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Microsoft checkout-free system tipped to take on Amazon Go

Microsoft checkout-free system tipped to take on Amazon Go

Microsoft is developing its own automatic checkout technology similar to the kind used by Amazon Go stores, according to sources. With this, retailers can equip stores with a system that monitors what consumers put into their basket and automatically bills them for it, eliminating the need to go through traditional checkout lines. Walmart is reportedly interested in Microsoft's platform.

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Next-gen Xbox “Scarlet” said to be gaming device family

Next-gen Xbox “Scarlet” said to be gaming device family

The next-gen Xbox will be a family of new consoles, not just a single successor to the Xbox One X, as the rumor mill works its magic as the backdrop to E3 2018. Although Microsoft launched a new Xbox only last year, work is unsurprisingly underway on its replacement, with an aggressive roadmap for just when we could see fresh gaming hardware hit shelves.

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HoloLens 2 tipped for Q1 2019: Cheaper, Lighter, and broader AR

HoloLens 2 tipped for Q1 2019: Cheaper, Lighter, and broader AR

The new HoloLens is on track for a Q1 2019 release, new leaks have suggested, as Microsoft prepares to skip a generation with its augmented reality headset. The company has been dropping hints about what we can expect from "HoloLens 2" for some months now, as it tries to avoid the mistakes it made in smartphones in the coming age of AR and VR.

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Your Microsoft Office is getting an update: Here are the details

Your Microsoft Office is getting an update: Here are the details

Microsoft has a new redesign coming up for Office 365 users. Also going live on the Office.com iteration of Microsoft's productivity suite, this new redesign has three major focuses in all. While two are relatively minor and focus on visuals and efficiency, there's one major change that even Microsoft knows it needs to tread carefully with.

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New Surface tablets, Xbox Two tipped with tiny details

New Surface tablets, Xbox Two tipped with tiny details

A whole bunch of new Microsoft Surface devices are just around the corner, and we're taking a peek at a preliminary list. This set of devices seems to have been leaked to several sources this week. Given Microsoft's seemingly random process of decision making when it comes to new device reveal event dates, now seems as good a time as any!

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Cortana will helpfully let you break into locked Windows PCs

Cortana will helpfully let you break into locked Windows PCs

The ubiquity of voice-controlled smart assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and even Microsoft Cortana should probably motivate an audit of our platforms’ security features. Because more often than not, the almost overarching powers given to these virtual assistants come at the price of, well, giving them too much power. Cortana may not be the most famous one of the bunch but, considering it’s pre-installed on every Windows 10 PC, especially laptops and tablets, then it has even more potential to do harm, as this McAfee report proves.

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Xbox Adaptive Controller accessibility gamepad goes up for preorder

Xbox Adaptive Controller accessibility gamepad goes up for preorder

Microsoft unveiled its Xbox Adaptive Controller, an accessibility controller, last month following a big leak. That same controller is now available to preorder from the company, though it still won't be shipping to buyers until September. Not familiar with the controller? Here's everything you need to know.

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New Xbox consoles teased at E3 2018

New Xbox consoles teased at E3 2018

We don't expect much in the way of new hardware at E3 this year, and for the most part, Microsoft's press conference was in line with those expectations. While Microsoft didn't have new consoles to announce outright, that didn't stop Xbox boss Phil Spencer from dropping a little tease about the future of the brand. According to him, Microsoft is currently building the next Xbox consoles, so we have confirmation that the company is already preparing for the next generation.

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Microsoft confirms that it has a game streaming service in the works

Microsoft confirms that it has a game streaming service in the works

Game streaming is something that many companies have tried and failed to pin down. Sony, in fact, has been the most successful company when it comes to game streaming thanks to PlayStation Now, but obviously, Microsoft isn't just going to sit idly by while Sony rakes in those streaming bucks. At the tail of end of its E3 2018 press conference today, Microsoft confirmed that it has its own game streaming service in the works.

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Microsoft just announced three new Gears of War games

Microsoft just announced three new Gears of War games

If you went into Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference expecting Gears of War reveals, you certainly got them. Microsoft revealed a trio of new Gears of War titles today, including Gears 5. The other two games are going to provide interesting takes on the long-running franchise, especially if you happen to like collecting Funko Pop figures.

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Forza Horizon 4 takes us to Britain with dynamic seasonal weather

Forza Horizon 4 takes us to Britain with dynamic seasonal weather

With last year's Forza Motorsport 7 in the books, it's time to turn our attention back to the immensely successful Forza Horizon series. As expected, Forza Horizon 4 was announced by Playground Games during Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference today. The latest game in the Forza Horizon series is going to be bringing some interesting new features with it, including a new setting and dynamically shifting seasons.

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Halo Infinite revealed for Xbox One and Windows 10

Halo Infinite revealed for Xbox One and Windows 10

We had a feeling that a new Halo title might make an appearance during Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference, and sure enough, one did. In fact, Microsoft wasted little time in announcing this new Halo title, dubbed Halo Infinite, kicking off its show with the reveal trailer for the game. It looks like we'll be joining Master Chief on another space-faring adventure soon.

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