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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Apple’s iPad Pro is NOT “the ultimate PC replacement”

Apple’s iPad Pro is NOT “the ultimate PC replacement”

While I was watching the Apple Town Hall livestream, Phil Schiller kept calling the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro "The ultimate PC replacement." Now I watched the whole thing, and I could only come to one conclusion. The iPad Pro is as much "the ultimate PC replacement" as a very nice scooter is the "ultimate car replacement."

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Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

At the beginning of the year, Microsoft made an unsurprising but unpopular stance regarding support for older Windows versions on newer hardware. It is no secret that it wants everyone to use Windows 10 as soon as possible, but forcing users, especially traditionally slower adopting ones like enterprises, was bound to backfire. It previously stated that Come July 17, 2017, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 running on Intel's Skylake processors will no longer be supported. It has softened that stance, however, and has extended the date to 2018.

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TweetDeck for Windows support ends next month

TweetDeck for Windows support ends next month

Twitter has announced that TweetDeck for Windows will no longer be supported starting next month, and that Windows users will need to access it through the web from now on. The move is made to “better focus on enhancing” the TweetDeck experience, Twitter said in a statement recently. As well, users can now jump straight into TweetDeck on the web, no login in necessary if you’re already logged into Twitter.

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Samsung’s TabPro S price brings tablet wars to iPad Pro

Samsung’s TabPro S price brings tablet wars to iPad Pro

Samsung's TabPro S, the sleek Windows 10 slate which the company hopes will claw would-be iPad Pro buyers away from Apple Stores, will be priced at $900, Samsung has announced today. The 12-inch tablet will go up for sale tomorrow, March 18th, in the US, Samsung says, offering up to 10.5 hours of runtime on a single charge.

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VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

With the launch titles being shown for each of the first major players in VR this week, it's quickly becoming clear: mundane is in. Simplicity, not insanity. Not the most visually spectacular. Instead - like it was with the first big games and apps for the smartphone back when it first gained steam - the games with the most recognizable mechanics are set to be the most important. Case in point: mini golf.

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MSI Vortex VR-ready mini desktop now available

MSI Vortex VR-ready mini desktop now available

MSI’s mini desktop, the VR-ready Vortex, is now shipping. The miniature tower is about the size of a subwoofer, says MSI, but it packs all the hardware gamers need to get their favorite titles up and running. A mixture of powerful hardware, high-end features, and a specialized cooling system make for a PC that is “minimal in footprint by maximum in performance,” says MSI. Features include support for up to six video outputs and a 360-degree cooling vortex.

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Affinity’s bringing its beautiful photo software to Windows

Affinity’s bringing its beautiful photo software to Windows

Affinity has announced plans to launch its photo and design software on Windows, removing the Mac OS X tether and opening the suite up to a larger user base. The announcement was made today, but Affinity says it has been working on the project for “some time now,” doing so quietly as it was uncomfortable providing a firm launch deadline. That has changed, though, and now it’s official: there’s a Windows Alpha build of Affinity Designer, and it’ll be launching in the next couple of months.

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HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

Mapping specialist HERE will pull its apps for Windows 10 smartphones at the end of the month, the company has announced, sending fans of Microsoft's platform into paroxysms of rage. The company, which until late last year was owned by key Windows Phone partner Nokia, confirmed the news today, suggesting that developing a new app for Windows 10 mobile would simply not make good business sense.

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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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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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