Cisco, Microsoft and a Simulated Workplace Future

Cisco, Microsoft and a Simulated Workplace Future

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.

Microsoft Wins $22B Deal To Supply US Army With HoloLens AR Glasses

Microsoft Wins $22B Deal To Supply US Army With HoloLens AR Glasses

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."

Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets SteamVR Support In December 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets SteamVR Support In December 2020

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.

IBM, Microsoft, and the Future of Healthcare

IBM, Microsoft, and the Future of Healthcare

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.

You can now sign up to test Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR

You can now sign up to test Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR

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.

Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way

Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way

Satya Nadella came in, and now Microsoft is both more powerful and not threatening because they approach market dominance the right way -- by not focusing on it.

Microsoft Snaps Up ZeniMax

Microsoft Snaps Up ZeniMax

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, Microsoft, Facebook Rumble Over Game Streaming Apps

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook Rumble Over Game Streaming Apps

"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.

Microsoft Covers All the Bases With Impressive Surface Lineup

Microsoft Covers All the Bases With Impressive Surface Lineup

The commercial versions of the Surface Go 2 and the Surface Book 3 are shipped with Windows 10 Pro and access to Microsoft Advanced Exchange, a warranty service offering free expedited device replacement, in supported markets.

Linux-Powered Azure IoT Security Platform Arrives

Linux-Powered Azure IoT Security Platform Arrives

After several years of building and testing previews, Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of its Azure Sphere secure IoT service.

Ask Siri if You Have the Coronavirus

Ask Siri if You Have the Coronavirus

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 Injects New AI Features Into Dynamics 365

Microsoft Injects New AI Features Into Dynamics 365

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.

Microsoft Releases 'Mind Blowing' Xbox Specs

Microsoft Releases 'Mind Blowing' Xbox Specs

"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: ‘Half-Life: Alyx is the most immersive VR game I’ve ever played’

HoloLens Creator: ‘Half-Life: Alyx is the most immersive VR game I’ve ever played’

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.

VR not a focus of Project Scarlett, says Phil Spencer

VR not a focus of Project Scarlett, says Phil Spencer

Back in Sydney in 2016, Spencer told us that VR would come to Xbox One X (then Project Scorpio) when it didn’t feel like “demos and experiments.”.Spencer said customers don’t associate Xbox with VR, nor do they expect it from the brand.

Microsoft, OpenAI Shoot for the Stars

Microsoft, OpenAI Shoot for the Stars

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.

Project Scarlett rumored to be compatible with Oculus Rift S

Project Scarlett rumored to be compatible with Oculus Rift S

"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.

Xbox Gamers Will Give a Damn About This 'Scarlett'

Xbox Gamers Will Give a Damn About This 'Scarlett'

"The industry-at-large views cloud gaming as an eventual destination, but the launch of new consoles by Sony and Microsoft are strong evidence this transition will take time," he told TechNewsWorld.

Microsoft is bringing more games to Steam, says 'We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games'

Microsoft is bringing more games to Steam, says 'We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games'

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.

Sony and Microsoft Announce New Strategic Gaming Partnership

Sony and Microsoft Announce New Strategic Gaming Partnership

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.

Google, Microsoft In Step in New Era

Google, Microsoft In Step in New Era

Both firms now are pretty much on the same page -- not only with regard to an increasing customer focus, but also when it comes to putting their efforts into making the world a better place.

VR and Education in 2019

VR and Education in 2019

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.

Like everyone else, Microsoft no longer cares about Windows Mixed Reality

Like everyone else, Microsoft no longer cares about Windows Mixed Reality

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.

Microsoft’s Army HoloLens is Being Tested

Microsoft’s Army HoloLens is Being Tested

According to the CNBC article, while Microsoft is the biggest name in this project, there are actually 13 companies that won contracts for the IVAS, such as Flir and their thermal sensors.

HoloLens 2: Going hands-on with holograms

HoloLens 2: Going hands-on with holograms

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.

End of the Line for Windows 7: Open Road for Hackers

End of the Line for Windows 7: Open Road for Hackers

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.

Microsoft Significantly Misrepresented HoloLens 2’s Field of View at Reveal

Microsoft Significantly Misrepresented HoloLens 2’s Field of View at Reveal

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.

Microsoft’s new open model for Windows and HoloLens 2 impresses Epic’s Tim Sweeney

Microsoft’s new open model for Windows and HoloLens 2 impresses Epic’s Tim Sweeney

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.

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2: a $3,500 mixed reality headset for the factory, not the living room

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2: a $3,500 mixed reality headset for the factory, not the living room

“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.

What to expect from next-gen HoloLens

What to expect from next-gen HoloLens

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°).