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In a surprise announcement, LINE messenger has picked up MixRadio from Microsoft. LINE is one of the biggest messaging services around, although it is mostly prevalent in non-Western countries at the moment.

Microsoft announced the news on the Lumia Conversations blog. The deal is expected to be completed by "early 2015" with the MixRadio team staying in Bristol, UK.

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Microsoft today released a new promotional video for its #MakeItHappen campaign by showcasing how it gave Lani and her family an unexpected holiday surprise by reuniting them all for the first time in 15 years. With its #MakeItHappen Lumia Windows Phone marketing campaign, Microsoft will help 31 people with their New Year resolutions for 2015.

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The Office Sway Preview has been expanded and is available try out for anyone with a Microsoft account. Sway is a new app from Microsoft that allows you to express your ideas in a brand new way across any all devices. The Sway Preview launched 10 weeks ago and has seen over 175,000 requests to join and over one million visitors. Microsoft has also announced a handful of new features available today within Sway.

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Microsoft is getting a ton of support for its stance on not disclosing emails stored on one of its servers in Ireland to the US government. A number of major tech companies, including some of Microsoft's direct rivals such as Apple and Amazon, have submitted "friend of the court" briefs today, in support of the company's decision to keep the content of those emails private.

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Help make Windows 10 even better by working with these Microsoft engineers and developers!

Besides announcing our forthcoming 12 Days of Hidden Gems sweepstakes next week, Windows Central is also proud to announce our Microsoft verified-employees program for our help forums!

Now, when you use our forums, there will be a small crew of Microsoft engineers to help answer your questions, especially about Windows 10. So how will you know they are legitimate? You can see a Microsoft badge with a verified check mark as seen below, to let you know you are dealing with an authentic Microsoft employee.

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Fancy some gaming this Christmas? Microsoft has you covered with Xbox One and some kick-ass deals for December 13 on two popular titles. As part of the company's "12 Days of Deals", both Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny will be available for just $29.99 in the US, and $39.99 in Canada, saving $30 on their respective retail prices. If you pop to your local store, both games will be yours for only $19.99 each.

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As we covered yesterday, Microsoft is today listing the Asus Transformer Book T100TA at its retailer and online stores for just $249, as part of the company's 12 Days of Deals sales event. Should you happen to be one of the first customers who show up at participating physical stores, Microsoft will sell you the Windows 8.1 tablet for $199..

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Say what you will about Microsoft but that crew tends to have some unique personalities and a driving desire to have fun at work. Although the video contained in this article has no news value per se, it is well suited for a Saturday morning as it provides some hilarious entertainment.

Marcus Ash, the Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, should be a familiar face to our audience. Overseeing Cortana, Ash is often the public face of Microsoft's digital personal assistant. He is also, ahem, quite the dancer as evidenced by this video celebrating his 40th birthday.

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Product placements in TV shows and movies can sometimes be a painful experience, mostly due to its forced nature. However, the benefit of comedy is you can put it all out there, and the audience can be in on the joke. Last night on the popular late night Jimmy Kimmel Live, that is exactly what happened.

Skype and Windows Phone were the products being sold, and it was all accomplished through a 90-second skit featuring Kimmel sidekick Guillermo and his friend Yehya.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over and done for 2014, but that doesn't mean companies have ended their special holiday sales yet. Today, Microsoft announced it will begin a "12 Days of Deals" campaign at its Microsoft Store website and in its over 100 retail locations in the US and Canada starting on Monday, December 8.

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Microsoft won't be in business with Barnes & Noble anymore. The bookseller announced today that it is acquiring the part of its Nook Media company that Microsoft had purchased over two years ago and added that the two companies "have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale."

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