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Stephen Elop has another new job

Stephen Elop has another new job

After leaving Microsoft for a job at Nokia, then joining Microsoft again, Stephen Elop left Microsoft again to join another company. That company is Telstra. That's Australia's largest telecommuinications provider Telstra, a company that Elop is now a part of with a brand new (newly created) title as Group Executive - Technology, Innovation, and Strategy. We must assume that it'll only be a matter of time before the company is assimilated by Microsoft and Elop is given another leadership position which he will assume for less tan two years - that's sarcasm.

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Minecraft is really coming to the Gear VR, date still unknown

Minecraft is really coming to the Gear VR, date still unknown

Whispers about this has already been circulating for a few months or so, but now Microsoft is finally confirming the rumors, at least according to a spokesperson. At GDC 2016, the new owner of Minecraft will be announcing that Minecraft is indeed coming to the Samsung Gear VR in addition to the Oculus Rift. Considering both VR headsets have Oculus' mark on them, it isn't that much of a surprise but still a very welcome confirmation. Details are still slim nonetheless, leaving just enough room for speculation and wishes.

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Microsoft Edge browser’s Extension are here, almost

Microsoft Edge browser’s Extension are here, almost

It's been quite a while since Microsoft revealed the Microsoft Edge browser, which came with Windows 10. For a time, it was hailed as the bringer of death to Internet Explorer. While that might be true to some extent, with Microsoft forcing it on users, Edge hasn't exactly been a wild hit in as far as the browser wars go. Compared to the likes of Firefox and Chrome, the Microsoft web browser still lacks some meat, particularly with extensions. That might soon be a thing of the past, if this latest "accidental" leak will come to pass soon.

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Microsoft hasn’t ditched Bitcoin support after all

Microsoft hasn’t ditched Bitcoin support after all

Microsoft says that message on its website about not supporting Bitcoin is a mistake, and that nothing has changed. The support, which was added back in late December and allows customers to buy content using the digital currency, hasn't changed, and the message saying it wasn't supported has been corrected. How such a message accidentally got posted on the website isn't clear.

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Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

In the immediate future Microsoft will be opening the doors to cross-network cross-device multiplayer gaming action to for the masses. "In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live," said Chris Charla, Director ID@Xbox, "we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well." The first title to make use of this update will be Rocket League - you'll be able to play on your Windows 10 PC while your buddies play on their Xbox One. Super fair for all parties involved, indeed!

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HoloLens Actiongram puts AR creatures in your living room

HoloLens Actiongram puts AR creatures in your living room

Microsoft's newest app for HoloLens looks really similar to Sony's PS4 PlayRoom, placing augmented reality creatures and objects in your living room in real time. Actiongram gives you menus of creatures - a T-Rex or a Zombie, for example - that you can then pinch and drop in to your real world. Once they're in your world, you can use them to tell a story. Or you can just slap them around a bit if you prefer. What you're going to see is Microsoft's vision for first-person Augmented Reality storytelling.

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Microsoft’s Project AIX uses Minecraft for AI research

Microsoft’s Project AIX uses Minecraft for AI research

Games and artificial intelligence have always gone hand in hand. AI has permeated all kinds of non-trivial games, even going as far back as the original Pac-man arcade game. Now, computer scientists are turning the tables around, sort of. More and more researchers are actually using games to fuel and aid artificial intelligence research, most of the time by beating the game. But Project AIX from Microsoft Research is doing something different with Minecraft. It is using the open, world building game to let an AI learn how to climb a mountain. Without falling into a pool of lava.

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You can no longer use Bitcoin to shop in Microsoft’s Store

You can no longer use Bitcoin to shop in Microsoft’s Store

Even you still believe in Bitcoin, you might be one of the remaining few. Even some of its biggest backers have thrown in the towel. Following this latest trend, Microsoft is also closing the door on it. Unlike the somewhat big announcement it made more than a year ago, Microsoft has rather silently adjusted its pages to let you know that you can no longer do business in the Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile stores using Bitcoin. A small but still significant blow to the beleaguered cryptocurrency.

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Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Microsoft’s sleek budget phone, the Lumia 650, is available for preorder in the United States and Canada. The handset debuted earlier this year, and is the maker’s budget-tier Windows 10 handset. Initial reactions to the smartphone have been mixed, with some praising its design and others criticizing the lack of Continuum, the company’s sleek business feature.

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OneNote importing from Evernote made easy with new tool

OneNote importing from Evernote made easy with new tool

Microsoft wants to draw Evernote users over to its own note-taking app, OneNote, and as such has released a tool that makes things easier. As of today, Evernote users can download the new OneNote Importer tool for importing Evernote content into Microsoft OneNote. For now, the importing tool is only available for Windows, but it’ll be arriving on Mac soon, as well.

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Microsoft is looking into compensation for Xbox Live outages

Microsoft is looking into compensation for Xbox Live outages

If you're an Xbox One owner, you've probably not been to happy with Microsoft these past couple of weeks. Outages have been a pretty common occurrence, and communication from Microsoft about the issues hasn't exactly been the best. So what is Microsoft doing to make it up to gamers? Well, at least one member of the team is working on it.

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Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 wants to take up your whole screen

Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 wants to take up your whole screen

I've used a lot of different instant messaging services over the years to keep in contact with friends online. These days, most people tend to just chat on Facebook, which is why the Messenger app for mobile devices is so popular (if a bit detested, for being a separate app). And it looks like the company is bringing their widely-used app to Windows.

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