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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... >>

E3 2017: Rumours, press conferences and what to expect from the world's biggest games show

E3 2017: Rumours, press conferences and what to expect from the world's biggest games show

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It's only a month away now so plans for E3 2017 are already firming up.Microsoft will be launching a new, 4K super console, Project Scorpio during the enormous videogames show. And Sony will no doubt fill its Media Showcase with some stunning game debuts.So... >>

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... >>

What is Microsoft Windows 10 S?

What is Microsoft Windows 10 S?

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Microsoft has announced a new version of its Windows 10 operating system called Windows 10 S.Announced at the company's 2 May event focused on education, the company plans to double down on Windows by offering this new version that offers a range of advantages... >>

Microsoft unveils the Surface Laptop, a Windows 10 S device looking to take down the MacBook

Microsoft unveils the Surface Laptop, a Windows 10 S device looking to take down the MacBook

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Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Laptop at its New York education event, a new Windows 10 S hero device, designed for students, but likely to be loved by everyone.The Surface Laptop comes with a 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 resolution PixelSense display... >>

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows for education

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows for education

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Microsoft has announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that it is calling the "soul" of Windows.Announced at the New York education event, Microsoft has said that Windows 10 S has evolved out of feedback from teachers and class leaders, resulting... >>

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

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In April 2017 Windows 10 rolled out its Creators Edition update, bringing various new creative tools - such as Paint 3D for three-dimensional editing - into the operating system. The lesser talked about point is that the Windows Mixed Reality platform... >>

Forza Horizon 3 update adds crazy Hot Wheels tracks to muck around on

Forza Horizon 3 update adds crazy Hot Wheels tracks to muck around on

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There have been plenty of great downloadable content for the Forza games over the years but few have us as excited in Pocket-lint Towers as the latest.As of 9 May, Forza Horizon 3 will be getting a major, game-changing expansion. It adds a new location,... >>

This leak shows Microsoft finally plans to take on Chromebooks

This leak shows Microsoft finally plans to take on Chromebooks

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Microsoft has an event scheduled next month, and it could take the stage to unveil its version of a Google Chromebook.The company is also expected to debut its Windows 10 Cloud operating system at the 2 May event in New York City. Reports have claimed... >>

Project Scorpio vs Xbox One S: What's the difference?

Project Scorpio vs Xbox One S: What's the difference?

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This summer, on the eve of the E3 videogames show in June, Microsoft will officially unveil Project Scorpio - its new Xbox console set to be the "most powerful" games machine yet.It's probably not going to be called that, more likely Xbox Scorpio or... >>

How Xbox One backwards compatibility works: The Xbox 360 games list and more

How Xbox One backwards compatibility works: The Xbox 360 games list and more

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For more than a year now, you have been able to play Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One or Xbox One S (reviewed here). Not all of your old library of games are playable, but there are well over 350 titles currently available. Xbox is also adding to this list... >>

Microsoft will now release major Windows 10 updates twice a year

Microsoft will now release major Windows 10 updates twice a year

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Microsoft has announced a “predictable twice-per-year feature" update schedule for Windows 10.After revealing last year that it had two big updates to Windows 10 planned to released in 2017, the first of which is the Creators Update that recently shipped,... >>

Xbox Project Scorpio: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Xbox Project Scorpio: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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Microsoft pulled a bit of a pleasant surprise during E3 2016 last June. As well as announce the Xbox One S, which has since sold in bucket loads, it revealed that an all-new Xbox is in the works; a console it called the "most powerful console yet" and... >>

Microsoft is testing self-service refunds on Windows 10 and Xbox games

Microsoft is testing self-service refunds on Windows 10 and Xbox games

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Microsoft will soon introduce refunds on digital purchases made through the Xbox Games Store and Windows Store. The new feature was spotted by Reddit user gaymerRaver, who posted a screenshot on the Xbox One subreddit.The self-service refund feature is... >>

PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio: What’s the difference?

PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio: What’s the difference?

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Although Microsoft announced a 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 provides... >>