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Windows 10 chkdsk bug causing boot failures addressed by Microsoft

Windows 10 chkdsk bug causing boot failures addressed by Microsoft

Microsoft recently acknowledged an issue that some Windows 10 customers have been complaining about. The issue caused the Windows 10 devices to fail to boot when the chkdsk tool was used to repair file system errors. For those unfamiliar, chkdsk is a command-line tool used to check Windows drive volumes for logical and physical errors.

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Cyberpunk 2077 on Microsoft Store gets a warning, save file limits revealed

Cyberpunk 2077 on Microsoft Store gets a warning, save file limits revealed

It seems that there is really no longer any hope of salvaging Cyberpunk 2077's reputation, especially on consoles. The most damning evidence of the game's problematic performance came from Sony who pulled out the game from the PlayStation Store in addition to refunding buyers. Microsoft hasn't made such a bold move, at least not yet, but while it is also offering refunds, it simply slapping on a warning on its Microsoft Store for those still buying the game for the Xbox One.

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Xbox 360 is losing Halo game services, but you still have time to upgrade

Xbox 360 is losing Halo game services, but you still have time to upgrade

The aging Xbox 360 will lose support for Halo game services, it has been announced, but you'll still have time to upgrade to a newer console. Microsoft plans to end support for the Halo games released on the console, but players will still be able to play the titles -- though, it notes, some game features will stop working.

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Skype gets Together Mode from Teams to create virtual get-togethers

Skype gets Together Mode from Teams to create virtual get-togethers

Microsoft Teams' Together Mode feature has arrived in Skype, enabling more people to see themselves as part of a group using the power of AI. With Together Mode, participants in a video call are presented next to each other rather than isolated in their own windows, providing a more compact view of everyone in a somewhat more natural arrangement.

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Microsoft Surface and servers may be next to dump Intel for in-house ARM chips

Microsoft Surface and servers may be next to dump Intel for in-house ARM chips

Intel's breakup with Apple may only be the start of the chip-maker's problems, with Microsoft rumored to be planning a similar strike out for independence with its own processor designs. While Intel's long-standing rivalry with AMD has given the computing world two main choices for the past decades, industry heavyweights are increasingly looking to Arm-based chips as an alternative.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox refund offered by Microsoft without game pull

Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox refund offered by Microsoft without game pull

This week the game Cyberpunk 2077 was given an all-clear for refunds for Xbox gamers. This isn't the first platform where this refund situation has happened - and it won't likely be the last. At launch, the game was basically unplayable on some of the several gaming consoles on which it was supposed to run smoothly - and players weren't happy.

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Microsoft acknowledges it was hacked via SolarWinds exploit

Microsoft acknowledges it was hacked via SolarWinds exploit

As if the year wasn't bad enough, it seems that 2020 will be ending on a very low note, especially for the IT and cybersecurity community. Reports of several US government agencies being hacked sprung up a few days ago but it seems that the actual damage goes further than that. If the reports are true, which Microsoft pretty much confirms, alleged state-sponsored actors have been able to compromise and infiltrate organizations and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic and the number of victims still keeps growing.

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Mandalorian Xbox controllers verify Boba Fett chain code

Mandalorian Xbox controllers verify Boba Fett chain code

Two controllers appear in a single special Star Wars box. Both controllers per Xbox Principal Designer Elliott Hsu, the custom controllers "feature sketches of the now iconic Child wielding the Force and the steely Mandalorian's Beskar armored profile." These controllers are not going to be available for sale to the public - or at least they don't appear to be planning on selling them individually yet.

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Surface Pro 8 configuration options may have an LTE disappointment

Surface Pro 8 configuration options may have an LTE disappointment

Although it still enjoys some popularity as Microsoft's premier hardware product line, it has been quite a while since it has made a big change for its Surface products, especially the oldest of them all, the Surface Pro. It seems that 2021 won't be any different, at least during the early months when Microsoft is expected to launch its next line of portable computers. But while the next-gen Surface Pro 8 will likely see some welcome upgrades, a new leak hints that it won't be spread equally when it comes to LTE support.

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Microsoft Authenticator gets a password manager: How to set it up

Microsoft Authenticator gets a password manager: How to set it up

When it comes to keeping your various logins across the internet secure, few tools are as useful as a password manager. When combined with two-factor authentication, a password manager can really help you lock down your accounts. Perhaps it comes as little surprise, then, to see Microsoft announce that it's bringing a password manager to its Authenticator app.

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Office 365 now supports Apple Silicon natively – and that’s not all

Office 365 now supports Apple Silicon natively – and that’s not all

Microsoft 365 for Mac has been updated with native support for Apple Silicon, with the core Office apps now running at their best on chipsets like the M1 in the newest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The update, released today, also brings a redesign to Microsoft 365, bringing it in line with the rest of macOS Big Sur.

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Surface Duo availability expanding (for better or worse)

Surface Duo availability expanding (for better or worse)

Microsoft suggested today that they'd be increasing availability for Surface Duo in the year 2021. Back in October of 2019, Microsoft first revealed the Surface Duo (and the Surface Neo), and in August of 2020 the Surface Duo was released on a relatively limited basis. According to Microsoft Devices VP Pete Kyriacou, "since introducing Surface Duo in August of 2020, people have asked when we would make this product available outside the US."

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