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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft's AI chatbot, Tay, is becoming quite the internet sensation. Unfortunately, it's not for the reasons that Microsoft wanted. The very same day that she was brought online, she was taken down. Or, according to her final tweet of the day, she was just going to sleep. She was woken back up early today, only to be shut back down.

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Windows 10 might soon run Ubuntu, Linux utilities natively

Windows 10 might soon run Ubuntu, Linux utilities natively

2015 and 2016 might be remembered as the years when hell froze over repeatedly, in no small part thanks to Microsoft. The company whose CEO once described Linux as a cancer is seemingly now going through hoops to proclaim its love for the open source OS, and not without some amount of suspicion from the other side. Adding to its Visual Studio Code IDE for Linux and SQL Server for Linux, Microsoft might soon be revealing how it partnered with Canonical to let Ubuntu run on Windows 10 natively, without the use of a virtual machine.

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Microsoft turns Tay.ai back on with safeguards in place

Microsoft turns Tay.ai back on with safeguards in place

I don't think anyone was sure just what Microsoft was thinking when it put its AI chatbot called Tay on twitter with no protections in place. Tay is back and this time Microsoft thinks it has things in hand. The thing with Tay was that it learned from the chats it had with other users and could be forced to repeat what users tweeted at it back as if the chatbot had the same opinions. Anyone who has ever seen twitter or used the platform could have told you that wouldn't end well, and end well it didn’t .

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Minecraft on mobile will soon get command blocks, mods

Minecraft on mobile will soon get command blocks, mods

Minecraft is popular, perhaps even notorious, for all the expressions of creativity and man hours lost in its open-ended, blocky, digital world. It is, however, perhaps a little known secret that that isn't the case for all versions of Minecraft. The original PC, not Windows 10, version of the game holds all those promises, but the mobile "Pocket Edition" and Windows 10 edition, which is a lot like the mobile edition, are a lot less capable. The wheels of change are turning, however, and soon those two versions will also be just as powerful.

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‘Left 4 Dead 2’ is now backwards compatible on Xbox One

‘Left 4 Dead 2’ is now backwards compatible on Xbox One

The game Left 4 Dead 2 is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb announced today. The game can be picked up from the Microsoft Store online, where it resides at about 5GB and costs $19.99 USD. This is the latest Xbox One Backward Compatibility addition, allowing Xbox One owners to play select Xbox 360 games on the newer console. A large roster of games are already backwards compatible on Xbox One, and the number continues to grow regularly.

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Never10 Stops Windows 10 upgrade prompts

Never10 Stops Windows 10 upgrade prompts

Microsoft really wants us all to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. The reminders and prompts for the upgrade to the latest version of Windows are never ending and more than a few folks have upgraded just to get the prompts to stop. If you are dead set on staying on an older flavor of Windows, there is a way to stop those automatic and unwanted upgrades from happening and it's called Never10.

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Windows 10 to get “Handoff” feature of OS X’s Continuity

Windows 10 to get “Handoff” feature of OS X’s Continuity

Windows 10's Continuum and OS X's Continuity may share the same first seven letters, but that's where their similarities end. Continuity lets users of multiple Apple devices switch seamlessly between them, continuing their workflow or taking their calls with them. Continuum, on the other hand, lets users use apps on their phone like a desktop app when connected to a bigger screen. The gap between the two might soon get narrower, at least from the Microsoft side, with Windows 10's next version rumored to get a feature similar to Continuity's Handoff.

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Microsoft contemplates backing Yahoo acquisition

Microsoft contemplates backing Yahoo acquisition

Yahoo is up for sale, but the company is dragging its feet and investors are getting fed up. The slow-moving and general blah attitude from Yahoo's board toward the business move has earned it some harsh -- and completely fair -- criticism in recent days, and many have started questioning whether Yahoo is serious about its intentions. Thusly enters Microsoft and a new report claiming the company is willing to help finance any acquisition bids.

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Microsoft made a Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition for China

Microsoft made a Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition for China

China is a very tough customers. It has very stringent requirements and limitations, especially for foreign companies intent on selling their wares in the country. Until recently, gaming consoles were prohibited completely. App stores needed to give the government censorship control. Despite those requirements, which sometimes even go against some companies' character, businesses still fall head over heels over the potentially lucrative market. The latest to give way is Microsoft, who has just revealed a "Specially-provided Edition" of Windows 10 crafted specifically to meet the demands of the Chinese government.

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Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Tay isn't the first chatbot in history but it became the most prominent because of its ties with Microsoft. Then it became one of the most notorious chatbot in less than 24 hours after it switched from well-meaning teen to offensive, pro-Nazi, anti-feminist rebel. Naturally, Microsoft shut it down, "putting it to sleep", so to speak. Now the company has come out with a statement clarifying that Tay's words do not reflect the company's principles and values at all. They do own up to the "slight" oversight in protecting Tay from attacks.

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Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft has shown off a lot of concept projects in the last year related to HoloLens, its $3,000 augmented reality headset, but this one just might be the crown jewel of them all. Dubbed "Holoportation," Microsoft Research's latest demonstration is the ability to view a live hologram of a person in another location. There's an impressive video of the tech in action below, but trust us when we say it's like something straight out of Star Wars.

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