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  • Windows 10 Will Be Available July 29

    Windows 10 Will Be Available July 29

    Microsoft kicked off June with news that Windows 10 will ship on July 29, just a little under two months from now. The next big update for MS is designed as a unifying platform that will offer continuity across mobile, desktop, tablets and even the Xbox One gaming console, and it will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users for the first year. To help ensure easy updates (and probably as a… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Azure Service Fabric, A New Framework For Building Highly Scalable Cloud Services

    Microsoft Announces Azure Service Fabric, A New Framework For Building Highly Scalable Cloud Services

    Microsoft today announced Azure Service Fabric, a new Azure service that aims to make it easier for developers at startups and ISVs to create highly scalable cloud applications. The idea is to give developers the tools necessary to build cloud apps without ever having to worry about scaling and having to rearchitect their infrastructure to keep up with growth. To do so, Service Fabric… Read More

  • New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders

    New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders

    The newest pre-launch build of Windows 10 is now available for Windows Insider program members to download and install, and this edition brings a lot of features Microsoft showed off at its special Windows 10 preview event earlier this week. The most notable addition may be Cortana coming to the desktop, giving Windows PCs some of the virtual assistant smarts that Microsoft originally debuted… Read More

  • Microsoft Releases Cortana In 4 New Countries

    Microsoft Releases Cortana In 4 New Countries

    If you live in Germany, Italy, France or Spain, you can now get your Cortana on. Microsoft today announced that it has rolled out its virtual, digital assistant to those four new European countries for users that are part of its Windows Phone Developer Preview Program. Read More

  • Microsoft Sees An Intelligent, Mobile-Focused Future Of Productivity

    Microsoft Sees An Intelligent, Mobile-Focused Future Of Productivity

    At a recent event on its Redmond campus, Microsoft executives explained their views on the future of productivity to a small press cadre. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, opened the day’s happenings with an explanation of the company’s core focuses, listing platform work, and productivity itself as two of its chief efforts. The executive indicated that productivity… Read More

  • How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    Despite the nifty-ness of having your phone tell you to leave work 15 minutes early to make it to your flight or Siri and Cortana cracking the occasional joke, the limitations to these assistants are clear. Siri can set a reminder, but she can’t help you schedule a meeting; Google Now can suggest some restaurants nearby, but it can’t book you a table at your favorite place. Read More

  • Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment

    Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment

    In Microsoft’s latest TV spot, the company stacks its voice assistant against Apple’s. Spoiler: Microsoft’s wins. Read More

  • BlackBerry Gets Its Own Siri With BlackBerry Assistant

    BlackBerry Gets Its Own Siri With BlackBerry Assistant

    BlackBerry is trying to build up some steam for its upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 launch, and for its new BlackBerry Passport hardware, and today that means a new feature reveal: The company detailed BlackBerry Assistant on its official blog today, and the feature looks unsurprisingly like Siri and Cortana for iOS and Windows Phone respectively. The Assistant features the now-omnipresent… Read More

  • Bing Home Page Gets Some Of Cortana’s Smarts

    Bing Home Page Gets Some Of Cortana’s Smarts

    Two weeks ago, Microsoft debuted its Cortana personal digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, which uses the Bing platform to learn about your preferences and interests. Starting today, the Bing home page will also get some of Cortana’s smarts. You can now find a set of personalized cards that help you keep track of news, weather, flights and stocks. Read More

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Now Available For All

    Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Now Available For All

    Windows Phone 8.1 has arrived today as Microsoft promised at its Build conference this year. The release is a developer preview, not the final build, but it’s also not restricted to developers; Microsoft makes it easy for anyone to install the update to Windows Phone 8, simply by signing up for a free Microsoft developer account and starting a project. To get the update, go to the… Read More

  • Bing Is Here To Stay

    Bing Is Here To Stay

    Every couple of months, new rumors about Microsoft trying to sell off its Bing search engine pop up. At some point late last year, the word on the street was that if then-CEO candidate Stephen Elop would take the reins of the company, he would sell Bing as soon as possible. After last week’s Build developer conference, I think we can now put those rumors to rest. Bing is now a core part… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Cortana On Windows 8.1 Said To Resemble Siri, Replace Bing System Search

    Microsoft’s Cortana On Windows 8.1 Said To Resemble Siri, Replace Bing System Search

    Microsoft has a new virtual assistant, and it’s a hybrid of Siri and Google Now, with some artificial affect thrown in for good measure. The Verge’s Tom Warren dishes on the upcoming feature of Windows 8.1, describing Cortana, the digital aide in question named after an AI character from the Halo series of games. Cortana will be a circular icon in terms of how it’s… Read More