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Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be a Play Anywhere title

Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be a Play Anywhere title

Even before zombies or mutated critters were hot (presuming they are), Resident Evil was already scaring the bejeepers out of gamers since 1996. Now past its 20th birthday, the title is undergoing a bit of a facelift in the latest installment, Resident Evil 7 biohazard. To make that celebration even sweeter, Microsoft's Phil Spencer will be inducting the game into its exclusive club of Xbox Play Anywhere titles. Which means you only need to buy the game once and play it not really anywhere but on both Xbox and Windows PC.

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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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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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Windows 10 Game Mode confirmed for Creators Update

Windows 10 Game Mode confirmed for Creators Update

Microsoft has confirmed that the formerly rumored Game Mode will be arriving in Windows 10 with the Creators Update. This Game Mode will, says the company, start appearing in part for Windows Insiders this week, though the fully operational version will take a bit longer to show up. When used, Game Mode will improve a PC’s performance specifically for gaming.

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Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 will get a physical retail release

Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 will get a physical retail release

THQ Nordic has announced a partnership with Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries that will result in the physical release of Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10. Those who pick up the physical retail version of the game will also be given access to the digital Xbox One edition thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere. Both Ultimate Edition and Standard Edition will be offered in retail stores.

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Microsoft Privacy Dashboard shows what Microsoft knows about you

Microsoft Privacy Dashboard shows what Microsoft knows about you

There are some tech companies, like Google, who are often accused of privacy violations, but it wasn't until Windows 10 that Microsoft was put in a hot seat. The company received no small amount of flak for the gaping privacy holes in the OS it was pushing to everyone, which, in turn, pushed Microsoft to make changes to its policies and implementations. Today it is announcing yet another step forward with the launch of its Privacy Dashboard, a web-based tool that lets you see and control what Microsoft sees about you.

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Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update isn't just bringing new features, but a revamped privacy system that the company hopes will settle concerns about ads, location sharing, and more. Although the Creators Update isn't expected to arrive for Windows 10 fans until around April 2017, Microsoft has been detailing some of the tweaks and improvements, both in individual settings and how those settings impact the overall experience. Meanwhile, there's a taste of the new focus on privacy available to try today.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will bring these nifty features

Windows 10 Creators Update will bring these nifty features

If the speculation is correct, Microsoft will be rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update by April. But even before that date, Windows Insiders are already being given an early treat with a large Build 15002 that was just dropped on them. Even Microsoft calls it “BIG”, and it isn’t exaggerating either. Microsoft is generously giving non-Insiders a glimpse of what’s to come, giving Windows something to whet their appetites while they wait for the real BIG update to land in three or so months.

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Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Animations are still a hotly debated topic in the field of user experience design. Some swear by it, other swear at it. While many argue that such animations are a pure waste of computer resources, when done judiciously and tastefully, they can make user interface feel more alive and natural. That might be the principle behind Microsoft's so-called "Project NEON", a minor embellishment to the Windows 10 design language that brings the aesthetics and animations from Windows 7's Aero to make the Windows 10 design "pop out".

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Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Small form-factor PCs aren't new, but Ockel is pushing the envelope with the Sirius A, a full touchscreen Windows 10 computer compact enough to fit your hand. At the opposite extreme to vast touch-enabled All-in-Ones like Microsoft's Surface Studio, the Sirius A instead aims for the ultra-compact end of the spectrum. That opens up some really interesting possibilities.

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Toshiba reveals Portege X20W tablet-laptop hybrid boasting 16-hour battery

Toshiba reveals Portege X20W tablet-laptop hybrid boasting 16-hour battery

At CES 2017 this week, Toshiba unveiled the latest in its 2-in-1 convertible notebook line: the new Portege X20W. The Windows 10 Pro device features a dual-action hinge with 360 degrees of rotation, allowing it to easily switch between a thin and powerful laptop and a 12.5-inch tablet with support for digital inking. While it measures just 15.4mm thin and has a weight under 2.5 pounds, the most enticing spec is the promise of a 16 hour battery life.

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Next generation Sprout Pro G2 AIO from HP announced at CES

Next generation Sprout Pro G2 AIO from HP announced at CES

In addition to refreshes for its more traditional notebooks, HP has also revealed a new model of its interesting Sprout Pro PC for 2017. While many mainstream consumers may not have had much opportunity (or reason) to use a Sprout, the functionality it offers has caught on in the education, manufacturing, and retail spaces, and the improvements made with the Sprout Pro G2 look to streamline the creative process.

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