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Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 2X

At $8999, the Microsoft Surface Hub 2S is touted as a collaborative display, but it’s essentially a 50.5-inch rolling PC. Featuring an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620, a 4K webcam, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB M.2 SSD, integrated speakers, USB-C, USB-A, HDMI , mini-DP, a stylus, finger print reader, and an 8-element microphone system for video conferencing. Plus, you can use the Hub 2S with the Steelcase Roam Mobile Stand and APC Charge Mobile Battery to share ideas where AC power isn’t available. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.

Forza Street iOS Android Windows
Photo credit: Windows Central
Microsoft has officially rebranded “Miami Street” into “Forza Street”, and for those who haven’t yet tried the free-to-play game, it basically offers a “race-on-the-go” experience for Windows 10, iOS as well as Android users. Simply put, players choose an event, set their lineup, and race to collect legendary cars. To keep things accessible on mobile devices, Forza Street offers timing-based controls rather than direction. Read more for a gameplay video and additional information.

Xbox One S All Digital
Photo credit: Roland Quandt / WinFuture
WinFuture managed to get their hands on the first images of the Xbox One S All Digital, and it’s exactly as it sounds…. an Xbox One S minus the Blu-ray drive and equipped with a 1TB hard drive as well as preinstalled copies of Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft and Sea of Thieves. There’s no official release or pricing information available yet, but it could be revealed as early as April 16th and priced around $260. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Microsoft HoloLens 2 US Army

Photo credit: US Army via The Verge
Microsoft won a $480-million contract to supply prototypes for augmented reality systems to the US Army for use on combat missions and in training back in November. This contract could eventually lead to the military purchasing over 100,000 headsets and is intended to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy.” Here’s a first look at how these special HoloLens 2 headsets look. “Augmented reality technology will provide troops with more and better information to make decisions. This new work extends our longstanding, trusted relationship with the Department of Defense to this new area,” said a Microsoft spokesman said in an email statement. Read more for another video and additional information.

Microsoft XYV Laptop
Photo credit: Yonghwan Kim
The problem with most laptops these days is that the ones built specifically for gaming are quite bulky, but what if there was portable dock that can easily slide into any backpack? Introducing the Microsoft XYV laptop with the Reinforcer Dock. This dock features an external graphics card, power supply, a cooling system, and all the extra ports you could need for your gaming accessories. You can either use it as is, or connect everything to a larger display. Read more for additional pictures.

Folding Smartphone Windows OS Microsoft Surface Note
Photo credit: Ryan Smalley
It’s been rumored that Microsoft will release their own folding tablet / smartphone either in the coming year, running Andromeda OS, which is apparently a part of Windows Core OS. There’s no official word on the hardware, but industrial designer Ryan Smalley gives us his take on the Microsoft Surface Note. Simply put, just fold it in phone mode, and open the display to reveal the larger format for use as a tablet. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Halo Master Chief Collection PC

Microsoft announced today that the entire Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam. This will occur in stages with each title being released individually over time, enabling the development teams to ensure each game is perfect, while giving players a chance to jump in right away, rather than having to wait for the entire suite. It will kick off with Halo: Reach with the rest of the titles following in chronological order thereafter – Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), and Halo 4. Read more for a more in-depth video and additional information.

Quietest Place on Earth

Microsoft’s Anechoic Chamber at their Redmond Campus is currently the quietest room on Earth, according to Guinness World Records, and this $1.5-million creation just might drive you crazy if you’re stuck in there for too long. It’s designed to test headphones and other hardware, so even just hearing your constant breathing might be a bit too much after 45-minutes or so. “Some people come in for a minute and want out immediately. People can’t handle it, it rattles their brains, it’s sensory deprivation,” said Hundraj Gopal, Microsoft’s principal human factors engineer, to DailyMail. Read more for a 360° video and additional information.

Microsoft HoloLens 2

Photo credit: James Martin / CNET
Microsoft’s all-new HoloLens 2 is now more immersive than ever, thanks to advancements across the board, including in the visual display system, which makes holograms even more vibrant and realistic. Featuring an improved display system that more than doubles the field of view over its predecessor while maintaining 47 pixels per degree of sight and a new time-of-flight depth sensor, which when combined with built-in AI and semantic understanding, enables direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual gestures you use to interact with physical objects in the real world. Eye-tracking sensors make interacting with holograms even more natural. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.

HoloLens 2 MWC
Photo credit: Windows Central
We’re just hour away from the official reveal, but a couple of images of Microsoft’s upcoming HoloLens 2 headset have leaked ahead of the company’s Mobile World Congress 2019 press event. This latest model replaces the second head mount that keeps the device in-place on your head and insteand only uses an adjustable band that wraps around the sides of your head, similar to other Windows Mixed Reality headsets available now. HoloLens 2 will also reportedly be Microsoft’s first Windows on ARM device, powered by a Snapdragon 850 processor. Read more for another image and additional information.