Build 2015

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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1bn Windows 10 devices in 2-3 years predicts Microsoft

1bn Windows 10 devices in 2-3 years predicts Microsoft

You can't accuse Microsoft of being unambitious with Windows 10. While the company had already sweetened the deal for Windows users by offering free upgrades in the first year, according to Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, the goal is to have Windows 10 running on one billion devices in less than years time.

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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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Office 365 opens 3rd-party add-ons for Uber in your Outlook

Office 365 opens 3rd-party add-ons for Uber in your Outlook

Microsoft has already been been pushing Office 365 cross-platform, but now it's opening up to third-party services, with names like Uber and LinkedIn already onboard. Demonstrated on-stage at the BUILD 2015 keynote, the functionality will allow companies who offer stock images to have them show up in the sidebar on PowerPoint, for instance, or allow Outlook to help not only schedule an Uber journey, but tell the service where you're going to.

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Microsoft outs free coding tools for Mac and Linux

Microsoft outs free coding tools for Mac and Linux

Microsoft may have opened BUILD 2015 with a deep-dive into Azure rather than the Windows 10 release date we were hoping for, but it does have a freebie to sweeten the schedule. Walking through how Microsoft's cloud services can be used to streamline developers getting their apps and service online, the company announced a new app, Visual Studio Code, which not only will be available for those on Windows but offer a local app for Mac and Linux users too.

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Surface success for Microsoft amid Xbox pain

Surface success for Microsoft amid Xbox pain

Microsoft saw demand for its Surface tablets surge in the last quarter, confounding the ailing PC market with stronger than expected performance, though signs point to Xbox struggling. The company credits the Surface Pro 3 for its tablet successes, with revenues of $713m in the three month period, an increase of 44-percent. However, the outlook wasn't so great for gaming hardware.

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