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Microsoft plans to launch Power BI mobile apps, starting with iOS

Microsoft plans to bring its business intelligence tool Power BI to mobile platforms, starting with a native iOS app. The company sent out an email to prospective testers this week asking them if they have an iPhone or an iPad and if they want to “start exploring Power BI dashboards and reports on [their] mobile devices.”

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Watch a Microsoft engineer use Kinect and a Sphero to simulate telekinesis

Telekinesis, defined as the psychic ability allowing one to influence a physical system without physical interaction, lives largely in the world of science fiction. Yet as we continue to see time and time again, technology is quickly helping drop the second word of that phrase and bring what we see on the big screen to the real world.

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Startups can be a brand’s best friend

Partnering with startups can give brands access to agile innovation and tactical advantages they wouldn’t otherwise have.

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Microsoft debuts Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015 previews, free Visual Studio Community 2013

In addition to announcing that .NET is going open source and cross-platform, Microsoft today unleashed a torrent of Visual Studio news at its Connect() developer event in New York City. The company released Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview, a new free Visual Studio Community 2013 offering, Visual Studio 2013 Update 4, a Visual Studio Online expansion, and a slew of smaller related updates.