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Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

For reasons unknown, a trio of Microsoft apps have arrived in the big three app stores, with the Apple version in particular showing off a wearable called "Band" that is, presumably, the device expected to launch officially in the near future. Not much is revealed by the three app listings, though an official look at the product is certainly nothing to complain about. What we do see, however, follows nicely alongside the details that have surfaced over past months through different sources, the particulars of which we have after the jump.

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Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

This summer Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella revealed a planned workforce reduction that would ultimately result in 18,000 or so employees being cut loose. The reason behind it was to "realign our workforce" toward better fitting its current business goal, with the most notable cuts being among the workers it brought in with the Nokia acquisition. It was promised that by the end of the year most of the jobs would be cut, and today has seen Microsoft moving strongly on that goal, with it laying off 3,000 additional workers.

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Watch: Halo Master Chief Collection streams now!

Watch: Halo Master Chief Collection streams now!

This morning the streams have been let loose. Several outlets have begun their Master Chief Collection streams on Twitch and you'll be able to see them roll here below. Each stream comes from an Xbox One, of course, but this being the ultimate collection of Halo games, we're never quite sure which stream will be playing which title. You'll get the lot of them here and now, courtesy of Twitch. Jump on in and let the old school to new school begin!

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The new Office for Mac may have just leaked

The new Office for Mac may have just leaked

A Chinese website has published what it claims are screenshots from the upcoming Office for OS X. The 20 or so screenshots, published to cnBeta.com, are said to be from Outlook, which is included with Office. The site claims the screenshots are from a beta version of the software currently in testing, which is being circulated to some partners and trusted testers. The screenshots do show some new touches, but also keeps with the familiar Office for Mac theme.

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Bing search engine now lets users search with emoji

Bing search engine now lets users search with emoji

You can run a search on most search engines in just about any language you can think of. One thing that you haven’t been able to search using on Bing is emoji, which are those little images that people use in forums, texts, and other parts of their online life. Emoji are typically simple smiley faces and the like, but there are all sorts of emoji out there. In fact, there are enough emoji that some of them have rather obscure meanings.

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Sunset Overdrive Review: The Awesome-pocalypse is opon us

Sunset Overdrive Review: The Awesome-pocalypse is opon us

Over the past week and a half we’ve been playing Sunset Overdrive, a game exclusive to Xbox One and entirely unique in its look, gameplay, and next-level splattering of pop culture references. Sunset Overdrive places you in the customizable body of an apocalypse survivor. But this isn’t any normal apocalypse. As one NPCs suggests, this is the Awesome-pocalypse. This game isn’t about getting harangued for shooting your opponent incorrectly or for falling off a building too many times in a row. It's about having FUN.

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OneDrive storage now unlimited for Office 365 users

OneDrive storage now unlimited for Office 365 users

Cloud storage options are easy to come by, but it can be hard to decide on a winner. If you’re an iOS user, iCloud might be your default. Google Drive is popular, as is Dropbox, and Amazon is also hanging around. Microsoft’s OneDrive is one you don’t hear about much, but it’s an equally good submission to the cloud storage race. If you use OneDrive, we’ve got great news. If you don’t, you might want to start. All Office 365 users will now get unlimited OneDrive storage!

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Xbox One gets holiday cut as Microsoft chases PS4

Xbox One gets holiday cut as Microsoft chases PS4

Xbox One may be trailing its PlayStation 4 rival in the sales charts, but Microsoft isn't going to take that lying down, announcing a price cut on the console ahead of the holidays. As of November 2nd, 2014, those in the US will be able to pick up an Xbox One for $349, as Microsoft applies a $50 cut across its console line-up including bundles and limited-editions. That means the latest Sunset Overdrive bundle, too.

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Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Customization of the wallpaper on your Xbox One console is a feature that's been blasted over the past week. Unless you're part of the Xbox One Preview program right this minute - when this article is posted - you'll have to wait to customize your own console. If that time has arrived for you, you'll have only to move through a few very easy steps. By all means, have a peek at how you can make your Xbox One's background as wild as possible.

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It’s really official: “Microsoft Lumia” is the name

It’s really official: “Microsoft Lumia” is the name

Nokia Lumia is no more. Of course, that was already made known by Microsoft's French Facebook account, but you know how social networks can be so fickle-minded these days. It can't get any more official than this though. Microsoft Senior VP for Marketing for Phones Tuula Rytilä has taken to what was once Nokia Conversations to share what the branding transition will bring and what its fans can expect and continue to expect as the company rolls out the new "Microsoft Lumia".

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