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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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Microsoft releases RoomAlive toolkit: go build your holodeck

Microsoft releases RoomAlive toolkit: go build your holodeck

Microsoft may have just wowed your imagination when it revealed more details about its HoloLens virtual augmented reality headset at BUILD 2015 last week, but there's one virtual dream you can already make reality right here, right now. Microsoft has just unleashed the RoomAlive toolkit on GitHub, allowing anyone and everyone, with the proper tools and propensity for programming of course, to create their own interactive rooms complete with projection mapping and motion sensing. Aside from so me programming chops, all you need are some Kinects and some projectors. Yes, plural.

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Is Microsoft’s How Old website storing your photos? Maybe

Is Microsoft’s How Old website storing your photos? Maybe

By now nearly every netizen has heard of How Old Do I Look, Microsoft's facial recognition website that has gone viral over the last few days. Many users have gotten laughs, or been disappointed, over just how inaccurate the guesses are sometimes. But what isn't being talked about is what's actually happening to the photos that users upload. While the website has the message "We don't keep the photo" placed front and center, the language used in the terms of service have hints of a different meaning.

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Microsoft kills Media Center for Windows 10

Microsoft kills Media Center for Windows 10

If you're a Windows user and Windows Media Center is your media player of choice, there's bad news coming with the future release of the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft has confirmed that the software will not be included with, and is in fact incompatible with, Windows 10. While Media Center has been a part of the operating system up until the latest version of 8.1, active development on the software actually ended back in 2009. Speaking to ZDNet during the Build developer conference last week, Microsoft stated that any PCs updating from Windows 7 or 8.1 will lose all Media Center functionality.

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Understanding HoloLens in 5 steps

Understanding HoloLens in 5 steps

Microsoft's most impressive and strange project right this minute is the augmented reality headset "HoloLens." This headset was first introduced back in January at the big Windows 10 event. We've had the opportunity this week to go hands-on and eyes-on with the newest iteration of this once-tethered headset at BUILD 2015, Microsoft's developer conference, and have produced one massive hands-on feature. For those of you wish a slightly shorter attention span, there's the article you're reading right now. This is Understanding HoloLens in 5 steps.

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Microsoft has acquired N-Trig, brings Surface stylus tech in-house

Microsoft has acquired N-Trig, brings Surface stylus tech in-house

Microsoft has announced their acquisition of long-time partner N-Trig, who they’ve leaned on for technology in their Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 styli. We first heard Microsoft had acquired the Israeli company in February, but nothing official materialized on the acquisition front. Now we have it straight from Microsoft, though that’s really all we do know. There’s been no word of a purchase price or terms, but Microsoft already owned 6% of N-Trig through a 2009 investment.

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Video: ‘Project Astoria’, Microsoft’s Android app porting tool, at work

Video: ‘Project Astoria’, Microsoft’s Android app porting tool, at work

Microsoft’s Project Astoria, their system for taking existing Android app code and running it inside windows, is both exciting and troubling. On one hand, it satisfies the ‘write once deploy everywhere’ strategy that makes a Developer’s life easier. On the other hand, these apps aren’t really native for the platform, which has us wondering about things like performance. Also, how easy is it for Developers to move an app over? Now we know; Microsoft has created a simple video outlining Project Astoria’s strengths, and I have to say — I’m intrigued.

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