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Microsoft adds tap to pay via Wallet for Windows 10 Mobile Insiders

Microsoft is starting its rollout of tap-to-pay to certain U.S.-based Windows Insiders; general availability in the U.S. is 'later this Summer.'<p>Yes, …

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Microsoft's plan to get iOS apps on Windows is moving forward

Microsoft's plan to get iOS apps onto Windows, codenamed "Project Islandwood," is moving forward, according to a report from ZDNet.<p>Project Islandwood is part of the Bridge Projects, which were created by Microsoft to bring different kinds of apps — from iOS, to Android, to web apps — onto Windows …

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This is our best look yet at Microsoft's HoloLens holographic computer in action

Microsoft just released six minutes worth of new footage of its funky futuristic HoloLens holographic goggles in action, and boy, is it something else.<p>(A note before you watch: This is actually "b-roll," meaning that it's intended to be spliced into a news broadcast while people talk over it. So …

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You can now log in with your face using Tobii devices and Windows Hello

Microsoft's Windows Hello is a smart feature, letting Windows 10 users sign into their machines with just their face But it's only available on the newest devices with special depth-sensing cameras or, if you buy Intel's RealSense developer kit. Now, to expand Windows Hello's availability, …

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Netflix revamps Windows 10 app with Cortana voice commands

Netflix's new Window 10 app is more than just a pretty makeover.<p>The video streaming app has been completely rewritten from the ground up as a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app, which allows it to run on devices of all sizes from PCs to tablets, to smartphones (in the "near future") running …

Apps

Using Breakpoints for Debugging in Visual Studio 2015

Knowing your tool is essential to being productive but who has time to watch long videos? Get up to speed quick with short video lessons and get on …

Programming

Building Apps for Continuum | Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Version 1511

One of the most exciting new features in Windows 10 version 1511 is Continuum for Mobile which allows newer phone hardware such as the Lumia 950 to …

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Microsoft's taking HoloLens on tour to woo developers

Microsoft has already said its mixed reality headset, HoloLens, will be reaching developers early next year. But while we wait for that to happen, the company plans to take it on tour across the US and Canada, in an event that's going to give developers the chance to try the device firsthand. …

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5 reasons business users should consider Microsoft's Lumia 950

Introduction<p>After having attracted a niche and devoted audience of mobile photographers with the Lumia line of smartphones, Microsoft is hoping to …

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Microsoft teaches 'absolute beginners' to code for Windows 10

Ever wanted to code an app, but have no coding experience whatsoever? Don’t worry, Microsoft has you covered.<p>The company is offering an ‘absolute beginner’ series of video lessons for anyone looking to learn how to code a Windows 10 app.<p>More specifically, it’s a series on creating Universal Windows …

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Bridging the WinPhone to UWP Gap...

One of the questions I hear allot is how do you convert your Windows phone 8/8.1 Silverlight app into a Windows 10 UWP app? Is there a simple …

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ASUS unveils the Intel-powered, Windows 10 VivoStick

Intel generated a storm of interest when it launched the HDMI-based Compute Stick, but is anybody willing to buy a tiny, underpowered PC? Who knows, but ASUS has just launched its own model that trumps Intel's in nearly every way. It's a lot less clunky-looking and one-ups Intel's Atom CPU with a …

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Windows 10 grabs 5.21% market share, passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 in just one month

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Cortana for Windows 10 arrives in four more countries

Microsoft's making good on its promise to release Cortana for PC in more locations after a limited launch. Now, the voice assistant is available as an optional download in Nihongo for Japan, as well as in English for Australia, Canada and India, but only if you're running the latest Windows 10 …

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Now you can ask Cortana to translate words and phrases for you in Windows 10

Microsoft Translator has already been incorporated into Skype, allowing for real-time translation into French, Mandarin, and four other languages. Now it's also been integrated with Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant, on Windows 10. Users of Microsoft's new operating system will now be …

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Want to Know What Microsoft is Doing in New Jersey? Ask Its Rep on the Scene, Nick Landry

Nick Landry, Microsoft’s senior technical evangelist, loves his job. That's because promoting Microsoft technology also involves working closely with …

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Azure Mobile Apps August 2015 update

Last month, we released an update to the Azure Mobile Apps .NET server SDK making it easier to get started and facilitated use of the SDK with any …

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.NET Native – What it means for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) developers

<i>This blog was written by Daniel Jacobson, Program Manager</i>What is .NET Native?.NET Native is a precompilation technology for building Universal …

DevOps

Slack Beta for Windows Phone now publicly available, download here! | On MSFT

It seems everywhere a tech nerd turns; there is some article or mention of the new messaging app Slack being posted. The relatively new incumbent to …

Windows Mobile

Windows and Windows Phone Store Trends – April 2015 Update

This blog is the latest in a <b>recurring series</b> about recent Store trends across categories, markets, and more. Understanding these trends can help you …

Windows Mobile

Lumia Camera will be the stock camera app on Windows 10 devices

In case you haven't noticed, team Engadget has spent a <i>lot</i> of time today covering Windows 10, Microsoft's next-gen operating system. Over the course of the company's three-hour keynote, we heard quite a bit more about its so-called universal apps, which will run on all manner of Windows devices, …

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Dropbox for Windows Phone Has Arrived

Not only has the long-awaited WhatsApp Web app launched, but today also brings the introduction of the much-anticipated Dropbox for Windows Phones and tablets.<p>Announced in a blog post, the new apps offer access to the core Dropbox features you’d hope to see, like automatic photo backups, your …

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Microsoft finally delivers the Windows we really wanted

Over the last few years, Microsoft seems to have been flailing. Windows 8, while a step in the right direction for the company, was an utter mess and saw slow adoption along with poor developer uptake.<p>Windows 8 went too far, too fast; it was a user experience disaster. As users bemoaned Windows 8’s …

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This is Windows 10 for phones

Microsoft showed off a number of new features for Windows 10 on phones today, but in afternoon sessions at the company’s press event, we got a closer look at what’s coming. Most of the demonstrations focused on improving the built-in apps and features of Windows Phone, and fixing a lot of the …

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AzureChatr: Building a Cross-Platform Chat App for Windows, iOS & Android | Age of Mobility - by Nick Landry

by Nick Landry (last updated on 10/7/2014)<p>Have you ever witnessed a big news announcement about some mobile app or website being acquired for …

Cortana develops a taste for bloodwine? Microsoft teaches its service Klingon

Big things have been happening for Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana recently. She’s been picking up new functionality, getting ready to spread to …