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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Microsoft's open sourcing of .NET hits a major milestone

Microsoft's open source programming language push reached a new milestone Monday, with the company announcing the general availability of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0.

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Here's how NASCAR is digitizing race day

When cars leave the starting line at Sonoma Raceway in California on Sunday for the start of the Toyota/Save Mart 350, they'll be taking part in the launch of a product designed to help NASCAR officials monitor and manage the 110-lap race.

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Dropbox update could be bad news for Scanbot, Scanner Pro and other apps

Dropbox is moving further away from just doing file storage and sharing, and that could spell bad news for some third-party app developers.

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Microsoft's gift for PC builders: associate Windows 10 licenses with your Microsoft ID

As Microsoft hurtles towards the release of its major Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the company has introduced a tool that's supposed to help PC owners solve common problems with activating the operating system on their computers.

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Dropbox is changing its free tier with a major update

Dropbox made some major changes to its free tier on Wednesday, including support for read-only folders and a change to automatic photo uploads that requires users to download the Dropbox desktop app.

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Dropbox enhances its productivity tools across the board

Dropbox just dumped a ton of new productivity features on users of its file storage and collaboration service that are all aimed at making it easier for people to get work done within its applications.

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Buy-in from top execs is key to cloud transitions, AWS executive says

As the head of Amazon Web Services, Andy Jassy has seen a lot of big organizations start using the public cloud. The biggest indicator of success for a cloud transition is simple, he says: Has the business' senior staff bought into it?

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New Slack tools let you chat with bots using buttons

Slack is making it easier for people to interact with third-party services that integrate with its chat app with the launch of a new developer tool that lets bots add clickable buttons to their messages.

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Microsoft's Sharepoint app for iOS is here

Microsoft announced earlier this year that its popular SharePoint collaboration software was getting a full-featured mobile app. Starting Tuesday, iPhone users can take a crack at it.

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Salesforce also bid for LinkedIn, but lost out to Microsoft

As it turns out, Salesforce also wanted to buy LinkedIn, but was outbid by Microsoft.

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Microsoft buys Wand to boost its chat-centric “conversations as a platform” vision

Microsoft just bought Wand, a chat app for iOS, to further its vision of conversations as the next big computing platform.

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Microsoft's Project Bletchley builds up blockchains as a service

Microsoft is extending blockchain technology with a new set of tools designed to make it possible to build a new ecosystem of enterprise applications on top of it.

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Starbucks launches its Microsoft Outlook add-in for coffee fiends

Microsoft and Starbucks have teamed up to launch an Outlook add-in that lets people easily send the gift of coffee to one another and schedule meetings at a Starbucks cafe.

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Major Windows 10 update nears as Microsoft stops adding features to previews

Microsoft is hurtling towards the consumer release of its big Windows 10 Anniversary Update with the latest beta build for its operating system. Testers are being enlisted in a "Bug Bash" to help find and fix issues.

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The future of Office may lie in 'decomposable' documents

Microsoft wants to make sure that users don't have to focus on learning how to control its productivity tools in order to use them. That was the message from Julie Larson-Green, the company's chief experience officer, when she was asked what the future holds for Office.