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Lumia 435 leaked to be Microsoft’s entry-level contender

Lumia 435 leaked to be Microsoft’s entry-level contender

It is no secret that Microsoft wants to take its smartphone platform to devices even lower on the hardware spectrum than its Lumia 5XX series. That desire might actually soon take flesh, if this Lumia 435 that has been repeatedly sighted and passed around the Internet really does take flight. This low-end smartphone from Microsoft Mobile will practically fill in the missing slot in Microsoft's lineup, a slot that has so far been occupied by the non-Windows Asha line and a bit by the Android-powered Nokia X.

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Windows 10 build 9901 leak: prettier Cortana, better Modern UI

Windows 10 build 9901 leak: prettier Cortana, better Modern UI

It is still a good month or so before Microsoft unveils the Consumer Preview of Windows 10, formerly known as Threshold, and it will still be a few months before consumers can actually get their hands on it. But if the features and changes that are being showcased in this leaked build of Windows 10, specifically build number 9901, then consumers might indeed want to get their hands on it, in contrast to the rather divisive Windows 8.

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Facebook search tool gives Bing the boot

Facebook search tool gives Bing the boot

Bad news for Microsoft's search engine was revealed last week, as Reuters reported that Facebook has stopped showing Bing web results when users conduct a search on the social network. Facebook confirmed the information on Friday, but to add insult to injury the company noted that the deal with Bing had ended some time ago, but nobody really noticed until now.

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Xbox One’s November sales outpace PS4 for the first time

Xbox One’s November sales outpace PS4 for the first time

It seems Chrstimas came a month early for Microsoft. We saw it last week and now another independent research confirms it. Microsoft's Xbox One has indeed, for the first time, outsold the PlayStation 4 in the US, though only considering the month of November. The recent holiday shopping spree was a big break for Microsoft's console, beleaguered by its rivalry with Sony's counterpart. That victory was not without its price, however, as the repeated price cuts implemented over the past months are believed to have been Microsoft's ace.

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Bing adds international hotel booking, improves mobile search

Bing adds international hotel booking, improves mobile search

Microsoft is winding the week down with another two Bing announcements, this one most notably including the arrival of international hotel booking in 22 countries with support for 14 languages. This allows users to book accommodations from Canada, Mexico, throughout Europe, in Hong Kong, and more, and is done in partnership with TripAdvisor. Also joining this new feature are some improvements to Bing's mobile search results.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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Star Wars teaser trailer tips into #IDARB

Star Wars teaser trailer tips into #IDARB

There's one Star Wars-themed teaser out today that you might not have seen. It wasn't part of our parody collection from earlier this month. It wasn't released by Lucasfilm. Instead, it's a teaser for a game that has little to nothing to do with Star Wars at all, one called #IDARB. So what's the big deal here? It should be clear that this is the tipping point - the point at which a trailer becomes so popular in and of itself that other completely non-related companies are using it as a cultural reference.

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Windows 10 event set for January with Xbox One

Windows 10 event set for January with Xbox One

No, we don't think they're going to make Xbox One run Windows 10 like a desktop. No, we don't think they're going to bring Xbox One UI to Windows 10 machines. What we DO think is that we're going to learn a lot more about what it'll mean to run Windows 10 on your device in the future. We do think that since Phil Spencer will be at this Windows 10 event on the 21st of January, that they will have at least a little bit to say about the gaming universe - and Windows 10 features.

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Microsoft offers up more apps for iOS, Android users

Microsoft offers up more apps for iOS, Android users

With the changeover to Satya Nadella as CEO, Microsoft is shifting (pivoting, if you watch 'Silicon Valley') their structure. Instead of a stodgy PC OS maker, Microsoft is embracing mobile as best they can. After missing the boat with their failed OS attempts ahead of the new-look Windows Phones, losing more ground than they can likely make up to Apple and Android, Microsoft is instead supporting the platforms with services. To hit home even further they aren’t interested in hardware sales, Microsoft is making more Windows apps available for iOS and Android.

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