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Surface Pro X upgrade: Microsoft SQ 2 chip and longer battery life

Surface Pro X upgrade: Microsoft SQ 2 chip and longer battery life

The Surface Pro X is getting an upgrade, with Microsoft's ultra-portable 2-in-1 promising more power, more battery life, and more color options. Joining the existing Microsoft SQ 1 chipset built in collaboration with Qualcomm comes a new, SQ 2 version, bringing more grunt to the top-end Surface Pro X configurations.

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Microsoft reveals five new Surface accessories

Microsoft reveals five new Surface accessories

Microsoft doesn't just have a new laptop and an upgraded version of its Surface Pro X today: there's also a host of new accessories and peripherals. Aiming to add to your homeschooling or work-from-home desk, the new line-up includes two new mouse options and a new keyboard, among other things.

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Surface Laptop Go gives Chromebooks some $550 competition

Surface Laptop Go gives Chromebooks some $550 competition

Microsoft's computing family is growing, with a new affordable notebook, the Surface Laptop Go, joining the range of Windows machines. Borrowing features from its Surface Laptop sibling, and a focus on affordability from the Surface Go s 2-in-1, the Surface Laptop Go kicks off at $549.

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Outlook online is down for many users

Outlook online is down for many users

Reports are coming in that Microsoft is actively investigating a web-based Outlook and Exchange Online outage that started early this morning in Europe. Now users worldwide are reporting problems accessing the Microsoft service, which compounds ire already aimed at Microsoft after an Office 365 outage earlier this week.

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Surface Duo teardown magnifies flaws and strengths

Surface Duo teardown magnifies flaws and strengths

The Microsoft Surface Duo is probably one of the prettiest phones we've seen this year but it may have also become one of the most disappointing. Beyond the 2019 specs in a 2020 device, the software experience has also been less than gratifying thanks to the accumulation of small but annoying bugs. The teardown and repair narrative is even worse as iFixit showed and now JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson makes that journey with an even more tragic ending.

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Windows on ARM x64 emulation is finally coming really soon

Windows on ARM x64 emulation is finally coming really soon

Microsoft made a big boast about revolutionizing computing with a new breed of devices running Windows on ARM, specifically Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. While the hardware by itself may be commendable, especially for power-efficiency, Microsoft once again oversold the software story. Not only was the initial Windows experience slow and disappointing, the number of popular Windows software you could run was also extremely limited. Fortunately, that number may skyrocket with x64 software emulation coming in November, at least for brave Insiders.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Fall updates: New games, EA Play

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Fall updates: New games, EA Play

Back at the beginning of this month, Microsoft made a big announcement regarding Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC, revealing that EA Play would be joining both services. We weren't given a precise date for the roll out of EA Play, but that all changed today. Microsoft has revealed when EA Play will be joining Xbox Game Pass, and it looks like the company is planning to hit the ground running in the next generation.

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Keep an eye on this Windows 10 update

Keep an eye on this Windows 10 update

Microsoft released a set of optional driver updates to Windows 10 computers that should never have been delivered. Inappropriate driver updates appeared for a set of users that did not request them, nor require them. This isn't like your everyday average "this latest Windows 10 update has a few bugs" situation - it's more like Microsoft released a software update (or set of updates) by mistake.

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The Xbox Series X previews are out – Here’s what we learned

The Xbox Series X previews are out – Here’s what we learned

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are still about six weeks out, but today, some early previews of the Series X have gone live. Before you get too excited, you should know that these previews are fairly limited in scope, as those who got to test a console early weren't able to play new games made specifically for the Xbox Series X. Instead, previewers were limited to playing current-generation games that will be playable on Xbox Series X/S through backward compatibility.

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Surface Duo to get an important software update next month

Surface Duo to get an important software update next month

Most reviewers of the Surface Duo started out loving the device the moment they took it out of the box and held it in their hands. That honeymoon, however, was mostly short-lived thanks to some very noticeable bugs. While not deal breakers, the accumulation of these rough edges made an already experimental device feel even more unreliable. Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has scheduled a major update for the Surface Duo next month, hopefully, to address most of those concerns.

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Xbox iOS beta app lets you play Xbox games on iPhones with a catch

Xbox iOS beta app lets you play Xbox games on iPhones with a catch

The promise of game streaming includes the ability to play games on almost any device but that promise falls a bit flat when you take into account Apple's platform. Apple gave a big "no" to streaming services like Microsoft's xCloud and Google Stadia, perhaps in favor of something it might launch itself later on. That said, there are other ways to play non-iOS games on iPhones and Microsoft's latest beta of its Xbox app for iOS shows one way.

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Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion to hook you on a $10 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion to hook you on a $10 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Earlier this week, Microsoft dropped quite possibly the biggest gaming bombshell of all time, announcing that it had entered into an agreement to purchase ZeniMax Media and all of its subsidiaries for $7.5 billion. It’s Microsoft’s biggest gaming purchase ever and it's tied with GitHub as the company's third-biggest acquisition period, behind only LinkedIn and Skype. It made this monumental purchase just to get you to sign up for a $10 per month subscription, too.

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