Microsoft’s Personal Assistant Tech, Cortana, Now Generates Reminders From Emails

 Microsoft’s personal assistant tech Clippy Cortana is getting a few more feathers in its cap, with the company rolling out the ability to push reminders to users based on the contents of their email. Users of the Windows Insider early access program will get the feature first — followed in future, Microsoft said today, to[…]

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Gartner: Device Spend To Decline For First Time, Shipments Grow Only 1.9% In 2016

 The slowdown in hardware sales continues apace. Gartner today published its latest forecasts for device sales — covering PCs, tablets, ‘ultramobiles’ and smartphones — and it predicts that while end-user sales overall will continue to grow to 2.4 billion units in 2016, it will be at a snail’s pace, up just 1.9% on 2015. On top[…]

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Microsoft pulls the plug on old versions of Internet Explorer

  This week Microsoft issued the last patch for its Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 browsers. In addition to the usual security fixes, the patch will include an “End of Life” notification that asks users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or to Microsoft’s new Edge browser. You’ll be able to continue using the[…]

Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Mobile Build, Promises Free Upgrades For 8.1 Users In 2016

 Two quick hits from the world of Microsoft before you head off and plunge your upper body in eggnog: A new Windows 10 Mobile build is out for users on both the Fast and Slow rings of the Insider program, and, if you are a regular Windows Phone user running 8.1, you won’t get new code[…]