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Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]

Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]

This week the folks at Microsoft behind the Xbox One have released the Netflix subscription model in a game program called Xbox Game Pass. As revealed earlier this year, Xbox Game Pass allows the subscriber to access "over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games" for right around $10 a month. It's easy to envision a service such as this replacing the traditional one-time-cost model that's been in place since the beginning of games - save the additional barrier in-between there and here.

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Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: What you need to know

Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: What you need to know

With the announcements of both the new Surface Pro and the Huawei MateBook E today, we find ourselves in a heated 2-in-1 competition. Huawei and Microsoft aren't the only ones participating, though, as Samsung has also entered the ring with its new Galaxy Book 12. Make no mistake, these three devices certainly have a lot in common, but more importantly, there are a few key differences between them. Here's everything you need to know.

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Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

At first glance, Microsoft has knocked the new Surface Pro out of the park. Coming hot on the heels of the Surface Laptop, the tablet-that's-a-notebook (and which mustn't be called the Surface Pro 5, oh no) could've been overshadowed by its Alcantara-clad clamshell sibling. Instead, Microsoft has gone down the wishlist of existing owners and ticked all the boxes. Well, all apart from one.

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Microsoft beefs up Office 365 for new Surface Pro launch

Microsoft beefs up Office 365 for new Surface Pro launch

In case you missed the news, Microsoft revealed the next Surface Pro during its event in Shanghai earlier today. This is something Surface Pro adherents have been waiting a long time for, but with this new Surface Pro comes news that Office 365 is getting some improvements to Inking. These improvements seem to go hand-in-hand with the new Surface Pen, and indeed, you'll see them come to touch-enabled Windows devices first.

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This is the New Microsoft Surface Pro

This is the New Microsoft Surface Pro

As expected, Microsoft didn't announce a new Surface Pro 2-in-1 at its Shanghai event. It, instead, announce "The New Surface Pro". No number this time, perhaps to hide the fact that this Surface Pro might not be worthy of a bump in digit. That said, with the refinements that Microsoft bestowed on this New Unnumbered Surface Pro, it still deserves to be given a deeper look, especially for those upgrading from a much older Surface Pro model.

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Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Of the three major "synthetic" reality platforms, Microsoft's HoloLens comes closest to the dream of overlaying digital objects on top of real world ones and interact with both of them in the same way. However, it shares the same limitations as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in terms of the bulk of the headset required for it to function. That is why Microsoft Research teams have been working on a prototype that brings a "true" holographic display to near-eye devices that almost look no different from your regular pair o eyeglasses.

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Xbox One S 1TB special editions get a last minute Spring sale

Xbox One S 1TB special editions get a last minute Spring sale

Spring is nearly over, giving way to summer. Which means a whole season of gaming, solo or with friends. To prepare gamers for the months ahead, Microsoft is slashing $50 off some of its 1 TB editions of the Xbox One S. But better be quick on your feet, because there's no telling when Microsoft will close the window of opportunity and end the sale.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro leaks, but it still isn’t the 5

New Microsoft Surface Pro leaks, but it still isn’t the 5

Microsoft recently stated that it currently had no plans for a Surface Pro 5, however it appears a new Windows 10 tablet is still on the way. Expected to be the center of the company's May 23rd press event in Shanghai next week, images of a new Surface Pro device have leaked, but this time with no mention of a model number. Instead it appears to be a refreshed or updated version of the existing Surface Pro 4 tablet.

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Windows 10 S won’t be able to run Linux distros

Windows 10 S won’t be able to run Linux distros

Windows 10 S might prove to be the perfect operating system for some people, but those people almost certainly won't be Linux fans. Microsoft has revealed that Linux distros won't run on Windows 10 S, which might strike some as a strange announcement to make. After all, Microsoft also recently announced that those same Linux distros will soon be coming to the Windows Store.

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Don’t hold out hope for Halo 3 Anniversary

Don’t hold out hope for Halo 3 Anniversary

You'd think that with HD remakes of the first two Halo games already out in the wild, we'd be able to look forward to a follow up in the form of Halo 3 Anniversary. Though there has been a lot of speculation about such a game, one of 343 Industries' community managers has laid the matter to rest, telling a bunch of hopeful Redditors that Halo 3 Anniversary most certainly isn't happening.

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Here’s what you need to get into Windows Mixed Reality dev

Here’s what you need to get into Windows Mixed Reality dev

For the past months, Microsoft's augmented reality, actually mixed reality, projects have somewhat taken a backseat in the onslaught of VR-related news and development. But at BUILD 2017, Microsoft has picked up the slack to lure developers back into its fold. And this time, it won't be all around the Microsoft HoloLens exclusively. HP and Acer have just signed off on the start of pre-orders for their certified Mixed Reality headsets. Microsoft has also revealed the bare minimum you'll need to make your PC rig mixed reality ready.

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Windows 10 on ARM will run win32/x86 programs without a hitch

Windows 10 on ARM will run win32/x86 programs without a hitch

One of the perhaps the biggest but easily overlooked revelations Microsoft's BUILD 2017 developer conference didn't happen on stage or with any major press release. It, instead, happened in a 13-minute long video over at Microsoft's Channel 9 site. This video confirms once and for all what developers and perhaps users as well have been hoping for. Windows 10 on ARM will fully support "legacy" win32, a.k.a. x86, software at "nearly" native speeds and without any changes to the programs themselves.

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