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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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Teens use Windows 10 IoT Core to run science experiments in space

EXCLUSIVE: Developing for Windows 10 might sound complicated. But 14-year-old Mihir Kasmalkar figured it out. Now he and his classmates at the Valley Christian Schools in San Jose, California — with a little help from Microsoft — are preparing to send a MinnowBoard Max running the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system up to the International […]

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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 unveils Graph improvements, Office for Mac add-ins, new Skype SDKs, and Office 365 connectors

At its Build 2016 developer conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced three improvements that help developers leverage Microsoft Office. Qi Lu, executive vice president at Microsoft, took the stage to show off what’s new with Microsoft Graph, Office for Mac 2016, Skype, and Office 365. In November 2015, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Graph, which […]

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Microsoft launches Power BI Embedded in public preview

Microsoft today announced a free public preview of Power BI Embedded, a version of the Power BI business intelligence (BI) service that can be tucked inside of other applications. “You can do this without requiring your users to buy or even be aware of what Power BI is,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for […]

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Microsoft launches Azure Service Fabric out of preview

Microsoft today announced that its Azure Service Fabric cloud service for building and running applications in small building blocks — known as microservices — is now generally available. The news is one of many things Microsoft is announcing this week at its Build developer conference in San Francisco. Microsoft introduced Azure Service Fabric in April […]

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Microsoft begins selling Azure IoT Starter Kits from $50 to $160

Microsoft today announced at its Build developer conference in San Francisco that it’s starting to sell five new Azure IoT Starter Kits, which are available for as little as $50 each. “These kits allow anyone with Windows or Linux experience to quickly build IoT prototypes that leverage all Azure’s IoT offerings,” Microsoft said in a […]

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Microsoft launches AWS Lambda competitor Azure Functions in preview

Microsoft today announced that it’s launching the Azure Functions event-driven computing service in preview. This marks the Microsoft cloud’s predictable entrance into a market that has gotten many developers excited, one that makes it easy to set up rules associated with their applications and then let the computers take action on their own. Functions can […]

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

Microsoft today announced that Xamarin is now available for free for every Visual Studio user. This includes all editions of Visual Studio, including the free Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Professional, and Visual Studio Enterprise. More specifically, Xamarin’s capabilities have been built into Visual Studio Community, Xamarin Studio for OS X is being made available […]

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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 launches HoloLens emulator so developers can test holographic apps, no headset required

As promised, Microsoft today started shipping its $3,000 HoloLens development kits. In addition to sharing that bots are coming to the new platform, the company also released a HoloLens emulator, which lets developers test holographic apps on their PC without the need for a physical HoloLens. You can download the emulator now directly from here. […]

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Microsoft’s Satya Nadella dances around controversies, but doesn’t challenge any head on

Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, had a pretty tame keynote on the first day of Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. He sometimes danced near controversy, emphasizing topics like privacy, but he never challenged these issues head on. There were plenty of issues of the day for Nadella to address. But he was either […]

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Microsoft launches Cognitive Services based on Project Oxford and Bing

Microsoft today announced updates to its portfolio of machine learning tools. Until now they have fallen under the Project Oxford name, but now they are being rebranded to Microsoft Cognitive Services. The Project Oxford website now redirects to the new Cognitive Services website. In total there are 22 APIs available in Cognitive Services now, said […]

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Microsoft launches Bot Framework to let developers build their own chatbots

Microsoft today is introducing the Bot Framework, a new tool in preview to help developers build their own chatbots for their applications. There is also a new bot directory full of sample bots — like the BuildBot — that Microsoft is showing off today at the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco. A BotBuilder […]

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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 starts shipping its HoloLens augmented reality development kits

Microsoft said today it has begun shipping hardware development kits for its HoloLens augmented reality glasses today. Kudo Tsunoda and Alex Kidman, two of the leaders who spearheaded the project, came out on stage to announce the shipments at the Microsoft Build 2016 conference in San Francisco this monring. Microsoft showed off cool demos of […]

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Facebook is launching universal Windows apps for Instagram, Messenger, and its core service

Facebook will soon launch new universal apps for not only its core service, but also Instagram, and Messenger. In addition, the social networking company is extending its Facebook Audience Network and App Install SDK to developers on the Windows platform. On stage at the Build developer conference, Microsoft executive vice president for Windows and Devices […]

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Xbox chief says Windows 10 will be ‘fully open’ for game developers

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, reinforced MIcrosoft’s mantra to developers today. Windows has been open, and it will stay open, when it comes to app developers and game creators. He made the announcement during Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco today. In doing so, he joined a chorus of voices saying that Windows is open. […]

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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. The functionality will come as part of the Anniversary […]

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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 answers Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney’s fears on Windows 10 openness

During a talk at Microsoft’s Build conference, the company responded to criticism that it was moving to close down the open PC platform. Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Windows and Devices at Microsoft, said during the opening keynote that the platform has been open for 30 years and will continue to be so. The future […]

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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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