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HoloLens was a huge factor in Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft, says Satya Nadella

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Microsoft has grand plans for HoloLens, which include ushering in a new category of hardware driven by holograms.

In an interview with The New York TImes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that HoloLens played a major role in the purchase of Minecraft for $2.5 billion earlier this year, with the game touted as the ideal platform for showcasing the capabilities offered by the hardware:

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Microsoft's Vision API can automatically detect and filter adult and racy pictures

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Microsoft has rolled out a new Vision API which can automatically categorize imagery of an adult nature. The machine-learning API is part of Project Oxford, and like the face detection API announced yesterday — which determines your age and gender based on a photo — is aimed at assisting devs in creating more compelling apps for Windows and Windows Phone.

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Microsoft dogfooding Skype for Business on Windows Phone

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3 days ago

Windows 10 desktop will come out before Phone in a staggered release cycle

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Earlier today at Build, Microsoft held a special gathering of media and journalists to meet with some of the Windows leadership team. The purpose of the event was less formal, and more of a chance to interact with and ask questions. As such, video and photos were discouraged.

To kick off the nearly two-hour event, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore gave an introductory talk about some aspects of Windows 10 not yet widely known. One of those was in regards to the planned release cycle of Windows 10 updates and new hardware, including the phone.

For a few months now, Microsoft has been claiming that Windows 10 would be released "this summer". However, the status of Windows Phone in that release was not made too clear. Today we learned that, as many have guessed, Windows Phone will come out a bit later. Belfiore would not commit to a more definitive time frame, although it did not sound like it was that much later.

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New DirectX 12 demos show off increased game frame rates and realistic details

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Follow the NFL Draft on the Xbox One app starting tonight

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AT&T acquires Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion

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Here's how Uber will work with Outlook

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Here's how Uber will work with Outlook

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella previewed the Uber add-in for Outlook during his keynote at Build 2015. You can have a closer look at how it works with a video published by Uber. With the Uber add-in for Outlook, you can set an Uber ride reminder for any calendar event. When it's time to leave for your event, Uber will send you a notification on your device. Go watch the short video.

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Xbox 360 software update adds support for up to 2TB external hard drives

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Sprint teams up with Boingo to provide free Wi-Fi access to customers at airports across the U.S.

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Microsoft revisits its Flight Simulator series with the web-based Flight Arcade game

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The full SDK for the Microsoft Band is now available for developers

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Microsoft shows how easy it will be to port Android apps to Windows 10 in new video

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Microsoft brings Minecraft mod creation to Visual Studio with new add-on

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During Build 2015 today, Microsoft announced the release of a new tool to help people easily build Minecraft mods in Visual Studio.

The tool is an add-on for Visual Studio that allows users to create their own mods from scratch or using one of three templates provided with the add-on. Importantly, the add-on isn't meant to replace current tools, but is instead meant to give developers extra options for creating their mods in Visual Studio's development environment.

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The award-winning game Monument Valley makes its Windows Phone debut

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