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Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

Costing just as much as the standard Xbox One X, the console’s limited Project Scorpio Edition has a graphic pattern on the exterior and “Project Scorpio” printed on the console and the included controller. It also comes with an exclusive vertical stand.

A History of MS Paint

A History of MS Paint

MS Paint is dead, long live MS Paint! With the arrival of Paint 3D, Microsoft will no longer update or support its predecessor. Lazy Game Reviews traces the origins and evolution of the beloved application, which started as a clone of a Mac program.

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Xbox Design Lab

Xbox Design Lab

Order a custom Xbox Wireless Controller for the Xbox One and Windows PCs. You can customize 8 different sections of the controller. They recently added new colors, metallic finishes and rubberized grips. You can even engrave up to 16 characters free of charge.

Xbox One X

Xbox One X

Microsoft’s next console sports an 8-core CPU, a 6-teraflop GPU, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a 1TB HDD. It can run games in 4K HDR at 60fps, plays 4K HDR Blu-Ray discs, and is compatible with Xbox One games and accessories. Launches 11/7/17. Amazon pre-order page here.

New Microsoft Surface Pro

New Microsoft Surface Pro

What could have been the Surface Pro 5 does away with the numbers. The new model has a more versatile hinge, up to 2.5x faster CPU, quieter cooling, and up to 13.5 hours of battery life. It’s compatible with the Surface Dial and the new Surface Pen is much more capable.

DIY Cortana Holographic AI Assistant

DIY Cortana Holographic AI Assistant

Web developer unt1tled made his own virtual assistant based on Windows’ Cortana. What makes it stand out is that he built an accompanying holographic image by reflecting a custom-made 3D animation from a monitor to three panes of glass.

Windows Story Remix

Windows Story Remix

The successor to Windows Movie Maker. Story Remix analyzes the location, subject and more about your photos and videos so you can create a short film with just a few clicks. It also has lots of easily customizable audio and visual effects. Coming to Windows 10 this fall.

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass

A $10/mo. video game subscription service for Xbox One. Unlike PlayStation Now and other similar services, Xbox Game Pass will let you download games so you can play offline. If you want to own a game that’s in its catalog, you can buy it at 20% off. Launches Spring 2017.

Portal x Hololens

Portal x Hololens

Microsoft’s HoloLens tech is one of the most promising augmented reality systems we’ve seen. KennyWdev shows off a version of Portal that’s been modded to work with the goggles in the real world. It’s not perfect, but it’s a cool glimpse at the shape of things to come.

Microsoft Surface Book i7

Microsoft Surface Book i7

The most powerful version of Microsoft’s hybrid portable computer packs a more powerful Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX GeForce 965M GPU, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage and a battery that lasts up to 16h. It also works with the new Surface Dial control peripheral.

Microsoft Surface Studio

Microsoft Surface Studio

Microsoft’s new all-in-one PC has a 28″ 4500×3000 touchscreen that can be angled nearly flat, and a precision stylus, turning it into a digital drafting table. The $100 Surface Dial (free for the first pre-orders) adds an intuitive way to scroll, zoom and access shortcuts.

Xbox One: Now $299

Xbox One: Now $299

It’s been on sale for a couple of months, but now the Xbox One’s starting price has officially been permanently reduced to $299 from $349. The affected bundles are the Name Your Game bundle, the Gears of War bundle and the Quantum Break bundle.

Microsoft: Holoportation

Microsoft: Holoportation

Microsoft’s vision for holographic communication uses a ton of 3D cameras and its HoloLens augmented reality headset. The scanning and transmission of 3D models happens in real time with just a slight lag.

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Microsoft Fetch!

Microsoft Fetch!

Microsoft’s upstart Garage initiative released Fetch!, a fun iOS app which uses sophisticated AI tech to identify the breed of dogs using photos you upload. It’s pretty accurate when it comes to dogs – though the results when uploading human portraits are pretty silly.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft reminds Apple what a pro tablet looks like. Like its predecessors, the Surface Pro 4 runs a desktop OS – in this case Windows 10 – and has a (pseudo) optional keyboard cover, which has better spacing and a larger touchpad than the Pro 3.

Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft once again improves on the laptop-tablet hybrid. The Surface Book has a 13.5″ 3000×2000 display that can be used as a tablet when undocked from its laptop-grade keyboard. The latter also has additional battery and an optional discrete GPU.

Mad Max Xbox One Giveaway

Mad Max Xbox One Giveaway

Microsoft and Warner Bros. are giving away 10 Xbox One digital game codes of the Mad Max game and one custom Mad Max-themed Xbox One console. To enter, all you have to do is answer a question on Major Nelson’s blog.

How to Change Font Sizes

How to Change Font Sizes

The myriad menus in Microsoft Word can be confusing, so if you’re struggling to change font sizes, watch this brief tutorial from Marek Larwood, who has sorted the whole thing out for us. Assuming you’re working below 16pt.

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway is the new PowerPoint. It’s an easy to use but flexible app for making interactive and embeddable notes, presentations, simple websites and more. Available online, on Windows 10 and on iOS devices. More here.

Xbox One 1TB Forza Motorsport 6

Xbox One 1TB Forza Motorsport 6

This limited edition console has features inspired by the new Ford GT, such as the on, off and eject disc car sound effects, for the same price as the new 1TB Xbox One. The controller is also available separately for $65.

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Minecraft x HoloLens

Minecraft x HoloLens

Microsoft showed off its augmented reality headset HoloLens by demonstrating a new version of Minecraft made especially for the device. It will let you play on a virtual flat display on walls or project a 3D world on your desk.

Xbox One with 1TB Storage

Xbox One with 1TB Storage

The 1TB Xbox One has a matte finish and the updated Xbox One controller, which now has a 3.5mm audio input. A new USB dongle (sold separately) will let you use the controller wirelessly with Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft Hyperlapse Beta

Microsoft Hyperlapse Beta

Microsoft’s time-lapse smoothing technology is now in open beta. Use the mobile app to create hyperlapses on your Android or Windows phone or get the Windows desktop version for videos taken from a variety of cameras.

2015 Microsoft Surface 3

2015 Microsoft Surface 3

Like the Surface Pro 3, the Surface 3 runs the desktop version of Windows 8.1. It has a 10.8″ 1920×1280 touchscreen, an Atom CPU, a USB 3.0 port, DisplayPort and a microSD reader. The keyboard cover and stylus are sold separately.

Conker’s Big Reunion (Teaser)

Conker’s Big Reunion (Teaser)

The foul-mouthed, red-haired squirrel is coming to Xbox One and Windows 8.1 this April, but this time he’s starring in an episodic adventure game built in Microsoft’s Project Spark game engine – which shockingly wasn’t built by Rare.

Microsoft: Future of Productivity 2

Microsoft: Future of Productivity 2

Microsoft boldly predicts enterprise technology 5 to 10 years from now. Aside from wall-sized and borderless touchscreens, the company imagines we’ll have more mature augmented reality and wearable devices.

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