Microsoft has taken the covers off its latest gaming/graphics programming interface, known as DirectX 12, that will be supported across Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox One OS by next year.
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At its annual Techfest exhibition, Microsoft Research's Bongshin Lee has shown an intelligent whiteboard that makes presentations more useful by instantly turning data into graphics. Watch the 3-minute video.
The company says it's been working hard on improving overall performance with its new OS, and a new developer blog post describes in great detail how Microsoft's done it.
The hardware Microsoft has shipped to developers for the next Xbox supposedly includes a 16-core IBM PowerPC CPU and AMD Radeon HD 7000-series graphics.
In an unusually blunt statement, Microsoft has announced that it considers the WebGL graphics technology used in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to be "harmful" and "not a technology Microsoft can endorse from a security perspective."
While Firefox and Chrome browsers already support WebGL, along with development versions of Opera and Safari, Microsoft has said that it has no plans to make Internet Explorer support the 3D graphics software library, and branded it a 'harmful' technology.Microsoft's right.
Microsoft's upcoming Gamefest conference is largely about Kinect, but also looks to offer glimpses at the next Visual Studio and upcoming SDKs for Xbox 360.
Microsoft is investigating reports of a Windows flaw with its graphics engine that would allow a hacker to run code as if he were a logged in user.
Microsoft "Menlo" is a hush-hush research project that is focused on replacing Windows Compact Edition (CE) with Windows NT, according to my sources. "Experiment 19" is a graphics platform researchers are building to complement Menlo, my sources have told me. I don't have a lot of details about these Research efforts beyond that -- so far, that is....
More tech earnings and more iPad analysis top today's headlines.
Microsoft and HP rolled out an extensive partnership that revolves around $250 million over three years to develop prepackaged software and hardware packages for the enterprise. There's a compelling case to be made that Microsoft and HP are targeting Oracle hardware foray once its acquisition of Sun Microsystems closes.
Ever since Oracle made overtures to buy Sun (and get MySQL in the process), Microsoft's been more of a MySQL foe than friend. Given that context, it's probably not too surprising that Microsoft is readying a tool designed to help customers migrate from MySQL to SQL Server and/or SQL Azure, Microsoft's cloud-hosted version of its database
The U.S. departments of Justice and Federal Trade can finally take a break and leave six of the biggest high tech companies alone as Google, Microsoft, IBM, Sun-Oracle, SAP and HP-EDS lock heads with each other on equal footing.
Google phone, Apple's countersuit against Nokia, the Crunchpad/JooJoo lawsuit and Microsoft's consumer business are at the top of the headlines.
One of the underlying currents in European politics is a policy of equality with a nice paradox of neutrality thrown in to create chaos.
The "source" reports are true: Microsoft is going to be participating in this week's hearing held by the European Commission regarding Oracle's proposal to take over Sun. Microsoft is in the opposition camp to the proposed merger. But why?
The irony is that Oracle has advanced MySQL, lost money in the process, and helped its competitors -- all at the same time. When Oracle buys Sun and controls MySQL the gift (other than to Microsoft SQL Server) keeps on giving as the existential threat to RDBs is managed by Redwood Shores.
Yesterday there appeared an interview with a Microsoft group manager who claimed that Microsoft copied the "Mac look and feel in terms of graphics" in Windows 7. This was later denied by Microsoft's communications manager. So, which is it?
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