Blair Hanley FrankU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on hyperscale cloud providers, Microsoft and its competitors in the desktop OS, office suite and browser business for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Scenes from San Francisco's massive Pokémon Go meetup

Pokémon Go is taking over the world, and players in San Francisco put together a massive gathering aimed at bringing fans of the game together in the high tech mecca. Here's how it all went down.

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Microsoft wants to help small businesses book appointments online with Bookings service

Small business owners are getting a new feature tailored just for them in Microsoft Office 365 -- a full service system for scheduling appointments for their services on the internet.

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Google launches new cloud service for understanding human language

Google's intelligent cloud developer tools are expanding with the launch of a new Cloud Natural Language API on Wednesday. The service is aimed at helping developers create applications that understand human language.

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Skype sets a course for the cloud, abandoning older operating systems on the way

Skype is leaving behind its peer-to-peer roots and going all in on the cloud.

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Microsoft's Azure cloud revenue doubles, but phone sales plummet

Microsoft's cloud push continues to pay off for the company, which reported on Tuesday that its Azure cloud revenue for the second calendar quarter of 2016 had more than doubled compared to the same period in 2015.

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Here's all the gear you need for a Pokémon Go adventure

Pokémon Go is hotter than a Charizard right now, but the game asks a lot from people who want to play actively. It’s a huge battery hog, and long play sessions require a lot of physical endurance. Here’s what you need in your Go bag to make your time in the field last, based on my year of experience playing Ingress, its predecessor.

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Skype updates its Windows 10 app beta on desktop and mobile

Skype is bringing a new app to smartphones, computers, and tablets running Windows 10 on Monday, ahead of Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Update launch.

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Microsoft's new service is like YouTube for the enterprise

Microsoft thinks it has YouTube for the enterprise on its hands with the beta launch of a new service on Monday.

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Microsoft won't hit its deadline for 1 billion Windows 10 devices

Last year, Microsoft announced that it planned to have a billion devices running Windows 10 by the middle of 2018. Now, the company is saying that was too ambitious.

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Atlassian buys StatusPage to offer outage notifications

Atlassian has acquired StatusPage, which provides a service for notifying customers about unplanned outages and scheduled maintenance.

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New Skype clients for Linux and Chrome released after years of Microsoft neglect

Linux and Chromebook users now have new versions of Skype to play with after being ignored by Microsoft for years.

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Microsoft delays its Azure Stack software until mid-2017

Azure Stack, Microsoft's private cloud operating system, will be launching first through a set of integrated hardware and software systems from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Dell and Lenovo.

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Surprise! Facebook is using Office 365 now

Facebook's staff of 13,000 employees are now Microsoft Office 365 users, the social networking giant announced Tuesday.

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Skype for Business will live translate meetings into 40 languages

Microsoft is bringing the dream of the Star Trek universal translator to businesses later this year with the launch of a new beta feature that offers live captioning of Skype for Business meeting broadcasts in 40 languages.

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Microsoft is selling a HoloLens 'enterprise edition,' but it's not what you think

Microsoft’s HoloLens has been available to developers for some time, but what's less well known is that its augmented reality headset also comes in an 'enterprise edition.'