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Office for Android may be coming ahead of Windows 8

Office for Android may be coming ahead of Windows 8

At BUILD, Microsoft showed what looked to be a more touch-friendly version of Office. While there is already a touchy-feely version available for iOS, those with Android or Windows Mobile devices are currently left wanting. A new round of rumors suggest Microsoft will forgo Windows in favor of Android getting the new Office first, though.

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Windows Start Menu may not come back until 2015

Windows Start Menu may not come back until 2015

The Windows Start Menu, a feature lost in Windows 8, is coming back. At their BUILD conference earlier this year, Microsoft made a swift reference to the desired item coming back. Though they didn’t give a specific timeframe, the mind share was on it coming back soon. That won’t be the case, sadly.

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Surface Pro 3 Review

Surface Pro 3 Review

The Surface Pro 3 is something special. Microsoft has refused to give up on its concept of one device that’s both a tablet and ultrabook, and its ramped up the trash-talk, too, calling out the MacBook Air and iPad by name when it launched the third-generation Windows 8.1 machine. Thing is, this may not just be hot air: bigger but lighter, faster but slimmer, the Surface Pro 3 might well be the hybrid Microsoft has been promising all this time. More importantly, it could well convince me - as an unabashed Mac and iPad user - that the Surface Pro 3 is now competitive. Read on for my full review.

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Windows Phone Files app finally released

Windows Phone Files app finally released

Microsoft has released the much-anticipated Files app for Windows Phone, bringing easier file management to the smartphone platform. One of the top lingering requests from Windows Phone users, the app is a free download and includes support for local storage as well as microSD cards, if the device you're using it on has expandable memory.

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Report: Microsoft wearable puts Kinect sensors on your wrist

Report: Microsoft wearable puts Kinect sensors on your wrist

Microsoft is rumored to be working on a smartwatch of their own, according to sources. Their offering will not only be their entry into the increasingly muddled smart wearable category, it is said to be cross-platform, working on all major smartphone platforms. A novel concept, it also keeps the wearable in line with Microsoft’s new direction of having their offerings available for every platform.

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Xbox One Screenshot feature coming soon

Xbox One Screenshot feature coming soon

This week the folks responsible for upgrading the Xbox One’s features have let it be known that there will soon be a real-deal screenshot ability. Where "Xbox, Capture That" already allows you to capture video from the device, soon you’ll be finding the ability to capture the display as a single, still shot as well.

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Quantum Break: Xbox One’s next killer title

Quantum Break: Xbox One’s next killer title

In Quantum Break, the game is about heroes, the show is about villains. The folks at Remedy Entertainment have shown off a teaser trailer for their new hero game Quantum Break today, sparking interest once again in the idea that the public would buy the Xbox One just to have one title. This game was first teased at E3 2013 - and here, one year later, we see what it’s all about.

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Microsoft demos real-time convo translation using Skype

Microsoft demos real-time convo translation using Skype

Back in 2012, Microsoft Research gave a demonstration of its real-time conversation translation using Skype, which takes one user's spoken words and translates them almost instantly into the other user's language, doing so by replicating each voice for an authentic conversation.

Today at the Code Conference in California, the company showed off an update to this, and at the same time announced that the software -- dubbed Skype Translator -- will be available before the end of this year as a Windows 8 beta app.

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Xbox One external drives improving game load speeds

Xbox One external drives improving game load speeds

This month an Xbox One software upgrade brings on the ability to work with an external hard drive. With this ability, users have been testing multiple different types of drives to see which work quickest. Inside the standard Xbox One is a Samsung 500GB 5400 RPM (M8 ST500LM012) working with the machine’s standard SATA2 connection - with USB 3.0 connecting your drive to the board, providing one reason why this external method may be significantly quicker - or so it would seem.

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