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Microsoft Build 2014 is here: What to expect

Microsoft Build 2014 is here: What to expect

Microsoft's Build 2014 opens tomorrow, April 2nd, a chance for new CEO Satya Nadella to not only convince developers and the industry that his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy makes sense, but that Microsoft has the skills to deliver on it. After impressing with the Office for iPad launch, Nadella has a far bigger audience to preach The Windows Way to at Build, though there are plenty of balls in the air that he still needs to keep moving.

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Xbox SmartGlass and Video updates keep you forever connected

Xbox SmartGlass and Video updates keep you forever connected

Microsoft is moving forward with some of the non-gaming elements they’ve found important to the Xbox One experience this week, starting with Xbox Video and Xbox SmartGlass for tablets and smartphones. Inside the Xbox Video universe, it comes down to one key update - the ability to leave off watching a movie on one device only to pick up on that movie on another. This system, excellent for the "marathon watcher", as they say, works with Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and through XboxVideo dot com starting this week.

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HP Spectre 13 Review: The MacBook for Windows users

HP Spectre 13 Review: The MacBook for Windows users

If you’ve ever used a Windows PC and longed for the build a MacBook offers, your wait may be over. The HP Spectre 13-inch Ultrabook is a device unlike many never seen: sleek, sexy, and without a hint of compromise. While it absolutely looks the part, the real question comes down to performance. Does the Spectre have what it takes to keep our attention after turning our head with its sexy design? We find out.

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ASUS may shelve dual-OS as Microsoft and Google deny support

ASUS may shelve dual-OS as Microsoft and Google deny support

Earlier this year we had a glimpse of the device known as the Transformer Book Duet TD300 at the CES 2014, a device that was destined to run Android and Windows 8 at once. Since then, it seems, Asus has felt pressure from both Microsoft and Google to skip the release of said device, citing a bit of a conflict of interests. This may also be affecting previously-released dual-OS devices as well.

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NOOK Windows app axed as Microsoft devs own eReader

NOOK Windows app axed as Microsoft devs own eReader

Barnes & Noble has ceased development on its NOOK app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and will instead simply provide content for Microsoft's own "consumer reader" platform, a regulatory filing has confirmed. Details of Microsoft's new ereader app have not been released, but B&N has agreed to help transition users of the existing NOOK Windows 8 software onto Microsoft's own - in addition to flesh out the contents of its virtual store shelves - when it's available.

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Titanfall early review round-up

Titanfall early review round-up

This morning the first wave of early reviews are in - and they’re overwhelmingly positive. While SlashGear’s long-form review will be posted soon [UPDATE: our long-form Titanfall Review is live!], we’re having a peek at what some of those looking at an early EA/Microsoft-hosted Xbox One-centric gameplay event have to say. Meanwhile, the game is already starting to release around the world - starting in Asia - that’s Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and more, already rolling out extremely quickly on servers for PC.

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Project Spark Beta released for Xbox One today

Project Spark Beta released for Xbox One today

Today the do-it-yourself gaming environment known as Project Spark is set to hit Xbox One in Beta form. This platform will be open for Beta play on a global scale, also running with Windows 8.1 for desktop editing, the two platforms able to interact in a way never before possible. While Windows 8.1’s build has been out since December of 2013, the Xbox One component hits this afternoon.

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Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is why Windows needs to go free

Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is why Windows needs to go free

When you look at the new "Chromebook 2" lineup from Samsung, you see a set of notebooks that don’t look like the first wave of Chromebooks. Here you’re seeing a set of devices that - aesthetically, at least - are just as brilliant to behold as their Windows-running counterparts. In this release is another big reason for Microsoft to truly free their operating system from the shackles of licensing costs.

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