Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple

 Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual experience, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in London — just a stone’s throw from the Apple flagship store. Read More

If Bill Gates really thinks ctrl-alt-del was a mistake, he should have fixed it himself

An IBM keyboard signed by ctrl-alt-del inventor David Bradley. (credit: Ross Grady)

Once again, Bill Gates has bemoaned the creation of the ctrl-alt-del shortcut. Talking at Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Gates reiterates that he wishes IBM had created a dedicated button for the feature. We’re republishing this piece from 2013, because we still think that Gates’ telling of the story is a little misleading; for IBM it was a feature, not a flaw, that ctrl-alt-del requires two hands, and if Microsoft really wanted a single button ctrl-alt-del for Windows NT, it was Microsoft, not IBM, with the market dominance to achieve that.

Speaking at Harvard earlier this month, Bill Gates was asked why you have to press ctrl-alt-del before you can enter your password and log in to Windows. After explaining the security rationale, Gates then said that it was a “mistake” and that it was due to IBM refusing to add a single button to take the place of the three finger salute.

It’s a nice story, but it doesn’t really add up.

Microsoft: Windows 10 Is Better Than Before

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With the Fall Creators Update just around the corner, Microsoft is talking up the improvements it has made to Windows 10 so far. Specifically the Windows 10 Creators Update released in April 2017. This is, according to Microsoft, “the most performant and reliable version of Windows 10 ever!” Every version of Windows that has ever been released has had problems. Some more than others. However, with Windows 10 here for the longterm, Microsoft has the opportunity to finetune its OS until it’s close to perfection. Or at least that’s the plan. And things are going well so far. Apparently. Pride…

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Windows 10 has already been installed on 200 million devices

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Acer’s H7 is the world’s first USB Type-C display

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Video game tie-ins shouldn’t feel ‘cheap’

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The After Math: Baby, it’s cold outside

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ICYMI: Helmet with OnStar, NASA’s 3D-printed engine and more

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Microsoft’s mixed reality is for developers, not the public

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Netflix’s Windows 10 app is at home on PCs and tablets

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Meet the firm designing futuristic UI for Iron Man and Samsung

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‘Fable Legends’ will launch after spring 2016

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Use your Xbox One to try on clothes at home

High-tech fitting rooms have been around for quite some time, but most of the gear stays inside a retail location. However, Xbox One owners can now have a personal setup in the comforts of their living room. Thanks to a new shopping app called The Ma…

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