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Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

It looks like there's a big redesign for the Microsoft Store on the way to Xbox One users. Microsoft will begin testing this new store this week, and it's making some hefty promises about its improvements over the original store. As is usually the case with these Microsoft tests, only a few will be able to take it for a spin right away - the rest of us will have to wait until Microsoft rolls it out to more users.

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Halo classics getting crossplay features, Infinite multiplayer to be free

Halo classics getting crossplay features, Infinite multiplayer to be free

The past few days have been great for fans of the Halo franchise. Of course, there's the shadow of Halo Infinite looming over the horizon but that's still a few months away at best. In the meantime, those fans can relive the good old days but with some slight twists. Thanks to the Master Chief Collection, the classic Halo titles are getting more than just a fresh coat of paint but new capabilities like crossplay between PCs and Xbox consoles.

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Microsoft really wants to buy TikTok despite imminent US ban

Microsoft really wants to buy TikTok despite imminent US ban

Just like Google, Microsoft hasn't had any real success with building a social networking network. In fact, it barely even tried beyond the brief research experiment So.cl and the acquisition of an employment-centric LinkedIn. If it weren't for all the focus that TikTok came under due to threats of a US ban, Microsoft's intention of purchasing a large part of the popular video-based network would have never come to light until the deal was sealed. Curiously, Redmond seems really bent on pushing through with those plans to the point of publicly talking about it in the face of US President Trump's threats.

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Microsoft pulls plug on consumer Cortana: Invoke and app shutdown roadmap

Microsoft pulls plug on consumer Cortana: Invoke and app shutdown roadmap

As Microsoft continues to narrow Cortana's scope and turn it into an AI assistant that's primarily used in Microsoft 365, the company has made the decision to drop pretty much all of Cortana's consumer integrations. Today, Microsoft outlined a roadmap for Cortana's end of support, and it begins in September with the company pulling the plug on all third-party Cortana skills. Not long after, we'll see the Cortana app vanish and its integration with the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker end as well.

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Microsoft Edge URL bar crash issue fixed: How to update

Microsoft Edge URL bar crash issue fixed: How to update

Microsoft Edge web browser had a bit of an issue with its primary URL bar system that caused the application to crash. Every time you tried to start entering a URL into the address bar, the web browser would crash. Now, it would seem, enough users have complained about the issue that Microsoft's dev team on Edge have taken care of said issue.

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Halo Infinite devs respond to campaign demo graphics complaints

Halo Infinite devs respond to campaign demo graphics complaints

Last week, 343 Industries gave us our first real look at Halo Infinite's campaign during Microsoft's big Xbox Series X game showcase. In the week since then, there's been a lot of discussion about Halo Infinite's graphics and a decent amount of that discussion has been negative. In short, many players were less than impressed by what they saw in that demo, and a number of them have voiced their concerns about the game through social media.

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Halo Infinite leak hints at a big free-to-play multiplayer shift

Halo Infinite leak hints at a big free-to-play multiplayer shift

Halo Infinite has been in the news a lot lately, as it was the headliner during last week's Xbox Series X game showcase. Since that showcase, there's been plenty of discussion about the game's campaign, its graphics, and even some mention of microtransactions, but there hasn't been a whole lot of talk about Halo Infinite's multiplayer. A new leak today is changing that, and it's supposedly revealing a lot of juicy details about how multiplayer will work in Halo Infinite.

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Surface Duo teased again with two new hints

Surface Duo teased again with two new hints

You can probably hear Microsoft's hype machine churning by now. Without easy access to more traditional forms for marketing resources, the company's executives have taken it upon themselves to build up the buzz for what is probably one of its biggest device announcements since the first Surface 2-in-1 tablet. Corporate VP Brad Anderson once again gives the public a glimpse of the Surface Duo, this time subtly teasing some more details to look forward to next month.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator gets Steam release date, post-launch VR support

Microsoft Flight Simulator gets Steam release date, post-launch VR support

The impending release of the Xbox Series X has largely overshadowed another upcoming Microsoft release: Microsoft Flight Simulator. The much-loved series is finally making a comeback this year, nearly 15 years after the last major entry in the series, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, which launched way back in 2006. Microsoft Flight Simulator X also came to Steam in 2014, but beyond that port, things have been very quiet on the Flight Simulator front.

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Surface Neo is officially not coming this holiday

Surface Neo is officially not coming this holiday

If the rumors are correct, the Android-powered Surface Duo might finally be arriving on August 24. Initially slated for "late 2020" and then to July, Microsoft may finally be launching one of two incarnations of the stillborn Microsoft Courier device. For some, however, the phone-like Surface Duo is merely a shadow of that dream, with the Surface Neo and its Windows 10X offering a closer approximation. Unfortunately, we won't be able to compare and contrast those two this year and, if other whispers are to be believed, not even next year.

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Microsoft Edge Collections are now on Android and iOS

Microsoft Edge Collections are now on Android and iOS

Switching its browser to using a Chromium base is a double-edged sword for Microsoft. On the one hand, it can no longer really boast about its own, home-made innovations in the browser engine space and has become a bit indebted to its rival, Google. On the other hand, that also frees it up to focus on unique features that are starting to make Edge actually desirable for some users. That isn't just on the Windows 10 only either as Microsoft is now rolling out a new feature to mobile that was once limited to its Edge's desktop versions.

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Surface Duo might finally fulfill Courier dreams next month

Surface Duo might finally fulfill Courier dreams next month

August could be an auspicious month for Android, and not just because Samsung will be dumping a whole lot of devices next week. Although it seems to have flip-flopped on the exact dates, it seems that the years-long wait for Microsoft Courier fans is coming to an end. Although coming in a completely different form, the Surface Duo is expected to deliver a preview of Microsoft's vision for dual-screen devices and that show may finally be starting on August 24.

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