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Xbox One Alpha, Beta testers can now try out mouse support

Xbox One Alpha, Beta testers can now try out mouse support

Microsoft has been promising mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One for several years now, and it looks like they're finally about ready to make good on the feature. Following the announcement of a partnership with Razer for new accessories back in September, a select few Xbox One owners can now start experimenting with using a mouse. Announced yesterday, the feature is part of a new system update rolling out for members of the Alpha Skip Ahead and Beta Ring programs.

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Microsoft now officially owns GitHub

Microsoft now officially owns GitHub

Back in June, Microsoft announced its intention to purchase GitHub. The monolithic company revealed that it would pay an impressive $7.5 billion in stock to add GitHub to its portfolio, making this one expensive deal. Today, we're getting word that the acquisition is complete, having gone through all the necessary regulatory channels to gain approval from the world's various governments.

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Xbox Game Pass coming to PCs

Xbox Game Pass coming to PCs

Console and PC gamers alike fear that Microsoft might be smashing their two worlds together. Those fears have so far not yet been realized though Microsoft has indeed taken steps to put its two gaming platforms on somewhat equal footing. Fortunately, those changes have been pretty beneficial for gamers on both sides of the fence. At a recent earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed plans to again level the playing field by bringing the once Xbox-exclusive Game Pass subscription to Windows 10 PCs as well.

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Samsung HMD Odyssey+ upgrade tackles the big VR issue

Samsung HMD Odyssey+ upgrade tackles the big VR issue

Samsung is starting the work week by announcing something of a refresh for its HMD Odyssey headset. Early on, the original HMD Odyssey took its place as one of the higher-end Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets, and this new model - dubbed simply the HMD Odyssey+ - builds on that. A lot of things are staying the same, but there are a few improvements worth talking about.

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Windows 10 version 1809 may have yet another file-deleting bug

Windows 10 version 1809 may have yet another file-deleting bug

It’s not Halloween yet but Windows 10 version 1809, a.k.a. the October 2018 update, is already starting to fill with horror stories from users. It won’t be long before the update becomes a scary anecdote in Microsoft’s history again. After it had pulled the problematic update for deleting the files of a few users, some Insiders are reporting that the supposedly fixed version of the update is again riddled with frightening errors. One that won’t directly delete your files but won’t tell you that it deleted them either.

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Surface Laptop 2 teardown offers no hope for self-repairs

Surface Laptop 2 teardown offers no hope for self-repairs

It’s not uncommon to come across devices that score low on iFixit’s repairability index. These often include tightly enclosed smartphones and especially Apple’s products. There are, however, a few that have earned the distinction of having a score of zero. One of those is the Surface Laptop, Microsoft first and most premium notebook. With the Surface Laptop 2, Microsoft has the chance of addressing some concerns. Sadly, it seems that iFixit’s teardown adventure is a case of deja vu instead.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 teardown: same old, same old

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 teardown: same old, same old

You'd be forgiven if you got a major case of deja vu seeing this year's new Surface Pro 6. Unless you got the savvy new matte black color, you might, like iFixit, think you bought a spare "new Surface Pro" (2017). The incremental upgrade path is almost similar to what Apple has successfully been doing with its MacBooks. And to really drive the MacBook similarity home, the Surface Pro 6 also enjoys the same low repairability score of Apple's premium notebooks.

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There’s a Taco Bell Xbox One X and it’ll make you hungry

There’s a Taco Bell Xbox One X and it’ll make you hungry

The Xbox One X is an impressive machine, but the kind of capability it brings to the table is definitely expensive. The Xbox One X normally retails for $500, making it the most expensive console on the block and pricing it outside the budget of many gamers. If the Xbox One X is a little too pricey for your tastes, you might be pleased to know that Taco Bell and Microsoft are giving you the chance to snag one for free.

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Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 now available for purchase

Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 now available for purchase

Not everyone is dying to have a new phone. Some, however, might be in dire need of a PC upgrade. A mobile PC, that is, even before Google and, now, Huawei had its time on stage, Microsoft took the spotlight to reveal its latest Surface products. Many of those have been leaked beforehand though at least one accessory came as a complete surprise. Of course, that was just the announcemnt. Fortunately for Surface fans and would be Surface fans, the wait is over now that at least two of these devices are finally on Microsoft Stores shelves.

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies from cancer at 65

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies from cancer at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has passed away at the age of 65, his company Vulcan has confirmed. The news comes only weeks after Allen revealed that his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer had returned, an illness he was treated for nearly a decade ago. Allen died on Monday afternoon from complications related to the illness.

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Microsoft Word and OneNote online will soon get a dictation tool

Microsoft Word and OneNote online will soon get a dictation tool

Microsoft has pledged to help individuals with dyslexia access important technologies used for education and more. As part of its mission, Microsoft says its will be expanding its Educational research, products, and materials to help support students with dyslexia. One important change is the addition of a dictation tool to OneNote and Word online.

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Surface Laptop 2 has a new color that you can’t get

Surface Laptop 2 has a new color that you can’t get

Microsoft is turning the Surface brand into something more akin to smartphones. It has expanded the name to include accessories, for one, like mice, dials, and, now, headphones. It has also introduced a new Surface Pro 6 with a new color variant. Its latest move? Sell color variants that are available only in select markets. That's exactly what Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay did in Beijing today when he announced a new Blush color for the Surface Laptop 2 that you can purchase only if you reside in China.

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