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Microsoft Teams free friends & family video calls have a big advantage

Microsoft Teams free friends & family video calls have a big advantage

Microsoft Teams is adding friends and family features, offering free audio and video calls as well as virtual environments to make catching up with socially-distanced relatives easier and more entertaining. Although already a mainstay of businesses, where Teams competes with platforms like Slack and Zoom, the Teams personal features include the ability to have a call that lasts a whole day without disconnects.

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Microsoft reveals first Xbox and Halo 20th anniversary goodies

Microsoft reveals first Xbox and Halo 20th anniversary goodies

Later this year, the Xbox brand is turning 20 years old. The original Xbox was released on November 15th, 2001, which means that Microsoft has been in the console business for two decades at this point. That date also marks the 20th anniversary of the Halo franchise - one of Microsoft's biggest first-party franchises this side of Minecraft - so all in all, 2021 is a big year for the company's gaming arm. Today, Microsoft revealed what it's doing for the 20th anniversary of the Xbox and Halo brands, and those plans at least in part include launching new gear.

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Xbox Series X|S Dolby Vision testing goes live, but only for a select few

Xbox Series X|S Dolby Vision testing goes live, but only for a select few

Some Xbox Insiders who happen to have an Xbox Series X or S console on hand have quite the surprise waiting for them. Microsoft has revealed that Dolby Vision HDR is now available to certain Xbox Insiders, giving them an alternative to HDR10, which has been available on Xbox consoles for a number of years. We've known that Dolby Vision would be coming to Xbox Series X|S before those consoles even launched, but now it seems Microsoft is getting the ball rolling in a big way.

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Microsoft Surface Duo cuts price in half, but don’t be fooled

Microsoft Surface Duo cuts price in half, but don’t be fooled

The two-screen Android device called Microsoft Surface Duo just had a price gut. It's had its guts ripped out at a whopping 50% off, down to around $700 from its original $1400 USD. This isn't the first time the device's price has been clipped, and it probably won't be the last.

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Windows Holographic 21H1 update brings major new features to HoloLens

Windows Holographic 21H1 update brings major new features to HoloLens

Windows 10's first major feature update of the year is already being prepared for rollout but it seems that the HoloLens 2 is getting dibs on its own major update before PCs. In fact, this update might be even more feature-packed than Windows 10's May 2021 update itself. Windows Holographic version 21H1 is now available for download and it finally brings Microsoft's better version of its Edge web browser, the one based on Google Chromium, of course.

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Xbox Series X Console Purchase Pilot lets real people buy hardware

Xbox Series X Console Purchase Pilot lets real people buy hardware

If you're looking for an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, you're not alone. The next-generation console series shortage is one of a wide variety of results of the COVID-19 pandemic and supply issues worldwide. Once supply was short, scalpers came to take advantage of the situation by buying up the Xbox Series X and S that were sold in the first few waves this year. Now, Microsoft is taking action with a "Console Purchase Pilot."

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Xbox May update brings Quick Resume improvements to Xbox Series X|S and that’s not all

Xbox May update brings Quick Resume improvements to Xbox Series X|S and that’s not all

Microsoft today launched the May update for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, detailing the new features and improvements that are shipping along with it. Those who are on next-gen consoles will find that Quick Resume - one of the marquee features of the new consoles - has been improved, while there's also a new passthrough audio feature for media apps. Add to that a new feature for Xbox Game Pass and some new parental controls, and it sounds like we've got quite the update on our hands.

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Minecraft DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon DLC released with real flying mounts

Minecraft DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon DLC released with real flying mounts

Today a DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon downloadable content pack was released for Minecraft. This new DLC was released to the Minecraft Marketplace with dragons, flying dragons, and the ability to fly on dragons. This content pack was released by Gamemode One, so you know it's going to be wild.

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QuakeCon 2021 dates revealed as event goes all digital once more

QuakeCon 2021 dates revealed as event goes all digital once more

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed a lot of in-person events over the past year and a half, and even though the vaccine roll out might signify a light at the end of the tunnel for many, there are a number of events that will continue take place entirely online throughout the rest of the year. Today, we learned that QuakeCon 2021 is one of those events, as Bethesda has revealed that it will once again be an all-digital affair later this summer.

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Adidas Xbox shoes leaked for 2021 release

Adidas Xbox shoes leaked for 2021 release

PlayStation Nike shoes were announced earlier this year - now it's time for Microsoft to team with ADIDAS for the collaboration that HAD to happen. The first of these shoes was leaked in a document this week: Xbox x Adidas Forum Tech Boost. Per the leaked info, there'll be at least three different shoes with Adidas x Xbox branding, all in the year 2021.

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Windows 10X cancellation shows it can’t outgrow the desktop

Windows 10X cancellation shows it can’t outgrow the desktop

A lot of companies from all industries were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have been able to recover while others closed for good. Some were forced to shift their priorities and delay or completely scrap plans. Thanks to a global shortage in semiconductor components, tech companies are now being hit even more, one way or another. Those factors are reportedly behind Microsoft's decision to indefinitely put Windows 10X on hold but that is actually a symptom of an even bigger problem, one that will probably see Windows forever stuck to desktops and laptops. perhaps even on Intel's and AMD's x86/x64 platforms only.

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Windows 10X may be dead as Microsoft falters on Chrome OS rival

Windows 10X may be dead as Microsoft falters on Chrome OS rival

Windows 10X has been official for about a year and half now, but those who were looking forward to the more lightweight version of Windows 10 - meant to go toe-to-toe with Chrome OS - might want to temper their expectations a bit. A new report today is claiming that Windows 10X won't be arriving in 2021 and may not be arriving in the future at all. While that is obviously disappointing news for anyone who was looking forward to Windows 10X, there might be a silver lining to this announcement at the end of it all.

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