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Own a BMW? You can join a Skype meeting without leaving your car

Own a BMW? You can join a Skype meeting without leaving your car

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Next time you Skype your boss, do it from your BMW.Skype for Business users can now place or join conference calls from the driver's seat - so long as they own a BMW. Drivers will use the mounted display and their voice to navigate BMW's iDrive menu system... >>

Microsoft's new app uses AI to describe to the blind how people look

Microsoft's new app uses AI to describe to the blind how people look

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Are you visually impaired? If so, Microsoft's latest app is for you.Microsoft has released a new smartphone app, called Seeing AI, which uses computer vision to describe things to the visually impaired. With the app, you can simply focus your phone’s... >>

Bargain console deals: Xbox One S bundle £179.99, PS4 Pro bundle for £349.99

Bargain console deals: Xbox One S bundle £179.99, PS4 Pro bundle for £349.99

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As part of Amazon Prime Day 2017, both Microsoft and Sony's popular games consoles are available at a reduced price. You can snag an Xbox One S for £179.99 with a selection of popular game titles, as well as a PS4 Pro with a few great games for £349.99. ... >>

Halo 5 will be 4K on Xbox One X

Halo 5 will be 4K on Xbox One X

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During E3 2017 in June, Microsoft announced a handful of first-party games that will be getting patches to make the most of the Xbox One X.The new console will be on sale from 7 November and while it will play any existing and future Xbox One game, plus... >>

Best upcoming smartphones: The future phones of 2017

Best upcoming smartphones: The future phones of 2017

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With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing.We've rounded up the best smartphones for... >>

Nintendo Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One: Which should you choose?

Nintendo Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One: Which should you choose?

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With the Nintendo Switch doing remarkably well and Microsoft to release the Xbox One X on the build up to Christmas, you could be forgiven for being stumped when it comes to your next console choice. The PS4 Pro is even winking at you from another... >>

This Microsoft app uses Cortana tech to add voice dictation to Office

This Microsoft app uses Cortana tech to add voice dictation to Office

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Ever wish you could just say your essay aloud and have Microsoft Word write it out for you?Well, now you can, with a new app called Dictate. Microsoft has released the add-in for not only Word, but also Outlook and Powerpoint. It uses Cortana's speech-recognition... >>

E3 2017: All the games and announcements that matter

E3 2017: All the games and announcements that matter

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E3 2017 is upon us. With all the major conferences done and dusted, here are all the major announcements and games from the world's largest games show.Microsoft announced that its new 4K super console, the Xbox One X (originally codenamed Project Scorpio),... >>

Microsoft Modern Keyboard is a sleek slab of aluminium with a built-in fingerprint sensor

Microsoft Modern Keyboard is a sleek slab of aluminium with a built-in fingerprint sensor

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Continuing with its run of sleekly designed products and devices, Microsoft has, rather quietly, introduced an aluminium clad keyboard for use with Windows 10 PCs, macOS computers and the latest Android systems. Microsoft Surface Laptop: Much more than... >>

Microsoft Office is now available in the Windows Store for the first time

Microsoft Office is now available in the Windows Store for the first time

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If you bought the new Surface Laptop, you can now grab Office 365 for free from Microsoft's Windows Store.When Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop recently, it glossed over a major announcement about Microsoft Office; You see, the Surface Laptop runs... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow
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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow

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Say hello to the Microsoft Surface 5. Ok, ok, so it's "the new Microsoft Surface Pro", rather than adopting the generational number format in its name. And that's quite possibly because this fifth-generation model looks suspiciously like its predecessor.It's... >>

Microsoft Surface Laptop: How to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S

Microsoft Surface Laptop: How to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S

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Microsoft has a new Surface device, the Surface Laptop, which comes running Windows 10 S out of the box.The thing about Windows 10 S is that it is designed to run Windows Store apps only. If you've bought the Surface Laptop, you may want to consider upgrading... >>

Xbox One X preview: Age of 4K HDR gaming enters an all-new phase

Xbox One X preview: Age of 4K HDR gaming enters an all-new phase

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We'd run out of fingers and toes if we tried to count the amount of times Microsoft has said its Xbox One X console (formerly Project Scorpio) is the "most powerful console ever", but it doesn't make those claims lightly.It technically is.As we know though,... >>

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor
4.5 stars

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor

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Microsoft's hardware division has gone from strength to strength over the last few years: from the Surface Pro, which has defined the high-end 2-in-1 space in its refined fifth-gen form; to the heavyweight Surface Book, which has enough grunt to keep MacBook... >>

Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro: What’s the difference?

Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro: What’s the difference?

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Although Microsoft announced its 4K games console during E3 2016 last June, it was Sony that beat it to the punch, releasing its mid-generation upgrade a full year before the Xbox equivalent.The PS4 Pro has been available since the end of last year and... >>

Minecraft Better Together Update: 4K glory and cross-platform play

Minecraft Better Together Update: 4K glory and cross-platform play

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Microsoft has announced some fairly hefty update plans for Minecraft at E3 and the good news is that this will make an update to players across all platforms, hence the name Better Together Update.4K HDR updateLet's start with the cutting edge stuff.... >>

Xbox Design Lab comes to the UK, design your own Xbox One controller

Xbox Design Lab comes to the UK, design your own Xbox One controller

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Microsoft's Xbox Design Lab launched in the US around this time last year. It allowed Xbox owners to fully customise and create their own Xbox One controller. Now though, Microsoft has launched the Design Lab in the UK.  Xbox One X: Release date, price,... >>

Xbox One X pre-order: How, where and when to pre-order

Xbox One X pre-order: How, where and when to pre-order

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There's a new Xbox in town and it's being called the most powerful console made. The new Xbox One X is the go-to-market name for Project Scorpio. Initially announced in 2016, we now know how much Xbox One X will cost and we know the Xbox One X release... >>

Xbox E3 2017 press conference: Watch it again and find out what was launched

Xbox E3 2017 press conference: Watch it again and find out what was launched

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Microsoft announced its new console, now known as the Xbox One X during its E3 2017 press conference, which you can watch all over again right here. It is even available to view in 4K on a supported computer or TV.The Xbox Media Briefing lasted approximately... >>

Xbox One X: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Xbox One X: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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Microsoft pulled a bit of a pleasant surprise during the E3 2016 games trade show by announcing Project Scorpio - a 4K-capable version of its console which it called the "most powerful console yet" - would go on sale in 2017. See it on Amazon US See... >>

Xbox One X vs Xbox One S: What's the difference?

Xbox One X vs Xbox One S: What's the difference?

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Microsoft has officially unveiled the Xbox One X - its new Xbox console claimed to be the "most powerful" games machine yet.It's due to be released on 7 November, with the price yet to be revealed, but we know the internal specifications, which put it... >>

Xbox One X official - the best console on the planet, out 7 November

Xbox One X official - the best console on the planet, out 7 November

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Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox One X - formerly called Project Scorpio.The new console will be out later this year, from 7 November, for $499 in the US, £449 in the UK.It's not cheap.However, it is undoubtedly the most powerful, best spec'ed... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Apple iPad Pro 12.9: What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Apple iPad Pro 12.9: What's the difference?

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Microsoft announced the successor to the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Pro, at an event in May, while Apple announced updated specs for it's iPad Pro 12.9 device at its developer conference in June.Both devices are similar in size, designed to work with... >>

Xbox One S HDR games list: All the games you can play in HDR

Xbox One S HDR games list: All the games you can play in HDR

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The Xbox One S has been around for a year now, coming before Sony refreshed its PS4 line with the slimmer standard and PS4 Pro models. And it has offered HDR gaming from the off, beating both of those to the punch by several months.However, developers... >>

HP's Cortana device will be a standalone speaker with AI built in

HP's Cortana device will be a standalone speaker with AI built in

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Following the lead of Amazon and Google, Microsoft is getting in on the connected AI speaker action with its own Cortana-powered devices.First there was Harman Kardon with the Invoke, and now HP has announced it's also looking at Cortana devices. Although... >>

Windows Mixed Reality: What is it, what headsets are available and when can you get it?

Windows Mixed Reality: What is it, what headsets are available and when can you get it?

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Over the past few years, we've seen an increase in the conversation around breaking content and experiences out from a device's display, and into a new world of perception and interactivity.Virtual reality is something that we are familiar with, thanks... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: Battle of the 2-in-1s

Microsoft Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: Battle of the 2-in-1s

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If there's one category that's heating up, it's the 2-in-1 category. Small format notebooks have largely stepped aside for tablets with a lot more power, while weak tablets seem to have given up completely; it's the age of the Pro tablet and there's a... >>

Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio?

Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio?

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Microsoft has recently launched two new Surface machines and rounded out its Surface line to include four device families.While each one has a touchscreen, only three of them are "mobile", as one of them is an eye-catching all-in-one that sits on a desk.... >>

Lego Batman Movie is first 4K HDR film to stream on Xbox One S

Lego Batman Movie is first 4K HDR film to stream on Xbox One S

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The Xbox One S has been able to play 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays since its introduction in August last year, and in HDR to boot. It's currently the only games console to do so.You can also stream Netflix and Amazon Video content in Ultra HD with HDR on shows... >>

Remember Beam? No? That's OK, Microsoft calls it Mixer now

Remember Beam? No? That's OK, Microsoft calls it Mixer now

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Microsoft has relaunched its Twitch competitor.The company acquired Beam, a video game live-streaming platform, last August, in response to the popularity of Amazon's Twitch and debut of YouTube Gaming. But, now, it has given Beam a new name: Mixer. In... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro event: What was launched and how to watch

Microsoft Surface Pro event: What was launched and how to watch

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Microsoft held a special event in Shanghai on Tuesday 23 May, which it used to announce three Surface devices.Two of them had been previously revealed at other recent events, the Surface Laptop and Surface Studio, although it was revealed that they will... >>

Xbox Game Pass: Release date, price and all the games you can play

Xbox Game Pass: Release date, price and all the games you can play

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Microsoft has launched Xbox Game Pass, a new subscription service that gives you access to more than 100 games to play on your Xbox One for one monthly fee. And unlike PlayStation Now, it isn't a cloud service so you don't have to rely on your own broadband... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Surface Laptop vs Surface Book: What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Surface Laptop vs Surface Book: What's the difference?

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It's been a busy month for Microsoft. A couple weeks after announcing the new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S, it has announced the successor to the Surface Pro 4. But instead of being named Surface Pro 5, it's just called Surface Pro. So, how does it... >>

Whiteboard is Microsoft's Windows 10 app for collaborative inking

Whiteboard is Microsoft's Windows 10 app for collaborative inking

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Microsoft has unveiled a new Windows 10 app called Whiteboard.It's a "collaborative inking" app meant for Microsoft's Surface devices. Microsoft demoed the app while on stage at its Surface event in Shanghai, China on 23 May. The company explained that... >>

New Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Surface Pro 4: What's the difference?

New Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Surface Pro 4: What's the difference?

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Microsoft has updated its Surface Pro line, with the introduction of the new Surface Pro.The latest model, which would be the Surface Pro 5 if Microsoft had kept the numbers, packs in more power and a better battery than its Surface Pro 4 predecessor,... >>

New Microsoft Surface Pro confirmed, coming on 15 June from £799

New Microsoft Surface Pro confirmed, coming on 15 June from £799

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As leaked last week, Microsoft has announced a new Surface Pro during its #MicrosoftEvent in Shanghai.On stage at the Chinese press conference, Microsoft revealed that an all-new version of the Surface Pro is on its way to many markets globally, with... >>

Microsoft will likely unveil new Surface Pro Type Covers in Shanghai

Microsoft will likely unveil new Surface Pro Type Covers in Shanghai

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Microsoft is teasing new products ahead of its Surface event.The company is expected to launch a new Surface Pro device in Shanghai on 23 May, so naturally, a day before the event, Microsoft's Surface chief has taken to Instagram to publish a teaser. Panos... >>

Microsoft's Surface Pro update leaks, expected launch on 23 May

Microsoft's Surface Pro update leaks, expected launch on 23 May

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Microsoft firmly denied that there was a Surface Pro 5, but instead it looks like there is a new Surface Pro coming instead.We know what you're thinking: this looks a lot like the current Surface Pro 4 that was launched in 2015. It looks like you might... >>

Microsoft Cortana skills: Which are available now and how do they work?

Microsoft Cortana skills: Which are available now and how do they work?

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Microsoft has launched the first set of skills for Cortana.During the company's annual Build developers conference this week, Microsoft announced a Cortana Skills Kit so that developers could create Amazon Alexa-like skills for Microsoft's voice assistant.... >>

Microsoft Build 2017: All the announcements that matter

Microsoft Build 2017: All the announcements that matter

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The biggest tech companies hold annual developer conferences, and Microsoft's has just kicked off.Every year Microsoft spends a few days trying to bring developers and software engineers into its fold with a developer conference called Build. While at... >>

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Everything you need to know

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Everything you need to know

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Microsoft has announced its next major Windows 10 update.Remember, Microsoft already revealed it will update Windows 10 twice a year - in the spring and in the autumn - with new features and noteworthy upgrades. The last major update, which arrived in... >>

Microsoft Story Remix lets you edit movies on iOS, Android, or Windows

Microsoft Story Remix lets you edit movies on iOS, Android, or Windows

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Microsoft is at Build 2017 and has introduced something interesting to consumers: a new Windows 10 app.But it's not just any app. It's basically a successor to, or even a replacement for, Windows Movie Maker, an app that let regular people create videos... >>

OneDrive Files On-Demand will finally only download your files when you need them

OneDrive Files On-Demand will finally only download your files when you need them

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Microsoft is finally implementing a feature in OneDrive that could be forgiven for thinking existed already.OneDrive Files On-Demand will store all of your data in the cloud and only download it when you actually want to use relevant files.At present,... >>

Microsoft follows Google Daydream and Oculus with own Mixed Reality controllers

Microsoft follows Google Daydream and Oculus with own Mixed Reality controllers

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After rebranding its augmented reality system to Windows 10 Mixed Reality, Microsoft is expanding the ecosystem with motion controllers to interact with experiences.Different manufacturers, including Acer and HP, are making their own Mixed Reality headsets... >>

Move over, Alexa: More Cortana devices and skills are on the way

Move over, Alexa: More Cortana devices and skills are on the way

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Harman Kardon isn't the only company making a Cortana device.Smart speakers are everywhere. Amazon now offers - count them - five different Alexa-powered speakers, while Google has the Assistant-powered Google Home, and even Apple is expected to launch... >>

Microsoft HomeHub for Windows 10 wants to be your smart home control centre

Microsoft HomeHub for Windows 10 wants to be your smart home control centre

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Microsoft appears to be planning its own rival to the likes of Amazon Echo and Apple HomeKit, in the form of HomeHub. The smart home control feature, or at least the first stages of it, will become part of Windows 10, possibly in the next update due in... >>

Don't expect a Surface Pro 5 from Microsoft anytime soon

Don't expect a Surface Pro 5 from Microsoft anytime soon

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Microsoft will not use its Shanghai event to announce a Surface Pro 5.In an interview with CNET, Microsoft’s devices chief, Panos Panay, said Microsoft doesn't plan to introduce a new Surface Pro 5 model until there's "an experiential change that makes... >>

Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft Cortana for brains

Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft Cortana for brains

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Harman Kardon, one of the audio brands to fall under the Harman umbrella, has officially announced the Invoke speaker. It's the first to use Microsoft's Cortana as its voice-controlled personal assistant. Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa Harman... >>

Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Apple MacBook (2016) vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Apple MacBook (2016) vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?

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Microsoft has introduced a new Surface-branded device - and it runs a new version of Windows 10.Called Surface Laptop, it's a premium device designed to rival the 12-inch MacBook. So, with that in mind, we pitted the Surface Laptop against the MacBook... >>

You can watch Microsoft's 2 May education event here, Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S revealed

You can watch Microsoft's 2 May education event here, Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S revealed

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Microsoft held a hardware event on 2 May 2017 which it used to reinforce its position in education and make a couple of key announcements, including Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop.Microsoft was kind enough to supply us with the video for you to... >>