I talked to someone in China today, Skype Translator made it happen

When Microsoft showed off Skype translator last year we knew it would become the future of communication. So when the company finally released the beta of the tool and said that it now supports Mandarin, it was time to test out the tool in the real world. Using the Skype Translation app I called up my friend Shaosen Chen …

Patch for Windows 7 and 8 will notify users to upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 is still months away, but that isn’t stopping Microsoft from deploying some tools that will remind users to update to the newest operating system once it becomes available. A recent “recommended” patch showed up in Windows Update, linked to KB3035583, which seemingly prepares machines for the new OS. The knowledge base article describes the …

Microsoft pushes out Surface Pro 3 firmware update, adds enterprise features

Microsoft has released an update today for the Surface Pro 3 that adds new features that are targeted at enterprise users. The update is available now and you can download the bits through Windows Update. So what’s in the new update? Microsoft has added support for enterprise disk encryption, enhanced the advanced configuration settings for device security, …

Microsoft is bringing Cortana to Android and iOS

Ever since Microsoft first unveiled Cortana as part of Windows Phone 8.1, there’s been speculation that the company might bring its digital ‘personal assistant’ to other operating systems. Indeed, it has seemed almost inevitable, given Microsoft’s growing focus on making its products and services available across multiple platforms. In November, Microsoft’s chief experience officer and former head …

Windows Hello: Microsoft is making the password obsolete in Windows 10

One of the major features in Windows 10 is the way Microsoft addresses security, user accounts and sign-on options, and though the company has touched on this topic before, it’s only now giving us a more comprehensive look in the form of Windows Hello. Windows Hello is an authentication system that uses a variety of biometric …

Microsoft to introduce Skype for Business on March 18, replacing Lync

Back in November, Microsoft announced plans to rebrand its Lync business communications suite, and it has now set a date for the change.   The company said last year that “the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365.” …