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WhatsApp Became Facebook’s Most Popular App in 2018

App Annie says WhatsApp is now more popular than Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram, although updated usage figures are not available.

Google Maps Now Warns Drivers with Speed Trap Icons

Google Maps now places speed camera icons on maps and provides audio cues to drivers who are approaching speed traps.
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Microsoft’s Desktop App Assure Promises Compatability as Windows 7 Nears End of Life

Microsoft's Desktop App Assure is now globally available after a failure rate of just 0.1%. The program seeks to help users migrate from Windows 7 to 10.
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Microsoft to Kill Off Windows 10 Mobile in December

Microsoft has finally announced it will end all support for Windows 10 Mobile, with the shut off scheduled for December 10.

YouTube Bans Prank and Challenge Videos Under New Policy

YouTube has decided to clamp down on pranks and challenges that are deemed harmful. As usual, where the company draws the line is vague.

Microsoft Explains How Windows Virtual Desktop Will Maintain Partner Interest

With the upcoming launch of Windows Virtual Desktop, virtualization tool developers may be feeling obsolete. Microsoft and Citrix have announced partnerships will be ongoing when WVD launches.

Microsoft Edge Integrates NewsGuard for All Android Users

Weeks after previewing NewsGuard on Android for the Edge browser, Microsoft has rolled out the integration to all users.

Windows 10 19H1 to Switch BitLocker to Software-Based Encryption by Default

With the launch of Windows 10 19H1 this spring, Microsoft will make BitLocker software-based encrypted by default, with an option for hardware-based encryption.
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Office 365 January Update Reaches Insiders, Bringing @Mentions to Excel

TheOffice January update adds an accessibility checker, @mentions, better file searching, and more. It's currently available to Insiders.

Microsoft To-Do Focus Continues with New Android Update

Microsoft To-Do continues to receive plenty of attention. The latest Android introduces more snooze options and a new My Day design.
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Microsoft CEO Admits Internal Nickname for xCloud Is ‘Netflix for Games’

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella finally opened up about the company's xCloud game streaming service, giving little clarification, but revealing some interesting internal naming.

Microsoft Garage Launches XAML Studio for Efficient XAML Coding

Developers can use Microsoft Garage’s new XAML Studio to create UWP XAML code and manage it in real time before copying to Visual Studio.

Google Raises G Suite Prices in Line with Microsoft Office 365

G Suite has received a price increase for Basic and Business Editions. However, this is the first increase in 10 years and G Suite is still more affordable than Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Launcher Beta 5.2 Brings a Rewards Card, Folder Improvements

Microsoft Launcher beta 5.2 makes several important usability adjustments to folders and text size while creating new ways for users to manage their rewards.

Microsoft Stream for iOS Gains In-App Video Sharing

A new Microsoft Stream update is available for preview. Version 1.02 brings the ability to share videos within the app.
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Slack for Windows 10 Receives Bug Fix-Focused Update

Version 3.3.4 of Slack for Windows 10 is focused on fixing various app bugs, with no new features included in the release.

Azure’s New ‘Customer Agreement’ Model Cuts out Middle-Man Partners

The Microsoft Customer agreement will make things easier for Azure customers, but analysts believe it will lead to reduced profits for its partners.

Microsoft Patents Detail Proposed Surface Dial and Surface Pen Changes

Microsoft has filed a pair of patents describing proposed touch features for Surface Dial and Surface Pen peripheral devices.
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Yahoo and AOL Adopt Bing as Exclusive Ad Platform for Search

With its expanded partnership, Microsoft estimates a click increase of up to 15% for its customers in the US, drawing on Verizon Media's properties across the web.

After Alexa, Microsoft Wants to Integrate Cortana and Google Assistant

Satya Nadella has been frank about Microsoft's plans for Cortana, announcing that it will no longer be trying to compete with Amazon, Google, and Apple. Instead, it wants the assistant to take a background role.