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Microsoft plotting Skype Teams as a competitor to Slack

Microsoft plotting Skype Teams as a competitor to Slack

Earlier this year, we heard that Microsoft had considered putting in an $8 billion offer for Slack, a group messaging service that has quickly grown in popularity over the last few years. Then, remembering that it had already shelled out billions of dollars for Skype, Microsoft pulled out of negotiations with Slack. Now it seems Microsoft is planning to use the Skype platform to develop a Slack competitor, calling it Skype Teams and offering a fair amount of functionality that Slack doesn't have - namely Office 365 integration.

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Xbox One begins testing Clubs, LFG features for preview members

Xbox One begins testing Clubs, LFG features for preview members

Members of Microsoft's Xbox One preview program have started receiving a test version of the console's October update, and it seems to focus on two main new features: Clubs, and Looking for Group (LFG). These are both essentially tools designed to bring fans of the same games together, as well as make it easier to find others who want to play the same multiplayer content in real-time.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally gets its battery fix update

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally gets its battery fix update

Surface Pro 3 users have been getting pretty tense about the lives of their tablet/laptop hybrids over battery issues that somewhat mysteriously appeared just after the device reached the end of its warranty period. Some even already had theirs shipped for an out-of-warranty replacement, which, of course, costs no small amount of money. Hopefully, they can now breathe a sigh of relief as Microsoft has finally released the firmware update that will fix the issue once and for all. Or at least that’s the promise.

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Microsoft launches portal to report hate speech on its products

Microsoft launches portal to report hate speech on its products

Microsoft has launched a portal in which users can report hate speech located on one or more of several of its products, including OneDrive, Xbox Live, and more. Because it is possible that content could be removed erroneously, Microsoft has also launched a portal through which affected users can request that their disabled content be reinstated. This is merely a refinement of the company's existing content policies.

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Surface Book 2 may have surfaced via Microsoft Instagram page

Surface Book 2 may have surfaced via Microsoft Instagram page

Fans of the Microsoft Surface Book are aflutter after an image Microsoft posted to its Instagram page appears to show a new version of the high-end computer. The image appears to show a Surface Book with a different hinge design under the screen and above the keyboard. The first image in the story here is a comparison of the image Microsoft posted that has caused so much stir and the other is the original Surface Book.

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Russia-exclusive Halo Online PC game is getting shutdown

Russia-exclusive Halo Online PC game is getting shutdown

Most people probably know Halo as the flagship FPS game series on Microsoft's Xbox consoles. But what you may not have heard is that in early 2015, Microsoft released a free-to-play game called Halo Online for Windows PCs, making it exclusive to the Russian market. The game was never intended to be released outside the region, and it was only ever playable as a closed beta, but now it's been revealed that the projects has been cancelled for good.

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Xbox Design Labs controllers begin shipping out to customers

Xbox Design Labs controllers begin shipping out to customers

If you pre-ordered one of Microsoft's new Xbox Design Labs controllers for your Xbox One, you'll be pleased to know that the first batch of them has started shipping out. Microsoft announced today that those who pre-ordered should receive their controllers in early September, so if that's you, check your email to see if yours has shipped.

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Post-update Windows 10 PCs crash when Kindle is plugged in

Post-update Windows 10 PCs crash when Kindle is plugged in

Some Kindles are crashing PCs that have received the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, an issue that has come to light shortly after news that many webcams were broken by the update. According to recent reports, when some Kindles are plugged into these PCs, the computer will crash, resulting in a blue screen of death and forcing the computer to reboot. The extent of the issue isn’t known at this time, as the information about it largely comes from affected Kindle/PC owners. Judging by these reports, though, the Kindle Paperwhite seems to be particularly affected.

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Microsoft Project Scorpio might need an Xbox One emulator

Microsoft Project Scorpio might need an Xbox One emulator

Microsoft is no stranger to backwards compatibility. Windows owes much of its excess baggage to that. Recently, however, that trait become an asset when the Xbox One gained compatibility for Xbox 360 games. Even Sony, much to its embarrassment, was impressed and couldn’t follow suit. It seems that we might see a repeat of that, though for reasons still hard to fathom. Project Scorpio, Microsoft’s promised “monster” of a next gen console, might actually use an emulator to support Xbox One games, something implied from a job posting sighted online.

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Microsoft Cache app for Windows, iOS smells like OneClip

Microsoft Cache app for Windows, iOS smells like OneClip

Instead of simply keeping all its eggs in its own Window 10 or Windows 10 Mobile basket, Microsoft, either officially or through its Garage skunkworks arm, has been steadily putting out mobile apps that cross the platform divide into iOS and Android territory, ranging from the useful to the insane. One of the latest, fortunately, straddles the “useful” category. Microsoft Garage’s “new” Cache app lets you clip anything and sync those between Windows and iOS devices. We say “new” because, truth be told, it sounds a lot like Microsoft’s “OneClip” tool from last year.

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Microsoft’s Xbox Onesie looks as ridiculous as it sounds

Microsoft’s Xbox Onesie looks as ridiculous as it sounds

Any gamer worth their salt is going to tell you that comfort is a paramount concern when it comes to long gaming sessions, and now Microsoft is giving those players the opportunity to experience the gaming comfort that only an Xbox-branded onesie can provide. Say hello to the Xbox Onesie, a truly ridiculous product that we nonetheless can't help but find intriguing.

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Lenovo to bundle Office and other Microsoft apps on Android devices

Lenovo to bundle Office and other Microsoft apps on Android devices

Lenovo and Microsoft have announced that they are teaming up to deepen their strategic tires. The team up will mean that Lenovo will now load Microsoft productivity apps by default on its Android powered devices. That will presumably mean tablets and smartphones. Lenovo expects to ship millions of Android devices globally over the next several years.

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