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Harman Kardon Invoke Review: Cortana finds her voice

Harman Kardon Invoke Review: Cortana finds her voice

Move aside, Alexa; back off, Google Assistant. Microsoft's Cortana is here, and she wants to be the de-facto virtual assistant for busy people in their busy homes. Breaking free of the smartphone and desktop for the first time, Cortana's newest form is the Harman Kardon Invoke, a new entrant to the burgeoning smart speaker market that promises audio quality to rival true music systems along with everything from both your home and your work lives.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Today Windows Mixed Reality launches on Windows 10, and several devices are onboard from the start. ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer have their own headsets - not all necessarily out in the wild yet, but (at least) announced. For those users that already know everything there is to know about Windows Mixed Reality, there's a single app that can be downloaded for one first and final check to make sure of hardware compatibility with their Windows 10 PC.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update download now live – Here’s how to get it

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update download now live – Here’s how to get it

Today is a big day for Microsoft. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which has been in preview in some form since April, is entering wide release. The update adds a number of new features to Windows 10, and in total, there are three different ways to download the update (including one way for the impatient types among us).

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here, and its a big deal for PC users, especially those wanting to dip a toe into Mixed Reality. Microsoft is releasing the latest upgrade for Windows 10 today, and as the name suggests many of the headline features are all about creating and manipulating content. That's not to say gaming has been ignored either, mind.

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Windows Phone just died (again)

Windows Phone just died (again)

Back in July of 2017 we declared Windows Phone dead - but it seemed like we might have been just a hair too early. In reality, there was a bit more software that needed dragging out. Now, here in October of 2017, Microsoft VP for Windows Joe Belfiore just confirmed it. Not the death of the platform, but the death of the future of the platform - which, it turns out, is a bit more important than just your regular, everyday ol' death.

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Surprise: Belfiore says Windows 10 Mobile no longer a focus

Surprise: Belfiore says Windows 10 Mobile no longer a focus

Still holding out for the elusive and mythical Surface Phone? If you still haven't seen the writing on the wall, this is practically the nail in Windows 10 Mobile's coffin. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's very own veep for Windows, confirms on Twitter that "building new features/hw aren't the focus" anymore, as far as Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft is concerned. Short of an official statement that may never come, this tweet practically means what almost everyone knew all along: Windows on mobile is dead.

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Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Microsoft just made a big announcement that could change the way we do computing in the future. That is, if it decides to stick to its guns. For many outside Redmond and its close-knit circle of hardware and software partners, "mixed reality" remains little more than a souped up, rebranded virtual reality. On October 17, that could very well change when Windows Mixed Reality launches to the outside world, headsets and all. We joined Microsoft at its Reactor hub in San Francisco to see, no pun intended, for ourselves the vision of the future that Microsoft is trying to promote and, of course, sell.

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Microsoft Edge is finally coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft Edge is finally coming to iOS and Android

For all the problems Windows 10 Mobile may have, one of the advantages it offers over iOS and Android was deeper compatibility with Windows on PC. With Windows 10 Mobile left largely unsupported by app developers, Windows PC users who have been forced to iOS and Android have been missing some of that extra compatibility. That'll be changing soon, at least for folks who use Microsoft Edge as their main browser within Windows 10.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn

My first impression of the Lenovo ThinkPad 25 is wholly positive - but it's not because this device is the latest and the greatest in high-tech innovation. Instead, this Lenovo notebook feels more like a fantasy - a good fantasy - in which the phrase "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" works in the world of devices that age out after 2 or 3 years of use. What we've got here is a real rarity - retro done right.

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Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung is one of a collection of brand making Windows Mixed Reality headsets this year, coming first with the Odyssey. The Samsung HMD Odyssey works with 2x AMOLED displays, a 110-degree field of view, 6 DOF inside-out positional tracking, and a pair of AKG headphones. At the moment this appears to be the most extravagant Windows Mixed Reality HMD yet revealed.

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Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

In this corner, you have virtual reality, with the likes of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve, and Samsung leading the army. In this other corner, you have augmented reality, with the likes of Google and Apple among its champions. And right in the middle, as arbiter and conqueror, is Microsoft with its Mixed Reality platform based on, what else, Windows 10. Today at its Reactor venue in California, Redmond is revealing just how large its Mixed Reality territory really is, and how larger it is becoming, with new allies filling up its ranks.

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Xbox One, Windows game gifting is almost here

Xbox One, Windows game gifting is almost here

Christmas is still more than two months away, but you don't have to wait for the holiday season to start being generous with your digital games. Especially those coming from Microsoft's own gaming ecosystem. Microsoft seems to still be playing coy, but the word is already out. Being able to buy Xbox One games for friends is somewhat already possible if you're an Xbox One Insider. Even better, it seems to also be possible for Windows 10 Insiders as well, with a bit of a caveat.

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