Build 2018

Alexa x Cortana demo video: Microsoft and Amazon, BFF

Alexa x Cortana demo video: Microsoft and Amazon, BFF

Amazon and Microsoft just combined forces officially, tag-teaming their personal assistants Alexa and Cortana through the future. These two voice-activated smart assistant overlord software and cloud intelligence systems will work together on devices of all sorts. In short, it would seem that Alexa is going to handle "personal" stuff while Cortana's going to handle all the "business."

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The HoloLens 2 secret sauce just got revealed

The HoloLens 2 secret sauce just got revealed

Microsoft's reboot of Kinect may be giving drones smarter vision and bringing AI to edge computing, but it'll also be at the heart of the next-generation HoloLens 2. Unveiled during Build 2018 this morning, the new Project Kinect for Azure combines an updated version of Microsoft's time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor with new AI talents.

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Microsoft AI for Accessibility is a $25m fund for smart disability tech

Microsoft AI for Accessibility is a $25m fund for smart disability tech

Microsoft is launching AI for Accessibility, a $25m program to fund ways to leverage artificial intelligence to the benefit of those with disabilities. Announced at Build 2018 today, the five year scheme will fund and support projects that use AI to alleviate the impact of being blind, deaf, and more.

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Microsoft’s pragmatic AR isn’t sexy, but it will be successful

Microsoft’s pragmatic AR isn’t sexy, but it will be successful

Apple may be working on AR smart glasses, and Facebook trying to turn Oculus into a virtual chatroom, but Microsoft keeps playing it serious when it comes to mixed reality. The company has detailed its latest efforts in augmented reality and more at Build 2018, its annual developer event, and if you were hoping for more Minecraft AR you'll be sorely disappointed.

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Project Kinect for Azure is Microsoft’s AI sensor gift to devs

Project Kinect for Azure is Microsoft’s AI sensor gift to devs

Kinect is back, and it wants to make the Internet of Things smarter and less reliant on the cloud. Microsoft has taken the wraps off Project Kinect for Azure today at Build 2018, its annual developer event, and if you thought uses for the fiendishly clever depth-sensing camera began and ended with Xbox gaming, think again.

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At Build 2018, Microsoft’s vision of AI and the Edge

At Build 2018, Microsoft’s vision of AI and the Edge

"The world is a computer." So says Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft as the company opens its Build 2018 developer conference today. It's an important time for the software giant, buoyed by the growth of the cloud but looking to extend that success as needs both niche and wide-spread get more and more demanding. That means more security, more storage, and more devices.

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Windows 10 “Your Phone” and Timeline on iOS/Android blurs lines

Windows 10 “Your Phone” and Timeline on iOS/Android blurs lines

Windows Phone may be dead, but Microsoft isn't giving up on the smartphone in your pocket. At Build 2018 today, the company is unveiling its newest integrations for the phone OSes people are actually buying, with Windows 10 features jumping the gap and arriving on iOS and Android.

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Microsoft Build 2018 returns to Seattle in May: registration opens soon

Microsoft Build 2018 returns to Seattle in May: registration opens soon

Microsoft has announced that its Build 2018 developers conference will be held in Seattle this year. The company will be opening registration on February 15, with the conference itself being scheduled for May 7 to May 9. Though Microsoft was fond of holding Build in San Francisco for years, it switched back to Seattle last year.

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