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February 16, 2017

NEON – the new look of Windows 10

Microsoft confirms the existence of NEON during a meeting with developers, offering a first look of the new design of Windows 10.

Project NEON is the name given by Microsoft to indicate the new Windows 10 stylistic path which will be enabled with Redstone 3, expected by the end of the year. The look was revealed as a background image in Microsoft’s sneak peak of Windows 10.

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“Make beautiful, engaging experiences possible on the Windows platform- simply, and by default”

In the screenshot showed at the Windows Developer Day, the company displayed a dark window overlaid with this description. The new [...]

 
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February 6, 2016

Microsoft XiaoIce: a massive social experiment in China

 

Microsoft released the Chinese version of Cortana, but including other interests in a its new project.

According to Yondong Wang, a senior researcher and scientist working with the company:

“It could be the largest Turing test in history”.

The digital assistant and artificial intelligence was named Xiao Na, included in the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 in China. Developed with the help of Microsoft’s Bing division of software developers and researchers, the artificial intelligence is also designed to offer human-like conversations and can act as a friend on social networks.

A Turing test, is a test that looks to see if a human can detect [...]

 
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June 1, 2015

Windows 10 launching July 29th

Microsoft announces Windows 10 release date

Microsoft has announced that their next version of Windows – Windows 10 will be available on July 29th as a free upgrade to all genuine customers running Windows 7 and 8.1.

Users will have one year to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Once upgraded, Microsoft will provide free updates for life. You can upgrade by clicking the small Windows icon on the bottom right of your task bar to reserve your free copy and be notified when it launches.

Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows in its current form, after this release future updates will be released in an OS X style manner.

Windows 10 has many new features [...]

 
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May 31, 2014

Skype announces real-time call translation

Don’t bother learning foreign languages anymore, this is the future

Skype has announced their plans to launch a real-time translation feature as a part of Skype that will allow you to communicate with anyone across the world in your native language as it will translate your speech into the receiver’s language where they can communicate back with you. This breaks down all language barriers allowing people to connect in ways never before possible.

Skype Translator has been a project that results from decades worth of work from Skype and the Microsoft Translator team and it’s sure to improve over time and as it completes its beta phase. The team demonstrated a [...]

 
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May 3, 2014

Microsoft releases XP patch despite supposed end of support

Microsoft releases a patch for XP after dropping support

Last month, Microsoft supposedly ended support for its wildly popular Windows XP operating system. Yet, just this week, it released a patch to close a security hole in versions of Internet Explorer compatible with XP. Microsoft described the patch as an “exception” to its decision to cease supporting the operating system.

Admittedly, Microsoft had good reason to make such an exception. On April 28th, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a statement urging organisations to either mitigate a newly discovered flaw or “consider employing an alternate browser.” Microsoft simply could not allow [...]

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