Microsoft shows how augmented, real spaces interact with cute robot

Microsoft shows how augmented, real spaces interact with cute robot

Microsoft’s Hololens is an interesting take on augmented reality, and now comes with robotic friends. At Build 2015, Microsoft announced B15, a robot that was also a holographic representation of something more. With core hardware meant for navigating, Microsoft showed how Hololens could be used to navigate B15 around a room, and be used to complete tasks. It’s also a learning machine, based on Hololens technology, and can reroute itself based on obstacles that may come up, and is always controllable by you.

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This is Windows Holographic on HoloLens (and it looks insane)

This is Windows Holographic on HoloLens (and it looks insane)

Microsoft dropped jaws when it revealed HoloLens back in January, but today it showed how Windows Holographic will embed the augmented reality headset into homes, offices, and schools. HoloLens will run universal Windows 10 and project them into the real world around people, whether that be a virtual picture frame on the wall next to a virtual TV screen for video, or even a digital dog. Meanwhile, businesses are already looking at how to bring HoloLens holograms into their workflow.

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Project Spartan is now ‘Edge’, and will have Chrome extensions

Project Spartan is now ‘Edge’, and will have Chrome extensions

Spartan was a cool working title for Microsoft’s browser. I really enjoyed it, but they’re not keeping it. Instead, they’ve come up with a new, ‘edgy’ title (pun intended). Instead of Spartan, they’re going with ‘Edge’. That’s right, Edge. Like from U2. The browser brings all the cool stuff we already knew about, like reader mode and notations, but is also sniping a bit of energy from another great browser. According to Microsoft, a bit more work on Edge will bring Chrome extensions.

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Windows 10 Continuum turns your phone into a PC

Windows 10 Continuum turns your phone into a PC

When you plug your Windows 10 smartphone into a large display in the near future, you'll have a full desktop in front of you. This system goes by the name Windows 10 Continuum - for phones. This system connects your phone to a display larger than your phone's built-in display and has you connect to devices like wireless keyboards and mice to control a desktop user interface just like you would any far larger PC. It almost seems to good to be true.

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Windows Spotlight could pester you to dig into Windows 10

Windows Spotlight could pester you to dig into Windows 10

Getting users to figure out exactly what their computers, tablets, and smartphones are capable of is easier said than done, but Microsoft is hoping a more engaging lock screen will help on Windows 10. Joe Belfiore, corporate VP of Microsoft's operating systems group, introduced Windows Spotlight at BUILD 2015 today, a way for little-used features to highlight themselves, along with Cortana and even third-party applications.

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Cortana’s new Windows 10 features at BUILD 2015

Cortana’s new Windows 10 features at BUILD 2015

This week Microsoft is bringing light to a number of new features for Cortana in Windows 10. We're at BUILD 2015 and hearing all about what this new system will deliver to desktop systems, tablets, and phones as well. "Our goal is to make Windows 10 the most attractive development platform ever," said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Windows Chief, going on to suggest that developers can "integrate Cortana into [their] apps ... add natural user interactions to your apps like pen or speech, and turn your apps into holograms."

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Windows 10 phones will (sort of) run Android & iOS apps

Windows 10 phones will (sort of) run Android & iOS apps

Remember the Nokia X? It was one of the last Nokia handsets, but its platform was a subversive attempt by Microsoft to get Android apps onto their platform. Without much work, Android Developers could make their apps available on the Microsoft store for the Nokia X, which was meant to bridge a gap between platforms. that concept died, but Microsoft didn’t give up on making it easier for Developers to ‘write once, deploy everywhere’. Now, code written for Android and iOS apps can be compiled in Visual Studio.

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Skype’s new SDK will bring chat to any web app

Skype’s new SDK will bring chat to any web app

Of all the things Microsoft has been historically good at, video chat wasn’t one of them. They left Skype lingering on the vine for far too long, and are only now bringing the service up to speed. It’s coming along nicely, though, and it’s about to be available everywhere. At Build 2015, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella quickly breezed past a unique new feature for Skype; a web SDK that will see Skype built right into other apps. Rather than build a native chat client, Developers can now call on Skype.

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Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Windows Phone, Windows 10 for tablets, and basically whatever other kind of carrier-driven version of Windows you might have will be working with Carrier Billing soon. This means that whatever carrier your device is connected through will allow you to charge money through your account rather than through a separate credit card. This comes in most handy when you're shopping in an app store and want to purchase an app, music, or a movie, for example - charging it to your carrier account lumps more costs into one bill.

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