It looks like Microsoft may be on the verge of releasing a technical beta of its highly anticipated Microsoft Flight Simulator. Microsoft Flight Simulator is currently testing the technical alpha version. As noted in a post on Reddit, this message appears if you opt to be removed from the Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider Program on their website. Could it signal that Microsoft is prepping for a technical beta release?

For those that signed up to participate in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider Program to participate in the alpha and beta versions, but did not receive an invitation email yet to…


These last few weeks, GitHub has experienced multiple outages with no official word from Microsoft as to why. Over the last three days, in particular, developers have reported The GitHub outages have been so extreme that they have been unable to perform even basic programming tasks.

I would actually like to have a writeup with technical details what causes the outages in the last 90 days! @github @githubstatus #github #githubdown pic.twitter.com/qBKntxYH0D

- 🐘@[email protected] 🦊 🐾 🏳️‍🌈 (@davidak) April 23, 2020

As noted in a post by ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley details what GitHub services have been affected over the…


As everyone is doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Microsoft found a way to help gamers give back just by playing games on their Xbox One. We already know that Xbox One owners can use their Microsoft Rewards points to donate to the CDC Foundation to help battle COVID-19. Now, there is another way for Xbox One owners to give back.

As noted in a post on Xbox Wire, there are two other global organizations that Xbox One owners can donate their Microsoft Rewards points to help fight COVID-19; the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and…


Minecraft is doing its part to help spread the word to help stop the spread of coronavirus pandemic. In a post on their blog, developer Mojang announced a partnership with the United Nations with a new campaign aiming to remind people to follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global message to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Wash your hands like you’ve just touched a slime! Take your time, and use alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Don’t forget to sanitize your phone + keyboard to kill any nasties that have set up camp there, too! #BlockCovid19 #TomorrowTogether

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In a post on his blog, Major Nelson listed out all the Deals with Gold available on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Deals with Gold are offered exclusively to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, available in the Microsoft Store. The discounts are valid now through April 27, 2020.

The four featured Xbox One games offered at discounts include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (20% off), Rememoried (75% off), and Layers of Fear + >Observer (60% off). The last game bundle includes two Xbox One game titles. Check out the full Deals with Gold list here.

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Starting now until Sunday, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can play F1 2019 and Warhammer: Chaosbane for free on Xbox One. Announced by Major Nelson on Twitter and in a post on Xbox Wire, Xbox Live Gold subscribers get to try out Xbox games for free with the option to buy the games outright for a deep discount. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can also play both Xbox One games as their Xbox Game Pass subscription includes an Xbox Live Gold membership.

As always, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can download both of these games through Xbox.com


Microsoft is offering access to core GitHub features for free and reducing the prices of paid Team plan prices. The announcement is detailed in a post on the GitHub Blog.

“Until now, if your organization wanted to use GitHub for private development, you had to subscribe to one of our paid plans. But every developer on earth should have access to GitHub. Price shouldn’t be a barrier. This means teams can now manage their work together in one place: CI/CD, project management, code review, packages, and more. We want everyone to be able to ship great software on the platform…


Microsoft has teamed up with ModuleQ, the personal data fusion AI company, to give people personalized news from over 4,500 publishers. Microsoft announced that ModuleQ helps bring detailed news information to Teams in a post on the Microsoft News Blog.

Available to enterprise Microsoft 365 subscribers, the ModuleQ feature can be added by simply searching for the ModuleQ People-Facing AI app in Microsoft Teams. Earlier today, we posted a helpful guide on how to add apps in Microsoft Teams.

Here’s a video showing ModuleQ in action on Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams helps to connect employees to collaborate and communicate…


Right now on Amazon, you can get an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 3 month subscription free when you buy 3 months. As noted by BGR, this limited-time deal is available to get a 6-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription for 50% off. An Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription includes an Xbox Live Gold membership, access to over 100 Xbox One console and Windows 10 PC games.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also gives you access to new games too, including Gears 5, Metro Exodus, and Monster Hunter: World. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers also get deals and discounts of up to…


Ahead of the official announcement on Xbox Wire, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 and Override: Mech City Brawl will be available to play for free for Xbox Live subscribers this weekend. As noted in a post on TrueAchievements, these two games are being offered in the latest installment of Free Play Days on Xbox One.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to play NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 for free until April 16, 2020, giving players plenty of time to complete the estimated 20–25 hours in the regular campaign mode. On the other hand, Override Mech City Brawl will be available…

Dave W Shanahan

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