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Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series arrives in April with ‘Recon’

Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series arrives in April with ‘Recon’

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new lineup of Xbox One controllers, the ‘Tech Series.’ The first controllers launched under this series will arrive next month bearing the name ‘Recon Tech Special Edition,’ and as that name suggests, the controller has a distinct military style. This new product line arrives ahead of the Project Scorpio console slated to launch this upcoming holiday season, giving Xbox fans the ‘most powerful console ever,’ according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft ‘Mac to Surface Assistant’ makes it easy to abandon Apple

Microsoft ‘Mac to Surface Assistant’ makes it easy to abandon Apple

Microsoft has quietly announced a new tool that makes it easy to abandon Mac in favor of its own Surface products. Aptly called ‘Mac to Surface Assistant,’ this tool allows macOS users to quickly back up folders of their own choosing to a USB flash drive or hard drive, which can then be used to transfer the content to a Surface laptop as a single ZIP file.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 has had its fair share of controversy over the way it downloads and forces system updates, and while it's gotten better over time, the upcoming Creators Update looks to make the issue a hot topic once again. While these changes won't be an issue for those with a stable internet connection, it will be of concern for users with limited service. To put it simply, Windows will force downloads of essential updates even when using a metered connection.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 might just be a regular notebook

Microsoft Surface Book 2 might just be a regular notebook

If you were planning on someday trading in your Surface Book for its successor, better hang on to that 2-in-1 computer. It might become a piece of history now. Although the quirky notebook has its fair share of critics, the Microsoft Surface Book was still generally received with thumbs up. It, however, didn’t exactly sell as well because of its high price tag. And so Microsoft will supposedly cut down costs with the Surface Book 2 and it does so by cutting out the device’s most distinctive feature.

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Vista next month

Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Vista next month

Despite Microsoft's continuous efforts to get people to upgrade the latest version of Windows, hold outs who stick to old versions will always remain. If you're still on Windows Vista, though, you may want to consider upgrading, as Microsoft will be dropping support for that particular version next month.

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Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 users globally

Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 users globally

Microsoft Teams, the company’s alternative to Slack, is now rolling out to Office 365 customers globally, Microsoft has announced. This means the software is now available in 19 languages across 181 markets, giving Office 365 users a new option for holding team and office chats. According to the company, Microsoft Teams already has more than 50,000 organizations using the platform, including big-name companies like Alaska Airlines and Expedia.

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Xbox “Project Scorpio” has 4K all over it, internal PSU

Xbox “Project Scorpio” has 4K all over it, internal PSU

Goodbye power bricks! At least as far as the Xbox consoles are concerned. Or at least that is probably the trend that Microsoft is trying to set. The Xbox One S, though slimmer than its predecessor, managed to still squeeze in its power supply inside, doing away with the external, bulky PSUs of old. And, according to sources, that will be true with the still to be formally named “Project Scorpio” console as well. And hopefully for its future consoles, too.

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Microsoft’s Cortana challenges Siri with revamped iPhone app

Microsoft’s Cortana challenges Siri with revamped iPhone app

iPhone owners are probably most accustomed to using Siri for their voice-powered assistant needs, seeing as how well it's integrated with iOS. However, along with Google, Microsoft's Cortana is looking to make itself a serious alternative on Apple's platform, and the latest update brings it closer to matching iOS's native option. Released on Friday, the new Cortana for iPhone app has been overhauled with a new interface, and includes several new features that make it easier to use.

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Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Advertisements on web pages? That's so 2000. Ads in free mobile apps? Becoming a fact of life. But ads in file managers? That's probably pushing it a bit. Yet that is exactly what Microsoft seems to be doing to an increasing degree with File Explorer in Windows 10. No, you don't have to worry about NSFW content suddenly showing up. At the moment, it's just an ad, really nagware, for users to sign up for a premium OneDrive account. But Microsoft's nagware behavior this past years is causing some serious concern among users.

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WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

Apple, Microsoft, and others in the tech industry have responded to Wikileaks' claims of CIA hacking abilities, pushing back on fears of federal agents turning smartphones and TVs into spies. The leak-focussed group, which has prompted controversy in recent months for the role it played in the US presidential election, released a cache of data earlier this week that it claimed proved the US Central Intelligence Agency could routinely eavesdrop through many of the connected devices people have in their homes or pockets. Dubbed "Vault7", the nearly 9,000-strong document drop has prompted chaos among many, uncertain whether their devices are in fact working against them.

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Microsoft teams with Steelcase to pair Surface with creative-friendly furniture

Microsoft teams with Steelcase to pair Surface with creative-friendly furniture

Microsoft sees a market for their work-friendly Surface products, but one that could benefit from the right furniture. To make this a reality, Microsoft has paired up with the folks at Steelcase to create Creative Spaces. Each of these spaces showcases the potential for welcome, workable, inspiring places to work. They've all got multiple Microsoft Surface products inside, of course.

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Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Microsoft has quietly added a new Surface Book to its line-up, but even with higher performance it's hard to recommend the $3,000 2-in-1. Unlike the original Surface Book reveal - and, indeed, the addition of the Surface Book with Performance Base to the range back in October last year, this new iteration has raised nary a peep from Microsoft. That's despite it having some of the highest specifications we've seen from the hybrid 2-in-1 to-date.

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