• Microsoft is giving app developers a way better deal than Apple in hopes of luring them to Windows 10

    5 monthes ago - By Chron

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    Microsoft will soon take only a 5% cut of all revenue from the Microsoft Store, the app store built into Windows 10.
    Google and Apple typically take 30% on their own app stores.
    Video games aren't eligible for this new rate.
    It's a play to draw developers towards the Microsoft Store, which lags behind Apple and Google in terms of selection and uptake.
    It's no secret that the Microsoft Store, the app store built into Windows 10, is lagging behind Apple App Store and Google Play.
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  • Without its own phone OS, Microsoft now focuses on its Android Launcher and new ‘Your Phone' experience

    Without its own phone OS, Microsoft now focuses on its Android Launcher and new ‘Your Phone' experience

    5 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Microsoft may have retreated from the smartphone operating system wars but that doesn't mean it has given up on trying to get a foothold on other platforms. Today, at its Build developer conference , the company announced three new services that bring its overall cross-platform strategy into focus.
    On Android, the company's Trojan Horse has long been the Microsoft Launcher , which is getting support for the Windows Timeline feature. In addition to that, Microsoft also today announced the new “Your Phone” experience that lets Windows Users answer text messages right from their desktops...
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  • Microsoft says 700M devices now run Windows 10

    Microsoft says 700M devices now run Windows 10

    5 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that over 700 million devices now run Windows 10. Almost exactly a year ago, that number stood at 500 million. In addition, the company also today noted that Office 365 now has 135 million monthly active commercial users, up from 120 million last October .
    Back in 2015, when Windows 10 launched, Microsoft's original goal was to hit a billion devices by 2018. It quickly became clear that this was a bit too optimistic. While Windows 10 usage clearly continues to grow at a decent speed, we're not likely to see it hit a billion users...
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  • Microsoft brings more AI smarts to the edge

    Microsoft brings more AI smarts to the edge

    5 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    At its Build developer conference this week, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on artificial intelligence and edge computing. To a large degree, that means bringing many of the existing Azure services to machines that sit at the edge, no matter whether that's a large industrial machine in a warehouse or a remote oil-drilling platform. The service that brings all of this together is Azure IoT Edge , which is getting quite a few updates today. IoT Edge is a collection of tools that brings AI, Azure services and custom apps to IoT devices.
    As Microsoft announced today, Azure IoT Edge...
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  • The Latest: Microsoft to spend $25M on AI for disabilities

    5 monthes ago - By Chron

    SEATTLE - The Latest on Microsoft's developers' conference :
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    Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities.
    CEO Satya Nadella is announcing the new "AI for Accessibility" effort at Microsoft's annual conference for software developers. The three-day Build conference kicks off Monday in Seattle.
    The five-year initiative will include seed grants for startups, nonprofit organizations and academic researchers, as well as deeper investments and expertise from Microsoft researchers.
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  • Microsoft brings its Visual Studio App Center lifecycle management tool to GitHub

    Microsoft brings its Visual Studio App Center lifecycle management tool to GitHub

    5 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Late last year, Microsoft launched Visual Studio App Center , its new unified mobile app development lifecycle solution for developers who want to write iOS, Android, Windows and macOS apps. The service allows developers to automate the building, testing, distribution and monitoring of their Objective-C, Swift, Java, C , Xamarin and React Native apps through a single service.
    As the company announced today, it is now partnering with GitHub to make Visual Studio App Center natively available in GitHub through the GitHub marketplace.
    Microsoft notes that this new partnership will allow...
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  • Microsoft's new IntelliCode is a smarter IntelliSense

    Microsoft's new IntelliCode is a smarter IntelliSense

    5 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Microsoft today announced IntelliCode, a new experimental developer tool for Visual Studio users that brings more of the company's artificial intelligence smarts to software development.
    With IntelliSense, Visual Studio has long featured a smart code completion feature that makes writing code faster and less error-prone. With IntelliCode, Microsoft is going a step further. This new feature intelligently suggests the next API for a developer to use, for example, instead of simply providing an alphabetical list of code-completion suggestions. It's basically the next generation of...
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  • Microsoft wants developers to embrace Microsoft 365 and the Microsoft Graph

    Microsoft wants developers to embrace Microsoft 365 and the Microsoft Graph

    5 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    The Microsoft Graph is an interesting but also somewhat amorphous idea. It's core to the company's strategy, but I'm not sure most developers understand its potential just yet. Maybe it's no surprise that Microsoft is putting quite a bit of emphasis on the Graph during its Build developer conference this week. Unless developers make use of the Graph, which is the API that provides the connectivity between everything from Windows 10 to Office 365, it won't reach its potential, after all.
    Microsoft describes the Graph as “the API for Microsoft 365.” And indeed, Microsoft 365 is the second...
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