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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
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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... >>

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

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

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For a considerable while 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 several hundred titles now available. And Xbox is adding to this list... >>

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... >>