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Surface 3 LTE rolls out to businesses first, consumers later

Surface 3 LTE rolls out to businesses first, consumers later

Microsoft seems to have struck a chord with the Surface 3, if the Interwebs' reception of the "Surface Pro 3 mini" is any indication. And what could be better than a 10.1-inch Surface 3 running full Windows 8.1? Why, a 10.1-inch Surface running full Windows 8.1 with LTE, of course! It's an expected and natural progression for such a mobile tablet anyway. But don't take out those credit cards just yet, as the LTE-enabled Surface 3 won't be available to regular buyers until after a few weeks or so.

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Skype for Business preview gets meeting broadcasts and more

Skype for Business preview gets meeting broadcasts and more

Microsoft has announced a new Skype for Business technical preview available for Office 365 enterprise users. The preview ushers in a trio of new features, two of which are limited to customers located in the United States. The new Skype Meeting Broadcast is perhaps the most notable change for enterprise users, allowing customers worldwide to broadcast a meeting taking place over Skype for Business to up to 10,000 users across multiple devices.

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Windows 10 build 10159 arrives on heels of 10158

Windows 10 build 10159 arrives on heels of 10158

We just saw Windows 10 build 10158 arrive yesterday, but Microsoft has apparently found cause to get the next version out ASAP, and now testers have access to Windows 10 build 10159. It is a pleasant surprise, one that is being released into the Windows Insider Fast ring today. Why, you ask? Microsoft didn’t want to wait on releasing 10158, but has found that 10159 is also ready to go and so it decided to release it, too.

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Windows 10 Build 10158: Edge udpates, Cortana for Office 365

Windows 10 Build 10158: Edge udpates, Cortana for Office 365

We are now on the verge of counting down the days to Microsoft's most anticipated, whether with excitement or with dread, Windows 10 release. But before that ball starts rolling, the company has a few more builds for its Insiders to try out. By this time, major changes to functionality should already be minimal in order to prepare for the final release. And that indeed shows in this latest 10158 build, which focuses more on polishing the user interface and getting things to work just right.

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Microsoft strikes deal with AOL over its ad business

Microsoft strikes deal with AOL over its ad business

Microsoft is narrowing its focus, and as such has been pushing some of its extraneous efforts toward others. Earlier today word surfaced that Microsoft has struck a deal with Uber that will see workers and assets being transferred, and now it is being followed up with another announcement: AOL is getting the brunt of Microsoft’s advertising operations, as is advertising tech company AppNexus. The AOL deal in particular is said to involve a 10 year partnership, and under it AOL is going to be carrying search results from Bing instead of from Google.

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Uber nabs Microsoft workers and assets in deal

Uber nabs Microsoft workers and assets in deal

It’s no secret Uber has been moving to nab itself some mapping tech, and so its latest announcement isn’t too surprising: Uber will be acquiring some Bing assets from Microsoft, in particular 100 workers who will be tasked with improving Uber’s own mapping efforts. Early last month, Uber had placed a bid on Nokia's HERE mapping service, underscoring its efforts to improve its own mapping technology. Mapping is central to Uber's business model, being used for its various services from cars rides to food delivery. Update: Statement from Uber after the jump.

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Microsoft’s new tablet casts ominous shadow over Surface Pro 4

Microsoft’s new tablet casts ominous shadow over Surface Pro 4

Microsoft has quietly slipped a new Surface Pro 3 configuration into its line-up, amid speculation that the Surface Pro 4 will never see the light of day. While you might expect the new model to lower the cost-of-entry to the Windows tablet with its detachable keyboard and pen input, in fact it slots neatly into the midst of the existing range, with a Core i7 processor like the flagship Surface Pro 3 versions, but with a compromise on storage.

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Microsoft has just improved the Oculus Rift’s lenses

Microsoft has just improved the Oculus Rift’s lenses

At E3 earlier this month it became apparent that Microsoft and Oculus have developed quite the buddy-buddy relationship, with the latter's Rift VR headset being compatible with both the Xbox One and Windows 10. Since the companies are good friends now, Oculus shouldn't take offense that Microsoft has developed a better lens for the Rift, offering a sharper image and less chromatic aberration. The design comes from the Microsoft Research group, and offers a decent improvement over the Oculus Rift DK2.

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Xbox Live Gold now gets 2 more free games a month

Xbox Live Gold now gets 2 more free games a month

Hot on the heels of E3 2015, Microsoft is raising the cap on the free Games with Gold games it dishes out each month to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. And to celebrate the fact that the promo is now on its 2nd year, Microsoft will be giving Live Gold members two new games to chew on each month. That means that starting July, Live Gold users have a total of four titles to try out for free, two on the Xbox One and two on the Xbox 360.

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