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Why Microsoft wants TikTok

Why Microsoft wants TikTok

At first glance, a Microsoft acquisition of TikTok seems a little unusual. Microsoft has spent years walking back consumer plays like the , the , its , , and more recently the . Microsoft has been favoring its enterprise software and services, and even Cortana has . How does a service that caters to dancing teenagers fit with Microsoft’s buttoned-up business demographic?If you dig a little deeper into Microsoft’s future ambitions, though, a move to acquire TikTok’s operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand could benefit many of Microsoft’s existing businesses while also...

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How Google is bringing Windows apps to Chromebooks

How Google is bringing Windows apps to Chromebooks

Google revealed earlier this year that it’s planning to support Windows applications on Chromebooks thanks to a partnership with Parallels. It’s a , providing businesses the option to run existing desktop apps on Google’s range of lightweight Chromebook devices. In an exclusive interview with The Verge, Google is now detailing how and why Windows apps are arriving on Chrome OS.Google wants to give you access to Windows apps when you really need them, as a hop in and out experience. “The analogy I give is that yes, the world is all state of the art and Dolby Atmos home theaters, but every...

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Windows 95 is now an app you can download and install on macOS, Windows, and Linux

Windows 95 is now an app you can download and install on macOS, Windows, and Linux

Filed under:An electron version of Windows 95Windows 95 is the operating system that’s now used as a yardstick for what’s possible on modern devices and platforms. We’ve seen Microsoft’s popular OS appear on the , an , and even the . Today, someone has gone a step further and made Windows 95 into an app that you can run on macOS, Windows, and Linux.Slack developer Felix Rieseberg is responsible for this glorious app, based on an that supports Windows 95, Windows 98, and a whole host of older operating systems. Now nostalgia lovers can play around with Windows 95 in an electron app....

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Mac OS 8 is now an app you can download and install on macOS, Windows, and Linux

Mac OS 8 is now an app you can download and install on macOS, Windows, and Linux

Filed under:An Electron version of Mac OS 8Slack developer Felix Rieseberg has transformed Mac OS 8 into an app you can install on your Mac or PC. After back in 2018, Rieseberg decided to turn an entire 1991 Macintosh Quadra with Mac OS 8.1 into a single Electron app. It even includes a number of apps and games, thanks to an old MacWorld demo CD from 1997. The app can be installed on macOS, Windows, and Linux.The is written entirely in JavaScript, and it uses a virtual machine to emulate a Macintosh Quadra 900 with the Motorola CPU Apple used before its transition to IBM’s PowerPC chips....

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Google adds creepy crawlies to its AR search results

Google adds creepy crawlies to its AR search results

Filed under:Augmented reality insects can now appear in your living roomIf you’ve ever wanted to invite giant beetles or hornets into your living room without fear, Google has got you covered. The search giant is adding 23 creepy crawlies to its growing roster of augmented reality search results that also , cats, scorpions, bears, tigers, and more.The full list of insects includes: rhinoceros beetle, Hercules beetle, Atlas beetle, stag beetle, giant stag, Miyama stag beetle, shining ball scarab beetle, jewel beetle, ladybug, firefly, Rosalia batesi, swallowtail butterfly, morpho butterfly,...

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The NBA is using Microsoft Teams to bring basketball fans courtside

The NBA is using Microsoft Teams to bring basketball fans courtside

Filed under:All thanks to a new Together Mode virtual featureThe National Basketball Association (NBA) is using Microsoft Teams’ new Together Mode to place basketball fans courtside in a virtual experience during live games. Microsoft only just revealed , and it uses AI to segment your face and shoulders and place you together with other people in a virtual space.The NBA is using this new Microsoft Teams mode combined with 17-foot tall LED screens that will wrap around basketball arenas to put fans back next to players. Fans will be able to react in real time, and players will be able to...

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You can now boot a Windows 95 PC inside Minecraft and play Doom on it

You can now boot a Windows 95 PC inside Minecraft and play Doom on it

Filed under:Can it run Crysis, though?If you’ve ever wanted to build a real and working Windows 95 PC inside Minecraft, now is the time. A new has been created for Minecraft that allows players to order computer parts from a satellite orbiting around a Minecraft world and build a computer that actually boots Windows 95 and a variety of other operating systems.The mod uses , free and open-source virtual machine software, to run operating systems like Windows 95. Within Minecraft you simply place a PC case block and then use it to create virtual hard drives to install operating systems from...

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Microsoft Teams opens its doors to third-party apps during meetings

Microsoft Teams opens its doors to third-party apps during meetings

Filed under:Teams meetings are about to get more interactiveMicrosoft is allowing third-party app developers to integrate into the Microsoft Teams meeting experience for the first time. The new developer-focused features will let apps integrate into Teams meetings during video calls, and even before and after meetings. Third-party apps will be able to display content during Microsoft Teams calls, and even display notifications during calls. It’s a big expansion of what third-party apps are able to do in Microsoft Teams right now.“Applications can span across chat and collaboration and...

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Microsoft discontinues Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital edition ahead of Series X launch

Microsoft discontinues Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital edition ahead of Series X launch

Filed under:The Xbox One S will continue to be manufacturedMicrosoft is officially halting production of its Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles. “As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.”Reports of Xbox One X and Xbox One S shortages have surfaced in recent weeks, and there has been an increased demand in Microsoft and Sony’s current-gen...

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Twitter is working on a new subscription platform, hints job listing

Twitter is working on a new subscription platform, hints job listing

Filed under:A mysterious new Twitter subscription team, codenamed ‘Gryphon’Twitter appears to be working on a subscription platform for its social networking service. A reveals that Twitter has a new internal team, codenamed “Gryphon,” that is “building a subscription platform.” Twitter is currently recruiting engineers to join this subscription team, with employees collaborating closely with the company’s payments team.The job posting notes potential Twitter subscriptions would be “a first” for the company, but it’s not clear exactly how Twitter plans to implement a subscription service....

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Microsoft announces new Windows 10 Start menu design and updated Alt-Tab

Microsoft announces new Windows 10 Start menu design and updated Alt-Tab

Filed under:Other improvements include a new taskbar layoutMicrosoft is introducing a new Windows 10 Start menu design that will de-emphasize its Live Tiles. The software giant first earlier this year, and it’s arriving for Windows 10 testers today. “We are freshening up the Start menu with a more streamlined design that removes the solid color backplates behind the logos in the apps list and applies a uniform, partially transparent background to the tiles,” explains Microsoft in .Essentially, the reduction in the color of the blocky tiled interface on the Start menu will simplify it...

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Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery tool lets you retrieve deleted documents

Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery tool lets you retrieve deleted documents

Filed under:Helpful for when you accidentally wipe out important filesMicrosoft is releasing its own Windows File Recovery tool, designed to retrieve files you’ve mistakenly deleted. is a command line app that will recover a variety of files and documents from local hard drives, USB drives, and even SD cards from cameras. Recovery of files on cloud storage or network file shares is not supported, though.Like any file recovery tool, you’ll need to use it as soon as possible on deleted files to ensure they haven’t been overwritten. You’ll be able to use Microsoft’s new tool to recover MP3...

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Apple is switching Macs to its own processors starting later this year

Apple is switching Macs to its own processors starting later this year

Filed under:Apple’s first ARM-based Mac will be available later this yearApple is officially moving to its own silicon chips for some of its Mac hardware. Calling it a “historic day for the Mac,” Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed the transitions to PowerPC, Mac OS X, and the move to Intel chips before unveiling its plans to use Apple’s own ARM-powered silicon in Macs in the future. It’s a big move that means macOS will support native iOS apps and macOS apps side by side on these new machines in the future.Apple will release the first Mac with Apple silicon at the end of this year, and it expects...

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Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming

Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming

Filed under:It’s a strategic move for the future of xCloudMicrosoft is closing its Mixer service on July 22nd and plans to move existing partners over to Facebook Gaming. The surprise announcement means Mixer partners and streamers will be transitioned to Facebook Gaming starting today, and Microsoft will no longer operate Mixer as a service in a month’s time.Microsoft has struggled to reach the scale needed for Mixer to compete with Twitch, YouTube, and even Facebook Gaming which has led to today’s decision. “We started pretty far behind, in terms of where Mixer’s monthly active viewers...

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Google is bringing Microsoft Office and other Windows apps to Chromebooks

Google is bringing Microsoft Office and other Windows apps to Chromebooks

Filed under:Google partners with Parallels to bring better Windows app support to Chrome OSGoogle is partnering with Parallels to bring native Microsoft Office applications and other legacy enterprise Windows applications to Chromebooks. Google revealed the new partnership in a looking at the future of Chrome OS for enterprises.While Chrome OS has long supported Windows desktop apps that are streamed via the cloud through a , this new partnership means the apps will run virtualized on Chromebooks instead. The new feature is set to be available this fall for customers.Parallels Desktop will...

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This is the PlayStation 5

This is the PlayStation 5

Filed under:Sony’s next-gen console is hereSony is finally revealing what the PlayStation 5 looks like. After nearly an hour of PS5 game announcements, Sony revealed the hardware design after teasing it for the duration of its PS5 live event today. The PS5 console includes a white-and-black design to match the new controller that will be included in the box.The PS5 stands vertically, like the Xbox Series X is primarily designed to be placed, and will include two versions: one with a 4K Blu-ray drive and a pure Digital Edition. The PS5 variant without the optical drive looks substantially...

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Slack partners with Amazon to take on Microsoft Teams

Slack partners with Amazon to take on Microsoft Teams

Filed under:Slack is switching to Amazon Chime for voice and video callingSlack is partnering with Amazon in a multi-year agreement that means all Amazon employees will start to use Slack. The deal comes just as Slack faces increased competition from Microsoft Teams, and it will also see Slack migrate its voice and video calling features over to platform alongside a broader adoption of Amazon Web Services (AWS).Amazon’s roll out of Slack to all of its employees is a big part of the deal, thanks to an enterprise-wide agreement. It’s not immediately clear how many of Amazon’s 840,000...

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Microsoft’s new Edge browser now rolling out via Windows Update

Microsoft’s new Edge browser now rolling out via Windows Update

Filed under:The new Chromium Edge is making its way to everyoneMicrosoft is starting to roll out its new Edge browser through Windows Update. The new Chromium-based version of Edge , but Windows users had to specifically download it. A notes that it’s now available on Windows Update, meaning it will soon arrive on the more than 1 billion Windows 10 devices in use.It appears that Edge will be automatically installed through Windows Update on Windows 10 version 1803 and higher. That covers the vast majority of versions of Windows 10 that are currently supported, meaning it should start...

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Sony postpones PS5 event ‘to allow more important voices to be heard’

Sony postpones PS5 event ‘to allow more important voices to be heard’

Filed under:Sony’s decision follows similar moves by EA and GoogleSony is postponing its PlayStation 5 event that was scheduled for June 4th due to ongoing protests. “While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration,” says Sony in a . “And for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”Sony is clearly referencing the in Minnesota, and the resulting protests we’ve seen take place in the US and around the world. Sony had been planning to use , promising an hour-long event with a first look...

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Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) review: more power, more problems

Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) review: more power, more problems

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our .I’ve been waiting for the Surface Book 3 for two and a half years. Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Book 2 was largely just a refinement over the original model — released nearly five years ago — so I was really hoping the company was holding back some big changes for the Surface Book 3. Unfortunately, no big changes have arrived this time around. If you put it side by side with a Book 2, the Book 3 looks identical, and inside, there are a few modest upgrades that are expected in 2020: more powerful GPUs, the...

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Microsoft lays off journalists to replace them with AI

Microsoft lays off journalists to replace them with AI

Filed under:Microsoft News and MSN is increasingly being run by robotsMicrosoft is laying off dozens of journalists and editorial workers at its Microsoft News and MSN organizations. The layoffs are part of a bigger push by Microsoft to rely on artificial intelligence to pick news and content that’s presented on MSN.com, inside Microsoft’s Edge browser, and in the company’s various Microsoft News apps. Many of the affected workers are part of Microsoft’s SANE (search, ads, News, Edge) division, and are contracted as human editors to help pick stories.“Like all companies, we evaluate our...

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Microsoft Solitaire turns 30 years old today and still has 35 million monthly players

Microsoft Solitaire turns 30 years old today and still has 35 million monthly players

Filed under:Microsoft is attempting to set a new Solitaire record todayMicrosoft’s Solitaire game is turning 30 years old today. Microsoft is celebrating the occasion with a world record attempt of the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one day. 35 million people still play Solitaire monthly, , with more than 100 million hands played daily around the world.Microsoft Solitaire was originally included as part of Windows 3.0 back in 1990, designed specifically to teach users how to use a mouse. Grabbing virtual cards and dropping them in place taught the basics of drag-and-drop in...

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Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source code leaks online

Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source code leaks online

Filed under:The source code includes parts of the original Xbox operating systemMicrosoft’s original Xbox console source code has leaked online, alongside code for a version of Windows NT 3.5. The Xbox source code includes the kernel for the operating system on the original console, a custom version of Windows 2000. We can confirm the leaked Xbox OS is genuine, and appeared online earlier this month. “We’re aware of these reports and are investigating,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.While the Xbox OS leak includes some build environments, the Xbox Development...

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Microsoft now blocks reply-all email storms to end our inbox nightmares

Microsoft now blocks reply-all email storms to end our inbox nightmares

Filed under:No more Bedlam DL3 incidentsMicrosoft is rolling out a new reply-all protection feature for Office 365 and Exchange Online. It’s designed to prevent email storms (reply allpocalypse), when hundreds or thousands of people start replying to an email thread after someone forgot to BCC everyone or a distribution list was misconfigured.The new block feature will mostly benefit large organizations, and is initially being rolled out to detect 10 reply-all emails to over 5,000 recipients within 60 minutes. “Over time, as we gather usage telemetry and customer feedback, we expect to...

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The world’s biggest PC games are fighting a new surge of cheaters and hackers

The world’s biggest PC games are fighting a new surge of cheaters and hackers

If you’ve ever played a PC game that has a competitive element, you’ve probably played against a cheater. Whether it’s that sniper bullet that felt a little too accurate, the person teleporting around the map, or the opposition that just somehow knows which angle you’re about to peek from every single time. Some of the world’s most popular PC games are now fighting back against cheaters in new and interesting ways — just as cheating becomes an even bigger problem.The developers behind Call of Duty: Warzone, PUBG, and Destiny 2 have all announced big pushes to respond to cheating in recent...

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