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Top tech companies have stashed an insane $420 billion overseas

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Top tech companies have stashed an insane $420 billion overseas

When it comes to U.S. companies holding vast quantities of cash abroad, Apple is typically singled out… and with good reason. The Cupertino-based company has upwards of $180 billion in the bank, $69.7 billion of which is stashed away in overseas bank accounts.

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Windows 10 Test

Is your PC strong enough to run Windows 10? Here’s how to find out

By on March 5, 2015 at 2:42 PM.

Is your PC strong enough to run Windows 10? Here’s how to find out

Based on everything that Microsoft has shown us so far, Windows 10 looks like a dream come true for PC owners. The UI has been greatly improved, the additions are much more than bloatware, and we’re finally getting our Start menu back.

But before you start sketching desktop orientations for your upgraded PC, it’s worth finding out if you’ll actually be able to make the upgrade when the new OS launches later this year. More →

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Office for Mac 2016 Download

You can download Office for Mac 2016 for free right now

By on March 5, 2015 at 12:56 PM.

You can download Office for Mac 2016 for free right now

Microsoft on Thursday finally released a product that some Mac owners may have been waiting for: its Office for Mac 2016 collection of apps. And the best part? It’s completely free! The only downside, depending on how you look at it, is that it’s only a beta version of Microsoft’s productivity suite. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Strategy

Microsoft’s Windows Phone strategy is as directionless as it’s ever been

By on March 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone strategy is as directionless as it’s ever been

When I look at what Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone right now, all I can think of is the straggler Japanese soldiers who kept trying to fight World War II even though their government had already surrendered. With Windows Phone, Microsoft isn’t just fighting a losing war, it’s fighting a war that’s already been lost. Nonetheless, a new report in The Wall Street Journal shows that Microsoft is still clinging to hope that Windows Phone will become a relevant mobile platform… if we just give it at least another six months or so. More →

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Spartan Browser Preview

Leaked video shows Microsoft’s exciting next-gen Windows 10 web browser in action

By on March 3, 2015 at 12:05 PM.

Leaked video shows Microsoft’s exciting next-gen Windows 10 web browser in action

Internet Explorer has built something of a reputation for itself over the years. Unfortunately, it’s not a very good reputation. While recent versions of the browser are reasonably fast and capable, Internet Explorer’s image has been marred by a long period of slow development and poor performance.

With Microsoft’s next-generation web browser, currently known as Project Spartan, the company will look to reinvent its portal to the Internet with a sleek and modern app that will ship later this year in Windows 10. More →

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Lumia 640: Free Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive

Why you should absolutely consider Microsoft’s new Lumias over any cheap Android phone

By on March 3, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Why you should absolutely consider Microsoft’s new Lumias over any cheap Android phone

Microsoft on Monday unveiled two more mid-range Lumia devices, which will be available for incredibly low prices. Even though they’re not the Windows Phone flagships we’re still waiting for, doesn’t make them any less interesting. In fact, they might be better smartphone choices than similarly priced Android handsets. More →

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Windows 10 Preview Project Spartan

You’ll be able to test Microsoft’s wild new Project Spartan browser soon

By on March 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

You’ll be able to test Microsoft’s wild new Project Spartan browser soon

There are plenty of improvements to be excited about when it comes to Windows 10, from the return of the Start menu to inclusion of a fully-functional Xbox app, but the most intriguing development is the Project Spartan browser that will replace Internet Explorer once and for all. More →

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Galaxy S6 Microsoft Apps

Microsoft’s quiet Android coup

By on March 2, 2015 at 4:48 PM.

Microsoft’s quiet Android coup

Although Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hasn’t fundamentally changed Microsoft’s core business ever since taking over from Steve Ballmer, one thing we’ve noticed is that Nadella is much better at sticking subtle daggers into rivals. So where Microsoft under Ballmer used to go after Google with all the subtlety of a steroid-infused elephant with megaphones strapped to each if its tusks — remember the painfully awful “Scroogled” campaign, for instance — Nadella has been adept at coming up with clever ways to undermine Google’s domination of its own Android mobile platform.

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Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL Specs and Prices

Check out Microsoft’s brand new Windows 10-ready affordable Lumia phones

By on March 2, 2015 at 3:00 AM.

Check out Microsoft’s brand new Windows 10-ready affordable Lumia phones

Microsoft on Monday at MWC 2015 announced a couple of new Lumia phones that will both be upgradeable to Windows 10 once the company rolls out its latest desktop and mobile operating system. The two handsets are the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL that were leaked in the days preceding the event. More →

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Xbox Games with Gold March 2015

Here are the free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in March

By on February 25, 2015 at 7:05 PM.

Here are the free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in March

We’ve covered Microsoft’s Games with Gold every month since the program made its debut on the Xbox One last June. Some offerings have impressed us more than others, but I think it’s fair to say that the selection in March is the best yet. More →

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Siri Cortana Recording Conversations

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

By on February 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

We’ve written extensively about security concerns in recent weeks, but this might be the most shocking development yet. Reddit user FallenMyst posted on Tuesday that he had recently started a new job with a company called Walk N’Talk Technologies.

At his job, he is asked to listen back to seemingly random bits of audio and provides feedback on how they match with the text that the device outputs when translating the audio ‚ and you won’t believe where the audio comes from. More →

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Free Office 365 Download

Microsoft’s Office 365 now free for even more people… but there’s a catch

By on February 24, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

Microsoft’s Office 365 now free for even more people… but there’s a catch

Microsoft on Monday announced that its Office 365 productivity suite is available free of charge to even more users than before, as long as they fall within two specific categories of users. More →

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How To Remove Lenovo Adware Microsoft

Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

By on February 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

Lenovo has been justifiably catching a lot of grief this week for preloading dangerous adware called Superfish onto its computers that hijacks HTTPS traffic to inject ads onto encrypted websites. While there are plenty of ways to remove this obnoxious adware yourself, Neowin reports that Microsoft may have just done the job for you. More →

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