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Microsoft Edge joins forces with Chrome and Safari against Flash

Microsoft Edge joins forces with Chrome and Safari against Flash

When Apple declared that their revolutionary phone wouldn't support Adobe Flash, the internet went crazy. It was outrageous, preposterous! Whether you believed it at the time or not, Steve Jobs and co were on the right track. Flash can cause serious issues, and on the mobile side of things, it can be a drain on your battery. And Microsoft's new Edge browser will soon automatically freeze some content rendered by the Flash player, on websites.

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Microsoft Hub Keyboard and Translator apps hit iOS

Microsoft Hub Keyboard and Translator apps hit iOS

iOS users have a pair of new Microsoft apps that they can check out that have landed on Apple devices a few months after they debuted on Android. The new apps include the Microsoft Hub Keyboard and Microsoft Translator. Hub Keyboard is an app from the Microsoft Garage project that is designed to help you work from your iOS device more quickly and easily.

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Outlook mobile Calendar Apps integrate Wunderlist, Evernote, Facebook

Outlook mobile Calendar Apps integrate Wunderlist, Evernote, Facebook

When Microsoft bought with a mind to shutting down the popular Sunrise calendar, many users had to unwillingly give up on one of its most compelling features. Sunrise allowed users to compile calendar events and appointments from different sources and services into a single view. Microsoft, however, wasn't completely killing Sunrise of, at least to some extent. Today it is announcing a new Calendar Apps feature for its Outlook mobile apps on iOS and Android, which is practically the integration of those very same features inside Outlook itself.

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Microsoft Edge browser will soon auto-pause Flash content

Microsoft Edge browser will soon auto-pause Flash content

Microsoft is going to add an intelligent auto-pause feature to the Edge browser; with it, non-essential Flash content will be paused, only turning back on if the user clicks on it. Such a move is one to encourage an exodus away from Flash, but it is a bit different than how other companies are handling the matter — in most cases, Flash is disabled by default and the user must turn it on. Critics feel that would have been a wiser choice on Microsoft’s part.

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Telltale’s bringing ‘7 Days to Die’ to PS4 and Xbox One this June

Telltale’s bringing ‘7 Days to Die’ to PS4 and Xbox One this June

Telltale Games, the company behind the new Michonne-centric The Walking Dead game, has announced plans to bring “7 Days to Die” to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 7 Days to Die is described as a “survival horde crafting game” taking place in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies roam. The game was made by indie developer The Fun Pimps, and will be brought to consoles via Telltale Games, which cites the game’s existing 1.5 million PC players across the globe.

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Windows 10 adopts Android Continuum (sort of)

Windows 10 adopts Android Continuum (sort of)

While you will not be able to get the full desktop experience you'll get with a Lumia device, Windows 10's newest build includes a brand new feature for Android devices. Just so long as you've got a device that's able to mirror its display with Google Cast, you'll be well on your way to mirroring to Windows machines without the aid of a Miracast adapter or dock. This is the first time Microsoft has enabled this ability natively - and it'll be working on all Windows 10 devices soon, thanks to an app by the name of "Connect".

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Computer paints a new Rembrandt after analyzing artist’s works

Computer paints a new Rembrandt after analyzing artist’s works

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been getting a lot of media attention lately, from Google's AlphaGo to Microsoft and Facebook's photo recognition for the blind. But being able to analyze and learn from cold hard facts is one thing. Being able to derive something creative out of it is a whole different ballpark. But that's exactly what Microsoft and some partners accomplished when they let a computer "paint" an entirely new original piece of art just after analyzing Rembrandt's existing corpus.

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Gears of War 4 gets official release date for Xbox One

Gears of War 4 gets official release date for Xbox One

Gears of War fans can finally know the date their anticipation for another entry in the series will come to an end. Microsoft has finally announced the release date for the upcoming game, the first new Gears title to be developed specifically for the Xbox One. October 11th is when Gears of War 4 will be released to the world, kicking off an "epic new saga" for the series.

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Microsoft announces further Start Menu changes for Windows 10

Microsoft announces further Start Menu changes for Windows 10

When it comes to Windows, there's no feature that's been more controversial in the past few years than the Start menu. In Windows 7, few people complained about it. Then, in Windows 8, it transformed into some sort of abomination. They brought back a more familiar version, albeit an updated one, for Windows 10. And now it looks like Microsoft is ready to roll out some new changes to the Start menu once again.

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Microsoft Surface Phone: 3 models, still coming, but in 2017

Microsoft Surface Phone: 3 models, still coming, but in 2017

Microsoft's own execs may be downplaying the significance of Windows phones, at least for this year, but that's not stopping fans from wishing and hoping. Perhaps demonstrating the hopes and desires for a smartphone they can really be proud of, rumors about Microsoft's mythical Surface Phone just refuse to die. While the latest word does concede that it won't come until 2017, the speculation adds that there might actually be three such smartphones available, targeting different customer tiers but all bearing the same non-Lumia Surface name.

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Microsoft’s mobile strategy is not to have one, implies Nadella

Microsoft’s mobile strategy is not to have one, implies Nadella

At BUILD 2016 last week, the absence of any sort of focus or even mentions of Microsoft's own smartphone endeavors was noticeable. Some have seen it as the writing on the wall, which was practically reaffirmed when Windows chief Terry Myerson was quoted to have said that the company won't focus on Windows phones this year. Now even CEO Satya Nadella is putting the nail on the coffin, but with a slightly different twist. The head executive seems to be saying that Microsoft does have a mobile strategy, but that strategy involves not seeing mobile as something distinct at all.

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Do you really need a smartphone?

Do you really need a smartphone?

Accenture research has produced a study which suggests that "a majority" of smartphone users are "dissatisfied with their mobile experience." They also suggest that this majority is prepared to "switch mobile providers." In the grand scheme of things, do these people really need to have a smartphone? Do you? What would your life be without a smartphone at your side, connected at all times? Would you be living the same life?

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