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What makes Microsoft tick?

What makes Microsoft tick?

Microsoft has morphed into an interesting blend of practicality and aspiration these days. Here's what that meant for the company in 2018 and how it could shape Redmond in 2019.

December 13, 2018 by

Can Firefox survive in a Google world?

Can Firefox survive in a Google world?

With Microsoft's decision to switch to Chromium for its Edge browser, Mozilla's Firefox remains the only major browser developer that still maintains its own alternative engine. In a world dominated by Google, can Firefox remain competitive?

December 12, 2018 by

A short history of Microsoft's Surface: Missteps and successes

A short history of Microsoft's Surface: Missteps and successes

Microsoft started working on the hybrid devices that now make up the Surface family back in 2009. The group has made some missteps along the way, but today its lineup of Windows 10 devices is genuinely impressive and widely imitated. Here's how the brand has evolved.

October 2, 2018 by

Top productivity apps for Android and iOS

Top productivity apps for Android and iOS

Regardless of the manufacturer name on the back of your Android device, you can install any one of the following apps and use your phone or tablet as your primary means to surf the web, manage email, and keep tabs on your agenda. Bonus: iOS versions available too!

May 16, 2018 by

16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips

16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips

The Cortana web service is tightly tied to Windows 10, which means you can get instant answers to some common questions and calculations without having to open a web browser. Here are 16 tricks that work directly in the Windows 10 search box.

April 14, 2018 by

In Memoriam: All the consumer products Microsoft has killed off

In Memoriam: All the consumer products Microsoft has killed off

In the early days of the PC revolution, Microsoft aggressively pursued the consumer market with products and services built for fun and games. In recent years, with the notable exception of Xbox and related gaming products, Microsoft has been killing off those products. Here's a look at the departed.

April 9, 2018 by

The best software inventions ever

The best software inventions ever

In this series, we look at everything, large and small, that has changed the way we do things or has significantly enhanced our lives. In part 13, we look at software innovation.

June 8, 2017 by

Meet the army of Surface Pro clones and lookalikes

Meet the army of Surface Pro clones and lookalikes

They laughed at the original Surface RT. But Microsoft persisted, refining the Surface Pro's features and engineering away its flaws through multiple iterations. The proof of success? Just look at all the Surface Pro clones.

May 26, 2017 by

Microsoft researchers add smarts to everyday objects

Machine learning scientists at Microsoft on Sunday demonstrated its GesturePod technology, an embedded computer with sensors that can respond to human movements to let people control computers with simple gestures. Read more: https://zd.net/2G6vjY6

December 3, 2018

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