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Microsoft Wireless Display makes streaming super-simple

Microsoft Wireless Display makes streaming super-simple

This week the folks at Microsoft have teamed up with Intel on Wireless Display to make good on the no-wires-required equation. With this Wi-Fi Certified Miracast device, you'll plug one end in your HDMI port on your display, the other end in a USB port for power, and boom! You're ready to go. You'll be able to send your screen - from whatever Intel Wireless Display-capable device you have - to your larger display with a tap. PCs, notebooks, and smartphones are all included.

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OneNote for iPad can now handle your handwriting

OneNote for iPad can now handle your handwriting

Apple may have been cautious in embracing the stylus, but that doesn't mean iPad apps have held back, with Microsoft adding handwriting support to OneNote today. The updated note-taking app adds what Microsoft claims is one of the most commonly-requested features from users themselves, the ability to write and sketch directly into notes, just as you might with a Surface Pro 3. Meanwhile, there's also new optical character recognition (OCR) support in OneNote, pulling out the text in photos and scans automatically.

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Finally! Xbox One, meet Screenshots

Finally! Xbox One, meet Screenshots

It is almost mind boggling that such a basic need, like taking a screenshot to boast about your latest in-game triumph, would take so long to implement. But they say that good things come to those who wait, and those who wait need to wait just a little bit longer. Screenshot capability is finally coming to the Xbox One console when the latest system update rolls to everyone in March. Fortunately, that's not the only reason to be excited about this update.

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Xbox One apps incoming

Xbox One apps incoming

Apparently the Xbox One doesn't have enough software yet. It would appear that the next wave for the platform is to open the doors in a big way for developers, reaching out to these developers to get them to bring all manner of software to the device. Developers are said to be able to run beta apps for the Xbox One community in the near future, and Microsoft will bring a Software Developer Kit (SDK) to developers in May in preview mode.

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Office for iOS paves way for storage in any cloud

Office for iOS paves way for storage in any cloud

Microsoft has thrown open its iOS Office apps to third-party cloud services, allowing any online storage provider to burrow inside, and with the same support for other mobile and browser versions in the pipeline. The feature, launching today on the iPhone and iPad versions of Office, but coming for Office for Windows 10 and for Android in time, should mean that no matter which cloud store you prefer - Box, iCloud, or something else - it should show up in the "Locations" file picker. Meanwhile, there's also new Office Online integration support, with Microsoft hoping other services will bake the apps into their platforms.

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Dear Microsoft: this is NOT how to sell Cortana

Dear Microsoft: this is NOT how to sell Cortana

From time to time, Microsoft is able to come up with video ads that don't manage to embarrass itself while waging its marketing war against Apple. Remember the Cortana versus Siri ad about speakers? Now that one was done in good taste and has a pretty amusing punchline. Sadly, there are times when Redmond comes out with a video that makes you wonder what the marketing team has been smoking, like this new Cortana vid that is sure to strike a nerve with some members of the female gender.

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Xbox One Upload Studio major update adds effects, templates

Xbox One Upload Studio major update adds effects, templates

Gone are the days when gaming consoles were just that, dedicated computers made for consuming games. Now they have become content creation devices as well that have even turned some gamers into Internet superstars. In the Xbox One world, this is made possible with the Upload Studio app. Today, Microsoft is pushing out a major update to the software that gives users a lot more control and even more options to let their creative juices flow and put together their next big Internet show.

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Microsoft makes biometrics focal point for Windows 10 security

Microsoft makes biometrics focal point for Windows 10 security

With Windows 10, you’ll have more options for password protection. In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced they’ll support new Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO) standards, which they also helped contribute to. With FIDO 2.0, you’ll have wider availability to use biometrics, which means your next-generation PC might have some biometric scanners built right in. In fact, it could make that Synaptics touchpad, which also supports new FIDO guidelines, a must-have accompaniment for Windows 10, if you’re of the mind that fingerprints are better than passwords.

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Google defends, revises Project Zero 90-day policy

Google defends, revises Project Zero 90-day policy

In the software security community, a debate rages around when and how to disclose vulnerabilities and bugs. One camp wants a fixed deadline in order to somewhat force software vendors to fix their bugs before word goes out to the public. Others want a slightly more secretive approach that will only disclose such issues if and only if a fix is already ready. Google's Project Zero has adopted a hard 90-day stance but now it's yielding just a wee bit to address some complaints against its policy.

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