Microsoft announces new features for Graph, to 'build intelligent business processes

Microsoft has announced today at Build that the company's latest desktop operating system has reached 500 million monthly active users. The latest statistic comes nearly 8 months after the company revealed 400 million devices were running Windows 10.

Microsoft had originally claimed it would have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 by 2018.

CEO Satya Nadella disclosed the figure Wednesday at a Microsoft conference in Seattle.

Microsoft is infusing all of its products and services with AI, and enabling those who develop on its platform to imbue creations with customized capabilities, according to executive vice president of artificial intelligence and research Harry Shum.

One of the most noteworthy announcements at the keynote involved upgrades to Cortana; After this week's announcement of the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana on board, Microsoft showed of a new set of tools for developers to program for the assistant.

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In the case of Windows 7, probably its most successful release ever, Microsoft says it had sold 350 million licenses after 18 months. That's one the prime reasons Microsoft has been eclipsed by both Apple and Google in the technology industry's pecking order after dominating throughout the 1990s. But previous year Microsoft acknowledged that it wouldn't hit that goal. Microsoft blamed disappointing Surface sales for a revenue shortfall in its most recent years.

As consumers have embraced smartphones, Microsoft increasingly is building its products with business and government agencies in mind, said Gartner analyst Ed Anderson.

Here's the thinking: Developers like using Linux software, Windows 10 supports Linux software and Windows software, so maybe consider doing all your development with Windows 10.

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled new tools meant to democratize artificial intelligence by enabling machine smarts to be built into software from smartphone games to factory floors.

Microsoft encouraged programmers Wednesday to design applications that help Cortana do whatever people might want.

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