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Amazon Alexa And Microsoft Cortana Finally Working Together: Watch Out, Apple Siri And Google Assistant

It took a year, but Amazon and Microsoft have finally rolled out a preview of the partnership between their digital assistants. Users will now be able to access Alexa in Windows 10 devices and Cortana in Echo smart speakers.

Apps/Software August 16, 2018

Classic Skype Will Stay For Now, Because Users Don't Want Microsoft To Take It Away

Microsoft said in July that it will end support for the desktop version of Skype 7.0, also known as classic Skype, by Sept. 1. The plan to push users into Skype 8.0, however, is being placed on hold.

Microsoft August 8, 2018

Apple Makes It Easier For Windows Users To Migrate To macOS Mojave With Improved Migration Utility Tool

Windows users thinking of switching to macOS will be able to transfer all their files more easily, including data from third-party apps. macOS Mojave will reportedly include an improved Migration Utility tool that’ll offer a no-frills solution for Mac switchers.

Apple August 7, 2018

Reports About Microsoft Planning To Charge Monthly Subscription Fees For Windows 10 Are Wrong

No, Microsoft isn’t going to start charging you monthly for using Windows 10 as part of a new gimmick called 'Microsoft Managed Desktop.' Yes, tech publications should really be more careful about interpreting stories.

Microsoft August 6, 2018

Microsoft Begins Testing ‘Your Phone’ App On Windows 10 That Casts Your Phone To PC

Microsoft’s new Your Phone app, part of the upcoming Redstone 5 update for Windows 10, is now available for Android users. With it, users will be able to drag and drop files from their phone to their PC.

Microsoft August 1, 2018

LinkedIn Adds Voice Messaging Feature Because Why Not

LinkedIn has officially enabled voice messaging on its app. Co-workers can now send each other minute-long voice clips — but the question is, would they even want to?

Apps/Software July 28, 2018

Free Xbox Games With Gold For August 2018: 'For Honor' On Xbox One, 'Dead Space 3' On Xbox 360

For August 2018, the free Xbox Games with Gold for the Xbox One are 'For Honor' and 'Forza Horizon 2.' For the Xbox 360, they are 'Dead Space 3' and 'Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.'

Video Games July 27, 2018

Xbox Adaptive Controller, Designed For Gamers With Disabilities, Will Not Come In Usual Packaging

Microsoft designed the Xbox Adaptive Controller, which was announced at E3 2018, for gamers with disabilities. The groundbreaking device will come with special packaging that will also be accessible for disabled gamers.

Video Games July 26, 2018

The Next Xbox Console Will Come In 2 Versions: The Traditional Hardware And The Streaming Box

Microsoft is reportedly working on two versions of the next-generation Xbox console, codenamed Xbox Scarlett. The first version is the traditional hardware, while the second version is a cloud-only model focused on the upcoming Xbox video game streaming service.

Video Games July 24, 2018

Xbox Ultimate Game Sale Returns: Here Are The Best Deals For Xbox One Games

The Xbox Ultimate Game Sale has returned, giving players a chance to buy discounted Xbox One games. Some of the best deals in the annual sale include 'Assassin's Creed: Origins,' 'Far Cry 5,' 'Fortnite,' PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' and 'Sea of Thieves.'

Video Games July 20, 2018

Microsoft Will Reveal New Xbox One Bundles And Accessories At Gamescom: What Could They Be?

Microsoft's Larry Hryb said that new Xbox One bundles and accessories will be unveiled at Gamescom 2018. An earlier version of his blog post, however, raised speculations that the Xbox Two is on its way.

Video Games July 19, 2018

Future VR Headsets Will Only Need 1 USB-C Cable, To End The Problem Of Tangled Wires

A consortium made up of virtual reality rivals such as Oculus, Valve, Microsoft, AMD, and Nvidia worked together to create the VirtualLink specification. The technology will look to solve the tangled wires problem of VR headsets.

Gadgets July 19, 2018

Microsoft Teams Finally Gets Free Version To Better Compete Against Slack

Microsoft Teams has so far been available only for paid Office 365 subscribers, but a free version is now available at last. Here's what it has to offer and how it will compete against Slack in the workplace communication sector.

Microsoft July 14, 2018

Microsoft Surface Go Unveiled: Is This An iPad Killer?

Microsoft just unveiled the Surface Go, its $399 iPad killer. Aesthetics-wise, it’s hard to tell apart from its Surface siblings, but it’s got a smaller chip, a somewhat less powerful processor, but can still run Windows 10 Pro.

Microsoft July 10, 2018

More Xbox Elite Wireless Controller 2.0 Details Leaked: 'Evolution,' Not 'Revolution'

A new leak provided more details about the successor to the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. The device is said to be an 'evolution' instead of a 'revolution,' with a three-stage hair trigger lock, tension for joysticks, and built-in battery.control

Video Games July 9, 2018

Microsoft Allegedly Developing Movies & TV App For Android And iOS

A Movies & TV app might be on the way for iOS and Android users, sources say. In addition, Microsoft might also be joining the Movies Anywhere program to make it easier for users to access their content on any platform.

Microsoft July 6, 2018

FastStart Feature Now Rolling Out To Xbox Users: Here’s How It Makes Downloads Faster

FastStart is part of Microsoft’s July update for Xbox One consoles, rolling out now. The feature downloads the most important files of a game so players can start them up even before they’re finished downloading.

Video Games July 6, 2018

Skype May Finally Be Getting A ‘Seen’ Feature

In its latest preview build, Skype finally gets read receipts, which oddly has been absent on the popular messaging platform until now. No more ignoring other people’s messages then!

Apps/Software July 6, 2018

Microsoft Allegedly Coming Out With Budget-Friendly Surface Tablets Powered By Pentium Chips

Microsoft will allegedly use Intel Pentium processors for the rumored budget-friendly Surface tablets it’s going to unveil soon. The device is set to compete directly with Apple’s low-cost iPad in the education market.

Microsoft July 5, 2018

Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Pocket-Sized Surface In Leaked Document: Could This Be Andromeda?

New details about Microsoft’s new Surface tablet have now come out via a leaked internal document. It’ll apparently have a foldable display and will fit in your pocket.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 30, 2018

Google Could Have Acquired GitHub Before Microsoft Did, But Says It’s Fine

Google revealed that it also wanted to acquire GitHub, but Microsoft ultimately won the bid. Even though there are concerns about its future projects on the platform, the company claims it is fine with the turnout.

Business Tech June 29, 2018

Microsoft Improves Facial Recognition To Better Identify Darker Skin Tones

Microsoft upgraded its facial recognition platform to improve its accuracy when it comes to darker skin colors. The development team confirmed that it now uses larger and diverse samples to reduce misidentification.

June 28, 2018

Microsoft Edge For iOS And Android Gets Built-In Ad Blocker

Ad blocking is finally coming to Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS. At the moment, Microsoft is testing the new feature with beta users, but a full, stable rollout is expected soon.

Apps/Software June 26, 2018

Microsoft And Razer Team Up To Develop A Keyboard And Mouse For Xbox One

Plans have leaked regarding a potential collaboration between Microsoft and game manufacturer Razer Inc. The two companies are working on building a keyboard and mouse for Xbox One users.

Microsoft June 25, 2018

Microsoft Bing Visual Search Now Lets You Point Your Smartphone Camera At Something And Find It Online

Microsoft's answer to Google Lens is Bing visual search, and it allows users to snap a photo of something and look for it online. Here's how it works and what you can do with it.

Microsoft June 24, 2018

Microsoft Reveals Rebranded Microsoft News, Redesigned App For iOS And Android

Microsoft released a newly rejuvenated Microsoft News platform. It is expected to give news aficionados numerous opportunities to connect themselves to current events through the MSN website and an app for Android and iOS users.

Microsoft June 20, 2018

Xbox Insiders Can Now Try The Avatar Editor

After months of delay, the new Xbox avatars have finally arrived for Xbox Insiders. Initially scheduled for last fall, the new avatar system is available to Xbox Insiders to try out before its release to all Xbox One users.

Video Games June 20, 2018

Microsoft Has No Plans To Put Virtual, Mixed Reality On Xbox One

Microsoft says it’s not focusing on virtual or mixed reality on Xbox consoles right now. Instead, it feels the PC is a much better platform for those experiences.

Microsoft June 20, 2018

Microsoft Acquires Social And Educational Video Startup Flipgrid

Microsoft just announced that it acquired startup company Flipgrid. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company specializes in incorporating video elements in various classrooms around the world so that it could help educators build their students’ love for learning.

Microsoft June 19, 2018

You Can Now Try Xbox One Fast Start Feature On Some Game Pass Titles

A new developer update confirmed that the Xbox One Fast Start feature has a notable caveat. The current preview build only supports a few Game Pass titles, which implies that it will only work on select software.

Video Games June 18, 2018

Microsoft Office Redesign Makes It Easier To Use: What's New?

Microsoft has revamped its Office apps to make them easier to use, with a more modern look and some neat changes. Here's what's new.

Microsoft June 15, 2018

Rumor: Microsoft Is Coming After Amazon Go With Its Own Cashier-Free Grocery Retail Stores

Like Amazon, Microsoft wants cashiers and checkout lines out of the picture as well. It’s developing its answer to Amazon Go, which would allow customers to come in, grab items, and leave.

Microsoft June 14, 2018

Next Xbox Console Will Launch In 2020: Will It Be Enough To Beat The PlayStation 4?

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch the next-generation Xbox console in 2020. The timing may be too close to the launch of the Xbox One X, but the move may be necessary for Microsoft to keep pace with its rivals.

Video Games June 13, 2018

Microsoft Ends Forum Support For Several Windows Brands Including Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7

Microsoft is restructuring its forum community. It would be removing staff members from their moderator positions as they'll be unable to answer users’ questions regarding old software such as Internet Explorer 10.

Microsoft June 11, 2018

Microsoft Is Working On A Netflix-Style Game Streaming Service That’ll Bring Console-Quality Games To Any Device

Microsoft has confirmed that it’s laying the groundwork for a cloud-based gaming service that’ll be accessible on any device. Can it solve the issues plaguing game streaming services?

Video Games June 11, 2018

NieR: Automata Arrives On Xbox One June 26: All The DLC Included

Xbox One users can buy 'NieR: Automata' later this June, with a bunch of DLC included. The Xbox One port of the critically acclaimed game, seen as one of last year’s very best, is now available for preorder.

Video Games June 11, 2018

E3 2018: Fifth ‘Gears Of War’ Game, ‘Gears 5,’ Coming To Xbox One In 2019

Microsoft just announced three new ‘Gears of War’ titles under the new ‘Gears’ brand. The most crucial of the three is Gears 5, the latest entry in the main franchise.

Video Games June 11, 2018

Xbox Insider Program Will Soon Let You Test New Xbox One Features Months Before Release

Microsoft will soon invite Xbox Insider Program participants to the new Skip Ahead ring, offering testers the chance to try Xbox One builds further into the future. The news comes just before the start of E3 2018.

Video Games June 9, 2018

What To Expect At E3 2018: Schedules, Live Streams, And Games

E3 2018 officially starts on June 12, but video game companies will be holding press conferences starting June 9. Here are all the schedules, the links to the live streams, and the expected games.

Video Games June 9, 2018

Crackdown 3 Delayed Again To 2019: Another Misstep For Xbox One Vs PlayStation 4

The 'Crackdown 3' release date has once again been delayed, pushing the game into 2019, according to a report by Kotaku. If the rumor is true, the Xbox One may not pose a challenge to the PlayStation 4 this year.

Video Games June 8, 2018

Microsoft E3 2018 Sale Unveiled With First-Ever Xbox One X Discount

Microsoft revealed the Biggest Xbox Sale of the Year, which will start on June 7. The sale will feature the first-ever Xbox One X discount and will look to capitalize on the announcements for the Xbox One at E3 2018.

Video Games June 5, 2018

Microsoft Acquires Website Building Company GitHub For $7.5 Billion

Microsoft is acquiring software developer company GitHub for $7.5 billion in company stock. The technology company hopes that its software tools would enhance GitHub users’ coding development programs

Microsoft June 4, 2018

RIP Groove: Microsoft Is Finally Killing Its Music Player For Good

Say goodbye to the Groove music app on your iOS or Android device. Beginning Dec. 1, Microsoft says it will no longer work even if you still have it installed on your phone.

Microsoft June 2, 2018

Windows 10 April 2018 Update Won't Install On PCs With Avast Antivirus, But There's A Fix Now

Users have reported issues in installing the Windows 10 April 2018 update on PC's with Avast's antivirus software. Microsoft and Avast have finished investigating the issue and offered a fix.

Microsoft May 28, 2018

Microsoft Rolls Out First Xbox 360 Update In Over 2 Years

Microsoft rolled out the first Xbox 360 system update in over two years. The Xbox One backward compatibility feature may have made most gamers forget about the Xbox 360, but Microsoft is not yet willing to let go.

Video Games May 27, 2018

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