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Xbox Game Pass gets a huge edge over PlayStation Now

Xbox Game Pass gets a huge edge over PlayStation Now

Microsoft has just announced a major expansion to the way its Xbox Game Pass service will work moving forward. While Xbox Games Pass has been a hub for finding older Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles, it will soon change to feature games that are much more recent. Though Xbox Game Pass ultimately arrived a little late to the party, this move could give it a big edge against Sony's longer-running PlayStation Now service.

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Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now more affordable

Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now more affordable

If you expected virtual, augmented, and mixed reality to be the centerpiece of CES 2018 a few weeks ago, you might have been sorely disappointed. Is the honeymoon finally over? Perhaps not. But there is a growing trend of making the technology more accessible to more people, in terms of design and, more importantly, price. As if to counter the arrival of cheaper and standalone headsets, Microsoft and its OEM partners have seemingly all decided to cut the prices of their virtual mixed reality gear by nearly half. Well, at least almost all of them.

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The Xbox Watch nobody asked for has leaked

The Xbox Watch nobody asked for has leaked

The smartwatch market seems to be slowing these days, with only a few major players (like Apple) still pursuing a slice of that particular pie. A few years back, however, it seemed that everyone was making smartwatches and fitness trackers of some variety, with Microsoft counted among that group. Many of you are probably familiar with Microsoft's Band line of wearables, but have you ever heard of the Xbox Watch?

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Microsoft puts Chrome OS in schools on notice with $189 laptops

Microsoft puts Chrome OS in schools on notice with $189 laptops

Microsoft is taking on Google's Chrome OS direct, announcing a new push in sub-$200 notebooks that will target Chromebooks' market share in classrooms. Launching at the Best education expo today, the new range of laptops kick off from as little as $189, competing directly with affordable Chromebook hardware from ASUS, Acer, and others. However, there are also software and service updates which Microsoft expects will sweeten the deal.

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be dead on arrival thanks to Microsoft

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be dead on arrival thanks to Microsoft

As far as strategy games go, the Age of Empires series ranks among the best of them. Age of Empires II is arguably the most fondly remembered game in the series, and a few years back, it was remastered to play nice with modern systems and displays. Now Microsoft is looking to do the same thing with the first Age of Empires game, and after being hit with a delay that pushed it beyond its original October launch window, we now have a new release date. Unfortunately, that release date becomes a lot less exciting when you realize that Microsoft is playing the exclusivity game with this launch.

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launch details are here

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launch details are here

History has had an undeserved reputation of being boring or dead. And yet it has become the source of inspiration of some the most addictive and most engaging games of all time, like Sid Meier’s Civilization and, of course, Age of Empires. Microsoft Studios attempted to launch a Definitive Edition of the original title last year to mark it’s 20th anniversary. Sadly, it also announced a delay right before it launched. The good news is that there’s no stopping conquerors and negotiators now, with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launching next month.

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Forza Horizon dev tapped for new Fable game says report

Forza Horizon dev tapped for new Fable game says report

Up until now, it seemed like the mainline Fable series had been put to bed for good. Microsoft shut down Lionhead Studios in 2016, and ever since Fable 3's release way back in 2010, we've only received spin off titles that don't really do much to capture the original trilogy's feel. That may all change shortly, as new rumors claim that Microsoft is looking to revisit the Fable series and has a new game in development.

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Surface Book 2 15-inch goes up for pre-order in 17 new markets

Surface Book 2 15-inch goes up for pre-order in 17 new markets

The Surface Book 2 is a pretty solid piece of hardware, assuming you've got the money to put down for one. The device is still relatively young, having only launched back in November, and thus far, only its 13-inch models have been available in most regions. That all changes today, as Microsoft has announced that it's bringing the 15-inch Surface Book 2 to 17 new markets.

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Microsoft AI reads documents, answers questions better than humans

Microsoft AI reads documents, answers questions better than humans

Some bemoan how present society has devalued reading skills and comprehension, which doesn’t bode well for human civilization as a whole. To add insult to injury, it seems that computers may soon become even better than humans at comprehending what they read. The Microsoft Research team in Asia have created an artificial intelligence that can not only read a document, it can even answer questions about said document, scoring higher than humans on that same test.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade still available, but you need to be quick

Free Windows 10 upgrade still available, but you need to be quick

Back when Windows 10 first launched, Microsoft made a huge push to get those on Windows 7 and 8.1 to upgrade. Most notably, this included a promotion that offered Windows 10 upgrades for free for a year, along with the sometimes infuriating desktop pop-ups that came with it. That promotion ended some time ago, but as it turns out, there's still a way to get a free Windows 10 upgrade if you're currently on Windows 8.1.

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PUBG on Xbox One hit a huge milestone of its own

PUBG on Xbox One hit a huge milestone of its own

As of today, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been available on Xbox One for a month. On December 12, PUBG entered Xbox Preview, which is Microsoft's program for unfinished games that want to give players access before launch. Today, Microsoft announced that in the time since it launched, PUBG has become quite the sensation on Xbox One.

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Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders

Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders

Signal, the company behind the encrypted messaging app by the same name, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft. Under this partnership, Signal will help Microsoft bring a new feature to Skype called 'Private Conversations.' With Private Conversations, users can choose to engage in conversations secured by end-to-end encryption, a feature many Skype users have been requesting but that still isn't available to general users.

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