microsoft

S.E.T.I.

How Paul Allen Saved the American Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

The Microsoft co-founder single-handedly revolutionized the American search for extraterrestrial intelligence at a time when no public institutions wanted to touch it.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.16.18
edge

Windows 10 Is Testing a Feature That Prompts Users to Try Edge When Installing Chrome

Windows' October update might come with some surprises designed to dissuade you from using browsers Microsoft doesn’t own.
Matthew Gault
9.12.18
Ice Ice Baby

Open Source Devs Reverse Decision to Block ICE Contractors From Using Software

Only a day after a software developer decided to revoke access to a popular open source program from any organization that collaborated with ICE, he was booted from the group and the license was changed back.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.30.18
Internet Insecurity

The Attack on Fair Elections Is a Great Marketing Opportunity For Tech Companies

With Donald Trump downplaying and denying Russian attempts to interfere with American elections, companies like Microsoft, Google, and Cloudflare have filled the void as defenders of democracy.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.21.18
Gaming

Only Piracy Can Save 'Forza Horizon 2' Now

The popular racing game will be unavailable through Microsoft’s digital distribution platform after September 30, leaving the job of preservation to hobbyists.
Matthew Gault
Emanuel Maiberg
8.21.18
AI Doing Art

This AI Creates Horrifying Images Based On Your Words

Yay, researchers trained an algorithm to turn your captions into (nightmarish) images.
Sarah Emerson
8.17.18
Twitter

Microsoft Demands That Gab Delete Post Calling for 'Eradication of All Jews'

Microsoft has given the alt-right Twitter alternative 48 hours to delete two offending posts before it shuts down the company's cloud server account.
Matthew Gault
8.9.18
under the sea

Watch Fish Swim By Petabytes of Data at Microsoft’s Underwater Data Center

It’s pretty surreal to watch all these fish congregate around the data center like it’s an artificial reef.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.9.18
Bitcoin

Sorry, But Starbucks Will Not Be Accepting Bitcoin

Contrary to numerous news reports, Starbucks’ new cryptocurrency partnership with Microsoft and Intercontinental Exchange doesn’t mean you’ll be able to spend your bitcoins at the coffee retailer’s locations.
Jordan Pearson
8.3.18
Nostalgia

Let's Remember Microsoft Encarta

Microsoft's encyclopedia was mind blowing.
Jason Koebler
7.13.18
Face Time

When Your Arrest Photo Appears on a Mugshot Website

Lawmakers are cracking down on sites like Mugshots.com and UnpublishArrest.com. At such a mushrooming online nexus of extortion and blackmail, will the legislation make any difference?
Anjali Nayar
6.23.18
borders

Microsoft, an ICE Tech Partner, 'Dismayed' by Child Separation Policy

After Twitter users pointed out Microsoft’s relationship with ICE, the tech giant is publicly distancing itself from the agency's parent-child separations.
Joseph Cox
6.18.18