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Halo developer promises split-screen multiplayer to return in future games

Halo developer promises split-screen multiplayer to return in future games

When Halo 5: Guardians was released in late 2015, it was missing one feature that left stalwart fans of the FPS series upset and disappointed: local co-op multiplayer via split-screen. Fortunately there's good news from this week's DICE industry event in Las Vegas, where Bonnie Ross, head of Halo developer 343 Industries, has announced that they've learned from their mistake, with split-screen functionality returning for future titles.

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Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps updated with Focused inbox and more

Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps updated with Focused inbox and more

Microsoft has announced some new updates for the Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps. Says the company, Windows 10 users are gaining access to ‘Focused’ and ‘Other’ tabs in Mail that some Outlook users enjoy today, splitting one’s email in such a way that only the relevant things are shown in ‘Focused’ and everything else is accessible later under ‘Other.’ This feature is joined by several more.

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Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results

Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results

Both Microsoft and Google have agreed to demote piracy links in search results in the UK, it has been announced, in their latest efforts to help crack down on Internet piracy. This move, if it proceeds, will be a first of its kind, and will result in Google Search and Bing demoting websites in search results that give access to copyrighted content without the authority to do so. The first page will be entirely scrubbed of piracy links.

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Microsoft HoloLens tipped to magically leap to v3, skip v2

Microsoft HoloLens tipped to magically leap to v3, skip v2

Impressive as it may be, the HoloLens you currently see right now is still just version 1, which is to say it’s a very expensive prototype. The next version of HoloLens, which might be more fit for public consumption and budgets, will be version 3. Did Microsoft suddenly forget to count? Hardly. However, it is eschewing conventional development wisdom and will leap frog over v2 right into v3. And that’s mostly because it remains uncontested in this still nascent market.

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Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Last summer, Microsoft acquired livestreaming service Beam as part of its plans to further integrate its Xbox gaming platform with Windows 10, and now it appears it's ready to start positioning Beam as a serious rival to Twitch. The company has announced that a new Beam app is coming to the Xbox One, with select Xbox Insider Program members getting early access starting this weekend.

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Cities: Skylines inbound for the Xbox One

Cities: Skylines inbound for the Xbox One

The game Cities: Skylines will be launching on the Xbox One soon, it has been announced. The game’s website says it’ll arrive on Microsoft’s latest-generation console this spring, the newest update for the game following its original release in 2015. The Xbox One version of the game will include the “After Dark” DLC, though whether other DLCs will also be included isn’t known at this time.

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Indie bundle hits Xbox One: 10 games for $20

Indie bundle hits Xbox One: 10 games for $20

The folks at Curve Digital have announced a collection of games for Xbox One all jammed into a single-priced bundle. Each of these games have been out for play in one way or another - on one system or another - before, but they've never been released in a single pack before. Included in the pack are games like Nova-111, OlliOlli, and 10 Second Ninja X, and the whole pack will be available until the 9th of March.

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Now you can make Outlook your default Alexa calendar

Now you can make Outlook your default Alexa calendar

If you're an Outlook user, you might be pleased to know that you can now access your calendar using Amazon's AI assistant, Alexa. Amazon is flipping the switch on Alexa support for Outlook calendars today, and the best part is you can manage all of this through the Alexa app. That means nothing extra to download, and no specific Alexa skills to implement.

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Halo Wars 2 physical PC release has been canceled in the U.S.

Halo Wars 2 physical PC release has been canceled in the U.S.

Last month, it was announced that Halo Wars 2 would be released on physical discs for the PC, and while that plan hasn't changed, the availability of this physical release has. According to a new statement, Microsoft has decided to limit the physical copy to just Europe, nixing its launch plans for the U.S. No solid reason is given for the decision, with the company saying only that its 'plans have shifted.'

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Actiongram brings Hello Kitty characters to HoloLens

Actiongram brings Hello Kitty characters to HoloLens

It's Valentine's Day, which means it's the perfect day for all things cute and heartwarming. If Hello Kitty falls in that particular category for you and you happen to own a HoloLens headset, then good news: beginning today, Hello Kitty holograms will begin appearing in Actiongram. Actiongram, as some of you will already know, is a HoloLens app that allows you to drop holographic characters into your mixed reality world and record the results.

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HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world

HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world

Virtual and mixed reality are pretty great, but they offer somewhat solitary experiences most of the time. Microsoft is trying to change that with its HoloLens platform, improvising a way to create a mode it's calling Spectator View. With Spectator View, you can give others a third-person window into what you're seeing through HoloLens, and all you really need is a second HoloLens headset and a camera.

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Grand Theft Auto 4 now backwards compatible on Xbox One

Grand Theft Auto 4 now backwards compatible on Xbox One

Rejoice, GTA fans! Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has announced that Grand Theft Auto IV is now Xbox One backwards compatible. That means, of course, that Xbox One owners can now pop their old GTA 4 disc into their current-gen Microsoft console and play it without issue. This marks the latest update to Microsoft's expansive backwards compatibility list, which includes many notable games from the company's Xbox 360 era.

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