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  ActiveWin Poll
Time: 01:22 EST/06:22 GMT | News Source: | Posted By: Erick Cordero

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  Microsoft Launches Azure App Service, A New Set Of Tools For Web And Mobile App Developers
Time: 01:18 EST/06:18 GMT | News Source: TechCrunch | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft is launching Azure App Service today, a new cloud-based service that gives developers a single service for building mobile and web apps, combined with tools for automating business processes across cloud services, and a new service for building and consuming APIs. All of these services revolve around Microsoft’s oft- (and over-) used mantra of “mobile first, cloud first.”

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  Even Software Pirates Will Get Windows 10 Upgrade For Free
Time: 01:16 EST/06:16 GMT | News Source: Redmond Pie | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft continues to surprise us just when we start believing we’ve seen it all from the software giant. In a move that has literally left us bamboozled, but extremely optimistic for the company’s future, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, licensed or not, when it launches this summer. Read on for further information.

After years of battling with software piracy – particularly pirated versions of Windows – Microsoft is willing to just roll with the trend this time around, by offering the upgrade to all qualified PCs running genuine, or non-genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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  Project Spartan browser will completely ditch Internet Explorer’s code
Time: 01:12 EST/06:12 GMT | News Source: | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Another nail was placed in Internet Explorer’s coffin today as Microsoft announced that, contrary to early rumors, the Spartan web browser will not utilize Internet Explorer’s browser engine, not even for legacy support. This decision, made public at a developer workshop and clarified on the Internet Explorer blog, indicates that Microsoft intends to boldly break away from its previous web browser instead of hedging its bets.

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  Microsoft reveals who gets Windows 10, and how
Time: 01:09 EST/06:09 GMT | News Source: ComputerWorld | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft will upgrade only those PCs and tablets running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update to Windows 10 later this year via the Windows Update service, the company revealed Wednesday.

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  Microsoft releases patches for FREAK vulnerability and Stuxnet worm
Time: 12:00 EST/17:00 GMT | News Source: | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Less than a week after acknowledging Windows was also vulnerable to a decade-old encryption flaw, Microsoft has issued a fix as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday. The vulnerability in question is known as FREAK (Factoring RSA Export Keys), and it works by forcing systems to downgrade the key length of an RSA key to 512 bits, which is easier to crack and provides a way for an attacker to intercept SSL traffic as it moves between clients and servers.

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  Microsoft teases a 'tech-filled trip' to Redmond for lucky Windows Insiders
Time: 11:58 EST/16:58 GMT | News Source: WinBeta | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Announced on Twitter earlier, lucky Windows Insiders can win a 'tech-filled trip to Redmond'. The Windows Insider project has proven to be something of an unmitigated success story for Microsoft. As announced during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) there are now over 2.8 million Windows Insiders across the world, and from this number over 900,000 pieces of feedback have been received.

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  Release Of Next Windows 10 Technical Preview Build Delayed By One Bug
Time: 11:57 EST/16:57 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft released its last technical preview build of Windows 10 back in January. We didn’t get any new build in February and till today in March. Gabe from Windows team recently explained the release cadence they have for Windows 10 and confirmed that they are considering feedback about new builds every week or so.

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  Does Microsoft's Windows Phone Need An Answer to Apple Pay and Google Wallet?
Time: 11:57 EST/16:57 GMT | News Source: The Motley Fool | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Google recently acquired Softcard, the mobile payment joint venture between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. The deal will integrate Softcard's technology into Google Wallet, which the Softcard partners once blocked on most phones across their networks. Acquiring Softcard could help Google catch up to Apple Pay and curb Samsung Pay's growth, but it also cuts Microsoft's Windows Phones out of the NFC payments loop. Google will shut down Softcard on Android and Windows Phone soon, leaving Windows Phone owners without a tap-and-pay option.

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  Microsoft Sees Windows 10 as a Way to Reconnect with PC Gamers
Time: 05:55 EST/10:55 GMT | News Source: Overclockers New Zealand | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft seems rather excited about its upcoming Windows 10 release and what it means for consumers on all platforms, but it is also admitting a past mistake. The company was once a go-to for PC gamers, with Microsoft-created games and hardware among some of the popular products of the day. However, once the Xbox arrived everything at Microsoft shifted to that, and PC gamers, quite frankly, got the shaft. During GDC 2015, Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, stated the company lost its way with the PC gaming crowd and sees Windows 10 as a way to get back in their good graces (and possibly DirectX 12, too). One part of that is Microsoft's snazzy new HoloLens will be out during Windows 10's lifespan and Spencer sees it as a "full Windows 10 device." Playing games in augmented reality sounds like a solid way to get back our support, but that's not all Microsoft intends to do.

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  Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1: What’s new?
Time: 05:54 EST/10:54 GMT | News Source: | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Windows 10 brings back the Start Button, adds multiple desktops & an adaptable interface Microsoft has unveiled more details about Windows 10 at its Consumer Preview event. Below we take a look at how the next version of the OS will compare to the existing Windows 8.1 operating system:

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  20 epic Microsoft Windows Automatic Update meltdowns
Time: 05:53 EST/10:53 GMT | News Source: ComputerWorld | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Fifteen years ago, Microsoft introduced automatic updating to the unwashed Windows masses. Fifteen years later, it’s hard to find a Windows user who hasn’t bumped into at least one problem with a Windows update or knows someone who has. That’s a billion and a half people. From inscrutable driver problems to bricked machines and everywhere in between, Automatic Update is a poster child in “what’s wrong with Windows” circles -- rightfully so.

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  The New Windows 10 Recycle Bin Icon Likely to Change, Microsoft Says
Time: 21:10 EST/02:10 GMT | News Source: Softpedia | Posted By: Erick Cordero

If you’re a Windows insider, you’ve probably heard that the new icons that were released with build 9926 aren’t really everyone’s cup of tea, so many people out there are actually criticizing the software giant for taking such a bland approach to desktop icons.

The new Recycle Bin icon was surely the big star of the show, as most testers described it as horrible and childish, especially because some people actually managed to design it in MS Paint in less than 5 minutes.

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  Microsoft and Google working together on Angular 2 JavaScript framework
Time: 21:08 EST/02:08 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Erick Cordero

There are unlikely partnerships, and there are unlikely partnerships -- Google and Microsoft certainly make for strange bedfellows. At developer conference ng-conf in Salt Lake City, Google's Angular team revealed that it has been working with the TypeScript Team from Microsoft to produce Angular 2.

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