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Xbox One is getting 19 more classic Xbox games this month

Xbox One is getting 19 more classic Xbox games this month

Microsoft just made an exciting announcement for long-term Xbox fans: it'll be bringing another 19 classic titles to its latest and greatest console, these joining the half a dozen more Xbox 360 games added today. These titles will be added to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility catalog some time this month, Microsoft says, bringing with them Xbox One X Enhancements in some cases.

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Valve should stick to Linux for Steam Machines: here’s why

Valve should stick to Linux for Steam Machines: here’s why

Steam Machines have failed, at least commercially. There’s hardly any argument there. Even Valve itself admits as much. Valve, however, would not concede defeat and promises to remain committed to pushing Linux gaming forward. Some might see it as simple lip service to calm SteamOS fans. Others might see it as a pointless endeavor and business suicide. And yet, if Valve’s dreams are to become reality, it really doesn’t have much choice to stick to its Linux guns for the long term and these are the reasons why.

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Windows 3.0 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

Windows 3.0 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

The 90s called and want their file manager back. File managers have become de-emphasized thanks to the more app-centric world of mobile devices, but once upon a time, they were pretty much the center of a user's computing world. Perhaps timed to commemorate the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update and it’s "uncluttered" File Explorer, Microsoft has just released Windows 3.0's File Manager as open source software for both developers and users to look at. And, yes, it runs on Windows 10 too.

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Microsoft’s Project Zanzibar could do for toys what multitouch did for smartphones

Microsoft’s Project Zanzibar could do for toys what multitouch did for smartphones

Microsoft has detailed Project Zanzibar, a research effort involving the development of a smart mat that takes physical toys and presents them on a display, combining real-world and digital play into a single experience. To put it simply, Microsoft says Project Zanzibar is a smart mat that can sense touch and physical items using NFC, in part. The technology could open the door to new types of gaming experiences.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update web search controls are broken

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update web search controls are broken

Another major Windows 10 update, another potential privacy lapse. Although it does seem to respond to criticisms about privacy policies and options, Microsoft can’t seem to avoid making blunders in the first place. More often than not, its policies are clearly made to turn or force users to its services. In the case of the latest Windows 10 update, that has come to mean being forced to always have web search enabled even when the switch says they’re not. And web searches are, of course, powered by Microsoft Bing.

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Skype debuts Content Creator mode with features for podcasters & streamers

Skype debuts Content Creator mode with features for podcasters & streamers

Microsoft has revealed that it's updating the widely used Skype software with tools to improve call recording. The voice and video calling service isn't getting a native recording feature, mind you, but instead is streamlining its integration with existing third-party apps like Wirecast, Xsplit, and Vmix, making it easier for streamers, vloggers, and podcast hosts to get quality recordings for audio and video production.

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Sea of Thieves just revealed how it’ll prevent griefing

Sea of Thieves just revealed how it’ll prevent griefing

With the hype surrounding Sea of Thieves' launch beginning to die down a bit (and the game's server stabilizing as a result), Rare can begin focusing more on improving the game through post-launch content and updates. Rare has been collecting player feedback about the game, and in upcoming patches will look to fix some of the problem areas Sea of Thieves fans have been reporting. If you've been a victim of brig abuse, then take heart, because figuring out a solution seems to be pretty high up on Rare's to-do list.

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Windows 10 on ARM 64-bit apps will finally be coming soon

Windows 10 on ARM 64-bit apps will finally be coming soon

Depending on who you ask, Microsoft’s and Qualcomm’s Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon, is either a dream come true or a deja vu. The first compatible devices have almost delivered on the core promises but falls flat on its face in terms of performance and software selection. The latter, however, might soon finally have a solution in the next few months. Windows 10 on ARM will finally be gaining support for 64-bit apps, which could at least increase the number of compatible apps you can use.

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OneDrive gets Files Restore rollback, Office 365 malware protection

OneDrive gets Files Restore rollback, Office 365 malware protection

Once upon a time, viruses were the bane of the computing industry. They haven’t totally disappeared, they just evolved and took on different forms. Malware is now even spread through malicious links and some can even hold your files for ransom. Microsoft’s software and services still have the notoriety of being the target of such attempts and Redmond is taking a few steps to ensure the safety of its OneDrive and Office 365 users.

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Office 365 Personal users get business-tier security tools

Office 365 Personal users get business-tier security tools

Microsoft is enhancing security for non-business Office 365 users, adding advanced Outlook.com email encryption tools and ransomware detection for Office 365 Home and Personal subscriptions, among other things. With these changes, user data is better protected while keeping intruders from accessing the information. A couple features are rolling out today with the rest arriving in the next few weeks.

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Microsoft XiaoIce AI does more natural “full duplex” conversations

Microsoft XiaoIce AI does more natural “full duplex” conversations

AI-powered assistants and chatbots may be smart about the things they know (which they Google for) or can control (by sending hubs to do the work). They are, however, not so smart when holding a conversation. Talking to one is more like a Q&A interrogation rather than talking to someone really smart. Microsoft’s XiaoIce, however, might be able to fool you. Microsoft’s researchers and engineers are proudly boasting how the chatbot has reached the next level of intelligence by gaining full duplex capabilities.

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Microsoft HoloLens 2 will have these big changes

Microsoft HoloLens 2 will have these big changes

Microsoft got a huge lead in the augmented reality, or mixed reality rather, market, showing off how its HoloLens and Windows Holographic, now Windows Mixed Reality, system could prove to be more practical and useful than virtual reality. It may have, however, rested far too long on its laurels and now a big competitor is just around the corner. That is, perhaps, why the tech giant is suddenly picking up the pace for version 2 of its HoloLens hardware, which might make a big departure from its predecessor.

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