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Here comes Xbox One’s first big update for 2016

Here comes Xbox One’s first big update for 2016

Microsoft's first Xbox One update of 2016 will ramp up the console's social cred, but one of the most hotly-anticipated features will have to wait. The new update, which some gamers will see appearing on their consoles from today, will give a preview of who is in a Party game before it's actually joined, while the Gamerscore Leaderboard will show a comparison of how you're doing compared to everyone else, along with who has improved the most.

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Build 2016 sold out: here’s your only hope

Build 2016 sold out: here’s your only hope

In what very well may be record timing, Microsoft's developer conference BUILD 2016 has sold out. No more tickets are available. If you want a ticket to Build 2016, you're going to be out of luck. Without some immense luck or a force of will the likes of which include intense clicking beyond comprehension. The other possibility for you is getting invited. That's not going to be easy, and you're probably not going to be able to get to this year's event either way.

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Xbox One ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ bundle up for preorder

Xbox One ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ bundle up for preorder

Microsoft has launched the new Xbox One ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ bundle for preorder, giving gamers an early chance at reserving one of the units for themselves. The bundle includes an Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive and, of course, the “The Division” game itself. As an extra perk, those who preorder will be given guaranteed early access to the beta starting on January 28.

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9-year-old Xbox 360 case hits The US Supreme Court

9-year-old Xbox 360 case hits The US Supreme Court

It's easy to look back fondly at the Xbox 360 as the titan of last generation's console wars. In reality, it was on par with the PS3, and had a host of launch issues. The biggest issue that we all remember was the dreaded “Red Ring of Death.” Personally, I only had to have two consoles replaced because of the RRoD. But today, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case regarding another of the Xbox 360's mechanical issues.

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Microsoft: newer processors will only run Windows 10 or later

Microsoft: newer processors will only run Windows 10 or later

Microsoft has just revealed a new policy that once again tries to "encourage" users to upgrade to or embrace Windows 10, but this time it won't be alone in making the push. It has roped in CPU makers, Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm to help steer users towards the latest Windows version. It will be doing so by a two-pronged approach. For end consumers, only Windows 10, or later versions, will be supported on the current, and next, generation of chips, starting with Intel's Skylake. For Enterprise users, Microsoft is pulling the plug on critical updates by July 17, 2017.

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Microsoft HoloLens will be totally wireless, last 5.5 hours

Microsoft HoloLens will be totally wireless, last 5.5 hours

While many companies are investing in virtual reality, Microsoft has taken a more augmented reality approach with the HoloLens. As exciting as the spiel and demos may look, few details are known about the headset. That is, until Microsoft Technical Evangelist Bruce Harris went on stage at an event in Tel Aviv to reveal some juicy tidbits about HoloLens, like how there might not be a wired version of the headset at all. Plus, the possibility that there will be a version 2.0 when all the manufacturing pieces fall in place.

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Lumia 650, debuting Feb 1, might be the only Lumia this year

Lumia 650, debuting Feb 1, might be the only Lumia this year

It might be a bittersweet day for fans of Microsoft's, formerly Nokia's, Lumia line of smartphones when the company unveils the Lumia 650 on February 1. If the rumors are true, they will have a somewhat premium looking device with mid-range specs and probably a price tag to match. But if other rumors are also true, then this might also be the only Lumia that Microsoft will reveal this year, calling into question again the company's ultimate strategy in the smartphone market. That is, if still has one.

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No background music for Xbox One until summer

No background music for Xbox One until summer

When you're playing games, the soundtrack can go a long way in helping set the mood. However, when you've heard Butcher Pete on your Pip Boy for the twentieth time, it starts to lose its charm. We've known for a while that Xbox One owners can expect to use their own music during gaming sessions, but what we haven't known is exactly when this will happen.

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Skype preview adds Slack integration

Skype preview adds Slack integration

Microsoft has introduced a new Skype preview version that includes Slack integration, enabling Slack users to make video calls and voice calls over Skype with less effort. The new preview is available starting today; after adding Skype integration to Slack, users will be able to access the familiar Skype calling feature through a simple Slack command.

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