May 11, 2017

Apple's iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store


Among Microsoft's many announcements on Day 2 of its Build developer conference was a long-hoped for one: Apple will release a Windows Store version of iTunes by the end of the year.

Why it matters: It's critical for Microsoft to get more key apps into the Windows store — and iTunes is definitely one of those.

It's also important for Microsoft's new Windows 10 S operating system, which only runs Windows Store apps. Without a new version of iTunes, there would be no (authorized) way to directly connect an iPhone to such devices. For Apple, the move also allows owners of Windows 10 S to connect to its Apple Music subscription service, eliminating a reason some might choose a rival service.

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Coronavirus could hit developing countries hardest

Disinfecting in Dakar, Senegal. Photo: John Wessels/AFP via Getty Images

The coronavirus is spreading most widely in countries that should be among the best equipped to handle it. There's no reason to expect that to remain the case.

Where things stand: 88% of new coronavirus cases confirmed on Wednesday came within the OECD club of wealthy nations, which together account for just 17% of the world's population. While that data is based on uneven and inadequate testing, Europe and North America are clearly in the eye of the storm.

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The Humanity First push for a coronavirus vaccine

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Policy responses to the global coronavirus crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitics.

The flipside: The scientific work underway to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.

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Trump attacks Schumer for impeachment in letter about coronavirus crisis

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President Trump accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of being "missing in action" during the coronavirus crisis, writing in a scathing letter on Thursday that Schumer's focus on the "ridiculous impeachment hoax" resulted in New York being ill-prepared for the pandemic.

Why it matters: It's a blistering response to Schumer urging Trump to assign a senior military officer to enforce the Defense Production Act to produce more medical supplies.