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Windows Phone hinted to be getting native Microsoft Office app

Windows Phone hinted to be getting native Microsoft Office app

Poor Windows Phone users always among the last to get flagship apps for their device, if at all, and that has become even more apparent recently with Microsoft offering the best mobile Office experience on rival iOS and Android devices. Hopefully that will changing soon as Microsoft is expected to reveal more details about its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, and if a recent post from exec Joe Belfiore is to be believed, we'll also be seeing completely revamped Office apps for Windows Phone, equal to those on other platforms.

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Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

You might not have noticed since it was Friday afternoon immediately after a holiday when most people are still on vacation into the weekend, but both Bing and Yahoo search engines went down for a few hours. The good news is that the downtime didn't last long, and wasn't the result of some nefarious hackers' campaign to disrupt our lives. It was actually just an accident caused by a bad update from Microsoft to the Bing engine, and since Yahoo's search is powered by Bing, it was interesting example of the domino effect among internet giants.

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WatchESPN arrives for Windows Phone users

WatchESPN arrives for Windows Phone users

Those of us who use Windows Phone know how it goes -- there's some nice service you'd like to use, only you know the odds of it being available for your device aren't all that hot. Such was the case with WatchESPN, at least until recently, with the service arriving in the Windows Phone store for all the Lumia users out there. It is available to download now, requiring the same related TV subscription package it does on other platforms, as well.

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Google’s Project Zero posts Windows 8.1 flaw after 90-day grace period

Google’s Project Zero posts Windows 8.1 flaw after 90-day grace period

Project Zero, Google’s software vulnerability tracking program, has discovered another exploit. This time, they’ve come across one for Windows 8.1 that could give even the lowest-level users complete administrative control. Typically, Project Zero gives their discovery to the company who built the software so they can patch it up. The vendor has 90 days to fix it before Google releases their findings to the world. Microsoft didn’t act accordingly, and now we know all about it. Rather than a fix, Microsoft has excuses.

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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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Kinect v1 being phased out through 2015

Kinect v1 being phased out through 2015

Current Kinect hardware is being phased out as Microsoft rolls in something better. Via their Kinect blog, Microsoft is announcing they’ve decided to phase out the legacy Kinect version one in order to focus on Kinect version two. Microsoft's Kinect version two shipped in October along with an SDK, which signaled the end of the existing Kinect hardware anyway. No solid drop-dead date was given for the original Kinect, suggesting Microsoft will just be phasing it out as they sell off existing stock.

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Internet Explorer may need to die

Internet Explorer may need to die

Over the past decade, the decline in popularity of Internet Explorer took place in a big way because of the rise of competition. The last big release of Internet Explorer was with Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Internet Explorer 6 is dead, at long last, but the ill effects of this extremely buggy browser are still in full effect today. Is it time for Microsoft to ditch the brand and move on? A tip earlier today suggested that Microsoft's new browser brand may be called Spartan - another Halo brand like Cortana for a full Halo family.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

This week the founder of Xbox Live and XNA has announced that he's leaving Microsoft. This will end Boyd Multerer's 18-year run with the company, and begins "something new" for the developer and gaming leader. This departure has nothing to do with the recent DDOS attack during the holiday break. Multerer is "super proud" of his work with Xbox, Live, and XNA, and will likely move on to another gaming-related piece of work in the near future. Code-related, he says in a Tweet.

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Xbox One price heads back to $400

Xbox One price heads back to $400

While it'd been rumored that the Xbox One's $349 price point this holiday season would be permanent, Microsoft will indeed be bringing back an extra $50 this January. Starting on the 3rd of January, 2015, the Xbox One will no longer be available for its holiday bundle price point. This includes the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle primarily - while bundles with Forza, Titanfall, and Sunset Overdrive will also be brought back to their original pricing, this allowing Sony a bit more wiggle-room in their console competition through early 2015.

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