Pokémon Go already illustrates the potential of augmented realitfor mobile developers, but it may also show developers how to bring that AR experience to the next level.
Microsoft continues to market itself as a major player in "the mobile-first, cloud-first world," but it certainly appears to be much more focused on the latter than the former.
Microsoft is seeing its investment in cloud services pay off as its Azure revenues for the fiscal fourth-quarter climbed 102 percent year over year. And one of the fruits of that success is a new enterprise video management system, Stream, which utilizes the Azure platform.
Nokia and Samsung inked another patent licensing deal, building on a pivotal alliance they initially announced in February. Exactly what intellectual property the new pact covers, though, isn't clear.
The acquisition could allow Microsoft to progress with its "Conversation as a Platform" goals and break new ground in conversational and machine intelligence. However, it also means Wand will shut down its service and PlugIn API.
Microsoft has filed an application with the FCC for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to test sensors using white space device operations in the VHF and UHF bands to determine their suitability for precision agriculture applications.
Microsoft announced this week that it acquired Wand Labs, a startup that develops messaging apps as well as technology to enable those apps to act more intelligently. The companies didn't disclose terms of the deal.
Engadget reported this week that users of the OnePlus One have received a new version of Cyanogen OS that enables the manufacturer to alter parts of the platform. Cyanogen OS 13.1 also adds Microsoft features to the software, allowing users to make Skype calls from the device's Phone app, among other things, and American OnePlus One owners can now use Cortana to take hands-free selfies through voice commands.
Both Microsoft and Google are making noise in the augmented reality/virtual reality market, and their recent moves may transform how mobile developers approach this sector.
Microsoft will spend $26.2 billion in cash to acquire LinkedIn in a move aimed at helping professionals increase their productivity. And mobile will play a major role.