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Microsoft awards hardware startup ENTy the 2016 Imagine Cup

ENTy-pose The festivities have wrapped for Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, a global competition among students and young people to create new software and devices. The winner this year was ENTy, a polished and highly practical hardware solution for tracking posture, helping with diagnosis and possibly treatment of diseases that affect balance. Read More
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Devin Coldewey

July 29th

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PSA: Tomorrow is the last day you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free

Free Windows 10 Upgrade Deadline
Some people have been complaining about Microsoft’s incessant prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year. But come July 29th, many of those same people will complain about missing out on the opportunity to install Microsoft’s best operating system to date free of charge.

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Chris Smith

July 28th

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Deep learning software knows that a rose is a rose is a rosa rubiginosa

flower-project-diagram We can’t all be botanists, unfortunately, but most of us do have smartphones, and that may be a start. A computer vision system built by Microsoft Research Asia can identify thousands of species of flowers with nothing but a picture. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 27th

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Microsoft slashes Xbox One to its lowest price ever

Xbox One Cheapest Price
I told you not to buy the Xbox One just a few weeks ago, when Microsoft announced a few interesting deals on its current model, making the console cheaper than ever. The reason was pretty simple. A better Xbox One version launches in early August — the Xbox One S — so you should hold on to your cash for that one. But Microsoft has done the unthinkable: it already reduced the price of the “old” Xbox One yet again. At $249, it’s cheaper than ever and it's a very attractive option if you’re not looking to spend $399 on the Xbox One S.

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Chris Smith

July 26th

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Microsoft slashes Xbox One price to $250 ahead of Slim launch

XboxOne_1TBConsole This weekend, Microsoft dropped the price of the Xbox One for the third time since May, giving users access to the Xbox 360 successor for a mere $250. Remember, the Xbox One originally launched with a 500GB drive and a Kinect sensor for $499, all the way back in November of 2013. In the years since, the console has dropped dramatically in price, going to $399 in June of 2014. Since May of… Read More

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Jordan Crook

July 25th

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How to upgrade to Windows 10, while also getting heroically drunk

Windows 10 Upgrade
You know you should upgrade to Windows 10 this weekend. The latest version of Windows, which is faster, more secure and more useful than its predecessor, is only a free upgrade until next weekend. After that, you'll have to pay $120 for a piece of software, which is unconscionable. However, all the facts in the world don't disguise the truth that updating an operating system is always awful. Windows 10 promises you "all your stuff will be just where you left it!" which is basically a lie. Luckily there's a solution: alcohol. So sit back, crack a cold one (or 12), and get ready for a software update, adult-style.

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Chris Mills

July 23rd

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Was Microsoft’s biggest E3 2016 announcement a huge mistake?

Xbox One vs Project Scorpio
Having struggled to keep up with the PlayStation 4 for nearly three years, Microsoft knew it was going to have to bring the big guns to E3 2016. Rather than just announcing new games and peripherals, the company actually announced not one, but two (2!) new versions of the Xbox One console last month. On paper, this sounds like a surefire way to reinvigorate a fan base. In reality, it might have unintentionally stalled Xbox One sales.

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Jacob Siegal

July 21st

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PSA: Much of your free Microsoft OneDrive storage is going away

Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Free Storage
Stop what you’re doing and check your OneDrive account right now. Your storage space might be in danger if you’re only using a free account, as Microsoft is starting to downgrade freebie OneCloud accounts to 5GB. That’s plenty of cloud data available free of charge, but the move could still hurt those users who’re using more than that.

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Chris Smith

July 14th

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Final countdown: You have 3 weeks left to update to Windows 10 for free

Windows 10 Download
Look, we're going to level with you: there are definitely some valid reasons to skip the update to Windows 10. Maybe you're on a work PC and your IT department hasn't authorized the update. Maybe you have some crazy custom legacy software that you've confirmed just won't work on Windows 10. Maybe you're afraid Windows 10 is going to spy on you. We're not going to judge you in any of those cases but to be frank, Windows 10 is pretty awesome. Microsoft did a terrific job of listening to customers complain about everything they hated in Windows 8 and undoing most of the damage. But be warned: If you ever plan to update to Windows 10, now is the time to do it.

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Zach Epstein

July 8th

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After iPad and MacBook Pro, Microsoft is taking on the iMac with new kind of Surface

Microsoft Surface 2016: Book AIO
Microsoft surprised fans last year with a great MacBook Pro alternative, a high-end 2-in-1 Surface Book laptop that nobody saw coming. The Surface Book line joined the regular Surface models to better compete against Apple’ MacBooks and iPads. A report that flew under the radar last week claims that Microsoft is working on the next generation of Surface-branded devices. Among them, there’s an iMac-killer as well, which would become the company’s first Surface desktop.

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Chris Smith

July 6th

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