Build Developer Conference

Lift, shift, and modernize using containers on Azure Service Fabric

Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that is the foundational technology powering core Azure infrastructure, as well as other …

Cloud Computing

Novartis unveils a new app to empower people with blindness and/or severe visual impairment

Novartis partners with Microsoft to deliver ViaOpta Hello app, to help those who are blind or severely visually impaired experience the world around …

Mobile

Chime in: Should Microsoft build an Android emulator to address the Windows app gap?

If there's one common complaint among the majority of Windows users, particularly Window Mobile users, it's the "app gap," or Windows's lack of …

Microsoft

Harman Kardon Invoke review: A fun, powerful Cortana speaker

There are a lot of smart speakers out there today, but only one with Microsoft’s Cortana inside. The long-anticipated Harman Kardon Invoke, which first made its debut this spring at the Microsoft Build conference, is a fun, smart, and powerful speaker. Cortana still has more integrations and …

Business

Why Microsoft released a Windows update with a bunch of stuff you may never use

Microsoft wants to set the agenda for the future of computing, with a new set of devices and a new Windows update released this week. For the tech giant, that future means augmented and virtual reality — whether we're all ready for it or not.<p>Microsoft has bet hard on augmented and virtual reality, …

Microsoft

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Three Things To Check Out

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released earlier this week and is rolling out customers in a staged plan so that Microsoft can keep an eye on …

Microsoft

First Windows VR Headsets Launch Today Alongside Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft’s Windows 10 ‘Fall Creators Update’ is available for download today, making the operating system compatible with its line of Windows “Mixed …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 update and laptops

Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions.<p>The semi-annual update became available Tuesday. Along with virtual experiences, the Fall Creators Update brings new ways to share photos and …

Microsoft

Cortana Now Works in Skype, Small Businesses Have Virtual Assistant for Chat

Have you ever been in the middle of a chat on Skype and suddenly needed to find out more about a competitor’s product, or what time your favorite …

Microsoft

Because Everybody Loves Cortana on Windows, Microsoft Is Adding It to Skype

Microsoft announced on Monday that it started rolling out Cortana integration in Skype, bringing its smart AI-based virtual assistant to the …

Microsoft

Cortana will now interrupt your Skype chats

Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana has finally arrived in Skype. Announced at last year’s Microsoft Build 2016 event, the assistant’s integration was also previewed when the company released an overhauled, Snapchat-inspired version of its mobile messaging app this summer. But Cortana for Skype …

Technology

Windows phones are really, truly dead

It was the coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" who once said that "she's not only merely dead, she's really, most sincerely dead!" I know he was speaking of the Wicked Witch of the East, but today he could also be speaking of Windows 10 Mobile.<p>Microsoft operating system group vice president Joe Belfiore …

Windows Phone

Xamarin.Forms Updates

Here’s a look -- with code samples -- at two series of updates that will improve the feature set and, most important, performance of Microsoft’s …

Software Development

Microsoft is bringing one of Apple's best features to Windows 10 with a new web browser for phones

If you're living your best Apple life, you probably know all about Handoff — a feature that lets you easily open your iPhone's active browser tab or document on your Mac, and vice versa.<p>Now, Microsoft is making a move to let Windows 10 users benefit from some of that convenience with the beta …

Microsoft

Microsoft Goofs, Posts Price of First Cortana Speaker

Microsoft unveiled Harman Kardon's Invoke speaker, the first speaker with the Cortana voice assistant built in, before the Microsoft Build conference …

Smart Homes

The Future Of Artificial Intelligence Will Amplify And Catalyze Workflows

It’s tempting to believe that artificial intelligence can do just about anything.<p>Currently, AI and machine learning power self-driving cars, complex adtech audience optimizations and a host of intelligent agents like Alexa, Cortana and Siri. At the same time, leading AI experts, business owners and …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft is killing its Spotify competitor, will partner up with Spotify instead

Microsoft is discontinuing Groove Music Pass, its streaming music service, on December 31st. Later this week, Groove Music Pass users will have the option to import their custom playlists to Spotify.<p>The news was announced in a blog post on Monday afternoon.<p>Groove Music Pass was never a tremendous …

Technology

Facebook and Microsoft build open-source project to make neural nets more portable

Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have teamed up to create an open-source tool that makes it easier for artificial intelligence developers to …

Machine Learning

Microsoft at PostgresOpen 2017

Earlier this year at Microsoft Build, we announced the public preview of Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Since then, we have been engaging deeply with …

Cloud Computing

Windows Community Standup on September 14th, 2017

Kevin Gallo will be hosting Windows Community Standup on Channel 9 with Seth Juarez again on September 14th, 2017 at 10:30am PST! We’ll be streaming …

Microsoft

Another Windows 10 update due October 17

Windows fans, mark your calendars. The next major update to Windows 10 will be available to download on October 17, a little later than expected.<p>The Fall Creators Update, first teased at Microsoft Build in May, will include a number of intriguing new features. It includes support for mixed reality …

Microsoft

Windows Mixed-Reality Hardware Goes on Display at IFA 2017

Attendees at this year's IFA conference in Germany can get a first-hand look at the Windows-compatible mixed-reality gear arriving this holiday …

Enterprise Tech

September 2017 Hot Sheet partner training schedule

Welcome to the US Partner Community Hot Sheet, a comprehensive schedule of partner training, webcasts, community calls, and office hours. This post …

Microsoft

Microsoft's virtual reality platform could be a sleeper hit

Did Microsoft make a mistake by labeling its brand of immersive digital experiences “mixed-reality”?<p>When the company introduced HoloLens a few years …

Virtual Reality

Baidu’s Qi Lu, former Microsoft exec, explains why Amazon’s Alexa took the industry by surprise

Qi Lu was a top engineering executive at Microsoft for eight years, leading products including Office and Bing, and shaping company’s artificial …

Enterprise Tech

What these teen tech entrepreneurs think about Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, AI, the cloud and more

Michael Royzen and Atul Ajoy have several things in common, besides being high-school students in the Seattle region.<p>They’re both entrepreneurs and …

Microsoft

Latest Windows 10 insider build lets you link your Android to your PC

Linked phones can send web pages to a PC, and more features are coming.<p>During the Microsoft Build conference, we learned that Microsoft was working …

Android News

Microsoft 4Q gets boost from cloud computing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street's expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014.<p>Nadella described the better-than-expected performance in a …

Business

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are racing to kill it

These are the quiet times.<p>From April to June, tech's biggest companies all held their annual mega-events, laying out their grand visions for the next 12 months or so.<p>Facebook kicked it off in late April with its F8 conference, followed by Microsoft Build, then the Google I/O conference, and Apple's …

Augmented Reality

Virtual Assistants and What Can You Do With Them

<i>Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant execs discuss what voice-activated contextual artificial intelligence (AI) can do for business and how the</i> …

Chatbots