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Forza Horizon 5 First Impressions: Viva Mexico

Forza Horizon 5 First Impressions: Viva Mexico

After being revealed at E3 2021, Forza Horizon 5 is here, and it's taking us to Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 is one of Microsoft's biggest launches of the year, and in fact, were it not for Halo Infinite, it would probably be the single biggest release for the big M in 2021. I've been spending some time with Forza Horizon 5 over the past few days, and while I'm not ready to write a full review about it just yet, I have played enough to give my first impressions of it.

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Surface Laptop SE price delivers a true Chromebook alternative with Windows 11 SE

Surface Laptop SE price delivers a true Chromebook alternative with Windows 11 SE

Microsoft just revealed Windows 11 SE made for education hardware alongside an ultra-inexpensive Surface notebook for schools. The Microsoft Surface SE is the first Surface-brand notebook ever made specifically for K-8 students. It'll be launched for a price of $249, and it comes jammed full of Microsoft 365 applications and support for 3rd-party apps like Zoom and Chrome.

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Forza Horizon 5 released on Xbox Game Pass, immediately goes HAM with millions of players

Forza Horizon 5 released on Xbox Game Pass, immediately goes HAM with millions of players

Microsoft released Forza Horizon 5 on November 9, 2021 for Xbox Series X, in the Microsoft Store on PC, with Steam, and with Xbox Game Pass. This game was released with Xbox Game Pass for multiple platforms, including Xbox (console), PC (Windows), and through the system's Beta Cloud Gaming interface. This means you could potentially be playing Forza Horizon 5 on your tiny baby smartphone by the end of the day today.

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Microsoft is ending OneDrive support for many older Windows PCs

Microsoft is ending OneDrive support for many older Windows PCs

OneDrive will stop supporting many PCs running older versions of Windows starting early next year, Microsoft has announced on its blog. The change will impact Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 on personal computers, the company says, though the discontinuation will take place in two phases, with the first kicking off on January 1.

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Microsoft’s Mesh for Teams lets 3D avatars be you on video calls

Microsoft’s Mesh for Teams lets 3D avatars be you on video calls

Mesh for Microsoft Teams was revealed this week as the company's key to the doorway that is the metaverse workplace. It is with Mesh for Microsoft Teams that the company shows they understand the way people collaborate and work today - but it's more important than that. Mesh shows us Microsoft is ready to deliver virtual presence for people that've just gotten out of bed and wouldn't otherwise want to appear on camera.

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Sega’s “Super Game” gets ready for something huge

Sega’s “Super Game” gets ready for something huge

Sega and Microsoft kicked off November by making a big announcement, revealing that they are considering entering a "strategic alliance." While the details of this partnership are somewhat vague at this early stage, it seems like it could have significant implications for this new generation of consoles. Sega also uses the words "Super Game" at one point in this announcement, so you know that whatever the two companies are plotting, at least they consider it to be big.

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Xbox Game Pass gets one big game after another to start November

Xbox Game Pass gets one big game after another to start November

We already had a feeling that November was going to be a big month for Xbox Game Pass, and now Microsoft has confirmed it by sharing the new arrivals for the first two weeks of the month. For many, the main draw in the first half of November will be Forza Horizon 5, the latest first-party game from Microsoft Game Studios. However, there are still plenty of big additions to look forward to aside from Forza Horizon 5.

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Windows 11 tip and tricks you want to know

Windows 11 tip and tricks you want to know

Windows 11 is currently rolling out as a free upgrade to existing users having eligible devices. The revamped operating system has loads of new productivity-enhancing features and a streamlined interface as compared to the outgoing Windows 10 OS. Truly, the ideal platform for home and office users to make work and creative life easier.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for November offers up two indie gems

Xbox Live Games with Gold for November offers up two indie gems

Just as Sony has revealed the PlayStation Plus games for November, so too has Microsoft announced the next batch of titles that will be available through Xbox Games with Gold. As always, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be getting four different games to download next month. Two of these games will be Xbox One titles, while the other two are Xbox 360 games playable through backward compatibility. All of the games offered through Games with Gold will be playable on Xbox Series X|S, even though none were made specifically for the platform.

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Windows 11 is being made available to more Windows 10 PCs

Windows 11 is being made available to more Windows 10 PCs

Perhaps learning from its embarrassment over the Windows 10 launch a few years back, Microsoft is being less pushy about upgrading to Windows 11 this time around. Or perhaps it's because there are fewer computers that are actually eligible for the upgrade, which limits its potential reach in the first place. Either way, Microsoft is going about pushing the update slowly and surely, and it is now announcing that more Windows 10 users might see a notification that they can upgrade to Windows 11 already.

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Windows 11 “modern design” released for Windows 10

Windows 11 “modern design” released for Windows 10

If you're looking for a way to get just a taste of Windows 11 without taking the full dive, Microsoft has a way. Today Windows 10 Insiders have the ability to download and load the newest design for the Microsoft Store. It doesn't appear exactly as you'd see it with Windows 11, but it's close enough to get you ready to make that final leap.

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Xbox preview brings big updates to Twitch streaming and cloud gaming

Xbox preview brings big updates to Twitch streaming and cloud gaming

Microsoft has launched a new Xbox Preview, and it's a big one. For starters, the new preview going live today adds Twitch integration to the Xbox dashboard. While users have always been able to stream using the Twitch Xbox app, it's been a while since they were last able to start up a Twitch stream through the dashboard itself. The preview also brings cloud streaming functionality to Xbox One, giving Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers the chance to play Xbox Series X/S games without upgrading their hardware.

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