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Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Of the three major "synthetic" reality platforms, Microsoft's HoloLens comes closest to the dream of overlaying digital objects on top of real world ones and interact with both of them in the same way. However, it shares the same limitations as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in terms of the bulk of the headset required for it to function. That is why Microsoft Research teams have been working on a prototype that brings a "true" holographic display to near-eye devices that almost look no different from your regular pair o eyeglasses.

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Xbox One S 1TB special editions get a last minute Spring sale

Xbox One S 1TB special editions get a last minute Spring sale

Spring is nearly over, giving way to summer. Which means a whole season of gaming, solo or with friends. To prepare gamers for the months ahead, Microsoft is slashing $50 off some of its 1 TB editions of the Xbox One S. But better be quick on your feet, because there's no telling when Microsoft will close the window of opportunity and end the sale.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro leaks, but it still isn’t the 5

New Microsoft Surface Pro leaks, but it still isn’t the 5

Microsoft recently stated that it currently had no plans for a Surface Pro 5, however it appears a new Windows 10 tablet is still on the way. Expected to be the center of the company's May 23rd press event in Shanghai next week, images of a new Surface Pro device have leaked, but this time with no mention of a model number. Instead it appears to be a refreshed or updated version of the existing Surface Pro 4 tablet.

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Windows 10 S won’t be able to run Linux distros

Windows 10 S won’t be able to run Linux distros

Windows 10 S might prove to be the perfect operating system for some people, but those people almost certainly won't be Linux fans. Microsoft has revealed that Linux distros won't run on Windows 10 S, which might strike some as a strange announcement to make. After all, Microsoft also recently announced that those same Linux distros will soon be coming to the Windows Store.

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Don’t hold out hope for Halo 3 Anniversary

Don’t hold out hope for Halo 3 Anniversary

You'd think that with HD remakes of the first two Halo games already out in the wild, we'd be able to look forward to a follow up in the form of Halo 3 Anniversary. Though there has been a lot of speculation about such a game, one of 343 Industries' community managers has laid the matter to rest, telling a bunch of hopeful Redditors that Halo 3 Anniversary most certainly isn't happening.

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Here’s what you need to get into Windows Mixed Reality dev

Here’s what you need to get into Windows Mixed Reality dev

For the past months, Microsoft's augmented reality, actually mixed reality, projects have somewhat taken a backseat in the onslaught of VR-related news and development. But at BUILD 2017, Microsoft has picked up the slack to lure developers back into its fold. And this time, it won't be all around the Microsoft HoloLens exclusively. HP and Acer have just signed off on the start of pre-orders for their certified Mixed Reality headsets. Microsoft has also revealed the bare minimum you'll need to make your PC rig mixed reality ready.

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Windows 10 on ARM will run win32/x86 programs without a hitch

Windows 10 on ARM will run win32/x86 programs without a hitch

One of the perhaps the biggest but easily overlooked revelations Microsoft's BUILD 2017 developer conference didn't happen on stage or with any major press release. It, instead, happened in a 13-minute long video over at Microsoft's Channel 9 site. This video confirms once and for all what developers and perhaps users as well have been hoping for. Windows 10 on ARM will fully support "legacy" win32, a.k.a. x86, software at "nearly" native speeds and without any changes to the programs themselves.

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OneDrive Files On-Demand blurs the line between cloud and local

OneDrive Files On-Demand blurs the line between cloud and local

Microsoft's OneDrive is getting a supercharged update, with new features intended to make cloud storage more accessible across PCs and mobile devices, and integrate with Apple's iMessage. Announced at BUILD 2017 today, the software giant's annual developer event, the improvements reflect the growing dominance of cloud storage among individual and enterprise users. As we've seen from other cloud providers, it's all about blurring the line between what's locally stored and what's saved on a distant server.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: 8 things to know

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: 8 things to know

Microsoft has revealed the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, its latest big upgrade with better desktop and mobile integration, VR, and more. Announced at BUILD 2017 today, it's the follow-on to the Windows 10 Creators Update, that began rolling out last month to what Microsoft says is now a cohort of more than 500m devices. Curious? Sure you are, and we've got you covered.

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Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Microsoft has unveiled its take on VR controllers, with the Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers making their debut at BUILD 2017 today. Intended to pair with the Windows Mixed Reality headsets we've already seen announced from a number of companies, the controllers allow for better interaction in virtual 3D space. Meanwhile, there's also news for developers hoping to get their hands on the VR/AR kit.

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Here’s how Cortana will follow you from home, to car, to work

Here’s how Cortana will follow you from home, to car, to work

Microsoft's vision for Cortana goes beyond sitting in a smart speaker on your kitchen counter, with the company showing off some of the ways its assistant could follow you at home and on the road. Bringing Cortana's latest enclosure, the Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker, on-stage at the BUILD 2017 opening keynote today, Microsoft showed how the agent can expand into the car. It's part of a big expansion in what developers will be able to do with Cortana themselves.

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Microsoft blurs the edges of the cloud as Win 10 hits 500m monthly actives

Microsoft blurs the edges of the cloud as Win 10 hits 500m monthly actives

Microsoft is doubling down on the cloud, using its BUILD 2017 developer event to hammer home the idea that in a mobile- and cloud-first world, data crunching comes first. Hopes of new Surface hardware were dashed at day one of the annual conference, with the software behemoth instead focusing on Cortana, Artificial Intelligence, the IoT, and how best to organize the cloud when the levels of data being generated are growing exponentially.

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