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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Amazon's Alexa app for Windows now listens for wake words, just like an Echo Dot

Amazon has upgraded its Alexa Windows 10 app to always listen for your commands via a wake word.

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Word integrates Microsoft's 'Ideas' to improve your writing with AI smarts

Microsoft's Ideas looks deeply into your writing to suggest improvements like gender-neutral language and more focused words, and includes more collaborative features.

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Microsoft's Cortana concept demo portrays her as a smart, competent AI assistant for the office

In advance of Microsoft Build, Microsoft shows off what the company hopes its Cortana digital assistant will achieve. In Microsoft's vision, Cortana's all business.

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Microsoft's augmented reality Minecraft tease is a reminder of its world-shattering HoloLens demo

Microsooft ends its Build keynote with a teaser of what looks like an augmented reality version of Minecraft. In a sense, we've already seen it, as part of Microsoft's killer HoloLens demo a few years ago.

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Microsoft debuts new Terminal app, next-gen Windows Subsystem for Linux for power users

At Microsoft Build, Microsoft unveils a tabbed Terminal app and a Windows Subsystem for Linux that's built on a new, custom-built Linux 4.19 kernel.

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Microsoft's Cortana AI gives programmable bots listening and decisionmaking skills

Cortana was just the beginning. Microsoft's busy building up third-party AI bots that can do even more, thanks to Azure-powered Cognitive Services.

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Microsoft's intelligent, context-aware search boxes are coming to all of its apps and services

Microsoft Search is being added to all of Microsoft's apps and services, complete with natural language understanding to better know what apps and documents you're working on.

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Microsoft Edge's IE Mode will put Internet Explorer in a tab

Microsoft outlines plans to combine Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge with IE Mode in a future version of Edge.

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Microsoft's MyAnalytics work assistant now encourages you to slow down and focus

At Microsoft Build, Microsoft announces that its MyAnalytics business assistant tool will help you figure out ways to better focus and network with colleagues.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (2019) review: Good value and sleek looks, but performance suffers

Samsung's Notebook 9 Pro is lightweight, with solid battery life. Performance is a mixed bag, however, as it is for many convertibles.

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Microsoft makes HoloLens 2 available for developers, alongside Unreal Engine support

Microsoft is moving quickly after announcing the HoloLens 2 at MWC, making the developer edition generally available at Microsoft Build.

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Dell Latitude refresh banks on connectivity, battery life

Dell announced a sweeping refresh of its Latitude 3000, 5000, and 7000 series of business notebooks, all aligned around Intel's 8th-gen Core processors.

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AMD upends GPU tradition by launching 'Navi' as a lower-end part

AMD's first-quarter earnings call revealed a surprise: AMD's new Navi GPU architecture won't be a flagship part, at least initially.

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Leaked Intel roadmaps call Intel's 10nm transition into question yet again

Mobile and desktop processor roadmaps obtained by a Netherlands site indicate that a large number of Intel processors still use the ancient 14nm manufacturing process, even through next year.

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Microsoft adds phone notification support, dictation languages to new Windows 10 Insider build

Microsoft' Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18885 adds notification support to the Your Phone app and broadens WIndows' dictation capabilities.