Tech Recap: Halo 5, Xbox One $399, Windows 9, Surface mini

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This week on tech, Microsoft announces Xbox One at $399, but without a Kinect sensor, Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners will not longer be required to have an Xbox Live Gold membership to use many of the stream apps including: Hulu, Netflix, Internet Explorer, Skype, and many more. And free games with Gold for Xbox One will arrive in June. 

Continuing with Xbox news, this week the software giant and 343 Industries revealed that “Halo 5: Guardians” will be available in 2015 and it’ll be exclusively for Xbox One. 

New rumor suggest that Microsoft is working on a subscription-based operating system called “Windows 365”, which by the name we can assume it will similar to what Office 365 currently offer. 

On May 20th, Microsoft plans to launch a new line of Surface including Surface mini and a very possible Surface Pro 3. I’ll be attending the event in New York City to bring you all the details, so stay tune. But you’ll also be able to follow the event as the company has decided to stream the event online. 

This week new information surfaced that suggests that Microsoft is targeting Q2-Q3 time frame to release the first preview of Windows 9. 

Finally, during a Microsoft Research presentation the company showed off the new Metro version of Office optimized for touch for Windows, and now you can get a glimpse of that is to come later this year. All this and more…

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.