A Windows Cloud build just leaked, and this is what we learned

Microsoft’s mysterious Windows Cloud is supposedly a stripped-down version of Microsoft’s operating system that runs only Windows Store apps. Microsoft’s not commenting, but an early build that leaked over the weekend appears to be authentic and gives further tantalizing hints of what the company may have in mind. 

Windows Cloud intrigues Microsoft watchers because of its uncanny resemblance to Windows RT, Microsoft’s failed ARM-based platform. It, too, could only run Windows Store apps, plus desktop versions of Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. There are numerous reasons why RT never succeeded, but the gist is there weren’t enough apps and nobody wanted to run a hobbled PC.

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These are the lessons Trulia learned from building a chatbot

It’s a competitive real-estate rental market out there, and Trulia wanted to capitalize on the interest with a new Facebook Messenger bot it launched earlier this month.

The bot lets users search for rental properties and keep up to date on new properties when they become available. 

Trulia’s bot came out of a quarterly hackathon project hosted by at real estate tech firm this past May, and the company learned a lot about bot-building. The experience showed that businesses should give bot-making a shot, even if they’re not tech companies, said Yardley Ip, general manager for Trulia Rentals.

“Given that the tools are so easy to use, and it’s so lightweight to develop [a bot], I think businesses should try it,” Ip said. “At least, at minimum, from the customer service angle. Because there are frequently asked questions that users and customers have, and why not use a bot as a way to respond to your users quickly?”

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 things we learned from Cisco’s acquisition of Jasper Technologies

A few days ago, Cisco announced that it was acquiring IoT platform provider Jasper Technologies for $ 1.4 billion. The amount is the equivalent of Jasper’s latest funding round, which is a testimony to Jasper’s market traction during the last few years. Jasper focuses on the emerging IoT lifecycle management space providing capabilities to automate and manage the deployment of IoT solutions. The acquisition represents a great addition to Cisco’s IoT software portfolio, with very interesting implications for the IoT market.

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