Could Microsoft introduce an Intel Core m3-based Surface Go, after all?

Credit: Microsoft When rumors about Microsoft’s Surface Go first surfaced last May, I’d heard from my contacts that the device would ship with an Intel Core m3 processor. That didn’t end up happening. But according to a recent benchmark on Geekbench, Microsoft might be readying a new model Surface Go…

Web scraping doesn’t violate anti-hacking law, appeals court rules

Enlarge / LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Scraping a public website without the approval of the website’s owner isn’t a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an appeals court ruled on Monday. The ruling comes in a legal battle that pits Microsoft-owned LinkedIn against…

Microsoft: Office 365 gets automated response to phishing, nasty links, malware

Microsoft has made its Automated Incident Response in Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) generally available to enterprise customers. The automation feature, announced in preview earlier this April, aims to help security analysts respond faster and more systematically to a barrage of security alerts. Microsoft is making two categories of…

Microsoft patents a mini speaker that could complement its Teams service

Credit: USPTO There have been rumors circulating for a while about Microsoft making its own Echo-like speaker. With the company stepping back from marketing Cortana as standalone assistant, many believed Microsoft wouldn’t launch such a device. But a new patent filing shows the company may still be interested in making…

Microsoft: Flash will die on Windows 10’s new Edge in line with Google Chrome

Microsoft has detailed how it will follow through with its plan to remove Adobe Flash from its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. Not surprisingly, Microsoft will retire Flash in the new Chromium-based Edge browser, and it will happen in the same timeframe as the plan Google announced in 2017, when Adobe…

Windows 10 CPU spikes? 1903 update brings fixes but also high usage issues

Some users of Windows 10 version 1903 are experiencing CPU usage spikes after installing last week’s optional cumulative update. The update, labeled KB4512941, addressed the Visual Basic 6, VBA, and VBScript problems that Microsoft fixed in earlier versions of Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 a few weeks back.…

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 20H1 test build adds cloud-reset option

Microsoft rolled out a new Windows 10 20H1 test build on August 29 which includes a couple of new featuers. Windows 10 20H1 test build 18970 marks the beginning of the rollout of Microsoft’s promised feature for using the cloud to reset a PC. It also includes a new “desktop”…

Buying a Windows laptop? Five must-have features for my next notebook

We’re about to enter peak PC buying season. The final quarter of the year is when businesses have to spend their remaining capital budget (“use it or lose it!”) and when families are likely to consider buying a new PC for the holidays. When most people offer advice about choosing…