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Microsoft woos Asia-Pacific with flagship store in Australia

Microsoft woos Asia-Pacific with flagship store in Australia

Microsoft is spreading its wings further east and down under. In an attempt to cover regions farthest from its home country, Redmond is opening up a new flagship in Sydney, Australia. While yet another Microsoft physical store to add to over a hundred existing ones is probably no big deal to some, iit is a monumental occasion for Microsoft. Not only is it their first flagship store in the country, it also marks their first formal store to be located in the Asia-Pacific region.

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OneDrive update brings Apple Watch support

OneDrive update brings Apple Watch support

Microsoft is on the ball, and has pushed out an update to its OneDrive app that brings with it a number of new features, the most important of which is support for the Apple Watch. This will give the first wave of Apple Watch adoptees the ability to access their OneDrive (photo) files on their wrist, adding that extra bit of convenience to it all. This isn't a surprise, given how quickly Microsoft had previously moved to add Android Wear support.

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Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

It's been suggested today by two unnamed informants that Nokia will be returning to the smartphone arena in 2016. How they'll do this, exactly, remains a mystery - especially given their current lack of manufacturing power as a result of their sale to Microsoft back in early 2014. But they've made a tablet since then - right, so what's to stop them from making a collection of smartphones? Nothing, really - they've just got to team up with a manufacturing partner and begin to smash the nail with the hammer, so to speak.

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Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Apple may have been the first to bring a voice-powered digital assistant to smartphones with Siri, but Microsoft followed up in a big way with its own Cortana. Named after the AI companion from the Halo video game series, Cortana has been available on a number of Windows Phone models, and is expected to play a big part in the forthcoming Windows 10. Obviously, being a Microsoft creation, Cortana has been limited to Windows devices. That is, until a couple of hackers managed to bring her to Android.

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Windows 10 Maps now available for preview to ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 Maps now available for preview to ‘Insiders’

Windows Insiders — those who are involved in beta testing Windows products ahead of Microsoft’s Windows 10 launch — can now take a new Maps app for a spin. The new Maps app is available for both desktop and mobile, and comes with a host of new features and an experience Microsoft says “delivers a single and consistent mapping experience across all your Windows devices”. Utilizing both Bing and HERE maps, Windows’ Maps app provides local data search, aerial imagery, and even voice guided navigation.

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Star Wars Battlefront release and details

Star Wars Battlefront release and details

This week the folks at EA Games and DICE are revealing their next big title: Star Wars Battlefront. This game will be released to multiple platforms, like Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and it'll be strongly rooted in the classic Star Wars universe. This game aims to bring the most advanced graphics and in-canon gameplay to the public with as much emphasis on original trilogy legitimacy as possible. In short - it's gonna be awesome. And it's gonna be coming to game consoles and gaming PCs right around the same time as the next Star Wars movie, to boot.

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Office 365 Video launches, like YouTube for serious business

Office 365 Video launches, like YouTube for serious business

Work today has evolved quite a substantially compared to even just a decade ago. If you ever tried to mention "Video sharing" to a boss back then, you will probably be met with a puzzled look, if not incredulity. But today, sharing content and information in the workplace has moved beyond documents and pictures. They even include videos. Because of that, Microsoft is rolling out Office 365 Video globally, a tool for hosting and sharing video content for work. Think of it like YouTube, except your IT would love it.

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Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen and Microsoft have an interesting relationship. After passing on a funding round to help Cyanogen ‘take Android away from Google’, Microsoft is now partnering with the upstart Android development house to bring their services to Cyanogen OS. With future iterations of Cyanogen OS, users will find Microsoft services bundled natively. In addition to Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office, users will also be subject to Bing search results on Cyanogen. The collaboration will also see Microsoft build “native integrations” for Cyanogen OS.

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MS Office Delve puts the focus on People, Blogs, and Mobile

MS Office Delve puts the focus on People, Blogs, and Mobile

Last year, Microsoft revealed Office Delve, a sort of Google Now-like platform that surfaces important and timely information about work, organizations, and projects. Today, Microsoft is expanding Delve's reach into slightly new but still related territory. Like a social networking service, Delve's new People profiles give more in-depth insight into a person's activities. Delve is now also making room for blogs as a way to express ideas in a work environment. And Delve is now also doing the savvy thing and gets mobile, even smartwatch apps. Except on Windows Phone.

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Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone debuts

Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone debuts

Microsoft has rolled out a new Lumia smartphone that is aiming at shoppers on a budget who need to have a device capable of handling dual SIM cards. The smartphone is called the Lumia 540 Dual SIM and carries a price of under $150. Microsoft says that the device will make a good option for buyers looking for their first smartphone.

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