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Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10 just got a lot more useful

Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10 just got a lot more useful

Of all the gaming features present in Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar doesn't seem to get a lot of attention. There are, after all, a lot of programs that can capture screenshots and gameplay video like the Game Bar can, so when the tool was first introduced in Windows 10, a lot of players probably stuck with what they were already using. Nevertheless, Microsoft has been improving the Game Bar over time, and the new features it's introducing today might make it worth another look.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update released: What you should know

Windows 10 May 2019 Update released: What you should know

The next major Windows 10 update has been released, Microsoft announced on Tuesday. Users can download the Windows 10 May 2019 update starting today, though Microsoft cautions that it is taking a 'measured and throttled approach' to the release. Users who want the update as soon as possible can manually check for downloads; everyone else can keep tabs on the release through Windows release health dashboard.

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Microsoft Edge comes to macOS via Chromium-based preview

Microsoft Edge comes to macOS via Chromium-based preview

Some Microsoft faithful might feel that Microsoft lost an edge when it gave up on its homegrown web rendering engine but the benefits of basing Microsoft Edge on Chromium could make up for what little was lost. In addition to less development effort on the engine itself and support for a larger number of Chrome extensions, Microsoft Edge also gets support for platforms outside of Windows 10. One of those is macOS and now, Mac owners and developers can get a taste of what this new Edge has to offer, if they're willing to put up with a work in progress.

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Microsoft’s new Xbox commitments target toxic parts of gaming

Microsoft’s new Xbox commitments target toxic parts of gaming

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has detailed Microsoft's commitment to dealing with the toxic culture found in the gaming community. In his commentary on the matter, Spencer kicked off the details by saying, 'First, gaming is for everyone.' As such, says Spencer, 'Second, gaming must promote and protect safety for all.' Under these two 'fundamental truths,' Microsoft's head of Xbox explained, the company is publishing multiple commitment that will improve gaming for everyone.

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Korean government is moving from Windows to Linux

Korean government is moving from Windows to Linux

Microsoft Windows is the most used operating system in the world, at least when talking about desktop and laptop computers. In addition to the usual consumer and enterprise customers, it is also used in government offices and computers. That may have been the status quo but more and more governments are looking to other solutions for one reason or another. The latest to start that journey is South Korea, whose government is planning to migrate its computers to the open source operating system Linux.

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Minecraft’s latest sales figures prove it isn’t going anywhere

Minecraft’s latest sales figures prove it isn’t going anywhere

Today is a pretty big day for Minecraft, being the 10th anniversary of its first public release. The game has come a long way in 10 years, spreading from PC to pretty much every modern platform available, becoming a tool for education, and soon, it'll even make the jump to augmented reality. It's one of the most enduring games of the modern era, and today, Microsoft gave us a better idea of just how popular it's become over these past 10 years.

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AR game Minecraft Earth is about to take over the world

AR game Minecraft Earth is about to take over the world

Last week, Mojang and Microsoft started teasing something very interesting ahead of Minecraft's 10th anniversary: an AR game. Today, the first public release of Minecraft turns 10 years old, and the two companies are celebrating by ever-so-slightly pulling the veil back on that AR game, which is called Minecraft Earth. Making the jump to AR worked wonders for Pokemon, so can it work for Minecraft too?

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Sony and Microsoft cloud gaming deal struck in shock to gamer universe

Sony and Microsoft cloud gaming deal struck in shock to gamer universe

Microsoft and Sony are pretty fierce competitors in the gaming space, so the mere suggestion that they'd partner for anything gaming related is certainly a strange one. Yet here we are, with both companies announcing just that today. Sony and Microsoft have revealed their intention to "collaborate on new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences and AI solutions," though this partnership is still very clearly in its early stages.

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Intel chip flaw allowed hackers to watch you browse the web

Intel chip flaw allowed hackers to watch you browse the web

There's a flaw in the vast majority of Intel chips from here back to the year 2011 called ZombieLoad. That's what security researchers are calling it, anyway. The name refers to data a processor cannot handle, a "zombie load" which can be exploited thanks to a code vulnerability in Intel hardware.

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Minecraft Classic can now be played in your web browser

Minecraft Classic can now be played in your web browser

In just about a week, Minecraft turns 10 years old. Though the game officially released at the end of 2011, it first became available publicly way back in 2009 and went through a series of alpha and beta versions that built the foundation of what the game is today. Minecraft Classic is something of a snapshot of those early days, and now, it's much more widely available.

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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection lets Xbox One gamers replay history

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection lets Xbox One gamers replay history

It may no longer ring a bell for the younger generation of gamers but, once upon a time, SNK was right up there with the likes of Atari and Nintendo. Best known for the Neo Geo console and franchises like King of Fighters, SNK boasts of a rich history that inspired many modern games today. Owners of Xbox One consoles can relive and replay those classics, legally of course, with the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection available now on Microsoft's consoles.

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Alexa finally gets hands-free support on Windows 10

Alexa finally gets hands-free support on Windows 10

Alexa has been available on Windows 10 hardware by way of an official app since November, but to a lot of people, that app sort of felt like a half-measure. The main problem is that you can't simply summon Alexa through voice commands like you can if you were speaking to an Echo device. When it comes to voice assistants, the "voice" part turns out to be pretty crucial.

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