Microsoft to integrate Skype with Cortana digital assistant

Microsoft will be soon rolling out an important update for its Skype messaging application. The new update will bring built-in support for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana. Cortana “will be gradually rolled out” for Skype on both Android and iOS platforms, starting with the US, The Verge reported late on Tuesday. Users will be able to start a private chat with Microsoft Cortana in Skype and the assistant will give them quick suggestions while responding to text chats. “With Cortana’s in-context assistance, it’s easier to keep your conversations going by having…

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Microsoft launches Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition

At its education event earlier in May, Microsoft unveiled its latest effort to help kids learn how to code: Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition. Initially available in Beta, Microsoft is now launching Code Builder for everyone with the latest update to Minecraft Education Edition. Code Builder essentially makes it easy for teachers and students to dive into coding within the world of Minecraft with visual code blocks that can be dragged and dropped in place with immediate results. From Microsoft: Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition is a brand-new…

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Technology must amplify the best of humanity Microsoft Indias former chairman

Bhaskar Pramanik, 65, capped a corporate career spanning 45 years with six years at Microsoft India, from where he retired last month as chairman. A science fiction fan and lover of awkward acronyms for action plans, Pramanik remains optimistic about technology for the good of all. He tells Forbes India that disruption is taking place at the bottom of the pyramid, and that our values must evolve with advancements in technology. Edited excerpts: Q. It is often thought that some great technologies have had very long gestation periods at Microsoft….

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Microsoft may unveil interactive Live Tiles at Build 2016

Microsoft will be holding its Build developers conference from March 30, and on April 1, the company is holding a session called “What’s new for Tiles and Toast Notifications.” According to the description of the session, “Notifications are an essential tool for engaging with your customers on Windows. We are building on the foundation of Action Center to give developers greatly increased flexibility in Adaptive Toasts. We will introduce a powerful API that enables a new class of apps to plug into the Notification pipeline and provide innovative experiences for…

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Russia might switch thousands of government computers to Linux to spite Microsoft

Russia’s new internet czar has given a crazy interview in which he has said it is “inevitable” that the country will switch all of the computers owned by the state over from Windows to Linux. This comes as a reaction to US companies complying with the embargo against business in Crimea, following Russia’s occupation of the peninsula. Over 22,000 local authorities will make the switch. “It’s like a wife seeing her husband with another woman — he can swear an oath afterward, but the trust is lost”, German Klemenko said….

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Microsoft Office Apps to Play Nice With New Apple Gadgets

One company Apple watchers perhaps did not expect to see at Wednesday’s iPhone event was Microsoft, but Redmond was there to show off how its updated Office software will play well with Apple devices. In a blog post, the Office team said it has “developed a number of new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Translator” to take advantage of iPad Pro, iOS 9, and WatchOS 2. The Slide Over and Split View multi-tasking functions in iOS 9, for example, will make it easier to switch between Office…

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Windows 10 Home and Pro editions to be available in India for Rs 7,999 and Rs 14,999 respectively

Just a day ago, Microsoft started the global roll out of its most anticipated operating system update, Windows 10. The company had already announced that all the previous devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will get the new OS upgrade for absolutely free. Now the Redmond-based tech giant has announced Windows 10 pricing for users who aren’t eligible for the upgrade. According to the recently updated Windows 10 sales page of Microsoft India, the Windows 10 Home edition will be available for Rs 7,999, and the Windows 10 Pro edition…

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These delicious Lumia 950 XL (Cityman) renders offer a glimpse into the future

Microsoft and Windows Phone’s absence from the flagship game is well documented, and is something that CEO Satya Nadella, along with mobile chief Terry Myerson and other Redmond influencers, has promised to rectify. After incessant talk of aLumia 940 and 940 XL, it is now strongly suspected that Microsoft’s top-tier handsets will carry the Lumia 950 and 950 XLmonikers instead. That being a largely irrelevant side-story, we do know quite a bit about the Lumia 950, codenamed Talkman, and the XL edition, referred to internally as Cityman. The latter will…

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Windows 10 Support Planned Through 2025

Like previous Windows versions before it, Microsoft has committed to a ten-year support lifecycle for Windows 10. The company confirmed the news just days before the OS is scheduled to arrive on July 29. According to the Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet, the end of mainstream support for Windows 10 will come on October 14, 2020. Extended support, meanwhile, will come to a close on October 14, 2025. The fine-print states that a device needs to install the latest Windows 10 updates, which can include new features as well as security…

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Lumia 940 no more: slim metal 950/950 XL tipped for November release with USB-C

Last week, a Chinese tech blog dedicated to Windows Phone that has often broken credible leaks before, claimed that Microsoft will skip a flagship Lumia generation, and go from the current Lumia 930numbering straight to Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL. “If nobody wants to make Windows phones, we will make them ourselves,” said Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, and they are indeed betting the house on the new handsets, it seems, as another source has now confirmed the generational leap, at least in the title of the upcoming first Lumias with Windows…

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