardly surprising to hear that Microsoft is working on one for Outlook as well. Not only does a dark theme look really nice but it also helps reduce battery usage on devices with AMOLED displays. Microsoft previously said that it was working on a dark mode for OneNote and it’s now doing the same for Outlook.


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Microsoft Kinect Used As A Security Camera At Newark Airport

Microsoft had pretty grand plans for its Kinect, where the motion-sensing device was kind of a revolution in the way games were designed. However, it didn’t really end up being the smash hit that they hoped, at least not amongst gamers. So much so that Microsoft ended up killing off the Kinect.


Windows 10 Update Will Allow Access To Third-Party Digital Assistants From The Lock Screen

Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana has been around for a while now, but it is largely underused when compared to other digital assistants like Google Assistant or Alexa. If you do like using digital assistants and would like to see greater functionality in Windows 10, then an upcoming Windows 10 update could be of interest to you.


Germany Bans Schools From Using Microsoft Office 365

When it comes to productivity software, there aren’t that many around, with most people turning to Microsoft Office as their software of choice. However, it seems that over in Germany, schools will no longer be allowed to use Microsoft Office 365, the cloud version of Microsoft’s Office software.


Microsoft’s Internet Card And Board Games Shutting Down

Microsoft has decided that it’s time to sunset its internet board and card games. This can be taken as yet another nudge by the company for users of older Windows versions to upgrade or get left behind. It’s shutting down several of its Internet Games for users on Windows 7 or earlier.


Microsoft To Shut Down Its Internet Games On Windows

As many Windows users are aware, Microsoft bundles a handful of games with its Windows operating system. This has been a staple feature over the past decade or so of Windows releases, but it seems that Microsoft has ultimately decided that they will be retiring some of them.


Microsoft And Xbox Accounts Will Be Closed If Inactive For Two Years

Given that most online services require us to create accounts, many of us have accounts that have not used for long and kind of just forgotten about. If that applies to you with regards to a Microsoft or Xbox account, then you might want to take note. Microsoft has said that it’s going to close all such accounts if they have been inactive for two years.


Upcoming Windows 10 Update Sees Microsoft Ditch The Password

Logging into your computer using a password has been the standard method of logging in for the past couple of decades. However, Microsoft envisions a future without passwords and they are looking to make that future a reality in an upcoming Windows 10 update.


Microsoft Appears To Be Prototyping Xbox Controllers For Mobile Devices

Game streaming appears to be set to become a new method of gaming in the future, where we will be able to stream all kinds of games to our devices, thus eliminating compatibility issues and also hardware restrictions. Microsoft has such a service in the works known as Project xCloud, and it seems that the company is working on controllers that would be compatible with it.


How To Format A Hard Drive (Mac)

If you just bought a brand new external hard drive and would like to format it so that it will be compatible on your Mac computer and also usable with a Windows device, this guide will show you how!


Microsoft Was Teasing Windows 1.0 For Netflix’s Stranger Things

Microsoft got many people talking when it started teasing an “all-new” Windows 1.0. People were quick to assume that it may have something to do with the return of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things. Since the show’s return is set in 1985, which also happens to be Microsoft’s banner year, it has now been confirmed that all of the teasing was indeed for a Stranger Things tie-in.