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What a time to be alive...via The Seattle Times:

A few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public last year, Teri Goldstein’s computer started trying to download and install the new operating system.

The update, which she says she didn’t authorize, failed. Instead, the computer she uses to run her Sausalito, Calif., travel-agency business slowed to a crawl. It would crash, she says, and be unusable for days at a time.

“I had never heard of Windows 10,” Goldstein said. “Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update.”

When outreach to Microsoft’s customer support didn’t fix the issue, Goldstein took the software giant to court, seeking compensation for lost wages and the cost of a new computer.

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Via: The Verge
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There have been some developments from Microsoft, since yesterday when we shared news of a woman winning $10,000 after suing the company for its 'shady upgrade system.'

Specifically, Microsoft told The Verge that it’s tinkered more with the upgrade prompt due to “feedback that some of our valued customers found it confusing.” The new prompt, coming out this week, will have “clear options to upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer.”



Your last chance for a free upgrade is July 29th, after that it'll cost you $119.

Fallout 4 Xbox One bundle is coming in November.
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Well, Fallout fans, you're going to get a new option of how to play in the wasteland come launch day.

Microsoft announced on their newswire that a Fallout 4 bundle will come with the game's Nov. 10 release.

And today, we're thrilled to give fans the opportunity to "welcome home" the ultimate Fallout experience, with the Xbox One Fallout 4 Bundle, featuring a 1TB hard drive, the critically-acclaimed Fallout 4, and a full-game download of Fallout 3. Experience the next generation of open-world gaming from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout 3 and Skyrim. Play and store more games than ever, including Fallout 3 and other Xbox 360 games, with the 1TB hard drive and Xbox One Backward Compatibility. And don't forget, Fallout 4 players will be able to play PC mods free, first on Xbox One.

The Xbox One Fallout 4 Bundle will be available in November for $399 USD. Check with your local retailer, including Microsoft stores, for details today.



Amazon is already taking preorders. So kiss them bucks goodbye.

And hurry up, Nov. 10!

Windows 10 can spot and disable pirated games
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All you who like to walk on the less-than-legal side of video gaming might want to think twice before you upgrade your OS.

Technology site Alphr found something in the recently-released Windows 10 user agreement that gives Microsoft license to shut down pirated software.



Section 7b – or "Updates to the Services or Software, and Changes to These Terms" – of Microsoft's Services EULA stipulates that it "may automatically check your version of the software and download software update or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorised hardware peripheral devices."

The list of services covered by the agreement doesn't explicitly include Windows 10. However, it does include your Microsoft account, which is an extensive part of the Windows 10 experience, as well as core features like Cortana – and that implies Redmond can disable any games you've pirated or devices you've "unlawfully" hacked. Enable Cortana (which pretty-much everyone using Windows 10 is going to do) and you're subject to the Services agreement.



Pirated gaming has long been a plague on the PC side of things, obvs, and many companies have tried various tactics to stop the steady drop of games leaking onto torrenting sites and resources leaking out of developer/publisher pockets. It makes sense that the company with the largest overarching control on PC gaming would be the ones to try and make a stand.

However, the whole thing is very close to the digital rights management policy that Microsoft included when it first announced the Xbox One in 2013.

This might be the most successful way of stopping pirating, but it seems a little invasive and weird.

Plus, it's pretty ironic that it'll be Cortana that rats on your illegal gaming. Who knew Master Chief's BFF was such a tattler?

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Microsoft seems ready to commit to its past as it continued reviving old franchises during Gamescom 2015 Aug. 4.

After presenters gave plenty of space to a new Forza game, a new Rainbow Six game and a new Crackdown game at the Xbox One press conference, Xbox head Phil Spencer gave a 'one more thing' to the audience in the form of announcing a sequel to 2009's Halo Wars.

If you don't remember Halo Wars, we'll forgive you. It was an odd duck of a real-time strategy game, a la StarCraft or Age of Empires. In fact, the original game was developed by Ensemble Studios, creator of the Age of Empires series.

The original Halo Wars was a cult fan favorite and remains highly regarded in certain circles, though it never reached the sales numbers of traditional FPS Halo games.

Ensemble will not develop this sequel, instead it's being handled by 343 Industries, who took over the Halo franchise after creator studio Bungie ended their exclusivity deal with Microsoft, and British game devleloper Creative Assembly, responsible for the very many Total War games.

Microsoft had the dubious honor of following Bethesda, yet they still performed admirably, showcasing an eclectic mix of nostalgia, classic titles, and new technology.

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