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Samsung Galaxy S6 tipped to ship with Microsoft apps

Samsung Galaxy S6 tipped to ship with Microsoft apps

While Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphone are often seen as one of the flagship Android devices, the manufacturer's default apps that come with the TouchWiz interface leave a lot to be desired. Mostly the ability to delete them. The apps do little more than take up storage space and slow the operating system down; in other words, bloatware. However, that trend may finally change with the S6, as an insider report from SamMobile is saying Samsung will drop its own apps in favor of shipping the smartphone with Microsoft offerings.

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OneNote 2013 ditches feature restrictions for personal users

OneNote 2013 ditches feature restrictions for personal users

In 2014, Microsoft made its OneNote 2013 note-taking software free for personal use, something that was well received but not without its restrictions. To do away with those restrictions, you'd have to get a paid edition, something that Microsoft has decided to do away with entirely. From now on, OneNote 2013 will have a bunch of those previously restricted features available on the free edition (for personal users, obviously), something Microsoft said is in response to user requests received over past months.

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Microsoft said to buy Surface Pro 3 stylus maker N-Trig

Microsoft said to buy Surface Pro 3 stylus maker N-Trig

If you thought Microsoft's adoption of N-Trig active digitizer technology in the latest Surface Pro 3 was a one time diversion, this latest rumor would perhaps banish that theory. Microsoft has reportedly fully acquired the Israel-based company, after gaining a 6 percent ownership through an investment back in 2009. Redmond is said to have spent at least $200 million on this purchase, which hints that Microsoft has plans to capitalize on the tech, probably for future iterations of its tablets and maybe even for new types of devices.

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Windows 10 update for phones starting now

Windows 10 update for phones starting now

This morning Microsoft's Gabriel Aul made it official: the Technical Preview for Windows 10 for smartphones will be beginning today. Today is the day, at last, and finally - the button has been pressed, and the update is, indeed, happening. While we're not 100% certain of which devices will receive said update first, we have gotten some clues - if you purchased a phone in the past year from the higher end of Windows Phone, you may be in luck. Unless you have a Lumia 1520 or 1020, sadly.

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Microsoft dumps a load of new features into Office Online

Microsoft dumps a load of new features into Office Online

Microsoft seems to be increasing its efforts to keep its products relevant even today, when many have migrated to using web apps inside browser or tablets and smartphones. Trying to start the year right, Redmond is kicking off 2015 with tons of new features for the web-based version of its Office suite designed to keep you from feeling that you're only working inside a web app. Of course, until you realize you're shuffling files around in the cloud, particularly inside OneDrive.

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Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Earlier this month rumor surfaced that Microsoft had acquired the calendar app Sunrise, something the company has confirmed on its blog today. Says Microsoft, it decided to acquire the app because it thinks "a reinvention in the way people use calendars" on their handsets is needed, and with Sunrise it aims to increase productivity options for mobile users. This follows the company's Acompli acquisition. The terms of the deal weren't revealed, but Microsoft does say it'll be bringing in the Sunrise team.

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Windows 365 trademark hints at subscription-based updates

Windows 365 trademark hints at subscription-based updates

Offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for most Windows 7 and 8.1 owners seems like a generous move, but Microsoft might simply just be carving the path for a new way users will be getting updates in the future. Redmond has just recently filed a trademark for the "Windows 365" name and, judging by its similarities with Office 365, it could very well be a clue to Microsoft's plans to make Windows updates a subscription-based fare in the future, instead of a one time fee per version.

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Microsoft dangles OneDrive incentive to boost Bing

Microsoft dangles OneDrive incentive to boost Bing

Yesterday, Google enticed users to update their account security details by offering a couple gigabytes of Google Drive storage in return, leaving users with both a potentially more secure account and a little more storage space in their cloud account. That seems to be something of a trend for the week, with Microsoft having also rolled out some extra cloud storage space to users in return for an action -- though, in this case, the reward is 100GB of space rather than 2GB.

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Star Wars Rebels hit Minecraft for Xbox

Star Wars Rebels hit Minecraft for Xbox

It's time that the Star Wars universe - specifically the Rebels bit of it - hit the square-fitted environment of Minecraft. This is the second time a Star Wars-themed pack of skins has approached Minecraft, and the first that Star Wars' expanded universe has been brought to this environment. The first release was back in November of 2014 when the first "Classic" Star Wars pack brought on all of your favorite original characters from the first three movies. Now it's time to get animated.

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Cyanogen looks to tech giants to fund non-Google Android plans

Cyanogen looks to tech giants to fund non-Google Android plans

It seems that startup Cyanogen won't just be stopping with Microsoft in building up support for its war against a Google-controlled Android. Rumor is spreading that Cyanogen plans to undergo a Series C funding and has been talking with the big dogs in the industry. One of those unofficially named is Amazon, who has its own custom Android flavor, which adds a bit more spice to the quest to break Google's monopoly over the largest mobile operating system, and sparking discussion on what an Android without Google would be like.

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