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XP Bliss Wallpaper

Photo credit: New Angles of America via Bored Panda

Approximately 1-billion people have viewed the famous Windows XP "Bliss" wallpaper, but not many know of the story behind it. Well, it was photographer Charles O'Rear who captured the iconic landscape in Sonoma County, California, in 1996. The image was first sent to Corbis, an advertising and licensing agency, who then sold the rights to Microsoft in 2000, one year before the launch of Windows XP. "I am turning seventy-six and realize how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life. As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame," said O'Rear said. Now, he's started a new project called the "New Angles of America," directed towards smartphones users. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Surface Note

Industrial designer Ryan Smalley believes that Microsoft should release a Surface Note, or a device that falls right between a full-sized tablet and laptop. Sporting a lightweight magnesium body, it features Surface Pen compatibility, dual cameras, and coolest of all, a folding display. When in laptop mode, one of the displays turns into a virtual keyboard of sorts. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Microsoft Surface Mobile

Unlike traditional smartphones and phablets, the Microsoft Surface Mobile boasts a flexible display, all running on Windows One Core Mobile, also known as Future OS or Andromeda. Featuring a 5.8 inch OLED HDR display with 3D Touch / Surface Pen support, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, dual 8MP cameras in front, and two 20MP rear cameras. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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WinPhone 95 Windows 95 Smartphone

Photo credit: Henrique Perticarati

Sure, there were already smartphones back in the 90s, but if Microsoft released one running Windows 95, it might look something like this. This Game Boy-like device features a 1.2-megapixel with Sony Mavica optics, headphone jack, microphone jack, an Intel processor, and even a trackball. That's not all, it comes in three different colors: "Classic", "Olive", and "Vanilla". Continue reading for more pictures.

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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse

The Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 is great for travel, work, or school, and it's being offered for just $13.99 (Prime members - get free 30-day trial), today only, originally $29.95. Pair the mouse wirelessly to your laptop or tablet with the latest Bluetooth Smart technology to instantly connect without wires or dongles. Keep using your mouse for up to twelve months with a single battery. Ambidextrous design means you can use your mouse with your left or right hand, it's comfortable either way. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Xbox One X Project Scorpio

The Xbox One X "Project Scorpio" Edition has just been unveiled, and it's a doozy. Pre-order one here now. It features a custom design with the words 'Project Scorpio' printed on the console / controller, and they've also incorporated a sophisticated and dynamic graphic pattern across the exterior. Fans will also notice the packaging is inspired by the original Xbox. The Project Scorpio Edition also comes with an exclusive vertical stand so you can choose how to display it in your home. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Surface Phone 2

It's not unusual for smartphones to be compatible with third party game controllers, but the Microsoft Surface Phone 2 aims to be an all-in-one device, thanks to its modular design. Just like its tablet / laptop hybrid counterpart, this smartphone also gets a detachable keyboard, in addition to a main camera on the rear. Continue reading for two more pictures and information.

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500GB Xbox One S

Microsoft's 500GB Xbox One S is a mighty console, but now you can get a bundle with four games - Ghost Recon Wildlands - Gold edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5, and Recore - for just $248.90 shipped, originally $499.99. With a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, High Dynamic Range technology brings out the true visual depth of your games. Product page. Continue reading for a viral video on Ghost Recon Wildlands and more information.

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MS Paint Discontinued

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

Microsoft Paint, previously known as Paintbrush, was bundled in the first version of Windows back in 1985 and went on to become one of the operating system's most popular programs. However, it's bittersweet, as Windows 10 does include Paint 3D, which is a separate application to the original Paint. Paint is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases," according to the autumn update. Continue reading for another speed painting video and more information.

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Microsoft Surface Phone

Microsoft may have not released an iPhone or Galaxy S competitor for quite some time, but that doesn't mean they don't have the resources to do so. Introducing the Microsoft Surface Phone. Featuring a 5.7" OLED display with an embedded fingerprint sensor, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, and the ability to use the handset as an Xbox One controller. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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