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Microsoft Office desktop version is now on the Windows Store

Microsoft Office desktop version is now on the Windows Store

Remember the days when Microsoft was mocked for having half a dozen editions of everything? Those days might be back. There are a few versions of Windows 10 already, with more from the server and enterprise coming soon. And now there are two versions of Microsoft Office in the Windows Store, in addition to the standalone Office suite. The full desktop versions of Microsoft Office applications are now available as a Universal Windows Platform or UWP apps, and we all have Windows 10 S to thank for that.

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Microsoft AI beats Ms. Pac-Man with a perfect score

Microsoft AI beats Ms. Pac-Man with a perfect score

Is this the start of the AI takeover? Well, not really, not unless the world turned out to be one Ms. Pac-Man game. That's because Microsoft researchers from its recently acquired Maluuba deep learning startup have developed an AI that was not only able to beat that specific game but was also able to achieve the highest score possible. A score that no human was able to achieve without a cheat.

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Surface Pro Review 2017

Surface Pro Review 2017

The Surface Pro Review we have here passes judgement on the Surface Pro released in June of 2017, as first outlined earlier this year. With the newest version of the Surface Pro, Microsoft made an equivalent to the iMac G4 by combining two important elements. The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is both enjoyable to use in a unique way, and it’s reliable. The unique/enjoyable factor comes from the keyboard attachment – the one that doesn’t come standard with the Surface itself.

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Major security risk prompts Windows update (8, Server 2003, XP)

Major security risk prompts Windows update (8, Server 2003, XP)

Yesterday, we told you about a new round of security patches heading out to Windows XP. This is unprecedented, not only because Microsoft had long ago discontinued XP extended support, but also because Microsoft already pushed out security updates to XP last month. Windows XP isn't the only legacy operating system getting this new round of vital updates, as Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 are getting them as well.

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E3 2017: All major announcements from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and more

E3 2017: All major announcements from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and more

E3 2017 officially kicks off today, but from here on out, big announcements will likely be few and far between. Like every E3 in recent years, major game companies have opted to host press conferences before the event begins, which is where they make all of their big announcements. There were six big press conferences of note this year - Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Bethesda - and what follows are the biggest announcements from each of them.

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Windows XP PSA: There’s a huge, unusual security update you need to install

Windows XP PSA: There’s a huge, unusual security update you need to install

Windows XP users are being warned to update their PC, after Microsoft spotted "elevated risk" of cyberattacks from WannaCrypt-style malware. The update, which is being pushed out today as part of the company's regular Update Tuesday service, is unusual, because officially Windows XP falls outside of the currently active operating systems that Microsoft supports. In fact, Microsoft put Windows XP out to pasture back in April 2014.

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Xbox One X: All of games announced at E3 2017 (with trailers)

Xbox One X: All of games announced at E3 2017 (with trailers)

E3 2017 is arguably the biggest expo Microsoft has had in years, thanks to the official reveal of the Xbox One X. Though Microsoft spent a fair amount of time talking about the console itself, it used most of its conference time to show off all of the games that will be getting the 4K treatment on Xbox One X. Xbox chief Phil Spencer said there are 42 confirmed games in all, with 22 of those being exclusive titles of some type. Below you can find a list of all the big games announced during the show, along with trailers for each of them.

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Xbox One backward compatibility expands to include original Xbox games

Xbox One backward compatibility expands to include original Xbox games

Though most of Microsoft's press conference time was reserved for the Xbox One X, the company did take a few minutes to touch on a popular program it's been running for months now: Xbox One's backward compatibility. Through this program, Microsoft has made a bunch of Xbox 360 games compatible with Xbox One hardware, giving those old libraries new life. The backward compatibility program is about to get a major expansion, as Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced that his company will soon begin making original Xbox games compatible with the Xbox One as well.

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Xbox One X price confirmed: All the release details

Xbox One X price confirmed: All the release details

With so much time spent on new games today, we were getting a bit worried that Microsoft may not talk about Xbox One X pricing by the end of its show. After all, with a release date to look forward to and a bunch of games on the docket for release, it wouldn't have surprised us to see Microsoft hold pricing details for a later date. Luckily for us, Microsoft decided to talk money just as the show was coming to a close.

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Xbox One X Minecraft 4K gets cross-platform multiplayer

Xbox One X Minecraft 4K gets cross-platform multiplayer

Given that Minecraft is going on six years old, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there wasn't anything left to announce about the indie favorite. You'd be wrong, of course, because Microsoft had not one, but two big things to reveal for Minecraft during its E3 2017 press conference today. This first was that Minecraft will get the 4K treatment with Xbox One X, which may not be much of a shocker to most.

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Xbox One X is Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, releasing in November

Xbox One X is Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, releasing in November

Just as we expected, Microsoft has kicked off its E3 2017 press conference in a big way, giving us all kinds of new details about Project Scorpio. One of the first things Microsoft announced was the console's official name: Xbox One X. Bonus points to you if you guessed that Microsoft would be sticking with the Xbox One name for this new console.

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Latest Windows 10 build teases major features for PCs

Latest Windows 10 build teases major features for PCs

One of the great things about Microsoft's new "Windows as a Service" paradigm is that you won't have to wait N years before getting some juicy features. Sure, Microsoft still does have annual major releases, but, especially if you're an Insider tester, you can get a glimpse of those upcoming treats very early. Microsoft has just released Build 16215 for PCs (and 15222 for Mobile) and it's shaping up to be one hell of release that Windows 10 fans will probably dying to get their hands on.

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