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Xbox Adaptive Controller Makes TIME Magazine’s List of Best 2018 Inventions

TIME has praised the Xbox Adaptive Controller's ability to truly bring gaming to everyone, combining a sleek design with huge buttons and modular system to help those with disabilities.

Microsoft Launches Azure Blockchain Development Kit

The new Azure Blockchain Development Kit gives developers tools to efficiently create blockchain-based applications.
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Microsoft Translator Gets 11% Quality Improvement Thanks to Research Advances

Advances used to reach human parity earlier in the year are now available in Microsoft Translator, powering a more accurate experience across Bing, Office 365, and Azure.

Microsoft Reveals How Azure IoT Has Been Powering Its Partner’s Smart Cities

Microsoft has highlighted the impact of its Azure IoT platform in smart cities, with projects to reduce congestion and more in Denver, Espoo, Antwerp, and more.

‘Microsoft Area’ Opens in London John Lewis Store

A John Lewis store in Chelsea now offers various Surface devices, Microsoft accessories, and OEM partner desktops, creating one the tech giants first physical store experiences in the UK.

Microsoft Store Is Now Accepting Submissions for Native ARM64 Apps

Visual Studio 15.9 finally lets developers creative native ARM64 apps, with the Microsoft Store officially open to their submission. The move should increase performance for some apps on Snapdragon processors.
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Sony to Skip E3 2019 as Microsoft Announces ‘Lots to Share’

Sony will be skipping E3 2019 while it works on innovative products and 'explores new and familiar ways' to interact with its community. Meanwhile, Xbox and Nintendo could be set for a strong lineup, with possible console announcements.

Microsoft Whiteboard for Education Is Now Available in Preview

Microsoft Whiteboard for Education will introduce integration with OneNote Class Notebooks, school-focused stickers, and allow for the quick import of physical notes.
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Microsoft and Apple Among Tech Giants Benefitting from President Trump’s Tax Laws

Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet, Cisco, and Oracle are benefitting from President Trump’s tax laws and spending huge amounts on buying back stock.

Microsoft Debuts Solution for Businesses to Create a Branded Virtual Assistant

A new Microsoft tool allows a virtual assistant to be created for an individual company. The project is open source and offers “broad scope”.

Cortana 3.0 for iOS Arrives on App Store with New Design

The latest full release of Cortana on iPhones and iPads has brought a new user interface experience and some improvements across features.

Microsoft Launches AirSim Autonomous Vehicle Platform on Unity

AirSim is a highly realistic simulation environment for testing autonomous vehicles. The platform is not available on the Unity engine.
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Microsoft Office Accused of Breaking EU GDPR Laws by “Covertly” Taking User Data

An investigation by Dutch authorities has found Microsoft Office telemetry data practices break 8 regulations in the new GDPR laws.

Windows 10 19H1 Preview 18282 Adds Light Mode to Desktop Experience

Alongside new Light Mode elements, Windows 10 19H1 also receives changes to the Snip & Sketch feature and improvements to Windows Update.

Microsoft Launches PlayFab Cloud Gaming Management Platform

Using its acquisition of PlayFab, Microsoft has debuted a new platform based on Azure that helps game developers manage their multiplayer titles more efficiently.

Google Glass Enterprise Edition Gains FCC Certification

After hinting the release of a Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 recently, the device has made its way through the FCC.

Microsoft Commits to Windows 10 Quality Following October 2018 Update Failure

Microsoft says it will improve quality in future Windows 10 builds after the October 2018 Update was paused last month following numerous issues.

Windows 10 App Gap? Microsoft’s Platform Has 35 Million Apps

However, while Windows 10 apps dwarf iOS and Android’s, the Microsoft Store is still limited, and the total does not reflect how customers use apps.

Microsoft Discusses C# 8.0 Features Ahead of Preview in Visual Studio 2019

C# 8.0 will not launch until next year, but previews are coming soon, and Microsoft has discussed some of the new additions to the programming language.

Microsoft’s New Emoji8 App Shows the Power of Windows Machine Learning

Microsoft is showcasing its Windows ML service through a fun app called Emoji8, an open source facial recognition app available in the Store now.