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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

As you have seen throughout our Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review content there are a lot of new features and enhancements in Microsoft's latest …

Microsoft

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

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 built an open source project makes neural nets more flexible

Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have teamed up to create an open source tool that makes it easier for AI developers to transfer their projects 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 9:30am PST! We’ll be streaming …

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft pushes AR/VR features with upcoming Windows 10 update

Microsoft is set to update its flagship operating system to enable the latest generation of Windows 10 hardware devices and software to tap augmented and virtual reality, among a range of new features, executives said on Friday.<p>The major software upgrade, its fourth update, will be offered starting …

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

Announcing public preview of Azure Batch Rendering

This week SIGGRAPH 2017 is blasting away in Los Angeles and I can’t imagine a better place than the premier event for computer graphics to announce …

Autodesk Maya

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 …

Science

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 …

Microsoft

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

Microsoft expands HoloLens partner program to develop better mixed reality experiences

Microsoft is expanding the network of companies eligible to build mixed reality applications for HoloLens.<p>The new Mixed Reality Partner Program …

Augmented Reality

The smartphone is going to die - and these tech companies are leading the race 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 …

Augmented Reality

What's new with Microsoft Fluent Design System 'wave one' for Windows 10

Here are all the Fluent Design changes you'll be seeing starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.<p>Windows 10 is getting a massive user …

Microsoft

Microsoft squeezed AI onto a Raspberry Pi

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning usually work best with a lot of horsepower behind them to crunch the data, compute possibilities and …

Machine Learning

Leak of Windows 10 Source Code Raises Security Concerns

Microsoft has confirmed that a significant chunk of its source code for Windows 10 was posted to a repository called BetaArchive. The exact size of …

Security

What Are Virtual Assistants and What Can You Do With Them?

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

Google Assistant

Daydream Labs Helps Developers Tackle VR's Locomotion Problem

How are you supposed to make people feel like they're moving in a virtual world even if they're really just standing around? That question is central …

Virtual Reality

How Language Led To The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

In 2013 I had a long interview with Peter Lee, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, about advances in Machine Learning and neural networks …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's What HP's Cortana Speaker Looks Like

We finally know what HP's Cortana speaker will look like. At Microsoft's press conference at Computex in Taipei, they showed the first picture of the …

Smart Homes

Microsoft Build Conference 2017 - Recap for SQL Developers

The annual developer Microsoft Build Conference was held at the Washington State Conference Center in Seattle during May 10-12, 2017. The event had …

Databases