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10/20/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
My "non-reviewer's review" of the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker that works with Cortana: A solid device, but still not something I want or need.
10/19/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft's latest Windows Server 2016 feature update, known as Build 1709, doesn't include support for Windows Server Essentials or Storage Spaces Direct.
10/19/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft's newest Android pal, Huawei, is making available customized versions of Microsoft's LinkedIn and Microsoft Translator apps as part of its new Mate 10 phones.
10/17/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Maybe this 'One Microsoft' thing really is taking hold -- at least if you believe Microsoft's account of how the latest Surface Book, Windows 10 feature update and new Office release all came to be.
10/17/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft also will be making Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams available for US government customers in early 2018.
10/17/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft's new MacBook Pro competitor will start shipping new 13.5-inch and 15-inch Surface Book 2 high-performance laptops as of mid-November. Here's what to expect.
10/17/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft's newest feature update for Windows 10 is now available to mainstream users for PCs. Technically savvy users can grab the final bits starting today, October 17.
10/16/2017   InfoWorld Insider

Node.js, a cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment for servers and applications, offers many benefits. Low memory usage, good performance, and a large ecosystem of packages, which currently number about 475,000, have made Node.js a popular choice for building web servers, REST APIs, real-time network applications (e.g. chat, games), and even cross-platform desktop apps.

If you haven’t already gotten started with Node.js, perhaps it’s time. Check out my Node.js explainer to learn how Node.js works its magic. In this article, we’ll step through installing Node.js and the NPM package manager, spinning up a simple web server, and using the Node.js cluster module to take advantage of multiple CPU cores.

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10/11/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Patches that Microsoft published for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 have resulted in problems for some business users. Here are some ways administrators can fix things.
10/10/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is running ahead of projections in terms of how quickly its Office users are moving to Office 365, says the head of Office. And more LinkedIn integrations are coming soon.
10/10/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is informing its PC maker partners of some coming changes to the way it will price and license Windows 10 for certain classes of users.
10/05/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft may have just outed its pricing for the first standalone Cortana-powered speaker from Harman Kardon, which is due out this fall.
10/05/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is rolling out new Edge apps for iOS and Android (plus an updated Launcher app for Android) as part of its strategy to try to keep Windows 10 PCs central to users' computing mix.
10/04/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is announcing at JavaOne that Java support is coming to its Azure Functions serverless service, fulfilling one of its biggest developer requests.
10/03/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft also takes the wraps off another Mixed Reality headset and reiterates its Windows Mixed Reality vision at its Windows Mixed Reality showcase in San Francisco.
10/02/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is dropping out of the music streaming game. Instead, it's partnering with Spotify, further reducing the number of first-party consumer-specific cloud services Redmond offers.
10/02/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is seeking testers for its alternative to Amazon's AWS Snowball: Its Azure Data Box data-transfer appliance and service.
10/02/2017   InfoWorld Insider

“Alexa, what’s the weather forecast?” “Alexa, when is the next New York Giants game?”

There are thousands of things you can find out by asking Alexa, the voice service behind Amazon’s popular Echo, Dot, and other hardware. And, if there’s not already a “skill” that does what you want, it’s not that hard to build your own. In this tutorial, I show you how to create a staff directory so Alexa can look up members of a team.

Defined: What is an Alexa skill

In some ways, an Alexa skill is similar to a web application: There’s a front end and a back end. When interacting with a skill, users speak to Alexa-enabled hardware as the front end instead of typing into a browser. Alexa developers create code for a skill’s voice user interface in Amazon’s developer console, as opposed to in HTML and CSS on a web server.

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09/29/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is continuing to advance its long-time goal of a truly common operating system across different Windows form factors with its 'AndromedaOS' effort.
09/27/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is expanding its Dynamics 365 lineup with new modular SaaS apps, and is selling customizable virtual support-agent services under the 'Dynamics 365 AI' brand.
09/26/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is using this week's Ignite conference to try to help clarify its collaboration-tool strategy. Here's how SharePoint, Teams and Yammer figure in the mix.
09/26/2017   ZDNet Microsoft
Yes, Virginia, there will be another version of the Microsoft Office perpetual client, as well as SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype for Business Servers, all coming in the latter half of 2018.