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Microsoft rolls out Outlook watch face for Android Wear

Microsoft rolls out Outlook watch face for Android Wear

It was only in April that Microsoft Outlook made its debut as an Android Wear app, but a new update has just been released that turns Outlook into a watch face. This means users can skip the need to tap and navigate the UI on their wrist, and instead see both email and calendar information on the same screen as the clock. Instead of relying on a notification, users can simply raise their wrist to check the time, and also see an overview of schedule and unread emails.

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Minecraft Pocket and Windows 10 Editions get pistons galore

Minecraft Pocket and Windows 10 Editions get pistons galore

While Minecraft has undergone many changes over the years, the core focus of the game has remained the same. It's still a building game first, and everything else is secondary. Well soon you'll have some new tools to create even more interesting things in the Windows 10 and Pocket Editions of the game.

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Microsoft HoloLens gets productive with Outlook Mail and Calendar

Microsoft HoloLens gets productive with Outlook Mail and Calendar

The common perception of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality is that they mostly cater to fun and games and entertainment. Microsoft, however, wants to banish that prejudice, at least for its brand of mixed reality. On the heels of the first major update to Windows Holographic, its version of Windows 10 for the HoloLens, Microsoft is proudly announcing the arrival of the Outlook Mail and Calendar app on the HoloLens, allowing users to pin their emails and calendars on a wall, almost literally, and have it always within sight.

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Fable Fortune card game debuts after death of Lionhead

Fable Fortune card game debuts after death of Lionhead

UK developer Lionhead Studios may be dead, having closed its doors earlier this year, taking the Fable franchise with it, but the series has just re-emerged, albeit in a different form: a virtual card game. Titled Fable Fortune, the game was being developed in secret by Lionhead at the same time as the now-cancelled Fable Legends. Similar to Blizzard's Hearthstone, Fortune is a free-to-play collectible card game, and now work on it is being continued by a handful of former Lionhead employees.

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Microsoft accused of spamming Android users with Office ads

Microsoft accused of spamming Android users with Office ads

Android users have probably been annoyed more than a few times with notifications from apps that keep popping up in the Android notification tray for things you really don't want to know and don't care about. You might expect shadier small firms to use the notification tray to spam you with advertising, but you might not expect one of the largest software firms in the world to do that. Microsoft has been accused of spamming Android users with advertisements trying to get them to use Office.

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Windows Holographic to bring mixed reality to multiple device types

Windows Holographic to bring mixed reality to multiple device types

Microsoft is talking about some aspects of the future of computing at Computex 2016 and one of those future aspects that the software giant is focusing on is mixed reality. Mixed reality is a sort of interaction of virtual reality with the physical world to create virtual spaces and objects that users can manipulate with their hands. Microsoft wants to provide devices that are able to perceive the world in a way that can combine virtual and physical spaces.

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Microsoft updates HoloLens as second wave ships to devs

Microsoft updates HoloLens as second wave ships to devs

Virtual reality has recently taken the center stage, especially with the rollout of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Not to mention the ditch that Oculus may have dug for itself. But VR isn't the only hot thing in tech today as far as synthetic realities go. There is also augmented, or rather "mixed", reality, as envisioned (no pun intended) by the likes of Microsoft HoloLens, Magic Leap and Meta. Of those, the HoloLens was the first to reach the public's hands, and now Microsoft is rolling out its first update as well.

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Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Android bloatware has a new name and it is Microsoft. That might be a rather scathing remark, but that is the reality facing Android users yesterday and today. Xiaomi and Microsoft have just announced that they have signed a cross-licensing deal that will see Microsoft's Android apps, particularly the mobile Office ones, pre-installed on Xiaomi's more recent handsets. What the announcement didn't mention, which Wall Street Journal reported, is that Xiaomi is also purchasing a whopping 1,500 patents from Microsoft for an undisclosed sum.

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Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Internet mega-brands Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and YouTube agree on a "code of conduct" with the European Commission to remove "hate speech" from their networks in less than 24 hours. This update does not necessarily hold these companies accountable the same way a hard-and-fast written law would in any one individual country. Instead, this would be more of an agreement - a hand-shake - between the companies to combat hate speech. According to this code of conduct, they'll be "developing counter-narratives promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect, including through awareness-raising activities."

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Microsoft Research “FlashBack” can bring VR even to low-end devices

Microsoft Research “FlashBack” can bring VR even to low-end devices

Virtual reality is truly an incredible technology that deserves to be in everyone's hands, or eyes rather. But currently, the devices that allow people to experience VR stand at opposite ends of a spectrum, neither of which make VR really accessible. On the one hand, you have dedicated machines like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. On the other extreme, you have empty shells that require a smartphone, like the Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. Interestingly enough, the middle ground between these two might have just been discovered thanks to the efforts of Microsoft Research. Called FlashBack, it is a combination of technologies that could let even less powerful smartphones and laptops handle the load required for a smooth, jitter-free, nausea-free VR experience.

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Microsoft, Facebook to build Transatlantic subsea Internet cable

Microsoft, Facebook to build Transatlantic subsea Internet cable

The ubiquity of mobile devices has exponentially increased the number of people connecting to and using the Internet. That's not yet counting the exponentially increasing volume of data going through the Interwebs thanks to streaming services and cloud computing. All these boil to one thing: our Internet infrastructure needs an upgrade. Answering that call, Microsoft and Facebook, two of the biggest companies associated with high-speed Internet-based products and services, have joined forces to build MAREA, a new subsea cable that will cross the Atlantic in an attempt to provide quality Internet services to the world.

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You will upgrade to Windows 10, whether you like it or not (if Microsoft has their way)

You will upgrade to Windows 10, whether you like it or not (if Microsoft has their way)

Did you know that Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10? If you use Windows 7 or 8, you definitely know about this. I'm confident in saying that, because Microsoft has made it nearly impossible to not notice this, thanks to any number of different pop-ups asking you to upgrade. Their latest attempt to trick users into upgrading has received a lot of backlash, but the company is standing by it.

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