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Xbox One to get Universal Windows 10 apps, confirms Nadella

Xbox One to get Universal Windows 10 apps, confirms Nadella

Microsoft's vision of Windows 10 everywhere seems to be really taking shape. Windows 10 Mobile brought the promise of Continuum to smartphones. Just recently we even saw the (un)popular Tile-based Start Menu running on the HoloLens AR headset. Now we're hearing about something expected but still good to hear confirmed. At a .NET conference in Madrid, CEO Satya Nadella publicly confirmed that Windows 10 Universal apps are indeed coming to the Xbox One console, turning the already powerful gaming device into more than just a gaming and entertainment device.

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Microsoft officially declares “Astoria” Android bridge DOA

Microsoft officially declares “Astoria” Android bridge DOA

When Microsoft made its Windows 10 spiel last year, it made a commitment to help developers from other platforms carry their apps to Windows 10 with as little effort as possible. For that reason, it announced "bridges" between iOS and Android apps, the latter codenamed "Project Astoria". While the iOS Bridge ("Project Islandwood") has more or less been finalized, the Android bridge was left in limbo. Now, Microsoft is putting an end to the uncertainty and doubt. Project Astoria is officially dead and the bridge has been burned even before it was completed.

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Microsoft President “wholeheartedly” supports Apple in FBI case

Microsoft President “wholeheartedly” supports Apple in FBI case

Another day, another new development in the encryption battle that's pitting Apple against the FBI. Earlier we saw comments from FBI Director James Comey on the situation. Namely, he didn't believe that the order given to Apple for this one instance will not open the door to future cases just like this one. Well now we're hearing that Apple is getting some help from an old rival.

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Microsoft buys Xamarin, the company behind its cross-platform apps

Microsoft buys Xamarin, the company behind its cross-platform apps

Microsoft has announced the purchase of Xamarin, a company that allows mobile apps to be developed for multiple platforms simultaneously. The startup's technology basically lets developers write the code for their apps in a single language, and then easily adapts it for iOS, Android, and Windows. Seeing as how Microsoft has quickly moved to offering its apps on iOS and Android in the last few years, such as the mobile versions of Office, the acquisition makes perfect sense.

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Microsoft’s Hub Keyboard for Android lets you easily share documents

Microsoft’s Hub Keyboard for Android lets you easily share documents

It's starting to feel like Microsoft really is jumping ship on their own mobile platform. In recent months they've rolled out more new features for iOS and Android phones than they have for their own. Today brings yet another new feature, this time just to Android devices.

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Leaked HoloLens app video reveals Start Menu for AR

Leaked HoloLens app video reveals Start Menu for AR

It seems there really is now escaping Microsoft's love for tiled-based app launchers, even in augmented reality. While the company did return the Start Menu in Windows 10, it wasn't the same one we've all grown up with since Windows 95 all through Windows 7. That tile-based idiom has even invaded the Xbox interface and soon, even HoloLens. A leaked video for an AR app named Actiongram shows what Microsoft has in mind for an AR app launcher and, suffice it to say, it isn't exactly a shock.

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Doom for Xbox One may come with the original two games

Doom for Xbox One may come with the original two games

It's been a while since we've had a new Doom title. Doom 3 made its way into the world back in 2004, making it just shy of a teenager now. Thankfully, we're not too far away from the release of the next title, which is simply named Doom. So how will you fill the void between now and the May release? Well, it seems that you might be able to spend your time playing the original two games.

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Cyanogen introduces Mods, partners with Microsoft for Skype, Cortana, and more

Cyanogen introduces Mods, partners with Microsoft for Skype, Cortana, and more

If you like having some extra control over your phone's OS, then you probably have an Android device. And if you really want to have full control, you might just use Cyanogen. Well today, the possibilities for that particular branch of Android have opened up considerably.

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Xbox’s March Games With Gold list gets leaked

Xbox’s March Games With Gold list gets leaked

Microsoft's Games With Gold program has been a great success, and a good value for gamers. Before it was introduced, Xbox gamers were really paying the monthly (or yearly) fee for Gold, and really just getting online multiplayer. But now, those that pay are treated with four free games every month. And we've got an idea of what to expect next month.

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HP wants to “reinvent computing” with a phone called Elite x3

HP wants to “reinvent computing” with a phone called Elite x3

The folks at HP responsible for reinventing computing have created a device by the name of HP Elite x3. This device is a Windows 10 mobile device - a smartphone - that works with Continuum. That means it's able to plug in to a dock and act as a desktop machine. "The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile platform that enables mobility and computing to come together in a truly meaningful way," said said Dion Weisler, president and chief executive officer, HP Inc. "Together with the strength of our partners, we’re propelling the industry forward and turning the promise of mobile productivity into a reality for customers."

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Latest Windows 10 Mobile preview includes new Cortana, Edge features

Latest Windows 10 Mobile preview includes new Cortana, Edge features

Members of Microsoft's Windows Insider program received a new beta of Windows 10 Mobile on Friday, just a day after a similar preview build hit Windows 10 PCs. Labelled build 14267, the new mobile version preview includes many of the same features introduced for PC users, namely improvements to digital assistant Cortana and the Edge browser. Microsoft is still promising a Q1 release for Windows 10 Mobile, so it's nice to see things are progressing.

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Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft has pushed out an update for the Microsoft Translator app on Android and iOS. Once updated, the translation app, which is similar to Google Translate, will feature two new features, one per platform. Android users, for their part, will get a new artificial intelligence-powered translation engine, and iOS users will get a new image translation option that uses Microsoft's own Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

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