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Halo Xbox 360 games lose online service early next year

Halo Xbox 360 games lose online service early next year

On the same day we received a new look at Halo Infinite's campaign comes news that 343 Industries has decided on a new date for the shutdown of online services in Halo titles for the Xbox 360. Originally slated for December of this year, 343 Industries has decided to move the shutdown into 2022, giving Xbox 360 players a little longer before online services disappear.

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Halo Infinite campaign overview sets the stage for war with the Banished

Halo Infinite campaign overview sets the stage for war with the Banished

As promised, today Microsoft and 343 Studios gave us a look at Halo Infinite's campaign. In this new campaign overview, we get to see many of the locations we'll visit throughout the story. Get ready to use Halo Infinite's new grapple mechanic, because it's on display a lot throughout the overview.

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Skype now works also on Firefox after two years

Skype now works also on Firefox after two years

When the video conferencing trend kicked up last year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was no surprise that Microsoft would jump on the bandwagon as well. What was a bit surprising, however, was that it prioritized bringing its younger Teams platform up to snuff instead of promoting the video conferencing service it has had for years. In fact, some might have almost forgotten about Skype at this point, including Microsoft. Two years after launching its new Web app, Microsoft has finally made Skype work on Firefox, though not without what might be an unnecessary warning.

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Surface Neo prototype photos remind us of what may never come

Surface Neo prototype photos remind us of what may never come

The launch and reviews of the Surface Duo 2 may have reignited discussions about dual-screen devices as envisioned by Microsoft. The existence of this smaller Android hybrid device would have naturally also raised questions about its larger Windows counterpart. There has been no official word yet on the fate of the Surface Neo, but new photos of what looks like an unfinished device may spark feelings of nostalgia and longing for a device that may have already been silently canceled.

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Get over the pricy MacBook Pro 2021 with these alternatives

Get over the pricy MacBook Pro 2021 with these alternatives

Apple has “Unleashed” the MacBook Pro 2021 in an all-new 14-inch and 16-inch models starting at $1,999 and $2,499 respectively. The new MacBook Pros arrive with a flat-edge design; this replaces the curves to bring the MacBook Pro in the design language similar to the iPhone 13 launched in September.

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Xbox October update brings night mode and 4K dashboard to all

Xbox October update brings night mode and 4K dashboard to all

October's Xbox update is here, and while it doesn't include a ton of new features, the few that it's shipping are big ones indeed. Chief among the new features in this update is the new 4K dashboard for Xbox Series X. Early adopters have been waiting for this feature for months, but it's not the only notable feature included in the October Xbox update.

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Microsoft making it easier for you to make money from games

Microsoft making it easier for you to make money from games

Microsoft has a system that they're suggesting will make it easier for users to make money from games - so to speak. The system is called "Azure PlayFab User Generated Content", and it's been launched in preview mode for developers this week. With this Azure PlayFab UGC system, game makers will have "battle-tested solutions for hosting an in-game marketplace."

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Halo Infinite PC version, AMD and Razer partnerships detailed

Halo Infinite PC version, AMD and Razer partnerships detailed

Even though most of the Halo series is now on PC, Halo Infinite will mark the first time in series history that a Halo game launches on Xbox and PC at the same time. Today, Microsoft offered an in-depth look at the game's PC version, listing the features it'll support at launch and what it took to get those features up and running. Microsoft also announced new partnerships with AMD, Discord, and Razer for Halo Infinite.

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Microsoft reveals 512GB and 2TB Seagate Xbox Series X storage cards

Microsoft reveals 512GB and 2TB Seagate Xbox Series X storage cards

Microsoft seems bent on the idea that Seagate will be the absolute best company to promote for storage expansion for the Xbox Series X and S. At the launch of the console, Microsoft's own "Designed for Xbox" announced a "close collaboration with Seagate" to create storage expansion for the Xbox Series X. Now they've "collaborated with Seagate once again."

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New Starfield trailer introduces the ‘Settled Systems’

New Starfield trailer introduces the ‘Settled Systems’

Ever since Bethesda's Starfield was given a release date at E3 2021, we've been waiting for more information about the game. Slowly but surely, Bethesda has started to reveal new details about Starfield, at various points discussing the design philosophy behind the game and revealing three in-game cities. Today we're learning even more in a new Starfield trailer that centers on the "Settled Systems" in the Starfield universe.

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Android apps come to Windows 11 today, but not for everyone

Android apps come to Windows 11 today, but not for everyone

For many people, one of the most exciting things about Windows 11 is the fact that the new OS will be able to run Android apps. Microsoft is slowly beginning to launch Android apps for Windows 11, though it seems the feature isn't quite ready for prime time yet. Instead of rolling out Android apps to all Windows 11 users today, Microsoft is launching it on a small scale for some early testers.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition announced: Here’s what’s new

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition announced: Here’s what’s new

After letting the franchise sit dormant for several years, Microsoft teamed with Asobo Studio to launch Microsoft Flight Simulator in 2020. In the time since then, we've seen Microsoft Flight Simulator get six world updates in addition to many smaller updates. Now the companies have announced Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition, which is launching next month with a collection of upgrades.

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