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Cortana suggested reminders keep track of your email obligations

Cortana suggested reminders keep track of your email obligations

Microsoft has announced the arrival of suggested reminders in Windows 10 via Cortana, its personal assistant. With this feature, Cortana mines your email to find any mentions of obligations or promises to deliver something by a certain time or date. When it finds such a promise, Cortana will prompt you with a suggested reminder about that item, ensuring you don't forget to follow through.

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Windows 10 UWP games arriving on Xbox One this year

Windows 10 UWP games arriving on Xbox One this year

Prophets of doom who bemoaned Microsoft's nefarious plans to unify its two gaming platforms was just given some ammo by no less than Microsoft itself. At its Windows Developers Day event, Redmond boasted of its progress on its Universal Windows Platform or UWP, some of which will already be experienced in the upcoming Creators Update. One aspect, however, might take a bit longer but will send ripples in Microsoft's gaming spheres. Sometime later this year, you will be able to install and play the UWP games you have on your Windows 10 PC right on your Xbox One.

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Windows Cloud screenshots leak, resembles Windows 10

Windows Cloud screenshots leak, resembles Windows 10

Earlier this week we heard the news that Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows dubbed "Windows Cloud." While very few details are known about this variant of the operating system, a pair of the first screenshots have already surfaced on the web. Surprisingly, it looks almost identical to the standard version of Windows 10, with no discernible differences.

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Outlook on mobile is now 2 years old, add-ins added

Outlook on mobile is now 2 years old, add-ins added

Microsoft Outlook is popular (or notorious) among desktop users back when Personal Information Management suites, or PIM for short, were the hottest thing in software. That shifted a bit during the mobile revolution but now Microsoft is trying to make up for lost time. While still just a fraction of its full self, Outlook mobile is gaining what Microsoft calls add-ins that turn Outlook on your smartphone or tablet into more than just an e-mail app. And just in time, too, for the app’s second year on mobile.

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This is Microsoft’s wish-list for 2017 Windows PCs

This is Microsoft’s wish-list for 2017 Windows PCs

Microsoft is plotting a big Windows 10 push for 2017, and in order for it to succeed, the company will need the help of its OEM and ODM partners. A big part of this seems to be convincing consumers to upgrade to a more modern PC that offers support for Windows 10 features that may not be available in older machines. At its WinHEC 2016 conference in Shenzen last December, Microsoft outlined its vision for the modern PC, and it just recently made the video of that presentation available online.

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Microsoft Edge browser’s upcoming features teased

Microsoft Edge browser’s upcoming features teased

Microsoft desperately needs to make people forget about its ugly past in the web browser market. That’s why it’s putting its marketing engine hard at work to promote the hell out of the new and fancy Microsoft Edge web browser. If you do ignore compatibility with sites that still need the ancient Internet Explorer, Edge does offer a more modern and, perhaps more importantly, cleaner browsing experience. And it’s about to get even better in the Windows 10 Creators Update! Or at least that’s the tune Microsoft is singing its latest teaser for its fledgling browser.

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Xbox One Ocean Shadow and Winter Forces controllers launched

Xbox One Ocean Shadow and Winter Forces controllers launched

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a pair of new Xbox One controllers, the turquoise-colored Ocean Shadow Special Edition model and the modern-camo Winter Forces Special Edition Controller. Both of these controllers will be available to Xbox One and Xbox One S owners across the world starting on February 7, says the company. Both controllers will cost $69.99 USD.

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Microsoft “Windows Cloud” might be Windows RT in disguise

Microsoft “Windows Cloud” might be Windows RT in disguise

Few Windows versions have earned the hatred of even Microsoft’s staunchest fans. That list includes Windows ME, Windows Vista, and, more recently, Windows RT. And yet it seems that Microsoft isn’t ready to give up on the “RT” idea just yet. Microsoft is allegedly preparing a new version of Windows, based on Windows 10, of course, and it’s calling it “Windows Cloud”. According to sources, however, it has absolutely nothing to do with Microsoft’s cloud products. Instead, it sounds pretty much like Windows RT, sans the now infamous name.

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Windows 10 Game Mode arrives for some Insiders tomorrow

Windows 10 Game Mode arrives for some Insiders tomorrow

Microsoft says some Windows 10 Creators Update features will be arriving for Windows Insiders starting tomorrow, and counted among them is the new Game Mode. Overall, Microsoft says this will be a big week for both PC gamers and Xbox One gamers, at least those who are part of the respective Insiders programs. Insiders on Windows 10 will see some new features crop up tomorrow, while Xbox owners will see the features appear 'in the coming days.'

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Microsoft Project Scorpio console details leak, 4K still in question

Microsoft Project Scorpio console details leak, 4K still in question

While TV makers and content producers are trying hard to push for more 4K content, one of the largest entertainment sector remains on the fence about it. While console makers like Sony and Microsoft proudly advertise support for 4K resolutions, they aren’t making a forced effort to push game developers in that direction. It seems that Microsoft won’t be changing its tune any time soon, even with the still to be formally named Project Scorpio console. Reading between the lines of leaked developer materials, the console could indeed support 4K but would still let game developers use the added power for other things instead.

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Windows Defender Security Center announced, previewed for Creators Update

Windows Defender Security Center announced, previewed for Creators Update

Microsoft has been revealing new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update at a pretty decent pace, and today we're getting another one to add to the list. Say hello to the new Windows Defender Security Center, which will serve as something of a hub you'll be able to use to make sure your PC's security is up to snuff. There are five main "pillars" of the Windows Defender Security Center, and Microsoft broke them down today in a post to the Windows Blog.

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Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

While the last year seems to have been a positive one overall for Microsoft, with the company debuting interesting new hardware, such as the Surface Studio, alongside the growth of its software, including Windows 10. However, it appears Microsoft still has plans to follow through with last summer's promise to slash almost 3,000 jobs, with 700 layoffs said to be announced next week alongside the company's quarterly earnings report on January 26th.

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