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12 tips to make the most out of Surface Pro 4

12 tips to make the most out of Surface Pro 4

If you are anything of a tech lover, chances are, you got a new toy this season. Or maybe you're still planning on buying one while deals are still hot. And maybe, just maybe, you've got your eyes, and heart, set on Microsoft's not so latest but still current Surface Pro 4 "tablet that can replace your laptop". Whether you're already holding one in your hands or have booked an appointment with Microsoft Store, there are a few things you'd want to immediately do to start on the right foot with your new work, creativity, and entertainment partner.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book get extended holiday price cut

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book get extended holiday price cut

Christmas may be over (at least for those who celebrated it), but the sales and promos live on. Case in point, Microsoft has just extended its holiday season price cut for its two most powerful portable "tablet that can replace your laptop", saving buyers as much as $400, depending on the model. That said, some models are already marked as out of stock, with no replenishments in sight. This gives the promo a bit of a "clearance sale" feel, perhaps hinting that a new gen model is just around the corner.

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Microsoft is about to fix Windows laptops’ biggest frustration

Microsoft is about to fix Windows laptops’ biggest frustration

The gloves are off with future Windows notebooks, so says Microsoft and their hardware requirements for Windows 10. This month at the WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft said that future touchpads would need to be far more precise than previous Windows machines. Instead of touchpads that far under-perform compared to the top models, future machines will need to have Precision Touchpads right out the gate.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 update push “went too far” concedes company

Microsoft’s Windows 10 update push “went too far” concedes company

Throughout a significant portion of 2016, Windows 10 was making headlines, but not necessarily for reasons Microsoft wanted. Microsoft gave away free copies of Windows 10 to everyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 for the first year it was available, and it tried to get as many people as possible to upgrade during this time. In that push, Microsoft resorted to some annoying tactics, from alerts positioned in the system tray to full-blown pop-up ads appearing on desktops.

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Halo Wars for PCs land early for Halo Wars 2 pre-orders

Halo Wars for PCs land early for Halo Wars 2 pre-orders

For a real-time strategy "spin off" of a first-person shooter game, you'd think that Halo Wars would be a perfect fit for PC gaming. But it took Microsoft Studios nearly 8 long years to sort that out. No matter, because Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is hitting the venerable PC February next year. Even better, you could already be playing it now before everyone else. That is, if you put in a pre-order for Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition as well.

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Xbox One S Review

Xbox One S Review

I've been using the Xbox One S for a while now, and it's become clear that Microsoft has a winner on its hands. Not just because the device is better than its predecessor - and less expensive. The Xbox One S is better than the Xbox One, the PS4, and the PS4 Pro, not least of all because it looks so extremely nice - even when it's modified to look like it's been attacked by wild animals.

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Gears of War 4 gets festive with snowball fights and holiday gear

Gears of War 4 gets festive with snowball fights and holiday gear

Overwatch and Destiny aren't the only big games getting into the holiday spirit with special events, Microsoft's Gears of War 4 has its own snow-themed gameplay rolling out. Dubbed "Gearsmas," GoW4's event includes lots of holiday-appropriate cosmetic items, along with a new and unique Snowball Fight play mode. The event is live now for all GoW4 players, and will run until January 4th.

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This Xbox One S Minecraft bundle deal is a one-day-only steal

This Xbox One S Minecraft bundle deal is a one-day-only steal

We're guessing that some of you managed to grab inexpensive Xbox One S bundles on Black Friday, but if you missed those deals, Microsoft is back with a new promotion that will prove tempting for many. This new promotion will likely be your final chance to pick up an Xbox One S bundle on the cheap before the end of the holiday season. You need to act quickly though, because this deal is good for today only.

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Xbox One OS update means faster game downloads for many users

Xbox One OS update means faster game downloads for many users

Microsoft has announced a new OS update for Xbox One users out there that should mean faster downloads for many players. The OS update launched on December 14 and adds performance and other general improvements. Download performance improvements are the big upgrades in this update.

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Microsoft Edge browser won’t run Flash by default

Microsoft Edge browser won’t run Flash by default

Web browser makers are waging war against Flash, pushing it ever closer to its demise. Microsoft, who hasn’t been taken seriously in that space for until recently, doesn’t want t be left behind. Available to Windows Insiders first and then coming to the Windows 10 Creator’s Update next year, Microsoft Edge will take a stronger approach to decreasing Flash’s use by requiring users to click to even load Flash content instead of running them by default and then making users pause or stop them.

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Microsoft Surface: what Redmond finally got right

Microsoft Surface: what Redmond finally got right

Microsoft, unsurprisingly, made a rather bold boast this week. It attributed the strong sales of its Surface devices to a growing dissatisfaction among MacBook Pro users. While many will definitely call BS on that, it's futile to deny facts. The Surface Pro tablets and the Surface Book laptop has done quite well. An achievement for a company that has traditionally sucked at devices (save for the Xbox). That success is definitely surprising and unexpected, which makes us ask, "how the hell did Microsoft pull it off?"

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Cortana, Harman Kardon to take on Amazon Echo, Google Home

Cortana, Harman Kardon to take on Amazon Echo, Google Home

If you thought Amazon and Google were the only ones battling out in the still niche smart living room speaker arena, Microsoft would beg to differ. Just as it poised Cortana as the cross-platform smart assistant to beat, it is now also positioning her/it to be the cross-device smart assistant to challenge them all. That means Cortana in your desktop/laptop, tablet, smartphone, Xbox One, and, yes, smart living room speaker. And to accomplish that, it has enlisted the help of famed audio masters Harman Kardon.

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