The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, a slim new Xbox console and Summer Games fun — Weekend Reading: Aug. 5 edition

Basketball hall-of-famer Janeth Arcain is surrounded by underprivileged kids, who are cheering.

It’s the start of another glorious summer weekend with the added excitement of the 2016 Summer Games — and it all caps a week of big news around Microsoft. From a major Windows 10 update to a new Xbox One console, we’ve rounded up the highlights in this edition of Weekend Reading. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update began rolling out for customers around the globe on Tuesday. It’s packed with … Read more »

Progress in the shift to conversational computing

Four months ago at //build 2016, Satya Nadella outlined Microsoft’s vision for Conversations as a Platform (CaaP). He explained that pairing “the power of natural human language with advanced machine intelligence” will enable organizations and consumers to get more done and have more fun, with the help of intelligent bots and digital personal assistants. We envision a world where digital experiences mirror the way people interact with one another today. … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Wand Labs to accelerate innovation in Bing intelligence and Conversation as a Platform

I am pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired messaging app developer Wand Labs. This acquisition accelerates our vision and strategy for Conversation as a Platform, which Satya Nadella introduced at our Build 2016 conference in March. Wand Labs’ technology and talent will strengthen our position in the emerging era of conversational intelligence, where we bring together the power of human language with advanced machine intelligence — connecting people to … Read more »