500M Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal

As ZDNet points out, Microsoft's restrictions and requirements for apps submitted to the Windows Store would essentially force Google to totally rewrite a new browser from the ground up. This makes popular web browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera not qualified for the Windows Store unless they re-code the core of their entire browser.

Windows 10 build 1507 was given a longer lifeline while Microsoft settled in to its update routine. While that is a far cry from a cool billion, Microsoft did admit in 2016 that the demise of Windows 10 mobile hampered adoption of the operating system and the company would miss its initial timeline.

One of the most noteworthy announcements at the keynote involved upgrades to Cortana; After this week's announcement of the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana on board, Microsoft showed of a new set of tools for developers to program for the assistant.

The welcome screen is really designed for kitchen PCs and new smaller hardware with screens that will support Cortana voice commands from across the room. Essentially, the translator plugin will offer real-time translation of powerpoint presentations without removing the original formatting. Similar to the iOS released by Apple, Microsoft wants to make a controlled product out of it.

California's GOP congressmen could pay politically for Obamacare repeal vote
That wing is led by Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a doctor who worked for decades in a charity hospital, and Susan Collins of Maine. Now that Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill to repeal Obamacare, the work is shifting to the Senate.

Microsoft also revealed that as a new developer on-ramp to Office 365, the company was now allowing any developer to publish apps for Microsoft Teams.

In another move that is bound to get developers salivating, Microsoft launched its Visual Studio coding platform for Mac. Previously it was available for preview.

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled new tools meant to democratise artificial intelligence (AI) by enabling machine smarts to be built into software from smartphone games to factory floors. The new Azure Cloud Shell brings a full Bash shell to the Portal, with support for Microsoft's own PowerShell coming later. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Two women wearing HoloLens devices try out a Windows mixed reality immersive experience at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Seattle.


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