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Mixed Reality - a headline feature in Fall Creators Update, but fluff for many users

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

Hands On Just over two years after the introduction of both Windows 10 and the "Windows as a service" concept, Microsoft has released the Fall Creators Update aka version 1709, build 16299. We took it for a spin. Microsoft’s efforts in making in-place upgrade smooth have paid off. There will always be cases where things go wrong, but …
Tim Anderson, 18 Oct 2017
Azure Functions host running locally on a Mac for development

Microsoft's Azure servers want to sip your mug of serverless Java

JavaOne Microsoft has announced Java support for Azure Functions, the serverless cloud platform which competes with AWS Lambda. The announcement was made at the JavaOne event under way in San Francisco this week. The service is now in public preview. Java is the latest language to be added following Microsoft’s redesign of the Azure …
Tim Anderson, 4 Oct 2017
Satya Nadella's three bets: AI, Mixed Reality, and Quantum Computing

Ignite: Microsoft drops veil on Honolulu, releases SQL Server on Linux into the wild

Tens of thousands of tourists flocked to Florida's theme park town of Orlando last week, but they weren't there to see Mickey; they were there to imbibe the new wares at Microsoft's Ignite, which focuses on cloud computing and IT administration. Ignite is now Microsoft’s core conference, since cloud and server, rather than …
Tim Anderson, 3 Oct 2017
Microsoft Azure on show at Ignite in Orlando

From slow batches to fast files, how Microsoft is luring folks into Azure

Ignite What’s new for Azure at Microsoft Ignite? The key point is not so much the list of new features, but the direction the company is taking with its cloud platform, which is to make it pervasive even for customers working mainly on premises. Azure Security Center began as a dashboard for monitoring the security of Azure virtual …
Tim Anderson, 29 Sep 2017
SQL Server 2017 runs on Windows and Linux

SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

Ignite “It’s a big milestone for us as a company,” general manager Rohan Kumar told us, referring to the release of SQL Server on Linux, “the biggest server product from Microsoft”, announced here at the Ignite event in Orlando. SQL Server 2017 is being released simultaneously for Windows and various flavours of Linux: Red Hat …
Tim Anderson, 27 Sep 2017
Microsoft is researching cryogenic quantum computing to solve the world's problems

Microsoft: We've made a coding language for a quantum computer that may or may not exist

Ignite At the Microsoft Ignite conference today, the expert panel on stage burst into laughter. “This box right over here behind us – nothing! That’s a quantum joke, that’s an excellent joke,” said Microsoft Technical Fellow Michael Freedman as the curtain failed to open to reveal it. It being a quantum joke, the audience in Orlando …
Tim Anderson, 25 Sep 2017

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Microsoft held its Edge Web Summit on 13 September, announcing that the web browser now has “330 million active devices”, just over two years since its launch with Windows 10 in July 2015. The stat was explained as devices where someone actively uses Edge during the course of a month. Edge Web Summit: Microsoft Edge Web …
Tim Anderson, 14 Sep 2017
Acer hypes Windows 10 Mixed Reality at IFA in Berlin

We experienced Windows Mixed Reality. Results: Well, mixed

Hands On PC vendors are showing off Windows Mixed Reality headsets and controllers here at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, and this writer got to try new devices from Dell, Asus and Lenovo. Windows Mixed Reality is a key feature of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, with both hardware and software promised for general …
Tim Anderson, 1 Sep 2017
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
Cortana photo via Shutterstock

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, 9 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, 9 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, 8 Mar 2017

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