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All the cool Windows 10 features Microsoft announced at its Build conference


Microsoft hosted its first virtual Build conference for developers last night. The company announced a bunch of new stuff including a quantum computer built with OpenAI, new building blocks for live collaboration in Office, and Lists — a collaborative app for teams. Along with all this, the tech giant is also bringing some key changes to the Windows platform for developers including bringing Linux UI to Windows, and a macOS Spotlight-like search-bar feature. Here are all the Windows-related announcements from the company: Project Reunion Microsoft has constantly tried to push developers to make Windows 10 apps that can run across…

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Microsoft is releasing a preview of its Azure Quantum computing platform


Microsoft today announced that it’s making Azure Quantum, its platform for quantum computing for developers and companies, available as a limited preview. At its Build Developer Conference, the company said its offering this platform to select partners and developers in a preview stage. If you’re a selected partner, you will get access to quantum hardware and software from Microsoft, 1QBit, Honeywell, IonQ, and QCI. You might not be able to access this platform right away, but you can always start learning about quantum computing. Microsoft has already made it’s Quantum Development Kit (QDK) open-sourced for people to educate themselves with basics.…

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Microsoft open-sources its coronavirus threat data for security researchers


For the last couple of months, cybercriminals have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to launch a series of attacks on individuals and companies, with a COVID-19 angle. In order to fight these threats, Microsoft has open-sourced its threat knowledge to help the security community build protective solutions for users. The company said it already provides a cover against coronavirus-themed attacks to customers using Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP) through products like Microsoft Defender. However, now it’s open-sourcing knowledge for people who might not be protected by MTP. As a part of the announcement, Microsoft has released new indicators to detect these attacks. For…

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Microsoft will detail how it plans to unify UWP and Win32 apps at Build 2020


The Universal Windows Platform, UWP for short, was supposed to be the future of Windows. Back when Microsoft still had aspirations for Windows to be a major mobile OS, UWP apps were supposed to be able to function on desktops, tablets, and phones alike. Yet over the years, developers largely stuck to the tried and trusted Win32 platform. Now it seems Microsoft is getting rid of UWP altogether. As spotted by Paul Thurrott, a session for the company’s upcoming online-only Build conference will explain “how the Windows app platform is evolving and unifying Win32 and UWP” under the WinUI framework. Another…

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Microsoft’s new AI can generate smart to-do lists from your emails


Researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft’s AI team today unveiled a ‘Smart To-Do’ tool for automatically generating task lists from emails. Smart To-Do is an AI feature that scans your outgoing emails for actionable text and turns your self-given tasks into items on an automatically generated to-do list. If, for example, you tell your boss that you’ll give them an update on the Amsterdam account by noon on Wednesday, the AI will put something like “update the boss on the Amsterdam account” on your to-do list with the applicable deadline. The (hopefully) upcoming feature was revealed in a…

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Microsoft bundled its beautiful Bing wallpapers into a free Android app


Bing might not be the top choice as a search engine for a lot of folks, but there’s no denying that it has some of the most beautiful wallpapers. Microsoft recently released a Windows app to put these wallpapers on your desktop, and now, there’s an Android app too. Till now, Google Play store only had unofficial Bing Wallpaper apps. However, this new app brings Bing’s official wallpaper gallery with additional features. The app shows a new image daily that you can set as your wallpaper. You can set the wallpaper to change automatically every week or month too. [Read: This AI…

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Microsoft announces xCloud support for Game Pass games coming in 2020


Microsoft Xbox boss Phil Specter today confirmed the rumors that Game Pass would be getting streaming support in the form of xCloud later this year. This comes after the company revealed subscriber numbers for the first time yesterday, surprising everyone with the news the service had surpassed 10 million users. Xbox Game Pass, often mislabeled as a “Netflix for gaming,” is a subscription service featuring access to a library with more than 100 Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games. Unlike Netflix, you have to download the games you want to play. This means you have to plan ahead if…

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Microsoft Word’s AI wants to rewrite your crappy sentences


Microsoft has released a handy new tool for writers struggling to turn their ingenious ideas into words. The feature is a new addition to Rewrite Suggestions, an AI-powered editor for Word that was first unveiled at the 2019 Microsoft Build conference. The tool initially only offered ideas on different ways to express a phrase, but the update adds suggestions for entire sentences. The feature is currently only available for users of Word on the web with a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription, but Microsoft plans to extend it to desktop and mobile versions in the future. [Read: Microsoft takes on Grammarly with new Editor extension…

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What Elon Musk can learn from Bill Gates about handling a pandemic


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr. There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to separate competent leaders from those who are merely in charge. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is one of the former. He’s spent years working with leading medical experts to develop a measured response to a situation exactly like the one we’re in. Despite the fact he retired from his leadership positions at Microsoft so he could pursue philanthropic endeavors with his non-profit…

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Microsoft takes on Grammarly with new Editor extension for Chrome and Edge


Today, Microsoft announced it was rebranding Office 365 as Microsoft 365 as it sought to expand its feature set beyond work life. Among the most interesting of those new features is Microsoft Editor, the company’s challenger to Grammarly. While Microsoft has had spelling and grammar correction in Word and other Office apps for as long as I can remember, Microsoft Editor doubles down on the feature by offering up AI-powered writing suggestions that go well beyond the usual fare. Moreover, it is available outside of Office apps, as an extension for both Chrome and the new Edge. The new Editor…

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