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Mobile

Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly supports iPhone’s Passbook

It's not clear if there's an agreement over this, but the new Microsoft mobile OS is said to support Passbook natively, allowing users to load their Passbook boarding passes and coupons on the Windows Wallet app.
Gaming

Tonight’s Xbox One update finally gets your headset working

The April system update for Xbox One rolls out starting tonight, and it adds pop-up friend notifications, fixes for the headset adapter, and an assortment of other fixes and feature enhancements.
Mobile

Want a 3D printout of your face? Microsoft is working on it for Windows Phone

Microsoft is working on new technology that allows people to scan faces in 3D using only a Windows Phone camera. The technology would allow users to print out a high quality image of their face using a 3D printer.
Mobile

How Cortana works in Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft's answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now is being pushed as the “world’s first truly personal digital assistant.” Here's what Cortana can do and how to use her in Windows Phone 8.1.
Computing

Microsoft could make Live Tiles even more interactive

Microsoft researchers have been playing around with the Start screen tiles, and if a new demo video is anything to go by they could look more like Android widgets in future versions of Windows.
Computing

No, really: Windows XP refugees should take a second look at Windows 8

Windows 8.1 is far from perfect, but I think the OS is finally ready to be embraced by non-touchscreen users.
Computing

Hackers already targeting vulnerable XP users

Just days after support for Windows XP ended, a variety of threats are appearing online — watch out for third-party tools that ostensibly patch your XP system but which can't be trusted.
Computing

Windows 8.1 Update 1 delayed for businesses using Windows Server Update Services

Microsoft has temporarily made Windows 8.1 Update 1 unavailable via Windows Server Update Services because of a problem that could affect future updates. You can find out why here.
Computing

Microsoft is extending Windows XP support!…in China that is

Microsoft will team up with Lenovo and Tencent to give Chinese Windows XP users continued support. You can learn more here.
Computing

Hands on: Update 1 knocks a few rough edges off a still-prickly Windows 8.1

Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update 1, which hopes to make desktop users more comfortable with the Start screen and Metro-style apps. We go hands-on to see what's changed - and if it's enough to make a difference.
Gaming

Xbox One April update to fix headset adapter, headset audio issues

The April firmware update for Xbox One will - among other things - address ongoing audio issues related to the console's headset adapter.
Computing

Still using Windows XP? Here’s how to bunker down and survive the end of support

Microsoft's announcement that it will end support for Windows XP on April 8th has users in a frenzy. Fans of the elder operating system worry that they're being forced to upgrade. Using XP will become more difficult as the months and years…