Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK now available

Developers can start preparing their applications for the next update of Windows 10 with the newly available Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK. The SDK features new tools for building mixed reality experiences, modernizing applications for today’s workplace, and building and monetizing games and apps. “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update provides a developer platform that … continue reading

Developers can tap into deep learning with the open-source beta of the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

Developers and researchers can start using the power of deep learning with the updated beta release of the open-source Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit. The toolkit, previously known as CNTK, and was developed by computer scientists at Microsoft. They wanted developers to be able to train and evaluate deep learning algorithms fast, scaling efficiently in a range … continue reading

Windows 10 Anniversary Update to arrive Aug. 2

The update to Windows 10 will be coming to all devices for free before the end of the summer. The company announced the Anniversary Update will arrive Aug. 2, and it will be free to those who apply for it before July 29. “When we introduced Windows 10, our vision was not only to deliver … continue reading

What developers see out of Windows 10

Microsoft’s BUILD conference has come and gone this year, and in its wake there is a great deal for developers to consider. For most there are new capabilities and goodies to leverage, but as we will see there are some who are not entirely happy about where things are heading on some fronts. As expected, … continue reading

From the Editors: Technology in search of a raison d’etre

Wearables When talking about the Internet of Things, people usually think of the software in their cars, or smart appliances that communicate with back-end systems to keep the house running smoothly, or robots on factory floors doing manufacturing. When talk turns to wearable devices, though, the conversation seems to begin and end with watches, wristbands, … continue reading

Microsoft’s head of Xbox talks about Windows 10 and virtual reality

Oculus recently announced it had partnered with Microsoft for virtual reality gaming, but now we are getting an insight into what Microsoft’s plans are for the next generation of computing. “Our VR focus is on Windows as an open VR platform, not focused on something that’s closed and proprietary,” said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Microsoft HoloLens: Anticipating the next age of mobile computing

Microsoft’s HoloLens was one of the surprise highlights of the Windows 10 preview event held in January on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond. It was positioned as a holographic augmented reality device that would allow a user to change dynamically the appearance of the world around us. But this is far more than what was presented. … continue reading

Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin and acquires HockeyApp, and Mozilla’s Firefox.html experiment—SD Times news digest: Dec. 11, 2014

Microsoft is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment method for buying apps and games for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. Starting today, customers can use the BitPay payment processor to trade in the digital currency at current market value for funds in their Microsoft account. More information is available a in a blog post from … continue reading

Microsoft officially buys Minecraft developer Mojang

After several days of reports and speculation, Microsoft and Minecraft developer Mojang officially confirmed their US$2.5 billion deal. Most of the staff of Mojang, the Stockholm-based developer of the popular gaming franchise, will join the Microsoft Studios team, which includes companies behind games such as Fable and Halo. Microsoft will continue to make Minecraft available … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Microsoft needs to do more than innovate

Microsoft has evolved considerably from its early days selling developer tools, or its era focusing on Windows and Office, or its run as a server software maker, or its first iteration as a cloud/online services company. Despite all the myriad changes, it’s always been true that Microsoft does not excel at innovation. In fact, when … continue reading

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s employee memo: “We will reinvent productivity”

To mark the start of the next fiscal year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent out a lengthy memo to employees laying out, among other things, a proposed reorganization of the company, a renewed focus on devices and services and a call to action to “reinvent productivity.” The memo, entitled “Bold Ambition & Our Core,” talks … continue reading

Microsoft reshuffles leadership

Satya Nadella announces new positions for Scott Guthrie, Phil Spencer and Stephen Elop … continue reading

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