Tag: Microsoft

Sensor Tower: 2018 was mobile Minecraft’s best year ever with $110 million earned

Minecraft‘s mobile version earned $110 million on in 2018, according to market analysis firm Sensor Tower. This is best year ever for the iOS and Android versions. That is an increase of 7 percent compared to 2017, when Minecraft made $103 million mobile. The the mobile version has made almost $500 million worldwide since 2014. The U.S. […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview: The first 20H1 build

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview, the first 20H1 build. No, that’s not a typo: Microsoft really is already developing the update that will be released in the first half of 2020. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18334 (made available to testers on February 9) to build 18836. Windows 10 is […]

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Crackdown 3 hands-on video — an action-packed start for a comic book-style open world

More than four years after it was first shown and after more than five years of development, Microsoft is finally publishing Crackdown 3 on the Xbox One and Windows PC on February 15. It’s a big moment for fans who have waited a long time since 2010’s Crackdown 2 and 2007’s Crackdown. Your job in the pulpy campaign is to […]

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Seattle’s VC firms raised more new funds in 2018 than they had in 10 years

Seattle’s far from a nascent startup ecosystem, but despite the presence of tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, the city still lags behind other tech ecosystems like Boston and New York City in terms of venture capital raised. Now, a new indicates that Seattle is starting to make progress on that front. Today, the University […]

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Microsoft, Moovit, and TomTom team up for multi-modal transport platform

A triumvirate of tech companies today announced what they’re touting as the “world’s first truly comprehensive multi-modal trip planner.” Taking to the stage at the Move mobility conference in London, executives from Microsoft, TomTom, and Moovit outlined how they’re pooling their various transport, data, and cloud processing smarts so developers can integrate more extensive transport […]

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Microsoft introduces Azure Maps Android SDK in preview, new Azure Maps services

Microsoft today announced a slew of new capabilities for Azure Maps, its enterprise geospatial suite. The additions include a software development kit (SDK) for Android, cloud-based services, map tiles, and integration with Azure Active Directory. Additionally, several services — including Route Range, Get Search Polygon, and Satellite and Hybrid Imagery — have moved from public preview to […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with gaming improvements and free State of Decay

Microsoft yesterday released a new Windows 10 preview with gaming improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18329 (made available to testers on February 1) to build 18334. These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of this year. Windows 10 is […]

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Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Data Explorer and Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

Microsoft today announced the general availability of Azure Data Explorer (ADX) and Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 (ADLS Gen2) — two services it says will afford Azure customers greater flexibility in managing unstructured data, or data generated from interactions on the web, software-as-a-service apps, social media, mobile apps, and internet of things devices. It also launched […]

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Microsoft’s Healthcare Bot service becomes generally available in Azure Marketplace

A chatbot to complement a doctor’s visit? It’s not as radical as it sounds. Hospitals and health systems have plenty of incentive to further the adoption of AI conversational agents; according to a survey published by research firm Statista, 27 percent of people would prefer to answer sensitive health questions posed by virtual assistants rather […]

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The Battle for Silicon Valley’s Soul

Last year, as Big Tech drew comparisons to Big Tobacco, and the industry’s CEOs were hauled before Congress to explain why government propaganda and harassment had been allowed to continue unchecked on their platforms, Silicon Valley searched its conscience. At Google, employees urged the company to stop facilitating Chinese censorship and providing artificial intelligence for […]

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Microsoft really doesn’t want you to buy Office 2019

Microsoft today launched a marketing campaign pitting Office 2019 and Office 365 against each other. The goal? To prove Office 2019 isn’t worth buying — you and your company should go with Office 365 instead. In a series of three videos, twins Jeremy and Nathan calculate the differences in Excel, Cynni and Tanny present their […]

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Microsoft schedules Build 2019 developer conference for May 6-8 in Seattle

For the past two years, Microsoft has hosted its Build developer conference in Seattle, rather than in San Francisco. Three is a trend: The company today announced that Build 2019 will once again return to the company’s home state of Washington, scheduled from May 6 to May 8, 2019. Registration opens on February 27. There […]

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Microsoft will launch Halo: Outpost Discovery experience events this summer

Now everybody can become a Halo hero. Microsoft announced today that it will stage a traveling event dubbed Halo: Outpost Discovery in five cities this summer. The fan events will take place in convention centers where Microsoft and its 343 Industries division can bring to life the characters and environment of the Halo universe, which […]

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