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Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Microsoft just made a big announcement that could change the way we do computing in the future. That is, if it decides to stick to its guns. For many outside Redmond and its close-knit circle of hardware and software partners, "mixed reality" remains little more than a souped up, rebranded virtual reality. On October 17, that could very well change when Windows Mixed Reality launches to the outside world, headsets and all. We joined Microsoft at its Reactor hub in San Francisco to see, no pun intended, for ourselves the vision of the future that Microsoft is trying to promote and, of course, sell.

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Microsoft Edge is finally coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft Edge is finally coming to iOS and Android

For all the problems Windows 10 Mobile may have, one of the advantages it offers over iOS and Android was deeper compatibility with Windows on PC. With Windows 10 Mobile left largely unsupported by app developers, Windows PC users who have been forced to iOS and Android have been missing some of that extra compatibility. That'll be changing soon, at least for folks who use Microsoft Edge as their main browser within Windows 10.

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Microsoft just made the perfect Windows-user launcher for Android

Microsoft just made the perfect Windows-user launcher for Android

There's a new Microsoft Launcher in town for Android devices - one that should feel familiar to home-screen replacement app super fans of olde. What we've got here is a rebranding and renewed bit of interest in what once was called the Arrow Launcher. We've written about Arrow Launcher before, and indeed have recommended it to Android users of all sorts - and this "new" Microsoft Launcher is similar - but not exactly the same.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn

My first impression of the Lenovo ThinkPad 25 is wholly positive - but it's not because this device is the latest and the greatest in high-tech innovation. Instead, this Lenovo notebook feels more like a fantasy - a good fantasy - in which the phrase "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" works in the world of devices that age out after 2 or 3 years of use. What we've got here is a real rarity - retro done right.

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Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung is one of a collection of brand making Windows Mixed Reality headsets this year, coming first with the Odyssey. The Samsung HMD Odyssey works with 2x AMOLED displays, a 110-degree field of view, 6 DOF inside-out positional tracking, and a pair of AKG headphones. At the moment this appears to be the most extravagant Windows Mixed Reality HMD yet revealed.

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Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Following Microsoft's reveal of Samsung's HMD Odyssey headset, the company has announced the start of pre-orders for a variety of Windows mixed reality headsets. We've know about many of these headsets for quite some time now, as Microsoft's push into mixed reality was signaled for the first time way back in October 2016. We're closing in on the roll out of all of these headsets as well, and if you know you want one, you might want to put in a pre-order today.

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Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

In this corner, you have virtual reality, with the likes of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve, and Samsung leading the army. In this other corner, you have augmented reality, with the likes of Google and Apple among its champions. And right in the middle, as arbiter and conqueror, is Microsoft with its Mixed Reality platform based on, what else, Windows 10. Today at its Reactor venue in California, Redmond is revealing just how large its Mixed Reality territory really is, and how larger it is becoming, with new allies filling up its ranks.

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Groove Music says goodbye as Microsoft partners with Spotify

Groove Music says goodbye as Microsoft partners with Spotify

It's been quite some time since we've heard from Groove Music, and it turns out there's good reason for that. While Groove has gone without any significant updates for a while now, Microsoft has been hammering out a new partnership with Spotify. This, of course, means that Groove will soon be going the way of the Dodo, with Groove's current paying customers transitioned over to Spotify.

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Xbox One, Windows game gifting is almost here

Xbox One, Windows game gifting is almost here

Christmas is still more than two months away, but you don't have to wait for the holiday season to start being generous with your digital games. Especially those coming from Microsoft's own gaming ecosystem. Microsoft seems to still be playing coy, but the word is already out. Being able to buy Xbox One games for friends is somewhat already possible if you're an Xbox One Insider. Even better, it seems to also be possible for Windows 10 Insiders as well, with a bit of a caveat.

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Xbox Games with Gold October 2017 list: Rayman 3 and more

Xbox Games with Gold October 2017 list: Rayman 3 and more

It's that time of the month: Microsoft has revealed which games will be given to Xbox Live Gold subscribers via Games with Gold. The October 2017 lineup is pretty decent, depending on your tastes, including three titles for the Xbox One and two titles for the Xbox 360. This includes the award-winning game Gone Home console edition for the Xbox One.

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Xbox One S Fast and Furious console is Paul Walker inspired

Xbox One S Fast and Furious console is Paul Walker inspired

We're used to seeing custom or limited edition Xbox One consoles, but the one being introduced today is a little more special than all of those. Microsoft has announced a team up with Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), a non-profit charity founded by late actor Paul Walker, to produce a new one-of-a-kind custom Xbox One S. The console will be raffled off to one winner at the beginning of next month.

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This is Samsung’s alleged Windows Mixed Reality Headset

This is Samsung’s alleged Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Samsung has one foot squarely in the virtual reality market with its Oculus-powered Gear VR. That doesn't mean, however, that it can't put the other foot down on the augmented reality, sometimes called mixed reality, field as well. That does seem to be the case, based on a latest leak that shows a Samsung-branded mixed reality headset. But instead of reinventing the wheel like it is wont to do, Samsung will instead be leveraging Microsoft's Windows Holographic platform.

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