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    Qik Returns as Skype Qik, a New Video Messaging App

    Remember Qik? Once upon a time, it was an app that let you share or stream videos, with a little video chatting thrown in. Then, it was gone. That’s because it was bought out by Skype a few years ago, shortly before Skype was swallowed up by Microsoft. You can go pull up that image […]

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    Microsoft Buys Minecraft Creators for $2.5 Billion, Expects to Break Even by Next Year

    Do you like your independent, creative video game developers free from corporate overlord influence? Too bad. Another blow has been dealt to anti-establishment gamers everywhere—following the shocking sale of Oculus VR to Facebook for $2 billion, Microsoft has purchased Swedish game developer Mojang, creators of Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. In today’s press release, Microsoft announced […]

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    OneDrive Now with 15GB of Free Storage, Take that Dropbox!

    The cloud storage service formerly known as SkyDrive is taking a hacksaw to prices. Microsoft is bringing OneDrive prices in line with what Google Drive is offering, and making life increasingly difficult for Dropbox, which is starting to look prohibitively expensive by comparison. But first, the freebies. Microsoft will now offer 15 GB of free […]

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    Bing in the Classroom Brings Free Surface Tablets to Schools

    For all the talk of bringing technology into the classroom, there hasn’t been enough done to make that technology optimized for classroom use. One big area where that’s true is filtering and security – after all, allowing a bunch of preteens and teenagers unrestricted Internet access on school grounds might not always turn out well. […]

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    Office 365 Personal Unlocks it All for $6.99 a Month

    Just some quick Office news today – if you wanted to get in on Microsoft’s new subscription-based software, but didn’t really need licenses for ten devices, there’s a new plan just for you. Office 365 Personal includes all the same software as Office 365 Home, you just can’t use it on as many devices. Instead […]

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    Microsoft Office Arrives on iPad

    Microsoft has made a lot of noise about their services over the past year, especially where Office is concerned. We’ve seen Office go into the cloud as a service, and we’ve seen Office apps on just about every platform imaginable. All except for one, that is. Well, that’s finally changed – Microsoft Office is now […]

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    Microsoft Joins Fight Against Bear Bile Farming

    In China and much of Southeast Asia, bile from several species of bear, particularly one colloquially called the moon bear, is an expensive commodity. The bear’s bile, or its entire gall bladder, in some cases, can fetch lucrative sums on black markets, due to its reputed importance in traditional medicine. The interest in the bear’s […]

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    3 Simple Email Organization Tips to Keep your Inbox SANE

    In there’s-a-week-for-everything news today, it’s National Clean Out Your Inbox Week. And yes, this is an actual sanctioned “week,” not something someone just made up. The issue of email overload deserves all the fuss, because the average person gets around 10,000 emails a year. Sifting, sorting, and managing all that cyber clutter takes up tons […]

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    How to Set Up Your Windows 8 Device with Outlook.com

    So you just got a new shiny Windows 8 device for the holidays, and you’re setting it up for the first time? Your device will prompt you to sign in with an email account. We recommend using a free Outlook.com account to sign in. Here’s why. 1. An @outlook.com account works best with the Windows […]

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    Understanding Microsoft Office 365: A Brief Tour

    Thank you to Microsoft Office 365 for sponsoring this article. Learn more about how Microsoft Office 365 can improve productivity for your team at: Microsoft Office 365. I’d say we’re in the middle of a massive transition in the business world, but that seems too narrow in scope. The entire world is being transformed through […]

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    Microsoft Releases Subscription Based Office 365

    A lot of what Microsoft has been doing in the past couple of years has felt like a company in the middle of an image makeover. Core software and services like Windows, Outlook, and Hotmail have all seen major overhauls, so it’s no surprise that Office’s number was going to get called next.

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    Samsung’s First U.S. Windows 8 Smartphone – ATIV Odyssey

    Flaunting a shiny 4″ Super AMOLED touchscreen hi-res display, the ATIV Odyssey made a splash at CES. 1.5 GHz dual core processor and Verizon’s 4G LTE network means fast, fast, fast. This world phone works in 220 countries and comes nehanced with security features such as the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and on-device AES 256-bit encryption. […]

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    Windows Phone 8 – What You Need to Know

    Microsoft gave everyone a first look at their new smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8, yesterday in San Francisco. The first thing you need to know is that the core operating system, and the hardware requirements for that core, have been overhauled. That means if you’re a current owner of a Windows Phone, you aren’t […]

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    Hands-On With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Maybe the biggest news coming out of Mobile World Congress this year came in the form of the world’s very first official look at Windows 8, the future of Microsoft’s operating system. And there should be an emphasis on the word future, because, as Microsoft’s Steve Sinofsky put it, Windows 8 is the biggest redesign […]

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    Deanne Cheuk Uses the Microsoft Touch Mouse as Her Canvas

    Microsoft is no stranger to creativity when it comes to their mice and today is no exception as they have just debuted the new Touch Mouse Artist Edition. New York-based artist Deanne Cheuk was so captivated with the captured motion and finger paths of people using the Touch Mouse that it became the basis of […]

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    Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse Features Sideways Scroll Capability

    Move over Apple Magic Mouse, Microsoft’s new Explorer Touch Mouse not only looks super slick but it also packs in neat touch capabilities. For starters, it features an advanced scroll strip for vertical and horizontal navigation. That means that the mouse has support for side-to-side swipes and five customizable buttons, plus it also packs in […]