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Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

This week we'll hit the holiday season right on the nose - Microsoft knows this, and they're ready to roll with a number of games that'll be released now or in the immediate future. Of course Microsoft doesn't decide when the games that'll be released for cash will be sent out, but the "Xbox Live Games with Gold" games - that's a different subject entirely. The first bit you're going to want to look at if you have a shiny new Xbox One is "Dark Dreams Don't Die" - also known as D4.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 site aimed at MacBook converts

New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 site aimed at MacBook converts

The Surface Pro 3 is a neat concept. Can you really replace a laptop computer with a tablet? The crew at Microsoft hopes you’ll at least try, with their increasing media campaign against the MacBook Air serving as proof of their concept. A new site, dedicated to users who want to ‘make the switch’, went live over the weekend. A thorough imagining of what it’s like to go from a MacBook to a surface is covered, including basics about the operating system(s) and best practices for switching over.

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Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Windows Phone users addicted to ephemeral messaging service Snapchat have found themselves without a way to access their self-destructing photos, with Microsoft yanking all third-party apps offering the system. The news leaves Snapchat completely absent from Windows Phone, since Snapchat itself still lacks a homegrown client. The writing was on the wall for workarounds like 6snap, however, after Snapchat had asked users not to use third-party clients over security concerns, following a spate of photo and data leaks blamed on unofficial apps.

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Microsoft’s Titanfall exclusive was a single-game deal

Microsoft’s Titanfall exclusive was a single-game deal

Titanfall's sequel looks unlikely to be a Microsoft exclusive, with Respawn Entertainment chief Vince Zampella confirming that the studio's deal over the AAA title was for the first installment alone. Details on "Titanfall 2" are, unsurprisingly, scant at this stage, but according to Zampella the collaboration with Microsoft - which proved so valuable in leveraging the server-side processing of the Xbox One Live Cloud, among other things - doesn't mean the new game will be Xbox One and PC-only. Meanwhile, he poured cold water on rumors that the next Titanfall might be free-to-play.

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Lumia Denim update rolls out with more camera improvements

Lumia Denim update rolls out with more camera improvements

The awaited update to Nokia's, now Microsoft's, Lumia smartphones have just started rolling out, somewhat ahead of expected schedule. Formerly called Nokia Denim and now just Lumia Denim, the update brings in the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 (update 1) to the devices, along with a bunch of Microsoft's own new features. For the more photography capable models, such as the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520, the update brings in some tasty treats for them as well.

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Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

A new head-worn virtual reality gaming device has been tipped for release next year by Microsoft. This headset would bring features that closely resemble those of Sony's Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, while Microsoft's device would more likely focus on Xbox One-based gaming. Microsoft would also be competing with Oculus VR and their Oculus Rift head-worn virtual reality system which, like Sony's Project Morpheus, is still in a developer beta mode right this minute as it's readied for a final consumer release.

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Microsoft MixRadio sold to LINE

Microsoft MixRadio sold to LINE

Microsoft is selling MixRadio to LINE, washing its hands of the personalized streaming music service that started life as Nokia Radio. MixRadio, which builds custom playlists as well as offering pre-organized, themed playlists constructed by music industry insiders, was originally part of Nokia's exclusive multimedia offering for its Lumia Windows Phones; it was renamed back in late 2013, ahead of Microsoft taking the reins. Plans had already been vaunted for an expansion of the app beyond just Microsoft's own smartphone OS, and now LINE says it intends to continue that process.

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Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Given the amount of flack Microsoft has been receiving lately, it's is almost a surprise, pleasant or otherwise, that it would come up with small but priceless pieces of gold in unexpected corners. One of those was Xim, a super easy photo sharing app that Microsoft launched just over two months ago. Now at version 1.3, Xim is getting bigger, almost literally. Not only is it available on all major mobile platforms, it can now stream photos to Xbox Ones, Chromecasts, and Apple TVs as well.

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q335 is an 8-inch Windows tablet for the enterprise

Fujitsu Stylistic Q335 is an 8-inch Windows tablet for the enterprise

Ever since Microsoft opened the licensing doors, Windows 8 tablets have started coming in all shapes, sizes, and prices. Even major OEMs are scrambling to fill their low end portfolio with budget Windows tablets. But just because they're low key doesn't mean they can't be used for more serious cases. That is what Fujitsu is trying to sell with its new Stylistic Q335, a "mini" tablet that may be small in size and even in specs but was designed with business use in mind.

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