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Outlook 2016 for Mac is getting Google Calendar and Contacts support

Outlook 2016 for Mac is getting Google Calendar and Contacts support

If you’re an Outlook 2016 for Mac user and part of the Office Insider Fast community, your app now supports Google Calendar and Contacts. This is the beginning of what will be an eventual rollout to all Outlook 2016 for Mac users, with this limited release being intended to get feedback and make adjustments as necessary. Insiders can expect the feature’s availability to rollout over the next several weeks, while everyone else will see the features some time later this year.

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Microsoft OneDrive ‘unlimited’ storage’s 1TB limit goes live

Microsoft OneDrive ‘unlimited’ storage’s 1TB limit goes live

Microsoft’s OneDrive storage had a bit of a tumultuous couple years, with the company first giving certain customers unlimited data and then later rescinding the ‘unlimited’ part of that equation when people starting using it in an unlimited fashion. While the change wouldn’t happen immediately, we knew it was coming and received more details this past December: that unlimited storage would become 1TB of storage starting on March 1 — that is, yesterday.

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Xbox Live Creators Program lets anyone publish Xbox games

Xbox Live Creators Program lets anyone publish Xbox games

While the biggest profits in the gaming market naturally come from big titles, big developers, and big publishers, there is an undeniably big indie culture thriving there as well. While PCs have long been the home of indie games and developers, consoles have recently tried to woo this vibrant crowd as well. Microsoft’s latest move at GDC 2017 tries to sweeten the pot even more by allowing anyone, which is to say indie devs, to make and publish games for the Xbox without going through rigorous scrutiny. Unsurprisingly, there are some rather big caveats to keep in mind.

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they're sending out Windows Mixed Reality headsets to developers. This release will prepare developers for the most forward-thinking platform to be found within Windows 10. To do this, Microsoft has partnered with device makers like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses to create Mixed Reality headsets.

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Skype WiFi will be discontinued on March 31

Skype WiFi will be discontinued on March 31

Skype WiFi is being discontinued, Microsoft has announced, with the company planning to shutter the service on March 31. Once that date rolls around, no one will be able to download the Skype WiFi app, and those who already have it installed will no longer be able to use it -- that is, it won't find hotspots anymore. Microsoft's reason for discontinuing the service? It has better things to focus on.

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Xbox Game Pass takes the fight to PlayStation Now

Xbox Game Pass takes the fight to PlayStation Now

Microsoft is taking a page out on Sony's book today, announcing a new subscription service for Xbox owners called Xbox Game Pass. For $9.99 per month, you'll be able to subscribe to a Netflix-like service that allows you to download and play full Xbox One games. Xbox Game Pass extends beyond Microsoft's current-generation console, however, as it will also include access to a number of backward compatible games.

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Windows 10 Cloud to allow win32 apps only from Windows Store

Windows 10 Cloud to allow win32 apps only from Windows Store

It seems that the still unconfirmed Windows 10 Cloud might not be so bad after all. Well, it still depends on how the Windows Store app narrative plays out but at least there’s hope. It recently came to light that the locked down version of Windows 10 will still allow the installation of “regular” win32 apps but with one important catch. Said app should be made available via the Windows app store. This piece of good news might actually mean more to Microsoft than would-be users.

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Porsche Design BOOK ONE 2-in-1 out-hinges Surface Book

Porsche Design BOOK ONE 2-in-1 out-hinges Surface Book

Porsche Design may not be the first company you'd think of to make a Microsoft Surface Book competitor, but the Porsche Design BOOK ONE is no simple 2-in-1. Revealed at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, the BOOK ONE promises the sort of high-style, high-performance computing that someone with a Porsche 911 key on their keychain might want. That means Windows 10, 7th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and a very mechanically-interesting hinge.

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Halo developer promises split-screen multiplayer to return in future games

Halo developer promises split-screen multiplayer to return in future games

When Halo 5: Guardians was released in late 2015, it was missing one feature that left stalwart fans of the FPS series upset and disappointed: local co-op multiplayer via split-screen. Fortunately there's good news from this week's DICE industry event in Las Vegas, where Bonnie Ross, head of Halo developer 343 Industries, has announced that they've learned from their mistake, with split-screen functionality returning for future titles.

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Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps updated with Focused inbox and more

Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps updated with Focused inbox and more

Microsoft has announced some new updates for the Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps. Says the company, Windows 10 users are gaining access to ‘Focused’ and ‘Other’ tabs in Mail that some Outlook users enjoy today, splitting one’s email in such a way that only the relevant things are shown in ‘Focused’ and everything else is accessible later under ‘Other.’ This feature is joined by several more.

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Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results

Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results

Both Microsoft and Google have agreed to demote piracy links in search results in the UK, it has been announced, in their latest efforts to help crack down on Internet piracy. This move, if it proceeds, will be a first of its kind, and will result in Google Search and Bing demoting websites in search results that give access to copyrighted content without the authority to do so. The first page will be entirely scrubbed of piracy links.

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Microsoft HoloLens tipped to magically leap to v3, skip v2

Microsoft HoloLens tipped to magically leap to v3, skip v2

Impressive as it may be, the HoloLens you currently see right now is still just version 1, which is to say it’s a very expensive prototype. The next version of HoloLens, which might be more fit for public consumption and budgets, will be version 3. Did Microsoft suddenly forget to count? Hardly. However, it is eschewing conventional development wisdom and will leap frog over v2 right into v3. And that’s mostly because it remains uncontested in this still nascent market.

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