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Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

This morning Skype Translator Preview dropped its sign-in requirement, making it easier for new users to take part in the translation action. This app works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 preview for both PCs and tablets. Users will be able to download the app, open it up, and begin speaking with translation assistance right out the gate. This app currently has four available spoken languages as well as 50 instant messaging languages for use by the public.

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Microsoft consortium to install new undersea cables between US, UK, and Asia

Microsoft consortium to install new undersea cables between US, UK, and Asia

Microsoft has announced that it is shelling out some big money to run some new undersea cables to connect data centers in North America with data centers in Ireland. The software giant also has plans to lay undersea cables to connect networks in Asia as well. Reports indicate that Microsoft has been making big investments in undersea cabling over the last few months.

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Xbox One May update live with Party flavor

Xbox One May update live with Party flavor

Eleven days into the month and the May Xbox One update is going live for all Xbox One users. This update includes new Voice Messages, Power On and Off from Xbox One Smartglass, User Selectable Power Mode, and Dedicated Servers for Party Chat. Lucky you, wouldn't you say. This update will be coming to users throughout the United States and abroad throughout the week, starting this morning. Not all features will be delivered to all regions, but most will be delivered most places.

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Windows 10 said to be Microsoft’s final Windows OS version

Windows 10 said to be Microsoft’s final Windows OS version

Windows 10 is on the horizon, and with its launch, Microsoft will be challenging the way you think about the operating system. Microsoft plans to run Windows more like a service and less like a traditional OS, where users are always waiting for the next big version to roll out. Microsoft announced at its Ignite conference this week that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. Microsoft has no plans to let Windows 10 become stale. On the contrary, it plans to keep Windows evolving with regular improvements and updates.

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Microsoft will kill Patch Tuesday with Windows 10

Microsoft will kill Patch Tuesday with Windows 10

If you’re a Windows user you likely know what Patch Tuesday is, but as with many things future generations will be scratching their heads when they hear the term. The reason is because, according to Microsoft executives, the company is killing off Patch Tuesday with the advent of Windows 10 — specifically, with the continuous stream of patches the company will introduce with it, doing away with the tradition of dropping them all on a specific day. All in all, this is good news for users.

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EU says public likely to confuse Skype with broadcaster Sky

EU says public likely to confuse Skype with broadcaster Sky

Trademarks and patents are strange beasts. Something you've been holding on to for years in one country might suddenly be declared not yours in another place and another time. That is somewhat the case that Microsoft is facing when judges at the General Court of the European Union declared that Redmond can't apply for a trademark for Skype and its logo that will apply to the whole EU region. This is because, according to the judges, there is potential for confusion with the UK broadcasting company known simply as "Sky".

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Surface 3 goes on sale today, and Microsoft is partying

Surface 3 goes on sale today, and Microsoft is partying

Microsoft’s Surface 3 is on sale today. The step-down model to the Surface Pro 3 is hitting stores and Microsoft’s online portal today, with pricing starting at $499. For the Windows faithful on a (kind of) budget, the tablet brings all the cool of the Surface Pro with a few spec sheet modifications. If you’re itching to get one, we’d suggest you go in-store today (there are parties!). If you’re not in a rush, and have an old Surface device, there’s a way to get a few bucks knocked off the price of a new Surface 3.

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Ubuntu Phone still coming 2015, unfazed by MS Continuum

Ubuntu Phone still coming 2015, unfazed by MS Continuum

When Microsoft revealed its vision of Windows 10 Continuum applied on smartphones, it sounded almost like a dream. Imagine being able to use the same apps on the same device, but customized and optimized to fit in whatever display size is being used at the moment. But to those who have been watching the smartphone industry for quite a while, that dream might sound familiar. That's because Canonical, the company behind the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, made that same spiel almost two years ago and it seems it won't be giving up just because Microsoft beat it to the punch.

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Microsoft tipped to be working on two high-end Lumia phones

Microsoft tipped to be working on two high-end Lumia phones

Microsoft has been putting out new Windows Phone powered Lumia phones, but, like Nokia before it, it seems to be content simply filling the lower end with budget choices. Well, not anymore, if this insider tip is to be believed. The source claims that Redmond is busy at work designing not one but two Lumia phones that could, on paper, stand proud against this year's flagships. Of course, it will be running Windows 10 for phones, so your opinion and experience might vary, depending on your reception of Microsoft's upcoming OS.

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Office 2016 Public Preview: co-editing, cloud by default

Office 2016 Public Preview: co-editing, cloud by default

It seems that Microsoft's Office team is almost ready for a big release. The next version of the desktop productivity suite, Office 2016, will carry a ton of features, some of which are both convenient and fancy but also perhaps a bit unsettling for some more traditional users. One of the highlights of the upcoming release, which can now be tested in this public preview, is the addition of collaborative editing. That said, many of these new features relies on a deeper integration with Microsoft's own OneDrive cloud storage, whose presence is palpable in almost every corner.

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