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Microsoft bringing built-in Xbox Wireless support to Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft bringing built-in Xbox Wireless support to Windows 10 PCs

For most PC gamers, if a keyboard and mouse won't do, the choice of controller seems to fall to either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One gamepads. This isn't exactly a coincidence, as the level of compatibility between Windows and Xbox - both being developed by Microsoft - means that gamers can usually just plug the controller in and get to playing. Microsoft is looking to make Xbox One controllers an even easier choice for gamers, announcing today the first Windows 10 PC with built-in support for Xbox Wireless.

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Intel’s Project Alloy cuts cord on all-in-one VR headset

Intel’s Project Alloy cuts cord on all-in-one VR headset

Intel isn't letting the Virtual Reality revolution getting away from it, but since it really wants to sell more chips, its Project Alloy headset packs a full VR rig into a standalone system. Shown off for the first time at IDF 2016, the company's developer conference in San Francisco, CA, today, Project Alloy looks at first glance like a regular - albeit bulky - headset, though that size is because it's actually a complete PC, too.

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Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

This morning another entry in the "lets call out Apple for their claims" series has been released by Microsoft. This video spot shows the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 speaking with Cortana to Apple's iPad Pro with its Siri. "I just got a keyboard," says Siri on the iPad Pro to the Surface Pro 4, "I'm a computer now, just like you." The viewer can see where this is going immediately. The iPad Pro is made fun of mercilessly.

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Surface Pro Special Edition NFL Type Covers celebrate your favorite team

Surface Pro Special Edition NFL Type Covers celebrate your favorite team

Every football fan in the US knows that the kickoff to the 2016-2017 NFL season is right around the corner. Microsoft wants to capitalize on that passion for NFL football and is offering people who have the new Surface Pro some cool Type Covers to choose from. There are covers for every single NFL team to choose from. Microsoft says that the first concept it made of the new NFL cover was for the Seattle Seahawks.

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Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows as a Service. That was one of Microsoft's battle cries for Windows 10. In a nutshell, it compared Windows to web services, like web apps and cloud services, whose software get updated behind the scenes in a rolling basis. Now it is bringing that same paradigm to Windows 10's immediate predecessors, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, with monthly rollup and security-only updates. This new system, promises Microsoft, will ensure higher quality patches and a more consistent update experience for users.

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Another Halo Wars 2 beta will hit Xbox One, PC in 2017

Another Halo Wars 2 beta will hit Xbox One, PC in 2017

The Xbox One's open beta for Halo Wars 2, the second real-time strategy game set in the Halo universe, was held back in June, and developer 343 Industries has revealed details on what their main takeaways from the experience were, along with some of the things they'll be changing as a result of player feedback. The biggest surprise, however, was the announcement that a second beta will be released in early 2017 for both of the game's platforms, Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

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Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit is axing support for Microsoft HealthVault, the company's cloud-based database intended to make sharing information with healthcare professionals more straightforward. One of the lesser-discussed features of Fitbit products like the Blaze smartwatch, the HealthVault support had allowed wearers to push records of their activity and exercise to Microsoft's service for later consideration by a doctor or other specialist.

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Xbox One sales beat PS4 in July, NPD reports

Xbox One sales beat PS4 in July, NPD reports

The Xbox One S may be the new hotness, but it looks as if the now-replaced older model went out with a bang. Microsoft's console managed to outsell Sony's PlayStation 4 in July, and though this news is part of an NPD report that won't be out until next week, Microsoft has decided to celebrate its good month a little early.

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Microsoft buys Beam for Xbox interactive livestreaming

Microsoft buys Beam for Xbox interactive livestreaming

While livestreaming events and news is still something that is catching on, livestreaming games is as old as Twitch.tv (formerly Justin.tv) and has already matured to the point that it has become an industry in itself. And now it seems to be taking the next big step, moving away from being simply a spectator event to an interactive one. And it seems that Microsoft will be one of those heavily investing in this new direction, especially with its acquisition of interactive livestreaming service Beam.

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Microsoft Secure Boot key leak shows why backdoors are bad

Microsoft Secure Boot key leak shows why backdoors are bad

There is an oft quoted adage called "Murphy's Law" (not to be confused with Moore's Law) that, simplified, goes like this: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Well, that proverbial thing may have just hit the fan, as far as Microsoft's operating system and devices are concerned. The "golden key", that is, a key to a hallowed backdoor, to Microsoft's Secure Boot implementation has just been leaked. It's a double-edged sword that allows power users to install operating systems and software on previously locked down devices but also gives unsavory characters the power to install malware such as rootkits and bootkits.

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Surface AIO trio tipped as Surface Book 2 hinge said squeezed

Surface AIO trio tipped as Surface Book 2 hinge said squeezed

Microsoft is testing a trio of Surface All-in-One desktops as well as a new Surface Book design that could address the original notebook's most controversial feature, according to the latest leaks. Chatter of a Surface AIO broke back in July, with rumors of a new, large-screen PC developed by Microsoft's in-house team and intended for the living room.

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2TB Xbox One S was a special launch model, now sold out

2TB Xbox One S was a special launch model, now sold out

The new Xbox One S is now on sale, and while most reviews are in agreement about Microsoft's refreshed console not being much of an upgrade over the original, it does come highly recommended for first-time Xbox One buyers. If you're in this situation, and were hoping to pick up the model with a 2TB hard drive once its availability improves, we have some bad news for you.

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