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Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

With Windows 10 for desktops and tablets nearing completion, Microsoft seems to be showering some well-deserved attention to Windows 10 Mobile, which still doesn't have a release date. The latest build, number 10136, brings in some interesting new features and, thankfully, implements some long-standing wishes from Windows Phone insiders. But as interesting and as good at this update might be, it also brings in some headaches for the brave souls who volunteer to take these early versions for a spin for the rest of us.

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Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Killer Instinct to land on PCs

Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Killer Instinct to land on PCs

E3 2015 naturally has a lot of great tidings for those on Xboxes and PlayStations, but the PC crowd need not feel left out too much. Although Microsoft still touts its Xbox One as *the* gaming device, its unifying spiel of Windows 10 is trickling into gaming aspects as well. Yep, the recently confirmed Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will also be landing on Windows PCs, giving gamers a chance to enjoy all that shooting action in all its high res and high fps beauty.

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Box for Office Online lets you edit Office docs from the cloud

Box for Office Online lets you edit Office docs from the cloud

The online cloud storage service, Box, is now an official Microsoft OFfice 365 Cloud Storage Partner. Users will see new integrations with Office Online, making it easier to be productive without having to install the full range of Office programs on every device they own. According to Box, there are over one billion Microsoft Office files on its cloud at the moment. That makes Office files the single most uploaded files proliferating Box. To make it even easier to access and edit those files, Box created Box for Office Online. This new service is designed to bring users the best of Office Online's online editing capabilities for Office documents paired with Box's multi-device cloud service.

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Cortana for Android arrives in July

Cortana for Android arrives in July

We have known for a little while now that Cortana would be coming to Android and iOS, and word had it the Android version would be arriving toward the end of this month. In a blog post today related to Cortana and the Xbox, however, Microsoft slipped in a little detail: Cortana for Android will be arriving some time in July. Next month will bring around the beta test for the Android Cortana app, says the company; it isn't clear when the beta will end.

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Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

It was the mic-drop of Microsoft demos, Minecraft coming to life in augmented reality on the HoloLens headset, and it unsurprisingly stole the E3 keynote. Given Microsoft's previous hints about just what it had in mind for HoloLens, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, the idea of a special version of the brick-building game shouldn't have come as a surprise. Nonetheless, the sight of a table suddenly overcome with virtual blocks proved more than enough for us to temporarily forget HoloLens' big issues.

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Bing to Encrypt all search traffic by default

Bing to Encrypt all search traffic by default

There are a lot of reasons why you might not want people to have access to your search traffic. Maybe you are looking at a disease or medical condition you have, or perhaps you just don’t want people to know how often you search for cat videos online. Whatever the reason, Bing has announced that it is moving to encrypt all search traffic by default making what you search for much more secure than it was in the past.

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New Xbox One dashboard puts Cortana on call

New Xbox One dashboard puts Cortana on call

All your base is belong to Cortana! Whether it be your smartphone, your tablet, or your PC, Microsoft's personal assistant is there to serve your every voiced need. And now, she's on the Xbox One too! Microsoft has just demoed the latest dashboard experience and it showed off the new and improved interface. While things are arguably better for hunting down friends and remembering what game you last played, one of the most interesting new features is probably one that you hardly expected: Cortana.

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Xbox Game Preview is like Steam Early Access with free demos

Xbox Game Preview is like Steam Early Access with free demos

Today's gamers are more conscientious of purchases, being wary of games that over promise and under deliver. At the same time, however, they are also more willing to put their money where their mouths are, willing to help fund games still in development in exchange for some exclusive early access to the game and experience its evolution. Balancing those two needs is a delicate dance and Microsoft might have just mastered the steps. With Xbox Game Preview, gamers won't have just access to alpha or beta versions of games, they can also have a free peek at it first.

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Use Skype straight from the web–beta goes worldwide

Use Skype straight from the web–beta goes worldwide

Skype just became easier to access, around the world. As an alternative to downloading the Skype app or program, users can turn to their browsers for their communication needs using Skype for Web (beta). The web version isn't just for checking instant messages. It's designed to provide the same video and phone calls associated with the full app. As we noted when the beta first launched stateside, users will still have to install a plug-in before initially using the site, but that seems to be only a small hurdle.

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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: everything you need to know

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: everything you need to know

Starting today Xbox One Backwards Compatibility will begin to function, giving Xbox One users the ability to play Xbox 360 games natively. This release will begin with Xbox Preview members as of June 15th - this afternoon. For everyone else, this program will launch in the Fall of 2015. That's a few months away. Before we get there, there are a few things you're going to need to know. First - it's not every single Xbox 360 game in the history of Xbox 360 games that'll get this ability. Many, but not all.

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