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Microsoft bets on Windows 10 IoT, Intelligent Edge for a Society 5.0 future

Microsoft bets on Windows 10 IoT, Intelligent Edge for a Society 5.0 future

CEATEC 2019 is underway in Japan and more than just the usual tech trade show, the event has an underlying theme that promotes a rather idyllic and ambitious vision of the future. That is what Japan's Society 5.0 is trying to push, a society that harmonizes cyberspace and real space for the enrichment not just of individuals but of the entire society as well. That future relies heavily on technologies like the cloud and AI and, unsurprisingly, Microsoft is making a big push for its Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge to power the future IoT-centric world.

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Why Microsoft’s answer to a folding screen works better

Why Microsoft’s answer to a folding screen works better

This is the way to do it. Microsoft has been hard at work this year, unveiling a long list of new products, including a pair of folding devices: the Surface Neo and Surface Duo. Both these devices have two screens connected with a hinge that can fold a full 360 degrees. The Surface Neo is a folding tablet that Microsoft envisions as its evolution of a laptop. It has two screens and runs Windows 10X, a new version optimised for folding screens. And the smaller one, the Surface Duo, has two 5.6-inch screens bolted together and runs on Android.

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Android phone calls handoff just arrived in the Windows 10 Insider build

Android phone calls handoff just arrived in the Windows 10 Insider build

Microsoft is giving Windows users a taste of what tighter integration between their Android phones and their PCs can be like, with its new Calls feature arriving in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview. Released today to the Fast ring - the builds for the bravest Windows users willing to put up with some bugs in return for bleeding-edge functionality - Calls builds on the Your Phone app.

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Surface Neo and Surface Duo first-look: The skeptical geek’s dream

Surface Neo and Surface Duo first-look: The skeptical geek’s dream

Microsoft's big Surface event today was certainly hardware-packed, but nothing stands out like the Surface Neo and Surface Duo. Both dual-screen devices - one scaled like a tablet, the other like a phone - the pair run Windows 10X and Android. They're eye-catching, yes, but we still have plenty of questions.

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Surface Earbuds hands-on and in-ear first impressions

Surface Earbuds hands-on and in-ear first impressions

Today we got our first opportunity to give the new Microsoft Surface Earbuds a listen. Because we're in a relatively loud environment here at the Microsoft Surface event in NYC, it's not exactly the most kind place to test something like this - but, shockingly, these earbuds did the trick. Because of the unique way in which the buds fit in the ear, we were treated to an audio immersion experience the likes of which we've never heard before - certainly not in an environment such as this.

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Surface Pro 7 hands-on and first impressions

Surface Pro 7 hands-on and first impressions

Surface Pro 7 looks a lot like its predecessor, but works with the latest in AMD and Intel power - as well as fast charging. Since the primary differences between the most recent Surface Pro and this Surface Pro 7 are not cosmetic, a lot of the changes will need further review later this year when the device is released (to our review bench). For now, we've got some aesthetics in industrial design to see up close.

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Surface Laptop 3 hands-on and first impressions

Surface Laptop 3 hands-on and first impressions

Surface Laptop 3 comes in a variety of colors and a couple different materials. Each of the units Microsoft's presented today look as handsome as ever, coming with some sleek, determined edges up top and a single, basic, matching four-square Windows logo on top. Also it comes with a 15-inch display if you do so wish to opt for such a size - for the first time in the product's history.

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Surface Pro X hands-on and first impressions

Surface Pro X hands-on and first impressions

With the Surface Pro X, Microsoft's taken a new approach to the Surface brand with this piece of hardware. They've still got the kickstand, they're still suggesting that users work with a Surface Pen, but something's changed. With the imagery used to promote this device, you'll notice that the focus on Windows is ever-so-slightly de-focused. This is a far more mobile situation.

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Windows 10X official: Dual-screen OS with some big changes

Windows 10X official: Dual-screen OS with some big changes

Get ready for a new version of Windows, with Microsoft revealing Windows 10X for the dual-screen and foldable future of computing it sees making a big splash. Announced alongside the Surface Neo, Windows 10X does away with some of the most familiar elements of Microsoft's OS in the name of making it even more finger-friendly.

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Microsoft Surface Duo revealed, and don’t call it a phone

Microsoft Surface Duo revealed, and don’t call it a phone

Today Microsoft revealed a smartphone running Android with two display and the ability to expand. Using the powers created for Android for devices like Foldables of the future, Microsoft made a Surface phone. This device works with Surface Pen input - much like the rest of the Surface collection shown today.

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Surface Neo revealed today, over a year before release

Surface Neo revealed today, over a year before release

Today with the Surface Neo, Microsoft revealed a product that they suggested will be available "next holiday" - as in 2020. That's more than a year away - for the product they've revealed today. It's not a completely finished product - it's still in development. In fact part of the reason Microsoft revealed this product today is to bring developers "along for the journey" - aka make certain they've got apps ready before the device is ready to launch.

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Surface Pro X revealed with custom Qualcomm chipset [Update: Price]

Surface Pro X revealed with custom Qualcomm chipset [Update: Price]

Microsoft revealed the Surface Pro X today with a whole new look and ARM under the hood. This is the latest in a line of refreshed Surface devices, the likes of which we've seen mostly keep their well-established industrial design. But this unit - this unit is a different story entirely. This device aims to have better battery life, lighter body, and thinner than the regular Surface Pro.

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