Microsoft is now official technology partner of NASCAR

Microsoft has been boosting its brand awareness in recent months with a series of high-profile partnerships and sponsorship deals. The latest example has been announced today, as the company has teamed up with NASCAR, along with 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. Microsoft is now an Official Technology Partner of NASCAR, and a ‘major technology …

Microsoft talks about ever smaller Windows 10 PCs, including one inside a power adapter

In the never-ending quest to put Windows on absolutely everything, from the very large to the very small, Microsoft has unveiled a few new form factors they expect to see Windows 10 running on, designed especially for connecting to big screen HDTVs and staying out of sight. These were briefly discussed during their Computex 2015 …

Modern Skype for Windows is being killed off; desktop version is the future

Microsoft is retiring the Metro, Windows-style, Modern Skype app, found on Windows 8, 8.1 and still downloadable in Windows 10. This touch-friendly Skype app was first launched alongside Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS, when the company decided that “Modern” apps were the future and that desktop apps would eventually be abandoned. But it looks like the Windows-maker is backtracking …

Microsoft launches an 8.9-inch Windows tablet in Spain (no, not the Surface mini) [Update]

Microsoft has launched a new 8.9-inch Windows tablet – but if you were hoping that the company had finally got around to launching its unreleased Surface mini, you’re out of luck. Besides, the mini had an 8-inch display, whereas this device is slightly larger – and unless you’re a big fan of the Real Madrid football …

Microsoft shows off unreleased build of Windows 10 with black and white icons

Earlier this week, Lenovo held its first ‘Tech World’ conference where it showed off several of its upcoming products including REACHit, which adds deep search functionality to Cortana. During the keynote, Satya Nadella joined Lenovo on stage to highlight the feature and also showed an unreleased build of Windows 10. If you watch the video below, you …

Microsoft’s Skype app for Windows will soon include built-in Translator support

Microsoft introduced the world to its Skype Translator just over a year ago, giving us a glimpse of the new tool that allows users to speak in their own language, while their chat partner receives a translated transcript into his or her language, in almost real-time. Last month, it launched an open preview on Windows, and it has now …

Windows 10 10130: Cortana onboarding process updated, notification animation refined

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, 10130 and while the change log covers several of the updates, if you look a bit deeper, you will notice a few more changes as well. In this release, Microsoft has updated the onboarding experience for Cortana with new graphics and additional information about what the service …

Windows 10: The desktop messaging app, reading between the lines

Back in January at the Windows 10 event in Redmond, the Skype team announced their plans for the OS and how the service will be built-in on the desktop and mobile iterations of the platform. If you have used the latest build to be released to Insiders, you will know that the Messaging app is not present. More than …