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Performance-boosting Game Mode discovered in new Windows 10 preview build, confirmed by Microsoft

An early version of Windows 10's expected Game Mode has made an appearance in Build 15007, and Microsoft executives have confirmed it will formally roll out soon.

Windows 10 Creators Update will have a Game Mode that shifts resources to gameplay

Game Mode, hidden within the upcoming Build 14997 of Windows 10, looks like it will prioritize resources to enhance gameplay—a welcome turnaround after years of neglecting PC gaming.

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Dolby's luscious Atmos surround sound is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One

Dolby Atmos is coming to most of the Windows 10 world in 2017, including PCs, tablets, and Xbox consoles.

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Hearthstone fans now have a dedicated Skype chat room to challenge its best players

Microsoft has teamed up with Blizzard for the Skype Hearthstone Academy, bringing back the concept of a digital chat room for fans.

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50-plus jaw-dropping Black Friday 2016 tech deals

Some have begun referring to this month as Black November since pre-Black Friday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have all blended together. Not all the supposed deals are actually deals at all – in many cases, the retailers are...

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Best Black Friday 2016 Windows deals

Microsoft, Best Buy, Staples and other retailers roll out the Windows laptop and tablet offers for Black Friday 2016

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Windows 10 Creators Update adds easy-peasy PC game streaming over Xbox Live

Microsoft puts Twitch on notice, announcing one-click game streaming over Xbox Live via Beam technology.

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The Xbox One's first email app is here, and it's not Outlook

MailOnX is the Xbox One's first email app, because nothing says gaming like productivity software.

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Xbox One Summer Update rolls out with even deeper Windows 10 ties

The Xbox One Summer Update recently began landing on consoles packed with more Windows 10 features.

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Epic CEO: How Microsoft is plotting to cripple Steam and seize control of PC gaming

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney claims Microsoft will intentionally cripple Steam through bugs.

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The first universal Windows app hits Microsoft's Xbox One

Twenty-thousand lucky Xbox One Preview Program participants are getting their first look at the console's first universal Windows app, and it's a Blu-ray player.

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Report: Xbox Play Anywhere arrives in September

According to Polygon, you'll be able to play select games across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices starting September 13.

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Beloved VLC media player releases a robust universal Windows 10 app

VLC now has a Windows 10-friendly version that works with nearly every major Windows 10 platform.

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Steam's mobile app finally lands on Windows Phones

Valve may not be too happy about Windows as a PC platform, but the company has finally rolled out a Steam app for Windows mobile devices.

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Windows 10 preview tweak asks where to install massive Windows Store apps

Gamers considering Windows Store purchases instead of downloads from Steam or GOG have one more feature that may sway them to the dark side.

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Xbox One keyboard and mouse support teased as PCs and consoles draw closer together

Pretty soon you'll be able to run circles around your controller-centric friends on the Xbox One thanks to keyboard and mouse support.

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Xbox One games may come to Windows 10 PCs

A new report says Xbox One games may one day be playable on Windows 10 PCs.

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Steam's May survey shows its users prefer Windows 10

In the May 2016 edition of Steam's hardware survey, Windows 10 finally edges out Windows 7 as the preferred OS. How much is attributable to forced upgrades, rather than simple preference, isn't clear.

Microsoft is killing Project Spark, its ambitious cross-platform creation game

Microsoft's Project Spark is dead, not just resting.

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How Microsoft's former PC gaming glory could help fix today's Windows gaming woes

Microsoft practically kickstarted PC gaming, but it's stumbled in recent years, as Xbox development and badly designed Windows tie-ins drove gamers away. But there's hope, if Microsoft can loosen up and return to its roots.

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