Over time, Webex will evolve into something that will help employees perform in remote meetings, at the same time providing managers with the information they need to fine tune their teams, while holding employee privacy as a critical requirement.
It's a supply contract potentially worth $21.9 billion over the next 10 years, Microsoft confirmed to CNBC .In its press release, the US Army confirmed its order of HoloLens AR headsets for its infantry and stated that the program is aimed "to deliver next-generation night vision and situational awareness capabilities to the Close Combat Force (CCF) at the speed of relevance."
When Microsoft Flight Sim first launched, it was without any VR support whatsoever, as we reported at the time.The Flight Simulator developers have indicated that sometime in December the Steam version of the sim will be open to any VR headset that’s compatible with SteamVR.
Let's contrast IBM's and Microsoft's healthcare efforts this week -- and we'll close with my product of the week: the most advanced electric motorcycle on the market.Microsoft's Cloud for Healthcare focuses on fixing the data interoperability problem, which is perhaps Microsoft's new best skill.
Not only do you have to own the game, have a Windows Mixed Reality headset, be a registered Microsoft Flight Simulator “Insider” and sign an NDA, you’ll need a slightly beefier PC than the base game — with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or better sporting 8GB of VRAM, as well as 16GB of system memory.
The acquisition of ZeniMax notably comes on the heels of Microsoft debuting two new Xbox consoles; the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S .A $7.5 billion deal marks one of the biggest ever seen in the gaming industry globally.
"Apple's position on blocking xCloud and other cloud gaming services is unsustainable, particularly as other content streaming services such as Netflix are already on the App Store," he told TechNewsWorld.
After several years of building and testing previews, Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of its Azure Sphere secure IoT service.
Microsoft's Healthcare Bot service uses artificial intelligence to screen patients and free up medical personnel to provide critical care to those who need it, Bitran and Gabarra explained.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Project Operations, which connects cross-functional project teams, will be generally available Oct. 1) Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance Insights, slated for preview in May, will bring AI into an organization's finance processes, automating or eliminating repetitive, time consuming and low-value daily activities so organizations can understand and act on their cash position and take proactive actions to improve it.
"This also wasn't mentioned, but Microsoft wants to get more into the cloud-based side of gaming's future," he said, "and I also think we'll see more news on this front before Xbox Series X is launched this holiday season.".
HoloLens creator Alex Kipman tried Valve’s upcoming VR title Half-Life: Alyx and shared some choice words about his experience.Alex Kipman, the chief visionary behind HoloLens, had some serious praise to share after trying the game just last week.
Microsoft wants to empower its Azure cloud computing service with yet-to-exist artificial general intelligence (AGI) technologies to create new goals for supercomputing. "OpenAI believes they can work with Microsoft to develop hardware and software platform within Microsoft Azure which will scale to AGI," a Microsoft spokesperson said in comments provided to TechNewsWorld by company rep Joel Gunderson.
"So we've heard through the grapevine, over on our Discord, actually, from someone we do trust that there may be a tie between Microsoft and Oculus and that they are going to bring the Rift S to the next-gen Xbox," the podcast said.
It's an open question how features like matchmaking and friend lists will work for Xbox games like Sea of Thieves on Steam, but Microsoft clearly has a plan for Halo and a strong interest in cross-platform support.
More specifically, under the memorandum signed by the two companies, Microsoft and Sony will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services.
Building VR Experiences to View in the Oculus Go App. Credit: Micah Shippee / Tech & Learning. THE Journal also reports that the kit includes “a new programming tool that allows the user to produce ‘bite-sized’ VR games and experiences from scratch or by using the existing games as a jumping off point,” suggesting a whole host of potential educational applications.
Other products which Microsoft will no longer be promoting include Xbox Live cards, Visual Studio and Windows, but these were never products that were pushed by Affiliate members to any degree. Microsoft is increasingly seeing Windows Mixed Reality as an enterprise rather than consumer play.
The company demonstrated this at the product's launch as it showed how the same model could be viewed by both a HoloLens 2 and an iPad. In this instance, the iOS or Android device uses its native rendering capabilities (ARKit or ARCore), but Microsoft's Azure infrastructure can manage the anchor points and room mapping that Microsoft says has been a challenge for mixed reality developers.
In 2012, however -- just three years after the release of Windows 7 -- Microsoft took the OS in a completely new direction with Windows 8, which offered what the company dubbed a "Modern User Interface" with touchscreen options.
When I took to Twitter to air my frustration at the lack of clarity (especially considering that the stated “more than double” was relative to the HoloLens 1 FOV which Microsoft had also been coy about sharing) Alex Kipman responded by pointing to a huge Wired pre-reveal feature article published this week where he confirmed a 34 degree diagonal field of view (16:9) for the original headset, and a 52 degree diagonal (3:2) for HoloLens 2.
While the headset has all the tech improvements you might expect, Microsoft surprised the industry with some solid commitments to being open in what it calls “the third era of computing.” Microsoft technical fellow and HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman made three key commitments for the company’s Mixed Reality platform: “We believe in an open app store model.
“If you’re going to be on battery, [it’s] hard to find a product that’s not running ARM today.” The original HoloLens ran on an Intel processor, and it ran Windows.
Honestly, I think that for some compromises that are necessary for every next-gen hardware (e.g. sacrificing the image quality to increase battery duration), Microsoft won’t be able to reach that maximum and so it will ship a device with around 60-65° FOV , that is anyway bigger than the one of Magic Leap (that has a horizontal FOV of 50°).