Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

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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Vertical tabs arrive in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft is adding a vertical tabs feature to the Edge browser. The browser history is also being revamped, as are some Bing search results.

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An Amazon Alexa app is headed for the Xbox

Microsoft and Amazon have posted a "Coming Soon" sign for an official Amazon Alexa app for your Xbox.

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Google Chrome will replace third-party cookies with tracking that's less intrusive

Google Chrome won’t replace third-party cookies with alternative methods of tracking individuals in Chrome. The browser is moving toward tracking methods that aggregate users to protect their privacy.

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Brave Search is a privacy-first search engine

Browser maker Brave Software is buying Tailcat, an open search engine, and will add it to what it’s calling Brave Search, a forthcoming search engine. Brave Search will be folded into the existing, privacy-first Brave browser.

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Microsoft Mesh: Why you should be skeptical about this new VR platform

Microsoft announced Microsoft Mesh on Tuesday, a VR platform that the company hopes will eventually be used for holographic meetings and other uses.

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Microsoft Teams hardware will join new presenter modes later this year

At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft certifies Microsoft Teams displays, updates its Teams speaker timeline, and unveils new presenter modes.

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Microsoft still loves smart devices, rolling out Azure Percept camera, mic and services

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Azure Percept, consisting of its Percept Vision camera module and Percept Audio smart mic. They'll form the foundation for intelligent devices built by partners.

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Google beefs up Workspace with new apps, and Google Assistant

Google said Monday that it's adding capabilities to its Workspace offering, including new apps, calendar improvements, and Google Assistant support.

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How to create strong, secure passwords by learning how to crack them

Learn why strong, secure paswords matter by seeing how easy it is to crack passwords with a common tool. Longer, more complex passwords are best, and you'll see why.

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The story of the Windows XP 'Bliss' desktop theme—and what it looks like today

Like Windows XP itself, Microsoft's 'Bliss' image of rolling green hills has aged, and evolved. Here's its story— and what the real-world site looks like today.

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How to use Zoom's Video Filters to spice up your next Zoom call

Zoom's new Video Filters and Studio Effects give you fun effects without having to search for third-party images online.

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Send texts on your own time with Android's new Schedule Send feature

Google is adding a new feature to Android, called Schedule Send, that allows you to send texts to other people on your own time.

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Google adds Password Checkup to Android

Google already checks your passwords to see if they've been compromised on your PC's Chrome browser. Now your Android phone will add the same Password Checker feature.

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Microsoft will add predictive typing to Word in March

Microsoft plans to add predictive typing, also called text prediction, to Microsoft Word beginning in March, 2021.

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Microsoft won't raise prices for Office 2021, which may ship with Teams

Microsoft has announced Office 2021 for the PC and Mac, at the same price as its predecessor, Office 2019.