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    Microsoft’s Surface tablets are attractive for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being the compatibility they offer with traditional PC software. But when we're talking about programs that maybe weren't developed with touch input in mind, how to control them on a tablet becomes a very important consideration. To solve that puzzle, Microsoft has blessed some of its Surface models with support for a high-precision stylus. Earlier this year we heard a rumor claiming that Microsoft was interested in buying the company that provided it with this stylus tech, and this week we get ...

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    Whether you're thinking about new Lumia flagships or just Windows 10 itself, it's easy to find reasons to be excited about upcoming Microsoft products. But there's one that's captured the minds of the tech community maybe more than any other in recent memory, the incredibly futuristic, all-sorts-of-ambitious HoloLens. The more we learn about the hardware that goes into this headset, and the more we hear about what it promises to allow us to do, the easier it is to become enraptured with its possibilities. But there's still a lot we don't know about HoloLens, including what could prove to ...

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    Even though Microsoft did a good job at wowing everyone with the HoloLens announcement a few months ago, it ended up leaving more questions than answers. First of all, we all know that most of the virtual reality solutions in the market are really a phone strapped to your head, but in the case of HoloLens, we still have no clue how it works, or what it pairs with. Microsoft's Build conference was the perfect scenario for answering some questions, and here are some facts. First of all, let's start by answering the primary question; this is pretty much a computer with a ton of sensors on ...

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    Apple's Tim Cook stated that he was optimistic about iPad sales, even though these have been on rough decline over the last couple of quarters. As a matter of fact, it's not just the iPad that's on decline, but really all tablets in a very proportionate manner. Today the IDC reveals some statistics for Q1/2015, and the results aren't to celebrate. The report claims that Apple still owns the tablet market with 26.8%, which amounts to the 12.6 million iPads that Cupertino sold according to the last conference call. This is down a whopping 22.9% when compared to how tablet sales performed for ...

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    Even though we're still months away from the launch of Windows 10, the phone previews that we've received over the last few weeks have revealed a lot. Surely we know that there are other builds tested privately that promise more features, but it's hard to predict when the Windows Insider program will shed some light. Still, today we land some leaks of new features coming to Windows Phone, but the aspect of the OS has us confused. The leaked photos show us what seems to be multi-window support coming to Windows Phone, something that was very popular on Windows 8 for the desktop. Now, notice ...

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    If you spend a lot of time working with Microsoft's suite of Office apps, you're likely familiar with the company's support for Office add-ins, plugins that allow developers to brings news tools and features to standard Office programs. These can be anything from document management systems, to collections of shortcuts, to industry-specific projects that make it easier to work with advanced notation. At its Build conference today, Microsoft is showcasing some expanded add-in support coming with Office 2016, including the ability for add-ins to exist across platforms. Considering how Office ...

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    Every year we start things off with a couple months of expo season, with winter bringing us both CES and later MWC. But by the time spring rolls around, we're ready to move on from those big trade shows to platform-focused events. Google I/O and Apple's WWDC are still weeks away, but this week Microsoft gets things started with Build 2015. With lots of events and presentations to check out, there's plenty to keep attendees busy, but it's today's first keynote that's likely to bring us any big news Microsoft has brewing. We'll be delivering coverage of any important announcements later ...

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    Microsoft has continued to push updates for its Windows 10 preview for the desktop, but it's clear that there are other versions up the company's sleeve in the works. Just as we saw leaks of a Windows 10 for phones that hasn't gone public yet, it seems that Microsoft has very advanced builds with major changes to come as well. New leaks show us a new Windows 10 in the works that marks the return of the Windows Aero effect that we saw with Windows Vista and Windows 7. This is basically the window transparency effect that Windows 8 killed, even though this time it seems that the effect will ...

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    Remember last week's rumors that implied Nokia was planning on returning to the smartphone game sometime in 2016? OK, forget about them. While the usual policy is a "no comment on rumors" one (or at least that's what the media is being constantly told, for ages), Nokia denies the rumors, as the Finnish company made an official statement on the matter: "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks ...

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    Even though LG was one of the big launch partners for Windows Phone 7, the company sadly didn't launch a follow up in the next Windows Phone generations. We don't know why this happened, but we assume that the company had the same feelings as Huawei at some point. To see the recent leaks of an LG Windows Phone in renders a few weeks ago was an interesting twist to the company's success in Android, and today we learn more. LG's website is now mentioning not one, but two Windows Phones for Verizon, or at least two variants that could be very similar to each other. One is the LG VW820, and ...

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    OneDrive has quickly become one of the most heavily-used productivity tools by many, especially Windows Phone users (considering that it's an app made in Microsoft's offices, after all). That's why every little Windows Phone OneDrive update matters, and why this one is particularly substantive – while it doesn't offer a treasure trove of new features, it does have one feature that's been requested for a good bit. That feature is the inclusion of a transparent Start screen tile to help it look a little nicer when pinned to your Start screen. The inclusion of this new feature obviously ...

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    It's that time again: three months have passed since we last got the chance to check out some Microsoft financial data, and now quarterly figures are once again due. Have the early months of 2015 been kind to Microsoft and its mobile hardware, or will we see evidence of a post-holiday-season slump? Let's waste no more time and get right to the numbers. The good news overall is that revenue is up, even if slimming profit margins mean that Microsoft is keeping less of it. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, revenue's up six percent to $21.7B, but income is down five percent, coming in ...

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    Miniaturization has been the name of the evolution game over the last few years as mobile devices are now more powerful that some of the technology currently used in outer Space.The evolution the ARM's RISC-based architecture has been key in allowing the mobile device revolution of the last few years, and according to certain leaks, miniaturization is still a work in progress. A leaked ARM presentation shows us the reference design for ARM processors in the future, and all point to 10 and 16nm CPUs with Greek mythology codenames. Ares would be the high end 10nm core processor with a 1-1.2W ...

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    Windows 10 preview for phones has had a very rocky start when compared to its desktop counterpart. Our initial impressions of the first build weren't very positive, but hey, we do know this is still a work in progress. The problem now lies in its second build not playing well with certain Lumias like the 520, 521, 525 and 526, and even though those problems were solved, another problem just emerged. Microsoft has just admitted that there is still a flaw in Windows 10, and specifically for the new Lumia 640. The Microsoft Support statement pretty much confirms that the same previous flaws ...

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    You can't quite buy the Microsoft Lumia 640 in the United States right now – availability through Microsoft's stores hasn't quite reached the market officially – but those of you who can't quite wait for official availability to begin, this start of US Lumia 640 sales through third-party retailer Expansys should be music to your ears. Expansys is selling the dual-SIM variant for $219, and it includes LTE connectivity. That price is for the black model; cyan and orange will run you a more pricey $244. For a quick recap on the Lumia 640, we urge you to check out the post we wrote up when ...

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    If you're currently testing Windows 10 in the Insider program and thought you were rocking the latest build, fact of the matter is you're not. The Insider program is currently testing version 10052, and today we land a leaked video from a trusted source on version 12544, which is definitely a significant jump in version number. The changes are significant, and the video is quite technical, so here's what changes: Background transparency: Microsoft will be providing users with a slider to control for the background image transparency, something that's definitely handy for images that are ...

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    You guessed it, today is "Patch Tuesday," a day when bugs get dealt with, or when what wasn't broken, shouldn't have gotten fixed. Microsoft launched a good deal of security patches for most of its versions of Windows last Tuesday, and so far, we haven't heard any complaints. Today however, even though we do have a longer list of patches when compared to last week, the focus is different. Microsoft plans to launch over 30 non-security patches later today. 30 sounds like a lot, but some of these are going to Windows 7 and others will go to Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8.1 will be the most ...

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    If you've been considering a purchase of Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid flagship, the Surface Pro 3, there has not been a better time to make that happen. Today's Microsoft Surface Pro 3 sale is offering some pretty sizable discounts on the still-very-much-relevant hardware the device packs – here's a more comprehensive look at the deal. Out of the 5 Surface Pro 3 variants Microsoft currently sells through its online store, four are part of this discount deal; the model that is excluded happens to be the 64GB Core i3 model. That model is $799, though no stock is available currently – ...

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    Microsoft hasn't had much fame over the last couple of years for its timeliness in launching products, and well, we don't blame them for switching CEOs to fix that, among other things. The new Microsoft we've seen over the last few months has launched a bevy of products for multiple platforms, even though we do know that one of their main focus points is Windows 10. Redmond did tease a launch to happen in the summer, but if you wanted an exact month, we hear it today. AMD's is one of Microsoft's biggest partners and the company's CEO, Lisa Su, has just confirmed that we should expect ...

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    Halo is definitely one of Microsoft’s crown jewels, and one of the biggest differentiators in its Xbox platform. The launch of Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Steam made a lot of sense two years ago, as these were all platforms where Microsoft wanted to use the Halo brand to extend mindshare. Today we finally get a sequel for the game, but this time Microsoft wants to expand further. Halo: Spartan Strike finally goes live today after it was announced back in October 2014, and those of you lucky enough to carry a Windows 8.1 computer, Windows Phone, Steam account ...

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    Even though Windows 10 is already available in preview for desktop computers and even some Lumia smartphones, one of the biggest mysteries is how Microsoft's mobile operating system will adapt to small tablets. At the moment you don't have the option to test it on existing models, so we didn't really have a clear idea until today. We get the first leaked screenshots of Windows 10 running on a small tablet of unknown dimensions, and yes, the tablet model wasn't disclosed either. You'll notice that this is a very early beta, as the Start screen is not yet final. As we expected, there is no ...

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    Yesterday, rumors began flying that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent were in talks to carve a type of joint future for the two telecommunications companies. Nokia confirmed that it was in "advanced talks" with the French company, and today it has made the announcement. The Nokia Alcatel-Lucent acquisition is official. The combined company will be uniquely suited to address various technological areas; both have years of experience in the market, and neither lacks the ability to create a good product. Of the acquisition, Nokia had the following to say: The combined company will be uniquely ...

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    As the wait for true flagship Windows phones continues – and we look towards the impending arrival of Windows 10 this summer for more – we're left being graced by new entrants from Microsoft in the affordable smartphone market, the latest of which is the Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM. What will interest you most about the Lumia 540 Dual SIM if you're in the market is the price tag without a doubt. The phone is priced to sell, at just $150, and features some commendable respect for that fairly small price to pay. Paying that price will get you a Snapdragon 200 processor, a 5-inch 720p ...

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    HTC and Microsoft haven't really had the best relationship ever since HTC decided to help Google launch the first-ever Android smartphone back in 2008. Yes, we have seen HTC Windows Phones launch over the following years, but not at the same pace as we saw HTC supporting Windows Mobile since its ODM days. We're not sure if that's going to change any time soon, but we do hear that there is work in progress. At the launch of the HTC One M9+ in New Delhi this morning, Chia-Lin Chang, the company's President of Global Sales and Chief Financial Officer was approached about the company's future ...

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    Microsoft's launch of the second preview of Windows 10 for phones might have landed later than we'd like, and some of us are even complaining about certain missing features. Still, that's the price of evolution, and that's something Microsoft needs to do desperately. No all is a loss though, a lot of cool new features are being added, and today we get a teaser. Even though we praise the keyboard on Windows Phone, one of our biggest complaints is how big the keys and the UI tend to be on devices with a larger display. Today we find Microsoft's new one-handed keyboard being demoed on video, ...

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