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Skype assistance pertaining to Alexa later on this year

Skype assistance pertaining to Alexa later on this year

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Enlarge / Skype calling on Alexa hardware. Later this year you'll be able to say "Alexa, call Mom on Skype" and have Amazon's digital assistant do the right thing with Microsoft's messaging network. Microsoft and Amazon have been working to integrate their technology. Earlier in the year, Cortana and Alexa gained the ability to talk…
Microsoft and Partners Intend To Develop a Time Pill … On the Moon!

Microsoft and Partners Intend To Develop a Time Pill … On...

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Time capsules are a fun and time-honored way to preserve pieces of the past. In most cases, they include photographs, mementos and other items of personal value, things that give future generations a sense of what life was like in the past. But what if we intend to preserve the memories and experiences of an…
Microsoft developed AI to secure you from morons that smoke at gas pumps

Microsoft developed AI to secure you from morons that smoke at...

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A lit cigarette burns at around 600-degrees Celsius (1,100 F). The auto-ignition point for gasoline is less than half that. Somehow, despite these facts, people smoke while pumping gas. In fact, it’s such a prevalent problem that Microsoft developed an AI-powered alarm system to help gas station employees crack down on offenders. It’s difficult to…
Constantly certified Workplace 2019 now readily available for business clients

Constantly certified Workplace 2019 now readily available for business clients

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The perpetually licensed version of the desktop Office apps, branded Office 2019, was released today. It's available as a one-time purchase for volume-licensed commercial customers. A consumer release will come in the next few weeks. Office 2019 is supported on Windows 10—exclusively; no Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 support is available—and the three most-recent versions…
Surface area ‘Phones launched; Earphones, that is

Surface area ‘Phones launched; Earphones, that is

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Enlarge / Surface Headphones. Microsoft has unveiled a new member of the Surface family: the Surface Headphones. The rather surprising addition to the Surface range is a set of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones. They're large, over-ear headphones with soft, comfortable ear cups. Each ear cup has a spinning dial: one to control the volume, and the…
Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 upgrade cannot inspect storage area– here’s exactly what to do

Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 upgrade cannot inspect storage area– here’s...

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Uh-oh, it looks like someone forgot to include the “check to ensure there’s enough storage space before installing” feature in the October Windows 10 update. As PC World reported yesterday, Microsoft quietly published a support document indicating people who attempt to run the impending October update on Windows 10 machines could find themselves rather frustrated…
Microsoft exterminating the old Skype customer … genuine this time

Microsoft exterminating the old Skype customer … genuine this time

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In July, Microsoft announced plans to end support for the "classic" Skype client in September. But those plans were put on hold after the Skype community complained that the new, modern client was missing some beloved features from the classic client. With plans now in place to reinstate those missing features, Microsoft has resurrected plans…
Microsoft continues its mission to welcome every designer with Visual Studio 2019

Microsoft continues its mission to welcome every designer with Visual Studio...

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Enlarge / Visual Studio 2019 has a new icon; the left one for the release version, the right one for previews. Microsoft today made a number of developer-oriented announcements that continue its theme of the last few years: the company wants its tools—and ultimately its platforms, especially Azure—to be the choice of every developer, no…
Anti-cheat software application triggering huge issues for Windows 10 sneak peeks

Anti-cheat software application triggering huge issues for Windows 10 sneak peeks

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Enlarge / Preview releases of Windows have a green screen of death instead of a blue one so they can be easily distinguished. The Windows 10 Insider Preview Slow Ring—the beta track that's meant to receive only those builds that are free from any known serious problems—hasn't received an update for months. While the fast…
Edge passes away a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft changes to Chromium

Edge passes away a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft...

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As reported earlier this week, Microsoft is going to use Google's Blink rendering engine and V8 JavaScript engine in its Edge browser, largely ending development of its own EdgeHTML rendering engine and Chakra JavaScript engine. This means that Microsoft will be using code from—and making contributions to—the Chromium open source project. The company's browser will…

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