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Xbox’s March Games With Gold list gets leaked

Xbox’s March Games With Gold list gets leaked

Microsoft's Games With Gold program has been a great success, and a good value for gamers. Before it was introduced, Xbox gamers were really paying the monthly (or yearly) fee for Gold, and really just getting online multiplayer. But now, those that pay are treated with four free games every month. And we've got an idea of what to expect next month.

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HP wants to “reinvent computing” with a phone called Elite x3

HP wants to “reinvent computing” with a phone called Elite x3

The folks at HP responsible for reinventing computing have created a device by the name of HP Elite x3. This device is a Windows 10 mobile device - a smartphone - that works with Continuum. That means it's able to plug in to a dock and act as a desktop machine. "The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile platform that enables mobility and computing to come together in a truly meaningful way," said said Dion Weisler, president and chief executive officer, HP Inc. "Together with the strength of our partners, we’re propelling the industry forward and turning the promise of mobile productivity into a reality for customers."

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Latest Windows 10 Mobile preview includes new Cortana, Edge features

Latest Windows 10 Mobile preview includes new Cortana, Edge features

Members of Microsoft's Windows Insider program received a new beta of Windows 10 Mobile on Friday, just a day after a similar preview build hit Windows 10 PCs. Labelled build 14267, the new mobile version preview includes many of the same features introduced for PC users, namely improvements to digital assistant Cortana and the Edge browser. Microsoft is still promising a Q1 release for Windows 10 Mobile, so it's nice to see things are progressing.

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Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft has pushed out an update for the Microsoft Translator app on Android and iOS. Once updated, the translation app, which is similar to Google Translate, will feature two new features, one per platform. Android users, for their part, will get a new artificial intelligence-powered translation engine, and iOS users will get a new image translation option that uses Microsoft's own Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

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Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Microsoft's Skype has just announced a major new feature upgrade for its iOS and Android mobile apps: support for group video calling with up to 25 people. That's huge increase over the limit to one-on-one video calls that existed before today. Skype users in the US and Europe should have access to multi-user video calls between today and the end of next week, while Microsoft says it will be available worldwide by the end of March.

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New Outlook.com finally comes out of the woodworks for all

New Outlook.com finally comes out of the woodworks for all

Once upon a time in personal computing history, Outlook was the PIM (a now archaic acronym for Personal Information Management) suite. Now that task has practically been replaced by half a dozen different apps. Microsoft, however, is on a quest to reclaim lost time and customers, both on its Office suite and now with Outlook. Outlook.com is now finally out of preview and rolling out to North American users. The latest version isn't just a facelift but represents Microsoft's strategy in getting back its crown.

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Microsoft makes modest statement in support of Apple over iPhone encryption

Microsoft makes modest statement in support of Apple over iPhone encryption

The news about the FBI ordering Apple to offer backdoor access to an iPhone belonging to a terrorist, along with Apple's subsequent refusal, has been dominating headlines this week. On an issue that's sure to prompt ongoing debate about encryption and privacy, several other tech giants are voicing their support for Apple's stance. It took a bit of time, but Google's Sundar Pichai tweeted his agreement with Tim Cook's open letter on encryption, along with Jan Koum, the founder of WhatsApp. Now Microsoft has spoken up, albeit in a moderate way.

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Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 to be faster, smaller

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 to be faster, smaller

Sometimes, it isn't enough to view content on a 5, 7, or even 10 inch screen. Sometimes you need something even larger, a whole wall even. While it has certainly been possible to mirror a device's screen to a TV or projector with cables and whatnot, nothing really beats the convenience, distance, and mobility that a wireless connection offers. Building on the success of its first Wireless Display Adapter, Microsoft is announcing the next generation of the HDMI plug that converts any monitor, TV, or projector into an extension of your phone, tablet, or laptop. Wirelessly, of course.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book updates improve sleep woes and more

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book updates improve sleep woes and more

Microsoft has pushed out updates for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, bringing some driver and firmware updates while fixing certain issues including those sleeping troubles both devices suffer. In a statement, Microsoft’s Panos Panay said, “We are committed to continuing to improve Surface – to keep pushing out updates to make your device more awesome.” The updates are available via Windows Update.

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Why gamers should be wary of Microsoft’s PC gaming push

Why gamers should be wary of Microsoft’s PC gaming push

We know that Microsoft is wanting to commit to cross-play functionality, which is the ability to buy a game on one platform, and have it work for the other. This looks like a big win for both Xbox One and PC gamers alike, but people are still upset about the loss of exclusivity to Xbox One titles. I explained earlier in the week why that's hardly a reality. But there is a good reason to be cautious about this new concept.

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Microsoft explains Lumia 650’s lack of Windows’ most business-friendly feature

Microsoft explains Lumia 650’s lack of Windows’ most business-friendly feature

On the surface, the Microsoft Lumia 650 seems like a smartphone ready and willing to take on the business world. What with its perfectly capable build, display, camera, and price, Microsoft seems to have created a device that's ready to roll for businesses of all sizes. That's who they're marketing the device towards, anyway. But why, you might ask, does this device lack one of the most interesting smartphone features the company has introduced in the past several years - Continuum? We asked Microsoft.

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Line pulls the plug on MixRadio

Line pulls the plug on MixRadio

Poor MixRadio. for years it's been passed around, with hopes of finding a permanent home, where it can serve up music for the masses. Unfortunately, instead of finally taking off and making it big, it would seem that the final nail has been driven into its coffin today.

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