Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play

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Outed by an Irish toy website, Smyths, there was briefly an apparent reference to Halo Infinite - one of sixteen Xbox Series X launch titles, being free-to-play.

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On first reading this I thought it meant that Xbox Live Gold wouldn't be required, but it doesn't exactly clarify that, more likely it sounds like parts of the online experience of the game itself will not require purchase at all.

It wouldn't be that surprising really, if it was just that, many games these days such as Call of Duty and Fortnite have a free online component and Microsoft certainly has the room to give amazing perks as we have seen with Gears of War 5 and the extremely economic Game Pass that will replace Gold soon enough.

We will have wait and see, although I don't think I will get a series X myself as I barely use my Xbox One X and I am not sure the vertical monster will fit in my cupboard.

UPDATE: Official confirmation from @halo on Twitter: But again, is this a free game or free service? Only time will tell, apparently!

Source Source    Leak suggests 'Halo Infinite' multiplayer will be free-to-play | Engadget

Microsoft Windows 10 turns five years old

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Neowin has posted a great retrospective on Windows 10 which turned 5 years old this week, or yesterday specifically.

That is actually a long time, if you also consider that Windows 8 was only released 7 years ago (tomorrow) and even then wasn't something I switched to until the release of 8.1 a year later - very content with Windows 7 which is now considered end of life by Microsoft and soon if not already by many popular applications.

You could argue not much has changed in terms of the looks, Windows 10 has a very unmistakable style over both Windows 7 and 8 but there have been many new versions given silly seasonal names with a huge number of iterations via the Insider program.

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Give the article a read and you will actually see how much has actually changed, with nearly every part of the operating system getting some attention at some time or another. Members of the product team have never been more accessible on reddit or Twitter either so it is always a shame when releases are tarnished by the smallest of bugs, especially when those bugs lead to blocks and serious problems for users.

Source Source    Windows 10 is five years old - here's how it's evolved | Neowin

Windows 10 Insider Developer Build 20180

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It seems Microsoft is getting into a routine of releasing development builds on Wednesdays.

As eluded to previously, Microsoft doesn't consider development builds to be the release after the current beta anymore and instead just adds the latest checked in features which may or may not make it into the current beta builds. (With the third 'ring' now acting as an early release preview of what will eventually come with the stable builds a few weeks later.

There isn't any particular new feature to test with this release, but there are some notes, fixes and a regularly updated list of what is broken.

You can grab it from Windows Update on Windows 10 by joining the dev channel of the Windows Insider program.

Source Source    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20180

Windows 10 Insider Beta Build 19042.421

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Microsoft has released a new build to Windows Insiders on the beta program and it contains a few new features from the development channel, notably the long teased Start Menu revisions that adjust icons backgrounds depending on your theme as shown in a lovely animation here:

The newer Start Menu

It is only a recent change to the flights that now see the development builds test new features and then once approved make their way to the beta, so I look forward to seeing what other features come before the final release of this particular version of Windows 10 in the second half of 2020.

Check the source for additional changes in this new cumulative update below.

Source Source    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19042.421 (20H2) | Windows Experience Blog

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at age 65

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Monday afternoon.

Allen's Vulcan Inc. announced that he died in Seattle at 65 years old.
Allen's sister, Jody, said he was "a remarkable individual on every level."

"While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern," she said in a statement. "For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day."

Source Source    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at age 65

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