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Xbox One mouse support on the way

Xbox One mouse support on the way

Both the Xbox One and PS4 are much closer to standard PC architecture than any previous console generation. While both have support for keyboards, it sounds like the Xbox One will be the first to add computer mice to the equation. At least, that's what Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer has hinted at. Spencer commented that mouse support wasn't "far away" on Twitter in response to a question about the possibility of Windows games being streamed to a Xbox One console.

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Dear analysts: Microsoft did not “beat” the Apple Watch

Dear analysts: Microsoft did not “beat” the Apple Watch

This morning USA Today compared sales of the Apple Watch to sales of Microsoft smartphones. As if they were the same sort of device. They've suggested that the Apple Watch was "beaten by Microsoft's phone." USA Today, do you know that these are different products? Do you not realize that Apple also has a smartphone, and that the Apple Watch is not a smartphone? Let's compare apples to apples instead of apples to orange here, for a moment. Let's compare smartwatches to smartwatches and phones to phones.

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Microsoft releases Send, a minimal email app for iPhone

Microsoft releases Send, a minimal email app for iPhone

In a time where we've got our hands full with mobile email apps, there are even multiple offering from the same provider, such as the standard Gmail and alternate take "Inbox." Now Microsoft is pulling a similar move, with a lightweight, minimal function email app called Send, hitting the iPhone first. To sum it up in one sentence, Send is a bit of mix between email and instant messaging. It was also previously known as "Flow," an Outlook project that was leaked back in May.

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Microsoft suffered big financial blow last quarter

Microsoft suffered big financial blow last quarter

Following Apple's recent report, Microsoft has dropped details on its own most recent financial quarter, and it doesn't bring good news: the company had its worst quarterly results ever, something partly attributed to its Nokia happenings and a continually downturned PC market. The company saw a quarterly revenue drop of 5.1-percent, with it raking in $22.18 billion (compared to last year’s $23.38 billion). The company saw a decrease in Office sales despite a slight growth, as well as a drop in Windows volume licensing and Windows OEM revenue.

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Google Drive plugs in to Microsoft Office to sidestep OneDrive

Google Drive plugs in to Microsoft Office to sidestep OneDrive

This morning Microsoft Office has released an update with a new Google Drive plugin. This update allows users to use Office for Windows to open Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents stored in Google Drive on the web, straight from the cloud, edit them, then save them back to Drive (in the cloud) when they're done. This is a strange move from Microsoft* since they've recently called Google out as having inferior technology on the office front. Between Google Apps and Microsoft Office there's a war going on in an to control the digital business-place across the planet.

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BEAT DA BEAT hits Android, iOS: one bullet for every note

BEAT DA BEAT hits Android, iOS: one bullet for every note

Previously greenlit on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux, BEAT DA BEAT will be released for Android and iOS in August. Created by the folks at Nekki in Moscow, this game takes the music of some heavy dubstep musical artists and creates a bullet-hell genre game that dances to the beat. BEAT DA BEAT has flying enemies jamming lasers down your phone while they appear, blast, and shine to the music. "Absolutely everything - enemy's actions, moves, shooting - is build on the base of the song that is currently playing."

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Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

This week the folks at AT&T have announced that they'll be the first 4G LTE carriers of the Microsoft Surface 3. This machine is the third in the standard line of Surface tablets, and it'll be available through AT&T stores in-person and online starting on the 24th of July, 2015. This machine comes with an integrated three-position kickstand is made to be upgraded to Windows 10 this Fall. AT&T will be selling this tablet outright or with a package deal that includes a Microsoft Lumia smartphone with Windows Phone onboard.

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Visual Studio 2015 comes with Android and iOS support

Visual Studio 2015 comes with Android and iOS support

Microsoft has increasingly become more open to other, rival platforms, for better or for worse. And it's not just its normal software. It is even embracing this new perspective with its development tools. Last April, Microsoft surprised developers by revealing Visual Studio Code, a somewhat "lite" version of the popular IDE that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. While the fresh new Visual Studio 2015 isn't as cross-platform as that, it does include support for other platforms in the mobile category, namely Android and iOS.

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Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle goes up for pre-order

Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle goes up for pre-order

Football fans, today brings good news: the Xbox One is arriving in a new bundle, and it’s bringing Madden NFL 16 with it. Called, most appropriately, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle, it includes an Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive, offering ample space for all the downloads you’ve got planned, as well as a full download for Madden NFL 16 when it launches next month (August 25, to be precise). It is coming with a couple other perks, too, and you can pre-order it now.

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Cortana on Windows 10 will support 6 more countries soon

Cortana on Windows 10 will support 6 more countries soon

Windows 10 is bringing Cortana, but only for some users. That was disappointing news for those in regions outside of where it would be supported, but, of course, Microsoft has plans to expand the number of countries where it will be available. When Windows 10 launches later on this month, Cortana will be available to those in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and China. Over the remaining months of 2015, though, it will be gradually expanded to include six additional countries.

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