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Xbox Game Pass launches for Gold members today

Microsoft is opening up its Xbox Game Pass subscription service today for Xbox Gold members. The service is similar to PlayStation Now, but instead of streaming, the games are downloaded to the hard drive. Users may also purchase downloaded games…

Microsoft's first VR development kits are available for preorder

Microsoft is opening up preorders for the first Windows Mixed Reality development kits from HP and Acer. The company had originally announced availability of Acer’s headset to “developer partners” at GDC 2017. However, that rollout was extremely limited, so today’s…

Harman Kardon teases Cortana-powered Invoke speaker

Microsoft has partnered with the audio experts at Harman Kardon to create an Amazon Echo competitor called the Invoke. First teased late last year, the Cortana-powered speaker will be capable of three primary tasks: making and receiving calls via Skype,…

Taking the leap from 2D to 3D

My journey from a 2D flatland to the 3D world started when I joined the HoloLens design team in January, 2016. Before joining the team, I had very little experience in 3D design. It was like the Chinese proverb about a journey of a thousand miles...

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