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Microsoft Ultimate Game Sale discounts Xbox, PC games, accessories

Microsoft Ultimate Game Sale discounts Xbox, PC games, accessories

There's never any lack of video game sales in the summertime, and today, it seems it's Microsoft's turn to host one. Microsoft has kicked off its Ultimate Game Sale, and while the focus for many might be the Xbox One game discounts, there are also some PC and gaming accessory discounts to be had as well. There even seems to be some hardware sales to take advantage of if you're looking for a new gaming desktop or laptop.

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Surface Duo promised to get three years of Android updates

Surface Duo promised to get three years of Android updates

Although it has sold Android phones in the past, the Surface Duo is technically Microsoft's first true Android phone, under its own name and without Nokia's involvement. It's not surprising, then, that it wants to put its best foot forward, and not just in the sense of being a unique dual-screen phone. It turns out, Microsoft is joining the rather exclusive club currently formed by Google and, surprisingly, Samsung, who are promising their customers three years of software updates, both for security fixes as well as major OS updates.

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Watch Microsoft justify Surface Duo

Watch Microsoft justify Surface Duo

It's fair to say that Microsoft's newest hardware is proving divisive, with Surface Duo splitting opinion between those who think it's potentially the future of computing, and critics who say it's just too expensive. The dual-touchscreen clamshell will cost a heady $1,400 when it goes on sale in September, and now Microsoft has released its thirty minute briefing video on just why it thinks that's worth it.

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Surface Duo feels like a stopgap

Surface Duo feels like a stopgap

There's no denying that Microsoft's new Surface Duo has the wow-factor. A waif-like clamshell of soft-touch metal, that smoothly hinges open to reveal not one but two touchscreens - complete with Surface Pen support - it's hard not to look at it and think of a sci-fi movie prop. Yet Microsoft aims to put its futuristic gizmo on sale next month.

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Forza Horizon 3 is about to disappear for good

Forza Horizon 3 is about to disappear for good

The Forza Horizon series has proven to be a very popular one for Microsoft, but it seems that the sun is about to set on Forza Horizon 3. Today, Microsoft and Playground Games announced that Forza Horizon 3 is entering its end-of-life phase, which means it won't be available to purchase for much longer. It's actually being removed from sale next month, along with all of the DLC that has been released for the game.

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Windows 10 update tipped to change a classic feature forever

Windows 10 update tipped to change a classic feature forever

There's a new Windows 10 Build 20185 tipped in the pipeline with a new sort of clipboard panel in the mix. This new way to work with the clipboard could change the way you work with the copy and paste feature on your laptop or desktop machine forever. The panel is tipped in testing now, with the ability to include new sorts of media like emojis, kaomoji (顔文字), animated gif image files, and larger content. This is just one of a list of new features likely coming soon.

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Surface Duo release date, price revealed with Snapdragon 855, no 5G

Surface Duo release date, price revealed with Snapdragon 855, no 5G

After a long build up and a lot of teasing, Microsoft has officially unveiled the Surface Duo. We're learning all about the dual-screen Android device today, with Microsoft sharing full tech specifications, pricing, and which carriers the Surface Duo will be available on. As you might expect, the Surface Duo is going to be a pretty expensive device given its dual-screen build.

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Microsoft Surface Duo images show potential launch packages and price

Microsoft Surface Duo images show potential launch packages and price

In the images leaked today, the Microsoft Surface Duo was shown from several angles along with likely accessories and/or in-box peripherals. The Microsoft Surface Duo device is Microsoft's next big product running Android. It folds up like a notebook, but where a keyboard and touchpad would normally be, this machine has a second display.

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Halo Infinite delayed: Will miss Xbox Series X launch

Halo Infinite delayed: Will miss Xbox Series X launch

It looks like Xbox Series X is going to be launching without its biggest franchise in tow. Today, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced that Halo Infinite has been delayed. Originally slated to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X (and release on the Xbox One simultaneously, for that matter), Halo Infinite now won't be launching until sometime in 2021.

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Xbox Series X release date range and statement on One X games

Xbox Series X release date range and statement on One X games

Today Microsoft made a sort of promise - more like a statement of intent - for the games that'll be available to play on Xbox Series X at launch. They've suggested that "you will be able to play four generations of games on Xbox Series X on day one." They went on to say that "it's our intent for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X at the launch of the console." Notice there that it's not a promise, but a statement of intent - there's a little wiggle room there just in case a weird game or two do not work on Xbox Series X.

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Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks is ready for school

Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks is ready for school

It isn't just work that was suddenly plunged into a new world. Schools are also scrambling to adjust to the "new normal", which mostly means holding lessons remotely without direct teacher supervision. That also means relying more heavily on devices, of which Chromebooks and iPads are fiercely competing in the market. Whichever of the two you choose, there will now be a Minecraft learning world ready for you as developers Mojang (owned by Microsoft) rolls out at long last Chromebook support for its Education Edition.

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Microsoft xCloud game streaming beta release this week

Microsoft xCloud game streaming beta release this week

Today we're taking a peek at how you'll get in on the Microsoft xCloud game streaming beta, starting on the 11th of August, 2020. If you're an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you'll be among the first people to gain access to this system - if you WANT access, that is to say. It'll still be in beta, which means you'll effectively be play-testing Microsoft's system for them.

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