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Microsoft Announces Minecraft: Education Edition Update

The new update for Minecraft: Education Edition will be discussed this week at the BETT conference. Microsoft says new features include an enhanced world height, a new settings UI, and a Global Pause function.
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[UPDATE] Microsoft Reaffirms UK Commitment, Datacenter Expansion Plans Remain Unchanged

The company has clarified that its commitment to the UK remains unchanged, refuting previous comments from Owen Larter, the company’s UK government affairs manager. Larter had indicated a possible halt of Microsoft´s UK datacenter expansion plans because of the imminent separation of the UK from the European Union.
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Microsoft Focused Inbox Coming to Windows 10 in February

The company has said the Windows 10 Mail UWP app will get the Focused Inbox feature from Outlook.com next month. In a post today, Microsoft also says Windows 10 Mobile users will have to wait until at least April to get the email sorting service.

Microsoft Rounds up Latest Winners of the Azure4Research Program

Microsoft's Azure4Research program has awarded grants to Sheffield University, Tennessee Technological University, The University of Liverpool, Harvard, Queen's, and Carnegie Mellon. The resources will go towards innovations in building, climate data, and industrial analytics.

Microsoft Makes School Data Sync Generally Available

School Data Sync has been in preview for a full year, but is now being rolled out to all Office 365 Education customers. The online classroom automation solution works with most SIS services and integrates applications into one experience.
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Microsoft Flow Updated with Switch Case, Search by Service, and Local File System Support

Microsoft Flow has been updated with several new services, including Stripe, Informix, and UserVoice. Several new features are also available, including improved email handling, local or network file system support, and the ability to search by service.

White House to Add Four Seats to Press Briefings via Microsoft’s Skype

Reporters fifty miles or more outside of DC will have access to press briefings via Microsoft's Skype application. Seats will be given on a rotating basis, and are part of a larger push to accommodate increased interest.

Microsoft Ventures Invests in Israeli Cybersecurity Startup Illusive Networks

Microsoft Ventures has invested an undisclosed amount in Israeli cyber security firm Illusive networks, who deceives attacks with a series of intelligent decoys. The company was created, in part, by Team 8, a previous investment of the Redmond giant.
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Microsoft among Interested Contributors to UC Berkeley’s RISE Lab Research Project

RISE Lab is a computer science research project run by the University of California. Microsoft is said to be interested in backing the project and collaborating on development of real-time decision making.
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Microsoft Brings Major Xbox One Update to the Insider Program

Members of the Xbox Insider Program are receiving the first Xbox One S focused Windows 10 Creators Update release. This preview build is geared towards enhancing the overall UI experience, while also adding some Cortana and update changes.