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A cold day indeed: BASH runs on Ubuntu running on Windows 10

A cold day indeed: BASH runs on Ubuntu running on Windows 10

We already saw the telltale signs, but you might still do a double take when you hear the official word. Microsoft and Ubuntu creator and owner Canonical have indeed made it possible to run Linux user space commands on an image of Ubuntu running on Windows 10 natively. No virtual machines, no containers, no dockers. While that might mean little to anyone except for developers, power users, and Linux users, it does open the door to possibilities but also raises some questions on Microsoft's real goal.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update in summer: Hello, Ink, Gaming, more Cortana

Windows 10 Anniversary Update in summer: Hello, Ink, Gaming, more Cortana

270 million. That's how many devices are now running Windows 10 already, according to Microsoft, at least. Considering the OS was launched just eight months ago, that might indeed be a world record, thanks to Microsoft rather aggressive, almost contentious, push. Unlike other Windows versions, however, Windows 10 isn't meant to be a completely finished product with minor "service pack" updates down the road. Instead, the "Windows as a Service" entails continuous updates, some of them quite major, during its lifetime. The Anniversary Update slated for summer this year is one such update and it will indeed be quite a big one.

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Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

This week the fellow that introduced us to Microsoft Ink at BUILD 2016 also let loose word of a new writing tool. This stylus, he somehow neglected to mention onstage, will be made in collaboration with Wacom, and will "work across a huge number of pen enabled devices." This word comes from Microsoft's Bryan Roper who also mentions that this is "something big", as it were.

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Skype Video Bots join Cortana as true live assistants

Skype Video Bots join Cortana as true live assistants

In the very near future, Skype users will be able to use Cortana to be more of an everyday assistant than it ever has been before. Cortona will be able to be spoken to and asked to schedule calendar appointments from within Skype. Cortona will work within Skype to provide you with links to subjects, bring up information cards, and - if you need it - Cortana will even send private messages to you so as to not interrupt the conversation you're currently in the middle of.

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HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced the release of the first edition of HoloLens. This version of the headset will be sent to developers only - it'll be a HoloLens Developer Edition as such. The shipping on this developer edition will begin today, and Microsoft suggests that developers will begin to be able to develop apps immediately. They've also given a single example of development time for a standard HoloLens app - six weeks. They first app they've developed will have its code posted to GitHub soon.

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Phil Spencer tries to shut down Sweeny’s Open Windows comments

Phil Spencer tries to shut down Sweeny’s Open Windows comments

Both Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Terry Myerson have taken to the stage this week at BUILT 2016 to assure the public: they're open. Not just open for more developers - not just open for development - but an open ecosystem. Their comments ring particularly important after a recent comment by Epic Games' Tim Sweeney about how the Universal Windows Platform must die. Obviously Microsoft does not want that to happen. At BUILD 2016 this week, Microsoft representatives on stage have made that clear.

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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft's AI chatbot, Tay, is becoming quite the internet sensation. Unfortunately, it's not for the reasons that Microsoft wanted. The very same day that she was brought online, she was taken down. Or, according to her final tweet of the day, she was just going to sleep. She was woken back up early today, only to be shut back down.

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Windows 10 might soon run Ubuntu, Linux utilities natively

Windows 10 might soon run Ubuntu, Linux utilities natively

2015 and 2016 might be remembered as the years when hell froze over repeatedly, in no small part thanks to Microsoft. The company whose CEO once described Linux as a cancer is seemingly now going through hoops to proclaim its love for the open source OS, and not without some amount of suspicion from the other side. Adding to its Visual Studio Code IDE for Linux and SQL Server for Linux, Microsoft might soon be revealing how it partnered with Canonical to let Ubuntu run on Windows 10 natively, without the use of a virtual machine.

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Microsoft turns Tay.ai back on with safeguards in place

Microsoft turns Tay.ai back on with safeguards in place

I don't think anyone was sure just what Microsoft was thinking when it put its AI chatbot called Tay on twitter with no protections in place. Tay is back and this time Microsoft thinks it has things in hand. The thing with Tay was that it learned from the chats it had with other users and could be forced to repeat what users tweeted at it back as if the chatbot had the same opinions. Anyone who has ever seen twitter or used the platform could have told you that wouldn't end well, and end well it didn’t .

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Minecraft on mobile will soon get command blocks, mods

Minecraft on mobile will soon get command blocks, mods

Minecraft is popular, perhaps even notorious, for all the expressions of creativity and man hours lost in its open-ended, blocky, digital world. It is, however, perhaps a little known secret that that isn't the case for all versions of Minecraft. The original PC, not Windows 10, version of the game holds all those promises, but the mobile "Pocket Edition" and Windows 10 edition, which is a lot like the mobile edition, are a lot less capable. The wheels of change are turning, however, and soon those two versions will also be just as powerful.

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‘Left 4 Dead 2’ is now backwards compatible on Xbox One

‘Left 4 Dead 2’ is now backwards compatible on Xbox One

The game Left 4 Dead 2 is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb announced today. The game can be picked up from the Microsoft Store online, where it resides at about 5GB and costs $19.99 USD. This is the latest Xbox One Backward Compatibility addition, allowing Xbox One owners to play select Xbox 360 games on the newer console. A large roster of games are already backwards compatible on Xbox One, and the number continues to grow regularly.

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