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Cortana is now your personal DJ


A simple “Hey, Cortana” summons her while you’re busy chopping veggies but in the mood for music. You can ask her to play your pre-made playlists, albums, artists, genres, and even to shuffle your music. She’s also happy to pause and resume playback of a song, skip forward to the … Read more »

Football fans: Draft Bing to be on your team this season


Bing Predicts’ machine learning and deep knowledge helps provide weekly power rankings with predictions of which team Bing thinks will win their respective division, and who is on-pace to earn those elusive wild-card spots. Weekly game-by-game predictions will now come with explanations, as well as what it will take for … Read more »

Developers: Office UI Fabric now available on GitHub


It’s simple and familiar to get up and running with Office UI Fabric — whether you’re creating a new app from scratch or adding new features to an existing one. With Office UI Fabric you can apply simple CSS styles to make Web applications look and feel like the rest … Read more »

Mandatory updates ensure continuous Azure backups

Microsoft announced on Monday two mandatory updates for the Azure Backup agent to ensure continuous backups to Azure. The updates incorporate fixes related to changes on the Azure platform, including the removal of older versions of Microsoft Azure Storage and the renewal of server registration certificates. … Read more »

Inclusive design isn’t just polite – it’s also good business


Sometimes, serving others can be a wonderfully self-serving experience. Take Christina Chen, a fast-rising star at Microsoft who was recently named by Business Insider as one of the “most powerful women engineers in the world.” She began her “education” young, working in her parents’ restaurant, where she first formed the … Read more »