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No, Microsoft DirectStorage isn’t slashing RTX 4090 performance by 10 percent
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No, Microsoft DirectStorage isn’t slashing RTX 4090 performance by 10 percent

Image: Microsoft You may have seen headlines like “DirectStorage causes 10 percent performance hit on RTX 4090 in Forspoken” or “Careful — Microsoft DirectStorage could kill your frame rate,” all based on a single test from German YouTube channel PC Games Hardware. Microsoft’s new DirectStorage feature is designed to boost load times in PC games...

Microsoft strikes “strategic alliance” with solar manufacturer
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Microsoft strikes “strategic alliance” with solar manufacturer

Microsoft president Brad Smith speaks during a climate initiative event in Redmond, Washington, on Thursday, January 16th, 2020.  | Image: David Ryder/Bloomberg via Getty Images Microsoft just forged a strategic alliance with a major solar panel manufacturer to try to make good on its clean energy goals. The deal comes as supply chain woes and...

Daily Crunch: ‘Network issue’ causes cloud outage that takes down multiple Microsoft services for 4+ hours
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Daily Crunch: ‘Network issue’ causes cloud outage that takes down multiple Microsoft services for 4+ hours

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PST, subscribe here. Hello, Crunchers! We’re pretty excited about Matt’s TechCrunch Live, where he talks to Cambly about how the company found profits after failing to raise a Series A. Mark your calendar for February...

German cybersecurity officials looking into ‘culprits’ behind Microsoft outage
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German cybersecurity officials looking into ‘culprits’ behind Microsoft outage

Germany is looking into a Microsoft outage that affected users around the world today. The interior ministry said the country’s cybersecurity office was investigating to identify potential culprits behind the attack. The company has not revealed how many were affected, but Downdetector.com, which tracks outages, recorded thousands of people reporting problems with Teams, Outlook, Microsoft...

Microsoft Teams and Outlook down due to ‘networking issue’
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Microsoft Teams and Outlook down due to ‘networking issue’

The Verge Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and other Microsoft 365 services are currently down for thousands of users worldwide due to a networking issue. The software maker says it has “identified a potential networking issue” and is troubleshooting a fix to bring services back online. Thousands of users reported issues early this morning at around 2:30AM...

Multiple Microsoft services including Outlook, Teams and Xbox Live suffer outage
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Multiple Microsoft services including Outlook, Teams and Xbox Live suffer outage

Scores of Microsoft services including Teams, Xbox Live, Outlook and Microsoft 365 suite are inaccessible to thousands of users around the globe. Microsoft has acknowledged the outage, and said it’s working on a fix. According to DownDetector, a popular tool that tracks service reliability, users began reporting accessibility issues with multiple services including Microsoft 365,...

Teams and Outlook goes down for thousands of Microsoft users
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Teams and Outlook goes down for thousands of Microsoft users

Microsoft is investigating an outage that has left thousands of users unable to access the website’s services, including Teams and Outlook. Downdetector.com, which tracks outages through a range of sources including user reports, showed there were around 2,341 incidents of people reporting issues with Outlook in the UK as of 7.43am today – and 1,006...