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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015



  Microsoft Shows Off Minecraft for HoloLens
Time: 23:50 EST/04:50 GMT | News Source: PC Magazine | Posted By: Erick Cordero

The bulk of Microsoft's E3 presser this morning focused on games coming to its Xbox One console, but the company also took some time to demo Minecraft on its futuristic HoloLens augmented reality headset. Mojang's Brand Director Lydia Winters and Michael Saxs Persson of Microsoft Studios took to the stage in Los Angeles for a quick demo (video below). Persson was outfitted with a HoloLens and an Xbox controller and played a game that was projected on a wall, while Winters played nearby on a Microsoft Surface tablet.

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  Microsoft's Massive Surface Hub Opens For Orders July 1
Time: 14:34 EST/19:34 GMT | News Source: Readwrite.com | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Essentially an oversized, touch-friendly tablet, the device will come with huge prices to match, at $7,000 (55-inch model) and $19,000 (84-inch model). The device is targeted at companies in need of massive digital whiteboards for sharing presentations and documents, allowing team-based annotation, and piping video conferences.

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  Microsoft will encrypt all Bing search traffic
Time: 14:30 EST/19:30 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Erick Cordero

In a post-Edward Snowden world, privacy and security are huge concerns. While many people call him a traitor to his country, many others -- myself included -- consider him a hero. Snowden shone a light on government programs that were arguably illegal and unconstitutional. The ultimate win from his actions is that people that were ignorant to privacy issues before, are now interested in them. He planted a seed of curiosity and concern.

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  Microsoft's Everything-Everywhere Push Hits Skype
Time: 14:30 EST/19:30 GMT | News Source: Readwrite.com | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft may be busy wowing gamers today at E3 in Los Angeles, in particular with a rather amazing Minecraft demo built for its HoloLens augmented reality glasses, but that doesn't mean the company has overlooked its non-gaming users. Monday, it also just extended the reach of its popular Skype chat application by rolling out the Web app to users worldwide.

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  Xbox One gets backwards compatibility, will play over 100 Xbox 360 games
Time: 14:28 EST/19:28 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Erick Cordero

If you own an Xbox One gaming console and wanted to play Xbox 360 titles on it, Microsoft is granting your wish. At gaming conference E3, Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced that backwards compatibility is coming to the current-gen console.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY, JUNE 09, 2015



  Facebook integration no longer available for several Microsoft services
Time: 04:26 EST/09:26 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin.com | Posted By: Erick Cordero

More than a dozen Microsoft products and services are no longer able to integrate with Facebook directly.

As Windows Central first reported, a number of Microsoft offerings that relied on integration between users' Microsoft and Facebook accounts will no longer work as they have to date.Among the affected products are Outlook.com Contacts, Calendar sync, Windows 8.x People and Calendar apps, OneDrive Online, Office 365 Outlook Web app and more.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SUNDAY, JUNE 07, 2015



  Get ready for Windows 10 upgrade
Time: 17:47 EST/22:47 GMT | News Source: Computer Weekly | Posted By: Erick Cordero

With Microsoft Windows 10 due to become available in July, many organisations will be planning when to migrate. The majority are still running Windows 7, in spite of having less than five years to migrate before extended support ends.

Today, organisations have far more choice than they did 2009, when Windows 7 was released. At that time, the first iPad was not yet available and Windows was the dominant enterprise operating system (OS).

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015



  Windows 10 Music Preview app redesign sports a Spotify-like aesthetic
Time: 10:49 EST/15:49 GMT | News Source: PC Watch | Posted By: Byron Hinson

There’s apparently a new look coming to Windows 10's Music Preview app in Windows 10, and it's awfully reminiscent of Spotify. We’re not talking a complete copy mind you—more like what Spotify might look like if Microsoft designed it. The new app hasn’t yet popped up in the Windows 10 Technical Preview—at least in my tests. Microsoft did, however, post an image of the new build to its Xbox support page for the new music app.

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  Xbox boss Phil Spencer reiterates Rise Of The Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive
Time: 10:48 EST/15:48 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

The head of Microsoft's Xbox division Phil Spencer has cleared up confusion regarding the exclusivity deal that will bring Crystal Dynamics' Rise Of The Tomb Raider to Xbox One and Xbox 360 later in 2015. The official Facebook page for Xbox Australia said back in January that the follow-up to the rebooted Lara Croft series would be a full exclusive – "not timed exclusive but exclusive" – but that has since been rubbished by Spencer.

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  Windows Phone Recovery Tool Updated to Fix New Issues Introduced in Latest Preview Release
Time: 10:47 EST/15:47 GMT | News Source: Windows SuperSite | Posted By: Byron Hinson

With each new build that Microsoft releases for Windows 10 mobile, new issues arise. And, that's a given. You can't deliver unfinished software to the public without expecting bumps and crashes. But, as each new build is available and then installed, and new problems are introduced, there's another, seemingly inconsequential effect that really might be the more important piece to Microsoft fully releasing Windows 10 Mobile sometime later this year.

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  Windows 10's phone companion aims to link a PC to any smartphone
Time: 10:46 EST/15:46 GMT | News Source: The Verge | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft is planning to release a special phone companion app for Windows 10 that's designed to convince smartphone owners to bridge the gap between their handset and PC. The software maker is clearly hoping that its new companion app will convince iPhone and Android phone owners to install a number of apps and services on their devices. Once installed on a Windows 10 PC, the phone companion app works like a hub to direct phone owners to download apps like Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Office, Xbox Music, and even the recently announced Cortana app.

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  Microsoft announces Cortana app for Android and iOS
Time: 10:45 EST/15:45 GMT | News Source: PocketPCMinds | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Windows 10 Mobile is going to be tightly integrated with Windows 10 on PCs: that’s a key pillar of Microsoft’s platform vision, and promises to help further streamline communication between devices. So while Microsoft smartphones will work smoothly with Windows 10 computers, what about those of us who run Windows on our PCs but elect to go with Android or iOS as our primary mobile ecosystems? Today Microsoft shares some of what it’s planning for Android and iOS users on Windows 10, including availability of a Cortana app.

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