Xbox Preview Program – Xbox One Controller Firmware update

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 4 recent echos

If you are a member of the Xbox Preview Program, I recommend you update your Xbox One controllers with the latest preview build OS version 1502.150120 which provides the following updates: – previous controller connections to an Xbox One took 4 5 seconds when powering on a controller, now they should occur in ~2 seconds – the firmware also provides a number of fixes that address issues submitted by customers and preview participants Thanks for helping make Xbox One better and better!

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Trill Moves Big Data Faster, by Orders of Magnitude

Posted 2 days ago ago at Microsoft Research News with 3 recent echos

In today’s high productivity computing environments that process dizzying amounts of data each millisecond, a research project named for “a trillion events per day” may seem relatively ordinary. But when you understand that Trill, a new high performance streaming analytics engine developed by Microsoft researchers, can process data at two to four orders of magnitude faster than today’s streaming engines, well, now you’re getting into wow territory, especially...

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Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the Surface 2

Posted 2 days ago ago at The Verge with 2 recent echos

Microsoft Surface just had a very healthy quarter, bringing the company $1.1 billion in revenue. While we dont actually know how many units that is, Microsoft says that most of them were its newest model, the Surface Pro 3, which outsold its predecessor, the Surface 2, three to one. So it shouldnt come as too much of a surprise that Microsoft is shifting its focus to the newer version instead. Today the company said it plans to stop making the Surface 2 in favor of focusing on the Surface Pro 3....

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There are now more than 2 million people testing Windows 10

Posted 2 days ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

During the earnings call, Microsoft said that there are now more than 2 million users testing out the next version of Windows, Windows 10. This represents strong growth of interested users in the platform following the Windows 10 keynote, as it was said on that day that there were 1.7 million users in the Insider program at that time. This means that the Insider group added over 300,000 users in about six days following the keynote. The latest version of Windows 10 contains a plethora of...

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Eric Horvitz Receives AAAI Feigenbaum Prize; Shares Reflections On AI Research

Posted 2 days ago ago at Microsoft Research News with 2 recent echos

How do our minds work? How can our thinking, perceiving, and all of our experiences arise in networks of neurons? I have wondered about answers to these questions for as long as I can remember. Until just a few decades ago, discussions on mind and brain generally occurred within philosophy and theology. Over the last century, research in psychology, biology, and computer science has brought into focus intriguing results and directions for approaching a . We don’t have a clear understanding...

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Microsoft to offer a paid version of its internal Cosmos big-data service

Posted 4 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 2 recent echos

Microsoft is developing an Azure hosted, paid version of its internal facing Cosmos big data computation, analysis and storage service. I speculated last August that Microsoft was poised to make Cosmos one of its next big Azure service offerings. Based on information shared with me by sources, it appears this, indeed, is happening. Currently, Cosmos is an internal facing Microsoft service only. It Microsoft massively parallel storage and computation service that handles data from Azure, Bing,...

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This Week’s Deals for Xbox Live Members

Posted 2 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 2 recent echos

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 02 February 2015. […] The post This Week’s Deals for Xbox Live Members appeared first on Xbox Live's Major Nelson.

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What we know about Project Spartan: extensions and performance, yes, Windows 7, no

Posted 18 hours ago ago at Arstechnica with 2 recent echos

At the event, Spartan new user interface was shown off. Beyond regular browser capabilities, Spartan will include Cortana integration, a note taking capability, and a reader mode. The heart of the browser is its rendering engine. Microsoft first described its new engine last year. The company isnt abandoning its Trident engine in favor of WebKit used in Safari or Blink used in Chrome and Opera. Instead, it has forked the engine to create two versions. There the legacy Internet Explorer 11 engine...

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