Topic: microsoft

Microsoft urges tech companies to create safeguards for facial recognition

As facial recognition technology advances, Microsoft is worried about how it could be taken advantage of. For instance, users could be unknowingly tracked everywhere they go. As a result, the company is asking technology companies to start taking action. “The facial recognition genie, so to speak, is just emerging from the bottle. Unless we act, … continue reading

Microsoft brings Chromium to Edge to reduce web development fragmentation

Microsoft has announced plans to adopt Chromium into Microsoft Edge on desktop. Chromium is an open-source web browser project created by Google. According to Microsoft, this move will provide better web compatibility for customers and less web fragmentation for web developers. In addition, Microsoft will start to contribute to the Chromium project. “Ultimately, we want … continue reading

SD Times news digest: .NET Foundation Open Membership, Hyperledger Ursa, and Android codelab courses

Microsoft has announced it is opening the .NET Foundation to the open-source community. “The .NET Foundation was founded in 2014 to foster .NET open source development and collaboration. We’re thrilled to have been a part of some amazing growth and momentum since then! On the platform projects alone, 87% of the people who contribute to … continue reading

Microsoft Connect(); 2018 tackles developer tools, open source and serverless

Microsoft wants to give developers the ability to do more with new tools and features announced at its Microsoft Connect(); 2018 conference today. The company went over new developer tools, open-source projects and serverless computing capabilities. “As we share our new innovations for every developer at Connect(); 2018 today, I’m reminded that now, more than … continue reading

Microsoft’s Visual Basic .NET makes TIOBE top 5 programming languages

TIOBE Index has released its list of top programming languages for December 2018 with a surprising finding that Microsoft’s Visual Basic .NET is moving up the ranks. The language now stands at number 5 compared to being at number 7 last year. Visual Basic is a multi-paradigm, object-oriented programming language. According to TIOBE, the reason … continue reading

TypeScript 3.2 now available

Microsoft has announced a new update to its open-source, superset of the JavaScript programming language. TypeScript 3.2 adds a number of new features such as improved narrowing for tagged unions, error message improvements and editing enhancements. NuGet users and Visual Studio 2015 users should be aware that with this release and future releases, the team … continue reading

Microsoft releases Azure Blockchain Development Kit

Microsoft is giving developers new tools for developing blockchain solutions with the introduction of the Azure Blockchain Development Kit. The first initial release comes with a focus on connecting, integrating and deploying smart contracts and blockchain networks. ‘The Azure Blockchain Development Kit is the next step in our journey to make developing end to end … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Microsoft to acquire XOXCO, Acumos AI Athena and SnapLogic’s intelligent integration platform

Microsoft has agreed to acquire the software product design and development studio XOXCO. According to the company, XOXCO is known for its conversational AI and bot development solutions. “The company has been paving the way in conversational AI since 2013 and was responsible for the creation of Howdy, the first commercially available bot for Slack … continue reading

Microsoft previews changes coming in Visual Studio 2019

Microsoft is giving developers insight into the changes they can expect in the upcoming release of its suite of development tools Visual Studio 2019. As part of the release, Microsoft will be updating the theme, icon and splash screens as well as providing new ways for developers to get to their code faster. Microsoft first … continue reading

Microsoft updates the .NET Standard

Microsoft has updated the .NET Standard after almost one year. Since .NET Standard 2.0 was released, the company introduced new updates to .NET Core 2.1 and is working its way towards .NET Core 2.2. This week, .NET Standard 2.1 is being announced to include new updates and concepts implemented over the last year as well … continue reading

Microsoft releases plans for Azure DevOps

Microsoft released Azure DevOps in September, and already the company has a number of upcoming features and updates planned for the quarter. Azure DevOps is Microsoft’s set of tools for better planning, collaboration and faster shipping. For the 2018 Q4, users can expect an update to Azure Artifacts and Azure Pipelines. Azure Artifacts enables users … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Neo4j raises $80 million, Amazon Future Engineer and Google’s new security controls

Graph database solution provider Neo4j has closed an Series E round of funding at $80 million. This brings the company’s total growth funding to $160 million since 2007. The funding will be used to help the company power business applications with graph databases as well as increase the product to support popular use cases such … continue reading

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