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Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft and Baidu are hooking up on autonomous car tech, with the Seattle software giant playing cloud host to the Chinese behemoth's self-driving ambitions. The collaboration will see Microsoft Azure made the home for the Apollo alliance, Baidu's attempt to make autonomous driving an open platform. Importantly, it gives Apollo some degree of legitimacy outside of Baidu's home turf.

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Windows 10 Creators Update compatibility excludes these PCs

Windows 10 Creators Update compatibility excludes these PCs

Some things are too good to be true or, at the very least, too good to last. Microsoft has committed to continually update Windows 10 and offer those updates for free as part of its “Windows as a Service” paradigm but everyone knows by now it’s a less than perfect strategy. Now reality is hitting some Windows PC owners even harder as they discover their 2 to 3 year old digital partners, many of them 2-in-1 tablets, locked out of the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. All because they have been deemed incompatible, despite having just received the Anniversary Update last year.

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Skype tweaked after user revolt: two missed features are back

Skype tweaked after user revolt: two missed features are back

Last month, Microsoft introduced a completely overhauled version of Skype, one that borrows heavily from Snapchat and that, for the most part, really upset users. The revolt was swift and harsh, and many have jumped ship altogether, electing to move to a different product entirely. Though the new version isn't going anywhere, the backlash has been at least a tiny bit successful in getting changes: Microsoft has brought back the status icon, for example, as well as another feature.

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Here’s what you’re getting in the new Outlook for iOS, Android

Here’s what you’re getting in the new Outlook for iOS, Android

When people think of email on mobile devices, they usually default to Gmail or Apple Mail, though some have found their own special email havens in other apps. Microsoft, once the king of productivity apps like email, barely leaves a mark in this space. It is, however, trying to make up for lost time and lost customers with its Outlook app for iOS and Android, as shown by this latest update that brings it up to snuff in the latest emailing conventions.

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Microsoft’s Seeing AI app for the blind arrives on iPhone

Microsoft’s Seeing AI app for the blind arrives on iPhone

Back in March 2016, Microsoft introduced an app called Seeing AI designed to help the blind using a combination of artificial intelligence and computer vision. It has been many months since, but the app is officially now available for anyone with an iOS device. With this, anyone who has trouble seeing can utilize Microsoft's artificial intelligence technology to transform their smartphone into a personal audio guidance system.

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Microsoft wants broadband Internet through rural America by 2022

Microsoft wants broadband Internet through rural America by 2022

Microsoft wants to see broadband Internet made available throughout rural America, something that will involve using different technologies to make it financially possible, according to the company. As part of this, the company has announced its new Rural Airband Initiative, saying it is finding telecommunications partners and will be, alongside them, starting at least a dozen projects across a dozen states within the next year.

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Windows Phone 8.1 will no longer get any updates starting today

Windows Phone 8.1 will no longer get any updates starting today

As of today, Windows Phone 8.1 is deader than dead. You’ll probably be more surprised to learn that it wasn’t already, but they do say that fact is stranger than fiction. Officially speaking, however, Windows Phone 8.1 only ends its mainstream support 11th July this year. This means that, unless Microsoft relents and shows a bit of mercy, devices running on this version of Microsoft’s operating system will no longer receive updates, even critical security ones.

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New Windows 10 preview build features UI, Edge improvements

New Windows 10 preview build features UI, Edge improvements

Users in Microsoft's Windows Insider program have received a nice big update this week, focusing on features and improvements expected to be released with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in September. Known as build 16237, the update includes lots of smaller tweaks and fixes, including input and task manager changes, but the big focus is on Windows Shell and the Microsoft Edge browser.

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Xbox Live will soon let you gift games to friends

Xbox Live will soon let you gift games to friends

While Xbox Live is a fairly feature-rich service, one important feature that has been notably absent is the ability to gift games with your friends. Xbox players have been asking for it too -for years on end at this point. It seems like those requests will soon be answered, as Xbox executive Mike Ybarra has indicated that Microsoft is close to implementing game gifting.

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Here’s how to get OneDrive working again

Here’s how to get OneDrive working again

It seems that Microsoft has painted itself into a corner with a move that doesn't really have practical merit. At least not in the way the company has carried out the matter. Users of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage solution suddenly locked out of their OneDrive shares mirrored on their local computers. All because Microsoft, without prior warning, suddenly decided that no filesystem is good enough for OneDrive other than its own proprietary NTFS.

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Thousands of Microsoft jobs cut in cloud-first pivot

Thousands of Microsoft jobs cut in cloud-first pivot

Microsoft is axing as many as 3,000 jobs as it refocuses its business, with a new emphasis on selling lucrative cloud services prompting a sizable shakeup. The software giant announced its plans to reorient earlier this week, with rumors at the time suggesting that redundancies could be on the cards as well. However, Microsoft insisted that it would repurpose employees as much as possible into new roles.

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Your Galaxy S8 now works with Windows Hello

Your Galaxy S8 now works with Windows Hello

Samsung Flow is getting a major update today that will significantly expand its functionality. Before we tackle that, though, it may be worth it to revisit what Samsung Flow is - simply put, Samsung Flow is a utility that has, up until now, allowed you to unlock your Samsung-branded Windows 10 PC with your Samsung phone. Assuming you had those two devices, it was a pretty handy app to have on your phone, if not a little limited in scope.

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