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WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

It’s not every day that you see an internet-based 3D engine pushing a game to virtual reality with one line of code. That’s what’s been demoed this week as HTML5 loomed over the crowd at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developers convention. It’s just one line of code with the Babylon.js 3D engine and a game is converted from 2D to fully Oculus Rift-ready.

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Microsoft chases lead in web security with SSL for devs

Microsoft chases lead in web security with SSL for devs

If there's been a theme online over the past couple of years, it's the rise of web service hacks and privacy blunders, and Microsoft is hoping to help developers keep their users safer with a push for SSL. Currently, getting an SSL certificate - which allows the browser to authenticate what it's showing with the legitimate company behind it - costs money, but as of today Microsoft is offering free SSL security for Azure developers.

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Titanfall Matchmaking v2 released as BUILD 2014 sings Azure praises

Titanfall Matchmaking v2 released as BUILD 2014 sings Azure praises

This week at BUILD 2014, representatives of Microsoft’s cloud computing technology Azure spoke up on the launch and continued serving of Titanfall. The game’s sessions are all hosted on the cloud - over 100,000 Azure virtual machines were being used on launch day. Also hosted in the cloud - as the entire game is there, as it were - is matchmaking, now hitting its second version, live today.

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Ridley Scott to produce Halo Digital Feature for Microsoft

Ridley Scott to produce Halo Digital Feature for Microsoft

Ridley Scott is the man that was behind some of the most popular science fiction films of all times. Scott was involved with great films like the Alien franchise and Blade Runner. More recently, Scott was behind the movie Prometheus and we got to talk to him about the project. Rumors circulated earlier this year that Scott would be making a Halo film, but Microsoft lifted boot and squashed that rumor quickly.

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Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

The iPhone has Siri, Android has Google Now, and now Windows Phone has Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Launching as a beta when WP8.1 hits devices over the next few months, Cortana blends the speech-first approach of Apple's system with the contextual backbone of Google's, throwing in some location-based cleverness and a little AI snark along the way. We introduced ourselves at Build 2014.

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Microsoft gives Xbox One to developers at BUILD 2014

Microsoft gives Xbox One to developers at BUILD 2014

This year’s big push in the BUILD 2014 developer arena is in cross-platform apps. To that tune, Microsoft has decided that their big send-out to developers attending the conference will be an Xbox One as well as $500 Microsoft Store credit in the form of a gift card. With these, developers will be well on their way to creating cross-platform, Universal apps.

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