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Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Microsoft has shifted its strategy away from forcing its operating systems on users, including mobile, to a more "services-oriented" tactic that offers apps and platforms for others to build on or use on its competitors' platforms. That seems to be the case even when it has competing products like smart assistants. In fact, in the next Windows 10 update later this year, it will be giving those assistants more control even when the PC is still on its lock screen.

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Windows 10 will now warn users if their version will soon be unsupported

Windows 10 will now warn users if their version will soon be unsupported

Even before it had a chance to fully roll out, Windows 10 was already lambasted for how it nagged users to upgrade to Microsoft's latest but not so greatest. That may now be in the past but it seems that Redmond has found another way to notify users that the version of Windows 10 they're on will be reaching its end of life. What it doesn't make apparent is that it may automatically update such users to the latest version, whether they like to or not.

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Minecraft Earth details dropped as closed beta draws near

Minecraft Earth details dropped as closed beta draws near

Niantic Labs' third smartphone-based AR game didn't exactly bring in as many players or revenue as Pokemon GO but the Harry Potter franchise still has enough fans to get the game by at least by word of mouth. That could be giving developers at Microsoft-owned Mojang some anxiety over their own still upcoming title. To whet Minecraft fans' appetite and, at the same time, publicize the game, Microsoft is dropping a few more tidbits about how Minecraft Earth will play out once the the Closed Beta rolls out next month.

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Xbox Live issue prevents gamers from downloading and purchasing games

Xbox Live issue prevents gamers from downloading and purchasing games

A number of websites and services have experienced issues today, including the multi-hour outage over at Reddit this morning followed by a brief outage at Twitter. Microsoft is among the companies having trouble, in this case with its Xbox services. Though most services remain operational, one is limited, and that's causing big problems for players who want to download purchased or new content.

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Psychonauts 2 hit with delay, now targeting 2020

Psychonauts 2 hit with delay, now targeting 2020

Double Take has had a pretty busy summer so far. E3 2019 in particular was a big show for the company, as it made a surprise appearance during Microsoft's press conference to announce that it's been acquired by Xbox Games Studios. Development on the highly-anticipated Psychonauts 2 is still ongoing as well, but today we got some disappointing news on that front.

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Mini Xbox for xCloud streaming could undercut Google Stadia pricing

Mini Xbox for xCloud streaming could undercut Google Stadia pricing

Game streaming is the future if publishers and console makers have their way. Although the idea isn't new, it is only recently that the technology and industry backing have finally come together. Now that Google is also getting into the game, over players are starting to pick up the pace. Microsoft, of course, has been promoting its own xCloud platform but may soon have a cheaper and smaller Xbox to go along with it.

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Here’s the big Stranger Things Microsoft Windows twist

Here’s the big Stranger Things Microsoft Windows twist

For some strange reason, Microsoft struck a deal with Netflix to cross-promote Windows and Stranger Things Season 3. We've covered earlier teasers of this collaboration over the last couple weeks - today we've got a bit more information on the ever-more name-dropping brand-promoting streaming sci-fi horror adventure show Stranger Things and their future dealings with the big M.

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Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 tease dropped some key Stranger Things details

Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 tease dropped some key Stranger Things details

For the past few days, Microsoft has been making a number of very curious teases all centered around Windows 1.0. It's been decades since Windows 1.0 was the operating system of the day, so these teases definitely piqued the interest of many. From the very start, multiple people have been guessing that these teases could be a tie-in with the third season of Stranger Things, which debuted on Netflix yesterday.

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SwiftKey Puppets puts animojis directly inside the Android keyboard

SwiftKey Puppets puts animojis directly inside the Android keyboard

What is the most used app on smartphones? No, it's not Google search or even the Web browser and it's definitely not Facebook. Instead, that would be the virtual keyboard that use to enter anything from text message to email to even passwords. Taking advantage of that fact, Microsoft is now rolling out a new feature on the Android beta version of SwiftKey that many will liken to Apple's animojis. That may be true to a superficial level because the one thing SwiftKey can do that animojis can't is to be everywhen and on almost every phone.

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Windows 10 Your Phone app can now mirror Android notifications

Windows 10 Your Phone app can now mirror Android notifications

Microsoft may have thrown in the towel in the mobile platform arena but that doesn’t mean it has given up on having a presence in mobile. That means not only having apps on Android and iOS but also trying to bridge the gap between Windows 10 PCs and smartphones. The second scenario is being served by Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app, which just got an important feature that will stop Android users from having to check their phones every time a notification comes in.

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Microsoft has a brighter future in mobile computing with Windows on ARM than x86

Microsoft has a brighter future in mobile computing with Windows on ARM than x86

Rumors about a Surface with an ARM processor has fans both excited and skeptical. That wouldn’t be Microsoft’s first dance with ARM, not even its first ARM-based Surface computer. In almost all cases since the first Surface, Windows on ARM has ended up being a disappointment.

It is almost as if the computing gods were sending Microsoft a not so subtle message to stick with Intel and ARM or, in general, the x86/64 architecture. That may be the easy way out, but it won’t last for long. For better or worse, and Intel certainly won’t like it, Microsoft needs to move heaven and earth to make Windows work perfectly on ARM because its future there will be more promising than on a hardware platform that’s showing its age and limits.

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What’s up with Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 tease?

What’s up with Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 tease?

If you've checked Microsoft's Twitter recently, then you've likely noticed something a little strange. Microsoft is teasing a Windows release, but it isn't actually a new Windows release. In fact, at this point, the release it's teasing is nearly 35 years old.

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