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Sea of Thieves Xbox One X bundle announced just in time for launch

Sea of Thieves Xbox One X bundle announced just in time for launch

Ever since the Xbox One X launched last year, Microsoft has been going hard on bundles meant to tempt gamers into buying one. Convincing people to take the plunge is no small task as the Xbox One X costs a whopping $500, but Microsoft is hoping a new promotion does the trick. Beginning this weekend, Microsoft will bundle in free copies of Sea of Thieves with every Xbox One X purchase.

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SwiftKey 7.0 major update adds Toolbar, Stickers, GIFs, and more

SwiftKey 7.0 major update adds Toolbar, Stickers, GIFs, and more

Mobile keyboard SwiftKey has been updated to version 7.0, the "most significant update" since Microsoft acquired it a couple years back, according to the company. In SwiftKey 7, users on Android (and soon on iOS) get access to "Toolbar," which replaces the Hub. With Toolbar, users are presented with the mobile keyboard's various features, including new ones added in this update.

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Microsoft cloud gaming division sets the stage for post-Xbox streaming

Microsoft cloud gaming division sets the stage for post-Xbox streaming

Microsoft has been spending a lot of time building out its Azure cloud platform lately. A big reason for this focus on cloud is so it can pull ahead of Amazon's own cloud service, which benefited greatly from arriving on the scene early. However, this push to turn Azure into the leading cloud platform could mean big things for other Microsoft services, such as gaming.

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Microsoft Pi Day sale cuts PC and VR prices

Microsoft Pi Day sale cuts PC and VR prices

It's Pi Day, and Microsoft is marking the occasion with a selection of one-day deals including up to 31.4-percent off Windows 10 PCs and accessories. The cut - a reference, of course, to the mathematical constant and irrational number that starts with 3.14159 and then just keeps on going - covers Windows notebooks from ASUS, Lenovo, Dell, and HP.

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Xbox One’s diverse avatar options are reportedly close to launch

Xbox One’s diverse avatar options are reportedly close to launch

Xbox avatars probably aren't a major focus for a lot of gamers, but they've been a big part of the Xbox dashboard since the days of the Xbox 360. Last year, Microsoft announced plans to launch an overhaul that would add a bunch of options for more diverse avatars, but it's been a while since we last heard about the state of that update. As it turns out, it might be just around the corner.

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Microsoft trained an AI to translate Chinese as well as humans

Microsoft trained an AI to translate Chinese as well as humans

An artificial intelligence that can translate Chinese to English as well as a human expert could have a huge impact on breaking down language barriers, experts at Microsoft say. The team, split between Microsoft Research's Asia and US facilities, has been working on machine translation using the same sort of techniques people use to learn languages themselves, only applied to AIs.

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Fortnite Battle Royale cross-play held back by Sony, says Microsoft

Fortnite Battle Royale cross-play held back by Sony, says Microsoft

Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are two of the hottest, and most lucrative, battle royale type games today. But only one of them is going to be available on almost all gaming platforms imaginable, including mobile (but excluding the Switch, at least for now). And only one of them And only one of them will have almost full cross-platform play support. Almost. Fortnite Battle Royale is in the position to become the perfect cross-play massively multiplayer battleground, but only if Microsoft and Sony can build bridges. And Microsoft says that the ball has always been in Sony’s court.

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Hyperkin DUKE Xbox controller mixes the original with new things

Hyperkin DUKE Xbox controller mixes the original with new things

There are a few things in history that were so terrible that they have ironically become more famous than if they were perfectly executed. In the gaming world, one of those is the original Xbox controller. Nicknamed “The Duke”, it earned a lot of names that would make parents blush. And yet that huge controller returns next month, albeit with some slight redesigns. And it’s coming back exactly because the very same gamers who derided it decades ago have demanded a throwback they’re actually willing to buy.

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Xbox One update brings AMD Freesync support, automatic TV game mode switching

Xbox One update brings AMD Freesync support, automatic TV game mode switching

Microsoft has revealed several new software improvements for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, primarily focusing on how games are displayed on different types of monitors and TVs. While the game console will soon be getting 1440p support with the spring update — now live for testers — also on the way are support for AMD Freesync-compatible monitors and the ability for TVs to automatically switch to low latency mode.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 now comes in a Microsoft flavor [Update]

Samsung Galaxy S9 now comes in a Microsoft flavor [Update]

Those who follow Samsung's flagship smartphones each year may remember last year's Galaxy S8 being customized and sold directly from Microsoft. It turns out this year's Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are getting the same treatment, as Microsoft has begun taking preorders online and will sell their version of the device at Microsoft Stores in the US. Just like last year, the Galaxy S9 experience that Microsoft will be offering is designed to put its apps and services front and center for users who prefer them.

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Sea of Thieves gets one last (massive) beta before launch

Sea of Thieves gets one last (massive) beta before launch

We are quickly closing in on the launch date for Sea of Thieves. Anticipation for this new title from Rare and Microsoft is high, thanks in part to the many beta tests Rare has been hosting to make sure Sea of Thieves is ready for prime time. Rare is ready to put the game's servers through their paces one more time before launch, announcing today what will be the final - and largest - beta for Sea of Thieves.

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Windows 10 S Mode details confirmed and explained

Windows 10 S Mode details confirmed and explained

When Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, along with a small army laptops aimed at education and business markets, it wasn’t exactly surprising. Microsoft was on a quest to reclaim lost market share from Google’s Chrome OS. Microsoft’s messaging, however, had customers scratching their heads in confusion. To end that confusion, and complaints about fees for “upgrading” from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft is simplifying its strategy and is simply calling it an “S mode” available to all Windows 10 editions soon.

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