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Microsoft announces Office 365 price increases

Microsoft announces Office 365 price increases

Microsoft has confirmed that it will increase the pricing across the board for Office 365 subscriptions. The price increases will go into effect in six months, and Microsoft says the updated pricing reflects the "increased value" it delivered over the last decade. The software giant points to a handful of innovations that it has revealed in the last decade, helping Office 365 grow to over 300 million commercial paid users.

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Windows 11 Clock app with new Focus Sessions rolls out to Insiders

Windows 11 Clock app with new Focus Sessions rolls out to Insiders

Microsoft has been slowly teasing the built-in apps that will be coming with Windows 11, but most of those have been criticized for having only aesthetic changes. Microsoft Paint is one of the few that actually got more than just rounded corners or support for dark themes, but even that didn't satisfy Windows users or fans of the venerable painting program. Windows 11's Clock app, however, stands out from the crowd because of one new feature that apparently deserved its very own blog post.

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Quake gets a surprise remaster as classic games arrive on Xbox Game Pass

Quake gets a surprise remaster as classic games arrive on Xbox Game Pass

QuakeCon at Home 2021 kicks off today, and Microsoft and Bethesda started things off with a bang by announcing a surprise remaster of the original Quake. The remaster is only one part of today's surprise Quake announcements, as Quake II and Quake III Arena have also made their way to Xbox Game Pass for PC today along with this Quake re-release. If you're a Quake fan, then today is probably a pretty exciting day.

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Xbox Stereo Headset adds back cords, trims back price

Xbox Stereo Headset adds back cords, trims back price

There are already several Xbox headsets offered through the Designed for Xbox program, and Microsoft even has its own offering in the Xbox Wireless Headset. Unfortunately, many of those headsets can be costly purchases, including the Xbox Wireless Headset, which clocks in at $99.99. Today, Microsoft announced an alternative to the Xbox Wireless Headset with the Xbox Stereo Headset, an entry-level headset with a significantly lower price.

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Windows 11 Microsoft Paint app gets a long-overdue redesign

Windows 11 Microsoft Paint app gets a long-overdue redesign

Microsoft Paint is perhaps one of the most iconic first-party apps on Windows. Sometimes derided for its basic feature set, some people have impressed netizens by creating works of art using only those very same basic tools. The app has also been criticized for having remained unchanged over the years since Windows 8 launched in 2012. With Windows 11, however, the venerable yet ridiculed Paint is getting a visual refresh as well as some features that may make it more formidable as a basic creative tool that's available to all without having to install an additional app.

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Windows 11 will make it harder to change the default web browser

Windows 11 will make it harder to change the default web browser

Ever since it decided to finally retire Internet Explorer, Microsoft has been on an aggressive campaign to push its replacement into everyone's minds. It took its efforts to the next level when it switched its Edge browser from its homegrown edgeHTML to Chromium. After experiencing legal penalties over Internet Explorer, Microsoft has been more careful about giving its users the option to use their browser of choice on Windows. That doesn't mean it has to make it easy, though, as changes in Windows 11 seem to suggest.

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Xbox Game Pass picks up Humankind, Star Wars, Psychonauts 2 to close out August

Xbox Game Pass picks up Humankind, Star Wars, Psychonauts 2 to close out August

We find ourselves in the second half of August, which means that a new batch of games is on the way to Xbox Game Pass. Today Microsoft announced nine new games that are headed to Xbox Game Pass to close out the month. From strategy to adventure to Star Wars, it seems there's a little something for everyone in this lineup as well.

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Xbox Series X is getting a 4K UI makeover: Here’s who gets it

Xbox Series X is getting a 4K UI makeover: Here’s who gets it

If you're an Xbox Series X user with a 4K TV and you've noticed that the UI on the home menu isn't as sharp as it could be, there's a good reason for that. So far, the console's UI has been rendered at 1080p, which is a strange resolution for a console that can handle 4K gaming. Microsoft is taking steps to fix that particular oversight, today rolling out a new Xbox preview that comes with a UI refresh.

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Xbox Series S teardown reveals “brilliant” design and a Master Chief surprise

Xbox Series S teardown reveals “brilliant” design and a Master Chief surprise

While there's currently a lot of focus on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series S may just wind up being one of the biggest surprises of the new generation. The Xbox Series S is underpowered compared to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, but its $300 price point and its ability to play current-gen games at a lower target resolution and framerate could make it an attractive buy for some gamers. Now, thanks to a new teardown, we're getting to take a look inside the Xbox Series S.

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First Windows 11 apps include a new Sniping tool, new visual styles

First Windows 11 apps include a new Sniping tool, new visual styles

Windows 11 won't just bring a revamped user experience across the board. It will also see new first-party apps that are being updated to address whatever flaws their predecessors might have. Microsoft's Panos Panay has been teasing some of these freshly updated apps in the past few days, but now the company is ready to roll some of them to Windows Insiders to test their quality and new features before the initial stable release later this year.

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Windows PrintNightmare bug 3 appears: Here’s a temporary fix

Windows PrintNightmare bug 3 appears: Here’s a temporary fix

This week Microsoft disclosed a new PrintNightmare bug, just the latest of a string of said bugs in the year 2021. Very similar to the others that appeared earlier this year, this is a Print Spooler service bug, and Microsoft suggests that admins go ahead and disable said Print Spooler until a fix can be sent out. ANd yes, Microsoft did JUST release an August 10, 2021 patch that attempted to adjust the Print Spooler service to avoid something like this.

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Diablo 2 Resurrected cinematics made me a believer again

Diablo 2 Resurrected cinematics made me a believer again

If you were addicted to Diablo 2 when it was first released, but are on the fence about playing the new "Resurrected" version, this might be the push you need. Diablo 2: Resurrected cinematics are out - and they look unbelievably good. It's as if the creators of this renewed title went back and kidnapped the original creators of the game and said, hey, come to the future and make the same product, but use our futuristic graphics to see your vision to finality.

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