Portugália Airlines and The Gang launch first immersive e-learning hub on Microsoft Mesh

Portugália Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of TAP Air Portugal, has partnered with The Gang, a developer studio specialising in creating bespoke digital experiences, to launch the first immersive e-learning hub on Microsoft Mesh, a cloud-based platform for collaboration in the digital world.

The new education hub is designed to enhance and streamline Portugália Airlines’ existing training programme by providing an immersive learning environment. This will enable pilots and...

Microsoft to launch web-based mobile app store in July

At the Bloomberg Technology Summit, Microsoft’s President of Xbox, Sarah Bond, declared that the company is set to launch its new mobile store this July. This long-discussed move aims to establish an alternative to dominant marketplaces like the App Store and Play Store.

Unlike traditional approaches, Microsoft plans to roll out its mobile game store via the web, rather than as a native application. This strategy allows the company to circumvent restrictive app store policies...

Microsoft and IBM release MS-DOS 4.00 source code

In a celebration of innovation and preserving computing history, Microsoft has released the source code for MS-DOS 4.00 in partnership with IBM. The release – available under the permissive MIT license – includes the operating system's source code, binary files, and original documentation.

The decision to open source MS-DOS 4.00 stems from recent correspondence between a researcher named Connor "Starfrost" Hyde and former Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie. While exploring Ozzie's...

Microsoft’s latest Agility SDK packs cutting-edge graphics features

Microsoft has released the latest version of its Agility SDK, packed with innovative graphics features that will be showcased at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2024.

The SDK 1.613.0 introduces Work Graphs, Shader Model 6.8, GPU Upload Heaps, and several other enhancements aimed at empowering game developers to create more efficient, flexible, and creative experiences.

Work Graphs: Unlocking the full potential of GPUs

The highlight of the Agility SDK is Work...

Microsoft offers ‘Arm Advisory Service’ for developers

To bolster the development of native software for Arm-powered PCs, Microsoft has unveiled its "Arm Advisory Service for developers".

The new initiative aims to ensure app compatibility for Windows on Arm, a version specifically designed for the processor architecture.

Microsoft’s announcement comes in response to research from analyst firm Counterpoint which predicts a substantial rise in the marketshare of Arm-powered PCs, from 14 percent to 25 percent by...

Bing Chat will be available to third-party browser developers

Microsoft has unveiled plans to make Bing Chat available to developers of third-party web browsers.

“With so many new, useful features now a part of Bing, we’re excited to announce you can start experiencing the new AI-powered Bing in third-party browsers on web and mobile soon,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

Bing Chat, which is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 large language model, was launched six months ago. After initially facing challenges and criticisms, it has...

BUILD 2023: Microsoft wants every Windows dev ‘to be an AI developer’

Microsoft announced significant investments in tools during BUILD 2023 to democratise app development for the AI era on Windows.

Regardless of the architecture you're developing for, be it x86/x64 or Arm64, Microsoft wants to ensure that developers can easily integrate AI-powered experiences into their Windows apps, whether they run on the cloud or at the edge.

At the Build conference last year, Microsoft introduced Hybrid Loop, a development pattern that enables hybrid...

Sony accused of ‘blatant anti-competitive conduct’

Congress has raised concerns about Sony's monopoly on the gaming market in Japan, calling for an investigation into the firm's alleged "exclusionary conduct."

Senator Maria Cantwell told a Senate Finance Committee hearing: “Sony controls a monopoly of 98 percent of the high-end game market, yet Japan's government has allowed Sony to engage in blatant anti-competitive conduct through exclusive deals and payments to game publishers.”

Cantwell called on US Trade...

Copilot X heralds a new era of AI-powered coding

GitHub has unveiled Copilot X, an upgraded version of its AI-powered coding assistance tool.

Copilot X adopts OpenAI’s latest GPT-4 model and now features chat and voice interfaces, support for pull requests, command-line support, and can generate answer questions from documentation:

https://twitter.com/marktenenholtz/status/1638549603753795584

Unlike traditional coding assistance tools that rely on simple code templates or pre-defined snippets, Copilot X uses...

Microsoft intends to launch a mobile app store

Microsoft is planning to launch a mobile app store that will compete against the App Store and Play Store.

According to Microsoft’s Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft will take advantage of an upcoming EU law that will break up the monopoly held by the two major smartphone platform holders.

"We want to be in a position to offer Xbox and content from both us and our third-party partners across any screen where somebody would want to play," Spencer told the...