Welcome, Cortana, part of Skype 2.19 update for Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8!

A Skype update now available for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 integrates Cortana, Microsoft’s new digital personal assistant. Now you can start Skype video and audio calls by simply asking Cortana something like “Skype, get Mom on the screen.” Cortana is currently available in the U.S. on Windows Phone 8.1. The Skype update also has increased language support, from 19 to 51 languages, and improved notifications. Download the … Read more »

Xbox One holiday lineup: Already more than 25 awards, 60 nominations

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Xbox One’s 2014 holiday lineup of nine exclusive games, announced at E3 2014 earlier this month, has already received more than 60 nominations and 25 awards. Seven of the nominations are for the prestigious Game Critics Best of E3 2014 Awards, leading the industry for 2014 games. “Congratulations to the creators who are receiving broad acclaim for the games shown at E3,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “We saw … Read more »

Launch day: Surface Pro 3 is now available in the US and Canada

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The Surface Pro 3 is now available at retail stores, online and through authorized resellers in the U.S. and Canada. “Many of you have placed pre-orders for the new Surface, and those who ordered the Intel Core i5 versions will be receiving them directly,” writes Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface, in a blog post. Also, it was previously announced that the Core i3 and Core i7 versions would ship … Read more »

E3: Lots of holiday Xbox One exclusives, including ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ and ‘Sunset Overdrive,’ are on their way

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Lots of great games are coming to put under the tree this holiday season with new, exclusive Xbox One titles including “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” “Sunset Overdrive,” “Forza Horizon 2,” “Fable Legends” and “Dance Central Spotlight.” The games were announced at E3 Monday, and also include: “Destiny,” “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” “Assassin’s Creed Unity” as well as a “vibrant catalog of games from independent developers,” said Phil Spencer, … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 6th Edition — Nearly 40 Windows devices and phones unveiled at Computex, and the Houston school district adopts Office 365

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the new Windows devices and phones introduced at Computex in Taiwan, and how students in Houston, the seventh-largest school district in the U.S., will use Office 365 to help in their education. Windows and Windows Phone devices of all shapes, sizes and prices were announced this week by manufacturers at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, the second-largest technology exhibition in the … Read more »

Microsoft and salesforce.com announce strategic partnership

Microsoft and salesforce.com announced a strategic partnership Thursday to connect salesforce.com’s customer relationship management apps and platform to Microsoft Office and Windows. “We are excited to partner with salesforce.com and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a press release. “Working together we’ll deliver new solutions that connect the customer insights of Salesforce to the cloud productivity of Office 365, the cloud … Read more »

Spell e-d-u-c-a-t-i-o-n: Each spelling bee participant receives new Surface, Office 365 and Skype gift card

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Each of the 281 participants in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee got an extra boost from Microsoft Tuesday night to help them with their education, and to make sure the bonds they create with other competitors around the world can continue. The spellers, who range in age from 8 to 15, each received a brand new Surface device and Office 365. They also got a Skype gift card that … Read more »

Surface Pro 3: Sleek, lightweight and the ‘tablet that can replace your laptop’

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// 1|11 Surface Pro 3: Thinner, faster, lighter May 20, 2014 Surface Pro 3 has up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life, Surface Pro 3 has all the power, performance and mobility of a laptop in an incredibly lightweight, versatile form. It also has a 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, 4th-generation Intel Core processor and up to 8GB of RAM. Image: Web Satya Nadella at Surface Pro 3 press … Read more »

Thin and lightweight Surface Pro 3 with 12-inch screen announced

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The Surface Pro 3 –  the most powerful, thinnest and lightest Surface Pro yet – was announced Tuesday. It has a 12-inch screen, weighs just 1.76 pounds and is 0.36 inches thin. The Surface Pro 3 is both a “full PC and a brilliant tablet,” says Panos Panay, Microsoft corporate vice president for Surface Computing, who unveiled the new Surface at a live event in New York City. The Surface Pro 3 is … Read more »

Watch now: Surface event live webcast is underway

Grab a cup of joe and join us for the Surface event live webcast from New York City. It started at 8 a.m. PT, and you can watch it all on the Microsoft News Center. Be sure to follow Surface on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest. You might also be interested in: · Staff App Pick: Jonesing for fully loaded potato skins? Check out the Chili’s app … Read more »