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Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 end of sales was October 31, 2016

Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 end of sales was October 31, 2016

If you are familiar with the Windows operating system, you are probably aware that Microsoft has a lifecycle for its older operating systems that includes launch, on sale, end of sale, and end of support dates. Microsoft has announced that the end of sales for Windows 7 and 8.1 for PCs with the OS pre-installed ended as of October 31, 2016.

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Microsoft Flow IFTTT rival is now open to all

Microsoft Flow IFTTT rival is now open to all

It seems that Microsoft is now getting into the habit (again) of creating new products that can be seen as a rivaling copy of a popular service. Skype Teams, for example, is set to kill Slack. Microsoft Flow, which has been in preview for quite some time now, is aiming its guns at IFTTT. But while IFTTT has the advantage of popularity, age, and non-exclusivity, Microsoft Flow is going to hit hard in one area where IFTTT might have trouble settling in: the enterprise.

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Windows Store is now 100,000 apps smaller

Windows Store is now 100,000 apps smaller

Microsoft’s Windows Store hasn’t exactly been the largest of three major app markets, and now it is smaller than ever. According to reports, Microsoft has shaved off almost a hundred thousand apps from the Italian Windows Store alone, reducing that number by a third. Those apps, however, weren’t just removed on a whim but, due to a lack of response from developers, have been deemed non-compliant with new age classification requirements as well as being practically dead.

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Surface Dial support coming to Surface Pro 4, Surface Book

Surface Dial support coming to Surface Pro 4, Surface Book

As interesting as the Surface Studio is, especially for artists, it is made even more interesting by the Surface Dial accessory. But while the Surface Studio won’t be shipping until December, the Dial will actually be available starting November 10. Why the advance party, you might ask? Because you can actually use it with any Windows 10. But even better, if you already have a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, you will even be able to use it on those two’s displays.

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Gears of War 4’s first free maps arrive on November 1

Gears of War 4’s first free maps arrive on November 1

Xbox One exclusive Gears of War 4 has been out for a few weeks now, and players, especially those that partake in the multiplayer modes, might be wondering when new maps will be released. Fortunately, Microsoft has just addressed that, revealing that the first two maps will be available for players starting in early November.

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Skype for Business comes to Mac, Skype iOS gets Siri messaging support

Skype for Business comes to Mac, Skype iOS gets Siri messaging support

Microsoft's messaging and video calling platform Skype has released two updates heading into the weekend, one each for the Mac and iOS. The first isn't technically an update, but a brand-new app for the desktop: Skype for Business, the platform's service that focuses more on inter-office communication and productivity, along with heavy Office integration. The second is an update the regular Skype app on iOS, which introduces the ability to send messages by dictating them to Siri.

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Microsoft Paint 3D preview available for Windows Insiders

Microsoft Paint 3D preview available for Windows Insiders

While Microsoft announced a slew of new hardware yesterday, primarily focusing on the Surface Studio all-in-one, another pleasant surprise was the debut of the Paint 3D app, a modern version of the classic MS Paint program from previous generations of Windows. Coming to Windows 10, Paint 3D has been overhauled from the basic, rudimentary drawing tool to an application supporting stylus and touch input, and capable of quick, easy 3D object creation.

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Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is for serious typists

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is for serious typists

Those who spend a significant number of hours typing everyday know the importance of a good keyboard. If you're a serious typist of one sort or another, the regular Surface keyboard isn't going to cut it. Thusly enters Microsoft's Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, an offering to go alongside the new products Microsoft announced today. The keyboard is compatible with the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Studio.

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How Surface Studio takes on iMac in 5 steps

How Surface Studio takes on iMac in 5 steps

The Microsoft Surface Studio was revealed this morning in a presentation that may be making Apple apprehensive. You see, Apple has an event taking place tomorrow, and they'll be revealing their own machines. It's likely Apple will have a set of new MacBook Pro units ready for the public then. But for now, Microsoft is attempting to get in while the getting is good.

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Surface Dial pricing and release date info revealed

Surface Dial pricing and release date info revealed

In revealing its Surface Studio all-in-one today, Microsoft also showed off a new accessory called the Surface Dial. The Dial seems interesting not only because of what it can do, but also because it's compatible with the range of Surface products - not just the Studio. Just like that, Microsoft has dropped pricing and release date info on the Surface Dial in our laps, and its launch is actually just a couple of weeks away.

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Microsoft Surface Studio AIO goes toe-to-toe with iMac

Microsoft Surface Studio AIO goes toe-to-toe with iMac

Microsoft today announced a new device in the Surface lineup, introducing the world to the Surface Studio. Surface Studio is an all-in-one PC that's looking to get into the thick of it with the iMac and other computers in its class, and Microsoft is coming to the fight with a lot of hardware backing it up. First and foremost is the 28-inch PixelSense display, which offers support for over a billion different colors.

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Surface Book i7 release date and pricing join power and battery life

Surface Book i7 release date and pricing join power and battery life

Microsoft Devices leader Panos Panay stepped onstage today to present the newest version of the Surface Book. This new edition of the device is the one shown in several videos released today - and seen below. It looks very, very similar to the original Surface Book, but here has longer battery life and a bit more power for the ever-evolving needs of the everyday user.

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