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New Windows 10 upgrade system might irk some, tickle pirates

New Windows 10 upgrade system might irk some, tickle pirates

Microsoft isn't one to be modest about the success of its Windows 10 rollout. In its latest tally, more than 110 million devices have been upgraded since the OS launched in June, eclipsing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in many records. Of course, that's just a faction of the Windows installations throughout the world, and Microsoft is intent in upgrading those as soon as possible, especially given the one year free period. Now it has announced some changes to the upgrade system that might inconvenience, even annoy, some while also embracing pirates.

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Microsoft’s radical Android launcher “Arrow” now public

Microsoft’s radical Android launcher “Arrow” now public

Everyone can now download the Microsoft-made Android launcher Arrow. This is just a BIT different a situation than what was before, the app released in a limited manner - for everyone, if you sought it out - in a first Beta. Now the app is ready to roll for everyone, publicly. All the troubleshooting is done and what's left is a home screen replacement app for your Android device that'll make you wish the company had skipped over Windows for mobile devices and gone straight to Google for their software.

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Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

It's fair to say that Microsoft's original Band was never the most ergonomically satisfying of wearables. In fact, it looked more like a prototype that skipped the final design stage and just went straight out to customers. Now, with the Microsoft Band 2, not only is the aesthetic sleeker but the whole thing is smarter, but is that enough to legitimately compete with rivals like the Apple Watch and more?

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Outlook apps for iOS, Android will begin merging with Sunrise

Outlook apps for iOS, Android will begin merging with Sunrise

2015 was a busy year for Microsoft when it came to mobile app acquisitions: they bought the email app Accompli, turning it into their revamped version of Outlook, and they also purchased Sunrise, the popular calendar alternative. Finally the two are being merged together for both iOS and Android, Microsoft has now revealed. The change won't happen all at once, instead taking place over the coming months, but the first update to the Outlook app has been released with several calendar navigation cues from Sunrise.

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Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

It seems like more and more of the big apps for iOS are updating with support for 3D Touch, and Skype is not one to get left behind. The Microsoft-owned messaging and video chat platform has updated its apps for both iOS and Android today, including new video filters, as well as 3D Touch features for those using the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The video filters appear to be a directly inspired by Snapchat, with things like balloons and several Halloween themes.

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Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

It's hard to deny that the latest Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft's most beautiful device yet, but you do know what they say about beauty sometimes being only skin deep. Teardown experts iFixit took Microsoft's latest "tablet to replace your laptop" to discover hidden treasures inside as well as to measure how easy, or hard, it would be to repair. Suffice it to say, this is one tablet you will definitely want to handle with extra care, not just because of its price, but also because of its repairability.

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Swarovski-coated Halo Master Chief helmet gets auctioned for charity

Swarovski-coated Halo Master Chief helmet gets auctioned for charity

Unless you've been hiding out in a cave with no internet connection, you're probably aware that today marks the launch of Halo 5: Guardians. Last night, game stores across the country and around the globe opened their doors at midnight, just so gamers could get their fix. I've seen a lot of pre-order bonuses and tie-in products, but here's a one-of-a-kind Halo collectible that you probably haven't seen.

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Windows 10 comes to the Xbox One 12th November

Windows 10 comes to the Xbox One 12th November

Let that sentence sink in for just a bit longer. Windows, an OS mostly associated with desktop and laptops, will be running on a gaming console. A few years ago, that concept might have been unthinkable. But with Microsoft's push to put Windows 10 on every device it can get its mitts on, that is the reality facing Xbox One owners in little over two weeks. Xbox's Phil Spencer announced that the major update will hit consoles starting November 12, bringing a revamped Windows 10 interface and much more.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book launch with MacBook migration guide

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book launch with MacBook migration guide

After three weeks of waiting, Microsoft has finally opened the doors to its latest and hottest Windows 10 computers. Now we will really see whether the initial interest that surrounded the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book will translate into sales. Now we will also see if these two tablet/laptop hybrids will really match the expectation that Microsoft has build up for them. But Microsoft isn't just content with selling these devices to new owners. It also wants to reel in MacBook refugees by providing a migration guide for them.

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Could we see Halo 5: Guardians released on PC?

Could we see Halo 5: Guardians released on PC?

When Microsoft announced that both the PS4 and Xbox One would be built on the x86 architecture, PC gamers everywhere rejoiced. This marked the first time that the top two consoles shared the same underlying architecture as the PC. This would (hopefully) pave the way for more games to appear on PC, and for better ports. Well, one seemingly exclusive title might make its way to the PC, because of this very reason.

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Microsoft Edge browser extensions won’t be coming until 2016

Microsoft Edge browser extensions won’t be coming until 2016

Just when you thought the browser wars have mostly settled down peacefully into camps, Microsoft may yet have a contender to reignite those flames. Of course it's not the well-aged, even expired, Internet Explorer but the shiny new Microsoft Edge. While already praised for its speed, performance, and clean interface, the browser lacks one feature that could help change the tide of battle in its favor. Microsoft did promise browser extensions would be coming soon, but now it is saying that "soon" really means some time next year.

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