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Bill Gates explained that the size of the Fold's display means he can get away with using it as a "portable PC" and nothing else. Instead of a Microsoft Surface Duo, the tech giant’s founder Bill Gates has revealed he uses Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 as his daily smartphone. During a Reddit AMA this week, Gates finally confirmed which smartphone he uses,

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Microsoft is testing Android 12.1 and other improvements for Windows 11

Microsoft is testing a slate of new features for Windows Subsystem for Android, including increased notifications integration, support for Android 12.1 (or Android 12L), and more. It seems like Microsoft isn’t resting on its laurels when it comes to the system that lets Windows 11 run Android apps: on Friday, the company announced an update that upgrades the version of Android running on your computer and helps make the

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Microsoft tests Windows 11 desktop widgets with web search bar

Microsoft is testing a new web search bar for the desktop in the latest Preview Build of Windows 11. It’s a change from widgets in Windows 11’s main builds, which have been corralled into a separate panel. Microsoft is adding an optional web search to the Windows 11 desktop in the operating system’s latest Insider Preview Build. The company describes the feature as “lightweight interactive content” — the first, it says, of many such tools

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Here’s how Microsoft’s new One Outlook email app will work

Microsoft has officially announced that its new version of Outlook will be available in beta and has shown off some of the app’s new features alongside its UI. Microsoft has announced the beta for the new Outlook for Windows, which will make the desktop email client a lot more like the web version. While screenshots and an entire build of the app were recently leaked, Microsoft’s announcement gives us a

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to 'nearly double' the budget for its employee salaries to retain them

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced to “nearly double” its budget for employee salary increases and to boost the range of stock compensation by at least 25 percent. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that the company will increase the pay of its employees to stop bulk resignations. It has also announced to boost the range of stock compensation it gives some workers by at least 25 percent to

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Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller was a success for the modding community

In the third episode of this special creators miniseries for the Vergecast, we spoke with Ben Heck and Bryce Johnson about accessible video game controllers. For Ben Heck, it started as a kindness. He was an engineer who made cool things and a veteran reached out to see if he could make him an Xbox controller that would let him play video games with one hand. Twenty years later, he’s still making

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How to convert your Xbox Live subscription into Game Pass Ultimate

Microsoft’s introductory month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1 is tempting, but before you redeem it, here’s how you can turn 36 months of Xbox Live Gold into Game Pass Ultimate, saving you a lot of money in the process. Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass offer a lot of value if you want to play all kinds of games via subscription. The service normally costs $14.99 per month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which covers both Xbox and PC) or $9.99 per

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The Steam Deck finally has Windows audio drivers

Two and a half months after our Steam Deck review, Valve has finally provided the drivers you’ll need for the speakers and 3.5mm headphone jack if you choose to install Windows on the gaming portable. Two and a half months after our Steam Deck review, Valve has finally provided the drivers you’ll need for audio if you choose to install Windows on the gaming portable. Before today, you would have had to pair Bluetooth headphones or plug in USB-C

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Hulu subscribers can score three months of PC Game Pass for free

Existing Hulu subscribers can redeem an offer for three free months of PC Game Pass through Hulu if they haven’t tried the service yet. PC Game Pass allows you to access a rotating library of excellent AAA and indie games. It's getting increasingly difficult to recommend Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription to anyone without also sounding like an absolute shill. The latest promotion to offer an accessible introduction to this awesome service comes courtesy of Hulu.

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Dota 2’s The International will take place in Southeast Asia for the first time

Heading to Singapore this fall Dota 2’s annual tournament, The International, will take place in Singapore this October. While Valve has held The International in the US, Canada, China, Germany, and Romania in the past, this is the first time the global esports competition is

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Hyundai is building EV and battery production facilities in Georgia

Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles and batteries in Savannah, Georgia. The plant will create over 8,000 jobs and produce 300,000 vehicles annually. Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries in Savannah, Georgia, marking Hyundai’s first EV-only plant in the US (via CNBC). The South Korean automaker will spend $5.5 billion on the new

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