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Microsoft will develop software to help legal marijuana businesses

Microsoft will develop software to help legal marijuana businesses

As more and more states across the US begin to legalize marijuana use, it's becoming apparent to big businesses that there are profits to be made in the industry. One surprising company jumping into the market is Microsoft, which has revealed it's partnering with the Los Angeles-based weed startup Kind to develop software aimed at businesses that grow and sell marijuana legally.

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Microsoft acquires Wand Labs for its natural language tech

Microsoft acquires Wand Labs for its natural language tech

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of messaging app developer Wand Labs, something it says will help the company bring about the vision of “Conversation as a Platform.” Namely, Microsoft is eyeing Wand's talent and technology, pointing specifically toward what it calls “conversational intelligence” — that is, natural language processing that allows machines to understand human language as it is naturally spoken.

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Xbox One keyboard support is very close, mouse a bit later

Xbox One keyboard support is very close, mouse a bit later

It is a revelation that will most likely be met with both anticipation and dread, depending on which gaming side you're camping on. Playing with a keyboard and a mouse is coming really, really soon for the Xbox One. For PC gamers more used to those input controls, it is welcome news. For console gamers dreading the feared amalgamation of Microsoft's console and PC gaming worlds, it is yet another omen of that future. Of course for Microsoft, it just means being able to play Windows 10 games on any Microsoft-powered device, which ultimately means more profit for the company.

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Starbucks for Outlook add-on makes meeting over coffee simple

Starbucks for Outlook add-on makes meeting over coffee simple

Want to meet with an associate over a prospective partnership, meet up with classmates to work on a project, or get together with a group of friends for a game of cards? There’s a good chance you’re considering Starbucks as your meeting location of choice. To make getting together there easier, Microsoft has launched a new Outlook add-on called Starbucks for Outlook, and it simplifies the scheduling process.

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You can play Titanfall 2 “Beta” sooner than October

You can play Titanfall 2 “Beta” sooner than October

The release of Titanfall 2 will take place on the 28th of October, 2016. Before then, the folks at Respawn Entertainment and EA Games are launching the same sort of test they launched before the full drop of the game (the original Titanfall). That is a sort of Beta test, as you might want to call it, more properly termed a "Multiplayer Technical Test." While the final game will have a single-player mode in addition to the multiplayer mode Titanfall is known for, this will be a stress test of sorts - testing out the weight before the weight drops.

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Xbox One S requires a USB adapter to use a Kinect

Xbox One S requires a USB adapter to use a Kinect

At E3 2016, Microsoft revealed the new Xbox One S that represents an incremental step forward for the company's console line, at least while waiting for Project Scorpio to take flesh. If the One S is indeed "the future", it might be a future with very few Kinects. That's because, in the process of shrinking the new console, Microsoft removed a few unnecessary parts, which happens to include the dedicated Kinect connection port. Users will have to ask Microsoft for a free USB adapter if ever they want to use the motion sensor with their newer and smaller console.

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Microsoft Office to get another controversial revamp

Microsoft Office to get another controversial revamp

Just when you thought you have put the horrors of Ribbons and Tiles behind you, it seems Microsoft is ready to tempt fate again. At Speaking at the Bloomberg Technology Conference, Microsoft Office chief experience officer (CEO?) Julie Larson-Green revealed that she just shook up again one of Microsoft's most sacred products. She is reorganizing and re-aligning teams in order to turn the Office suite from being document-centric to task-focused, with individual pieces of content easily accessible from Cortana. Probably much to the chagrin of long-time Office users again.

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E3 2016’s big winner isn’t Sony or Microsoft

E3 2016’s big winner isn’t Sony or Microsoft

The battle between the two gaming console titans continues this year at E3 2016, but we've already got a winner. That winner isn't Sony or Microsoft - not the PlayStation 4, the next PlayStation that remains under wraps, or any of Microsoft's Xbox units. Instead, it's AMD. A company that held sway over the most recent generation of gaming consoles with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and seems all but guaranteed to do it again this next time around.

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Xbox Design Lab offers customized Xbox Wireless Controllers

Xbox Design Lab offers customized Xbox Wireless Controllers

Microsoft earlier revealed the smaller but also better Xbox One S, which came with a new and improved Xbox Wireless Controller. While most of the attention was naturally lavished on the console, the controller is far from being a mere accessory. That's because Microsoft now offers a way to make that controller truly yours. Taking a page out of the Moto Maker's book, Microsoft is opening the Xbox Design Lab, where buyers can customize almost every aspect of the controller they will be buying.

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Project Scorpio official: Xbox One with better everything (and Oculus Rift)

Project Scorpio official: Xbox One with better everything (and Oculus Rift)

This morning Microsoft introduced us to Project Scorpio, an Xbox console that they suggest will be more powerful than any console that's come before it. Of course, you might be saying, why would it not be more powerful than any console before it? That's true - but they're making a pretty big deal of the fact that they're making a machine that far exceeds the specs of the previous model - and the device they revealed in the interim - the Xbox One S.

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Xbox Play Anywhere unites Xbox One and PC gaming

Xbox Play Anywhere unites Xbox One and PC gaming

New hardware wasn’t the only major announcement at the Microsoft briefing today. Ever since Quantum Break for the Xbox One was said to come with a PC copy of the game, people have speculated that this would become a staple of the Xbox platform. Today, that became a reality.

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Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft will buy LinkedIn for $26.2bn, the two companies have announced today, with the surprise acquisition of the business-focused social network continuing Satya Nadella's strategy to further invest in services. The deal - announced while Microsoft is also readying at least one new Xbox One console for unveil this morning - will see LinkedIn retain its own brand rather than be subsumed into Microsoft-whole.

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