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Verizon, Sprint, China Telecom added to list of carriers of Windows 10 on ARM PCs

Microsoft and Qualcomm are continuing to get more backers for the coming Windows 10 on ARM “Always Connected” PCs that will be shipping later this year. Credit: CNET At CES 2018, the pair announced a handful of additional mobile operators that will be providing LTE support for the coming Snapdragon-based PCs. The new additions to the list include Verizon, Sprint, ... Read More »

Microsoft acquires Avere Systems, file-storage vendor for Windows and Linux

Microsoft’s first acquisition of calendar 2018 is file-storage vendor Avere Systems. Microsoft announced intentions to buy the Pittsburgh, Penn.-based vendor on January 3 for an undisclosed amount. Avere has developed file system and caching technoloogies designed to speed access to compute and storage in hybrid environments. Avere provides NFS and SMB file storage for Windows and Linux clients running in ... Read More »

Photosynth returns as a feature in Microsoft’s Pix camera app

Earlier this year, Microsoft shut down Photosynth, its service for stitching multiple images into panoramas and semi-3D models. When it launched in 2008, the service was extremely impressive, but it never quite caught on. Still, it had its fans — and now Microsoft is bringing it back in the form of a new feature in its Pix camera app for ... Read More »

Microsoft brings back PhotoSynth in its Pix app for iOS

Photosynth — Microsoft’s technology for stitching photos together to create striking panoramas — is back. Credit: Microsoft Microsoft announced in 2015 that it was halting support for its Photosynth app, which was developed by its defunct Live Labs. (Microsoft officials said in this week’s blog post that Photosynth was created in 2008 and decommissioned in 2017.) No hype, just fact: ... Read More »

A new version of Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch rival, hits iOS and Android

Microsoft today is officially launching a new version of its Mixer mobile gameplay streaming app, its Twitch rival. The app, which is initially available on Android with iOS arriving soon, was first introduced into beta testing this fall, with a focus on improvements to its overall user experience, content discovery, performance and personalization features. For example, the beta build introduced ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Cortana now has 230 skills (and Amazon’s Alexa, 25,000)

Video: Your Skype account just got a new contact: AI assistant Cortana There are currently 230 skills, or supplemental apps, available for Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, while there are at least 25,000 for Amazon’s Alexa. (Credit: Microsoft) No, that’s not a typo. I’m not missing a comma or some zeros. There are only 230 Cortana skills, as of December 2017. ... Read More »

Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses

Tencent’s overseas investment splurge continues after the company confirmed a deal with Spotify that will see the duo make investments in each other’s music businesses. Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), the Chinese firm’s subsidiary that manages its music streaming and karaoke services, will make an undisclosed minority investment in Spotify through new shares, while Spotify will buy a similar undisclosed stake ... Read More »

Pro Voice with Alexa, $200 Honor 7X, Windows 10 on ARM (MobileTechRoundup #416)

After six order cancellations, I finally have a Pixel 2XL in hand and in MobileTechRoundup show #416 we started with a discussion of my experiences so far. Image: ZDNet Matt’s Pixel 2 XL is here. Is it a keeper? Ears on with the 66 Audio Pro Voice powered by Alexa Honor 7x and Honor View 10 Essential Phone 360 camera ... Read More »

Microsoft: This is what our revamped Silicon Valley campus will look like by 2020

A big part of Microsoft’s project is to introduce a massive green roof and put its acres of surface parking under a soccer field. Image: Microsoft Microsoft’s soon-to-be revamped Silicon Valley office will be designed to entirely remove its reliance on water from municipal sources, except for drinking water and sinks. The Silicon Valley office renovation comes alongside Microsoft’s much ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Edge browser is now available for Android and iOS

Last month, Microsoft announced its intentions to bring its Edge Browser to iOS and Android, as it works to broaden its reach on third-party mobile devices. After being made available in preview form for roughly a month, the app officially hits iOS and Android’s respective app stores starting today. The followup to the once ubiquitous Internet Explorer has been blossoming ... Read More »

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