A new version of Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch rival, hits iOS and Android

 Microsoft today is officially launching a new version of its Mixer mobile gameplay streaming app, its Twitch rival. The app, which is initially available on Android with iOS arriving soon, was first introduced into beta testing this fall, with a focus on improvements to its overall user experience, content discovery, performance and personalization features. For example, the beta build… Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/14/a-new-version-of-mixer-microsofts-twitch-rival-hits-ios-and-android/?ncid=rss

Microsoft looks to make Bing results smarter with new AI-powered features and Reddit partnership

 At a special AI-focused event today in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a number of feature updates to Bing that it hopes will make results smarter by leveraging the company’s AI research, as well as a new partnership with Reddit. Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/13/microsoft-looks-to-make-bing-results-smarter-with-a-little-help-from-reddit/?ncid=rss

Microsoft makes Azure Bot Service generally available for developers

 Microsoft introduced the Azure Bot Framework more than two years ago and companies have been building chatbots for a variety of scenarios ever since. Today, the company made generally available the Microsoft Azure Bot Service and Microsoft Cognitive Language Understanding service (known as LUIS). Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/13/microsoft-makes-azure-bot-service-generally-available/?ncid=rss

PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client

 The first thing I download on a new Windows machine – after Chrome, of course – is PuTTY. This tried-and-true OpenSSH client has served millions of devs quite well for the past twenty years and I’m sure it will still remain a favorite but Microsoft has added its own ssh client to Windows, a move that points to more openness on the part of Redmond. The folks at ServeTheHome… Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/13/putty-begone-microsoft-will-ship-an-openssh-client/?ncid=rss

Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview

 At the Microsoft Ignite Conference in September, Microsoft let it be known it was going to be a player in the future of quantum computing, and today the company took another step toward that goal when it released a preview of its quantum computing development kit. The kit includes all of the pieces a developer needs to get started including a Q# language and compiler, a Q# library, a local… Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/11/microsoft-releases-quantum-computing-development-kit-preview/?ncid=rss

Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses

 Tencent’s overseas investment splurge continues after the company confirmed a deal with Spotify that will see the duo make investments in each other’s music businesses. Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), the Chinese firm’s subsidiary that manages its music streaming and karaoke services, will make an undisclosed minority investment in Spotify through new shares, while… Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/08/spotify-tencent-share-swap/?ncid=rss

Microsoft introduces Simplygon Cloud 3D object optimization for AR and VR

 In January, Microsoft acquired 3D optimization service Simplygon for an undisclosed sum. Today, we’re seeing the fruits of that buy with the launch of Simplygon Cloud, which the company hopes will help game developers integrate the optimization tool into their workflows to make content more friendly to resource-intensive AR and VR platforms. Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/07/microsoft-introduces-simplygon-cloud-3d-object-optimization-service/?ncid=rss

Heptio teams up with Microsoft to build a better Kubernetes disaster recovery solution

 With the rise of Kubernetes as the de facto standard for container orchestration, it’s no surprise that there’s now a whole ecosystem of companies springing up around this open source project. Heptio is one of the most interesting ones, in no small part due to the fact that it was founded by Kubernetes co-founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie. Today, Heptio announced that it is… Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/07/heptio-teams-up-with-microsoft-to-build-a-better-kubernetes-disaster-recovery-solution/?ncid=rss

Microsoft shows off Windows PCs that run on Qualcomm chips

 Intel’s stumbles in the mobile arena grew to become Qualcomm’s gains with its Snapdragon platform, but now it appears that Qualcomm intends to upend their dominance in entry-level PCs as well. Today, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that Windows would begin running on systems powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile chipsets. Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/05/microsoft-shows-off-windows-pcs-that-run-on-qualcomm-chips/?ncid=rss

Microsoft’s collaborative Whiteboard app is now available for Windows 10 users

 When it announced the new Surface Pro a few months back, Microsoft also used the opportunity to preview Whiteboard, a Windows 10 app designed to offer creative and business collaboration across devices. Since then, the app’s only been available as a private beta, but starting today, Microsoft’s offering it up as a public beta for anyone with a Windows 10 device.
Whiteboard is a… Read More

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/05/microsofts-collaborative-whiteboard-app-is-now-available-for-windows-10-users/?ncid=rss