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Windows 10 available July 29: Microsoft

Windows 10 available July 29: Microsoft

The summer news that Windows users have been eagerly waiting for is finally here: Microsoft has announced that its newest operating system, Windows 10, will be available to all on Wednesday, July 29. As has been discussed before, the new OS will be free for existing Windows 7 and 8 users (unless, of course, they're running pirated versions). Also, this launch is to be only for the PC and tablet versions of Windows 10, while a timeframe for the smartphone release hasn't been mentioned yet.

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Windows 10 OEM Pricing and Release date spotted on NewEgg

Windows 10 OEM Pricing and Release date spotted on NewEgg

While users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be getting free upgrade to Windows 10, many DIY builders will have to buy licenses at retail. Online retailer NewEgg is now taking pre-orders for Windows 10 OEM. Although Microsoft has not officially announce the shipping date of Windows 10 yet, NewEgg has posted a shipping date of August 31st.

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Windows 10 preview build 10130: Cortana shortcut and more

Windows 10 preview build 10130: Cortana shortcut and more

Microsoft has pushed out the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build, bringing it to build 10130. Because the builds are fairly far along at this point, they no longer bring with them big changes that add big features — rather, at this point, it’s more polishing things up and tweaking things when needed. As such, you’ll find a lot of smaller changes with build 10130, perhaps some that you were hoping would happen, including things as simple as a new shortcut for Cortana to customization of the Start experience.

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Microsoft ‘HoloPet’ trademark hints at future AR pets

Microsoft ‘HoloPet’ trademark hints at future AR pets

Microsoft has a trademark pending for the term ‘HoloPet’, and given its HoloLens virtual reality headset unveiled earlier this year, this trademark likely points toward a future with augmented reality pets. For those unfamiliar, Microsoft's HoloLens is a sleek headset that overlays virtual objects upon one's real world -- a display on the wall, a hologram object on your desk, and more. A HoloPet, then, could perhaps be a virtual cat or dog overlaid into your world, or maybe even pets you couldn't otherwise have (like a dragon).

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Microsoft auto-photo-captioning research has eye on AI

Microsoft auto-photo-captioning research has eye on AI

Microsoft's "How Old" age estimator didn't exactly impress everyone with its mixed abilities to figure out ages, but the company is already looking at more impressive object recognition tech. A new system, handiwork of the Microsoft Research team, is capable of analyzing a photo and automatically captioning what it sees in it, whether that be people, objects, or groups. The hope is that it can be used to make more responsive, independent artificial intelligences.

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Xbox One controllers to be updated with headphone jack

Xbox One controllers to be updated with headphone jack

The Xbox One's controller has been praised since its debut for an ergonomic shape and great button layout. However, there is one issue that has been annoying many players: the lack of a standard headphone jack. Fortunately, a year and a half after launch, Microsoft is going to address the complaint, but it's going to require purchasing a new controller. At next month's E3 event, the company will announce a refreshed Xbox One controller with a 3.5mm headphone port.

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Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Microsoft has been working hard to expand its presence on devices, including its recent announcement of 20 additional Android device partners that will bundle the maker’s productivity apps. This evening as the Lenovo Tech World event kicks off, it has been announced Microsoft has teamed up with Lenovo for a joint effort involving Cortana and its own REACHit software. By mixing the two, Cortana is able to facilitate more extensive access to data for Lenovo users, leveraging REACHit’s ability to hunt for data across a bunch of big-name cloud services and any Lenovo tablet/PC running Windows 10.

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Bing image search gets How Old tool

Bing image search gets How Old tool

Not too long ago a tool was making the rounds on social media that allowed people to upload photos of themselves or others and the tool would tell you how old it thought the people were. Microsoft has now announced that it has integrated a similar tool in its Bing image search results. The tool not only approximates age of the person in the photo, it will also give the gender.

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Microsoft scores bundling deal with 20 Android device partners

Microsoft scores bundling deal with 20 Android device partners

Microsoft has been working to expand its reach, and as part of that effort has made a new announcement: the company has struck a bundling deal with 20 (more) Android device partners, and under this some of its offerings will be pre-installed on Android tablets from the companies. This brings the total number of partners operating under this agreement to 31, and will see things like the OneDrive and Word apps coming already bundled on select Android slates from the makers.

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Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Sounds like Siri is in for some competition. Over on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that its own voice-powered assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Android platform. It seems that Microsoft is gearing up to have Cortana graduate from Windows-exclusivity, and exist as a cross-platform app on non-Windows devices. We were only treated to a few quick glimpses of the app in a video, but the voice assistant appears to work much like it does on the Windows Phones of today.

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