Xbox One could reboot mid-game in order to apply updates via the cloud

Remarks from the Xbox Live manager at a developers' conference suggests that updates will restart consoles 'whether your code is running or not'

Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8 Update 3 aimed at 1080p, quad-core devices

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Shareholders want Bill Gates's Microsoft exit

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in the mid-seventies and went on to build the business into a software behemoth that shaped the digital lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Microsoft investors call for Bill Gates' departure

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in tearful Dirty Dancing farewell to staff

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US shoppers prefer PS4 to Xbox One

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bids employees a tearful farewell, promises that Microsoft will 'change the world again'

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Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2: Microsoft refreshes its hybrid tablet/laptop range

Ambitious launch shows that the company still intends to compete with Apple in the tablet market

Google offers free Microsoft Office editor for phones and tablets (Microsoft doesn't)

The Quickoffice app allows you to edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations on the move

Google redesigns its logo and home page

The most visited site on the whole world wide web hasn’t changed its logo in three years

Sony's PS4 companion app will rival Microsoft's SmartGlass; launches with PS4 in November

New software will turn Android and iOS tablets and smartphones into a second screen experience for the console

Microsoft unveils biggest Bing redesign yet, but can they take on Google?

New revamp aligns Bing as one of Microsoft's four core platforms next to Office, Windows and Xbox

A psychiatric hospital was destroyed by fire in the Novgorod region town of Luka.

Thirty-seven die as 19th Century wooden psychiatric hospital in Russia burns down

Fire is thought to have been caused by a patient either smoking or setting himself alight

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