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Xbox One X Scorpio Edition pre-orders start, Xbox One S editions galore

Xbox One X Scorpio Edition pre-orders start, Xbox One S editions galore

It’s finally out, or rather, the pre-orders are out. It may no longer be formally called “Project Scorpio” but Microsoft is paying homage to the codename that was carried all throughout the Xbox One X’s development phase. Called the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition, this super limited collector’s edition of Microsoft’s newest console has already started its pre-order period. But better hurry because the extremely limited supplies will most likely run out quickly. That is, if it hasn’t yet already.

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Minecraft Xbox One special edition console leaks ahead of Gamescom

Minecraft Xbox One special edition console leaks ahead of Gamescom

Germany's Gamescom event — the European equivalent of E3 — will be kicking off later today with Microsoft's press conference, allowing them to be first with their big video game announcements. Along with new details on the Xbox One X, it appears a Minecraft-themed limited edition console will be one of their big reveals.

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Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition may revive codename for limited run console

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition may revive codename for limited run console

Microsoft is set to release a bunch of new Xbox One X details during its Gamescom presentation on Sunday, but a new leak today might be beating it to the punch. A pair of German retailers have apparently outed a limited edition Xbox One X console, and it seems to revive the Project Scorpio name. Though it may be too early to tell, this could be a special edition launch console for the Xbox One X.

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Xbox One X pre-order date: This is when Microsoft will spill all

Xbox One X pre-order date: This is when Microsoft will spill all

Back when the Xbox One X was first announced at E3 2017, Microsoft surprised all of us by revealing its release date right then and there. Thanks to that reveal, we knew from the start that the Xbox One X will be arriving on November 7, 2017. It was great to not have to wait for a release date, but Microsoft left out an important detail: It didn't tell when we'd be able to pre-order.

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Skype Preview hits non-Win10 and Mac starting now

Skype Preview hits non-Win10 and Mac starting now

The next generation in Skype functionality is coming to Apple and non-Windows 10 computers. Yes, you read that correctly, non-Windows 10, as in every version of Windows before Windows 10 version 1511 (OS Build 10586). For everyone who has the newest version of Windows 10, there's also good news to be had.

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New Xbox Wireless Adapter has been delayed until next year

New Xbox Wireless Adapter has been delayed until next year

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a couple new Xbox One controller designs, as well as a new Xbox Wireless Adapter for connecting an Xbox controller to a PC running Windows 10. At the time, Microsoft said the wireless adapter would be available some time later this month, but now that has changed in a big way: the company has delayed the dongle until next year.

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This leaked memo just made Microsoft vs Consumer Reports fascinating

This leaked memo just made Microsoft vs Consumer Reports fascinating

Microsoft's war over Surface reliability with Consumer Reports has taken another unexpected turn, with leaks suggesting a combination of ambition and inexperience led to higher than expected return rates. The two companies came head to head last week, after Consumer Reports took the unexpected decision to strip Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Laptop of their "recommended" ratings, in addition to warning buyers off the Surface Pro 4. That was down to the worrying results of a survey which suggested Microsoft's laptops and tablets were the least reliable in the industry.

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Xbox Live Creators Program debuts, allows indie self-publishing

Xbox Live Creators Program debuts, allows indie self-publishing

Microsoft has just made the Xbox platform a more welcoming place for indie game developers. The new Xbox Live Creators Program launched this week, allowing a developer of any size to publish their games for Xbox One or Windows 10. Nine new titles are available as part of the launch, with games published under the program found under the "Creators Collection" section of the Xbox Live store.

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Xbox Insider Program opens previews to everyone: Here’s how to join

Xbox Insider Program opens previews to everyone: Here’s how to join

Microsoft has announced that it will be simplifying the user testing tiers in its Xbox Insider program. Though the biggest and earlier updates will still be restricted significantly, Microsoft is now allowing everyone to opt into the Xbox Insider program. These follow changes that expanded the Xbox Insider program, but still kept it exclusive to a certain degree.

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Microsoft fires back at Consumer Reports’ Surface slight

Microsoft fires back at Consumer Reports’ Surface slight

Microsoft has pushed back at Consumer Reports' decision to strip the Surface range of its "recommended" award, arguing that its actual reliability is much better than was claimed. Consumer Reports had previously granted both the Surface Laptop and the Surface Book its coveted recommendation, based on factors such as performance and design. However, it backtracked after surveys of existing Surface owners reported significantly higher problems with their laptops and tablets compared to the rest of the industry.

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Windows 10 Pro for Workstations launched for power users

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations launched for power users

Looks like we’re back to the good old days of having almost a dozen different Windows editions for very specific sets of users. In addition to the basic Home and Mobile Windows 10 editions, there’s also Pro, Education, Pro for Education, Enterprise, Enterprise LTSB, Mobile Enterprise, IoT, Teams, and S. Actually, make that exactly a dozen. Introducing Windows 10 Pro for Workstation, designed for very high-end PCs and very advanced power users. Because Windows 10 Pro just isn’ t Pro enough.

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Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft might be reconsidering its Consumer Reports subscription today, with the news that the Surface Laptop and Surface Book have both been stripped of their "recommended" status. Concerns about reliability of the Surface line-up as a whole have prompted the review organization to backtrack on its awards, in addition to suggesting that the Surface Pro shouldn't be among your top considerations for a 2-in-1 hybrid, either. Microsoft is suitably outraged, as you'd expect, and indeed there are some big questions around just what Consumer Reports is testing and how they're doing that.

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