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Microsoft has a new app store problem

Microsoft has a new app store problem

Microsoft started in earnest to carve out its own app store platform back in Windows 8 and it was a disaster. Barely anyone paid attention to it, which also left its Windows RT variant devoid of actually useful apps. It tried again with Windows 10 and its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and had more success. But now it might have a new problem it needs to deal with and fast. With the influx of new apps on its Microsoft Store, the company now has to face the reality that there are some who are ready to game the system to trick users, even to the point of getting them to pay for something.

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Google’s strategy to take on iPads needs these to succeed

Google’s strategy to take on iPads needs these to succeed

Once belittled as a glorified browser masquerading as a desktop, Google’s Chrome OS is arguably more exciting now than Android. Save for a phone, it now runs on different form factors, including detachable 2-in-1s and standalone tablets. It can run Android apps and, soon, Linux apps as well, both command line and graphical. Chrome OS is definitely now in a better position to take on even the likes of Apple’s iPads, but it will not be enough to simply have Chrome OS tablets or convertibles. Fortunately, Google might already have all that it needs to take it to the next level.

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Surface Go Costco variant appears with 128GB storage and 4GB RAM

Surface Go Costco variant appears with 128GB storage and 4GB RAM

Costco is selling an unannounced Surface Go variant that has 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, falling between the two variants announced by Microsoft. The offering comes with the same price tag as the already announced 8GB/128GB variant, but bundles a Type Cover keyboard that would cost $99 if purchased separately. The Costco variant isn't available yet, but the company is taking preorders.

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Xbox Scarlett game streaming service and next-gen console details leak

Xbox Scarlett game streaming service and next-gen console details leak

During E3 2018, Microsoft revealed that it is working on next-gen Xbox consoles, something sources later claimed are codenamed "Scarlett." The company also confirmed in June that it is developing its own game streaming service akin to Sony's PlayStation Now, something that will work on "any device." Today a new report claims to offer additional details about Microsoft's plans, including two new consoles and more info on the streaming service.

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team to take the headache out of data transfers

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team to take the headache out of data transfers

Moving your data between internet services is something that isn't always easy or fast. This is especially true when you're doing something like moving photos between social networks or music libraries and playlists between music streaming services. Today, some of the biggest companies in the world announced that they're going to do something about it, announcing the Data Transfer Project.

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Halo Infinite Battle Royale: Don’t get your hopes up

Halo Infinite Battle Royale: Don’t get your hopes up

Battle royale is a genre that's quickly taking the world by storm. On the heels of successful titles like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, many developers have started implementing battle royale modes in their own games. This is starting to extend to long-running, triple-A game franchises as well, with Call of Duty and Battlefield both slated to get battle royale modes in this year's releases.

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Microsoft shares its Xbox plans for Gamescom

Microsoft shares its Xbox plans for Gamescom

Even though it feels like E3 2018 just ended, we'll soon be onto our next big gaming conference of the year: Gamescom. Gamescom is one of the largest gaming trade shows around - outpacing E3 significantly in terms of attendance - so naturally, many game companies will be heading there to show of their latest and greatest. Microsoft confirmed today that it will be at Gamescom next month, and it teased some of the items it'll have on display.

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Microsoft, Walmart enter multi-year AI deal to take on Amazon

Microsoft, Walmart enter multi-year AI deal to take on Amazon

Walmart and Microsoft have struck a new partnership and they're very clear about why: to take on Amazon. The two companies announced a five-year deal today, one that revolves around Microsoft's artificial intelligence technologies and the ways they can help Walmart retail stores. This follows a recent report claiming that Walmart was considering Microsoft technology that will allow it to launch its own checkout-free grocery stores similar to Amazon Go.

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Microsoft calls on government to regulate facial recognition tech

Microsoft calls on government to regulate facial recognition tech

Microsoft is calling for government regulation of facial recognition, citing both the benefits and risks associated with the technology. "Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression," Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a long essay today. For all the good it offers, the same technology can be used to oppress a population.

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Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Microsoft has launched Skype 8.0, the latest desktop version set to replace Skype 7.0, also known as "Classic." The company is encouraging users to update to the newest version, warning that they have only until September 1 to make the transition. Once that date arrives, Skype Classic will stop working, forcing any remaining users to install version 8.0. The update is worth the effort, though, thanks to the numerous new features the latest version offers.

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Microsoft-branded line of Android phones doesn’t make sense

Microsoft-branded line of Android phones doesn’t make sense

It’s amusing to see Microsoft receiving a bit more coverage for what it doesn’t do than what it does. Especially when it comes to its mobile strategy. From the now defunct Windows Mobile to the mythical Surface Phone to the reportedly postponed Andromeda, we’ve mostly heard it all. So when rumors start about a Microsoft-branded line of phones in development, we can’t but help raise an eyebrow. Because while it’s definitely something that’s within the realm of possibility, it makes no sense no matter which way you look at it.

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Microsoft Whiteboard app now available, coming to iOS, web

Microsoft Whiteboard app now available, coming to iOS, web

With its Surface line, Microsoft has stumbled upon an almost niche market of creatives and office workers who love to blend analog input with digital media. Some of those devices, like the Surface Studio, seem squarely aimed at artists and creators while the likes of the Surface Hub cater to work collaborators. Connecting those devices together is the Whiteboard app, now available for all Windows 10 PCs and, soon, on iOS and web browsers.

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