Google Search Rivals Call on EU to Do Something

In an open letter, four of Google’s search rivals call on the EU to actually address the search giant’s dominance in a meaningful way. “The Digital Markets Act [DMA] urgently needs to be adapted to prevent gatekeepers from suppressing search engine competition,” an open letter from DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Lilo, and…

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Mozilla Firefox is Coming to the Microsoft Store

Mozilla this week updated Firefox across desktop and mobile, and the firm revealed that the browser is coming to the Microsoft Store. “Microsoft has loosened restrictions on its [Microsoft] Store [in Windows 10 and 11] that effectively banned third-party browsers from the store,” Mozilla explains of that latter update. “We…

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Xbox Console Shortage to Last Into 2022

Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer said in an interview that he now expects Xbox console shortages to last into 2022. And he’s trying to frame the issue as being broader than just a component shortage. “I think it’s probably too isolated to talk about it as just a chip…

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Office LTSC is Now Available

Microsoft announced today that Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for commercial customers on Windows and macOS. Office LTSC is a so-called “perpetual” version of Office, meaning that commercial customers can license it outright on a per-PC basis and use it for its five years of support without getting any…

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The Cost of Microsoft 365 Commercial is Going Up in 2022

Microsoft announced today that it will raise the cost of its Microsoft 365 Commercial subscriptions starting in March 2022. It is also adding some new audioconferencing capabilities in Teams to take your mind off the price hike. “Today we are announcing changes to our commercial pricing for Microsoft 365 –…

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Google Releases Chrome 92

Google announced the release of Chrome 92 today, which arrives with new privacy protection and battery-saving features. “For most people, internet browsers like Chrome act as a window to the web, where you can read the latest news, find the perfect gift, or finally cross that task off your to-do…

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Microsoft is Adding Microsoft Teams to Windows 11 Today

When Microsoft first announced Windows 11 in June, it promised a Chat with Microsoft Teams feature that hasn’t yet appeared in the beta. But it’s available starting today via the Windows Insider Program. As you might expect, Chat with Microsoft Teams isn’t yet feature complete. In today’s build, you will…

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Microsoft to Acquire RiskIQ

Microsoft announced this morning that it will acquire RiskIQ, which makes threat intelligence and attack surface management solutions. The software giant hasn’t revealed the cost of the transaction, but a Bloomberg report claims that it’s worth over $500 million. “Organizations are increasingly using the cloud to reimagine every facet of…

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Microsoft’s Gaming Strategy? Xbox Everywhere

Ahead of its Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase on Sunday, where it will reveal its best and biggest-ever games lineup, Microsoft has provided some context for its gaming platform. And it amounts to “Xbox everywhere.” “We believe that games, that interactive entertainment, aren’t really about hardware and software. It’s not…

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