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GameStop partners with Microsoft

GameStop partners with Microsoft

A multi-year strategic partnership has been struck between GameStop and Microsoft. The partnership, they say, aims to advance GameStop's "key strategic pillars and extend its digital omni-channel ecosystem." OK! But what does that mean for you?

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Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox Game Pass release fills the Horizon 3 gap

Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox Game Pass release fills the Horizon 3 gap

Today is a big day for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, as Forza Motorsport 7 is landing on the service. It's a little strange to see a first-party Microsoft game arriving on Game Pass so long after release, as Microsoft has been putting its games on Xbox Game Pass on the same day they launch at retail. Forza Motorsport 7, however, released several months before Microsoft made that commitment, so now the company is going back and adding it to the service at long last.

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Windows 10 will soon let you customize your system during setup

Windows 10 will soon let you customize your system during setup

Microsoft has made the Windows 10 setup process straightforward and simple, requiring very few inputs from users aside from input methods and privacy settings. While that makes the process less daunting, it also means users less control over what gets set up from the get-go, requiring them to dig into settings after the setup process finishes. In future versions of Windows, however, Microsoft may be giving users a bit more say but still makes those options a bit mysterious.

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Huge Microsoft 365 outage takes down Outlook and more

Huge Microsoft 365 outage takes down Outlook and more

Microsoft is currently experiencing a huge service outage involving its Microsoft 365, a cloud-based subscription service that provides access to the company's Office apps and more. Microsoft 365 is available for everything from personal home use to businesses, enterprise, and even educational institutions. The number of people dependent on the service makes this outage particularly frustrating.

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Microsoft says xCloud game streaming for console and PC is on the to-do list

Microsoft says xCloud game streaming for console and PC is on the to-do list

Earlier this year, Microsoft added Project xCloud gaming streaming to Xbox Game Pass. That roll out came after a long alpha testing period, but even though game streaming is part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate package, it's only available on Android devices. Given Apple's rules regarding App Store distribution, it's safe to say that game streaming won't be coming to iOS anytime soon, but what about other platforms like Xbox One and PC?

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Surface Duo update rolls out to address software launch woes

Surface Duo update rolls out to address software launch woes

The dual-screen Android phone should have been Microsoft's 2020 crowning achievement but it is slowly starting to unravel and become a liability instead. Right from day one, reviewers have pointed out issues with the Surface Duo's dual-screen experience, at least form the software side of things. Fortunately, those might be easier to fix and the device's first update is now rolling out exactly for that purpose. Unfortunately, it might also be too late to salvage the first-gen device's sinking reputation.

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Surface Duo hinge reportedly starting to show its flaws

Surface Duo hinge reportedly starting to show its flaws

The Microsoft Surface Duo, its first Android phone under its own name, is arguably a beautiful device that unfortunately belied a half-cooked software experience. Its looks didn't come without a price, not just literally, and now that the reviewer honeymoon phase is over, the Surface Duo's physical warts are starting to, well, surface. Beyond being extremely difficult to repair, it seems that the dual-screen folding phone isn't that durable after all.

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Surface Neo might not even arrive next year

Surface Neo might not even arrive next year

Microsoft almost seemed to be on the verge of redefining its Surface brand yet again when it revealed the Surface Neo and the Surface Duo dual-screen devices last year. 2020, however, caught everyone unawares and plans had to change drastically. The Android-based Surface Duo launched a bit earlier than the initial late 2020 schedule but the Surface Neo was delayed instead. Now it appears the Windows 10X dual-screen computer could be delayed even further than most presumed, increasing the chances it could be scrapped entirely.

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Surface Duo plastic around USB-C reportedly cracking

Surface Duo plastic around USB-C reportedly cracking

The first impression reviewers had of the Microsoft Surface Duo was extremely positive, praising how sleek and thin the device was and how nice it was to hold despite its wider than normal size. Unfortunately, that design choice forced Microsoft to make some compromises in the materials and build of the dual-screen foldable phone. Early adopters of this novel device are now reporting irreparable damages to the thin plastic surrounding the USB-C port which also happens to be one of the most exposed and abused part sof a smartphone.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator VR close beta is now open for sign-ups

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR close beta is now open for sign-ups

For simulator fans, the latest iteration of the well-aged Flight Simulator could be the franchise's biggest release yet and in more ways than one. The complete set of launch assets spans 10 dual-layer DVDs and that's not yet including the updates that will be released in the months and years to come. It may also be the first of its line to finally reach virtual reality utopia now that the technology is pretty much ready. And if you are similarly ready with the hardware, you can try your luck in signing up for a closed VR beta tester now.

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You don’t want the $549 Surface Laptop Go

You don’t want the $549 Surface Laptop Go

Microsoft may be trumpeting a $549 headline price for its new Surface Laptop Go, but most potential owners will probably want to bypass the cheapest model for the best everyday experience. Announced this morning, the Surface Laptop Go promises to distill the best of the larger, more expensive Surface Laptop into a version perfect for the newly working-from-home or home-schooled.

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This hack gets Xbox Game Pass streaming on Chromecast

This hack gets Xbox Game Pass streaming on Chromecast

Back in September, Microsoft launched Project xCloud game streaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Project xCloud allows players to stream certain Xbox One games to their Android device, giving them a way to play console-quality games on mobile phone with no big downloads needed. It's a nice perk for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, to be sure, and apparently it works on more than just Android phones.

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