Microsoft

Microsoft’s Project AIX uses Minecraft for AI research

Microsoft’s Project AIX uses Minecraft for AI research

Games and artificial intelligence have always gone hand in hand. AI has permeated all kinds of non-trivial games, even going as far back as the original Pac-man arcade game. Now, computer scientists are turning the tables around, sort of. More and more researchers are actually using games to fuel and aid artificial intelligence research, most of the time by beating the game. But Project AIX from Microsoft Research is doing something different with Minecraft. It is using the open, world building game to let an AI learn how to climb a mountain. Without falling into a pool of lava.

Continue Reading

You can no longer use Bitcoin to shop in Microsoft’s Store

You can no longer use Bitcoin to shop in Microsoft’s Store

Even you still believe in Bitcoin, you might be one of the remaining few. Even some of its biggest backers have thrown in the towel. Following this latest trend, Microsoft is also closing the door on it. Unlike the somewhat big announcement it made more than a year ago, Microsoft has rather silently adjusted its pages to let you know that you can no longer do business in the Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile stores using Bitcoin. A small but still significant blow to the beleaguered cryptocurrency.

Continue Reading

Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Microsoft’s sleek budget phone, the Lumia 650, is available for preorder in the United States and Canada. The handset debuted earlier this year, and is the maker’s budget-tier Windows 10 handset. Initial reactions to the smartphone have been mixed, with some praising its design and others criticizing the lack of Continuum, the company’s sleek business feature.

Continue Reading

OneNote importing from Evernote made easy with new tool

OneNote importing from Evernote made easy with new tool

Microsoft wants to draw Evernote users over to its own note-taking app, OneNote, and as such has released a tool that makes things easier. As of today, Evernote users can download the new OneNote Importer tool for importing Evernote content into Microsoft OneNote. For now, the importing tool is only available for Windows, but it’ll be arriving on Mac soon, as well.

Continue Reading

Microsoft is looking into compensation for Xbox Live outages

Microsoft is looking into compensation for Xbox Live outages

If you're an Xbox One owner, you've probably not been to happy with Microsoft these past couple of weeks. Outages have been a pretty common occurrence, and communication from Microsoft about the issues hasn't exactly been the best. So what is Microsoft doing to make it up to gamers? Well, at least one member of the team is working on it.

Continue Reading

Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 wants to take up your whole screen

Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 wants to take up your whole screen

I've used a lot of different instant messaging services over the years to keep in contact with friends online. These days, most people tend to just chat on Facebook, which is why the Messenger app for mobile devices is so popular (if a bit detested, for being a separate app). And it looks like the company is bringing their widely-used app to Windows.

Continue Reading

Login to Windows 10 using Bluetooth and your phone

Login to Windows 10 using Bluetooth and your phone

When I get up in the morning and make my way to my office, I sit down at my computer, and type in a password. Few other people actually come into my office, so having a password seems a tad unnecessary. However, I keep it there just in case someone does happen to come in with malicious intent. But soon, I might not have to worry about typing in a password anymore, as Windows will already know that it's me sitting down.

Continue Reading

Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Video calling has become a ubiquitous form of communication these days, with a myriad of apps and services on the desktop, tablets, and most notably smartphones. Microsoft's Skype is already one of the dominant options, with a popular service working well across a number of platforms. It turns out the living room television never caught on as a useful way to make video calls, so Skype has said that it's ending support for its smart TV apps this June.

Continue Reading

You can now Skype inside OneDrive, Office Online

You can now Skype inside OneDrive, Office Online

Just last week, Slack practically issued a challenge to Skype, adding a voice calling feature which would lay the foundation for video chats in the future. Asserting its presence in the productivity world, Skype has announced new features that integrate the voice and video communication platform deeper into Microsoft's ecosystem. Now Skype users can start chatting, by text or by voice, right in the middle of editing a document on Office on the Web, or do likewise right inside OneDrive, also on the Web.

Continue Reading

Microsoft bringing SQL database software to Linux

Microsoft bringing SQL database software to Linux

To some, it might be another sign of an evil corporation turning over a new leaf. To others, it could be a plot to undermine its enemies. Both sides would probably agree it's another cold day in hell. Microsoft has just revealed its plans to brings its SQL Server database software to Linux. Although not exactly its first Linux software, SQL Server is the most significant one so far. The irony of the situation is that, at least in Microsoft's past, the company looked down upon Linux, and open source in general, going as far as calling the OS a cancer.

Continue Reading

Teens react to Windows 95: “It looks so dull and ancient.”

Teens react to Windows 95: “It looks so dull and ancient.”

Prepare to feel old, again. There’s another ‘Teens react’ video, and this time the kids are being introduced to Windows 95. The troubles and criticisms are quick to start: it takes a long time to boot up, for example, so long you could go get yourself a snack while waiting. Another issue is the lack of WiFi -- how are you supposed to get online without WiFi!? -- and the complete lack of personality.

Continue Reading

With Fable Legends canceled, Lionhead Studios may close its doors

With Fable Legends canceled, Lionhead Studios may close its doors

If you've been eagerly awaiting the release of the free-to-play Fable game, Fable Legends, then today isn't your lucky day. The game was originally slated to be released in the last quarter of 2015, but was delayed. According to the latest timetable, the open beta was due out sometime this Spring. And as of today, it has been canceled altogether. And that's just the beginning of the bad news from Microsoft.

Continue Reading