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10 things to know about Windows 10

10 things to know about Windows 10

Now that Microsoft’s Windows 10 event is wrapped up, we’re left reeling by all the promise their cross-device single platform holds for us. Also impressive is the scope Microsoft imagines the digital world in, and their new technology on deck. While we were happy to find ourselves learning about Windows across platforms, we also get a lot of great new things to look forward to. From today, here are the top ten things you probable need to know about Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Xbox One streaming update coming in 2015

Windows 10 Xbox One streaming update coming in 2015

This year - later this year, that is - Microsoft will be enabling streaming from the Xbox One to all Windows 10 devices. All Windows 10 devices able to handle the load, of course - but given the streaming we've seen over the past couple of years from NVIDIA GameStream and Steam In-home Streaming, we can't imagine there'll be many devices that aren't able to handle said load. According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, "[starting with] Windows 10 we will enable streaming of Xbox One games to ANY Windows 10 PC or tablet in your home later this year."

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Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox and gaming chief stepped onstage today to speak about the Windows 10 Xbox app. This app includes several columns, each with information about your Xbox One experience. You'll see Recently Played games, your Activity Feed, and Friends included. On the far right of the screen, you'll find your user icon and connections to Messages, Notifications, "My Games", Achievements, Game DVR, Editorial content, and the Xbox store. Below that, you'll find basic Settings and a Connection option.

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Elder Scrolls Online ditches mandatory subscription

Elder Scrolls Online ditches mandatory subscription

As hotly-anticipated games go, Elder Scrolls Online is probably one of the most anticipated, and so news that Bethesda Softworks has not only confirmed its console release but dropped one of the more controversial subscription details is most welcome. Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will land on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 9th, following its March 17th arrival on PC and Mac. Even better, Bethesda is ditching the monthly subscription the promise of which so annoyed gamers last year, though there'll still be in-game purchases for extra content, and an optional "ESO Plus" subscription.

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Remote Control Claptrap brings Borderlands 2 to Xbox One, PS4

Remote Control Claptrap brings Borderlands 2 to Xbox One, PS4

Supposing you've not yet purchased either Borderlands 2 or Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the team at Gearbox Software and 2K have ushered in a box set made specifically for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. There are two different editions popping up today (2 sets and two versions of each set, one for PS4, the other for Xbox One). The first is just "The Handsome Collection" - this includes both games and a whole lot of add-ons released since Borderlands 2 was first revealed. There's also a remote control Claptrap toy to be had.

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Trouble with Xbox Live today? You’re not alone

Trouble with Xbox Live today? You’re not alone

Trying to get some gaming in to start your weekend? Yeah, about that: Xbox Live is down, or at least limited. We don’t have a reason for the outage/slowdown, but it’s widespread and affects every part of Xbox Live right now. If you’re experiencing problems purchasing content, or accessing social/gaming content via cloud storage, just know you’re not alone. We don’t yet know what the issue is, but it’s affecting just about everything gaming. Media like TV or music are listed as unaffected.

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Broforce: another tragedy in Xbox One’s parity clause drama

Broforce: another tragedy in Xbox One’s parity clause drama

This week it's become apparent that the epic pixel-heavy side-scrolling shooter known as Broforce will not be released on Xbox One. According to the creators of this game at Free Lives Games, "as far as I know Microsoft has a clause in their contract where they won't accept an indie game if it launches on Xbox after PlayStation." This comes from Creative Director Evan Greenwood at Free Lives Games, who also confirmed this week that Sony "reached out to us with a deal we couldn't reasonably refuse."

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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and Gat out of Hell launch-trailer revealed

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and Gat out of Hell launch-trailer revealed

The following video is a preview for a game that may not be appropriate for children. In fact we're sure of it. The release of a new Saints Row game with a Mature rating attached to it is as sure a thing as the giggles that follow. Here we're having a peek at the first release trailer for Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, beyond the gameplay, preparing you for the first launch as it approaches in under a week. Don't forget to watch out for clues to the next chapter as well - this is the end, after all!

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Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Back in November of 2014, we first heard rumblings of Microsoft bringing the Xbox One's price down to $349 for the holidays. This would include the console by itself and/or a game or games to go with it. Not long after the price drop was confirmed, Microsoft suggested things were going well - the console was jumping off shelves. It was suggested by analysts that the price drop might become permanent. Come last week, the pricing returned to normal - but not for long.

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AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast, the storied casting app for Android, is finally making its way to iOS. After a healthy run on Android, the casting app has finally landed on iOS, letting users toss their videos and pictures onto the big(ger) screen. The app works with locally stored content as well as files you have in more popular cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or iCloud. You can also stream from your Instagram or Google+ account onto your TV, too. AllCast supports Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

This week the founder of Xbox Live and XNA has announced that he's leaving Microsoft. This will end Boyd Multerer's 18-year run with the company, and begins "something new" for the developer and gaming leader. This departure has nothing to do with the recent DDOS attack during the holiday break. Multerer is "super proud" of his work with Xbox, Live, and XNA, and will likely move on to another gaming-related piece of work in the near future. Code-related, he says in a Tweet.

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