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Microsoft Andromeda project might not be completely dead yet

Microsoft Andromeda project might not be completely dead yet

While the Surface Go makes quite a tempting proposition, some have unsurprisingly remarked that Microsoft is only trying to distract people from the real issue at hand. That issue is that Microsoft has reportedly postponed “indefinitely” its foldable Surface Phone and the Andromeda software that would run on it. Of course, they never really formally acknowledged the existence of either but neither did they say it’s completely done for. The latter sliver of hope may be what fans of the project have seen in a demo video that has nothing to do with Andromeda but also hints that it might still exist.

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I want a Microsoft Surface GO with goOS

I want a Microsoft Surface GO with goOS

Microsoft released the hardware I'd like to use with software like macOS, but Microsoft released the device with Windows 10 onboard. Apple won't likely release anything smaller than a MacBook Air with macOS onboard, ever - but I still want one. Or maybe what I want is top-notch hardware with a capable operating system without all the junk on Windows that only ever gets in the way of my everyday computing activities. I want something like Windows, but without the junk - I want something we'll call goOS.

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Surface Go takes on Apple, Google and it might just succeed

Surface Go takes on Apple, Google and it might just succeed

Truth be told, there was really no surprise left when Microsoft finally announced the Surface Go other than a confirmation of its existence and its price. It is the affordable Surface that people have been talking about recently and the portable Surface that some may have been waiting for. Of course, Microsoft also confirmed the tough choices that had to be made to keep it small, slim, and affordable. But while it’s not going to appeal to power users, the Surface Go might actually win in its most important battle: taking on the iPad and the new breed of Chrome OS tablets.

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Surface Go official: Lite in more ways than one

Surface Go official: Lite in more ways than one

It’s finally official and there are really no surprises. Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Go, it’s smallest, lightest, and cheapest 2-in-1 tablet to date. Of course, hearing those will make you think of the compromises that were necessary to hit those marks. And while they’re undeniably there, you are getting what you pay for. And it’s not exactly all that bad considering you’re getting a modern looking Surface in the most portable package ever.

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Microsoft’s cheaper Surface could be right around the corner

Microsoft’s cheaper Surface could be right around the corner

Evidence seems to be mounting for a new, less expensive Surface. Rumors have been swirling for a few months at this point, and now, it seems like we may be closing in on release. Not only did a mysterious Surface device recently make a pass through the FCC, but now Microsoft is possibly prepping retailers for a launch that could be coming up quickly.

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Skype read receipts feature appears in latest preview

Skype read receipts feature appears in latest preview

Love them or hate them, read receipts are a common feature on messaging platforms and they'll soon arrive on Skype. Microsoft was spotted testing the feature in its latest Skype Preview build, indicating that the feature will soon be part of the regular Skype product. Once live, users will be able to see who has read their message even if the recipient hasn't responded.

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Outlook.com dark mode will officially launch ‘very soon’

Outlook.com dark mode will officially launch ‘very soon’

Dark mode, a feature that changes an app or website's interface to primarily dark shades, is a frequently request among users, but one that has been relatively slow to catch on. Twitter notably rolled out a dark mode to all of its users last year and Reddit introduced its own dark theme as part of its new redesign. Now Microsoft is preparing to do the same with Outlook.com.

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July Xbox Update 2018: Release and Details

July Xbox Update 2018: Release and Details

Today we're having a peek at the insides of the July Xbox Update, and what it means to partake in its greatness. This includes such features as FastStart for games (SOME games, not all), Games and Apps grouping, Search Option feature additions, Mixer Share Controller improvements, and console broadcasting and stability improvements. These updates are coming out this afternoon to all users as early as this afternoon.

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Surface Lite details: OG Surface returns with Pentium inside

Surface Lite details: OG Surface returns with Pentium inside

Microsoft may have nixed the Surface Phone right at the bud, but it’s not done with the Surface brand yet. Almost out of the blue, rumors of a smaller and cheaper Surface 2-in-1 tablet have begun going round, perhaps to diffuse the tension around the stillborn foldable device. But if you were expecting an iPad killer, you may want to keep on waiting because this is definitely not yet it.

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Xbox One Minecraft and PUBG summer bundles arrive this week

Xbox One Minecraft and PUBG summer bundles arrive this week

Just in time for the hottest part of summer comes a great excuse to stay inside: two new Xbox One bundles. The two new sets, which Microsoft is calling its "summer bundles," are for two wildly popular games -- Minecraft and PUBG. Both bundles feature the Xbox One console in X and S variants, as well as copies of the games and more.

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New Surface tablet makes a pass through the FCC

New Surface tablet makes a pass through the FCC

It seems that Microsoft is indeed working on a new Surface. Of course, many of us probably expected Microsoft to be preparing a new Surface for launch later on in the year, and this appearance at the FCC seemingly confirms those suspicions. After all, gaining FCC certification is usually one of the last steps before launch for new devices.

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Microsoft Surface Phone, Andromeda: what went wrong (again)

Microsoft Surface Phone, Andromeda: what went wrong (again)

It doesn’t seem to be a good year for Microsoft fans, especially fans waiting for the Windows-powered mobile device to show them all who’s boss. Actually, it has never been a good few years for Windows Phone/Windows Mobile believers and, at least for now, it sounds like they never will have a good year. The Surface Phone and Andromeda OS have been shelved indefinitely and considering this isn’t the first time something like it happened, it is perhaps worthwhile to look into Microsoft’s pattern of dashing its own fans’ hopes and dreams.

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