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Sony, Microsoft Team up on Cloud-based Gaming Services

Sony and Microsoft would also explore collaboration in the areas of semiconductors and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Pedestrians walk past an exterior wall of Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 4, 2014. That year, Sony became the victim of a cyber hack by North Korean operatives from the Lazarus Group. VOA

In a move to thwart upcoming competition from giants like Google and Apple, two arch gaming rivals Sony Corporation and Microsoft have joined hands to explore development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services.

In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure data centre-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services, they said in a joint statement late Thursday.

The partnership is significant at a time when Google has announced its new Stadia game streaming service and Apple has announced Arcade — the world’s first game subscription service for mobile and desktop.

Not only this, the resurgence of Nintendo with its popular Switch and the growing PC and mobile gaming market has left Microsoft and Sony gaming consoles outdated.

According to Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO of Sony, PlayStation itself came about through the integration of creativity and technology.

“Our mission is to seamlessly evolve this platform as one that continues to deliver the best and most immersive entertainment experiences, together with a cloud environment that ensures the best possible experience, anytime, anywhere,” Yoshida said in a statement.

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People look through Sony PlayStation VR headsets after a Sony news conference at CES International in Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2018. VOA

“I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content,” he added.

Sony and Microsoft would also explore collaboration in the areas of semiconductors and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

In terms of AI, the companies will explore incorporation of Microsoft’s advanced AI platform and tools in Sony consumer products, to provide highly intuitive and user-friendly AI experiences.

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“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO.

“Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers,” he added. (IANS)

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Microsoft Interns Make English Learning App

In addition, the app comes with three games that would help the users practice saved words

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Eight interns from Microsoft’s Garage Intern Team have developed an Android app – Read My World – for people willing to learn the English language.

The app requires and allows users to take a photo to identify an object from a library of over 1,500 vocabulary words, the company wrote in a blog-post on Thursday.

Using syllabification and text-to-speech features, the user can hear and see the spelling of the object as a vocabulary word, then add it to a personal dictionary for practice later.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

The app would let users see the spelling and hear the phonetic pronunciation of identified vocab words.

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Read My World would also give users the option to save photos with corresponding identified word to a personal dictionary for later reference.

In addition, the app comes with three games that would help the users practice saved words. (IANS)