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Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Skype is officially entering the business world with Microsoft's new platform Skype for Business (SfB). Skype has made some great strides recently. Last week, updates for the original platform included modernizing its Skype Translator tool by adding Mandarin and Italian to its repertoire of languages. Microsoft's latest offering SfB is a completely separate system and is aims to take inter-office communication to the next level. Skype for Business will allow users to conference with up to 250 people. If your clients aren't using the new platform yet, the new conferencing system will be able to connect you with anyone using a phone or Internet connection.

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Windows 10 for small tablets get leaked, still needs work

Windows 10 for small tablets get leaked, still needs work

We've seen Windows 10 for desktops and larger tablets as well as some sneak peeks at the version for smartphones. So it's about high time that we hear something about the middle ground of the two: small tablets, which Microsoft defines as tablets with screens smaller than 8 inches. WinBeta was able to get its hands on a (hopefully) very early build of this peculiar Windows 10 version and while things look promising this early, there is definitely a lot of room for improvement. Fortunately, Microsoft still has time.

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BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

Florida-based BLU Products might be more known for its budget Android smartphones, but it does have a few Windows Phones on its shelves. One of those, the BLU Win HD, silently got a much needed upgrade. Appearing at Microsoft's Store, the Win HD LTE brings more than just new LTE connectivity. It also bears a more powerful processor but still with a lovable budget price tag. And though it only runs Windows Phone 8.1, it comes with the promise of Windows 10 once the latter starts rolling out.

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Xbox One highlights energy-saving mode for lower electric bills

Xbox One highlights energy-saving mode for lower electric bills

A few weeks ago, the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council was critical of Microsoft and their Xbox One console in how its "Instant On" mode was wasting energy and increasing electric bills of gamers around the world by a collective $250 million. Now, Microsoft is making more of an effort to put the Xbox One's energy-saving option front and center during set-up, allowing users to make a clear choice about using less electricity, and save an average of $6-$15 per year, according to the company.

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Xbox 360 update for Preview Program brings 2TB support

Xbox 360 update for Preview Program brings 2TB support

Microsoft recently included the Xbox 360 in its Preview Program, which gives those who are participating in it access to system updates and features before they drop for the general user base. Those Preview Program users are now gaining some new functioning with a new system update being pushed through it. Most notable among its changes is the inclusion of 2TB support, expanding its usefulness as a media center or storage device. Those who aren't part of the Preview Program will still have to wait a while before they can get the same feature, however.

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Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Microsoft has updated Bing with a load of new features, and among them is a new BETA feature that puts product purchasing options directly inside of Image Search. The feature is akin to the rumors we've been hearing about Pinterest's future, giving those who look at an image in the search results a way to directly purchase it from somewhere like Amazon, depending on where it is available. Also coming with the update is the ability to view pages using the image, related searches, and more.

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Windows 10 Preview released for phones

Windows 10 Preview released for phones

The Technical Preview for Windows 10 became available for early testers today in Microsoft's latest bid to keep their software universe moving forward. Users wishing to take part in the early preview have to sign up for the Technical Preview program, download a special app for their Windows Phone device, then hit the update button, so to speak. This software is not guaranteed to be as solidly reliable as a normal update, but that's not going to stop the masses from getting the newest bits as fast as they can - right this minute!

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The Windows 10 Store experience will be less confusing

The Windows 10 Store experience will be less confusing

If there's a single common theme that permeates the upcoming Windows 10 release, it would probably be "unification". Continuum unifies the once disparate worlds of "Modern" UI and traditional desktop. The OS itself aims to provide a unified platform to develop "universal" apps that will work across all devices, be it desktop, tablet, or even smartphone. Now, Microsoft will unify the app store experience as well. Actually, "app" store might no longer be appropriate, as the new version of Windows Store will embrace all types of digital content, including music and videos.

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Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft are ramping up their collaboration, building on last year's efforts to bake the cloud into Office on mobile devices with support for the web, too. The new feature means that while working with Office Online, it's possible to access a Dropbox account directly, opening existing documents or saving new ones there. Conversely, if you're logged into Dropbox, it's now even more straightforward to preview a document within the browser.

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LEGO Dimensions: many worlds, one platform, one game

LEGO Dimensions: many worlds, one platform, one game

At last, all LEGO brands can play in harmony in a digital video game. Joel McHale is here to deliver a message to the masses on what it'll mean to take LEGO characters like Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle, and jam them all into a single video game called LEGO Dimensions. This game works with a single starter game, a portal, and expansions that'll span well into the future. Place your LEGO character or creation on the platform and it'll be pushed into they trusted universe that is Dimensions.

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