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You can now use Skype Translator in mobile and landline calls

You can now use Skype Translator in mobile and landline calls

Skype's cool real-time translation feature, appropriately named Translator, is getting a rather significant expansion today. What was once limited to Skype-to-Skype calling is now expanding to calls with mobile phones and landlines. This assumes a few things, most importantly that you're part of the Windows Insider program.

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Sorry Apple, Microsoft is stealing your MacBook users

Sorry Apple, Microsoft is stealing your MacBook users

Microsoft would like nothing more than to poach MacBook owners from Apple, and according to the company it's doing that in greater numbers than ever. Coming on the heels of a campaign intended to get MacBook owners away from macOS and onto a new Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, Microsoft now says that "more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before." Why so many? The company says it's down to two big things.

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Best Buy PS4 Slim, Xbox One S prices drop for the holidays

Best Buy PS4 Slim, Xbox One S prices drop for the holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly and to use up that hard earned cash for the deals you’ve been waiting all year long. If you’ve been waiting for the latest gen gaming consoles to drop to their lowest, now might be the best time to buy. And the best play to buy those might be, you guessed it, from Best Buy. The retail giant has just slashed the prices for the PlayStation 4 “slim” and Xbox One S, and even one Xbox One, to make sure you won’t be left bored while waiting for the old year to give way to the new.

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4 reasons Windows 10 on Snapdragon should excite you

4 reasons Windows 10 on Snapdragon should excite you

The gulf between Apple and Microsoft's strategies for desktop and mobile continues to spread. On the one hand, Apple has iOS on its own ARM-based mobile chips, and macOS on Intel x86 processors. Taking the complete opposite approach, Microsoft is forging ahead with the same Windows 10 across both ecosystems. While there's no single "right answer" there are plenty of reasons why Microsoft's announcement with Qualcomm that full Windows 10 is coming to Snapdragon should get you excited.

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Cortana for Android, iOS gets a facelift, heads to the UK

Cortana for Android, iOS gets a facelift, heads to the UK

Cortana might be the smart AI assistant immediately associated with Microsoft and Windows, but, unlike Siri or Google Assistant, she/it isn’t shy about embracing rival platforms as well. While it might not be as powerful on Android and iOS as it is on Windows 10, Cortana on mobile offers users a taste of what the Microsoft life is like. And now those in the UK will be getting their chance to take a taste as well, with Cortana for Android and iOS finally heading outside the US, a year after it launched exclusively there.

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Microsoft celebrates LinkedIn purchase, talks plans for immediate future

Microsoft celebrates LinkedIn purchase, talks plans for immediate future

As expected, Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn has closed. With this acquisition, we see Microsoft's focus on the professional space continue to grow, as the company says this deal merges "the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network." The all-cash transaction topped out at $26.2 billion, or $196 per share.

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Total PlayStation 4 sales cross 50 million mark

Total PlayStation 4 sales cross 50 million mark

Despite Microsoft's recent boost in Xbox One sales, the PlayStation 4 remains dominant. Sony has announced that total PS4 sales have crossed the 50 million threshold, thanks in part to what Sony calls the "best ever Black Friday week in the history of PlayStation." That number includes sales of the freshly-released PlayStation 4 Pro, though at this early point in the console's life, PS4 Pro likely didn't contribute much to the overall tally of 50 million.

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Windows 10 coming to ARM mobile devices thanks to Microsoft and Qualcomm tie up

Windows 10 coming to ARM mobile devices thanks to Microsoft and Qualcomm tie up

The big problem with small and less costly computers that run Qualcomm chips under the hood is that they were unable to run Windows, which is almost a requirement in the business world. That will change with Microsoft announcing a partnership with Qualcomm that will see Windows 10 come to ARM-powered devices. This means that Qualcomm Snapdragon PCs will be able to run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps such as Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and Windows video games.

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Windows 10 Creators Update to include new accessibility features for braille, narration

Windows 10 Creators Update to include new accessibility features for braille, narration

The Creators Update for Windows 10 is still a ways off from its spring 2017 release, but Microsoft continues to share what's in development and what users can look forward to. The latest blog post from the company details some of the accessibility features that will be included with the update, allowing the Windows 10 OS to be just as easy to use for those with disabilities.

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Surface Studio iFixit teardown: ARM CPU, upgradable hard drive

Surface Studio iFixit teardown: ARM CPU, upgradable hard drive

Some of the very buyers of Microsoft's new Surface Studio all-in-one PC will be receiving their orders soon, and the teardown experts at iFixit were among the first to get their hands on one. They wasted little time in diving beyond that 28-inch touchscreen display in their effort to rate the device's repairability. Like most compact PCs and laptops these days, most components are locked in place, preventing any kind of repairs/modifications by users, but iFixit still came away with a few surprises.

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Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Move over tele-commuting. Microsoft’s Holoportation will be the remote office of the future. The somewhat distant future. Microsoft has just published an update to its Holoportation idea that is making Star Wars like holographic communication a reality. And while the technology has already been proven to work, it’s far from being something you can really use anytime anywhere. In this latest iteration, however, Microsoft takes one step closer to that ideal, by allowing Holoportation to fit and be used inside a moving car.

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Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla has snagged one of Microsoft's top designers, with former HoloLens industrial designer Andrew Kim leaving to join the electric car company. Kim will take up the role of Lead Designer at Tesla, his LinkedIn confirms. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, the designer spent three and a half years at Microsoft.

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