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Microsoft Wallet tap to pay is officially out, for Insiders

Microsoft Wallet tap to pay is officially out, for Insiders

It's finally here. Microsoft has finally announced its formal entry into the mobile payments market. Or rather, as Microsoft calls it, cloud-based payment. As reported before, Microsoft Wallet is the new Windows 10 Mobile app that will enable this tap to pay feature for a very select few Lumia models. But since Microsoft has partnered directly with MasterCard and Visa, it means that any contactless payment terminal automagically supports Microsoft Wallet as well. Plus, it supports rewards and loyalty cards right off the bat as well.

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Microsoft Flow lands on iOS

Microsoft Flow lands on iOS

Microsoft launched Microsoft Flow not too long ago in an effort to combat IFTTT and originally when the Flow service launched mobile devices like the iPhone were unsupported. That has changed with Microsoft Flow landing for iOS users to try out. If you are unfamiliar with Flow, it's a workflow management tool that launched originally online.

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Windows’ Your Groove suggests music you might like

Windows’ Your Groove suggests music you might like

If you're not familiar with what on earth Groove, more formally Groove Music, is, you would be in good company. Put it simply, it's the new name of what was once called Xbox Music, since it wasn't available only the Xbox only anyway. If you haven't heard much about it since the renaming almost a year ago, that's because it hasn't exactly been given some major love. Microsoft is now trying to catch up by giving users what is said to be a most requested feature. Your Groove, in a nutshell, is Groove Music's own version of a recommendation system, both for tracks already in your collection as well as new, unexplored ones.

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Microsoft boasts Edge saves battery most, Chrome the worst

Microsoft boasts Edge saves battery most, Chrome the worst

Once upon a time, web browsers competed on the basis of rendering performance and quality. Then they moved on to extensions and add-ons. Now it seems that the next arena will be in power consumption. As users become more battery conscious, thanks to a slowdown in battery tech innovation, they will start looking to programs that eat up more battery than they should. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft boasts that its Edge web browser is the most efficient at power management. And in the same breath, points to Google Chrome as the worst.

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Titanfall 2 : “life-sized model behind the scenes” Boogaloo

Titanfall 2 : “life-sized model behind the scenes” Boogaloo

We've gone up close and personal with the folks that make the full-sized Titans for the game Titanfall 2 for events like E3 2016. Today we've got a collection of photos of the making-of process, showing what these mechs are made of. As it was the last time we brought you inside the cockpit, so to speak, these Titans are made mostly of high quality foam. Also involved, of course, is a bunch of skillfully applied paint - and metal too.

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Microsoft will develop software to help legal marijuana businesses

Microsoft will develop software to help legal marijuana businesses

As more and more states across the US begin to legalize marijuana use, it's becoming apparent to big businesses that there are profits to be made in the industry. One surprising company jumping into the market is Microsoft, which has revealed it's partnering with the Los Angeles-based weed startup Kind to develop software aimed at businesses that grow and sell marijuana legally.

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Microsoft acquires Wand Labs for its natural language tech

Microsoft acquires Wand Labs for its natural language tech

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of messaging app developer Wand Labs, something it says will help the company bring about the vision of “Conversation as a Platform.” Namely, Microsoft is eyeing Wand's talent and technology, pointing specifically toward what it calls “conversational intelligence” — that is, natural language processing that allows machines to understand human language as it is naturally spoken.

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Xbox One keyboard support is very close, mouse a bit later

Xbox One keyboard support is very close, mouse a bit later

It is a revelation that will most likely be met with both anticipation and dread, depending on which gaming side you're camping on. Playing with a keyboard and a mouse is coming really, really soon for the Xbox One. For PC gamers more used to those input controls, it is welcome news. For console gamers dreading the feared amalgamation of Microsoft's console and PC gaming worlds, it is yet another omen of that future. Of course for Microsoft, it just means being able to play Windows 10 games on any Microsoft-powered device, which ultimately means more profit for the company.

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Starbucks for Outlook add-on makes meeting over coffee simple

Starbucks for Outlook add-on makes meeting over coffee simple

Want to meet with an associate over a prospective partnership, meet up with classmates to work on a project, or get together with a group of friends for a game of cards? There’s a good chance you’re considering Starbucks as your meeting location of choice. To make getting together there easier, Microsoft has launched a new Outlook add-on called Starbucks for Outlook, and it simplifies the scheduling process.

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You can play Titanfall 2 “Beta” sooner than October

You can play Titanfall 2 “Beta” sooner than October

The release of Titanfall 2 will take place on the 28th of October, 2016. Before then, the folks at Respawn Entertainment and EA Games are launching the same sort of test they launched before the full drop of the game (the original Titanfall). That is a sort of Beta test, as you might want to call it, more properly termed a "Multiplayer Technical Test." While the final game will have a single-player mode in addition to the multiplayer mode Titanfall is known for, this will be a stress test of sorts - testing out the weight before the weight drops.

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Xbox One S requires a USB adapter to use a Kinect

Xbox One S requires a USB adapter to use a Kinect

At E3 2016, Microsoft revealed the new Xbox One S that represents an incremental step forward for the company's console line, at least while waiting for Project Scorpio to take flesh. If the One S is indeed "the future", it might be a future with very few Kinects. That's because, in the process of shrinking the new console, Microsoft removed a few unnecessary parts, which happens to include the dedicated Kinect connection port. Users will have to ask Microsoft for a free USB adapter if ever they want to use the motion sensor with their newer and smaller console.

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Microsoft Office to get another controversial revamp

Microsoft Office to get another controversial revamp

Just when you thought you have put the horrors of Ribbons and Tiles behind you, it seems Microsoft is ready to tempt fate again. At Speaking at the Bloomberg Technology Conference, Microsoft Office chief experience officer (CEO?) Julie Larson-Green revealed that she just shook up again one of Microsoft's most sacred products. She is reorganizing and re-aligning teams in order to turn the Office suite from being document-centric to task-focused, with individual pieces of content easily accessible from Cortana. Probably much to the chagrin of long-time Office users again.

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