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Microsoft unveils huge new Redmond campus with 18 new buildings

Microsoft unveils huge new Redmond campus with 18 new buildings

Microsoft has unveiled its campus of the future, showing off renders for what will one day be its new location in Redmond, Washington. The company describes this as a multi-year project, explaining that it will renovate 6.7 million square feet of work space at its Redmond campus, as well as adding 18 new buildings, a $150 million transportation infrastructure, and much more.

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Windows 10 Sets goes tab crazy for organization and efficiency

Windows 10 Sets goes tab crazy for organization and efficiency

It might be a little difficult to remember a time when you didn't have tabs in your internet browser, but back when they first started rolling out, the idea seemed so brilliantly simple. For too long, though, that kind of handy functionality has been limited to just internet browsers, but Microsoft is about to change all of that. Today the company announced a new Windows 10 feature called "Sets," and it could very well change the way you use the apps installed on your PC.

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Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. It is even more difficult when learning by yourself, even with the latest apps and methods. Language teaching app Duolingo admitted as much when it finally launched support for just a subset of the language. But learning is one thing, practicing with an actual native speaker is another. Since the latter isn’t exactly convenient or always available, Microsoft Research has decided to leverage the hottest new trend to make it a bit easier: using an AI-powered chatbot.

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New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

This week Chromebooks are once again able to use the entire Microsoft Office app suite VIA Android apps. This is the first time in a while since these apps have been available in a while. For more people, the first time they've been able to use these apps on their Chromebooks at all, ever. These versions of the Microsoft Office apps require a subscription to Office 365, and those without said subscription will only be able to use these apps to view files. Either way, Windows 10 PC manufacturers aren't going to be too thrilled.

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ASUS Windows 10 on ARM device benchmarks are terrible

ASUS Windows 10 on ARM device benchmarks are terrible

When it announced its Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon 835, thrust late last year, Microsoft emphasized power efficiency as the primary selling point. What it might not have disclosed is that those savings in battery life might come at the cost of a significant hit in performance. Following last week’s revelation of a now deleted Geekbench entry comes one that drags ASUS’ name into the news. Sadly, this Windows 10 on ARM sighting might be the worst we’ve seen so far.

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Windows Phone prototype shows working Surface Pen support

Windows Phone prototype shows working Surface Pen support

Here’s another one for the “things Microsoft should and could have done but didn’t” files. It wasn’t too long ago that there rumors and leaks of abandoned plans for a Windows 10 Mobile Lumia phone that could have become the Surface Phone that Windows fans have been dying to have. Unfortunately, that possibility no longer seems to even be on the table, with Microsoft’s practically backing out of even Windows 10 Mobile. Almost to add insult to injury, a new video of an old prototype has surfaced, showing off working Surface Pen integration on a Lumia phone.

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Games with Gold December 2017 list: Warhammer and more

Games with Gold December 2017 list: Warhammer and more

It's that time of the month: Microsoft has unveiled its Games with Gold list for December 2017, revealing to subscribers the titles they get for free with their Xbox Live Gold subscription. According to Microsoft, the latest round of free games have an overall value of $104, though you'll only enjoy that full value if you have both an Xbox One and an Xbox 360 console.

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Microsoft’s Black Friday deals 2017: Xbox, Surface Laptop, more

Microsoft’s Black Friday deals 2017: Xbox, Surface Laptop, more

Thanksgiving isn't just about turkey, it's about escaping your relatives so you can hide in the bathroom and try to score a deal on a Surface Pro or an Xbox One S. Microsoft's Black Friday 2017 deals kick off from November 23, and they span gaming, through Windows Mixed Reality, and all the way to smart speakers. Read on for the highlights.

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Minecraft gets Mixer interactive live streaming, Mixed Reality features

Minecraft gets Mixer interactive live streaming, Mixed Reality features

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, even single-player or solo games need no longer be a solitary activity. From leaderboards to gameplay footage to live streaming, gaming today has become more social than ever before. When Microsoft acquired Beam, which it has renamed into Mixer, it wanted to introduce a new type of social gaming activity: interactive broadcasting. Now Microsoft is bringing Mixer to Minecraft in order to add a whole new element and challenge to the sandbox game: your viewers.

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Surface Book 2 drains battery while gaming even when plugged in

Surface Book 2 drains battery while gaming even when plugged in

Between the two, the Surface Book 2 is supposed to be more powerful than the Surface Pro, whose main selling point is portable productivity. It seems, however, that Microsoft may have artificially leveled the playing field a bit by giving the Surface Book 2 a handicap. Running its own tests, The Verge confirms complaints about battery drain issues when using the Surface Book 2 for graphics-intensive tasks, like gaming, even when it’s connected to the official charger. Reading between the lines of Microsoft’s response, it is all by design.

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Best Buy Black Friday deals mark down games, TVs, and smart speakers

Best Buy Black Friday deals mark down games, TVs, and smart speakers

We're quickly closing in on Black Friday, and as such, a lot of retailers are getting their planned deals out in the open. It seems that Best Buy will have some of the most extensive deals out there, today releasing a 50-page Black Friday preview ad. Within those pages are deals on pretty much any gadget you can imagine, whether you're looking for a video game, a TV, or a refrigerator.

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Don’t plug the Xbox One into a surge protector says Microsoft

Don’t plug the Xbox One into a surge protector says Microsoft

Having power issues with your Xbox One console? The reason may be how it is getting power, or more specifically, how you've set it up to get power. Microsoft recently fired off a tweet via its Xbox Support Twitter account explaining that it designed the Xbox One to plug directly into a wall outlet. Don't use a surge protector even if you are running out of spare plugs.

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