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With Launch Of FindTime, Microsoft Outlook Users Get Their Own Built-In Meeting Scheduler

Microsoft released a new tool today designed to give Outlook users an easier way to schedule meetings. Called FindTime, the add-in is one of the more practical applications to be released from Microsoft Garage – the company’s internal RD initiative where a number of apps and services are trialed to see what consumers may respond to and are willing to ... Read More »

Microsoft to open source key pieces of its ‘Chakra’ JavaScript engine

Microsoft plans to publish the core components of its “Chakra” JavaScript engine to GitHub under an MIT open source license in January 2016. Company officials announced the plans, which had been rumored for the past few weeks, at the JSConf on December 5. Chakra was the codename for the JavaScript engine that Microsoft built to power Internet Explorer 9 and ... Read More »

IDC Predicts Sluggish Windows Phone Sales Growth

According to IDC, sales growth of smartphones running Microsoft’s operating system will remain sluggish for the foreseeable future. New figures from the group, released yesterday, are stark. The group predicts that Microsoft will shift a total of 31.3 million phones in calendar 2015, giving the software giant an effective global market share of 2.2 percent. In 2019 — a far-off time, ... Read More »

Mobilize.Net releases bridge for porting Silverlight phone apps to Windows 10

Microsoft unveiled its four “bridges” for porting apps to Windows 10 last year. But there was a little-mentioned fifth bridge, that just this week, has been released. That bridge was the Silverlight bridge, designed to get developers to port their Windows Phone 8.1 Silverlight apps to Windows 10. The four primary bridges Microsoft announced at its Build 2015 conference in ... Read More »

Satya Nadella Says Microsoft Is “Very Focused” On Diversity, Welcomes Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Push For Inclusion

At Microsoft’s annual shareholding conference today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cited diversity progress in relation to the executive team and board of directors. In the last year, Microsoft nominated two women to the board of directors. That said, Nadella recognizes that Microsoft is still not where it needs to be, nor is the industry. RainbowPUSH Coalition’s Rev. Jesse Jackson, a tireless ... Read More »

Microsoft releases Azure Container Service preview

The Azure container scheduling and orchestration service Microsoft first detailed in September is now available in public preview. Azure Container Service (ACS) allows for the creation and management of a cluster of virtual machines that act as container hosts, together with other “master” machines for orchestrating application containers. Microsoft announced availability of the gated ACS preview in a December 2 ... Read More »

Microsoft To Shut Down Sunrise Mobile Calendar After Integration Into Outlook Completes

Microsoft announced today it will roll out new versions of its flagship mobile email application, Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android, which combined, reach nearly 30 million users, the company says. The upgraded app on iOS largely received visual tweaks and fixes, focused on saving users time and improving navigation, while the Android version will soon feature a Material Design look-and-feel and ... Read More »

Thanksgiving tech support survival guide (2015 edition)

Accept it, if you are a regular reader of this blog then your “Tech IQ” will be way ahead of your average PC users (and I mean way ahead!). And I bet that you’re surrounded by friends and family who just about know how to switch their PC on, and think that the more toolbars they have installed into Internet ... Read More »

Cortana For iOS Begins Rolling Out To Testers

Microsoft has now made good on its earlier promise that it would soon roll out a beta version of its Cortana personal assistant – a rival to Apple’s Siri and Google Now – to users of iOS devices. This week, a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana ... Read More »

Microsoft updates smart headsets for visually impaired

In collaboration with British charity Guide Dogs, Microsoft has updated its assistive technology, adding smart headsets and an app aimed to help those with vision impairments better navigate their surroundings using sound. The first prototype of the technology was unveiled last year and used a series of constant clicking sounds to guide wearers in the correct direction. According to Microsoft, ... Read More »

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