“Resume Assistant” uses LinkedIn’s data to make Word a better résumé builder

Writing and updating your résumé is a task that few of us enjoy. Microsoft is hoping to make it a little less painful with a new feature coming to Word called Resume Assistant.

Resume Assistant will detect that you’re writing a résumé and offer insights and suggestions culled from LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a vast repository of both résumés and job openings and lets you see how other people describe their skillsets and which skills employers are looking for.

The feature will also show job openings that are suitable for your résumé directly within Word, putting résumé writers directly in contact with recruiters.

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Microsoft will have game streaming within 3 years as focus shifts to software

Microsoft is renewing its focus on Xbox software and services, according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer speaking to Bloomberg.

The company’s original ambition for the Xbox One spanned not just gaming but also a wide range of TV and media capabilities, coupled with a Steam-like download-based distribution model. Sony, in contrast, focused squarely on gaming and had somewhat more powerful hardware to boot. The reaction from the gaming community to Microsoft’s plans was hostile, and, while the company backtracked both on the media focus and the move away from physical media, the Xbox One has consistently trailed the PlayStation 4’s sales.

Microsoft’s position was further weakened by a shortage of first-party, exclusive titles. As Nintendo has demonstrated over the years, a solid stable of first-party titles can go a long way toward overcoming hardware weaknesses. But rather than expanding its development efforts, Microsoft has done the reverse: last year it shuttered UK developer Lionhead and Danish developer Press Play.

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Microsoft acqui-hires cinemagraphic photo app Swng

 Computer vision and clever imaging technology remain hot areas in consumer and enterprise apps, and today Microsoft is picking up a startup called Swng Technologies to give it some IP and talent in this department.
Swng Technologies had developed a cinemagraph app called Swng (originally called Polaroid Swing) that lets you take impressionistic, GIF-like short videos that you can then… Read More

Big tech goes five for five

Dollars on a green background As October came to a close, three of the five largest American tech companies beat earnings expectations.
The quarterly results of Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet were impressive, with each firm bringing in both more revenue and profit than analysts had expected. And, as we explored at the time, the companies managed to come up with their wins in unique fashion. And so it goes this time… Read More

Salesforce and Google are the latest pals in the cloud

 Salesforce and Google inked a deal today that could provide easier integration between Salesforce tools and Google’s G Suite and Google Analytics. It also named Google as a preferred cloud provider for its core services as part of its international infrastructure expansion. Read More

Video: Team Xbox dishes on the new One X, fields our ridiculous requests

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REDMOND, Wash.—Ahead of Xbox One X‘s November 7 launch, Ars Technica was invited to hang out at the company’s Xbox campus and chat with one of the console’s leading managers. With this opportunity in mind, we grabbed a camera crew and asked as many questions of Kevin Gammill, the Xbox division’s “core platform group program manager,” as we could.

For the most part, we stuck with questions about the past, present, and future of the Xbox One X console, which the company is positioning as a current-gen “upgrade” option. Team Xbox wants players to feel comfortable that their games will work on any Xbox they buy from here on out, whether that’s the more budget-minded Xbox One S or the brand-new, $500 Xbox One X. The more expensive option has its merits, particularly 4K-friendly updates (which are significantly less than an equivalent PC) for those with such a TV. But we took the opportunity to ask questions about concerns we ran into during our tests.

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The last official way to get a free Windows 10 upgrade is ending soon

For the first year of its availability, Microsoft offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 for users of non-enterprise versions of Windows 7 and 8. For most people, that scheme ended last July, but one group of Windows users continued to be eligible for a free upgrade even after that cut-off point: those using assistive technology such as screen readers, Braille screens, or other usability aids.

At the time, there was no end-date for when those users would have to upgrade. But now, as spotted by Ed Bott, there is: December 31, 2017. After then, even users of assistive technology won’t be eligible for a free upgrade.

What that means in practice, however, is less than clear. The limitations of the upgrade offer have never been meaningfully enforced. Paul Thurrott has been testing the ability to perform clean installations of Windows 10 (using the media creation tools from Microsoft) with Windows 7 or Windows 8 license keys, and this continues to work even with the latest Fall Creators Update. There’s no verification that you’re actually using assistive technology or anything like that; you can just enter the key, and the software installs and activates normally.

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Xbox One X review: This is the ultimate Xbox

 This is the Xbox One X. It’s the fastest and smallest Xbox and the first to offer games in 4K. At $499 the higher resolution comes at a steep price. After a week with the console and hours of gaming, I can firmly state the Xbox One X is the best Xbox to date. This Xbox has everything. Think about it. The Xbox One X is the culmination of the Xbox project and, right now, at this moment… Read More