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Forget dull PowerPoints, Microsoft Sway graduates to Windows 10

Forget dull PowerPoints, Microsoft Sway graduates to Windows 10

Microsoft's Sway, its post-PowerPoint vision for presentations that viewers don't dread, has graduated preview status and is now available for anybody to try. Launched back in October 2014, Sway automatically massages images, text, videos, and other media into a more palatable format, complete with transitions and automatic resizing to suit devices from smartphones through to big displays. Meanwhile, Sway also gets its Windows 10 app today, too.

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Expand your Xbox gaming with new Chatpad, Seagate Game Drive

Expand your Xbox gaming with new Chatpad, Seagate Game Drive

Gamescom this week has seen Microsoft make its biggest pitch to try and wrest the laurel away from Sony's PlayStation 4. While the jury still deliberates on whether it has succeeded or not (and some already think it has), Microsoft continues to throw more and more goodies to the gaming public. Completely optional but at the same time completely wanted, Microsoft is making available two peripherals for its Xbox consoles that extend the gaming experience almost quite literally, with a Chatpad controller plugin and a new Seagate Game Drive storage.

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Halo 5 Xbox One console announced alongside Halo Wars 2

Halo 5 Xbox One console announced alongside Halo Wars 2

Microsoft's Xbox One presentation at Gamescom 2015 continued its bombshell news announcements with the revelation of the Halo 5 Limited Edition Xbox One console bundle. Priced at $499, the package includes a 1TB model Xbox One with a special design echoing the game's aesthetic, along with a matching controller and a downloadable copy of the latest Halo game. But the Halo news didn't stop there, as Halo Wars 2 was given a world premiere with a teaser trailer.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship leaks

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship leaks

Microsoft may have been focusing on Windows 10 lately, but it also has a pair of flagship smartphones in the pipeline, photos of one of which have now leaked. The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL - otherwise known by their codenames, Talkman and Cityman - are expected to make their official debut in September or October this year, but the larger Lumia 950 XL has apparently escaped early in prototype form, at least.

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Xbox One: DVR in 2016, backwards compatibility in November

Xbox One: DVR in 2016, backwards compatibility in November

As Microsoft has already kicked off its Xbox One announcements at the Gamescom 2015 event in Germany, the company is starting out with some big announcements about hardware functionality. While the backwards compatibility update first announced at E3 now has a release date in November, the biggest excitement is about the new DVR functionality coming in 2016. The feature will enable the recording of live over-the-air TV, with no subscription fees.

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Quantum Break trailer Gamescom 2015 sets Remedy up for a win

Quantum Break trailer Gamescom 2015 sets Remedy up for a win

Today's first big trailer for Quantum Break suggests that you'll be given the opportunity to be Quicksilver. Or The Flash. Basically you're moving faster than everyone else in the game, so it appears that they're moving slow. Only you're not just working with that bit of oddity, you've got even stranger weapons at your disposal. Imagine an orb of time warp tossed like a grenade. Imagine a game that takes the aesthetics of time travel seriously, made by Remedy Entertainment, developers that very much appear to have dedicated a significant amount of time to making this one vital element a reality.

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition includes all original games via backwards compatibility

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition includes all original games via backwards compatibility

With less than a month until release, Microsoft has just announced that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the hit game remastered for the Xbox One, will include the four original Gears titles for free via the Xbox One's upcoming backward compatibility feature. The first four games were all released on the Xbox 360, and consist of Gears of War (the non-Ultimate Edition, obviously) Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War: Judgment. That means players get the entire Gears series with the purchase of only one game.

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HoloLens release “within the next year” for devs

HoloLens release “within the next year” for devs

Microsoft's HoloLens head-worn augmented reality computer is expected to begin shipping within the next year, though consumers will still be left waiting. The unusual headset, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, allowing them to be virtually manipulated as if sharing the space of the wearer, will initially be targeted at developers and enterprise users. According to comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, meanwhile, the consumer device journey may take considerably longer.

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Windows 10 90-day free trail version now available

Windows 10 90-day free trail version now available

While 14 million people or so may have already installed Windows 10, Microsoft's just-released operating system, you may be curious to try it without wanting to make the full commitment yet. See, while Windows 10 may be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, installing it will completely overwrite the older OS. Thankfully, Microsoft has made a free, 90-day trial version of Windows 10 Enterprise available, letting users try Windows 10 without completely eliminating their Windows 7 or 8.1 installation.

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These are the first 10 Lumias to get Windows 10 Mobile

These are the first 10 Lumias to get Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 has finally rolled out and some have already gotten their first taste of the brand new OS. The first reviews are coming in and, all in all, it's a rather mixed bag. But now that desktops and tablets have had their fair share, the more mobile-inclined are perhaps more curious about the smartphone incarnation of Windows 10. When will Windows 10 Mobile descend and on which devices first? Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has finally spilled the beans on that. Or at least the first beans.

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Windows 10’s first 24 hours nets 14 million installs

Windows 10’s first 24 hours nets 14 million installs

It's definitely been a busy few days for Microsoft. The jury, or at least most of them, is till out on whether Windows 10 has hit all the marks and early reports are as varied as the colors of the rainbow. That said, that hasn't stopped the rollout of the update to devices, both for Windows Insiders and regular users and now Microsoft is taking a quick breather just to tell how things have gone and to subtly remind everyone to get their devices ready.

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Office Mobile brings touch-first productivity to Windows 10

Office Mobile brings touch-first productivity to Windows 10

What is Windows without Office really? Now that Windows 10 is out the door, it's only fitting that Microsoft also release the productivity suite to go along with it. No, it isn't the full blown Office 2016 yet, which will be coming later this year. This is Office Mobile, Microsoft's "touch-first" version of Office that was designed from the ground up for on the go use. Designed with tablets in mind, Office Mobile is advertised to be more suited for reading, reviewing, and editing rather than complete content creation.

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