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Back in the 1990s, one company pretty much dominated mobile computing. That company was Palm. But, by the end of the last millennium, Microsoft decided that mobile computing was a big deal and they sunk a bunch of effort in developing Windows CE, then Pocket PC and eventually, Windows Mobile. Palm disappeared and Microsoft ruled the roost for a while. But then Apple released the iPhone, Google released Android and Microsoft found themselves dumped from leadership to being an also-ran in very short time. And after trying to reassert themselves, Microsoft has finally given up on Windows Phone. Which is a shame.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Microsoft has announced that Sydney will become the location of the eighth Microsoft ScaleUp program technology startups. Other ScaleUp cities include Seattle, Beijing, Berlin, and London. The new initiative was officially opened by the NSW Premier, the honourable Gladys Berejiklian, today. Microsoft also recently announced that Sydney-based Annie Parker, the former CEO of Fishburners and co-founder of muru-D, has been appointed to lead Microsoft’s startup programs globally, including Microsoft ScaleUp.

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A significant software re-write will be needed to fix a bug with Skype for Windows. Vulnerability in the application's update feature means a malicious actor can gain access to the computer's system account and grant themselves privileges to do whatever they like. The vulnerability is fixable but will require a significant rewrite with an indication that Microsoft will need to issue a new version of Skype rather than a patch.

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Microsoft's Advanced Threat protection is part of Windows 10. And while the company would love for everyone to keep up and run the latest version of their operating system, there are still plenty of people running older versions of Windows. In order to protect them, Microsoft will be extending availability of Advanced Threat Protection to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn just over a year ago seemed like a weird deal to me but perhaps we're starting to see some of the fruit. The Microsoft Word Resume Assistant is rolling out to Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers on Windows and will use insights from LinkedIn to create your new resume. Microsoft says about 80% of resumes are crafted in Word. By leveraging the information in your LinkedIn profile, it's easier to keep things up to date as you search for a new job.

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Microsoft and Google are running their main developer events at the same time this year, forcing developers to choose between the two events. While many businesses prefer a multi-cloud solution so they aren't locked in to a single provider, developers will have decide which platform will carry their conference attention in 2018.

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After last week's earnings report, where it was revealed that Surface sales were falling but that revenues were stable for Microsoft as people were buying more expensive devices, the company has revealed a new processor for the Surface Laptop. The Intel Core m3 powered model trims about 20% from the price of the previously entry-level Core i5-powered model.

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Microsoft's history with hardware has been mixed. They've made some great keyboards and mice and some that were designed to be used by extraterrestrials. And then there's the Zune. But the Surface convertible has been a massive success that created an entirely new computer category. But in their latest quarterly report, we learned that the company is selling fewer devices although their margins are higher.

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OneDrive for iOS has been given a significant update, with a refreshed UI, better support for accessing SharePoint files, drag and drop support, a bunch of new file previewers and tighter integration with the iOS Files app. These are welcome changes that make Microsoft's file sync and share service feel more like an integrated part of iOS than a bolt-on app.

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Privacy-conscious users will be happy to hear about Microsoft's latest addition to Windows 10, which adds transparency in terms of data collection, and finally let users see what information is being sent for analysis to Microsoft. The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer makes it more convenient for users to see what data Microsoft is gathering, but won't do much to actually help users stop the company from getting their hands on the data in the first place. To halt data collection, you'll need a different version of Windows 10, one you can't exactly buy from your local Harvey Norman.

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After months of testing, speculation and preparation, Microsoft has removed the "Preview" tag from their Office apps in the Microsoft Store. This may seem like a small step but it's a clear signal that the only ways you'll be able to buy Microsoft Office in future will either be as part of an Office 365 subscription or by download through the Windows Store.

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As of today, Windows 8.1 is out of offical mainstream support from Microsoft. The deadline has passed which means most of us still running the last-gen operating system won't see updates or be able to call support.

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The biggest tech news of the summer has, arguably, been the revelation that CPUs in a massive number of computer systems are susceptible to three different vulnerabilities. Two of these, CVE 2017-5753 and CVE 2017-5715, have been dubbed Spectre with the third, CVE 2017-5754, given the Meltdown moniker. Tech companies around the world have been scrambling to provide mitigations to these vulnerabilities. Microsoft has provided some detail on what they've done and what performance impact you can expect.