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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go and Pro X

Microsoft have announced 2 new Laptops from the successful Surface Series –

  • The Surface Pro X with 13-inch display and Microsoft’s processor ARM – “Microsoft SQ 2”
  • New Surface Laptop Go with 12.45-inch display equipped with Intel’s 10th generation processor – Ice Lake.

The Microsoft Surface Pro X come in 2-in-1 build with pluggable keyboard and will be equipped with the new company processor Microsoft SQ 2 that is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx 5G new processor. The new processor should improve Microsoft’s OS performance (Windows).

According to Microsoft’s site, the Pro X comes with:

  • PixelSense 1920×2880, Aspect ratio: 3:2 and 13-inch display
  • 15 hours of battery work life
  • 8GB or 16GB RAM LPDDR4x
  • Removable SSD storage options: 128, 256, or 512GB
  • Build-in Graphic card Adreno 690

Microsoft Surface Pro X will be available from October 13th and its price should start at $1,499.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go will be a cheapest version of Surface Series and will be equipped with Intel’s 10th gen core i5 processor. The Surface Go would fit best for “work on the go”, as its name hint for. The laptop weighs 2.4 pounds and supports Fast Charging – 80% of the battery will be charged in one hour.

According to Microsoft’s site, the Laptop Go comes:

  • PixelSense 1920×2880, Aspect ratio: 3:2 and 12.4-inch display
  • 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Up to 13 battery work hours
  • eMMC: 64GB or SSD: 128GB or 256GB storage
  • Build-in Graphic card Intel UHD

Microsoft Surface Pro X will be available from October 13th and its price should start at $550.

Microsoft Acquires Bethesda Softworks

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Microsoft announced on the purchase of ZeniMax Media, the company that owns the famous gaming studio Bethesda Softworks which brought us some of the best games such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Quake, Starfield and many more.

This announcement comes after Microsoft revealed the date when they will start their new Xbox series preorder – Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

The numbers are eyepopping… Microsoft will pay 7.5 billion USD in cash to the share holders of ZeniMax Media and as part of the deal, Microsoft will get not only Bethesda Softworks but all the gaming development units under it such as id Software (which developed games like Doom, Rage, Wolfenstine, Quake) and Arkane (which stands behind Dishonored, Bioshock and Prey).

This acquisition will help Microsoft building their gaming brand and market their new generation consoles. The company already announced that many of Bethesda’s games will be added to Microsoft’s gaming subscription – Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft also referred directly to Starfield, the new futuristic space game which in development at the moment.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said “Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends. Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of Xbox Game Pass—from Minecraft to Flight Simulator. As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide.”

Phil Spencer, executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft said “This is an awesome time to be an Xbox fan. In the last 10 days alone, we’ve released details on our two new consoles which go on pre-order tomorrow, launched cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and now we’re making another investment in the most critical part of our strategy: the games. Generations of gamers have been captivated by the renowned franchises in the Bethesda portfolio and will continue to be so for years to come as part of Xbox.”

ZeniMax Media’s Chairman and CEO Robert A. Altman said “This is a thrilling day for this company, our employees, and our fans. We have enjoyed a close partnership with Microsoft for decades, and this deal is a natural progression of those years working together. The big winners today are our fans. We are continuing to develop our slate of AAA games, but now with Microsoft’s scale and entire Game Stack, our games can only get better.”

Xbox Series S Is Here.

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Microsoft announced on the official date for their new gaming console – Xbox Series S.

The date that was chosen is November 10th,2020.

Today, September 9th, Microsoft shares the first official trailer of their console. In the trailer Microsoft decided to emphasize the console’s design and small measurements while providing some technical information about the product.

Microsoft says in the trailer that this is the smallest Xbox that was ever made, and it is 60% smaller than the last Xbox – Xbox series X.

In the trailer, Microsoft also share a quick look at their Xbox controller.

Microsoft confirms that the console will be 100% digital and won’t have optical cd slot. The console will support gaming resolution of up to 1440P and 120Fps.

The console will be equipped with 512GB SSD hard drive for better loading times and will support 4K media streaming.

The price tag will be standard – $299.

Microsoft Reveals The Surface Duo

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This new smart phone of Microsoft is going to arrive at the fans’ hands about a year after the announcement of it. But the price tag might scare most of the fans…

It was about a year ago that Microsoft decided to join the folding smartphones trend – and revealed the Surface Duo – double screen smartphone. Now we got the price and its release date.

The Surface Duo is a smaller version of the Surface Neo, 2-in-1 device that was announce along the Duo and it include 2 5.6-inch screens and it is open like a book.

You will be able to turn the phone 360° (with another screen at the back) or have an 8.3-inch screen when both screens are open.

The regular version of the Duo will arrive with Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM and a storage of 256GB.

The smartphone won’t support 5G but LTE. The battery is pretty disappointing, only 3577mAh, way smaller than the battery of the Galaxy Fold. Microsoft claims that the battery should last a full day, and will survive 15.5 of video watching (from memory, not streaming), 10 hours of stand-by and 27 calls.

The device is equipped with 11-Mega Pixel camera with HDR and Super-Zoom of x7. The video recording will be in 4K and 1080p (Samsung just released the Note 20 that will support video recording in 8k).

The price tag is the most surprising feature of this interesting device – $1400. Yes, you read it right. This price is completely unreasonable for this old specs. T

The device will be available on Sep 10th.

This device is the first mobile device Microsoft made since the Windows Phone in 2007.

Its price tag might make it hard to be sold and even already doomed it to faliure, but Microsoft believes its device and developed API to allow developers creates apps for the dual screen phone.

Microsoft Stops The Purchase Process Of TikTok

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Microsoft, one of the biggest tech companies in the world considered purchasing the most popular app in the world – TikTok.

But an unpredictable event might blow up this surprising acquisition.

During the last days, the American government start taking actions against the famous app, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. According to the American government, the app put over 100 million american users in danger due to the fact that the app collects data about their users.

President Trump said that he is about to ban the app in the US, but TikTok had a slight chance of being excluded from this ban by being acquired by Microsoft, which will make the Chinese company to American company.

The Corona Virus really helped the app’s growth over the past several month. The app has over 2 billion downloads in the App Store and Google Play, while having 800 million returning users – users who use the app daily.

The app, formerly known by the name Musical.ly, has 600 million users in india, 80 million users in the US and about 150 million users in China. The special thing about the app is that as opposed to other social media apps such as Facebook and Instagram which probably reached their maximum number of users (almost no growth in new users), TikTok is on the rise and acquires new users each and every day. In the first quarter of 2020, the app registered 315 million downloads, which are 58% improvement over the previous quarter.

Tiktok response to Trump’s speech –

Slack Wants To Replace The Traditional Emails – Meet Connect

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Slack want you to manage all your communication with their platform – communicate with colleges, customers, supplier and service providers.

Almost from day one, Slack managed to replace many in house emails. Now that they are facing a hard competitor, Microsoft’s Team, Slack wants to control the communication outside the organizations as well.

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After 4 years of development and beta versions, Slack feels confident to release “Connect” – new service that hopefully will replace your mail box. This service is a kind of extension to the “Shared Channels” feature that was presented by Slack 2 and a half years ago that allowed to companies to communicate directly via Slack – an admin on one company can contact another admin in a different company and create a separate channel from the in-house channels.

Connect is an improved version of the shared feature channels that will allow the user to share channels (actually chats) with users from up to 20 different organizations at once. Besides the ability to talk with a person and get an instance respond, Slack is known with their many integrations to 3rd party apps – all these will be available in Connect as well.

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This will allow users to have a Zoom meeting directly from Slack, open files in Google Drive or work together on files in Adobe Creative Cloud. In the upcoming features, users will be able to sign contracts, manage package tracking and manage messages from customers. Another nice feature will help you schedule a meeting more easily by syncing your calendar with Slack and by that you will be able to see free slots in all calendars.

For now, 40,000 companies already tired a beta version of Connect. Now all paying users will be able to enjoy this feature and create secure communication channels.

We are still unsure if this feature will really replace the traditional Connect, but we definitely know that Microsoft will have to add some major improvements to Teams in order to stay in this competition.

The President Of Microsoft Calls To Investigate Apple

The president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, says that the app store should work under supervisions and regulations.

Few days before Apple’s big event – WWDC where Apple will announce new products and developments such as IOS 14, IPad OS 14, WatchOS 7, new Mac and new iMac, Apple find itself under criticism – The European Union opened an investigation about new information that came from an ex-employee who claimed that Apple keeps recording users without their knowledge and the founder of Basecamp called them “gangsters” because they rejected his app’s version update due to the fact the billing system of the app is not related to Apple.

Now, one of Apple’s biggest competitors – Microsoft, is on the offence.

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Microsoft’s president Brad Smith interviewed to the site “politico” and said that he is against Apple’s policy about apps. Smith is in favor of the investigations against Apple and said that their behavior eliminates competition.

Smith said:

“They impose requirements that increasingly say there is only one way to get on to our platform and that is to go through the gate that we ourselves have created. In some cases they create a very high price per toll — in some cases 30% of your revenue has to go to the toll keeper.” Smith continued – “The time has come — whether we are talking about D.C. or Brussels — for a much more focused conversation about the nature of app stores, the rules that are being put in place, the prices and the tolls that are being extracted and whether there is really a justification in antitrust law for everything that has been created”.

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According to Smith, for a long time, tech giants such as Apple and Google, try to create one way to do things, and it is their way only. For example, Fortnite tried to publish their mobile version outside Google Play in order to avoid paying such high fee, which can get as high as 30%, but lost the case in court and now they must publish the game on Google’s store.

Microsoft know what they are talking about – in the 90’s Microsoft tried to fight Netscape, which developed internet browsers and was the biggest competitors to Microsoft’s internet explorer, by bundle internet explorer with every copy on Windows. Microsoft got many fines and had to pay compensation.

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Apple responded to the investigation and said on Tuesday –  “it’s disappointing the European Commission is advancing baseless complaints from a handful of companies who simply want a free ride, and don’t want to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

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Microsoft Introducing New Surface Products

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The Coronavirus caused lots of event cancellations, but it doesn’t mean companies stopped making new products. Now it is Microsoft turn to announce their new Surface series –

Surface Book 3

One of the most interesting products on the list. The Surface Laptop 3 will include the Gen-10 Intel processors.

The 13-inch model will have an i5 processors – start from $1600

The 15-inch model will have an i7 processors – start from $2300

The maximum RAM is 32GB and the maximum storage will be 2TB SSD.

Surface Go 2

Samsung and Apple are already considered big “players” in this niche. Microsoft got their answer – The Surface Go 2.

10.5 -inch screen with 1920×1280 resolution and 220ppi. There are different models –

Pentium Gold processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage for $400

Gen-8 m3 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage for $629

The keyboard is sold separately for $99.

Surface Headphones 2

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This new model support Bluetooth 5.0, 20-hours battery life and slight changes in the design.

These headphones will cost $250.

Surface Earbuds

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We already know about these earbuds but today it is official! These headphones will cost $200 and will be available from May 12th.

Microsoft Releases 2 Free Python Courses

Microsoft just released 2 new courses for learning one of the most popular languages in the world – Python!

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It is always good to learn new things, and now with the new situation we got into, the Coronavirus, we have more free time than usual and we need to take advantage of it.

Now Microsoft is here to help you take you skills to the new level and published 2 free courses – Python for beginners and Python for Data Science and Machine Learning.

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It is important to say that these courses are not for complete beginners, and it requires a little knowledge in Python of Javascript.

The videos are about 15 minutes top, so you get little chunks of information each time.

So you can start with this course that was released about 8 months ago –

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Click Here

This week Microsoft released another course with more advance tool in Pyhton –

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And for the most advanced course, Microsoft shows some Python tools for Data Science and Machine Learning –

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Microsoft Shares New Info On The New Xbox

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after Sony informed that the new Playstation arrives soon, it’s Microsoft turn to share some new details about their gaming console.

The Xbox Series X will arrive in the holidays (along with the PlayStation), but until then, both companies revealed new info –

Extremely High Performances –

Microsoft shared the full specs of the Series X –

Zen 2 processor with 8 cores @ 3.8 GHz, RDNA 2-class graphic engine, 16 giga RAM and 1TB SSD of storage.

This machine will cast games at 4K @ 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS and will support the RayTracing technology that present light effects for more realistic pictures.

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The usage of SSD hard-drive is one of the main reasons that the console’s performances at the demo – 40 second difference in loading time between Xbox One and Series X.

Microsoft shared a new feature called Xbox Velocity Architecture which combine hardware and software architecture and allows games to get the resources they need fast. Now developers can skip long cut scenes to load the next chapter of the game.

The controller is going to change as well – the controllers will fit the hand of an 8-year-old but it won’t worsen the gaming experience of someone with big hands. The controllers will be charged with USB type C.

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We will be able to expand the memory of the console. Don’t get to excited because these special hard drives will cost about $200, so we will have to be very careful about it.

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