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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Mobile preview with Cortana, Edge, and lock screen improvements

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Mobile preview today. The latest build includes improvements to the Action Center, notifications, Cortana, Settings, emoji, Edge, and the Lock screen. Like the last mobile build, this one is only available for devices that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile (the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650, 550, Xiaomi Mi4, and […]

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Kangaroo Pro is a $199 Windows 10 PC with a little less portability, a lot more ports

InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro, a $199 Windows 10 portable PC that is meant to be much more capable than the original Kangaroo. The Kangaroo Pro is available on Newegg, Amazon, and InFocusDirect.com now, and will go on sale at the Microsoft Store later this month. When the Kangaroo debuted in October […]

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Microsoft adds Universal Windows Platform support to Facebook’s React Native

Microsoft and Facebook are announcing today that the Facebook-led React Native open-source software for native mobile app development is getting Universal Windows Platform (UWP) support. The new UWP development software is available now. But Microsoft will be sharing the code as part of the React Native project, said Christine Abernathy, developer advocate for Facebook’s open-source […]

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Cortana in French, German, Italian, and Spanish can now instantly translate words

Microsoft today announced that the instant translation capability in its Cortana personal digital assistant is becoming available for localized versions in four more languages: French, German, Italian, and Spanish. This feature became available in the U.S. and China back in September/a>, a few months after Cortana made her debut in Windows 10 as one of […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Bash, Cortana cross-device features, universal Skype app

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs. This is the first build released since Build 2016, where the company announced the the Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer. Windows 10 is a service. As we wrote in our deep dive on how Microsoft is still building Windows 10, this means Windows […]

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Microsoft releases a 64-bit version of Windows 10 IoT Core Pro

Microsoft today announced that it’s releasing a 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 10 IoT Core Pro, a special flavor of the edition of Windows 10 designed for small Internet-connected devices that’s exclusively available to original equipment manufacturers (OEM). “This will enable OEM/ODMs (original design manufacturers) to move between Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 […]

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Microsoft’s Surface phone is now reportedly coming in 2017

We’ve known for a long time that Microsoft’s Surface team is toying with the idea of building a premium smartphone. The latest rumor claimed such a device would arrive in the second half of 2016, but that timeframe has reportedly been pushed back to early 2017. This tidbit comes from sources close to Microsoft’s plans […]

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Microsoft denies Edge is getting a native ad blocker

On top of the slew of news coming out of Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer conference, a story broke yesterday that Microsoft was building an ad blocker into its Microsoft Edge browser. While this would be a big deal, it apparently isn’t true. “We have no plans to build a native ad blocker into Microsoft Edge,” […]

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Microsoft announces new Edge extensions: Pinterest, Adblock Plus, LastPass, Amazon Assistant, Evernote, and more

Microsoft today announced a slew of incoming Edge extensions. Partners announced include Pinterest, Ad Block, Adblock Plus, LastPass, Amazon Assistant, Evernote, and Page Analyzer powered by Vorlon.js. Exactly two weeks ago, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview build with Edge extension support, arguably the most important feature missing from Microsoft’s new browser. But the […]

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Microsoft integrates Xamarin into Visual Studio, will open source Xamarin runtime

Microsoft today announced that Xamarin’s capabilities have been built into Visual Studio Community, Xamarin Studio for OS X is being made available for free as a community, and Visual Studio Enterprise subscribers will get access to Xamarin’s advanced enterprise capabilities at no additional cost. Furthermore, the company promised to open source Xamarin’s SDK, including its […]

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Hey Microsoft, how many apps are in the Windows Store?

OPINION: Windows 10 is now running on over 270 million devices. That’s arguably the most impressive number that Microsoft shared today at its Build 2016 developer conference, especially as it means the company saw 70 million devices added since January. But neither then nor now, Microsoft did not share any updates about the number of apps […]

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Microsoft: DirectX 12 has ‘the fastest adoption of any DirectX’ ever

Most developers are not hesitating to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest graphics programming interface. DirectX 12 is the latest entry in Microsoft’s bundle of APIs (application programming interfaces) for getting the most out of visuals on Windows 10, and it has seen faster adoption among developers than any previous DirectX, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. During […]

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Microsoft launches Cortana Collection in Windows Store, unveils proactive features coming to digital assistant

At its Build 2016 developer conference Microsoft naturally had a lot to update on its digital assistant Cortana. The company launched Cortana Collection in the Windows Store to highlight the “nearly 1,000 Cortana-enabled apps already available” to Windows 10 users. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash also shared some new features coming to Cortana as part of the […]

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Everything Microsoft announced at Build 2016 so far

On stage at its biggest event of the year, Microsoft executives unveiled the future of Windows 10, Xbox, and HoloLens, as well as dozens of updates and teasers for developers. Here’s a list of everything the company announced at the event so far. We’ll update this story all week. Windows 10 Anniversary Update Microsoft shared details on […]

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Microsoft brings Universal Windows Platform apps to Xbox One

At its Build 2016 developer conference, Microsoft announced that developers can start bringing their Windows apps to the Xbox One. Last year at Build 2015, the company promised app makers would be able to bring their apps to the console, and now it is finally delivering. Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) allows developers to build […]

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Your Xbox One will turn into a devkit this summer with a Windows 10 update

Windows 10 is getting a big “Anniversary Update” this summer, and that’s going to transform your Xbox One. Microsoft’s gaming console will finally work as a development kit this summer following the major upgrade for the company’s operating system that powers all of its devices. During its Build developers conference in San Francisco today, the […]

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Microsoft unveils Desktop App Converter, a developer tool for bringing existing Win32 apps to the Windows Store

Microsoft today unveiled the Desktop App Converter, which lets developers bring existing Windows applications to the Windows Universal Platform (UWP). The company is hoping to bring the 16 million existing Win32/.Net applications to the Windows Store. Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) allows developers to build a single app that changes based on your device and […]

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Microsoft unveils Windows 10 Anniversary Update

At its Build 2016 developer conference event in San Francisco today, Microsoft shared details on its Anniversary Update for Windows 10. The company detailed a slew of new features coming to its latest and greatest operating system, for free. In fact, the Anniversary Update is also coming to Xbox One, bringing Windows 10 apps to […]

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Windows 10 is now on over 270 million devices

Microsoft today announced that Windows 10 is now installed on over 270 million devices. It took the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft about eight months to hit the new milestone. “Windows 10 is off to the fastest adoption of any release ever,” Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, […]

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How to livestream Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer conference

Microsoft’s biggest event of the year is upon us once again: Build 2016 is being held in San Francisco from May 30 to April 1. You can stream the company’s developer conference here or watch via the embedded livestream below. Day 1’s keynote is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific (11:30 a.m. Eastern). Day […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview for PCs and mobile with many bug fixes

Microsoft today announced the release of new Windows 10 preview builds for PCs and mobile devices for people in the fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. Unlike the build released on March 17 that brought extensibility to Microsoft’s Edge browser, this preview build doesn’t have any big new features — instead there are a […]

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Skype will launch its universal Windows app preview in the coming weeks

Microsoft today announced that in the next few weeks it will roll out a preview of its Skype universal Windows app to people participating in the Windows Insider program. The current Skype app will still work on PCs running Windows 10, but Microsoft will be gradually bringing the existing app and the new one together. […]

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Microsoft knows you hate Universal Windows Platform’s framerate lock and a fix is coming

Microsoft is a huge corporation, but it is also one that has learned how to remain nimble in order to pivot when it does something people don’t like. The company told developers at the Game Developers conference last week that its mantra of “we’re listening to feedback”  applies to developers as well as gamers — and […]

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