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HoloLens 2 teaser leaves a lot to the imagination

HoloLens 2 teaser leaves a lot to the imagination

It may not have a foldable smartphone to reveal, but Microsoft will nonetheless be at MWC 2019 with some new technology to show off. The company today teased its announcement, and though the teaser it published was vague, it seems to have something to do with HoloLens. Does that mean we'll see the rumored HoloLens 2 announced in Barcelona later this month?

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Surface devices expand to 20 markets, Headphones to 8 more in March

Surface devices expand to 20 markets, Headphones to 8 more in March

Microsoft struck gold with the Surface. Starting with the Surface Pro to the latest Surface-branded accessories, Microsoft's Surface brand has reported impressive profits in the company's recent earnings report. Spurred by this good fortune, Microsoft is now announcing the launch of the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Studio 2 in an additional 20 markets. In addition, the Surface Headphones will also launch in 8 other markets next month.

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Regrettable Microsoft ads bash Office 2019

Regrettable Microsoft ads bash Office 2019

By now, most of us are aware that Microsoft would much rather have us subscribing to Office 365 instead of buying something like Office 2019 and calling it good. Microsoft, in fact, wants you to buy a subscription to Office 365 so bad that it has absolutely no problem trashing Office 2019 in a new series of ads. Yes, you read correctly: With these ads, Microsoft is attempting to show how bad its own software really is.

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Skype background blur made possible with AI

Skype background blur made possible with AI

Bokeh, the effect of blurring of objects around the subject, has become a popular feature in mobile photography. It's made possible with two cameras but even a single camera can do it with some software tricks. But while that's relatively easy to do with still shots, it's harder to pull off when your subject is less stationary. And that is why Microsoft is resorting to some Artificial Intelligence to implement background blur in Skype video chats on desktops.

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HP VR headset Copper aims for highest display excess

HP VR headset Copper aims for highest display excess

The HP Copper (code-name) VR headset was revealed in part this week as a topmost best-in-class device. Other companies either have their own ecosystem (Oculus or HTC Vive with Steam VR), or are part of Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform - and are relatively bland in industrial design. HP seems to want to break out of that mold, while continuing to utilized Microsoft's program in the process.

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Xbox Game Studios is Microsoft Studios’ new name and vision

Xbox Game Studios is Microsoft Studios’ new name and vision

What’s in a name? Sometimes not much, especially when a company offers the exact same product, just under a different brand. But when giants do some rebrand, it isn’t always just for the heck of it, especially when a simple name change will cost thousands of dollars. So when Microsoft rebrands Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Studios, it’s doing more than just changing the name. Given the news in the past few days, it reflects the company’s expanding vision and ambition for its gaming and entertainment business.

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Anthem Xbox One S bundle hands out free trials like candy

Anthem Xbox One S bundle hands out free trials like candy

Even though we may have been distracted by the surprise launch of Apex Legends, there's another high-profile Electronic Arts game hitting shelves this month: BioWare's Anthem. Today, EA and Microsoft announced that Anthem will indeed be getting an Xbox One bundle in time for launch, and it comes with a decent amount of bonuses for those who are looking forward to the game.

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Project xCloud eyes native console games on mobile via Azure cloud

Project xCloud eyes native console games on mobile via Azure cloud

Even while it is having not so small issues with Windows 10 updates, Microsoft seems to already be turning its gaze towards a new ambitious venture on the gaming side of its businesses. Perhaps emboldened by how its Xbox gaming and entertainment arm has been its most profitable last year, Microsoft is trying to expand its territory in ways it knows Sony and especially Nintendo will probably never do: bring its console games not just to PCs but to mobile as well.

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Xbox Live mobile, Switch cross-platform support will be a game changer

Xbox Live mobile, Switch cross-platform support will be a game changer

Nintendo has proven it wasn't out of the running yet in the gaming console race by breaking records last year with the Switch. But while Sony seems to be unfazed by the threat and remains bullish on its current strategies, Microsoft may be trying to take on the gaming market from a different angle. While the fruits are still a few years away, the company seems to be planting the seeds for an Xbox gaming experience that spans multiple devices and platforms, even those from its rivals.

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Xbox Live down: login, game access problems right now

Xbox Live down: login, game access problems right now

It's been a rough couple of days for Xbox Live. Yesterday morning, Xbox Support alerted users to possible issues with downloading games, and though that problem was at least mostly solved by the early evening, this morning brought some new issues with it. For a while this morning, Xbox Support was reporting problems with Xbox Live sign-in and accessing previously purchased content.

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Comcast users Windows Update issues temporarily fixed

Comcast users Windows Update issues temporarily fixed

The latest Windows Update message facing some users is an error. The old "Error encountered, We'll continue to check daily for newer updates" appeared with the message "We couldn't connect to the update service. We'll try again later, or you can check now. If it still doesn't work, make sure that you're connected to the Internet." If this is something you've seen in Windows Update this week, you're not alone. Let's see how we can get a temporary fix.

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Chuwi UBook will give the Surface Go a run for its money

Chuwi UBook will give the Surface Go a run for its money

The Microsoft Surface Go is, of course, the most affordable Surface ever and it offers a Surface experience to those who either need a companion computer on the go or a portable tablet that can do almost anything within reason. Despite its relatively low price compared to its more powerful siblings, some consider it still overpriced for its specs. If you’re one of those and don’t mind crowdfunding a similar device, then Chuwi’s new UBook might be that perfect bang for the buck you’re looking for.

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