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Microsoft Details Secret ‘Pocketable’ Surface Device in Leaked Email

Microsoft is reportedly experimenting with "stylus" input for "Andromeda", so that the device could fold over like a book and a pen could be used to capture digital ink

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Details of Microsoft’s secret Surface device codenamed “Andromeda” that it reportedly plans to release in 2018, have been leaked, suggesting it may come with a dual-display design, the media said.

The “pocketable Surface device” that has appeared multiple times in patents is something the company has quietly incubated internally.

It will create a “new and disruptive” device category to influence the overall Surface roadmap and blur the lines between a personal computer (PC) and a mobile, The Verge reported late on Friday.

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According to an internal Microsoft document the device brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience”.

Microsoft is reportedly experimenting with “stylus” input for “Andromeda”, so that the device could fold over like a book and a pen could be used to capture digital ink.

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“Prototype devices include styluses and notepad-like apps to capture notes. Microsoft is also experimenting with Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) processors inside prototype ‘Andromeda’ devices, but it’s not clear if the company will proceed with Intel or Qualcomm for a final device,” the report added. (IANS)

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Microsoft to Increase Skype Group Members to 50

These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later.

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Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group. Pixabay

Software giant Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group call from 25 to 50 members.

With this update, Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience, Engadget reported on Friday.

Keeping the call ringing feature completely optional, Skype Version 8.41.76.55 would notify users of an incoming call by just sending a notification on the group.

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Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience. Wikimedia

“When you start a call in groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can’t join,” the company wrote in a blog-post.

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These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later. (IANS)