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PS4 has outsold the Xbox One nearly 2 to 1

PS4 has outsold the Xbox One nearly 2 to 1

In the great Console Wars, there are really only two names that matter. Nintendo has always been an outlier, as they target different audiences, and rarely support the same games as the other two. Unfortunately, in this round, Microsoft has declined to decline releasing official sales numbers for the Xbox One, so it makes it harder to judge how each side is faring, in comparison to the other.

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Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

It's been quite a while since Microsoft has talked about its Xbox app for Windows 10. In fact, this would be the first news this year for the beta version of the app since October. The Xbox devs definitely weren't slacking off and they are starting 2016 with quite a handful of new features focused both on socializing and being productive. As productive as you can be when games are concerned. Along with an integrated Avatar Store and improved Suggested Friends comes Xbox News and a new Compact view for the app.

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Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Microsoft's fiscal year 2016 Q2 earnings aren't looking so hot unless you know where to look: right at Surface. Windows OEM Pro revenue growth is down 6% year-over-year, one percentage point better than the first quarter, but still down compared to one year ago this quarter. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue growth is down 3% year-over year, while Windows volume licensing revenue growth is down 4% year-over-year. Search Advertising Revenue, Xbox Live active users, and Surface revenue are all on the rise.

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Microsoft Edge’s inPrivate browsing fails at being private

Microsoft Edge’s inPrivate browsing fails at being private

Most browsers these days include an "incognito" or private browsing mode, which, in theory, does not store anything related to your browsing activities on the computer they were used on. Its purpose is to add some level of privacy, especially for a computer that is accessed by multiple users. The newest web browser on the block, Microsoft Edge, also has that feature, which it calls "inPrivate" mode. However, it turns out that browsing in that mode might not be a completely private activity after all.

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Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox has announced that under its partnership with Microsoft, it has added a pair of new integrations with Office Online and Outlook.com, expanding both services’ usefulness for subscribers. Subscribers can now co-edit files — that is, make changes to the same file at the same time, and see what the other is doing in real time. In addition, Outlook.com users can send documents directly to Dropbox.

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Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft has been developing mobile apps for platforms other than its own, mostly through its Garage skunkworks arm. Most those apps land primarily on Android but when it does put out something for Apple's iOS, it's sometimes a mix of strange and beautiful. Like that odd selfie app. Now, out of the blue, Microsoft has launched a new News Pro service, coming from Garage, that is available both on the web and on iOS. It is almost like a jab at Apple News or even Flipboard, except that it tries to focus on work-related content scoured through Bing.

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Skype will now hide your IP address by default

Skype will now hide your IP address by default

While it's difficult to maintain anonymity online, there are certain things you can do to make sure that the people you interact with can't trace your computer. Namely, you don't want anything revealing your IP address. With that information, someone can do some nasty things, like flood your connection with requests, so that you can't get anything done online. Well Microsoft is finally taking a step that it should have taken long ago, to prevent this sort of thing.

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