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Surface event teased by Panos Panay to reveal next thing for brand

Surface event teased by Panos Panay to reveal next thing for brand

Pending Google's and Huawei's announcements, the next big event waiting the tech world is Microsoft's Surface event at the start of next month. While there's not much solid evidence of what to expect, many of the rumors sounding like wishful thinking, most do expect that Microsoft will take the Surface brand to the next level. That does seem to be confirmed by the hype that execs like Panos Panay is generating to sell the event in October.

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Windows 10 May 2020 will carry a better Cortana experience for more users

Windows 10 May 2020 will carry a better Cortana experience for more users

If you're looking for new Windows 10 features to get excited about, you might want to look past this year's second major update. Currently dubbed the 19H2 update based on when it's expected to roll out, the next Windows 10 feature release will be a more somber affair, focusing on polish and stability to address the growing number of complaints users have about the OS. That does also means that next year's first major release, a.k.a. Windows 10 20H1, might have more exciting news, including a new Cortana that isn't just more conversational but also more available to users.

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Microsoft To-Do 2.0 launches amidst Wunderlist hurts

Microsoft To-Do 2.0 launches amidst Wunderlist hurts

It's not unusual for larger companies to gobble up smaller ones that have risen in fame in the hopes of capitalizing on the new stardom. It's also not unusual for larger companies to eventually assimilate those hit new products in their own brand and then killing off the original that was responsible for that fame in the first place. That is exactly what happened with popular list and todo app Wunderlist when it got acquired by Microsoft. Admist calls for the company to return the brand and name to its original owners, Microsoft releases version 2.0 of its own To-Do app to show it's all fine and dandy in productivity land.

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Microsoft Project xCloud public preview starts really soon in one country

Microsoft Project xCloud public preview starts really soon in one country

Game streaming is touted to be the inevitable and unavoidable future of commercial gaming but, for that to work seamlessly, a reliable and fast Internet connection is required. That is why it makes sense for game streaming platform developers to make sure they have favorable partnerships with network operators and that's exactly what Microsoft is doing in South Korea with its deal with SK Telecom that will, in turn, make the country the first gaming market to experience its promise of xCloud game streaming.

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Cyberpunk 2077 deep dive gameplay trailer reveals more Keanu

Cyberpunk 2077 deep dive gameplay trailer reveals more Keanu

The game Cyberpunk 2077 will include futuristic landscapes, cybernetic implants in humans, new types of vehicles and weapons, and other science fiction elements, but none of that matters. Not when the game also has Keanu Reeves, aka Johnny Silverhand, "a rebel rocker boy who will be your companion throughout your adventure in Night City."

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Microsoft explains how its big browser Flash-oust will work

Microsoft explains how its big browser Flash-oust will work

Microsoft's plan to oust Adobe Flash from its browsers is on track, the company has reconfirmed today, detailing just what users of Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge can expect next. Announced back in 2017, the plan to divorce the two browsers from Adobe's little-loved product is expected to see Flash removed completely by 2020.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for September could be its broadest line-up yet

Xbox Live Games with Gold for September could be its broadest line-up yet

With September on the horizon, Microsoft has revealed the next round of titles that will be offered through Xbox Live's Games with Gold. As always, these games will be free to download to everyone who has a subscription to Xbox Live Gold, which is required to play Xbox One and Xbox 360 games online. September's games cover a wide range of genres, from shooters and stealth games to puzzle and fighting games.

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Skype update brings message bookmarks, split window, media previews

Skype update brings message bookmarks, split window, media previews

Skype has been updated on desktop and mobile with a variety of new features, the most notable improvements involving messaging. Starting now, Skype users on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS can bookmark any Skype message, making it easier to find in the future. As well, the updated software now also supports saving message drafts, split windows on desktop, and more.

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Microsoft previews new 2-in-1 tablet UI for bleeding-edge Windows users

Microsoft previews new 2-in-1 tablet UI for bleeding-edge Windows users

Windows convertible notebooks promise the best of a laptop and a tablet, and now Microsoft is testing a new Windows 10 feature to better compete with iPadOS on the iPad Pro. Previewed to a select handful of users brave enough to dip a toe into the Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast ring, Build 18970 (20H1) samples a few new tweaks and enhancements to how 2-in-1s work when you flip between form-factors.

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Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 14 looks like MacBook, costs around $560

Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 14 looks like MacBook, costs around $560

The RedmiBook Pro 14 looks a whole lot like a lot of notebooks that've been released in the past few years - but most notably one model in particular. RedmiBook Pro 14 comes in three colors - silver, dark grey, and pink, and comes with a black-bezeled display above a black keyboard in a tray-like depression in the metal just above a centered touchpad the same color as the metal. This device does not run Apple's MacOS software, but DOES run Microsoft's Windows 10 and Office Home.

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Microsoft Outlook finally gets Dark Mode on Android and iOS

Microsoft Outlook finally gets Dark Mode on Android and iOS

Microsft is finally bringing a proper Dark Mode to its Android and iOS apps for Outlook, the company's email service, as well as the Outlook.com website. The company announced the rollout on Wednesday, explaining that it will also bring its Dark Mode to 'the broader [Microsoft] 365 product suite.' This Dark Mode is the result of what Microsoft calls a cross-company design collaboration.

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Mixer streamers can now make money from Xbox Game Pass

Mixer streamers can now make money from Xbox Game Pass

In recent weeks, Microsoft has been doing quite a bit to try to build out its streaming service, Mixer. The biggest move it made was paying Ninja an undisclosed-yet-almost-certainly-large amount of money to drop Twitch and begin streaming on Mixer full time. Now, the company is looking to get more money in the pockets of Mixer streamers, and it's using Xbox Game Pass subscriptions to do it.

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