This week was relatively quiet in the world of all things Microsoft, but the firm still managed to deliver a preview of the SQL Server 2016 database platform and reveal that the Cortana digital assistant will be offered on iPhone and Android devices.
Microsoft delivers first public preview of SQL Server 2016
Microsoft has pushed out the first public preview of its next SQL Server corporate database release, enabling enterprise customers to test new capabilities such as always encrypted data and the ability to dynamically stretch data onto Microsoft's Azure cloud, as well as expanding in-memory support.
Microsoft unveils Cortana app for iPhone and Android phones
Microsoft has announced that Cortana is being made available for Apple's iPhone and Android smartphones, although the tool will not have all the capabilities of Cortana on Microsoft's own Windows Phone platform.
Microsoft's Skype called to Belgium court over refusal to hand over data
A Belgian court is set to rule on whether Skype is a telecoms service provider in a bid to clear up a case over the handing over of citizens' data.
Microsoft details more vendors bundling Office apps and services with Android devices
Microsoft has announced more Android devices that will be be pre-installed with tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype in the near future.
UK government confirms Windows XP support deal has ended
The UK government has confirmed that it has not extended its support deal with Microsoft for Windows XP, although some departments are still running the ancient software.
Users are told that their non-existent 'iPhoneID' is expiring soon
Expansion of SDK intended to expand Amazon Alexa ecosystem
Locky returns from a prolonged rest with two new variants
AMD lambasted over Radeon RX Vega pricing that will add an extra £100 to RX Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards
Company accused of failing to tell anyone that the launch prices were only introductory offers