Microsoft teases next-gen HoloLens ahead of February 24 expose

Microsoft teases next-gen HoloLens ahead of February 24 expose

New HoloLens teaser Microsoft is expected to reveal a new version of its HoloLens headset at Mobile World Congress later this month. The company has an event scheduled for February 24, and that date is being promoted in the rather mysterious video published by HoloLens' creator Alex Kipman. The planned 2019 release of the next-generation…
Microsoft: Yeah, we make Workplace 2019 and Web Explorer, however do not utilize ’em

Microsoft: Yeah, we make Workplace 2019 and Web Explorer, however do...

Two twins race to complete a PowerPoint challenge. In an unusual turn of events, Microsoft this week warned Windows users off from using its Internet Explorer and dissed its new Office 2019 suite in a series of videos that show it to be worse than the competition. While Windows 10 uses the newer, faster, much…
Untidy workplace owners, rejoice: Skype now blurs the background to your video

Untidy workplace owners, rejoice: Skype now blurs the background to your...

Watch the user on the bottom left corner—voila! No more ho-hum apartment backdrop. The desktop Skype client now supports blurring the background of your video calls so that all the clutter and mess that, ahem, some of us accumulate no longer needs to be broadcast to everyone you talk to. The background-blurring feature has already been…
How to blur your background on Skype video calls

How to blur your background on Skype video calls

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services. If you dread video calls because you can’t ever find a clean, distraction-free space that won’t embarrass you while you’re on camera, Microsoft has just the thing: it’s now…
Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in rate each year

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in rate each year

Windows 7's free support period ends on January 14, 2020. Microsoft is offering three years of support updates for the operating system on a paid basis with a new program called Extended Security Updates (ESU). Unlike previous after-life support options for Windows, which were offered as part of separately negotiated support contracts, the Windows 7…
Google put billions into its cloud company in 2018, outspending both Amazon and Microsoft (GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT, AMZN)

Google put billions into its cloud company in 2018, outspending both...

Google's cloud computing efforts were a mixed bag in 2018 but the company on Monday said that it invested heavily in 2018, and will continue do so in 2019, albeit maybe not at the same pace. During its year-end earnings report on Monday, Google revealed that it doubled its capital expenditures in 2018, to $25.5…
Most Current Windows 10 construct puts desktop apps in a 3D world

Most Current Windows 10 construct puts desktop apps in a 3D...

Enlarge / Any desktop app can now be launched in VR as a "Classic app." Just in time for the weekend, Microsoft has released a new Insider preview build of Windows 10. Build 18329 should be available now to most people who have opted into the fast preview ring. Though it's not available to everyone…
Microsoft blames chip supply concerns for drop in Windows profits

Microsoft blames chip supply concerns for drop in Windows profits

Microsoft has posted the results of the second quarter of its 2019 financial year, which runs up to December 31, 2018. Revenue was $32.5 billion, up 12 percent year-on-year; operating income was $10.3 billion, up 18 percent; and net income was $8.6 billion, as compared to a $6.3 billion loss due to the impact of…
Microsoft Workplace is now readily available in the Mac App Shop

Microsoft Workplace is now readily available in the Mac App Shop

Enlarge / Promotional graphics used for Office 365 in Apple's Mac App Store. Apple The suite of Microsoft Office applications is now available for download directly in Apple's Mac App Store for the first time. Previously, Mac users had to download the applications from Microsoft's website. The apps included are: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and…
Microsoft’s Bing online search engine is the current victim of China’s ‘block and do not inform’

Microsoft’s Bing online search engine is the current victim of China’s...

Credit: Wikimedia Commons Last night, several people on Twitter and Reddit based in China complained that Microsoft’s Bing search engine was inaccessible; hours later, the company confirmed that the search engine was indeed blocked across the country. “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” a company…
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