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Xbox Series X in stock at GameStop, PS5 restock imminent

Xbox Series X in stock at GameStop, PS5 restock imminent

A restock for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S hit GameStop this afternoon in multiple formats. Online sales appeared for the Xbox Series S and White Controller System Bundle for $425. An Xbox Series X Madden NFL 21 and Black Controller System Bundle was released as well, for a cool $695.

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Microsoft Word will gain text predictions next month

Microsoft Word will gain text predictions next month

In 2020, Microsoft announced it would be bringing text predictions to Word with the feature using Machine Learning to make suggestions based on the text being typed by the user. Shortly after that initial announcement, the feature was rolled out to about half of the Beta Channel users. Microsoft is now set to make the feature available to everyone according to the Microsoft 365 roadmap.

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There’s Office 2021 good news if you hate software subscriptions

There’s Office 2021 good news if you hate software subscriptions

Office 2021 for PC and Mac is coming later this year, Microsoft has confirmed, but despite what many believe you won't need an Microsoft 365 subscription in order to use it. Although Microsoft has shifted its focus in recent years to subscription-based software and services, particularly as it weaves in cloud functionality and storage from OneDrive, there's still a subset of users that would prefer the familiarity of an upfront purchase instead.

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Microsoft Office LTSC and Office 2021 details revealed

Microsoft Office LTSC and Office 2021 details revealed

There was a time when Microsoft's supremacy in the productivity suite market was challenged by the likes of Google Docs and even open source office suites like OpenOffice and LibreOffice. That phase, however, has come and gone and Microsoft Office still remains the household name in that arena. Unfortunately, it also remains one of Microsoft's more complicated and confusing products, offered in a dizzying array of options. There's always room for more, of course, and Microsoft just what's coming for its "perpetual" release of its Office suite.

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Chrome OS nibbling away at Windows market while macOS holds steady

Chrome OS nibbling away at Windows market while macOS holds steady

According to global shipment readings from the analytics group IDC, the year 2020 made Chrome OS rise as Windows fell. In the year 2019, IDC showed Windows with a total global PC marketshare at 85.4%. In the year 2020, Windows global marketshare rang in at 80.5%, for a year-over-year fall of 4.9%. Chrome OS global marketshare rose by almost that same percentage over the same period of time.

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Windows 10 21H1 update promised to be small and nondisruptive

Windows 10 21H1 update promised to be small and nondisruptive

Depending on who you ask, Windows feature updates are either exciting or stress-inducing, maybe even both. While they bring a fair number of new features and improvements, Microsoft's track record in quality and bugs make each bi-annual release sometimes frightening. Microsoft has been working on improving its process and has even adopted a "tick-tock" cadence but, due to global conditions related to the pandemic, it is delaying making big changes until later this year, making Windows 10 21H1 a smaller "scoped" release.

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Microsoft Garage brings AI features to Journal inking app

Microsoft Garage brings AI features to Journal inking app

Microsoft Garage, the company's program that lets employees work on experimental projects, has introduced a 'reimagined' version of the Journal app, one that offers an ink-first experience for those who love to write instead of type. The Journal app includes notable AI-powered features to categorize your notes and provide other 'magical and useful experiences.'

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Xbox Series X|S backward compatibility gets FPS boost for some older games

Xbox Series X|S backward compatibility gets FPS boost for some older games

Backward compatibility has been one of Microsoft's areas of focus for several years now, and in the lead up to the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, Microsoft confirmed that it will still be a major area of focus moving forward. Most Xbox One games are playable on Xbox Series X|S, along with a number of Xbox 360 games and even a few original Xbox titles. Today, Microsoft is revealing a new backward compatibility feature called FPS Boost that will help some games run even better.

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Microsoft Edge Kids Mode enters testing phase

Microsoft Edge Kids Mode enters testing phase

Microsoft wants everyone to use its new Edge browser, including children. The software giant recently announced a Kids Mode for the Edge browser that has features for protecting children while surfing the Internet. Currently, Kids Mode is rolling out to Edge Insiders in the Dev and Canary channels.

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Xbox will let people with disabilities test game accessibility

Xbox will let people with disabilities test game accessibility

Games have become even bigger last year, partly due to many people being stuck at home. As prevalent as these interactive digital experiences may be, most of them have been designed with majority of gamers in mind, a majority that is made up of able-bodied people. Although some games do try to cater to gamers with disabilities, many still don't especially on more locked-down platforms that don't make it easy to customize games and controls for this subset of people. Continuing a journey it started in 2019, Microsoft's Xbox is starting a new program that will help game developers design their games with accessibility in mind even before the title is launched.

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Microsoft Edge crowdsources which notification requests to silence

Microsoft Edge crowdsources which notification requests to silence

Although notifications have been around since the earliest days of desktop computing, the smartphone has probably made them even more pervasive and invasive. The practice has even crept into other non-mobile systems, particularly web browsers and websites. Browser makers have been trying to keep these notifications in check, include requests to even show users those notifications in the first place. Microsoft has just announced that Edge is also leading that front with a new adaptive notification request system that seeks the wisdom of the crowd on what to keep quiet or allow.

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PlayStation 5 restock hits Amazon and Target without warning

PlayStation 5 restock hits Amazon and Target without warning

Both Amazon and Target appeared to release the Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5) without much warning, putting the next-gen console on sale to the public. It would not appear that Best Buy, Walmart, or GameStop have been gifted additional stock of the exceedingly fast-selling video game console. If either Amazon or Target follow the methods used with the most recent restocks of PS5 and Xbox Series X, there's a good chance one or both will have more stock today or tomorrow.

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