500M Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal

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During the Day 1 keynote of its BUILD developers conference in Seattle yesterday, Microsoft said that there are now over 1,000 converted desktop apps in the store.

Another intelligent service, the Microsoft Bot Framework, lets developers create ways for people to interact with AI in conversational ways.

Microsoft says a half billion devices are now running Windows 10, its latest operating system.

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"Azure Cosmos DB automatically indexes data so you can perform blazing fast queries without having to deal with complexities of schema and index management or schema migration in a globally distributed setup", Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, wrote yesterday on the Azure blog.

The company even tried piggyback on Windows Phone devices, but the attempt went in vain.

That figure is up from 400 million eight months ago, but far short of Microsoft's goal of putting Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2018. And by judging by this announcement, we're guessing it still won't meet that original 2018 deadline.

Myerson did not give a timeline for the availability of iTunes in the Window Store, but it will be by the end of 2017, according to The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene. Indeed, it would seem that Microsoft is going down a checklist that it can add to UWP.

Nadella said that many states and their citizens had turned against the idea of globalisation as they prioritised their own nation.

New Insights APIs are coming too.

In an effort to trump rivals, Microsoft announced it has signed partnerships with HP and Intel to bring more Cortana-powered devices to market. Craftily, Microsoft is enabling devs to convert their existing Alexa Skills for the Windows platform. Rather it is part of the company's strategy to motivate developers to create Universal Windows Apps.

It allows developers to code apps using Microsoft's development environment on Apple's MacOS platform.

When talking to these heads of state, a company must to be able to show them what you've done for their countries "in terms of local taxes, in terms of local small business productivity, local large business competitiveness, their educational outcomes, their entrepreneurial work, that's what matters", he said.

There are actually three different versions of Visual Studio for Mac available at launch: Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Professional, and Visual Studio Enterprise. As for programming languages, the C# and F# languages are supported.