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Software week in review, July 18

Microsoft's layoffs are bad news for Nokia, Xbox Entertainment, and Windows phones that run Android. Google is going after zero-day threats and is fixing Chrome's security and power-hogging. And vulnerabilities have been found in everything from Teslas to the stock market to hotels. Read on for more updates, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Microsoft

Last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella published a 3,100-word memo about "bold ambition" (or "turgid drivel," per linguist Geoff Pullum). This week another memo (also … Read more

Software week in review, July 11

Microsoft is still trying to woo users away from Windows 7 and XP; Apple's next iPhone has a sapphire screen, and the phone after that may have a smart lock; and Google is killing apps and bad site certificates. Read on for more of the week's software news, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Microsoft

Yesterday CEO Satya Nadella declared that Microsoft is no longer a "devices and services" company, but rather will reinvent productivity, with a focus on mobile and cloud. He … Read more

4 veteran E3 games that made history

E3 2014 featured lots of new games, as well as plenty of genre-defining legacy titles. Take a walk down video game memory lane with us to discover how four game franchises became industry leaders.

Call of Duty

The Call of Duty franchise has moved from the modern era into the near future with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. But when the narrative first-person shooter launched a decade ago, it wasn't known for advanced weapons and online team-based play.

The original Call of Duty, released in 2004 for the PC, was developed by Infinity Ward. The entire Infinity Ward team, … Read more

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone review

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone is a flexible note-taking program that lets you save all kinds of important information in one place. Photos, text, and links are all searchable in this app, and you can organize your notes into different notebooks and pages to make things as easy as possible to find later on.

Pros

Checkable lists: While the blank page you start writing your notes on may look just like a regular document or piece of paper, there's a lot of functionality lurking just below the surface. For instance, you can insert checkboxes into lists, and then check them … Read more

Microsoft OneNote for Mac review

Microsoft OneNote for Mac gives you a place to keep all kinds of important notes, files, photos, and more, so you always know where to find them. You can also install the OneNote app on your mobile device and sync it with your computer, making it easy to access your notes on the go.

Pros

Checkable lists: When you create lists in OneNote, you can add check boxes to make it easier to see what you've accomplished. Whether you're tracking work tasks, weekend to-dos, or groceries, you'll always be on top of things with this great feature. … Read more

Microsoft offers $399 Xbox One, opens apps to all Xbox owners

Today Microsoft announced a cheaper, $399 model of its Xbox One system, which will be available June 9. The price cut comes from removing the Kinect, previously thought to be a required accessory. As to why Microsoft made this sudden change, the company said: "Since the beginning, we have focused on delivering great games and entertainment experiences for you. Your feedback matters to us and it shapes the products and services we build."

In another big policy change, all Xbox owners will get access to entertainment apps previously available only to Xbox Live Gold subscribers for a $60 … Read more

Major security flaw in Internet Explorer opens PCs to hijacking

Update: On May 1, Microsoft released a fix for Internet Explorer -- all affected versions: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Surprisingly, that includes versions that run on Windows XP -- though Microsoft no longer supports XP, the severity of this security flaw prompted the company to patch XP-compatible versions. Your system should download the patch automatically; if it doesn't, enable automatic Windows Update.

This weekend Microsoft issued a security advisory for Internet Explorer, warning that hackers can exploit a vulnerability that lets them run commands on remote computers. In other words, hackers exploiting this flaw can hijack … Read more

Office 365 gets personal for $6.99

Since its initial release two years ago, Microsoft's Office 365 has been steadily winning over fans. With the release of the companion iOS apps, there's no better time to sign up. Now Microsoft has sweetened the pot with the introduction of Office 365 Personal and a price tag of $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

For less than the price of a Netflix subscription, you'll receive:

The entire Office 365 suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 20GB of OneDrive cloud storage. Skype PC-to-phone world calling.

You can choose between the PC or Mac version, plus additional access … Read more

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad review

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad lets you view, edit, create, and play a presentation, all right from your iPad, no matter where you are. It provides all of the tools you're used to using in PowerPoint, optimized for the touchscreen interface of the iPad.

Pros

Finger laser pointer: If you're projecting a presentation straight from your iPad, you can just use your finger as a laser pointer. Drag your finger across the image on your iPad, and whatever you do will show up just like a laser pointer on the main display.

Full-featured: With this app, you'll have … Read more

Microsoft Excel for iPad review

Microsoft Excel for iPad brings the versatility and functionality of this powerful spreadsheet program to your iPad with an intuitive and attractive interface. Create, edit, and send all types of spreadsheets right from your iPad, and maintain proper formatting across all of your devices with this app.

Pros

Template options: Excel for iPad is a full-featured application, so it brings all of your favorite things about Excel along with it. One of the nicest of these, in our opinion, is the number of template options available. Whether you're putting together an annual financial report, a household budget, or a … Read more