Internet Explorer Dethroned by Chrome

Internet users around the world have spoken, pronouncing Chrome their brower of choice. For the first time, Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer, now being used by 41.7 percent of PC users. Microsoft’s IE still has 41.3 percent market share, with the next choice being Mozilla Firefox at 10 percent. This probably doesn’t seem like huge news, especially if you use the web on your phone more often than your computer. Google’s browser has long been dominant on mobile devices, accounting for 49 percent of mobile usage, followed by Apple’s Safari at 29 percent. In the mobile world, Internet Explorer lags

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Galaxy TabPro S Rises from Collaboration

Samsung, Intel and Microsoft recently announced the launch of a new two-in-one computer that is the product of their combined efforts. Called the Galaxy TabPro S, it has all the benefits of a tablet and all the power of a laptop. Although it isn’t a revolutionary device by any means, it could be the best functioning. “I think there’s never been a better time to buy a new computer,” Navin Shenoy, corporate VP for Intel, was quoted as saying in an Observer article. The Galaxy TabPro S shows “what we can do when we come together and collaborate,” he added.

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Microsoft to Donate the Cloud

Microsoft plans on donating $1 billion in cloud computing services to non-profits over the next three years. CEO Satya Nadella recently announced the news while attending the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, adding that Microsoft plans on spreading the $1 billion between 70,000 non-profits and NGOs. “Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services – the most transformative technologies of our generation,” Nadella in a statement published by eWeek. “Now more than 70,000 organizations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human

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Microsoft Previews Send App for Android Users

A preview version of Microsoft’s messaging app Send has been released on Android devices. Microsoft launched Send for iOS back in July, and Android users will now be able to enjoy the app provided they are Office 365 users with business and education accounts. The app is also being made available in more countries than just Canada and the United States, appearing in app stores in Brazil, Denmark and the United Kingdom. “As well as new features, our customers have been asking us to increase the availability of Send,” said a recent Microsoft Office blog. “Specifically, there are requests for

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Disabling Automatic Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft has made updates mandatory on its new Windows 10 operating system. If you happen to be using Windows 10 Pro, you have the option to delay these updates, but if you’re using the basic Windows 10 Home the updates will happen automatically by default. The decision to include mandatory updates has not been popular. There are many reasons why users are saying they would prefer to choose when or if they update their computers, including data usage and the potential for errors. If you are one of these users who might want to delay or block updates, there are

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Microsoft Launches Skype for Business Preview

Microsoft has released a preview of the new Skype for Business app on iOS and Android, following the release of Skype’s initial app in April. This version of the popular video-calling app includes a new dashboard for easy navigation of contacts, calls and meetings. A new search bar included in the app lets users search their Global Address List by first name, last name, email alias or phone number. A panel displays upcoming appointments and allows future meetings to be saved on a calendar. There is even a Quick Join icon which allows users to immediately join a meeting. Skype

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Microsoft Cutting 7,800 Jobs and Rethinking Phone Strategy

When Microsoft – under Steven A. Ballmer – announced its deal to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business, it boasted that it was a “bold step into the future.” However, current CEO Satya Nadella has decided to leave that deal behind and rethink the company’s phone strategy. As a part of this change, Microsoft will be cutting 7,800 jobs and writing off nearly all of the value from the Nokia acquisition. Nadella never liked the Nokia deal in the first place, although he endorsed it after becoming CEO. The acquisition is, for the most part, considered a multi-billion dollar blunder and

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New Bing Maps Focus on Travel

Microsoft recently announced a new preview release of Bing Maps for the web. Despite selling some of its mapping assets to Uber last week, the company is still taking the development of Bing Maps seriously. The Bing Maps redesign puts an emphasis on travel planning, as opposed to routing. New planning features show there is still room for innovation in the mapping marketplace. Bing Maps now makes it easy to switch back and forth between results by organizing searches in cards and remembering previous searches. These searches are continuously displayed on the map, making it easier to see where places

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Microsoft to Build New Data Centers in Canada

Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner recently announced the computing company will be building two new data centers in Canada; one in Quebec and one in Toronto. He made the announcement in Toronto alongside Mayor John Tory and Ontario Treasury Board President Deb Matthews. Turner said the new data centers are being constructed to upgrade the company’s cloud computing business, which is growing substantially every quarter. Turner said Microsoft doesn’t “expect that pace to slow down.” Tech consultancy IDC says Canadian firms are set to spend $2.5 billion more on cloud computing services this year. Microsoft says that this center

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How Private is Microsoft’s How Old Do I Look Website?

Since the release of Microsoft’s age-guessing website “How Old Do I Look?” last Thursday at its Microsoft Build conference, it has received 240 million pictures from 33 million users, according to a Tweet from VP Joseph Sirosh. Despite the fact Microsoft promised not to retain these photos, security experts suggest that by posting a picture on How Old Do I Look?, users are giving the company permission to use them for any purpose. The terms of use for the How Old Do I Look? website, which are covered under Microsoft’s general cloud-services agreement, explicitly says the company and its affiliates

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