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Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft isn't slowing down with virtual reality partnerships, announcing at E3 2015 today that it is working with Valve on VR for Windows 10. "We will be working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said during the company's keynote in Los Angeles this morning, confirming the second deal in two weeks with a high-profile player in the virtual reality space.

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Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Microsoft security tools will now be treating the Ask Toolbar that comes alongside Oracle's Java installations as "unwanted software" (a category that also includes malware). For a while now, when Windows users install Java, they have to opt out of getting the Ask Toolbar installed in their browser. Opting out is a small task, but it's enough to give Java users a bad impression of Oracle.

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Oculus partners with Xbox

Oculus partners with Xbox

This afternoon Oculus announced that they'd be teaming up with Microsoft to deliver the Xbox One controller with the headset at launch. With Windows 10, Oculus Rift will work to "unlock the potential for millions of developers to create amazing experiences," so said Phil Spencer. Streaming PC content to the Oculus Rift is just one part of this equation, too. This partnership includes a pairing of the Oculus Rift to the Xbox One, as well. This is a prime strike against Sony's Project Morpheus, without a doubt.

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Final Oculus Rift specs revealed for 2016 consumer model

Final Oculus Rift specs revealed for 2016 consumer model

Oculus reveals the final hardware and software specifications for their long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. This machine works with a three-part system, starting with the headset itself, fully capable of the highest-end virtual reality experience on the market at the time it's being revealed. This machine requires that the user have a computer with Windows 7 SP1 or newer with 8GB RAM or more, Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater, and either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater. They'll also need HDMI 1.3 video output to connect to the headset, and 2x USB 3.0 ports for peripherals.

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Skype’s modern Windows app is dead, long live Skype for Windows desktop

Skype’s modern Windows app is dead, long live Skype for Windows desktop

Microsoft-owned Skype has announced today that it will be merging its two Windows apps into a single offering by retiring the touch-based, Modern UI version, and instead moving forward with the traditional desktop app. The touch-friendly Skype app was made for Windows 8 devices, while Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs have always continued to use the desktop app. In anticipation of the debut of Windows 10, the modern Skype app will no longer work beginning July 7th, and users will need to switch to the desktop version.

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Hellblade trailer revealed by creators of Devil May Cry

Hellblade trailer revealed by creators of Devil May Cry

Developer group Ninja Theory has revealed their next big title, Hellblade, a hack-and-slash beast of a game for PC and PlayStation 4. This is the same developer group that brought you Devil May Cry, a long-lasting game franchise beloved around the planet. In the game, users will play as a Celtic Warrior by the name of Senua. She suffers from a mental illness which places her in a hellish world which she must escape. Is it too much to hope for an appearance by Pinhead and the rest of the Cenobites?

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Microsoft Surface Hub wall computer is not for you

Microsoft Surface Hub wall computer is not for you

Microsoft introduces the Surface Hub, a wall-based display made for businesses - not consumers. If the price didn't do you in, the functionality certainly will. While using such a massive piece of equipment is certainly an interesting possibility for the average consumer, this 4K 84-inch display will facilitate meetings at your business. That's what it's made for. Not playing Angry Birds. Not acting as an 84-inch touch arcade... though using one as a pinball machine or a digital air hockey arena WOULD be neat.

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Preorders for Microsoft’s 84-inch Surface Hub begin July 1

Preorders for Microsoft’s 84-inch Surface Hub begin July 1

Microsoft's Surface Hub, that huge wall-sized computer that multiple people can write on at the same time with touchscreen pens, is finally going on sale. Preorders will begin on July 1st for businesses, with shipping expected to start in September. The larger model, which features an incredible 84-inch screen with 4K, will cost a whopping $19,999. Mere peasants may be more interested in the 55-inch model, which is priced at a more reasonable $6,999, and has 1080p resolution.

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Mega Man Legacy preserves the past by playing in the present

Mega Man Legacy preserves the past by playing in the present

Capcom announces the Mega Man Legacy Collection, letting it be known that they'll not just be stopping here when it comes to restoring the classics. Just like we've got restoration for comic books, and we've got preservation efforts in place to keep historic buildings intact, so too will Capcom - and the rest of the gaming industry - bring back, restore, and rejuvenate classic video games from our past. This effort brings the original six Mega Man games to our present for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and PC this summer.

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Skype adding real-time translation to its Windows app

Skype adding real-time translation to its Windows app

Skype's impressive real-time translation tool has been limited to invite-only, and preview builds for the last six months or so, but it seems that's all about to change. Skype has just announced that it will begin integrating the Skype Translator software directly into its desktop app for Windows before the end of this summer. With Windows 10 recently revealed to be available on July 29th, it wouldn't be surprising to see Microsoft touting the new Skype overhaul as a new feature available on the OS.

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