Microsoft patents hint at a wearable device with actuators

Microsoft has discontinued its lineup of wearable devices after launching the Microsoft Band 2. However, the company seems to be planning a comeback. A new patent file named “WEARABLE DEVICE” was published by USPTO and filed by Microsoft in June 2017. Continue reading “Microsoft patents hint at a wearable device with actuators”

Microsoft patent hint at dual-screen folding device

Microsoft patent

A new Microsoft patent filing hints at a twin-screen folding hinged device which is about the size of a smartphone.  The hinge connects two screens on the device which also shows that the company is still interested in new form factors for its hardware.  Continue reading “Microsoft patent hint at dual-screen folding device”

Microsoft Hummingbird AI-powered news App for Android released

Microsoft Hummingbird

Microsoft has released Hummingbird, an AI-powered News app for Android which currently is only available in the USA.  The app offers login in through Microsoft or LinkedIn accounts, but you can go ahead by skipping. The main home screen offers various topics for you to chose from. Continue reading “Microsoft Hummingbird AI-powered news App for Android released”

Microsoft and new AI report details the need for facial recognition regulation to protect public privacy

Facial recognition

A new report from the AI Now Institute which is an influential research institute based in New York has just identified facial recognition as a key challenge for society and policymakers. The report calls out for the US government to take general steps to improve the regulation of technology over the privacy implications. Continue reading “Microsoft and new AI report details the need for facial recognition regulation to protect public privacy”

Microsoft confirms Edge browser switch to Chromium, preview build to release early 2019

Microsoft Edge

After rumors, Microsoft has officially confirmed that it is adopting the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility and less fragmentation of the web. Working with open source is not new for Microsoft Edge, its mobile browser has been based on the open source from its beginnings. Continue reading “Microsoft confirms Edge browser switch to Chromium, preview build to release early 2019”

Microsoft said to be working on chromium-powered web browser to replace Edge on Windows 10

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge which debuted in 2015 was designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, however, it never saw the success the company wanted. The browser was launched with a sack of problems leading to rejection right when it arrived and it failed to gain any traction since then. For this, reason, the company is said to be working on a new web browser that is powered by Chromium.  Continue reading “Microsoft said to be working on chromium-powered web browser to replace Edge on Windows 10”

Microsoft said to be working on Windows Lite to rival Chrome OS

Microsoft is said to be secretly working on a new version of Windows which is currently called ‘Lite’, based on documentation found in the latest build. This new version is not Windows exactly, but it is a version of the OS that is targeted at Chromebooks. Continue reading “Microsoft said to be working on Windows Lite to rival Chrome OS”

Microsoft Surface roadmap reveals refreshed Surface Pro, disc-less Xbox, foldable Andromeda and more for 2019

Microsoft Surface Concept

Microsoft watcher Brad Sams latest revelations suggest that 2019 is going to be a busy year for Microsoft as it lays out a potential roadmap of hardware releases for the company over the next couple of years. It includes refreshes and some new versions of products like Surface Pro, Xbox, and also an update to the mysterious “Andromeda.” Continue reading “Microsoft Surface roadmap reveals refreshed Surface Pro, disc-less Xbox, foldable Andromeda and more for 2019”

Microsoft introduces new Office icons part of bigger design overhaul

Microsoft Office icons

Microsoft back in 2013 has updated the Office icons and after five years, the company is again transforming office into a collaborative suite that lets you work together in real-time from almost any device. The company is changing the official icons for Office 365 again. Continue reading “Microsoft introduces new Office icons part of bigger design overhaul”

Microsoft Launcher beta gets Android Pie-like Digital Health feature

Microsoft launcher for Android gets a new update which brings Android 9.0 Pei’s Digital Wellbeing like feature which it is calling ‘Digital Health.’ This allows you to track which apps you use, how long you use them, and even how often you unlock your phone. Continue reading “Microsoft Launcher beta gets Android Pie-like Digital Health feature”

Now you can sign in to your Microsoft Account without a password using Windows Hello or FIDO2 security key

Microsoft

Microsoft is making it easier to protect your identity on Windows, it is making updates to the Account Protection page, which clearly alerts you if there’s an action to take to improve your account protection. This page aims to make it as simple as possible for you to protect your account. Continue reading “Now you can sign in to your Microsoft Account without a password using Windows Hello or FIDO2 security key”

Microsoft acknowledges iCloud Windows 10 October 2018 build compatibility issue

Even though Microsoft fixed the data loss issue and resumed the Windows 10 October update, few users are reporting iCloud for Windows compatibility issues. As reported, the latest version of Windows 10 is incompatible with the latest version of iCloud. However, Microsoft and Apple are said to be working together to resolve the issues. Continue reading “Microsoft acknowledges iCloud Windows 10 October 2018 build compatibility issue”

Microsoft said to be working on disc-less Xbox console for 2019

Microsoft is said to be planning on releasing a new hardware product which is an updated Xbox One console but won’t be in the Scarlett devices which are next-gen consoles and are not expected until 2020 but in 2019. The company is planning to release a disc-less console.  Continue reading “Microsoft said to be working on disc-less Xbox console for 2019”

Microsoft acquires AI-based bot development studio XOXCO

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of XOXCO, a software product design and development studio known for its conversational AI and bot development capabilities. It is established in 2013 and has been paving the way in conversational AI. It was responsible for the creation of Howdy, the first commercially available bot for Slack that helps schedule meetings. Continue reading “Microsoft acquires AI-based bot development studio XOXCO”

Cortana 3.0 with redesigned interface, conversational experiences and more released for iOS

Cortana

Cortana 3.0 which was in beta since last month is now finally available for all the iOS users. This update brings redesigned interface, the ability for you to have “conversational experiences” with the voice assistant, listen to music and podcasts, and more. Continue reading “Cortana 3.0 with redesigned interface, conversational experiences and more released for iOS”