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Windows 10 Preview: superpowered Maps, Japanese input support

Windows 10 Preview: superpowered Maps, Japanese input support

This Friday, Microsoft is bringing its Windows game on. Rolling out Windows 10 Mobile for existing Lumia handsets and heralding the arrival of Microsoft Edge web browser extensions, Microsoft is pretty much trying to paint the picture of a company that listens well to user feedback. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident, according to the company, than in the updated Maps app, both for PCs and mobile, that adds new features and a slightly revamped interface, most of them based on users' input.

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Windows 10 update released to Windows Phone

Windows 10 update released to Windows Phone

A number of smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 begin to receive Windows 10 Mobile via Microsoft today. According to Michael Fortin, CVP Windows and Devices Group Core Quality, the list of devices that'll be seeing a Windows 10 Mobile update today is not the same as the list that's currently part of the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. "As Windows 10 delivers significant new innovations," said Fortin, "many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience."

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Windows 10 universal apps coming to Xbox One in Summer

Windows 10 universal apps coming to Xbox One in Summer

It is not yet the app-pocalyptic scenario that Epic Games' Tim Sweeney has been painting these past few days, but some might see the omens in it. At GDC 2016, Microsoft's Jason Ronald has confirmed that not only will Universal Windows Apps becoming to Xbox One soon, they'll be coming in Summer. Perhaps even more worrying to some who have sympathized Sweeney's point of view, Microsoft will also be merging the Windows Store and the Xbox Store into one, further emphasizing the image of one Windows 10 platform to rule them all.

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Stephen Elop has another new job

Stephen Elop has another new job

After leaving Microsoft for a job at Nokia, then joining Microsoft again, Stephen Elop left Microsoft again to join another company. That company is Telstra. That's Australia's largest telecommuinications provider Telstra, a company that Elop is now a part of with a brand new (newly created) title as Group Executive - Technology, Innovation, and Strategy. We must assume that it'll only be a matter of time before the company is assimilated by Microsoft and Elop is given another leadership position which he will assume for less tan two years - that's sarcasm.

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Minecraft is really coming to the Gear VR, date still unknown

Minecraft is really coming to the Gear VR, date still unknown

Whispers about this has already been circulating for a few months or so, but now Microsoft is finally confirming the rumors, at least according to a spokesperson. At GDC 2016, the new owner of Minecraft will be announcing that Minecraft is indeed coming to the Samsung Gear VR in addition to the Oculus Rift. Considering both VR headsets have Oculus' mark on them, it isn't that much of a surprise but still a very welcome confirmation. Details are still slim nonetheless, leaving just enough room for speculation and wishes.

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Microsoft Edge browser’s Extension are here, almost

Microsoft Edge browser’s Extension are here, almost

It's been quite a while since Microsoft revealed the Microsoft Edge browser, which came with Windows 10. For a time, it was hailed as the bringer of death to Internet Explorer. While that might be true to some extent, with Microsoft forcing it on users, Edge hasn't exactly been a wild hit in as far as the browser wars go. Compared to the likes of Firefox and Chrome, the Microsoft web browser still lacks some meat, particularly with extensions. That might soon be a thing of the past, if this latest "accidental" leak will come to pass soon.

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Microsoft hasn’t ditched Bitcoin support after all

Microsoft hasn’t ditched Bitcoin support after all

Microsoft says that message on its website about not supporting Bitcoin is a mistake, and that nothing has changed. The support, which was added back in late December and allows customers to buy content using the digital currency, hasn't changed, and the message saying it wasn't supported has been corrected. How such a message accidentally got posted on the website isn't clear.

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Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

In the immediate future Microsoft will be opening the doors to cross-network cross-device multiplayer gaming action to for the masses. "In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live," said Chris Charla, Director ID@Xbox, "we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well." The first title to make use of this update will be Rocket League - you'll be able to play on your Windows 10 PC while your buddies play on their Xbox One. Super fair for all parties involved, indeed!

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HoloLens Actiongram puts AR creatures in your living room

HoloLens Actiongram puts AR creatures in your living room

Microsoft's newest app for HoloLens looks really similar to Sony's PS4 PlayRoom, placing augmented reality creatures and objects in your living room in real time. Actiongram gives you menus of creatures - a T-Rex or a Zombie, for example - that you can then pinch and drop in to your real world. Once they're in your world, you can use them to tell a story. Or you can just slap them around a bit if you prefer. What you're going to see is Microsoft's vision for first-person Augmented Reality storytelling.

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Microsoft’s Project AIX uses Minecraft for AI research

Microsoft’s Project AIX uses Minecraft for AI research

Games and artificial intelligence have always gone hand in hand. AI has permeated all kinds of non-trivial games, even going as far back as the original Pac-man arcade game. Now, computer scientists are turning the tables around, sort of. More and more researchers are actually using games to fuel and aid artificial intelligence research, most of the time by beating the game. But Project AIX from Microsoft Research is doing something different with Minecraft. It is using the open, world building game to let an AI learn how to climb a mountain. Without falling into a pool of lava.

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You can no longer use Bitcoin to shop in Microsoft’s Store

You can no longer use Bitcoin to shop in Microsoft’s Store

Even you still believe in Bitcoin, you might be one of the remaining few. Even some of its biggest backers have thrown in the towel. Following this latest trend, Microsoft is also closing the door on it. Unlike the somewhat big announcement it made more than a year ago, Microsoft has rather silently adjusted its pages to let you know that you can no longer do business in the Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile stores using Bitcoin. A small but still significant blow to the beleaguered cryptocurrency.

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Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Microsoft’s sleek budget phone, the Lumia 650, is available for preorder in the United States and Canada. The handset debuted earlier this year, and is the maker’s budget-tier Windows 10 handset. Initial reactions to the smartphone have been mixed, with some praising its design and others criticizing the lack of Continuum, the company’s sleek business feature.

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