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Twin-screen Duo puts Microsoft back in smartphone game

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The Surface Duo sports two 'paper-thin' 5.6-inch screens that unfold and work in harmony with a specially tailored Android operating system

MICROSOFT SURFACE DUO. This handout photo obtained October 2, 2019 courtesy of Microsoft shows a woman looking at a new dual-screen device Surface Duo. Handout photo by Microsoft/AFP

Grab partners with Microsoft for digital literacy initiative

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The partnership is meant to upskill millions of Southeast Asians for the new digital economy

GRAB FOR GOOD. Grab announces a digital literacy initiative with Microsoft as part of its Grab for Good program. Photo by Kyle Chua

'Deepfake challenge' aims to find tools to fight manipulation

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:44 PM

The initiative announced Thursday, September 5, includes $10 million from Facebook and aims to curb what is seen as a major threat to the integrity of online information


Tech firms, U.S. officials talk election protection at Facebook

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:24 PM

'Improving election security and countering information operations are complex challenges that no organization can solve alone,' says Facebook's Nathaniel Gleicher

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. A picture taken on September 4, 2019 shows logos of US social networking websites Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, displayed on smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Amazon, Microsoft, 'putting world at risk of killer AI' – study

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The use of AI to allow weapon systems to autonomously select and attack targets has sparked ethical debates in recent years

SoftBank unveils investment fund to drive 'AI revolution'

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Japan's SoftBank group plans to partner with tech firms including Apple and Microsoft in a new $108-billion investment fund to accelerate the 'AI revolution'

SOFTBANK. This picture taken on November 23, 2018 shows people walking in front of a shop of Japan's telecoms giant SoftBank in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP


3 myths to bust about breaking up 'big tech'

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Here are 3 myths worth discussing and busting when it comes to the idea of breaking up large tech conglomerates

Profit soars for Microsoft fueled by cloud, business services

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

'It was a record fiscal year for Microsoft, a result of our deep partnerships with leading companies in every industry,' says CEO Satya Nadella.

NADELLA. In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event where they unveil their cooperation for the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud developed with Microsoft. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP


Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape the economy

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal data, and the capture and production of this data relies on mass surveillance of the internet

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Microsoft's OneDrive to get encrypted Personal Vault feature, more paid storage

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Personal Vault is a protected area on your OneDrive account which uses two-factor authentication to keep files in that area safe

Microsoft gives glimpse of new Xbox console

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) Xbox head Phil Spencer puls back the curtain on 'Project Scarlett,' the creation of a successor to the Xbox One that will give game makers 'the power they need to bring their creative visions to life'

PROJECT SCARLETT. Microsoft Xbox head and executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer announces the new Xbox Project Scarlett console at their press event ahead of the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles on June 9, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

What Microsoft announced at its Xbox E3 2019 briefing

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:24 AM

Here's a quick list of the announcements and some of the trailers from Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 briefing

XBOX E3 2019 BRIEFING. Screenshot from livestream

U.S. antitrust hammer for Big Tech: What happens next?

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Each firm has different issues, but any probes could center on whether they abused their dominant position and stifled competition

Video game rivals Microsoft and Sony team up in cloud

May 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform will be used by both Sony and Microsoft to support game and digital content streaming services, according to a statement

TEAM-UP. Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation (left), and Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. Photo from Microsoft press release.

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

May 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft meet with leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the 'Christchurch Call' of voluntary commitments for online platforms

TECH FOR GOOD. Orange CEO Stephane Richard, right, is watched by Google's Jacquelline Fuller, left, as he speaks during a "Tech For Good" meetup to launch anti-terror 'Christchurch Call' at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


Microsoft surges toward trillion-dollar value as profits rise

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Microsoft shows its reliance on cloud computing and other business services which now drive its earnings

MICROSOFT. This picture taken on on May 25, 2016 shows Microsoft's Finnish headquarters in Espoo. Photo by Vesa Moilanen/AFP


Microsoft announces disc-less 'All-Digital Edition' Xbox One S

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition takes away the disc tray on the console, providing it instead with 1 terabyte of storage space and 3 bundled games for a $249 price tag

Photo from Microsoft


Windows 10 update allows for quick removal of USB drives by default

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Users can now remove USB drives without using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' process

Windows 7 gets patch reminding users of 2020 end-of-support date

Mar 21, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The Windows 7 patch will begin sending notices of the impending end-of-support date beginning April 18

U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Iranian hackers caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Microsoft researchers say the attackers stole secrets and wiped data from networks after targeting thousands of people at some 200 companies over the past two years


Microsoft HoloLens 2 announced ahead of MWC 2019

Feb 25, 2019 - 2:23 AM

The headset allows people to collaborate across distances using holograms in mixed reality

HOLOLENS 2. HoloLens creator Alex Kipman shows off the HoloLens 2. Screenshot from livestream.

Xbox Live cross-platform play may be coming to Android, iOS, Nintendo

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Microsoft's releasing a software development kit at GDC 2019 which would allow game developers to 'connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs'

EXPANDING YOUR GAMING. Microsoft aims to bring a new software development kit that will connect gamers across multiple platforms. Screen shot from YouTube livestream.

Microsoft 'waiting to find out' why Bing went offline in China

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Bing's temporary disruption comes as a surprise because the search engine has followed China's censorship rules

Screenshot from Bing.com


Future version of Windows 10 will reserve system space for updates

Jan 10, 2019 - 5:46 PM

'With reserved storage, updates, apps, temporary files, and caches are less likely to take away from valuable free space and should continue to operate as expected,' Microsoft explains

Windows 10 edges out Windows 7 as most popular operating system

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Net Applications' report says Windows 10 now has 39.22% market share compared to Windows 7, which has 36.9%

Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles, urges new laws

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:45 PM

It's urgent to begin placing limits on facial recognition to avoid the surveillance state described in George Orwell's '1984,' says Microsoft president Brad Smith


Test how well you can imitate emojis with new Microsoft app

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:38 PM

How good are you at contorting your face?

Screenshot from Emoji8's Microsoft store page


The biggest announcements of Microsoft’s XO18 event

Nov 11, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Microsoft shares details about upcoming Xbox One games, services, and new acquisitions.

X018. Microsoft's latest fan celebration is in Mexico City. Screen shot from livestream.

Microsoft's fiscal Q1 2019 profit soars on cloud services

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Azure cloud services and the career-focused social network LinkedIn power Microsoft's growth


Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Allen dead at 65

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Paul Allen died just two weeks after publicly revealing that non-Hodgkin's lymphoma he fought into remission 9 years ago had returned

PAUL ALLEN. Billionaire Paul Allen, who founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, died on October 15, 2018 at the age of 65 after his latest battle with cancer, his family said. File photo by Hector Mata/AFP

Microsoft open-sources 60,000 patents to protect Linux

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Microsoft hopes its move to support the Open Invention Network 'will attract many other companies to OIN, making the license network even stronger for the benefit of the open source community'

Microsoft announces game-streaming technology Project xCloud

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:04 PM

With the new technology, Microsoft aims to provide console and PC gamers more flexibility as to where they can play their games

MICROSOFT AND GAME STREAMING. Project xCloud aims to bring console and PC games to mobile devices. Screenshot from YouTube.

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 update is out now

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The update adds new features for Windows 10, while also introducing features Android devices and iPhones can take advantage of

WINDOWS 10's OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE. Windows 10 gets new features, and your phone gets new apps to connect them. Image from Microsoft.

UK demands action from tech giants over online child abuse

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'I've been impressed by the progress the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Apple have made on counter-terrorism. Now I want to see the same level of commitment from these companies and others for child sexual exploitation,' British interior minister Sajid Javid says

Microsoft to require US suppliers to offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:47 AM

The new policy applies to US suppliers with 50 or more employees who do substantial work for the company

MICROSOFT. The tech giant, whose logo and CEO Satya Nadella appear in this photo, is demanding more progressive work conditions from its suppliers. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


Russian hackers went after conservative U.S. groups – Microsoft

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:12 PM

The fake, lookalike websites were aimed at diverting users from the real ones in order to siphon off email and passwords, Microsoft says

How close are we to the end of the gaming console?

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:09 PM

With the technology to beam console-quality games to any device, consumers would not have to spend the money for a $600 or $800 box, one analyst observes

These tech giants are the world's top 5 in stock value

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Apple leads in the profits column by a mile with $48.4 billion in 2017. Microsoft comes in at a far second with $16.6 billion in its 2018 fiscal year, and Facebook at third with $15.9 billion


Milestones: Apple's road to being a trillion-dollar enterprise

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:41 AM

Nearing bankruptcy in 1997, Microsoft lends Apple a helping hand in the form of a $150M cash injection. About 21 years later, Apple becomes the first trillion-dollar company, surpassing its benefactor

JOBS. This file photo taken on January 9, 2007 at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco, California shows the late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveiling the iPhone, then revolutionary for being just about half-an-inch (1.3 centimeters) thick, its touchscreen, and combining phone functionalities, internet capability an MP3 player, and a two megapixel digital camera. File photo by Tony Avelar/AFP


Tech titans jostle for Pentagon's 'JEDI' cloud contract

Jul 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

JEDI stands for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure

PENTAGON. An aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. File photo by US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP


Microsoft reportedly working on next-gen, streaming-only Xbox

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The console is said to have just enough local computing power for controller input, image processing, and collision detection

Photo from Microsoft


Tech giants working on universal data portability project

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The open-source initiative will let users transfer their data from one service to another conveniently

Microsoft profit climbs in Q2 2018 as cloud grows

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:14 AM

'Our early investments in the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are paying off,' says CEO Satya Nadella

MICROSOFT. File photo by Vesa Moilanen/AFP


Microsoft urges regulation of face-recognizing tech

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Rapid improvements in face recognition technology prompt Microsoft to call for government regulation to protect people from potential abuse

Valve to end Steam support for Windows XP, Vista in 2019

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Steam will continue to run and launch games on these operating systems for the remainder of 2018 with limited functionality

Next-generation Xbox arriving in 2020 – report

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Microsoft is reportedly working on a family of devices, instead of just a single one

XBOX ONE X. A reported successor to the Xbox One line is coming in 2020. Screen shot from YouTube livestream.

The big announcements from Microsoft's Xbox E3 2018 press conference

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Here’s a quick roundup of key announcements and some additional trailers shown off by Microsoft at its Xbox E3 conference on Monday, June 10 (June 11, Manila time)

XBOX @ E3 2018. Microsoft lets us jump in for an amazing ride. Screenshot from livestream.

4 more fun game trailers from Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Here's a roundup of 4 more trailers from the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing for your viewing pleasure

XBOX E3 2018 BRIEFING. Screenshot from livestream.

Microsoft buys 4 indie studios, forms a fifth studio too

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:02 AM

Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory will be joining Microsoft's roster of first-party studios

NEW FIRST-PARTY STUDIOS. Microsoft announces Ninja Theory as a new first-party studio for the company. Screenshot from livestream