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It might not get the same kind of attention as Google and Apple, but Microsoft is still one of the biggest and most powerful tech companies operating today. It runs Azure, one of the biggest cloud computing services, and maintains Windows 11 and the whole Office suite of software. It also makes plenty of Surface hardware and has a whole slew of gaming products, including the Xbox Series X. But the company is ever expanding — building new hardware, acquiring new game studios, and making sure that even if Microsoft doesn't run your phone, it can touch plenty of the apps on it.

Starfield: you’re holding it wrong.

Remember when Steve Jobs suggested holding your iPhone differently to avoid “antennagate”? Here’s the Starfield version of that: “Upgrade your PC.”

Earlier this week, Tom put it extremely mildly: “Starfield [...] will demand the most out of both your CPU and GPU.” I would say the game runs comparatively poorly to many triple-A titles, with little graphically or mechanically awesome on screen to justify the low framerate.

Microsoft bloatwear.

The maker of engorged apps like the Edge browser has a patent application for a giant backpack that basically mimics the functionality of Humane’s tiny little AI clip-on thingie.

You be you, Microsoft.

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Be honest with me: did you know that Bing Maps existed?

Because I ... did not. Even now, I’m not 100 percent sure what it is. There’s a website called Bing Maps, okay, yes, but then the app really just wants to tell me about Microsoft Traffic. And now there’s a way to get Bing Maps info in the Microsoft Start app, which has a feature called Commute that is evidently powered by Bing Maps. Microsoft Start, of course, looks remarkably like the Bing app. Which has mapping stuff in it, but isn’t exactly a mapping app.

I don’t get it either. But you can download Microsoft Start with Commute now!

I don’t see “a backflip” on this list.

I asked Bing the same question and it told me to buy a USB lighter. This is a true story.

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Microsoft’s Bing Chat Enterprise is now available in the Windows Copilot preview.

First introduced to and the Edge sidebar in July, Bing Chat Enterprise allows companies to use Microsoft’s AI-powered chatbot without having to worry about their conversations being used to train its underlying model.

Now Microsoft will let companies access the chatbot in Windows Copilot as well, with the launch of it in preview for “eligible commercial customers in the Dev channel.”

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MSI confirms Windows 11 BSOD issues.

Microsoft has been investigating reports of a Blue Screen of Death with an “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” error message in the latest KB5029351 update. The issues have been affecting some MSI motherboards, and now MSI says “reverting your BIOS to the previous version” is a workaround. Microsoft has paused the update for affected systems, so hopefully MSI can issue a new BIOS update soon.

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Outlook and Google Calendar are going to be a bit more compatible.

As part of a new update rolling out starting Thursday, if someone on Outlook invites a Google Calendar user to an event, that Outlook person will actually show up as the event organizer on Google Calendar.

I imagine this will be a very welcome feature for many people.

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Microsoft’s PC Game Pass games have arrived on GeForce Now.

Starting today, you can access several PC Game Pass titles from Nvidia’s cloud gaming service GeForce Now, including Deathloop, No Man’s Sky, Grounded, and more. You can view the whole roster of available games from Nvidia’s website.