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Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich will join us for TC Sessions: Enterprise on September 5

Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich will join us for TC Sessions: Enterprise on September...

Being the CTO for one of the three major hyperclouds providers may seem like enough of a job for most people, but Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, has a few other talents in his back pocket. Russinovich, who will join us for a fireside chat at our TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise event in San…
Microsoft’s latest Surface updates are causing CPU and Wi-Fi issues

Microsoft’s latest Surface updates are causing CPU and Wi-Fi issues

Microsoft is working to fix CPU throttling on the company’s latest Surface devices, while owners complain of Wi-Fi issues, too. “We are aware of some customers reporting a scenario with their Surface Books where CPU speeds are slowed,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to TechRepublic. “We are quickly working to address via a…
Some Microsoft Surface devices are throttling down to 400MHz

Some Microsoft Surface devices are throttling down to 400MHz

The specs of the Surface devices are typically snappy, so with the Surface Pro 6 running at 1.9GHz, for example, the drop to 400MHz is an immense performance hit. It looks like the culprit is BD PROCHOT, an internal alert used by peripherals to tell a system's CPU to throttle its clock speed down to…
Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio

Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana...

Microsoft is the latest tech giant to amend its privacy policy after media reports revealed it uses human contractors to review audio recordings of Skype and Cortana users. A section in the policy on how the company uses personal data now reads (emphasis ours): Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated…
Microsoft warns Windows 10 users to update immediately over ‘critical’ vulnerabilities – Wink News

Microsoft warns Windows 10 users to update immediately over ‘critical’ vulnerabilities – Wink News

(CBS SF / CNN) Microsoft is warning Windows 10 users to update their operating system immediately because of two “critical” vulnerabilities. The company said the vulnerabilities are potentially “wormable,” meaning affected computers could spread viruses and malware without any action on the user’s part. There are “potentially hundreds of millions of vulnerable computers,” Simon Pope,…
Microsoft: Cloud gaming is “inevitable” but “years” from mainstream

Microsoft: Cloud gaming is “inevitable” but “years” from mainstream

slow your streaming roll — "I don't think anybody should tell you that there's no lag." Kyle Orland - Aug 14, 2019 4:35 pm UTC Enlarge / Project xCloud running Gears of War 4 at an E3 Microsoft Theater demonstration.With the planned 2019 launch of Project Xcloud, Microsoft isn't ignoring the game industry's current mania…
Microsoft vets, Ciara, and Macklemore team up to own Seattle Sounders soccer club

Microsoft vets, Ciara, and Macklemore team up to own Seattle Sounders soccer club

Seattle Sounders FC is getting a lot of new owners today as part of a joint ownership group spearheaded by former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson. Eleven families with connections to the Seattle area have teamed up to form a new ownership group for the Sounders soccer club, and they include some big names. Microsoft CEO…
Microsoft scraps major graphics update for Minecraft – CNET

Microsoft scraps major graphics update for Minecraft – CNET

Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Pack has been canceled. Microsoft Minecraft fans have been expecting a major update to the game since 2017. But the update has proved "too technically demanding," Microsoft said Monday, leading the company to cancel production.The update, called Super Duper Graphics Pack, was expected to bring more with lighting effects like shadows…
Microsoft drops one-off Office licenses from its Home Use Program

Microsoft drops one-off Office licenses from its Home Use Program

Microsoft will no longer sell one-off licenses for Office 2019 as part of its Home Use Program (HUP). As spotted by Computer World, the company updated it HUP frequently asked questions page to confirm: "Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 are no longer available as Home Use Program offers."The HUP is…
Microsoft contractors hear phone sex and more while reviewing Cortana, Skype audio

Microsoft contractors hear phone sex and more while reviewing Cortana, Skype audio

Speak up? — More than just Microsoft's voice assistant is being reviewed by contract workers. Anna Washenko - Aug 8, 2019 10:21 pm UTC Long-press the Action button to bring up Cortana.Here we go again. It's Microsoft's turn in the spotlight thanks to a new report about the company's practices for reviewing and improving its…
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‘Men in Black: International’ Disappoints at the Box Office

Thor: Ragnarok costars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star in Men in Black: International.Giles Keyte/Sony PicturesGood day, and welcome to this Monday's edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture news roundup. Today, we've got some sad news from the box office and some good news about Steven Spielberg's West Side Story movie. Oh, Taylor Swift…

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