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Linux on Windows: here are the distros in Windows Store

Linux on Windows: here are the distros in Windows Store

Technically speaking, it has always been possible to run different flavors of Linux on top of Windows. None of those methods have been easy, much less official. Especially considering how the old guard at Redmond was almost viciously antagonistic towards the open source operating system. So when Microsoft announced its efforts to bring a slice of Linux to Windows 10 via the Windows Subsystem for Linux, it was almost like hell froze over yet again and something that probably wouldn’t last. Now it seems that WSL is serious and seriously here to stay, with heavyweights like Debian and Kali Linux joining other Linux distros available on the Windows Store.

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Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE released to public

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE released to public

Microsoft released the Surface Pro with LTE to the public this week after a bit of time up for sale as a business device. This machine was first put on sale for business customers in December of 2017, and is now available to the general public. This notebook tablet piece of Windows machine is up on preorder right this minute and will be going on sale at the start of May in-stores in the United States, Australia, and Canada.

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Cortana Outlook support tipped in testing for Android and iOS

Cortana Outlook support tipped in testing for Android and iOS

Microsoft offers Android and iOS apps for its Outlook email product, and soon those apps will support the company's digital assistant Cortana, at least according to sources speaking about the matter. Once the integration goes live, Outlook users on Android and iOS will be able to ask Cortana to read their emails, get email from specific individuals, get email updates, and more.

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Microsoft Azure aims for public sector with local cloud

Microsoft Azure aims for public sector with local cloud

These days, the cloud computing market is one that's fiercely competitive. Amazon and Microsoft are two companies you hear mentioned frequently when talking about cloud services, and today, Microsoft has announced new services that could give it an edge in the ever-so-important public sector. Perhaps more important for Microsoft is that this move could wipe away an early advantage Amazon has built for itself.

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Microsoft foldable tablet patent has an interesting twist

Microsoft foldable tablet patent has an interesting twist

There is no shortage of patents for foldable device, be it a phone that transforms into a tablet (or vice versa) or a phone that unfolds into an even longer phone. You may think you’ve seen them all, especially when they all start looking alike. Microsoft, however, may have something that’s slightly different yet not at all new. It has a patent that takes a foldable tablet that can slot into a keyboard dock, basically like a Surface Book but using a foldable “Clipboard” instead.

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Microsoft Soundscape helps the visually impaired hear the world

Microsoft Soundscape helps the visually impaired hear the world

With the importance placed on screens, apps, and user interfaces, smartphones have become visual devices first and only communication devices second. That immediately puts a class of people at a disadvantage, those that have trouble seeing or couldn’t see at all. Mobile technology has seemed to have forgotten these part of the population would benefit from the advancements in technology most. And so it is with some sense of relief when developers, especially big companies, give attention to accessibility. Like the new Soundscape iOS app from Microsoft Research, which lets those with visual impairments see the world around them using their ears.

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Xbox One Spring Update with 1440p goes live for insiders

Xbox One Spring Update with 1440p goes live for insiders

Microsoft has just pushed out the Xbox Spring Update to insiders, giving them access to the software that everyone else will get later this year. Chief among the changes and new features arriving in the Spring Update is 1440p support for the Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles. The 1440p setting (also known as QHD) is best for gaming PCs, according to Microsoft.

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Sea of Thieves Xbox One S 1TB launch bundle revealed

Sea of Thieves Xbox One S 1TB launch bundle revealed

Sea of Thieves is the biggest Xbox One release we've had in a while. Not only is it the latest game from famed developer Rare, but it's also a highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive at a time where PlayStation 4 seems to be dominating that particular aspect of the console wars. It makes sense, then, that such as a big game for Microsoft would get its own launch day console bundle.

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Xiaomi Cortana smart speaker in works amid Microsoft AI deal

Xiaomi Cortana smart speaker in works amid Microsoft AI deal

With smart speakers featuring Alexa, Google Assistant, and now even Siri on shelves, it's certainly felt like it was only a matter of time before we'd see one featuring Cortana. Though Microsoft's smart assistant is limited to the Cortana app on smartphones, she's a rather central part of the Windows 10 experience for most people, so a speaker boasting her capabilities would make sense. A new partnership between Xiaomi and Microsoft might bring about such a speaker, with a larger focus on AI services in general for the two companies.

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Xbox One S and X 1440p support is finally coming

Xbox One S and X 1440p support is finally coming

Microsoft has spent a long time talking up the 4K capabilities of its Xbox One X, but what about those of us playing at other resolutions? The extra horsepower the Xbox One X provides isn't entirely wasted on displays lower than 4K, as the Xbox One X also has supersampling capabilities. This means that the Xbox One X can still beef up textures, but downscales resolution to 1080p, providing sharper visuals than you'd normally get.

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Google exposes an Edge bug Microsoft still hasn’t patched

Google exposes an Edge bug Microsoft still hasn’t patched

Google security researchers have revealed a security flaw in Microsoft Edge, making the issue public before a fix for the browser has been released. The problem in the Windows 10 browser was identified by Google's Project Zero team, a group of researchers and analysts that, since mid-2014, has been tasked with digging out flaws and zero-day vulnerabilities in code both inside and outside of the company.

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Windows 10 on ARM is being groomed to fail

Windows 10 on ARM is being groomed to fail

Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be on all its supported platforms and so far it indeed has, from desktops to 2-in-1 tablets to Xbox to even mixed reality. But there is one place where Windows 10 continues to flounder: mobile. While the nascent Windows 10 on ARM, technically “on Qualcomm Snapdragon” really, aims to at least make Microsoft’s case on a new, and so far niche, class of devices. But it seems that Windows 10 on ARM’s published and now retracted limitations seems to paint a picture that is only a bit better compared to Windows RT but still more of the same. That is, a version of Windows 10 that might serve nobody in the end.

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