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We Built An App For Microsoft’s HoloLens — Microsoft's HoloLens is no joke. We've now tried the company's latest revision of its unreleased augmented reality headset and even built an app for it. The new hardware, which Microsoft also showcased during its Build developer conference keynote yesterday, feels very solid and the user experience (mostly) delivers on the company's promises.

Microsoft’s Project Oxford Gives Developers Access To Facial, Image And Speech-Recognition APIs — Microsoft quietly launched a set of new machine-learning APIs in beta under the " Project Oxford" moniker yesterday. These new APIs allow developers to add face detection and recognition features to their apps, as well as speech recognition with the ability to understand the speaker's intent.

Mesosphere’s Datacenter Operating System Lands On Microsoft Azure And AWS — Mesosphere's mission to build a container-centric service that allows developers to treat a data center with all of its various servers as a single entity is starting to come to fruition. Today, the company launched a public beta of its Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) on Microsoft Azure and Amazon's AWS cloud.

Microsoft Goes Big On Cross-Platform Development And HoloLens — What has Microsoft been up to? As it turns out, quite a lot. The company's more-than-three-hour keynote at its Build conference today covered a range of products: Office, Windows, Azure, and the unreleased HoloLens holographic headset and operating system. HoloLens, it's now clear, is not vaporware.

Microsoft Opens To Third-Party Add-Ins —, Microsoft's web-based email and calendaring client, is now open to third-party developers who want to build tools on top of it. Using the Outlook API, developers can build what Microsoft calls "contextual experiences" for This is clearly part of Microsoft's overall effort to make the data that its users create in its productivity apps available outside of these tools.

Microsoft Makes It Easier For Developers To Bring Their Android And iOS Apps To Windows 10 — Today, as expected, Microsoft announced that developers will be able to more easily bring their Android applications to Windows devices. Developers, Microsoft said, will be able to "reuse nearly all the Java and C++ code from an Android phone app to create apps for phones running Windows 10."

Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate With Support For Universal Apps — Microsoft is releasing the release candidate of Visual Studio 2015 today at its Build developer conference in San Francisco. As expected, this new release includes a number of bug fixes and UI polish, but more importantly, it now supports Universal Apps which can run on any Windows 10 device, including phones, tablets, PCs, Xbox and Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality project.

Microsoft Introduces Azure SQL Data Warehouse — Microsoft today announced a new service in its Azure database lineup during its Build developer conference keynote today. The Azure SQL Data Warehouse, which will go into public preview in June, is meant to give businesses access to an elastic petabyte-scale data warehouse-as-a-service offering that can scale according to their needs.

Microsoft Announces Azure Data Lake, A Data Repository For Big Data Analytics — Microsoft today announced Azure Data Lake, a new data repository for big data analytics workloads, during its Build developer conference keynote. The idea behind Data Lake is - as the name implies - to give developers a single place to store all of their structured and semi-structured data in its native format without having to worry about storage and capacity limitations on individual files.

Microsoft Announces Elastic SQL Database Pools For Azure — Developers and independent software vendors who often run hundreds - or even thousands - of separate databases for their customers now have a new option to manage them while keeping cost predictable.
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May 02, 2015

We weren't allowed to take photos during our HoloLens coding session, but Microsoft's video captures it well:…

May 02, 2015

During today's HoloLens session, developers who have already used it for a while didn't mention FOV issues. Maybe they have different ones?

May 01, 2015

@longzheng FOV: too limited; opacity very good; FPS dropped when things got busy (explosions), but no issue otherwise; depth felt right

May 01, 2015

The final version of HoloLens needs to have a wider field of view. It's awesome, but not as immersive as I expected.…

May 01, 2015

HoloLens Hands-On: How We Built An App For Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Headset

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft’s Project Oxford Gives Developers Access To Facial, Image And Speech-Recognition APIs

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