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Windows Defender Security Center announced, previewed for Creators Update

Windows Defender Security Center announced, previewed for Creators Update

Microsoft has been revealing new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update at a pretty decent pace, and today we're getting another one to add to the list. Say hello to the new Windows Defender Security Center, which will serve as something of a hub you'll be able to use to make sure your PC's security is up to snuff. There are five main "pillars" of the Windows Defender Security Center, and Microsoft broke them down today in a post to the Windows Blog.

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Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

While the last year seems to have been a positive one overall for Microsoft, with the company debuting interesting new hardware, such as the Surface Studio, alongside the growth of its software, including Windows 10. However, it appears Microsoft still has plans to follow through with last summer's promise to slash almost 3,000 jobs, with 700 layoffs said to be announced next week alongside the company's quarterly earnings report on January 26th.

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Halo Wars 2 multiplayer beta now live on Xbox One & PC

Halo Wars 2 multiplayer beta now live on Xbox One & PC

Microsoft launched the second multiplayer beta for the upcoming real-time strategy game Halo Wars 2 on Friday, making it available to all Windows 10 PC users, as well as Xbox One players with a Xbox Live Gold subscription. The new beta will run through Monday, January 30th, and builds on last summer's Halo Wars 2 trial by introducing the Blitz gameplay mode, which is designed to speed things up, giving players a more action-oriented experience.

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Windows 10 Creators Update e-book store is official

Windows 10 Creators Update e-book store is official

Well that was quick. After it was leaked early on, Microsoft has now revealed what’s in store for Windows Insiders in Build 15014, which will eventually be incorporated in April’s Windows 10 Creators Update. And as that early reveal said, Microsoft will be rolling out its own e-book store and makeshift e-book reader. But, there’s also a new would-be feature lurking in that build that will give power users and gamers a bit more control over their power settings. Provided the final feature actually makes the cut.

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Xbox One backwards compatibility expands with Tekken 6, two others

Xbox One backwards compatibility expands with Tekken 6, two others

Microsoft's ever-growing backwards compatibility list just got a bit longer with the addition of three new titles, the most notable of them being Tekken 6. As with all the other games already on the list, Xbox One owners will be able to play these older Xbox 360 games on the current-gen Microsoft gaming console, breathing new life into one's old-ish video game collection.

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New Micro Machines World Series game release incoming

New Micro Machines World Series game release incoming

One of the most iconic series of miniature car toys will be bringing their first proper video games in YEARS to consoles and PC. This game is part of the official Micro Machines video game series, previously released by such publishing companies as Camerica, Ocean Software, Midway, THQ, Infogrames, and Chillingo. Previous developers include such elder groups as Big Red Software, Merit Studios, Mindscape, Supersonic Software, and Infogrames Sheffield House. Now it's time for a modern release.

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Minecraft for Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be updated

Minecraft for Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be updated

Microsoft's smartphone platforms, from Windows Phone to Windows 10 Mobile, can't seem to catch a break. Until recently, and even now to some extent, it has been sorely lacking in apps. The mobile game situation was even worse. And just when you thought the worst was over, some bad news is hitting Windows 10 Mobile users. Still unofficially confirmed, Microsoft-owned Mojang might stop updating Minecraft
Pocket Edition for the smartphone platform, leaving the open world voxel game to stagnate and, eventually, die there.

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Microsoft puts Cortana on Android lockscreens

Microsoft puts Cortana on Android lockscreens

Microsoft is looking to put Cortana front and center on Android, as a new update will add the AI assistant to your lockscreen. The update is currently in beta, so while it isn't available to all users yet, it should be arriving sometime in the next few weeks. Of course, if you're a beta tester for the Cortana app, you can get this extra functionality right now, but everyone else will have to wait.

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Microsoft to get its own ebook store in Windows 10 update

Microsoft to get its own ebook store in Windows 10 update

Microsoft has almost matched its platform rivals Google and Apple in most digital content save for one. While it already does apps, games, videos, and music, it so far hasn’t done digital books yet. That, however, will be changing in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Spotted in an internal build for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft seem to be preparing its own built-in ebook store to complete its digital selection and give Windows 10 users a new way of consuming and buying content without having to resort to Android or iOS platforms.

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Xbox Inflatable is Microsoft’s pool accessory for Australia Day

Xbox Inflatable is Microsoft’s pool accessory for Australia Day

Microsoft is no stranger to introducing oddity products. There’s the Xbox Onesie, for example, the hooded set of pajamas designed with the Xbox logo and giant pockets for stowing your controller. Now the company is back with another unusual product, this one being a giant pool inflatable designed to look like an Xbox One controller.

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Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 phone lands at Microsoft Store unlocked

Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 phone lands at Microsoft Store unlocked

A couple of months after arriving at T-Mobile, the Alcatel Idol 4S has landed at select Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada. In a world where Windows on phones is becoming more and more rare, Alcatel has outfitted its Idol 4S with Windows 10, making it VR compatible to boot. The version arriving at Microsoft Stores today is unlocked, and should work on any GSM network in the US and Canada.

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Microsoft urges enterprise customers to drop Windows 7

Microsoft urges enterprise customers to drop Windows 7

The Windows 7 wind down has begun: on January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will lose all forms of support, including security updates that are crucial for a lot of customers. Microsoft is wasting no time in urging its enterprise customers to upgrade to Windows 10, noting that even today Windows 7 isn't able to keep up with the security features found in its latest operating system.

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