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The latest Windows 10 Insider build links to your phone

Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Insider Preview lets you link to an Android phone, with synchronised web browsing the first supported feature. Build 16251 also marks the moment when Microsoft forks the Windows 10 code between the RS3 (Redstone 3, the codename for the Fall Creators Update) and the version to follow. Testers now …
Tim Anderson, 28 Jul 2017
Container ship, photo via Dmitry Chulov Shutterstock

Microsoft previews Azure Container Instances – with per-second billing

Microsoft has released a preview of Azure Container Instances, a new way to deploy containers which emphasises speed and ease of use above scalability and orchestration. A web application running in an Azure Container Instance A web application running in an Azure Container Instance The company already offers an Azure …
Tim Anderson, 27 Jul 2017
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Got bot? How to put it to work with Microsoft's Cortana Skills

Hands on Microsoft made a big deal of Cortana skills at its Build developer conference earlier this year – the business of creating voice interactions with users via the digital assistant built into Windows 10 and also available for iOS and Android. Why does the company consider this strategic? The answer was given by a presenter at …
Tim Anderson, 26 Jul 2017
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie

Microsoft's Azure chief: What's good for cloud is good for on-premises too

Exclusive Microsoft’s investment in cloud services is also improving its on-premises software, claims Azure and SQL Server boss Scott Guthrie. I first met Scott Guthrie in Las Vegas in September, 2000, where he was talking up a web development framework then called ASP+, which he had developed alongside Mark Anders. The framework was ASP …
Tim Anderson, 10 Jul 2017
Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure

F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at Finnish security company F-Secure, spoke to The Reg at the launch of Sense, a consumer firewall device that aims to "secure your connected things". Hypponen says IoT is unavoidable. "If it uses electricity, it will become a computer. If it uses electricity, it will be online. In future …
Tim Anderson, 21 Jun 2017
The latest Windows 10 preview has an improved Edge browser

Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

Microsoft has released a new preview of Windows 10's Fall Creators Update, showing off elements of its new Fluent Design System and introducing a host of features. At the Build developer event last month, the company announced the Fluent Design System as a move away from the flat design language which characterised the "Metro …
Tim Anderson, 09 Jun 2017
Huawei's Richard Yu shows off the MateBook X

Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

Hands On Huawei this week launched three Intel devices running Windows 10: a slim notebook, a Surface-a-like 2-in-1, and a conventional 15.6" laptop. “We want to bring a full range of products for your digital life including a smartphone, a smart tablet, smart watch, wearable devices, and also notebooks, the PC,” said Richard Yu, CEO …
Tim Anderson, 24 May 2017
Microsoft's Fluent Design System, announced at Build

Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

Microsoft presented its latest Windows 10 strategy to developers at its Build event in Seattle last week. Microsoft states that Windows 10 is now installed on more than 500 million devices, halfway towards the goal of 1 billion by 2018 that it set itself at Build 2015. In July 2016 the company acknowledged that its target was …
Tim Anderson, 18 May 2017
A Mixed Reality development kit for Windows 10

Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

Build Microsoft has announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, a second wave of updates to its "Windows as a service" operating system. The first Creators Update was released in April 2017. Why is this new release also called “Creators Update”? The reason, Microsoft told the press, is that this release is a continuation of the …
Tim Anderson, 11 May 2017
ASP.NET Core is the cross-platform version of Microsoft's web application framework

Microsoft backtracks: 'We are going to support .NET Framework with ASP.NET Core 2.0'

Build Microsoft will not, after all, restrict its open-source cross-platform web framework ASP.NET Core 2.0 from running on the Windows-only .NET Framework. There are now two distinct forms of Microsoft’s .NET platform. One is called .NET Framework and runs only on Windows, while the other is called .NET Core and is open source and …
Tim Anderson, 11 May 2017
Cosmos DB lets you replicate data to multiple regions for added performance

Microsoft's Cosmos DB adds Graph support to cloud database manager

BUILD Microsoft has announced Cosmos DB, an evolution of its existing DocumentDB NoSQL database service, with new support for graph and key-value database types. Microsoft calls Cosmos DB a "multi-model" database service because it lets you choose from several different APIs. These are DocumentDB, which uses SQL, MongoDB emulating a …
Tim Anderson, 10 May 2017

Microsoft's .NET-mare for developers: ASP.NET Core 2.0 won't work on Windows-only .NET

Build Microsoft has made a change to its forthcoming ASP.NET Core 2.0 web framework so that it is now incompatible with the Windows-only .NET Framework, causing confusion and annoyance for some .NET developers. The bewilderment is understandable. Here is a quick reminder of what various terms mean: .NET Framework: The Windows-only …
Tim Anderson, 09 May 2017
Windows 10 Creators Update with Paint 3D and upgraded Edge browser

Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

Microsoft's rollout of Windows 10 Creators Update has begun, complete with a privacy dialogue box shown by default to all users. When will you get the update? Microsoft says “the first phase will target newer devices … we will then expand the Creators Update release to additional devices based on the feedback.” The process …
Tim Anderson, 11 Apr 2017
Windows 10 Creators Update with Paint 3D and upgraded Edge browser

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

Hands-on Windows 10 was launched on July 29, 2015, just over 18 months ago, consigning the Windows 8 experiment to history and introducing the idea of "Windows as a service" – or in other words an operating system that (with a few exceptions) updates itself whether you like it or not. Now here comes the Creators Update, or version 1703 …
Tim Anderson, 30 Mar 2017
Adobe and Microsoft have announced new joint projects

Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

Adobe and Microsoft have announced new product integrations along with the XDM (Experience Data Model) language for interchanging behavioural and marketing data between platforms. Microsoft has a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) offering, Dynamics 365, but is weak in marketing automation, while Adobe lacks a CRM product …
Tim Anderson, 21 Mar 2017

Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

Hands on Microsoft has invested big in its Cognitive Services for programmable artificial intelligence, along with a Bot Framework for using them via a conversational user interface. How easy is it to get started? Cognitive Services, the AI piece, was announced at the company’s Build developer conference in April 2015. The initial …
Tim Anderson, 17 Mar 2017
Las Vegas - Circa July 2016: Microsoft Retail Technology Store Mall Location III Editorial credit: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com

After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

First Look Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2017, marking 20 years of the software development tool's, er, development. Visual Studio 97 was released on March 19, 1997. It came in two editions, Professional and Enterprise, and included Visual Basic 5.0, Visual C++ 5.0, Visual J++ 1.1, Visual InterDev and Visual FoxPro. Microsoft has …
Tim Anderson, 08 Mar 2017
The Porsche Design BOOK ONE will be avaialble in April 2017

Lap(top) of luxury: Porsche Design revs up 2-in-1 Windows 10 slab

MWC Luxury brand Porsche Design has announced, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, its first 2-in-1 computer: a Windows 10 device that will be available in April 2017 for €2,795 or £2,395. According to chief design officer Roland Heller, the Book One is the first Windows device to have both a detachable keyboard and 360° …
Tim Anderson, 28 Feb 2017
Alcatel's illuminated A5 LED is an effort at Android differentiation

Alcatel wants to be Android, but different – and another crack at the Windows market

MWC Alcatel, a brand of Hong Kong-based TCL Communication, has announced the A5 LED at Mobile World Congress, which it claims is "the world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone." Before you quip "and there's a reason for that", have some sympathy for the plight of Android vendors struggling to differentiate their brands. …
Tim Anderson, 27 Feb 2017
New Galaxy tablets were the focus of Samsung's MWC announcements

Low-key Samsung: Psst. We've got new Galaxy tablets and new Gear VR

MWC Samsung's press event at Mobile World Congress was subdued in comparison to recent years, reflecting a difficult year for the company, and the conspicuous absence of the forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. The appearance of a slide entitled Customer Safety reminded attendees of the exploding battery issues that afflicted the …
Tim Anderson, 27 Feb 2017
Huawei's new P10, a slightly better P9

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Incremental improvements but a few annoyances

Hands On Another year, another Huawei flagship phone. This time it is the 5.1" P10 (€649) and the 5.5" P10 Plus (from €699), following a similar pattern to the 2016 P9 and P9 Plus. The key feature of the P9 phones was the company’s partnership with Leica to create a device interesting for photographers. The P9s had two 12MP lenses – …
Tim Anderson, 27 Feb 2017
Linux on Windows 10: a GUI desktop is possible though still not official

Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

The Windows 10 Creators Update is set for release shortly, and comes with significant improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux, also known as Bash on Windows or Ubuntu on Windows. Just to remind you, this is not done via emulation, nor by running a virtual machine, but rather by redirecting system calls. Does Microsoft …
Tim Anderson, 27 Feb 2017
Windows 10 Mixed Reality, no longer just for HoloLens

Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

Microsoft briefed developers on the updates to the Windows 10 platform at an online Developer Day in preparation for the Creators Update, set for release later this year. The Windows 10 story is long and complex. In 2012 Microsoft released Windows 8, intended to bring the operating system into the mobile era, where apps are …
Tim Anderson, 09 Feb 2017
Microsoft's Custom Speech Service

Eee by gum! Aye up, Microsoft, what's tha y' got? Cloud for accents?

Microsoft has build a cloud service for applications so that software can attempt to understand specialist vocabularies and cope with dialects and accents. Speech recognition works better if the algorithms can pick from a limited range of possible words and phrases, rather than attempting to recognise everything. Microsoft's …
Tim Anderson, 08 Feb 2017
Visual Basic 6.0, the last version before .NET

Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

Microsoft program manager Mads Torgersen has posted about the company's programming language strategy, stating that the plan for Visual Basic has shifted from co-evolution with C# to a focus on "core scenarios". Torgersen outlines the strategy for the three pure .NET languages, C#, VB, and F#. C#, says Torgersen, is used by …
Tim Anderson, 02 Feb 2017

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