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Minecraft arrives on the Nintendo Switch

It didn’t make the cut as one of the many announcements to emerge from Microsoft’s Build 2017 event this week, but this morning the company unveiled that Minecraft – the game it acquired a few years ago for $2.5 billion – has now made its way to the Nintendo Switch. The new game will include the same features found in console ... Read More »

Mozo accessories for Surface Pro, laptop, and Apple iPhone 7 Plus: hands-on

Back when I owned a Nokia Lumia 950 XL, I wanted to purchase a cool Mozo cover that replaced the default cover, but stock was extremely limited. Mozo sent along three black accessories for me to test out; the Surface Pro 3/4 Folio, iPhone 7 Plus back cover case, and 13 inch sneaker sleeve. Surface Pro 3/4 Folio cloud tv ... Read More »

Microsoft Teams’ developers can now publish their apps

Microsoft announced this morning at its Build 2017 conference that all developers can now publish their Microsoft Teams applications through the Office Store. The apps will be surfaced in Teams through a new discover apps experience, the company also said. At the event, Microsoft also demoed a handful of Teams features, including its support for tabs, its companion mobile app, integrations ... Read More »

Microsoft to developers: Here’s how to add AI to your apps

Microsoft is rolling out more cognitive service application programming interfaces this week at its Build 2017 conference. Officials’ message to developers is they can use the tools they already know, plus these new APIs to bring AI to their applications easily, quickly and with customization. Microsoft officials say there are more than 568,000 developers in 60 countries currently using Microsoft ... Read More »

Microsoft teases new Surface event in Shanghai on May 23rd

If the Surface Laptop wasn’t enough, Microsoft is going to announce new devices once again at an event later this month. The company’s vice president of devices Panos Panay teased the event in a tweet and Instagram photo. Besides the city and date, the only hint we have is the use of the hashtag “#Surface.” Given that the Surface Laptop ... Read More »

Microsoft: The smartphone is dead. You just don’t know it

Alex Kipman, main inventor of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, reckons the smartphone’s time as the principal focus for innovation has passed. Gabriel Sama/CNET Apple’s iOS revenues are likely to reach $1 trillion this year, but the phone that’s driving Apple’s mobile business is a walking zombie, according to one Microsoft exec. The reign of the smartphone, championed by the 10-year-old iPhone, ... Read More »

Microsoft acquires Intentional Software and brings old friend back into fold

Microsoft announced today that it was acquiring Bellevue-based Intentional Software for an undisclosed amount of money. With the purchase, Charles Simonyi, Intentional founder, Chairman, and CTO, who helped develop some of Microsoft’s famous Office tools like Excel and Word returns to Microsoft. Simonyi left Microsoft in 2002 to launch Intentional. While it’s not crystal clear what Intentional does, according to ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Azure Stack preview adds support for Azure Functions and App Service

Azure Stack is one of Microsoft’s most ambitious projects in the data center space. The goal of Azure Stack is, at its core, to bring many of the features of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform into the enterprise data center. While there are some obvious advantages to using public cloud services like Azure, AWS or Google Cloud, after all, for ... Read More »

​Microsoft to iPhone users: Free iMessage app ‘Who’s in’ will help you plan events

The Who’s In app comes with with common social events but there’s also a custom ‘create your own’ option. Image: Microsoft Microsoft is expanding its support of Apple’s iOS beyond Office with a new free social-planning app called Who’s In, designed just for Apple’s iMessage. Who’s In aims to make life easier for iPhone users who regularly plan their events ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update will launch April 11

After months of teasing, Microsoft is finally ready to ship to its users the Windows 10 Creators Update, the next major iteration of its desktop operating system. The free update will start rolling out globally on April 11. This process usually takes a few weeks, but users will also be able to force the update from their Windows settings. As ... Read More »

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