Microsoft’s week: Windows 10 updates, submarine data centres and SwiftKey buy

The first week of February can often be a quiet one as far as news goes, but Microsoft managed to fit in a number of announcements. Microsoft continues to push out updates for both its Windows 10 platform and the mobile version, and this week saw both get a new preview build.

Meanwhile, Microsoft revealed that it is experimenting with the possibility of locating data centres on the seabed close to large built-up areas, and it has also been on the acquisition trail, picking up UK startup SwiftKey for its predictive text technology currently used in smartphones.

Microsoft lays more foundations for Redstone in latest Windows 10 Build 14257

Windows 10 is available now as a free upgrade

Another week, another Windows 10 preview release. Microsoft has delivered to testers on its Windows Insider programme a new update that prepares the way for features that will debut in the future Redstone release, but with few changes that will be noticeable to users.

Microsoft updates Windows 10 Mobile code to Build 10586.71 as upgrade release nears

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Microsoft has delivered yet another update of the preview version of Windows 10 Mobile to testers, but has yet to give a clear indication of when existing Windows Phone users will receive the upgrade, or which existing devices it will run on.

Microsoft explores the Azure waters with submarine data centre project

Project Natick experiments with underwater data centre idea

Microsoft is exploring the possibility of data centres located underwater close to major coastal towns and cities, and has recently completed a test deployment off the coast of California.

Microsoft buys iOS and Android app startup SwiftKey for $250m

Microsoft buys AI keyboard startup Swiftkey

Microsoft has acquired mobile software keyboard startup SwiftKey for $250m.

SwiftKey was founded in 2008 with the support of a £15,000 grant from the government’s Innovate UK agency.

The startup is best known for providing a predictive keyboard for iOS and Android devices that reduces the number of keystrokes when inputting text.

Microsoft opens up Azure IoT Hub to link devices with back-end services

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Microsoft has opened up the Azure IoT Hub for general availability, providing a cloud-based middleware service that Internet of Things (IoT) project developers can use to provision and manage devices, as well as connect to back-end services for processing and analysing the collected data.

Microsoft pushes Yammer directly into Office 365

Yammer logo

Microsoft is looking to tackle competition from Facebook and IBM by bringing its Yammer enterprise social networking tool to all eligible Office 365 customers.

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5 February 2016 | 4:52 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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