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Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Apple may have been the first to bring a voice-powered digital assistant to smartphones with Siri, but Microsoft followed up in a big way with its own Cortana. Named after the AI companion from the Halo video game series, Cortana has been available on a number of Windows Phone models, and is expected to play a big part in the forthcoming Windows 10. Obviously, being a Microsoft creation, Cortana has been limited to Windows devices. That is, until a couple of hackers managed to bring her to Android.

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Windows 10 Maps now available for preview to ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 Maps now available for preview to ‘Insiders’

Windows Insiders — those who are involved in beta testing Windows products ahead of Microsoft’s Windows 10 launch — can now take a new Maps app for a spin. The new Maps app is available for both desktop and mobile, and comes with a host of new features and an experience Microsoft says “delivers a single and consistent mapping experience across all your Windows devices”. Utilizing both Bing and HERE maps, Windows’ Maps app provides local data search, aerial imagery, and even voice guided navigation.

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Star Wars Battlefront release and details

Star Wars Battlefront release and details

This week the folks at EA Games and DICE are revealing their next big title: Star Wars Battlefront. This game will be released to multiple platforms, like Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and it'll be strongly rooted in the classic Star Wars universe. This game aims to bring the most advanced graphics and in-canon gameplay to the public with as much emphasis on original trilogy legitimacy as possible. In short - it's gonna be awesome. And it's gonna be coming to game consoles and gaming PCs right around the same time as the next Star Wars movie, to boot.

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Office 365 Video launches, like YouTube for serious business

Office 365 Video launches, like YouTube for serious business

Work today has evolved quite a substantially compared to even just a decade ago. If you ever tried to mention "Video sharing" to a boss back then, you will probably be met with a puzzled look, if not incredulity. But today, sharing content and information in the workplace has moved beyond documents and pictures. They even include videos. Because of that, Microsoft is rolling out Office 365 Video globally, a tool for hosting and sharing video content for work. Think of it like YouTube, except your IT would love it.

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Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen and Microsoft have an interesting relationship. After passing on a funding round to help Cyanogen ‘take Android away from Google’, Microsoft is now partnering with the upstart Android development house to bring their services to Cyanogen OS. With future iterations of Cyanogen OS, users will find Microsoft services bundled natively. In addition to Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office, users will also be subject to Bing search results on Cyanogen. The collaboration will also see Microsoft build “native integrations” for Cyanogen OS.

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MS Office Delve puts the focus on People, Blogs, and Mobile

MS Office Delve puts the focus on People, Blogs, and Mobile

Last year, Microsoft revealed Office Delve, a sort of Google Now-like platform that surfaces important and timely information about work, organizations, and projects. Today, Microsoft is expanding Delve's reach into slightly new but still related territory. Like a social networking service, Delve's new People profiles give more in-depth insight into a person's activities. Delve is now also making room for blogs as a way to express ideas in a work environment. And Delve is now also doing the savvy thing and gets mobile, even smartwatch apps. Except on Windows Phone.

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Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone debuts

Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone debuts

Microsoft has rolled out a new Lumia smartphone that is aiming at shoppers on a budget who need to have a device capable of handling dual SIM cards. The smartphone is called the Lumia 540 Dual SIM and carries a price of under $150. Microsoft says that the device will make a good option for buyers looking for their first smartphone.

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Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Skype is officially entering the business world with Microsoft's new platform Skype for Business (SfB). Skype has made some great strides recently. Last week, updates for the original platform included modernizing its Skype Translator tool by adding Mandarin and Italian to its repertoire of languages. Microsoft's latest offering SfB is a completely separate system and is aims to take inter-office communication to the next level. Skype for Business will allow users to conference with up to 250 people. If your clients aren't using the new platform yet, the new conferencing system will be able to connect you with anyone using a phone or Internet connection.

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Windows 10 for small tablets get leaked, still needs work

Windows 10 for small tablets get leaked, still needs work

We've seen Windows 10 for desktops and larger tablets as well as some sneak peeks at the version for smartphones. So it's about high time that we hear something about the middle ground of the two: small tablets, which Microsoft defines as tablets with screens smaller than 8 inches. WinBeta was able to get its hands on a (hopefully) very early build of this peculiar Windows 10 version and while things look promising this early, there is definitely a lot of room for improvement. Fortunately, Microsoft still has time.

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BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

Florida-based BLU Products might be more known for its budget Android smartphones, but it does have a few Windows Phones on its shelves. One of those, the BLU Win HD, silently got a much needed upgrade. Appearing at Microsoft's Store, the Win HD LTE brings more than just new LTE connectivity. It also bears a more powerful processor but still with a lovable budget price tag. And though it only runs Windows Phone 8.1, it comes with the promise of Windows 10 once the latter starts rolling out.

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