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Microsoft will shut down the Cortana iOS and Android apps in 2021 – Engadget

Microsoft will shut down the Cortana iOS and Android apps in 2021 – Engadget

Microsoft's plan for Invoke speakers is likely to cause the most resentment. The company will push a firmware update to the smart device to turn it into a Bluetooth speaker. "The firmware update will be delivered automatically to devices connected to WiFi within six months of its release," the company said. As an olive branch to…
Microsoft is reportedly in talks to buy TikTok’s US operations – Business Insider

Microsoft is reportedly in talks to buy TikTok’s US operations – Business Insider

President Donald Trump reportedly plans to direct China's ByteDance to divest its ownership of social media app TikTok's US operations.Fox Business Network's Charles Gasparino reports Microsoft is in talks to buy the stake.Microsoft and TikTok have yet to respond to requests for more information.Are you a Microsoft employee? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app…
Microsoft is shutting down Cortana on multiple devices, including iOS and Android – The Verge

Microsoft is shutting down Cortana on multiple devices, including iOS and Android – The...

Microsoft is rethinking its Cortana assistant, announcing that it will shut down the current iOS and Android apps, end Cortana support for the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker, and remove the original Cortana functionality from the first-generation Surface Headphones starting in 2021. These changes are still a few months away, but it marks another big…
Microsoft ‘will discontinue Xbox Live Gold and make multiplayer free’, it’s claimed – Video Games Chronicle

Microsoft ‘will discontinue Xbox Live Gold and make multiplayer free’, it’s claimed – Video...

Microsoft is reportedly set to discontinue Xbox Live Gold, which is currently required to play multiplayer Xbox games online.That’s according to VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb, who made the claim on Friday after a since-deleted listing by retailer Smyths Toys claimed Halo Infinite will feature a “groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience” running at 120fps.“Free-to-play Halo MP only…
The New Microsoft Edge – Microsoft Build 2020 – InfoQ.com

The New Microsoft Edge – Microsoft Build 2020 – InfoQ.com

Melanie Richards recently presented new and upcoming features for users and web developers that are being incorporated into the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. Since moving to Chromium, Edge has been slowly gaining user share, passing Firefox to become the second browser on desktop/laptop devices (according to netmarketshare). Melanie Richards summarized at Microsoft Build 2020 the…
Microsoft’s Edge browser is crashing if you have Google set as default search

Microsoft’s Edge browser is crashing if you have Google set as default search

Microsoft’s new Edge browser is randomly crashing when users type into the address bar tonight. The issues appear to be affecting Edge users who have selected Google as the default search engine. Microsoft says it’s aware of the problems and the company’s Edge team is investigating. Microsoft recommends turning off Search Suggestions in edge://settings/search. The…
Rumor: Sony and Microsoft still have major next-gen game announcements coming – GamesRadar+

Rumor: Sony and Microsoft still have major next-gen game announcements coming – GamesRadar+

Home News (Image credit: Microsoft, Sony) According to a credible new rumor, both Sony and Microsoft still have some major tricks up their sleeves when it comes to PS5 and Xbox Series X game reveals.Reportedly, both companies are feeling pressured to reveal pricing information before August's end and are sitting on big game announcements. Here's…
Microsoft Flight Simulator – Ask Me Anything – FSElite – FSElite

Microsoft Flight Simulator – Ask Me Anything – FSElite – FSElite

We’re pleased to announce a brand new way of delivering important Flight Simulation news and information directly to you. With us now having extensive hands-on time with the simulator, we’d like to invite you to ask us anything about the new simulator. In our upcoming live stream, we will answer all of your questions, showcase never-before-seen…
Microsoft Surface Duo release date, price, specs and news – Tom’s Guide

Microsoft Surface Duo release date, price, specs and news – Tom’s Guide

Home News Smartphones (Image credit: Microsoft) Get ready for Microsoft to jump back into the smartphone business — even if the tech giant insists its new Surface Duo device isn't really a phone.Microsoft Surface Duo SpecsDisplay: Two 5.6-inch AMOLED 1800 x 1350 displaysCPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855RAM: 6GBStorage: 64GB/256GBCamera: 11MP, ƒ/2.0Ports: USB-C (1), nanoSIM slotBattery: 3,460…
Microsoft’s astonishing climate change goals, explained

Microsoft’s astonishing climate change goals, explained

You could be forgiven for missing it, given the surplus of news, but the last few years have seen a profusion of climate change commitments from big tech companies. Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple have all promised to shrink their climate footprints, each attempting to outdo the others. Climate advocates are naturally leery of these…

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Target Black Friday deals: AirPods, Beats Studio 3 Wireless and more

Google Home MiniIf for some reason you haven't been able to snag a free Google Home Mini, Target has the next best thing: a $20 one. While Google has since replaced the Home Mini with the Nest Mini, the two devices aren't all that different. The latter's improvements include a wall mounting mechanism, in addition…

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