Microsoft Research has landed down under! At a kangaroo hop away from the Melbourne city center in the suburb of Parkville, the University of Melbourne campus is now home to a Microsoft Research center dedicated to developing new social interactive technologies. The Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interface is “quite a mouthful” as noted by the University of Melbourne’s Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research, and as such it’s abbreviated as SocialNUI.
Sometimes, timezones are awesome. While people in New York City are still awaiting the release of Xbox One , the console is already in the hands of gamers in New Zealand and Australia. At midnight in Sydney, Xbox One launched at the heart of Sydney with light projections around the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower and Luna Park
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Xbox One Australian launch video
As iOS app developers embrace the new flat UI conventions of iOS 7, many popular apps got a flat-design makeover. At the same time many of these apps also have a sibling Windows Phone app. As the two platforms have a slightly different interpretation of “flat design”, I’ve been meaning to compare the similarities and differences of third party apps trying to conform to the respective UX guidelines.
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Flat vs flat: a comparison of Windows Phone and iOS 7 app designs
Eric Horvitz is the co-director of Microsoft Research Redmond and is a distinguished scientist in the field of artificial intelligence. This past Feburary he gave a TEDxAustin talk about his passion for designing automated systems that can not only do tasks well but actually understand people’s needs. Distinguished Scientist and co-director at Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz, shares the human side of advancing machine intelligence.
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Microsoft Research shows off AI receptionist, personal assistant and elevators at TEDx
Within the next 12 to 18 months, the much anticipated and necessary (for latency) Windows Azure Australian datacenters will finally launch in 2014. But even without local availability of the Azure compute and database services, major Australian companies are still pushing forward with their adoption of Azure for their cloud platforms. Canon Australia, Cash Converters and MYOB announced this morning at Microsoft’s TechEd Australia 2013 their respective Azure cloud-powered services and infrastructure
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Australian companies move to the cloud with Windows Azure: Canon, Cash Converters, MYOB
If you can look past the irony of a Microsoft competition about connecting people all around the world open only to US residents, you could win a $10,000 United Airlines travel voucher for simply using Skype.
Disclaimer: I traveled to and attended the V8 Supercars event as a guest of Microsoft Australia.
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Office 365 turns office productivity into high-octane racing for V8 Supercars
The other day I received an email that said something along the lines of “Love your Speedo Plus app” which reminded me “Oh that’s right I made a Windows Phone app”. Turns out Speedo Plus is still doing well in the Windows Phone Store, loved with 5 star reviews even though I had all but forgotten about it.
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Help me improve Speedo Plus on GitHub
Without any Microsoft Stores in Australia, Microsoft Australia is relying on its partners to give its products retail presence.