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Microsoft Just Blitzkrieged Its Own Phone Business

Microsoft has announced it will gut 1850 more jobs from its smartphone hardware business this year, with the bulk of job losses coming from Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland. The $950 million business write-off (or “streamlining”, as Microsoft calls it) comes a week after the company sold off its feature phone division to Foxconn in a $350 million fire sale. It was nice knowing you, Nokia.


Windows 10 Will Now Get Two Major Uprades Per Year

Microsoft has quietly revised its Windows 10 upgrade timetable, with the OS slated to receive two feature upgrades annually instead of the three that was previously advertised. In addition to saving time for home users, this should make the lives of IT departments and third-party developers marginally easier.


Chromebooks Are Now Outselling Macs

According to the latest figures from IDC, Chromebooks sales overtook Macs for the first time ever last quarter, with over two million Google-powered laptops sold in the US alone. (Apple “only” sold 1.76 million laptops in the same period.) The sales boost could not have come at a better time for Google, which is finally arming Chrome OS with a treasure-trove of apps from its Google Play store. In other words, we can expect the sales gap to widen as Chromebooks become fully-fledged computers — particularly in the business sector.


Microsoft Releases Service Pack-Like 'Convenience Rollups' For Pre-Windows 10 Systems

Microsoft is not as Service Pack happy as it once was. While Windows XP and 2000 had three and four SPs respectively, Windows 7 had just one while Windows 8 went with a versioning approach instead, in the form of 8.1. Microsoft now looks like it’s bringing Service Packs back for older platforms, except they’re called ‘Convenience Rollups’.


Microsoft Patches A Number Of Critical Vulnerabilities For Windows OS, Office and Browsers

In the latest Microsoft Security Bulletin, the vendor has issued patches for 16 security bugs for its software of which eight are rated as critical. Some of them affect all supported Windows operating systems including Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Among the critical security flaws found, a handful involved remote code execution which would allow hackers to take over vulnerable PCs. Here are the details.


Get The Newest Version Of Windows Forever With Windows Insider

The Anniversary update to Windows 10 is rolling out later this winter, but you can try out all the new features like Bash and notifications from your Android phone right now with the Windows Insider program.


Microsoft's All-Time Revenue Just Topped $1 Trillion

Last quarter, Microsoft’s all-time revenue finally surpassed the $1 trillion mark to join arch rival Apple in the “four commas” club. That’s a lot of Zune players.


IT Admins Can't Block Access To Windows Store On Windows 10 Pro Anymore

Companies running Windows 10 Pro used to have the ability to block workers from accessing Windows Store to prevent them from downloading unauthorised apps. Microsoft has now removed this features from the Pro version and has made it available only to the more expensive Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions. That’s a bummer for smaller businesses. Here’s what you need to know.


Reminder: Windows 10 Home Will Cost $179 Starting July 29

The free ride is nearly over. Microsoft has been offering (or in some cases forcing) a free upgrade to Windows 10 since it first came out. That offer is nearly off the table. After July 29, Windows 10 Home will cost $179.


Boomerang For Outlook Releases Read Receipts, Desktop Calendar Integration

Boomerang is an awesome tool that allows you to schedule your emails to send at a later date or time. Today, they have released some useful updates on Outlook: read receipts and Desktop Outlook integration.


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