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Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Microsoft's Skype has just announced a major new feature upgrade for its iOS and Android mobile apps: support for group video calling with up to 25 people. That's huge increase over the limit to one-on-one video calls that existed before today. Skype users in the US and Europe should have access to multi-user video calls between today and the end of next week, while Microsoft says it will be available worldwide by the end of March.

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New Outlook.com finally comes out of the woodworks for all

New Outlook.com finally comes out of the woodworks for all

Once upon a time in personal computing history, Outlook was the PIM (a now archaic acronym for Personal Information Management) suite. Now that task has practically been replaced by half a dozen different apps. Microsoft, however, is on a quest to reclaim lost time and customers, both on its Office suite and now with Outlook. Outlook.com is now finally out of preview and rolling out to North American users. The latest version isn't just a facelift but represents Microsoft's strategy in getting back its crown.

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Microsoft makes modest statement in support of Apple over iPhone encryption

Microsoft makes modest statement in support of Apple over iPhone encryption

The news about the FBI ordering Apple to offer backdoor access to an iPhone belonging to a terrorist, along with Apple's subsequent refusal, has been dominating headlines this week. On an issue that's sure to prompt ongoing debate about encryption and privacy, several other tech giants are voicing their support for Apple's stance. It took a bit of time, but Google's Sundar Pichai tweeted his agreement with Tim Cook's open letter on encryption, along with Jan Koum, the founder of WhatsApp. Now Microsoft has spoken up, albeit in a moderate way.

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Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 to be faster, smaller

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 to be faster, smaller

Sometimes, it isn't enough to view content on a 5, 7, or even 10 inch screen. Sometimes you need something even larger, a whole wall even. While it has certainly been possible to mirror a device's screen to a TV or projector with cables and whatnot, nothing really beats the convenience, distance, and mobility that a wireless connection offers. Building on the success of its first Wireless Display Adapter, Microsoft is announcing the next generation of the HDMI plug that converts any monitor, TV, or projector into an extension of your phone, tablet, or laptop. Wirelessly, of course.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book updates improve sleep woes and more

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book updates improve sleep woes and more

Microsoft has pushed out updates for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, bringing some driver and firmware updates while fixing certain issues including those sleeping troubles both devices suffer. In a statement, Microsoft’s Panos Panay said, “We are committed to continuing to improve Surface – to keep pushing out updates to make your device more awesome.” The updates are available via Windows Update.

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Why gamers should be wary of Microsoft’s PC gaming push

Why gamers should be wary of Microsoft’s PC gaming push

We know that Microsoft is wanting to commit to cross-play functionality, which is the ability to buy a game on one platform, and have it work for the other. This looks like a big win for both Xbox One and PC gamers alike, but people are still upset about the loss of exclusivity to Xbox One titles. I explained earlier in the week why that's hardly a reality. But there is a good reason to be cautious about this new concept.

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Microsoft explains Lumia 650’s lack of Windows’ most business-friendly feature

Microsoft explains Lumia 650’s lack of Windows’ most business-friendly feature

On the surface, the Microsoft Lumia 650 seems like a smartphone ready and willing to take on the business world. What with its perfectly capable build, display, camera, and price, Microsoft seems to have created a device that's ready to roll for businesses of all sizes. That's who they're marketing the device towards, anyway. But why, you might ask, does this device lack one of the most interesting smartphone features the company has introduced in the past several years - Continuum? We asked Microsoft.

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Line pulls the plug on MixRadio

Line pulls the plug on MixRadio

Poor MixRadio. for years it's been passed around, with hopes of finding a permanent home, where it can serve up music for the masses. Unfortunately, instead of finally taking off and making it big, it would seem that the final nail has been driven into its coffin today.

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What Microsoft’s cross-buy initiative means, and why it’s good for gamers

What Microsoft’s cross-buy initiative means, and why it’s good for gamers

Imagine picking up a new game, and spending hours playing it on your couch. Then, maybe your couch is occupied by other people watching movies. Well, you have a perfectly good PC in the other room, so you go fire it up, and continue where you left off. You don't have to worry about buying another copy, or setting up streaming, it just works. This is a future that Microsoft is looking at making a reality, though not everyone is happy about it.

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Dark Souls gets backwards-compatible on Xbox, get your copy with Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls gets backwards-compatible on Xbox, get your copy with Dark Souls 3

Some people are gluttons for punishment. They're the sort of people who will put themselves through endless hours of frustration, for reasons that the rest of the world won't ever really understand. I'm talking, of course, about those who play Dark Souls. If you've never played the first two games in the series, then you're missing out on a lot of repetitive gameplay that has you dying countless times, just to get through one area. Well, get ready to relive the first game on your Xbox One.

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The $199 Lumia 650 shows Microsoft almost gets it

The $199 Lumia 650 shows Microsoft almost gets it

You'd be forgiven, as a Windows Phone fan, for thinking that Microsoft had forgotten about you - or, worse still, knew you were there but just didn't care. For all the fanfare of the Lumia acquisition from Nokia, it's been a case of table scraps rather than a feast of must-have smartphones. In fact, you could argue that Microsoft has been giving more thought to apps for rival platforms like iOS and Android, than it has fleshing out its own mediocre mobile line.

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Microsoft Lumia 650 packs Windows 10 and 5-inch OLED screen

Microsoft Lumia 650 packs Windows 10 and 5-inch OLED screen

Microsoft has announced a new smartphone that will run Windows 10 and is designed to appeal to shoppers on a budget. The smartphone is called the Lumia 650 and will be offered in matte black or matte white colors. The rollout for the new smartphone is set to start in Europe on February 18 with no word on when the device might launch in the US.

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