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PC Gamer reports that Microsoft Studios and Relic Entertainment have announced Age of Empires IV exclusively for Windows 10 at a special live-streamed event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise at gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany.
Isgreen then went on to thank the fans for their loyalty. “For all of you who have remained faithful fans of the Age of Empires franchise for the last 20 years, we say thank you - we cannot wait to bring you the next chapter of history.”

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The Verge reports that Intel has teased a new, very smart looking black Surface Book during the launch of its 8th-generation core processors this week. The mysterious Surface Book was first noticed by eagle-eyed MSPoweruser in a promotional video released by Intel to showcase the new processors, which will be launching on laptops first.

The only colour of Surface Book currently available is grey, and Microsoft has not released a black Surface device of any type, let alone a black Surface Book, for almost four years.

At the moment, both Intel and Microsoft are remaining tight-lipped about the gorgeous new black Surface Book that has caught everyone’s attention, and it could simply be a marketing render, although, as The Verge points out, the laptop shown in the video does have the same eject key usually found on a Surface Book keyboard, as well as the highly recognisable Surface Book fulcrum hinge.

Even if Microsoft wasn’t thinking...

Tech Radar reports that some Surface Pro users have been complaining of a blacklight bleed issue with their new device, following on from the recent sleep-mode bug that Microsoft has recently fixed.

According to the complaints, there is apparently a higher degree of backlight bleed than would normally be expected from an LCD screen. These types of displays are usually expected to have a small amount of light leakage at the edge of the screen, but it seems that some new Surface Pro owners are noticing a light bleed that is so severe as to be distracting.

Tech Radar posted a comparison image that shows a Surface Pro 4 on top of a new Surface Pro. Certainly, in these images, there does seem to be a strong light bleed at the bottom of the newer device. Apparently, the light bleed is more noticeable against a solid blue or white background, or when the Surface Pro is in portrait mode.

Some owners are now starting to wonder why Microsoft...

Back in May, Microsoft’s Surface chief Panos Panay told The Verge that Microsoft would at some point be releasing a USB-C dongle for its new Surface Laptop and Surface Pro, neither of which come with USB-C connections. “I love the technology in Type-C,” Panay said at the time. “I believe in Type-C. When Type-C is ready for our customers, to make it easy for them, we’ll be there. If you love Type-C, it means you love dongles. We’re giving a dongle to people who love dongles,” he joked.

Now, a couple of months on from that news, the Verge reports on a new patent filing by Microsoft, originally discovered by MSPoweruser, that indicates that the company is working on a USB-C Surface connector for forthcoming Surface Laptops and Surface Pros, which will work with existing USB-C devices.
describes how the connector will use Microsoft’s magnetic connector...

It seems that some new Surface Pro owners have been troubled by a bug that is causing their Surface Pros to randomly enter sleep mode without warning, resulting in lost data for the owners.

ZDNet writes that reports first started to emerge about the sleep issue a short time after the new Surface Pro was released, with users posting on Reddit and on Microsoft’s support page that their new Surface Pro tablets were prone to powering down suddenly when being used. The first person to actually report the issue on Microsoft’s support forums said that they lost schoolwork because of the sudden shutdown.

Someone from the Microsoft support team has now posted on the official forum about the issue, reassuring those affected that a fix is on the way soon:

“We believe we have identified the issue, and are currently testing a fix that will be delivered via Windows Update,” said the Microsoft official.

This comment was then followed up by another...

Windows Central reports that Xbox VP Mike Ybarra has been talking on Twitter about the possibility of digital gifting of Windows Store and Xbox purchases, responding “Not far!” to the question, “how far off are we from getting the ability to GIFT a new purchase for a friend?”

Windows Central adds that it has heard from Xbox staff at E3 2017 that digital gifting is something that both Xbox and Windows Store teams have been working very hard on, with the hope being that it will arrive before the holiday season this Fall-Winter.

Digital gifting options are something that Steam has offered for quite some time, and Nintendo also offered it on the Wii, but not on any subsequent machine, and Sony does not as yet offer it on PlayStation. Currently, if you want to give someone a particular game as a present, you have to instead just give them store credit, which is nowhere near as much fun as giving someone an actual game or app.

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