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Forza Horizon 4 is getting a battle royale mode called Eliminator

Forza Horizon 4 is getting a battle royale mode called Eliminator

Battle royale games are no longer limited to guns and brightly colored blocks. Playground Games has announced the upcoming arrival of 'Eliminator,' a new battle royale mode in racing game Forza Horizon 4. The mode was announced during the developer's livestream; the team provided details on what players can expect, as well as the upcoming mode's scheduled release date.

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Windows 7 users to get full-screen reminders to upgrade starting next month

Windows 7 users to get full-screen reminders to upgrade starting next month

If you thought Microsoft was done with its infuriating and embarrassing nagging reminders about upgrading to Windows 10, you probably don't know Microsoft too well. It received no small amount of criticism over its aggressive campaign to get Windows 8 and 8.1 users to move to the next version that resulted in popups appearing at the most inopportune moment. History will be repeating itself mid-January when Microsoft does the same for Windows 7 users, this time with more urgency and more audacity in its strategy.

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Wunderlist is shutting down for real in May 2020

Wunderlist is shutting down for real in May 2020

These days, to-do list apps and services are almost a dime a dozen but, at least for a time, Wunderlist became the household name in that category. Microsoft then acquired the company behind the app and made no secret that it would eventually shut the service down once it has become more confident in its replacement. Unfortunately for the remaining Wunderlist faithful, that day has been marked on the calendar and WUnderlist, or at least the part that keeps devices in sync, will go dark in May next year.

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Mayo study finds Electronic Health Records less user-friendly than Excel

Mayo study finds Electronic Health Records less user-friendly than Excel

Using the System Usability Scale (SUS) in a major study published this week, Mayo researchers found modern Electronic Health Records (EHR) to be less user-friendly than Microsoft Excel. EHR got an SUS score of 45, which also ranks below GPS (maps), Amazon, and ATMs. At the top of the scale - Google search.

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Windows 10 Mobile Office apps end-of-life dated

Windows 10 Mobile Office apps end-of-life dated

With official support for Windows 10 Mobile ending tomorrow, we've now learned when Microsoft plans to pull the plug on its Office apps for the ill-fated mobile OS. Those of you who still rely on Windows 10 Mobile's Office apps can breathe a sigh of relief - support for those isn't ending alongside support for the OS tomorrow. In fact, it'll be quite some time before Microsoft washes its hands of Office on Windows 10 Mobile.

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Minecraft cross-play finally lands on PS4 tomorrow

Minecraft cross-play finally lands on PS4 tomorrow

It's been a long wait, but cross-play is finally coming to the PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft. Microsoft says that tomorrow, the PlayStation 4 Edition of Minecraft will begin updating to the Bedrock Edition, and once that update is complete, those on PS4 will be able to play with friends on other platforms.

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Windows 10 Mobile reaches its end of life on Tuesday

Windows 10 Mobile reaches its end of life on Tuesday

It will be an end of an era at Microsoft next week, an era that may have divided the company and the tech community far too long. Come Tuesday, December 10, all Windows 10 Mobile devices, be it for consumers or for the enterprise, will no longer be supported. With Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile behind it, Microsoft may finally be free to focus on its next strategy for mobile, which seems to be about building apps around a common Fluent design that will look and work well on its upcoming Surface devices.

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Microsoft Office mobile apps Fluent redesign may not be skin deep only

Microsoft Office mobile apps Fluent redesign may not be skin deep only

Microsoft just announced a facelift for its mobile apps, both on Android and iOS that is almost too easy to pass off as just an aesthetic change. After all, Microsoft itself talks a lot about Fluent design, visual coherence, and the like. This might just be the tip of the iceberg and the way Microsoft will be preparing people, especially mobile users for the Surface Duo, and even the Surface Neo, that will be speaking the same design language after all.

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Microsoft redesigns flagship Office apps for mobile productivity

Microsoft redesigns flagship Office apps for mobile productivity

Microsoft has redesigned several of its Office mobile apps, including OneDrive, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. The company has focused on mobile productivity and the needs of users who are increasingly reliant on their mobile devices. Microsoft has introduced a number of changes to help users save time, including the arrival of a new 'Play My Emails' feature in Outlook.

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PC players give Halo: Reach a warm welcome

PC players give Halo: Reach a warm welcome

Earlier this week, 343 Industries and Microsoft added Halo: Reach to the Master Chief Collection on both Xbox and PC. This was a big launch for PC players, because it's the first release for the Master Chief Collection. More importantly, it's the first mainline Halo game to release on PC in more than a decade, with the last one being Halo 2 way back in 2007.

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Xbox Project Scarlett may be two consoles after all

Xbox Project Scarlett may be two consoles after all

Before Project Scarlett was officially confirmed at E3 2019, we had a pile of rumors that indicated Microsoft's plans for the next generation included more than one console. Consoles codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart were the two machines said to comprise Project Scarlett, but shortly after reveal, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed that Project Scarlett was only one console.

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Minecraft Realms Plus monthly subscription service is now available

Minecraft Realms Plus monthly subscription service is now available

Minecraft Realms, the game's monthly subscription service, is dead. Here to replace it is the similar Minecraft Realms Plus, the new monthly subscription service that gives players access to their own private server, as well as Minecraft Marketplace content and more. The subscription service is now live for players who want to sign up.

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