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An Altera Stratix V developer board, which uses the same kind of FPGA as Microsoft is deploying in Azure.

Microsoft is embarking on a major upgrade of its Azure systems. New hardware the company is installing in its 34 datacenters around the world still contains the mix of processors, RAM, storage, and networking hardware that you’ll find in any cloud system, but to these Microsoft is adding something new: field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), highly configurable processors that can be rewired using software in order to provide hardware accelerated implementations of software algorithms.… Continue reading

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Microsoft today announced a first preview of Project Springfield at its Ignite conference in Atlanta. The cloud-based tool aims to help developers find bugs in their applications by combining fuzz testing, an automated way of testing code by throwing semi-random input at it, with artificial intelligence tools that allow the tool to ask smarter what-if questions when it looks at potential security issues.

“Think of a car crash,” Microsoft researcher David Molnar told me. If you only see the result, you don’t know why the crash happened. A regular fuzzer may tell you when… Continue reading

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The Windows Store.

Microsoft today announced the first Win32 apps and games are now available in the Windows Store. You’ll need Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update released last month to get them.

At its Build 2016 developer conference, Microsoft unveiled the Desktop App Converter, which lets developers bring existing Windows applications to the Windows Universal Platform (UWP). The goal is to get as many of the 16 million existing Win32/.Net applications to the Windows Store as possible. In August, the company started taking Windows Store submissions for apps and games converted using the Desktop App Converter in August. Now… Continue reading

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An anonymous reader writes: Buried in the announcement of the new Kaby Lake (seventh-generation) processors and a rash of incoming notebooks set to use them is the confirmation that they will have a Windows 10 future. Microsoft has been warning people for ages that Kaby Lake will not run on anything older than Windows 10, and it looks like AMD’s upcoming Zen chip will be going the same way. Microsoft said, "As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between… Continue reading

(via Business Insider)

During the keynote speech at Dreamforce Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was put in a situation where he had to use Apple’s iPhone to do a demo — a sight that would’ve been unimaginable just a few years back.

"I’m going to first start on this iPhone, and it’s not my phone, but it is an iPhone," said Nadella, smiling, as he walked to the podium to show Microsoft’s email app Outlook on mobile.

"It’s a pretty unique iPhone. In fact, I’d like to call it the ‘iPhone Pro’ because it’s got all of the Microsoft software… Continue reading