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Software Giant Microsoft Killing its Iconic Window Games

With its upcoming October xCloud Xbox streaming service, the software giant would let users play 3,500 games in the Xbox One library and the 1,900 titles still in development on devices like phones and tablets

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Software giant Microsoft is killing all of its iconic Internet games including Hearts, Spades, Checkers, Backgammon, MSN Go and Reversi from Windows version XP, ME and 7.

The company would be focusing on developing and launching its xCloud Xbox streaming service that would be debuting in October, CNET reported on Friday.

“While Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows XP and ME will end on July 31, 2019, services on Windows 7 will end on January 22, 2020,” M. Hamer, Microsoft Agent and moderator from the Windows Gaming Team wrote in a blog post.

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According to the post, the company is looking forward to work with its hardware and software partners in investing their resources towards more recent technologies.

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“While we’re saddened to leave this chapter behind, we continue to be committed to delivering engaging, delightful gaming experiences. We hope you’ll come with us on this journey and join the community of any of the other Microsoft casual games,” Hamer added.

With its upcoming October xCloud Xbox streaming service, the software giant would let users play 3,500 games in the Xbox One library and the 1,900 titles still in development on devices like phones and tablets. (IANS)

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Amazon Alexa May Come to Windows 10’s Lock Screen

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers

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Tech giant Microsoft would allow Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa to activate on the lock screen in the next update to Windows 10.

Microsoft’s new update follows changes to Cortana in Windows 10, as it moves to a separate app in the Microsoft Store and away from the built-in search experience in the operating system, The Verge reported on Monday.

By putting Alexa on the lock screen, a Windows 10 PC would be an Alexa smart speaker even when the PC is in sleep mode.

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The tech giant plans to implement these changes to Alexa in the code name “19H2” update which is expected to arrive in September.

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Microsoft and Amazon last year entered into a partnership to integrate Cortana and Alexa.

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers. (IANS)