This week, Microsoft was causing a bigger splash than usual thanks to its Build developer conference in San Francisco, where the push to get developer momentum behind Windows 10 is gathering pace.
The software giant disclosed new cross-platform tools, including some to help developers port iOS and Android apps to its platform. Meanwhile, Windows XP continued to rear its head on this side of the pond, with the revelation that the ageing platform is still running on many Whitehall computers a year after technical support ended.
Microsoft puts Apple and Android apps on Windows 10
Microsoft has announced toolkits to enable apps developed for Apple iOS and Android devices to run on Windows 10, while also delivering a new Visual Studio tool for code editing that runs on Windows, Linux and Mac
HoloLens demos wow attendees at Build
Some of the most impressive demos at Microsoft Build were of the HoloLens augmented reality device, and how it can be used in the real world.
Windows XP support deal not renewed by government, leaves PCs open to attack
The government has not renewed its £5.5m Windows XP support deal with Microsoft despite thousands of computers across Whitehall still running the ancient software, leaving them wide open to cyber attacks.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 IoT developer tool for Raspberry Pi 2
Microsoft has launched the Windows 10 IoT Core Insider developer preview programme, bringing the operating system and its software to a community that includes users of the Raspberry Pi and Intel Minnowboard Max.
Latest Windows 10 build arrives as Microsoft brings Continuum to phones
Microsoft has pushed out the latest build of the upcoming Windows 10 platform, as the firm drummed home its developer message of a unified ecosystem and showed new capabilities, such as the Continuum feature, coming to phones.
Project Spartan browser is officially named Microsoft Edge
Microsoft has officially named its next-generation browser for Windows 10 as Microsoft Edge and detailed more new features, including ways to help users engage with web sites and discover new content.
Met Police seeks Windows XP support extension deal for 35,000 machine estate
Following the news that it is reliant on a large collection of Windows XP machines, the UK Metropolitan Police has admitted that it is looking to create an independent arrangement with Microsoft that provides at least one more year of continued support.
Microsoft unveils scalable data services on Azure
Microsoft used its Build developer conference to unveil new scalable data services on the Azure public cloud platform, enabling developers to work with massive relational and non-relational data sources.
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