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Microsoft might have solved the HoloLens' biggest issue

Microsoft may have solved one of the biggest limitations with its HoloLens headset. Since its first unveiling, the device has suffered from a restricted field of view. A patent filing suggests a feasible way to increase the range has been developed.

New laptop to be equipped with Qualcomm processor Snapdragon 835

San Diego - Microsoft revealed new details about its ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops. The laptops will be powered by a Qualcomm chip rather than by Intel or AMD. The new laptops should be on the market by this December.

Nadella implies Microsoft still working on enterprise smartphones

Microsoft recently confirmed Windows 10 Mobile is no longer in active development. This isn't stopping the company from pursuing refocused mobile ambitions though. In a new interview, CEO Satya Nadella suggested an enterprise device could still be coming.

Microsoft launches Windows 10 update with Mixed Reality features

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the latest version of the OS and the first to include support for Windows Mixed Reality. Microsoft is betting big on bringing mixed reality and 3D content into the lives of consumers.

Microsoft announces Surface Book 2 in surprise reveal

Microsoft has announced the Surface Book 2, the anticipated upgraded version of its detachable laptop featuring improved performance. The surprise unveiling comes on the same day Microsoft's new Windows Mixed Reality platform is introduced to the world.

Windows 10 data collection found to violate privacy laws

A report from the Netherlands has found Windows 10 breaches data protection laws by collecting personal information without letting users explicitly choose settings. Microsoft has said it is assessing the case, claiming privacy compliance is "a priority."

Microsoft Cloud puts healthcare in the classroom for Indian kids

A cloud app developed by a determined Indian doctor is helping millions of impoverished children to access healthcare. The app uses biomedical sensing technology and AI to generate a clinical-grade "health report card," based on responses to questions.

Microsoft CEO: Abandoning fans in push to the cloud was 'mistake'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has described his decision to "abandon" the company's consumer fans as one of his most significant mistakes. Under his leadership, Microsoft has pushed towards an enterprise focus at the expense of its most dedicated customers.

AWS, Microsoft unveil new deep learning framework for developers

Microsoft and Amazon Web Services have announced a new deep learning library that makes it easier for developers to get started with machine learning. Called Gluon, the interface offers built-in components that can be connected to form neural networks.

Microsoft adds Cortana integration to Skype as part of AI push

Microsoft has added Cortana integration to Skype, letting the assistant offer proactive help while you contact friends and family. Cortana works in a similar way to Google Assistant's integration with Allo, letting you check information and ask questions.

Microsoft launches $3.5m search for startups innovating in AI

Microsoft has announced a $3.5m search for startups working to "progress the future" of artificial intelligence. In partnership with several venture groups, Microsoft will award pioneers with free Azure computing resources and a share of the $3.5m fund.

Microsoft makes it official: Windows 10 Mobile is as good as dead

Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 Mobile will not be getting any new features going forward. The company said the lack of apps on the platform has caused its demise. The operating system will still be supported with bug fixes and security updates.

Mixed reality now helps the police solve crimes

Mixed reality is helping to solve crimes by making it easier for police to capture content found at the scenes of incidents. A prototype system has been described as an "innovative proof of concept" by a police force that's already using it.

Microsoft offers AI tools to help researchers protect the oceans

Microsoft has announced a new award which will provide ocean researchers with access to AI and cloud tools. The company said it wants organisations to be able to harness the power of AI to help protect the oceans, extending its AI for Earth program.

Microsoft CEO Nadella calls for AI to be built 'with empathy'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said AI must be built with empathy if companies are to avoid "unintended consequences" of using the technology. He expressed concerns that the first wave of AI has to be a "force for good" if the concept is to succeed.

Microsoft unveils its own Android launcher that syncs to your PC

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Launcher for Android, a new Android experience that's designed around customisation and productivity. It synchronises to PCs and uses elements of Microsoft's Windows Fluent Design. It's based on the older Arrow Launcher.

Microsoft Edge is coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft has announced it's bringing its Edge web browser to iOS and Android. The surprise reveal is part of Microsoft's ongoing efforts to narrow the gap between phones and PCs. It raises questions around the company's own Windows 10 Mobile though.

Bank of America embarks on cloud-first digital transformation

Bank of America announced it's embracing a cloud-first digital transformation supported by Microsoft's cloud infrastructure. The organisation said it will be a "digital leader" in financial services, adopting cloud systems to help it grow its business.

Melinda Gates: U.S. must stop demanding we all be workaholics

On Wednesday, Melinda Gates joined LinkedIn (now owned by Microsoft) and penned her first column. In it she argued that corporate America's workaholic culture is one of the main obstructions to diversity, causing women and minorities to lean out.

Microsoft creates a quantum programming language

Microsoft has announced it's ready to put its full support behind quantum computing and wants to encourage developers to follow its lead. The company has created a new programming language so coders can write their first quantum programs.

Microsoft talks about 'embarrassing' bias in AI-powered apps

Biased AI risks jeopardising the technology's potential as the enabler of a new generation of connected services and devices. In a new blog post, Microsoft's design team discussed how bias occurs and ways to avoid it, but there is no easy solution.

Microsoft makes it easier for businesses to use Macs at work

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Apple device management provider Jamf. The collaboration will make it easier for businesses to use Macs in conjunction with Microsoft services. It's part of Microsoft's aim to enable enterprise interoperability.

Microsoft: 80% of people risk data by using unsafe apps at work

80 percent of company employees use unapproved apps at work, potentially putting business data at risk. The figure, reported by Microsoft, reveals individuals should not be trusted to manage their own data. Instead, a more proactive approach is required.

Microsoft announces new AI tools for digital transformation

Microsoft has announced a comprehensive suite of new developer tools aimed to make it simpler to utilise AI and achieve digital transformation. The company has baked machine learning capabilities into several of its most important development platforms.

Microsoft announces Office 2019 as alternative to cloud software

Microsoft has announced a new version of its Office desktop productivity suite that will arrive late next year. Office 2019 is likely to be the last perpetual Office edition as Microsoft pushes users to move to its cloud-based Office 365 workspace.

New Microsoft patent hints at a future without the keyboard

Microsoft has been granted a patent for an input device that could offer a future alternative to the keyboard. The company has envisioned a future where gestures and tracking could be used to create a keyboard in any environment.

Microsoft Teams to completely replace Skype for Business

Microsoft has announced it's going all in on its new Teams enterprise chat app. The company will phase out Skype for Business as it steps up its promotion of Teams. The two apps have long overlapped each other and the gap will soon narrow further.

Bing for Business helps companies make sense of their data

Microsoft has announced Bing for Business, a new intelligent search service aimed at enterprise users. It expands the company's consumer-facing Bing search engine with Microsoft Graph integration, letting it deliver organisational results.

Ford uses Microsoft HoloLens to accelerate its car design

Ford has started using Microsoft's HoloLens headset to streamline its car development process. The company is using the mixed reality device to more rapidly iterate over design prototypes, allowing it to test the look of different parts in near real-time.

Report: Microsoft planning new modular Windows dubbed 'Andromeda'

Microsoft is reportedly laying down the groundwork for a more modular Windows known as Andromeda. The company wants to rid itself of the 30-year-old legacy components in Windows 10, creating a more agile platform that adapts to different hardware.
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