Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

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As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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Windows 10 Build 15019 may be about games, but its many bugs could spoil the fun

Irony: Microsoft's Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15019 for the PC offers some much-anticipated gaming features, but a small horde of bugs could make some games unplayable. From Microsoft's perspective, it's all part of the beta-testing journey.

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Gears of War 4 adds multiplayer crossplay for Windows 10, Xbox One gamers

Gears of War 4 expands crossplay to Social Quickplay, giving Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers the ability to face off, just not in ranked competition.

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Subscriptions nourish Microsoft while its hardware businesses go hungry

Microsoft and Wall Street are in love with Microsoft's software and services, especially Office 365 and Azure. a closer look at the numbers reveals problems with here problems with Microsoft's hardware business that should be rooted out?

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Windows 10 Creators Update could ship March 31, and we're already worried about bugs

Clues point to an end-of-March launch for Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update, based on planned ship dates for the closely aligned Surface Studio and Dell Canvas products. Given the bugginess of the Anniversary Update last July, however, we'd advise Microsoft not to rush.

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New Windows 10 preview build focuses on PC gaming with Game Mode, Beam, Game Settings

Microsoft says that big updates will drop later this week for Xbox One and Windows 10 Insiders, with PC gamers receiving the new Game Mode, Beam streaming, and improved Settings, among others.

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Microsoft's mobile apps will get better image capture and OCR via the Office Lens camera app

Microsoft's Office Lens camera app is now a part of both Word and PowerPoint for iOS and Android. It will become really useful, though, once true OCR machine-reading capabilities are added.

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If you want to be an Xbox Insider, Microsoft says you'll now have to earn it

Microsoft isn't letting freeloaders into its Xbox Insider program any longer. Instead, you'll have to prove that you're worthy enough to ascend to the highest of four Insider tiers.


Here's what the Windows Defender Security Center will look like in Windows 10's Creators Update

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update will evolve Windows Defender into the Windows Defender Security Center, protecting your PC from virus, network attacks, and more. Here's what it will look like.

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Microsoft tries to expel Chromebooks from schools with Intune app and low-cost PCs

Microsoft debuted a new cloud-based Intune management tool, supported by a number of new low-cost PCs, in a bid to oust Google-powered Chromebooks from American classrooms.

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Microsoft's first Creators Update features for Xbox One Insiders focus on Home, Guide, Copilot

Microsoft said Monday that members of its Insider Program for Xbox One will start seeing the first Creators Update features, including UI improvements that add updated Home screens, Guide, and audio options.

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Microsoft's upgraded Beam game-streaming service goes live, taking on Twitch and YouTube

Microsoft's Twitch competitor, Beam, launches, which has moved out of beta with support for 10Mbps streams with resolutions up to 1440p.

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Microsoft kills Cache, its note-taking experiment with Evernote-Google Keep aspirations

Microsoft will shut down its Microsoft Garage experiment, Cache, which had a chance to compete with market leaders Google Keep and Evernote.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15014 officially adds ebook support

Microsoft's Insider build 15014 for Windows 10 PCs and phones adds the ebook store that leaked earlier, plus some handy disk utilities and other upgrades.

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Microsoft halts Minecraft updates for Windows 10 phones, as W10M consumer apps slowly die

Microsoft's decision to stop development of Minecraft: Pocket Edition means there is no Minecraft game for Windows phones under active development.

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Leaked Windows 10 build shows Microsoft filling a major content hole: Ebooks

A leaked build from MSPowerUser shows how Microsoft plans to plug the last remaining hole in its content library: ebooks.