How Microsoft Is Leading A War On Deepfakes

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Microsoft’s new tool detects digital manipulation in real-time based on nearly invisible imperfections. That’s exactly what Microsoft is worried about leading up to this year’s monumental 2020 election. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Microsoft’s VR Maker Tool ‘SharePoint Spaces’ to Launch in First Half of 2020

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Back at Microsoft’s annual SharePoint Virtual Summit in May 2018, the company announced it was getting ready to ship a new VR maker tool set called Spaces for SharePoint, the web-based collaborative platform for enterprise customers. Now, Microsoft says Spaces is nearly ready for a general release to all SharePoint users, which is slated to happen at some point in the first half of 2020.

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Microsoft’s SharePoint Spaces Collaborative Tool Is Coming This Year, Including Quest Support

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Microsoft has revealed that its file sharing and digital collaborative work platform, SharePoint, is getting a VR Maker Tool later this year, dubbed SharePoint Spaces. The tool was originally revealed back during the SharePoint Virtual Summit in 2018 but is nearing release generally across the gamut of widely-used VR headsets including the Oculus Quest and Microsoft’s own HoloLens AR headset.

Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. Maquette appeared quite suddenly this week, apparently without any official announcement from Microsoft; it seems to have been picked up by MSPoweruser after being spotted by twitter user WalkingCat. Despite popping up out of nowhere, the tool looks like a quite polished first attempt even though it’s initially launching as a closed beta.

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage. With the HoloLens 2, Microsoft has made what appears to be a more consumer-friendly device than its original predecessor – although the company themselves dare not utter the “c-word” just yet.

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.28): The debate on Facebook continues, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and more!

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Microsoft has acquired Zenimax for $7.5B. In-between the console wars, Microsoft has bought Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax, for $7.5B. Microsoft has not announced a VR headset for the Xbox, but could it be interested in creating more VR games for PC? Happy Autumn everyone!

Hands-On: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Is A Serious Improvement, Pre-Orders Now Shipping

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 has officially begun shipping to pre-order customers at the cost of $3,500. It’s not perfect, but Microsoft’s next-gen MR headset has set a new standard for MR headsets. However, the HoloLens 2 and all of its improvements is a dream tool for industry professionals. While an excellent tool for major companies, the HoloLens 2 can prove just as useful for solo operators. Image Credit: Microsoft. Image Credit: Microsoft.

U.S. Army To Receive 100,000 Microsoft HoloLens Headsets

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Microsoft lands $479M contract to put the MR headsets into the hands of soldiers in active combat zones. Army thanks to a huge $479 million contract between the legendary military branch and Microsoft. According to a Bloomberg article, Microsoft HoloLens technology will be used to increase the lethality of soldiers by enhancing their ability to detect, decide, and engage the enemy. Army would expect all 100,000 HoloLens devices from Microsoft.

Slack vs. Microsoft Teams

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Slack vs. Microsoft Teams: Which collaboration tool is best for your needs? Computing Small Business Microsoft Teams Slack Tier 4 versusOur comparison addresses pricing, features, app integration, storage, and more.

Toyota Looks To Improve Their Kaizen Philosophy With Microsoft HoloLens

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Toyota plans on using Microsoft’s HoloLens and AR technology as part of their kaizen philosophy in hopes of giving themselves a boost in efficiency and assistance them overall in how they operate as a company. Using the Microsoft HoloLens, an employee could complete the same task on their own in just about two hours. Along with the HoloLens, Toyota is also testing Microsoft’s Dynamic 365 suite, which combines VR and AR tools Microsoft Layout and Microsoft’s Remote Assist.

Microsoft Employees Aren’t Happy About $479M HoloLens Military Contract

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Last week a collection of Microsoft employees penned a letter to the companies CEO, Satya Nadella, and its president, Brad Smith, expressing their open discontent regarding a $479M contract with the United States military that would introduce roughly 100,000 HoloLens MR headsets to the battlefield. If you're a Microsoft employee you can sign at: [link] pic.twitter.com/uUZ5P4FJ7X. — Microsoft Workers 4 Good (@MsWorkers4) February 22, 2019.

Here are all the helpful new features coming to Microsoft Teams soon

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Microsoft is adding new well-being tools for employees, calling enhancements, and a whole lot of other features to Microsoft Teams. Computing News Ignite 2020 Microsoft Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams

A Closer Look At What Microsoft’s SeeingVR Offers The Visually Impaired

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Microsoft Reseach, in partnership with Cornell University, developed a range of techniques to make virtual reality accessible to the visually impaired. The researchers came up with 14 specific tools to tackle this problem. Of these tools, 9 do not require specific developer effort. If Microsoft plans to release these tools as engine plugins, it could make a huge difference in these user’s ability to use virtual reality. Automatic Tools.

Microsoft Wows Inspire Crowd With Language-translating HoloLens Hologram

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Microsoft’s on-stage HoloLens demonstrations haven’t always been impressive , but a new one at the company’s Inspire event (via The Verge ) is nothing short of amazing. Using a combination of body and voice capture technologies, Azure AI , and HoloLens, Microsoft created a nearly photorealistic hologram of executive Julia White , then had the hologram deliver part of White’s keynote in Japanese — a language the real person can’t speak.

Microsoft Aims to Improve VR for Users with Vision Problems

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Microsoft researchers have created a tool that could make VR more accessible to users with impaired vision. Called SeeingVR, the tool kit is designed to address a problem that affects users with low vision, or vision that can’t be corrected by prescription glasses. As reported by Engadget , Microsoft researchers teamed up with Cornell Tech and Cornell University to create SeeingVR, a kit intended for Unity developers to integrate into their VR projects.

8th Wall Launches Tool for WebAR Experiences Using Curved Targets

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Specifically, we talked about 8th Wall’s recently launched tool for creating Web-XR experiences from curved rather than flat targets, available now. 8th Wall specializes in creating tools for both kinds of experiences.

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Microsoft: The Path To Consumer AR Is ‘Measured In Years’

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 reveal event last week made one thing clear: this is an enterprise-driven device. According to Greg Sullivan, Director of Communications for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality arm, it could still be years. ” I did ask Sullivan if Microsoft might be planning any type of consumer stop-gap for HoloLens. Microsoft did launch the original HoloLens with some gaming applications. AR Experiences Hardware HoloLens 2 Microsoft VR Industry News

Grasp, Touch & Trigger In VR With Microsoft’s CLAW

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Earlier this month Microsoft showcased their latest ‘Haptic Link’ technology, creating a brand new solution for the realistic sensation of tension and pressure whilst immersed in VR. No word yet on when or if we’ll be seeing more of this unique haptic tool, but one can only hope this is just another aspect of Microsoft’s haptic feedback master plan. Is it possible they have plans for combining the CLAW with its haptic links to form the ultimate immersive feedback tool?

Microsoft Introduces HoloLens Mixed Reality To The Job Site

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Microsoft teases practical MR worker tools for Hololens at 2018 Build Developer Conference. Call me strange, but of all the mixed reality demos I tried at this year’s Microsoft Build Developer Conference in Seattle, Washington, the one I actually found the most fun had me repairing an electric panel. I was trying out the Microsoft Remote Assist feature, a HoloLens app (although the functionality also works on PCs. Image Credit: Microsoft Build.

Hands-On With NASA’s Mixed Reality HoloLens Tools

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During a recent test, NASA engineers placed a microwave-sized The post Hands-On With NASA’s Mixed Reality HoloLens Tools appeared first on UploadVR. Art & Science Experiences HoloLens jpl microsoft nasa onsight protospace sidekick

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Microsoft Aims to Get More Devs into AR with New HoloLens 2 Development Edition

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Microsoft today announced they’re releasing a developer-focused HoloLens 2 bundle that aims to make the AR headset and software tools more accessible to developers and businesses. Aptly named the HoloLens 2 Development Edition, Microsoft is pitching the bundle staring at $99 per month/per user. Broadening its goal to reach more developers, Microsoft will also be hosting more meetups, programs, events and hacks, such as today’s Mixed Reality Dev Days event.

Unity 5.5 Update Brings Microsoft Hololens Integration And More

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The Unity game engine is a versatile tool that developers, from beginners to those well-versed, utilize to fully realize their video game concepts. includes a collection of new enhancements and also now comes Microsoft Hololens ready. update and this time around the focus was on new platforms to develop for, better tools for artists, and the usual performance enhancements. With that tool, different types of behavior can be easily added to the different particles.

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Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets

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Microsoft unveiled their vision of a mixed reality world today at Computex in Taipei. . When Microsoft first announced their HoloLens augmented reality headset, they also showed off their Windows Holographic platform, which let developers build Windows 10 apps and experiences for the device. Now Microsoft has announced that they want to be a major part of virtual reality too. The post Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets appeared first on VRScout.

Unity Reveals MARS Tool For More Robust AR Apps

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This understanding is so limiting to software design — and user experience — that companies like Magic Leap and Microsoft use the term “Mixed Reality” to try and differentiate their efforts from earlier ones. This new set of tools from Unity is build for precisely that type of device.

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Microsoft is launching new technology to fight deepfakes

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Microsoft, however, has other ideas. On Tuesday, the company announced two new pieces of technology, both of which aim to give readers the necessary tools to filter out what's real and what isn't. More about Microsoft , Deepfakes , Tech , and Big Tech Companies.

Microsoft backs Epic Games, says Apple is threatening game development

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Microsoft has inserted itself into the ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games, and the Xbox company is lining up behind the Unreal Engine. Unreal, which is Epic's creation, is a set of software tools (often referred to as an "engine") that developers use to build video games.

Amazon’s ‘Sumerian’ Tool Simplifies Web-Based VR Development

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And thanks to Amazon’s new web-based VR app development tool, everyone will. Fill them with various characters and objects, then direct how they interact with the user as well as one another using a visual scripting tool. You can even use the tool to create your own! You’ll simply boot up any WebVR or WebGL-supported browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Chrome for Android, Samsung Internet, Opera developer version, Oculus Carmel or Microsoft Edge and get to work.

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Microsoft Reveals HoloLens 2 with More than 2x Field of View & 47 Pixels per-Degree

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Microsoft today revealed HoloLens 2 at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft. Although Microsoft didn’t go into detail about its capabilities, it is said to be “real-time” eye-tracking and the company noted that it’s capable of being used for biometric authentication (and presumably user recognition), which ought to be very useful for enterprise use-cases. Microsoft Hololens MWC 2019 News hololens 2

Windows 10 classifies the popular tool CCleaner an ‘unwanted application’

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Computing News anti-malware antivirus defender Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Windows DefenderCCleaner was hacked in 2017, spreading a virus to large tech companies.

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The Coming Wave of Virtual Reality Creation Tools

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That was true until a few weeks ago, when I got my hands on a new class of virtual reality 3D creation tools including Google Blocks , Google Tilt Brush , Oculus Medium , Oculus Quill , et al. Even in their infancy, these tools have already inspired me to think and work and create in entirely new ways. Another option using VR creation tools would be to bring my unpainted model into another app for freehand painting with a wider array of brushes, effects and color options.

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Microsoft Video Shows Off BAE Systems' HoloLens-Powered Manufacturing Training Solution

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While some in the augmented reality space are tweeting about future amazing immersive experiences and others are showing off cool experiments, Microsoft continues to move forward with tangible business solutions right now that show how the HoloLens can improve business. In the latest example, Microsoft reveals how BAE Systems is using PTC's Thingworx Studio software on the HoloLens to improve employee training.

Unreal Engine 4 Now Available for Microsoft HoloLens 2

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A major software tool first promised during the reveal of the HoloLens 2 earlier this year is finally available. Don't Miss: Microsoft's Live HoloLens 2 Apollo 11 Demo Didn't Take Flight, but You Can See It Thanks to Unreal Engine's Video Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney first announced the coming development on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, but it was at last month's Build conference where the world truly got a good look at some of the possibilities.

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Microsoft’s Social VR Platform ‘AltspaceVR’ Revamped for Improved Event Hosting

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Microsoft’s social VR platform, AltspaceVR , has been updated with a renewed emphasis on event hosting. After raising more than $10 million in venture capital well before the first consumer headsets actually hit the market, the company nearly bit the dust back in 2017, but was saved in a surprise acquisition by Microsoft which at the time said it intended to build it into the “preeminent [AR/VR] community.”

Microsoft is Building VR MMO for Xbox and PC, Job Listing Indicates

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A job listing for a Senior Design Manager position on Microsoft’s “Xbox Mixed Reality team” says that the company is “looking to build a massively social gaming and entertainment experience for both the PC and the console.” This week at Microsoft’s annual Build conference we saw more about how the company is making Mixed Reality part of Windows, and how they plan to allow AR and VR devices to work together seamlessly on the platform.

Microsoft Announces Siri Competitor with Voice-Activated VR Experience

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You may not be aware of this but for years now Microsoft has been steadily working to build the world’s smartest computer brain. Today, Microsoft is announcing Custom Speech Service, the latest program to join the ranks of Microsoft Cognitive Services. According to Microsoft, CRIS: “…Provides companies with the ability to deploy customized speech recognition. Microsoft itself is not necessarily building a product around the program.

Microsoft’s Direct Reality Is VR’s Answer To DirectX

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Just ahead of Microsoft’s E3 conference last week the company filed a trademark for Direct Reality. We already have the Oculus Rift running on different trackers and a different platform to SteamVR and the HTC Vive, and soon Microsoft will introduce its own range of Windows 10 headsets with its own inside-out tracking and six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers. It’s going to be a useful tool. Microsoft VR Industry News

Microsoft Shows AR/VR Concept That Could Revolutionize How We Work

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Microsoft owns the enterprise computing space. During the keynote address of its annual Build conference, Microsoft invited members of the Cirque du Soleil team up on stage. The members each donned a Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset and started showing the crowd how these products can be used in enterprise collaboration. The newcomer was said to be wearing one of Microsoft’s upcoming VR headsets rather than a HoloLens.