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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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Microsoft offers $100,000 to hack its custom Linux OS

Microsoft offers $100,000 to hack its custom Linux OS

Filed under:A three-month challenge welcomes hackers to take on Azure Sphere OSMicrosoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of the company’s custom Linux OS. The software giant built a compact and custom version of Linux last year for its Azure Sphere OS, which is designed to run on specialized chips for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The OS is purpose-built for this platform, ensuring basic services and apps run isolated in a sandbox for security purposes.Microsoft now wants hackers to test the security of the Azure Sphere OS, paying up to $100,000 if...

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Zoom admits it doesn’t have 300 million users, corrects misleading claims

Zoom admits it doesn’t have 300 million users, corrects misleading claims

Filed under:Zoom quietly updated a blog post earlier this monthZoom has admitted it doesn’t have 300 million daily active users. The admission came after The Verge noticed the company had quietly edited a blog post making the claim earlier this month. Zoom it had “more than 300 million daily users” and that “more than 300 million people around the world are using Zoom during this challenging time.” Zoom later these references from the original blog post, and now claims “300 million daily Zoom meeting participants.”The difference between a daily active user (DAU) and “meeting participant” is...

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British 5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories

British 5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories

Filed under:5G is causing anarchy in the UK5G phone masts are being set alight in the UK, after online conspiracy theories have misleadingly linked the cell towers to the coronavirus pandemic. The that at least three 5G towers were set alight within the last week, and police and fire services were called to extinguish the flames.A Vodafone UK spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that four cell towers were targeted in the past 24 hours. Police have now launched investigations into how the 5G towers caught fire. At least one tower in Birmingham, operated by EE, doesn’t even provide 5G services...

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Microsoft thinks coronavirus will forever change the way we work and learn

Microsoft thinks coronavirus will forever change the way we work and learn

Microsoft is revealing more about how people are using its Teams app, and it predicts the novel coronavirus pandemic will be a turning point that will change how we work and learn forever. Demand for Microsoft Teams surged worldwide last month, . While usage continues to rise, Microsoft is releasing a new remote work trend report to highlight how work habits are changing.Naturally, more people are using the video and meetings capabilities of Teams, and Microsoft has of 2.7 billion meeting minutes in a single day. That’s up 200 percent from 900 million minutes in mid-March, around the time...

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Windows 10 is getting Linux files integration in File Explorer

Windows 10 is getting Linux files integration in File Explorer

Filed under:You’ll be able to access your Linux files directly in File Explorer soonMicrosoft previously revealed its plans to ship a full Linux kernel in Windows 10, and now the company is planning to fully integrate Linux file access into the built-in File Explorer. A new Linux icon will be available in the left-hand navigation pane in File Explorer, providing access to the root file system for any distros that are installed in Windows 10.The icon that will appear in File Explorer is the famous Tux, the penguin mascot for the Linux kernel. Microsoft is testing the Linux File Explorer...

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UK mobile carriers politely ask people to stop burning 5G towers

UK mobile carriers politely ask people to stop burning 5G towers

Filed under:5G towers have been attacked because of coronavirus conspiracy theoriesThe top four UK mobile operators have issued a joint statement asking for help to stop people burning 5G towers. in apparent arson attacks, after online conspiracy theories have been falsely linking the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to the roll out of 5G. There’s no scientific evidence to suggest a link, but the theories have been spreading widely on social networks like Facebook and Nextdoor.“Not only are these claims baseless, they are harmful for the people and businesses that rely on the continuity...

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Zoom faces a privacy and security backlash as it surges in popularity

Zoom faces a privacy and security backlash as it surges in popularity

The pressure mounts as Zoom risks becoming a victim of its own success. Zoom has exploded in popularity as people turn to video calling software amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The moment of huge growth has seen Zoom rocket to the top of iOS and Android app stores as people gather around it for yoga classes, school lessons, and virtual nights out. Even the UK government has been holding daily cabinet meetings over Zoom. With all this extra attention, Zoom is now facing a huge privacy and security backlash as security experts, privacy advocates, lawmakers, and even the FBI warn that...

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Microsoft hits its goal of 1 billion devices running Windows 10

Microsoft hits its goal of 1 billion devices running Windows 10

Filed under:Microsoft’s original milestone has been reachedMicrosoft is revealing today that 1 billion active machines are now running Windows 10. “Today we’re delighted to announce that over one billion people have chosen Windows 10 across 200 countries resulting in more than one billion active Windows 10 devices,” says Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Modern Life and the Search & Devices Group. “We couldn’t be more grateful to our customers, partners, and employees for helping us get here.”This number includes PCs, laptops, Xbox One consoles, and HoloLens devices...

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Microsoft Teams goes down just as Europe logs on to work remotely

Microsoft Teams goes down just as Europe logs on to work remotely

Filed under:Two hours of issues as many work from home during coronavirus pandemicMicrosoft’s chat and communications tool, Microsoft Teams, went down across Europe this morning for more than two hours. The outage started just as thousands of workers started to sign into the service and attempt to work remotely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Microsoft Teams users were experiencing issues signing into the service and sending messages, and after just over two hours.The software giant initially issued a statement revealing that the company had “resolved an issue that may have impacted...

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Microsoft allows employees to work from home amid coronavirus outbreak

Microsoft allows employees to work from home amid coronavirus outbreak

Filed under:Employees in San Francisco and Seattle are allowed to work from homeMicrosoft is allowing and encouraging its employees to work from home as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in countries around the world. The software giant has updated its guidelines for employees, allowing anyone based in Seattle or San Francisco to work from home through March 9th. Microsoft is also recommending that those who are feeling sick, have a compromised immune system, or have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) should work...

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Disney Plus to launch on Sky Q in the UK later this month

Disney Plus to launch on Sky Q in the UK later this month

Filed under:Disney and Sky strike a multi-year dealBritish Satellite TV broadcaster Sky has struck a multi-year deal with Disney to bring Disney Plus to Sky Q in the UK and Ireland. The deal means a dedicated Disney Plus app will be available on Sky Q boxes, much like the existing on the set-top box. Sky will also launch Disney Plus on its streaming Now TV service in the coming months, and the deal includes the first-pay window for 20th Century films like Ford v Ferrari and Terminator: Dark Fate.It’s not clear if the deal is exclusive between Sky and Disney, but rivals like Virgin Media and...

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Microsoft reveals more Xbox Series X specs, confirms 12 teraflops GPU

Microsoft reveals more Xbox Series X specs, confirms 12 teraflops GPU

Filed under:More specs and performance hints for the next-gen XboxMicrosoft is revealing more specifications about its next-generation Xbox Series X hardware today. The biggest new confirmation is that the Xbox Series X will include 12 teraflops of GPU performance, which is twice what’s available in the Xbox One X and eight times the original Xbox One. This type of performance puts the Xbox Series X beyond most , and it’s an impressive jump for a game console. It certainly shows that the next-gen Xbox and PS5 are going to go far beyond the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro.“Xbox Series X...

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IBM picks Slack over Microsoft Teams for its 350,000 employees

IBM picks Slack over Microsoft Teams for its 350,000 employees

Filed under:A big win for SlackIBM has picked Slack to power its chat communications companywide for its more than 350,000 employees, . In what can only be seen as a big win for Slack over rival Microsoft Teams, the report reveals that IBM has been experimenting with Slack and is now rolling it out to all employees.It’s a big test for Slack, but it has been one the pair has been working toward in recent years. Internal teams at IBM reportedly started using the chat app as far back as 2014, and this has grown over time. “Going wall to wall in IBM — it’s basically the maximum scale that there...

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Microsoft teams up with Warner Bros. to store Superman on new glass storage

Microsoft teams up with Warner Bros. to store Superman on new glass storage

Microsoft has created a proof of concept for storing data on glass. The software maker has teamed up with Warner Bros. to store an entire copy of the original 1978 Superman movie on glass that’s the size of a coaster (75 x 75 x 2 mm). Microsoft Research is at the heart of this new glass storage, and it’s part of a big investment from Microsoft to develop storage tech built for the future of its Azure platform. “We built this entire system that’s essentially a new cold storage system,” revealed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella onstage at the company’s Ignite conference today. Microsoft is using...

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