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‘Left 4 Dead 2’ is now backwards compatible on Xbox One

‘Left 4 Dead 2’ is now backwards compatible on Xbox One

The game Left 4 Dead 2 is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb announced today. The game can be picked up from the Microsoft Store online, where it resides at about 5GB and costs $19.99 USD. This is the latest Xbox One Backward Compatibility addition, allowing Xbox One owners to play select Xbox 360 games on the newer console. A large roster of games are already backwards compatible on Xbox One, and the number continues to grow regularly.

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Never10 Stops Windows 10 upgrade prompts

Never10 Stops Windows 10 upgrade prompts

Microsoft really wants us all to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. The reminders and prompts for the upgrade to the latest version of Windows are never ending and more than a few folks have upgraded just to get the prompts to stop. If you are dead set on staying on an older flavor of Windows, there is a way to stop those automatic and unwanted upgrades from happening and it's called Never10.

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Windows 10 to get “Handoff” feature of OS X’s Continuity

Windows 10 to get “Handoff” feature of OS X’s Continuity

Windows 10's Continuum and OS X's Continuity may share the same first seven letters, but that's where their similarities end. Continuity lets users of multiple Apple devices switch seamlessly between them, continuing their workflow or taking their calls with them. Continuum, on the other hand, lets users use apps on their phone like a desktop app when connected to a bigger screen. The gap between the two might soon get narrower, at least from the Microsoft side, with Windows 10's next version rumored to get a feature similar to Continuity's Handoff.

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Microsoft contemplates backing Yahoo acquisition

Microsoft contemplates backing Yahoo acquisition

Yahoo is up for sale, but the company is dragging its feet and investors are getting fed up. The slow-moving and general blah attitude from Yahoo's board toward the business move has earned it some harsh -- and completely fair -- criticism in recent days, and many have started questioning whether Yahoo is serious about its intentions. Thusly enters Microsoft and a new report claiming the company is willing to help finance any acquisition bids.

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Microsoft made a Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition for China

Microsoft made a Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition for China

China is a very tough customers. It has very stringent requirements and limitations, especially for foreign companies intent on selling their wares in the country. Until recently, gaming consoles were prohibited completely. App stores needed to give the government censorship control. Despite those requirements, which sometimes even go against some companies' character, businesses still fall head over heels over the potentially lucrative market. The latest to give way is Microsoft, who has just revealed a "Specially-provided Edition" of Windows 10 crafted specifically to meet the demands of the Chinese government.

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Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Tay isn't the first chatbot in history but it became the most prominent because of its ties with Microsoft. Then it became one of the most notorious chatbot in less than 24 hours after it switched from well-meaning teen to offensive, pro-Nazi, anti-feminist rebel. Naturally, Microsoft shut it down, "putting it to sleep", so to speak. Now the company has come out with a statement clarifying that Tay's words do not reflect the company's principles and values at all. They do own up to the "slight" oversight in protecting Tay from attacks.

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Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft has shown off a lot of concept projects in the last year related to HoloLens, its $3,000 augmented reality headset, but this one just might be the crown jewel of them all. Dubbed "Holoportation," Microsoft Research's latest demonstration is the ability to view a live hologram of a person in another location. There's an impressive video of the tech in action below, but trust us when we say it's like something straight out of Star Wars.

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Microsoft’s huge, expensive Surface Hub finally starts shipping

Microsoft’s huge, expensive Surface Hub finally starts shipping

After several delays last year, Microsoft says it has now begun shipping its Surface Hub to business customers. Essentially a wall-mounted tablet, the huge display comes in two versions, a 55-inch HD model and the impressive 84-inch 4K version. They're priced at $9,000 and $22,000, respectively, so it's unlikely they will ever be offered to anyone but business and enterprise customers.

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New Windows 10 Live Tiles might debut at Microsoft Build 2016

New Windows 10 Live Tiles might debut at Microsoft Build 2016

Microsoft's Live Tiles interface was first introduced with Windows 8, but even with the wide rollout of Windows 10 over the last half-year, they remain mostly the same in terms of interaction and functionality. Well, the company has just hinted that an overhaul might be on the way, and with the Build 2016 developer conference starting next Wednesday, new Live Tiles could be ready for announcement.

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Microsoft confirms they have no plans for digital game trade-ins

Microsoft confirms they have no plans for digital game trade-ins

Over the weekend, Microsoft teased gamers by posing a simple question to them. They asked how people would feel if they could "sell back" digital copies of games in exchange for a credit of 10% of the purchase price that was paid for them. While there were mixed reactions to the question, Microsoft has responded to their own question.

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HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

I've spent a lot of time writing about VR experiences, however, I haven't gone into the world of AR/MR too much. My experience with AR technologies has been limited, as there aren't many devices out there that provide true AR/MR experiences. Next week Microsoft will begin shipping the first developer kits for their Hololens, which meant it was the perfect time for its inventor, Alex Kipman, to do a TED talk.

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Xbox Games With Gold for April includes Dead Space and Sunset Overdrive

Xbox Games With Gold for April includes Dead Space and Sunset Overdrive

If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, then one of the nicest perks of the program is the fact that you get a few free games every month. Sometimes the games are forgettable, but other times you'll find some great titles. This month's selection is certainly one of the best we've seen, for both consoles.

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