Mark Hachman

Senior Editor

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.

A new Microsoft foldable device patent offers more grist for the Surface phone rumor mill

A new Microsoft foldable device patent offers more grist for the Surface phone rumor mill

Microsoft's patent for a foldable phone/tablet is approved, suggesting Microsoft still has mobile aspirations. But the patent dates from 2014, a time when the company's mobile fortunes were more favorable than they are now.

Microsoft improves Cortana, Edge and Mobile in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15007

Microsoft improves Cortana, Edge and Mobile in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15007

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15007, Microsoft's second build in a week, adds improvements both functional (in Edge, Cortana, and Mobile) and aesthetic (a new themes section in the Store).

The 22 best changes in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002

The 22 best changes in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002

Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 into the wild on January 9, an absolutely massive update that makes changes both large and small to your PC. Here are the most notable improvements.

Windows 10's privacy settings will be simpler but more limited with Creators' Update

Windows 10's privacy settings will be simpler but more limited with Creators' Update

Microsoft said Tuesday that it's launched a simplified privacy dashboard for Windows 10 users. It also plans changes to the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update that will adjust the level of privacy controls, though not always to the...

The first Endless budget PC hits the U.S., and wants to teach you how to code

The first Endless budget PC hits the U.S., and wants to teach you how to code

Endless, which previously sold a $79 PC to the developing world, has gone "upscale" with a $249 PC that doubles as a coding tutor.

HTC hints at wireless VR with new Vive partners and accessories, including the Tracker that can track anything

HTC hints at wireless VR with new Vive partners and accessories, including the Tracker that can track anything

Thought the HTC Vive was fully developed? Not at all. HTC showed the way to a wireless future, together with new hardware: the Vive Tracker and an improved audio experience.

Thanks to Neonode's AirBar, the MacBook Air has a touchscreen—kind of

Thanks to Neonode's AirBar, the MacBook Air has a touchscreen—kind of

Neonode launches a version of its AirBar for the 13-inch MacBook Air, which gives it “touch” capabilities via projected beams of infrared light.

Microsoft's biggest wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2016

Microsoft's biggest wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2016

Microsoft's 2016 was busy. From the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to Surfacegate and Windows phones' cliff dive, here the company's best, worst, and ugliest moments of the year.

Microsoft Edge will give you the option to block Flash where you want

Microsoft Edge will give you the option to block Flash where you want

Microsoft said it will take a harsher stance towards Adobe Flash, with a roadmap towards replacing it with HTML5 content and allowing users to block Flash entirely from specific sites.

Microsoft sets the stage for Cortana-powered smart devices

Microsoft sets the stage for Cortana-powered smart devices

Microsoft's making several under-the-hood improvements to Cortana, not the least of which will be an SDK for (finally!) consumer devices powered by the technology.

Microsoft's vision for LinkedIn is about tying its business data into Office and other services

Microsoft's vision for LinkedIn is about tying its business data into Office and other services

As the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal closes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlines how Office 365 workers will benefit from mining LinkedIn's store of digital intelligence and making connections, whether for career goals or data analysis.

Intel, Microsoft renew 'Wintel' partnership with Project Evo and VR specs for PCs

Intel, Microsoft renew 'Wintel' partnership with Project Evo and VR specs for PCs

Microsoft and Intel will team up on "Project Evo" to help future computers better understand the world around them. Plus: The two companies release hardware specs for new PCs designed for virtual reality.

New Windows 10 Insider Build allows you to shut down your PC with your voice

New Windows 10 Insider Build allows you to shut down your PC with your voice

Build 14986 of Windows 10 for desktop PCs contains a ton of improvements, most centered around improving Cortana's intelligence. Windows Ink, the Game Bar, Windows Defender, and many more have all received upgrades.

Report: Microsoft's Home Hub will chase Amazon's Alexa and Echo as a software service

Report: Microsoft's Home Hub will chase Amazon's Alexa and Echo as a software service

A Windows Central report suggests that Microsoft is indeed developing a smart-home solution, though its Home Hub may be a Windows 10 service rather than a device.

$49 Windows tablets, $1,000 PC discounts, and 50% off Xbox games highlight Microsoft deals

$49 Windows tablets, $1,000 PC discounts, and 50% off Xbox games highlight Microsoft deals

Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals" contain some hidden gems, including $1,000 off selected PCs, discounts on Groove Music and Xbox Live Gold, as well as sweet stocking stuffers. Here, we tell you what to buy and what to skip.

Report: Intel plans to make the Core i7 the brains behind self-driving cars

Report: Intel plans to make the Core i7 the brains behind self-driving cars

After committing $250 million to self-driving cars earlier this month, it appears Intel is joining forces with Delphi and ex-Tesla partner Mobileye.

Update to Office 365 eliminates the hassle of large attachments in Outlook

Update to Office 365 eliminates the hassle of large attachments in Outlook

Microsoft has made public a small collection of its November updates for Office 365, including many collaborative features.

Just how partisan is Facebook's fake news? We tested it

Just how partisan is Facebook's fake news? We tested it

Using fake Facebook accounts, we discovered that the content Facebook shows conservatives and liberals is significantly different, with far more spin and fake news pushed at Trump supporters.

The 7 worst tech gifts you absolutely shouldn't buy this holiday

The 7 worst tech gifts you absolutely shouldn't buy this holiday

Any site can tell you the best tech gifts to buy. But before you get too creative (or too cheap), read this list to find out what not to buy.

Here we go again: Microsoft's popping up ads from the Windows 10 toolbar

Here we go again: Microsoft's popping up ads from the Windows 10 toolbar

Microsoft appears to be sneakily reinstating Windows 10 ads without explicit user permission. Weren't we done with all this?

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