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Earlier today, Windows Central ran a story regarding a potential Pebble app coming to Windows Phone. Evidence for the claim comes via a Store listing for an internal app that demonstrates a Pebble watch syncing with Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

At the time, my position was that this app represents a proof-of-concept approach. If Pebble were pleased with the performance and feature-set, a contract to build the actual app and partnership would likely take place.

Speaking with various people familiar with the situation, I have been able to learn the full context of the Microsoft-Pebble state of affairs. The news is fascinating, but the outcome will cause some weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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The Brit Awards is one of the biggest nights in the UK music industry and Cortana will be going with the Grammy winning act, Clean Bandit. Microsoft UK's latest ad sees the group putting Cortana to work ahead of the big night, including reminding Grace not to dance on any tables.

Oh, and Cortana will be wearing a phone down the red carpet. Of course.

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If you're a Windows Insider and you're running the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your PC, you'll want to go check the Insider Hub right about now to check for a very special opportunity. Announced via Microsoft's Gabe Aul, some Insiders will be seeing a special notification which is actually the chance to go to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, courtesy of Microsoft, as pointed out by Neowin.

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Microsoft released a new commercial today, titled "Do Great Things," focused on the more personal future it envisions for Windows. The narrator starts off speaking to what Microsoft has done with Windows in the past, before moving on to an inspiring message about where the company is going with Windows 10, and even showing off some HoloLens in the process.

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Update: Microsoft has now officially posted word that it has bought Sunrise and that video has gone live once again.

Original story: Microsoft has now confirmed earlier reports that it has acquired the Sunrise calendar app. The company did this via a video on its YouTube channel which has since been set as "private". It shows Pierre Valade, the co-founder of Sunrise, being interviewed by Microsoft's "chief storyteller" Steve Clayton. The video also features Javier Soltero, the co-founder of another company Microsoft recently acquired, Acompli, which created the new Outlook email app for iOS and Android.

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Mobile World Congress is fast approaching and Microsoft has today invited members of the press to "come along for the ride" at its Barcelona event. It's all going down at 8.30am CET on March 2 which means an early start for us, and an even earlier start for anyone following along in North America. And of course, Windows Central will be in Spain throughout the event to bring it all to you as it happens.

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The 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is almost upon us and Bing will be giving you some great coverage of the tournament. Searching for "ICC World Cup 2015" on the Bing homepage will bring up the content shown up top where you'll get match predictions, standings, stats, polls and trivia on a day by day basis as the competition progresses.

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