The first week of 2016 was a packed one for Microsoft. The firm announced that the Surface Book laptop is available to pre-order in the UK, and there was a stream of announcements regarding new Windows devices at CES in Las Vegas.
Elsewhere, Microsoft claimed that there are now more than 200 million active devices around the world running Windows 10, and joined with other tech firms to criticise the UK government's plans to spy on all web users. The companies have said that they will notify users if they suspect accounts have been compromised by government cyber snoops.
Microsoft also issued another warning about the withdrawal of support for many versions of Internet Explorer this month.
Microsoft Surface Book available to pre-order in the UK with prices from £1,299 to £2,249
Microsoft has kicked off 2016 by bringing its Surface Book convertible laptop to several more markets, including the UK where it is now available to pre-order, although potential buyers may raise an eyebrow at the price, which reaches as high as £2,249.
Windows 10 on 200 million machines as OS closes in on Windows XP
Windows 10 is now running on 200 million machines worldwide, around 10 percent of laptops and PCs online, as uptake of Microsoft's latest operating system continues to climb.
Microsoft, Google and Facebook slam government's encryption plans in Snoopers' Charter
Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others have criticised aspects of the proposed Draft Investigatory Powers Bill in a joint submission to the government as opposition to the controversial legislation continues to mount.
The same firms stated their intention to inform users if they have been targeted by nation-state cyber snoops.
Microsoft is killing off versions of Internet Explorer next week
Microsoft has issued a further reminder that many versions of the Internet Explorer browser will shortly become unsupported, and that most Windows users will need to be running IE 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. A previous warning was given in November.
CES 2016: Top 10 exciting announcements from Samsung, Lenovo, Acer and others
The CES show in Las Vegas saw a crop of new devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 platform. We take a look at the Top 10 announcements from the event.
Pixel 2 smartphones and a Pixel-branded laptop also planned by Google
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