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What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

This weekend brought a bit of confusion about Windows 10 and who is getting the free upgrade. If you counted yourself among those confused, you're not alone. This Monday the folks at Microsoft have come back with a clarification, clearing up the muddled information and (hopefully) making it all more understandable for those looking to take the Windows 10 plunge. Chief among them is that, says Gabe Aul, you'll have to decide whether you want to keep being a Windows Insider.

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Bing gives its video search a makeover

Bing gives its video search a makeover

Microsoft's underdog search engine, Bing, wants to be your destination for video searching on the Internet, especially music videos. This isn't the 90s when music videos were relegated to television. Music videos are consumed online at a pace that rivals actual songs. Thanks to some new improvements, Bing can help you find the video you're looking for faster, with less junk in the way. Now, Bing's video search results feature larger thumbnails, making the results easier to scan at a glance.

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Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Microsoft seems to be developing a habit of announcing big features related to Windows 10 but neglecting to mention the critical fine print that would impact if you're even eligible to get the feature. That has happened, and is still happening, with details about upgrades to Windows 10 and now it's also happening here with Windows 10 for the Xbox One. In particular, one of the nicer features to descend on the console. In order to use that smart assistant, you'll need to have an Xbox One Kinect.

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Microsoft flip-flops on Windows 10 for Insiders promise

Microsoft flip-flops on Windows 10 for Insiders promise

Microsoft promising a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and 8.1 users is definitely a great thing, but it seems that Redmond still can't its strategy pinned down. It once sent confusing messages regarding Windows 10 updates for those running on non-genuine (read: pirated) copies of the operating system. Now it's muddling the waters again for their own testers, at first saying the Windows Insiders who have been testing Windows 10 will get the update for free, backtracking on that position, and then ambiguously confirming it again.

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Sony hints PS4’s backwards compatibility is unlikely in future

Sony hints PS4’s backwards compatibility is unlikely in future

The Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 as well, both launched in 2013 without backwards compatibility with previous generation games, severing the ties, if you will, with a feature that both the Xbox 360 and PS3 offered. That's why it came as such a surprise to gamers when Microsoft announced at E3 this week that the Xbox One was gaining backwards compatibility with select 360 titles. The news was so unexpected, that even Sony’s Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida admitted to Eurogamer that he was shocked as well.

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Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri makes an offhand comment about their plans to sell phones in the future and the crowd goes wild. What today's news on Nokia's return to the smartphone market consists of is Suri answering a question about mobile devices, suggesting that the company is "looking for suitable partners" in the mobile phone business. This should not be a surprise to anyone following along closely with the brand, but there it is. After selling their phone hardware business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia's set to return to phones as soon as 2016.

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Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Now roughly 9 months old, Microsoft's Band fitness wearable is getting an update that will add support for tracking a new activity: your golf game. Microsoft has just announced a new partnership with golf company TaylorMade, and with that an update to the Band and Health app to track a number of golfing stats, including shots, scorecard, and hole distances. The update is said to be available in the "coming weeks," and will also include new stat tracking for workouts and cycling in the Health app.

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Xbox 360 games compatible with Windows 10 streaming, Oculus Rift

Xbox 360 games compatible with Windows 10 streaming, Oculus Rift

While E3 has already seen big announcements about the Xbox One gaining backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games, Microsoft has confirmed some additional details about ways the previous generation games can be played. Xbox One games will be able to be streamed to Windows 10 PCs later this year, and Microsoft is bringing all these features full-circle will 360 games also being playable on Windows 10. Not only that, but if you have an Oculus Rift connected to that PC, you can throw it into the gaming experience too.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to be exclusive to AT&T in the US

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to be exclusive to AT&T in the US

At MWC earlier this year, Microsoft introduced its two new latest Lumia smartphones, the 640 and the 640 XL. Earlier, we took the Lumia 640, available on Cricket Wireless, for a spin. Now, we're hearing about its larger sibling. The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is also coming to the US, but it will be an exclusive offer from AT&T. Mixing a large phablet screen with rather low specs, the Lumia 640 XL is yet another addition to Microsoft's growing number of almost indistinguishable Windows Phone models.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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