Today’s Inside Xbox episode will feature information on Microsoft’s plans for E3 2019. You can watch it here.

An hour-long episode of Inside Xbox will take place today and promises the “latest news on E3,” Xbox FanFest and more.

Microsoft announced a date for its Xbox E3 2019 briefing today. It’s possible the Inside Xbox team will discuss what to expect at the show.

Along with E3-related information, the episode will touch upon Xbox Game Pass news and the Anniversary Update for Sea of Thieves.

You can also expect information on Gears Pro Circuit, the Warhammer: Chaosbane beta, and backward compatibility News.

Microsoft will also have an announcement regarding Xbox FanFest. Last year’s X018 took place November 10 in Mexico City.

The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson will drop by, and “several surprises” are promised during the broadcast.

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It’s time for the best co-op games.

Humanity is unlike any other species on Earth. Look around you – look at all we can do. I am typing my brain thoughts on some ethereal electronic space that only exists to us, transferring my ideas to your mind like some arcane telepath. It’s amazing when you really think about it.

Know what else are amazing? Video games. Since the first video game released, technology has improved, fidelity has increased, and the creative ingenuity of the field hasn’t slowed down an ounce. How is all of this possible? Cooperation. Working together is the reason we are the dominant species on our blue sphere, after all. So let’s hold hands and enjoy these collaborative works together.

Here are the 26 best co-op games to play right now.

26. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Blackout

Blackout is the first Battle Royale mode in the Call of Duty franchise that you can play solo or with your friends. Taking all the best multiplayer features from previous games and cramming them into a battle royale map was a genius idea and fans of the mode from other titles such as PUBG and Fortnite are flocking to Blackout.

You can also play Blackout in splitscreen mode, which is perfect for a LAN party with minimal room for TVs.

Trivia: There is a dedicated Zombies mode in Black Ops 4 as well as zombies hidden on the Blackout map.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

25. The Division

What could be more relaxing than taking a trip to snowy New York with your friends in the lead up to Christmas? Well, lots of things if The Division is anything to go by. In Ubisoft’s shooter, money has gone bad. Terrorists have weaponised capitalism, covering banknotes in a deadly virus before waiting for Christmas shoppers to spread it all around.

Only you, a sleeper agent with a gun, can bring peace back to the Big Apple. So grab your friends, choose your best boomstick, hunker down near a yellow taxi, and get ready to shoot some poor people so you can steal their beanie hats.

Trivia: You can find a pair of Sam Fisher’s trifocal goggles from Splinter Cell in a post office in Manhattan.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Further reading: The Division 2 is currently in development.

24. Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania captures the speeding spirit of the blue streak’s 2D heydays. And best of all? You can play it with a pal. Give a friend the second controller and they can fly behind you as Tails, or sulk about as Knuckles.

It’s the perfect co-op game to play with your children, since the screen follows the main player, meaning you don’t have to wait around for them. They still collect rings for you, too. Bonus! After all, Sonic doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to hang about, does he?

Trivia: Sonic Mania is the highest critically rated Sonic game in the last 15 years and it wasn’t even made by Sega.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.

Further reading: Sonic Mania cheats and extras.

23. Cuphead

Is Sonic a bit too casual for you? Welcome to Cuphead, a relentlessly difficult shoot-’em-up with a visual style inspired by 1930s cartoons, channeling the spirit of Disney and Fleischer Studios in an eye-popping display.

It might look nice, but it is bloody painful to play alone. It is uber hard. Bring a friend, get them to press start on your second controller and they will pop into the world as Mughead, Cuphead’s brother. You get to play a game and you can call your mate a mug the entire time. Win-win.

Trivia: Did you know? Cuphead is actually loads better if you change the controls and put firing on the trigger.

Platforms: PC, Xbox One.

Further reading: Watch someone beat all Cuphead’s bosses without taking damage.

22. Destiny 2

If you have an internet connection, playing Destiny 2 with mates can be a great experience. For the most part, it’s mindless shooting – booming background noise as you chat shit with your friends. You can almost play it on autopilot if you’re just exploring its gorgeous world with pals.

For those looking for a challenge, friends are a must, however. Get a good squad of your online buddies together and tackle a raid. Winning these requires real teamwork, real coordination, and actual concentration. “Dave, shut up going on about how bad The Walking Dead is now, we’re trying to focus here. Why are you even still watching it?”

Trivia: Destiny 2’s live action trailer was shot by Kong: Skull Island’s director.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: Destiny 2 guide– tips, exotics, subclasses and more.

21. Snipperclips

You might not have even heard of Snipperclips, but many class it among the best games on the Nintendo Switch. In it, you each take control of half a Joy-Con, both of you controlling a test tube-shaped cartoon avatar on-screen. You have to work together to solve puzzles, cutting each other into shapes to catch items, making bridges or ramps, pressing buttons, or squeezing through gaps.

Snipperclips is one of those co-op games that’s best when you are both in the same room, which is why it’s such a perfect fit for the Switch. Sat together, huddled around the TV or the Switch’s portable screen, you will both feel like geniuses when you find an unconventional solution to Snipperclips’ creative puzzles.

Trivia: If you have two Nintendo Switch consoles, there are also four-player co-op puzzles and competitive modes.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Further reading: Nintendo Switch’s online subscription service launches in September 2018.

20. A Way Out

Created by the team behind the brilliant indie hit Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, A Way Out is a game that is only playable in co-op. That’s right, you can’t play it on your own at all – unless you’re an octopus with thumbs.

Either in couch co-op or online, you and a friend must break out of prison together, each of you working together to achieve your ultimate goal. Activities vary from escaping police in a hospital to playing Connect Four. The critical reception for A Way Out was mixed, but there’s nothing else quite like it.

Trivia: You only need one copy of A Way Out to play it with a friend online.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: A Way Out reviews.

19. Viscera Cleanup Detail

Lots of games take us to space. There’s something isolating about being cramped inside a steel box. Go outside of these aluminium confines and your insides will also nip outside of their fleshy cage. You are trapped. To make matters worse, game developers love to throw an alien or two into the mix as well. Viscera Cleanup Detail takes a different approach to the dilapidated space station.

You arrive at the scene here in the aftermath of some messy battle. Your objective? To clean it up. Viscera Cleanup Detail is a fun co-op experience where the physical comedy of handling alien intestines, leaving bloody footprints, and spilling buckets is all the entertainment you need.

Trivia: South African-based developer Runestorm started out on the modding scenes of Doom and Quake.

Platforms: PC.

18. Overcooked

If you’ve ever worked in a kitchen, you will know it is probably the closest you can get to hell on Earth. Cooking the same things every day, people ordering food en-masse, time restrictions, complaints, burns, mess, and stress. Overcooked captures all of that – minus the actual burn scars – and turns it into a hilarious co-op game.

You serve food to insatiable monsters, preparing ingredients, washing dishes, cooking, and sending the food out to order, all while bumbling into one another instead of actually getting it done.

Trivia: Don’t work for pub chain kitchens.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.

17. Payday 2

If cooking doesn’t sound like your thing, perhaps you would like to partake in some man shooting. After all, real video games are all about the act of pushing a metal object through a person’s face at a high velocity.

Payday 2 is all about that long-range violence. In it, you and your team coordinate together to rob banks and jewelry stores as waves of police attempt to stop you. You have to set up defenses at chokepoints and use all of your skills together if you want to walk away rich, or even walk away at all.

Trivia: In 2014, John Wick was added to the game in a promotion. No, he didn’t have a dog with him.

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch.

Further reading: How does Payday 2 run on Nintendo Switch?

16. Far Cry 5

The latest and best Far Cry in a long time allows you to play the entire thing with a friend. You create your own character and head out into Hope County, Montana, to put an end to an army of religious extremists. One minute you are clearing an outpost of enemies like ninja, and the next you are in a field stealing bull bollocks. Yes.

Far Cry 5 is a great multiplayer sandbox because of the tools it gives you. One of you can strafe a compound from the air as the other heads in on foot. You can supply overwatch for each other with snipers. You can give your partner a lift on the roof of a combine harvester. Best of all, you can even work through story missions as a duo.

Trivia: You can complete Far Cry 5 in ten minutes.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: The VG247 Far Cry 5 review.

15. Killing Floor 2

Tell you what – you wouldn’t want to be playing Viscera Cleanup Detail in the aftermath of a Killing Floor 2 match. Blood and guts fly all over the place with every shot, physically interacting with the scenery and getting stuck in awkward places. You know how, when you drop a glass, everything seems to move in slow motion? Killing Floor 2 is like that, only it’s someone’s liver instead of a glass.

Killing Floor 2 is like what would happen if the people behind the Call of Duty zombies mode had only ever watched The Matrix and nothing else. You work together as a team to take down increasingly difficult waves of zombies and other undead nasties. You do this as stylishly as possible, taking advantage of localised bullet time to line up those perfect headshots. Very few first-person shooters make you feel like such a badass.

Trivia: Killing Floor’s slow-motion mechanic only made it into the game near the end of development.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

14. Fortnite

Whether you are squadding up or heading into duos, Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode is an excellent experience to share with friends. Cooperation is a must as you fight against up to 49 other teams to be the last people standing. A bit of savvy building and a revive at the right time can change the course of a match, and you really need to communicate to find the best loot and keep ahead of the deadly storm that’s constantly chasing you.

If you find the Battle Royale portion of the game frustrating, there’s also Save the World. This mode has deeper progression and other players are only there to help you fight off increasingly difficult waves of zombies. You have to build traps and fortifications to keep the enemy at bay, adding a layer of strategy over the top of every precision headshot.

Trivia: Fortnite Battle Royale was developed in just two months.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, mobile.

Further reading: Looking to play Fortnite Mobile? Click that link for compatible devices.

13. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is one of those rare co-op games – and yes, it actually is developed by Rare, but I wasn’t going for a pun – that shines when players actually communicate. I don’t mean chatting about their day, I mean actually talking about the game itself. Battling through stormy seas on a galleon, you need someone at the helm steering the ship, someone below deck navigating the voyage by shouting out bearings, someone working the sails, and someone patching up the hull.

Head to an island to look for treasure, and you have to communicate to work out riddles and uncover the lost hoard. On top of all that, the game is full of things you can use to interact with each other, from firing your crewmates out of cannons to joining together in impromptu musical number. Sea of Thieves is one of those games you play with a permanent smile stretched across your face.

Trivia: The skeleton captains you fight in Sea of Thieves are named after members of Rare’s development team.

Platforms: PC, Xbox One.

Further reading: The VG247 Sea of Thieves review.

12. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

It was a close call between this and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for this list. While I believe Chaos Theory to be the better game, Blacklist is still fantastic and severely underrated. It is also much easier to play in 2018, so there.

One of the great things about the co-op modes in any Splinter Cell game is how they are not tacked on. In Blacklist, there are missions that are designed specifically for two players. Like any solo mission, you select it from the war map, wait for a buddy to appear, then off you go to stab people in the dark. Little in video games is more satisfying than whistling a guard over before watching your friend strangle them while dangling from some piping.

Trivia: Ubisoft replaced Sam Fisher voice actor Michael Ironside for this game. It was the wrong call.

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U.

11. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes hands one player a pair of pliers and the other an instruction manual. The goal? To work together to diffuse a bomb. One player carefully clicks away at the contraption while the other screams instructions over their headset or from across the room. It’s one of the best examples of asymmetrical co-op in modern video games.

As the clock ticks down, the threat ramps up in tandem with the panic you and your co-op buddy feel. Their instructions get more rushed, and so do your clicks. Mistakes are made, you die, then you go straight back in to do it all over again.

Trivia: You can play as the bomb handler in VR if you want.

Platforms: PC, PS4, mobile.

10. Vermintide 2

It was a close call between this and Left 4 Dead 2, but Vermintide 2 slightly edges it. Taking the co-op formula developed by Valve for its zombie-slaying co-op game, Vermintide 2 puts each player in the shoes of a distinct character and pushes them through a variety of scenarios as they face off against rat men and burly, otherworldly Vikings.

Because everyone plays as a distinct character with different skills, Vermintide 2 offers more tactical options than it’s undead-murdering inspiration. Keep a swarm of Skaven locked in a corridor with your dwarf and his shield as another player fires spells into the chokepoint. Kite away a massive beast with your assassin as the rest of your team thins the herd. Provide overwatch as an archer and keep your allies’ backs clear of danger. It’s full of variables – team composition and the all-seeing AI director ensures no two battles feel the same.

Trivia: The soundtrack is scored by famous video game music composer Jesper Kyd.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: Vermintide 2 character guide.

9. LittleBigPlanet 3

There’s nothing quite like the LittleBigPlanet series. On the surface, it’s a platform game that you and your friends can bound through together, jumping, tugging, pulling, and emoting as you go. But beneath all that, LittleBigPlanet 3 represents endless possibilities.

LittleBigPlanet 3 has millions of player created levels. Lots of them aren’t great, but there are some genius creations hidden away. People have created fully functioning calculators, giant mechs with their own control schemes, remakes of famous PlayStation exclusives, reimaginings of Pac-Man, and loads more. Once you’re done exploring, grab a friend and build a creation of your own.

Trivia: By January 2012, there were already over 6 million community created levels.

Platforms: PS4, PS3.

8. Spelunky

Spelunky is a game you can play over and over without ever having the exact same experience. Its systems are designed to interlink, its AI programmed to interact, its rules are predictable, but it’s a wild predictability that can constantly surprise.

Let’s say, for example you visit the game’s shopkeeper, an enemy follows you through and picks up one of his wares. The shopkeeper will go wild and start firing at everything around him because he’s designed to react when players steal from him. It doesn’t matter if it’s an NPC – he just doesn’t like his stuff being touched. Add another player into the mix in couch co-op and things get even more messy.

Trivia: If you find a shotgun near a grave marked “Ash”, this is a reference to horror movie series The Evil Dead.

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360.

7. Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the best RPGs of the past decade and you can play the entire thing with other players. Playing solo, the AI has its own ambitions. A party member may request to speak to an NPC before you do, only to decide to cut their throat mid conversation. It’s shocking when this is a computer controlled character, but imagine if that character was being driven by your friend.

Not only does Divinity 2 not always align your characters’ goals, it also has a deep and strategic turn-based battle system. Each of you taking control of a different character, you really need to work together to get through each brutal encounter, combining spells and abilities to get the most out of each turn. And once you’re done with the 100 hour campaign, head into Game Master mode and play it together like it’s a proper pen and paper RPG.

Trivia: If you play as a skeleton, you have to wear a bucket over your head for hours at the start of the game so you don’t scare people.

Platforms: PC.

Further reading: Divinity 2 managed 500,000 sales within days of launching.

6. Rocket League

Mastering the boost in Rocket League is one of gaming’s greatest joys. Sure, you can use it to chase down the ball or to blow up an opponent, but the boost comes into its own when you learn to couple it with the jump. Fire yourself into the air and boost – use it like a rocket’s thruster and angle yourself for the perfect volley. It’s bliss.

When you’re playing Rocket League as a team with friends who have also mastered the intricacies of this motor-powered football game, that pure joy is elevated to the next level. After all, what’s the point in being amazing at something if there’s nobody around to share it with?

Trivia: Football is played with your feet and American football is played with your hands.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.

Further reading: By last count, Rocket League had over 38 million players.

5. Portal 2

Portal 2 has one of the best co-op campaigns ever designed in video games. It is funny, it is clever, it makes you feel clever, it requires teamwork, and it lets you dick about. Firing a portal directly above your friend before firing one below their feet, sending them into an infinite loop as you wave them off never gets old.

The way the co-op campaign – which is completely separate from the brilliant single-player – evolves is perfect as well. Things start off simply, but you are soon lining up four portals, covering surfaces in different types of liquid, and firing off portals as you send your co-op partner soaring through the sky towards it. It’s not the newest game on this list, but nothing has come close to delivering a pure co-op campaign as inventive as this.

Trivia: Prominent video game actor Nolan North voices some of the game’s turrets and defective personality cores.

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360.

4. Bloodborne

Here it is – the one you are all going to shout at me about. Bloodborne isn’t a co-op game in the traditional sense. You have to summon in other players via arcane methods to even buddy up, in fact, but it is possible to play through the entire thing with a friend with some careful planning, and it is an incredible experience when you do. Sure, it feels more of an achievement to take out the game’s brutal bosses on your own, but it’s much more fun to share these moments of triumph.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: why is Bloodborne on this list instead of Dark Souls? I’ll let you in on a little secret, dear reader – Bloodborne is better than Dark Souls. Thanks for reading.

Trivia: Bloodborne is better than Dark Souls.

Platforms: PS4.

Further reading: Looking to get started? Here’s the best Bloodborne starting class.

3. GTA Online

GTA Online is many things: a varied sandbox to mess about in, a competitive shooter, a racing game, and even a blank canvas for players to roleplay within. The reason it is so high on this list, however, is the heists.

The heists in GTA Online are multi-layered co-op events that require teamwork and planning to pull off. One weak leak in your chain of physics-enabled avatars and the whole thing will go to shit. Everything needs to align perfectly. Nothing else on this list requires such mass precision. Hit up our GTA Online heists guide for some tips.

Trivia: GTA 5 made its budget back before it was even released because of pre-orders.

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360.

Further reading: How do you hit rank 100 in GTA Online? Be an asshole.

2. Minecraft

There’s a reason Notch lives in a massive house with infinite candy, all alone. He’s goddamn rich. He’s rich because he made a game that appeals to pretty much everyone – a game that can be different things to different people. Whether you play Minecraft as a survival sim or attempt to recreate the Taj Mahal, there’s probably something you will enjoy here.

It’s also the perfect game to play with your kids. Not only can you help them along, but it’s actually a decent way to unlock a child’s creativity. I still remember building a castle with my youngest, creating a little farm near it, and digging a moat to keep the monsters away. It’s a game where you don’t just build structures – you create lasting memories.

Trivia: Notch has nothing to do with Minecraft now, which is great.

Platforms: Everything.

Further reading: Looking for somewhere to spend your time? Here are the best Minecraft seeds.

1. Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter: World nails the feeling of smacking a dinosaur in the face with a sword the size of a flagpole. As soon as you make contact, you can almost feel the force – the slight freeze, the grimace in its face, and the dust billowing off at the point of impact. Grabbing three friends who are all equipped with different tools multiplies this satisfaction threefold.

The endgame of Capcom’s beast-slaying epic almost requires you to team up with pals. Sure, the monsters scale in difficulty to how many hunters are slicing at it, but you can bring a range of different weapons and distract it with multiple targets to chew on. When your team composition is perfect, it’s like a beautiful and violent dance.

Trivia: An early prototype of Monster Hunter: World had no monster hunting.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: Monster Hunter World was great at launch, but its post-launch evolution means it’s better than ever.

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Notifications in Windows 10 can be a great tool, like flashing quick social updates, work-related messages, email alerts, reminders, and more. But they can be a pain as well, popping up during video conferences or heated shootouts in your favorite PC game. In this Windows 10 tips article we’ll show you how to use notifications in Windows 10 to get the best experience out this handy feature.

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In this guide you’ll find out how to snooze notifications, turn off notifications, and even move the pop-up. Here’s everything you need to know about how to use notifications in Windows 10.

How to dismiss notifications in Windows 10

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1. On the taskbar, locate the “message” Action Center icon next to the system clock. If this is a full white icon, you have new notifications. If you have an icon with a white outline, there are no new notifications.
2. If you have notifications, click the message icon to open the Action Center.

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3. On the roll-out panel, highlight the top-right of the notification you want to dismiss until you see the “X” icon. Click the “X” to dismiss the notification.

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4. You can dismiss groups of notifications too. Highlight the associated app’s name, like Facebook or Slack, and click the “X” icon to clear all notifications associated with that app.

5. As shown above, you can click Clear all notifications to remove everything until the next notifications arrive.

How to mute notifications in Windows 10

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1. Click on the “message” icon located to the right of the system clock on the taskbar. This opens the Action Center.
2. Click Expand if you don’t see more than four squares on your Actions panel. You’re looking for the Focus assist action button with the moon icon.

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3. By default, Focus assist is off. Click the action button to enable Focus assist and put notifications into Priority only mode.

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4. Select Focus assist again if you want notifications in Alarms only mode.

How to customize Focus Assist in Windows 10

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1. Right-click on the Focus assist action button. You can also open the Settings app and navigate to System > Focus assist.
2. Scroll down to Automatic rules.
3. As shown above, you have four settings you can toggle on and off.

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4. To set a specific time window you don’t want to see notifications, toggle on During these times and then click on this setting to set the start time, end time, repeats, and focus level.

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5. You can also customize your priority list. On the main Focus assist window, click the Customize your priority list link listed under Priority only. Here you can set notifications for specific calls, texts, reminders, people, and apps.

How to change the time notifications appear in Windows 10

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1. Click Start and then the “gear” icon located on the left side of the Start Menu to open the Settings app.
2. Select Ease of Access.

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3. On the menu, select Display.
4. On the right, locate the Show notifications for setting.
5. Select between 5 seconds and 5 minutes in the drop-down menu.

How to turn off notifications in Windows 10

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1. Click Start and then the “gear” icon located on the left side of the Start Menu to open the Settings app.
2. Select System.

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3. In the menu on the left, select Notifications & actions.
4. Scroll down to the Notifications section.
5. As shown above, you will see five settings you can toggle on and off. Get notifications from apps and other senders will be the first setting you will want to toggle off.

How to turn off specific notifications in Windows 10

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1. Click Start and then the “gear” icon located on the left side of the Start Menu to open the Settings app.
2. Select System.

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3. In the menu on the left, select Notifications & actions.
4. Scroll down to the Get notifications from these senders section.
5. Toggle off the apps and services you don’t want flashing notifications.

How to customize app notifications in Windows 10

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1. Click Start and then the “gear” icon located on the left side of the Start Menu to open the Settings app.
2. Select System.

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3. Select Notifications & actions.
4. Scroll down to the Get notifications from these senders section and select the app you want to modify. For this example we used Discord.

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5. On the next panel, you will typically see a long list of settings to toggle on or off, such as showing notification banners, notifications on the lock screen, and more. You can also set the number of notification banners you’ll see for that app in the Action Center.

How to move the notification pop-up in Windows 10

Note: This Windows 10 tweak requires editing the registry, meaning any change you make — on purpose or by mistake — could cause issues. Edit at your own risk.

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1. In Cortana’s search field on the taskbar, type Registry Editor.
2. Select the Registry Editor desktop program in the results.

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3. On the left, expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

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4. Expand Software.

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5. Expand Microsoft.

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6. Expand Windows.

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7. Expand CurrentVersion.

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8. Highlight Explorer but don’t expand.
9. On the right panel, right-click in a blank area, select New, and then DWORD (32-bit) Value.
10. Name this new value as DisplayToastAtBottom.

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11. Right-click on the new entry and choose Modify.
12. Change the value data to 1.
13. Click OK.
14. Close the Registry Editor.
15. Restart your PC.

That’s all for our how to use notifications in Windows 10 guide. For more Windows 10 guides, check out these articles:

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Microsoft might be try out bringing assistance for Xbox One video games to PC, approximately suspect cybersleuths poking around in current test variations of Windows 10. Microsoft have actually launched Windows 10 editions of all their own Xbone video games for a number of years now however if this ends up being what some suspect, Windows might in future straight support any and all Xbox One video games. Possibly. , if this is what some suspect.. What’s clear is that Microsoft are absolutely checking something to do with video games for future variations. Absolutely a thing. Of some sort.

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Microsoft may reveal the brand-new generation of its blended truth headset, the HoloLens, at an occasion later on this month.  


On Monday, Microsoft’s Technical Fellow for AI Perception and Mixed Reality in the Cloud (you got ta love Microsoft’s task titles), Alex Kipman, released a teaser video for the occasion, and it sure makes it appear like HoloLens 2 is coming.  


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The video, entitled “2.24.19 #MWC 19” — — the date and tagline for the occasion held one day prior to the main start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — — is rather strange. Swellings of silicon are become chips, ice melt, optical fiber links — — it’s all great to take a look at however does not truly inform us much about the upcoming gadget.    Read more …

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Microsoft’s Bing is down in China, according to users who took to social media beginning Wednesday afternoon to complain and express concerns.

The Seattle-based behemoth has confirmed that its search engine is currently inaccessible in China and is “engaged to determine next steps,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch Thursday morning.

Citing sources, the Financial Times reported (paywalled) on Thursday that China Unicom, a major state-owned telecommunication company, confirmed the government had ordered a block on Bing.

Public reaction

The situation appears to be a DNS (domain name system) corruption, one method for China to block websites through its intricate censoring system called the Great Firewall. When a user enters a domain name associated with a banned IP address, the Firewall will corrupt the connection to stop the page from loading.

Several users told TechCrunch they are still able to access Bing by directly visiting its IP address as of Thursday morning.

UPDATE: it's confirmed to be DNS corruption, the common method of banning websites in China

— Patrick Wu (@patrick330602) January 23, 2019

Other users writing on social media believe the block is a result of Bing’s server crash after a viral article (link in Chinese) attacking Baidu’s search quality directed traffic to its lesser-known American rival. Many referred to a Chinese report that says high traffic from Baidu had crashed Bing. The article, published by Jiemian, a news site under the state-owned Shanghai United Media Group, now returns a 404 error.

Microsoft has long tried to play by China’s rules by filtering out sensitive results from its search engine. It also modified Windows 10 for China back in 2017 through a collaboration with state-owned China Electronics Technology Group to eliminate Beijing’s fears of possible backdoors in the American software. Former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky lamented Bing’s blockage in China, writing on Twitter that Microsoft had “worked so hard to be successful there.”

Microsoft search engine Bing is blocked in China // No idea what is going on–based on this I am sad. Since 2003 or so had we worked so hard to be successful there. Even went and lived there, built relationships. China's Pres. visited US and more. 💔

— Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi) January 24, 2019

Tight seal

Bing remained one of the few non-Chinese internet firms that still have their core products up and running in a country where Google and Facebook have long been unavailable. Another rare case is LinkedIn, which runs a filtered version of its social network for professionals and caught flack for bending to local censorship.

Bing also censors its search service for Chinese users, so it would be odd if its inaccessibility proves to be a case of government clampdown. That said, China appears to be further tightening control over the cyberspace. Case in point, LinkedIn recently started to run strict identity checks on its China-based users.

Baidu remains the biggest search engine in China with smaller rival Sogou coming in second. Bing, which some users find is a more pleasant alternative to local options that are usually flooded with ads, is active on 320,000 unique devices monthly, according to third-party research firm iResearch. That’s dwarfed by Baidu’s 466 million and Sogou’s 43 million.

Google told the U.S. Congress in December it had no immediate plans to relaunch its search engine in China but felt “reaching out and giving users more information has a very positive impact.” The Mountain View-based firm shut down its search engine in mainland China back in 2010 under pressure over censorship but also cited cyber attacks as a factor in its decision to leave.

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Cancer is like a computer virus and can be solved by cracking the code, according to Microsoft. The computer software company says its researchers are using artificial intelligence in a new healthcare initiative to target cancerous cells and eliminate the disease.

One of the projects within this new healthcare enterprise involves utilizing machine learning andnatural language processing tohelp lead researchers sift through all the research data available and come up with a treatment plan for individual cancer patients.

IBM is working on something similar using a program called Watson Oncology, which analyzes patient health info against research data.

Other Microsoft healthcare initiatives involve computer vision in radiology to note the progress of tumors over time and a project which Microsoft refers to as its moonshot aims to program biology like we program computers using code. The researchers plan to discover how to reprogram our cells to fix what our immune system hasnt been able to figure out just yet.

Microsoft says its investment in cloud computing is a natural fit for this type of project and plans to invest further in ways to provide these types of tools to its customers.

If the computers of the future are not going to be made just in silicon but might be made in living matter, it behooves us to make sure we understand what it means to program on those computers, Microsoft exec Jeanette M. Wing said.

Indeed, with all the research data available, the Microsoft project, like many othersin the healthcare machine learning space including in cancer cure discovery could help speed up medical discovery for this debilitating disease.

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It was December 2012, and Doug Burger was standing in front of Steve Ballmer, trying to predict the future.

Ballmer, the big, bald, boisterous CEO of Microsoft, sat in the lecture room on the ground floor of Building 99, home base for the companys blue-sky R&D lab just outside Seattle. The tables curved around the outside of the room in a U-shape, and Ballmer was surrounded by his top lieutenants, his laptop open. Burger, a computer chip researcher who had joined the company four years earlier, was pitching a new idea to the execs. He called it Project Catapult.

The prototype was a dedicated box with six FPGAs, shared by a rack full of servers. If the box went on the frizz, or if the machines needed more than six FPGAs—increasingly likely given the complexity of the machine learning models—all those machines were out of luck. Bings engineers hated it. They were right, Larus says.

So Burgers team spent many more months building a second prototype. This one was a circuit board that plugged into each server and included only one FPGA. But it also connected to all the other FPGA boards on all the other servers, creating a giant pool of programmable chips that any Bing machine could tap into.

That was the prototype that got Qi Lu on board. He gave Burger the money to build and test over 1,600 servers equipped with FPGAs. The team spent six months building the hardware with help from manufacturers in China and Taiwan, and they installed the first rack in an experimental data center on the Microsoft campus. Then, one night, the fire suppression system went off by accident. They spent three days getting the rack back in shape—but it still worked.

Over several months in 2013 and 2014, the test showed that Bings “decision tree” machine-learning algorithms ran about 40 times faster with the new chips. By the summer of 2014, Microsoft was publicly saying it would soon move this hardware into its live Bing data centers. And then the company put the brakes on.

Searching for More Than Bing

Bing dominated Microsoft’s online ambitions in the early part of the decade, but by 2015 the company had two other massive online services: the business productivity suite Office 365 and the cloud computing service Microsoft Azure. And like all of their competitors, Microsoft executives realized that the only efficient way of running a growing online empire is to run all services on the same foundation. If Project Catapult was going to transform Microsoft, it couldnt be exclusive to Bing. It had to work inside Azure and Office 365, too.

The problem was, Azure executives didn’t care about accelerating machine learning. They needed help with networking. The traffic bouncing around Azure’s data centers was growing so fast, the service’s CPUs couldn’t keep pace. Eventually, people like Mark Russinovich, the chief architect on Azure, saw that Catapult could help with this too—but not the way it was designed for Bing. His team needed programmable chips right where each server connected to the primary network, so they could process all that traffic before it even got to the server.

The first prototype of the FPGA architecture was a single box shared by a rack of servers (Version 0). Then the team switched to giving individual servers their own FPGAs (Version 1). And then they put the chips between the servers and the overall network (Version 2).WIRED

So the FPGA gang had to rebuild the hardware again. With this third prototype, the chips would sit at the edge of each server, plugging directly into the network, while still creating pool of FPGAs that was available for any machine to tap into. That started to look like something that would work for Office 365, too. Project Catapult was ready to go live at last.

Larus describes the many redesigns as an extended nightmare—not because they had to build a new hardware, but because they had to reprogram the FPGAs every time. That is just horrible, much worse than programming software, he says. Much more difficult to write. Much more difficult to get correct. It’s finicky work, like trying to change tiny logic gates on the chip.

Now that the final hardware is in place, Microsoft faces that same challenge every time it reprograms these chips. Its a very different way of seeing the world, of thinking about the world, Larus says. But the Catapult hardware costs less than 30 percent of everything else in the server, consumes less than 10 percent of the power, and processes data twice as fast as the company could without it.

The rollout is massive. Microsoft Azure uses these programmable chips to route data. On Bing, which an estimated 20 percent of the worldwide search market on desktop machines and about 6 percent on mobile phones, the chips are facilitating the move to the new breed of AI: deep neural nets. And according to one Microsoft employee, Office 365 is moving toward using FPGAs for encryption and compression as well as machine learning—for all of its 23.1 million users. Eventually, Burger says, these chips will power all Microsoft services.

Wait—This Actually Works?

It still stuns me, says Peter Lee, that we got the company to do this. Lee oversees an organization inside Microsoft Research called NExT, short for New Experiences and Technologies. After taking over as CEO, Nadella personally pushed for the creation of this new organization, and it represents a significant shift from the 10-year reign of Ballmer. It aims to foster research that can see the light of day sooner rather than later—that can change the course of Microsoft now rather than years from now. Project Catapult is a prime example. And it is part of a much larger change across the industry. The leaps ahead, Burger says, are coming from non-CPU technologies.

Peter Lee. Clayton Cotterell for WIRED

All the Internet giants, including Microsoft, now supplement their CPUs with graphics processing units, chips designed to render images for games and other highly visual applications. When these companies train their neural networks to, for example, recognize faces in photos—feeding in millions and millions of pictures—GPUs handle much of the calculation. Some giants like Microsoft are also using alternative silicon to execute their neural networks after training. And even though it’s crazily expensive to custom-build chips, Google has gone so far as to design its own processor for executing neural nets, the tensor processing unit.

With its TPUs, Google sacrifices long-term flexibility for speed. It wants to, say, eliminate any delay when recognizing commands spoken into smartphones. The trouble is that if its neural networking models change, Google must build a new chip. But with FPGAs, Microsoft is playing a longer game. Though an FPGA isn’t as fast as Google’s custom build, Microsoft can reprogram the silicon as needs change. The company can reprogram not only for new AI models, but for just about any task. And if one of those designs seems likely to be useful for years to come, Microsoft can always take the FPGA programming and build a dedicated chip.

A newer version of the final hardware, V2, a card that slots into the end of each Microsoft server and connects directly to the network. Clayton Cotterell for WIRED

Microsofts services are so large, and they use so many FPGAs, that theyre shifting the worldwide chip market. The FPGAs come from a company called Altera, and Intel executive vice president Diane Bryant tells me that Microsoft is why Intel acquired Altera last summer—a deal worth $16.7 billion, the largest acquisition in the history of the largest chipmaker on Earth. By 2020, she says, a third of all servers inside all the major cloud computing companies will include FPGAs.

It’s a typical tangle of tech acronyms. CPUs. GPUs. TPUs. FPGAs. But it’s the subtext that matters. With cloud computing, companies like Microsoft and Google and Amazon are driving so much of the world’s technology that those alternative chips will drive the wider universe of apps and online services. Lee says that Project Catapult will allow Microsoft to continue expanding the powers of its global supercomputer until the year 2030. After that, he says, the company can move toward quantum computing.

Later, when we talk on the phone, Nadella tells me much the same thing. Theyre reading from the same Microsoft script, touting a quantum-enabled future of ultrafast computers. Considering how hard it is to build a quantum machine, this seems like a pipe dream. But just a few years ago, so did Project Catapult.

Correction: This story originally implied that the Hololens headset was part of Microsoft’s NExT organization. It was not.

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