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Gaming

Xbox is getting Discord account integration to connect with PC players

Microsoft has announced that Discord account integration is coming to the Xbox One, as is Xbox Live integration for the Discord app. This will allow Discord users to see what their Xbox friends are playing.
Gaming

Xbox One April update brings a slew of new video and streaming options

The Xbox One April update arrived and it came with a variety of new video and streaming options, including 1440p resolution and the ability to share your controller with Mixer audience members.
Computing

Windows 10 ‘Lean’ shows up in a preview build for Windows Insiders

Windows 10 Lean now appears in a Skip Ahead build for Windows Insider participants. There are no obvious app restrictions like Windows 10 S, but rather the removal of specific tools for a more streamlined, lightweight footprint.
Computing

New code in Windows 10 preview hints at a Surface Phone arrival

Microsoft may use the Surface Phone to showcase Windows 10's new telephony features. A Windows Insider Preview build reveals that support for phone features in Windows is coming, further fueling Surface Phone rumors.
Computing

Summer school is a drag, so enroll your kids in Microsoft’s Summer Camps

Microsoft will hold a new series of education courses for kids this summer. The courses focus on coding, game development, robotics, 3D moviemaking, and philanthropy. All classes are free and held at Microsoft Stores.
Computing

Internet Explorer has a zero-day bug that Microsoft needs to fix

There is a rather sophisticated Internet Explorer zero-day bug that is apparently in the wild. It was discovered by Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360 Core and infects PCs via a malicious Office document.
Computing

Microsoft is working to cut the file size of the basic Windows 10 install

Microsoft is reportedly working to cut the install size of Windows 10, but the resulting OS has some issues, and appears to lack many of the basic features that users of the OS have come to rely on.
Computing

Microsoft gives OneNote Windows 10 a promotion, kills off OneNote 2016

Microsoft is demoting its OneNote 2016 desktop application, replacing it with the Windows 10 OneNote app instead and adding new features only to the latter. OneNote UWP will also be the default version for Office 2019.
Computing

Microsoft Windows Defender extension offers Chrome users extra protection

Though Microsoft and Google are fierce competitors, the release of Windows Defender for Chrome can be seen as a win for consumers. It's designed to help users identify malicious websites and prevent phishing attacks.
Gaming

Leaked video shows off customization options for new Xbox avatars

It's still unclear when Microsoft's refreshed Xbox One avatars will arrive to all users, but a leaked video showing off the rich array of customization features has us excited. It shouldn't be too long now.
Computing

Microsoft wants to stuff Linux, not Windows 10, into Internet of Things devices

Microsoft revealed a new end-to-end platform for Internet of Things devices called Azure Sphere, consisting of a new microcontroller backed by a new Linux-based operating system. Linux is likely used due to its open-source roots.
Computing

Intel, Microsoft using integrated graphics to thwart next Meltdown-style threats

Intel announced its refreshed security push during the RSA security convention The company revealed a collaboration with Microsoft that places Intel's new GPU-based Advanced Memory Scanning technology in Windows Defender.