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Bing Maps: big redesign brings predictive routing, more features

Bing Maps: big redesign brings predictive routing, more features

Microsoft has completely redesigned Bing Maps, it has announced, doing so from a place of ample user feedback and big ambitions. The updated maps are currently in a preview that is available to anyone who wants to opt-in to it, assuming that person is located in the US/UK, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, or South Africa. Anyone outside of those regions will eventually get access to it, but it won’t be for a little while. The update pulls in a bunch of data and presents it all in one place, including a new layout and handy “results card”.

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Skype for Business app arrives for Windows Phone

Skype for Business app arrives for Windows Phone

Microsoft has another announcement for its Skype for Business users -- it has finally rolled out a Windows Phone app, one that is a rebrand of the Lync 2013 app, and users on both services are able to use it. All the Skype for Business features are there, such as the calling features coupled with instant messaging, control over meetings, phone controls like transferring, and more. It also has some security features like passive authentication and a Skype for Business certificate.

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Microsoft Tossup makes app out of lunch choice overload

Microsoft Tossup makes app out of lunch choice overload

Microsoft may be busy working on Windows 10, but that hasn't stopped it pushing out a new app, Tossup, intended to make organizing meet-ups with friends less painful. The app, out for Android and iOS today, allows a group to make suggestions for venue, activity, and more, and then collectively vote to figure out the most popular option. However, while Microsoft might be framing Tossup around social gatherings today, in reality is has far broader potential applications.

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Xbox Music renamed Groove for Windows 10

Xbox Music renamed Groove for Windows 10

Microsoft has rebranded Xbox Music for Windows 10, with its new app dubbed Groove, while Xbox Video has also shed its gaming connection. Windows 10's place for video will now be known as Movies & TV, something the company says will make it "more identifiable for our broad customer base." Initially, the changes will be applied to Microsoft's new OS when it hits PCs at the end of the month, but the company says eventually apps on all platforms will be brought in line.

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Watch Predator’s Mortal Kombat X release with Carl Weathers

Watch Predator’s Mortal Kombat X release with Carl Weathers

Watch the Predator tear Jason apart in Mortal Kombat X - because there's no better way to spend your afternoon. What you're about to see is not only the release of the Predator character for Mortal Kombat X on all platforms, but the reveal of Carl Weathers as Jax. Weathers took the role of beefy fighter in the first Predator film - now he's back to do damage as everyone's favorite metallic basher. Here you'll see the fight you've been waiting for - unless you'd rather Jesse "The Body" Ventura be released. We'll keep crossing our fingers for that one.

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HoloLens courts academics to give AR a serious spin

HoloLens courts academics to give AR a serious spin

HoloLens might be fun as an augmented reality gimmick, but Microsoft clearly knows that without software the fancy headset will die in short order. The company has put a call out among academics to come up with potential applications for holographic computing, whether that be novel teaching methods, building art installations that bridge the real and the virtual, or new opportunities to get inside big data. To sweeten the proposal, meanwhile, Microsoft is looking to hand out ten HoloLens prototypes and a total of $500,000 among five universities.

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Microsoft and the undying Android smartphone rumor

Microsoft and the undying Android smartphone rumor

Windows 10 is just around the corner, at least for PCs and tablets. For mobile phones, however, that's not happening until later. Which means that there's a window of opportunity for dreaming about the future. And when it comes to divining Microsoft smartphone future, there is no other favorite than a Microsoft made Android device. It sounds dreamy doesn't it? A smartphone that combines decades of Nokia experience, Microsoft's enterprise and productivity products, and one of the biggest mobile platforms in the world. But youu know what they say about things that sound too good to be true, and here are some reasons why.

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Here’s how Windows 10 will roll out in waves

Here’s how Windows 10 will roll out in waves

We barely have a month before Microsoft opens the floodgates, unleashing Windows 10 to the world. Naturally, everyone at Redmond is busy preparing for the release but it also wants its customers to be well prepared as well. Now the company is sharing how the Windows 10 release will proceed. Although July 29 is the appointed day, a lot will happen before and after that date. Whether you're an end user or a business partner, there is a Windows 10 version for your and a date when you can get it.

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Bing Pong is Microsoft’s own search engine game

Bing Pong is Microsoft’s own search engine game

At some point Google thought it would be fun to turn its logo into a game, and since then we’ve seen different browser-based games that can be played directly on the search engine’s website. Microsoft has decided to do something similar with its own search engine, but it is starting small: with Pong, which involves just two paddles and a square ball bouncing between them. It is the same as the classic game, and can be found simply by searching for it.

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Eyefi’s Mobi app arrives for Windows Phone

Eyefi’s Mobi app arrives for Windows Phone

Eyefi's Mobi app has finally arrived for Windows Phone, lending them the same features that have been enjoyed by iOS and Android users. The app arrived in the Windows Phone store on Wednesday, but you'll need to be running Windows Phone 8.1 in order to use it. All of the basic features come with it, such as transferring files from the SD card to your Windows Phone (the whole reason for the app), but it does appear some of the more advanced features found on the other apps aren't yet available on the Windows Phone version.

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Microsoft pushes out another Windows 10 build: 10162

Microsoft pushes out another Windows 10 build: 10162

Microsoft pushed out Windows 10 build 10158 and 10159 back-to-back earlier this week, and now it has released yet another with build 10162. As with the others, the build has been released into the Fast ring, and if you are a Windows Insider you can get it now. Don’t expect anything big with this release, though — Microsoft is getting down to the polishing point of things, and build 10162’s biggest bragging points are one you won’t be able to see.

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Windows’ Wi-Fi Sense might be more trouble than it’s worth

Windows’ Wi-Fi Sense might be more trouble than it’s worth

Sharing a Wi-Fi password in a room or office isn't exactly a herculean task. One can write it down, for example. It can, however, certainly be made easier. And by easier, Microsoft means automagical. That's why it invented Wi-Fi Sense as a way to easily share Wi-Fi credentials with friends so that they can easily connect to the same network you're on. Sounds convenient? Probably, but considering the way things are going right now, it might also be a security nightmare waiting to happen.

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