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Microsoft now selling Power Keyboard for Lumia 2520 tablet

Owners of Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet who missed out on the free Power Keyboard can now buy one through Microsoft.

Packing in a case, keyboard, two USB ports, and a 50 percent boost to battery life, the Power Keyboard was dangled by Nokia as a free accessory to those who preordered the 2520 late last year. AT&T has been selling the keyboard, and now Microsoft has added the $149 device to its lineup.

The Power Keyboard sold by Microsoft supports only the Lumia 2520 through AT&T, which means Verizon customers are out of luck. The … Read more

Amazon leak suggests Xbox One Media Remote to land in March

Microsoft might feel that your voice, telling the Kinect what to do, isn't enough for movie and television lovers, if a new leak is to be believed.

Amazon's Canadian storefront on Thursday temporarily published a preorder page for an Xbox One Media Remote, Engadget is reporting, citing posts made on Reddit and a Google cache page. The listing, which was quickly taken down, showed a small, black remote featuring the familiar Xbox One "X" at the top and several buttons.

That Microsoft is planning to launch a remote to control the Xbox One might come as … Read more

Microsoft repairs Skype chat syncing glitch

Skype users frustrated by messages that won't sync from one device to another should welcome a new fix from Microsoft.

Touting the service's "enhanced chat experience" in a blog posted Thursday, Skype product marketing manager Elaine Ansell said that chats are now synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. Push notifications will also alert you when you have a new message waiting for you.

Ansell acknowledged that the Skype syncing issue caused people to miss messages and to run into messages marked as "read" on one device and "unread" on another. In … Read more

Microsoft's 'Universal Store' apps detailed in leaked images

A new round of leaked images suggest an easier process ahead for developers who create software for both Windows and Windows Phone.

Served up on Twitter by tech news leaker @AngelWZR, one of the slideshow images, allegedly snagged from Microsoft, details an upcoming initiative dubbed "Windows Store" apps. As described in the slide, developers will be able to create a single app to target both Windows Phone and Windows.

A single Visual Studio "Shared Solution" template can serve both versions of Windows, triggering two Visual Studio projects for each version and two installation packages for submission … Read more

Conan O'Brien: How I would run Microsoft

Conan O'Brien as Microsoft CEO? Though Satya Nadella beat him out for the job, the late-night comedian is convinced he could bring the company back to greatness.

In a LinkedIn post on Tuesday, O'Brien, who is now one of the site's top influencers, said he could turn Microsoft back into "an industry titan like Wang or Commodore" through three simple steps: 1. Zune 2. More Zune 3. Even More Zune.

Coco also outlined other plans: A marketing campaign that would convince everyone in America to "Bing their symptoms" after a weekend trip to … Read more

Microsoft fixes Windows 8.1 glitches in February update

Windows 8.1 users beset by technical woes may find some help in a newly released update.

On Tuesday, Microsoft issued an update package that fixes a variety of noncritical but potentially frustrating problems. The package's support page lists Netflix playback, orientation on a Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga, shutdown time, and autocorrect as a few of the subjects addressed.

The updates also are geared for Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. The package is listed as an optional update, which means you have to manually select it on your device's Windows Update screen to install … Read more

Microsoft accused of censoring Chinese search results in US

Is Microsoft censoring searches of certain Chinese terms in the United States? One Web site is standing behind its original accusation.

Microsoft's Bing allegedly delivers different results for English-language searches than for those in Chinese, The Guardian said on Tuesday. Run searches on such politically sensitive topics as the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square on Bing's English-language site and its Chinese-language site, and the results vary, the report claimed. The Guardian said the discrepancies were first noted by Chinese monitoring site GreatFire.

In response to the initial charges of censorship from GreatFire, Microsoft attributed the problem to a system error, … Read more

Bing censors Chinese search results in the US?

It's no secret that many search engines abide by China's rules and censor Web results for users living in mainland China. But, typically, results in other countries don't have the same filters.

Bing, however, has been allegedly censoring results for Chinese speakers in the US, according to a report by the Guardian. The Guardian writes that sensitive political topics -- like the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square protests -- are showing up on the Chinese-language Bing in the US with filters. When searching the same topics on the English-language Bing, users get far more results.… Read more

Microsoft's Surface 2 cleared for takeoff in cockpit

Microsoft's Surface 2 has officially won Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for all phases of air travel, the company announced on Monday.

The FAA's authorization covers classes one and two for the Electronic Flight Bag. Historically, pilots have brought with them on flights a full flight bag consisting of everything from reference documents to checklists to carts. All of that paper used fuel on planes, prompting Delta last year to opt to deploy the Surface 2 to Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 pilots. Pilots of other airplanes will be added this year.

At launch last year, the Surface … Read more

Windows Phone 8.1 features leaked by developer

Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT will be able to share the same code, helping developers more easily create the same apps for phone and tablet. At least, that's the take from a round of leaked details.

On Tuesday, a developer with access to the new Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) hopped onto Reddit to share several features headed for the new version. New Universal Apps templates will help developers build WinStore/WinRT and WinPhone apps using the same HTML and JavaScript code, according to the SDK. The developer pointed to the new feature as … Read more