Microsoft Surface Studio

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Microsoft have unveiled an array of new devices including a new, more powerful Surface Book. But Microsoft have announced a new member of the Surface team, the Surface Studio. The Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first desktop PC. It’s a creative machine built for creative minds. The all-in-one machine has a vibrant 28 inch touchscreen that uses it’s “zero-gravity hinge” to fold back to a 20 degree angle.

Microsoft aims to rival Apples iMac. Looking at the device, I can see them having no problem at all. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s 12.5mm thin touchscreen is able to push 63% more pixels than a 4K display.

Inside, there are specs to rival any machine. You have a choice of a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU, or for an extra $500, you can get a more powerful Core i7 CPU and 6GB RAM. If you’re looking for something even better, Microsoft have you sorted with a Core i7 processor, 2TB storage, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card.

The Surface studio is available December 15th and can be pre-ordered now. Prices range from $2,999 to $4,199.

Project Scorpio

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Microsoft have teased their new console coming at the end of 2017. Project Scorpio will run on Windows 10 and have backwards capabilities to both Xbox One and Xbox One S.

It will have an 8 core processor and a graphics card with a huge 6TFLOP’s of power. That is 4x more than the current Xbox One that has 1.3 and the PS4 that has 1.9.

What does this mean?

This new graphics card will perform as good as the high-end cards today giving 4K, 60 frames-per-second gaming.

The console can also handle VR. When announced, Fallout 4 VR was also mentioned. 4k is now the standard and Project Scorpio will meet that standard. It will also include HDR, which is also in the new Xbox One S (which is available in August).

Xbox One S

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Microsoft show off their new slim Xbox One as part of their briefing on E3. The new Slim Xbox is 40% smaller and comes with 4k and HDR support. It will be available in august with a new controller and will come in 500GB 1TB or 2TB versions. Te 2TB version comes with a vertical stand for the console.

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There will be a USB port on the front along with 2 others on the back. It also includes a IR sensor at the front of the console to enable you to configure the Xbox One S to turn on devices such as your TV.

 

Nokia to buy Withings

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Nokia will be buying Withings for $191 million. Nokia are looking to re-emerge as a consumer brand after Microsoft bought their phone brand in 2013. Since then Microsoft have discarded the Nokia brand from their phones.

Withings is a French health and wearables company that have have successful fitness watches, monitoring cameras and bed sensors.

Cortana for Android and iOS is now avaliable

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Cortana is now available on both Android and iOS. Microsoft’s powerful assistant will be able to be downloaded on both these devices in addition to coming with Windows Phone. She is able to set reminders, toggle network settings and much more. Window’s phones and Cortana have much more functionality just as Google Now does on Android.

Cortana is very similar to Google’s Google Now and Apples Siri, but is the only one available cross platform.

 

Microsoft reduces OneDrive storage for Office 365 and free users

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Microsoft’s turnaround of unlimited storage for Office 365 users has come from the fact that some user’s were using up to  75TB on OneDrive. This has now been caped to, still a quite large, 1TB. As for free users, the cap of 15GB has dropped to 5GB.

This will take effect next year, and those above the new limit will get a 90 day notice before the files become read-only.

Xbox One Windows 10 update

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The new Windows 10 powered Xbox One update is due on November 12th.  The New update will bring a major system overhaul including the new dashboard and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on selected games

With the new dashboard and with the Xbox One being powered by Windows 10, Microsoft say that you will be able to access content 50% faster.

A Windows 10 review will be available a week after release that will review Windows 10 on both the desktop and on the Xbox One.