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Navtez Bal To Lead Microsoft's Public Sector Business In India

New Delhi: Microsoft has appointed former McKinsey & Company executive Navtez Bal to lead its public sector business in India. In his new role as Executive Director, Public Sector, Microsoft India, Bal will focus on driving digital transformation and innovation across public sector organisations, empowering them to serve citizens better, the company said on Wednesday. […]

Microsoft, UnitedHealth launches COVID-19 app to screen employees for coronavirus

San Francisco: Microsoft has joined forces with healthcare company UnitedHealth Group to launch an innovative return-to-workplace protocol supported by the “ProtectWell” smartphone app that screens for COVID-19 symptoms and clears employees for daily work, the two organisations said on Friday. ProtectWell COVID-19 screening app helps employees determine they are safe to go to work, co-workers […]

US companies express interest for investment in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Several US companies have expressed their interest for investment in Odisha, said an official on Wednesday. The perspective investors interacted with chief secretary Asit Tripathy and other senior officers of the state under the leadership of Dr Mukesh Aghi, president and CEO of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). Tripathy chaired the interactive session through […]

Intel-Microsoft Joint Project Turns Malware Into Images

San Francisco: Researchers from Intel and Microsoft have joined forces to study the use of deep learning for malware threat detection in a project that first converts malware into images. The basis for this study is the observation that if malware samples are turned into grayscale images, the textural and structural patterns can be used […]

Bill Gates leaves Microsoft's board
Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board of directors

Washington: Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest person, has announced that he was stepping down from the board of directors of Microsoft, the company he co-founded in 1975 with the late Paul Allen. “I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve – Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway […]

Microsoft-Jio Defining Partnership Of Decade: Mukesh Ambani

Mumbai: Congratulating Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for his leadership of the organisation, Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said on Monday that the collaboration between Microsoft and Jio would be the defining partnership of the decade. The partnership between the two organizations, announced at the Microsoft’ “Future Decoded Summit’ here, is […]

Microsoft Unifies Key Office Apps For Android Users

New Delhi: Microsoft has made its unified Office experience combining the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps available for Android users worldwide. Now these key apps are available independently as well as in a unified form. Earlier the unified experience designed for mobile users was available only to Office Insiders as a preview, and Microsoft had […]

Avast Says Discontinued Harvesting Data, Users In Shock

New Delhi: After a sensational investigation found that popular Avast antivirus — installed on nearly 435 millions Windows, Mac and mobile devices globally — harvested users’ data via browser plugins and then sold it to third parties, including Microsoft and Google, the company on Tuesday said it has discontinued the practice of using any data […]

Collaborations Key To Tackle Nation-State Cyber Attacks: Microsoft

New Delhi: As governments the world over deliberate over how to tackle growing nation-state cyber attacks and protect sensitive data, a top Microsoft official said on Tuesday that collaborations between the governments, tech companies and third-party cybersecurity agencies can help address the growing menace. According to Rob Lefferts, CVP-Program Management M365 Security at Microsoft, the […]

Avast Antivirus Sold Users' Data To Google, Microsoft

San Francisco: In a sensational revelation, an investigation on Monday claimed that the popular Avast antivirus — installed on nearly 435 millions Windows, Mac and mobile devices globally — harvested users’ data via browser plugins and then sold it to third parties, including Microsoft and Google. The joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag that relied […]

Microsoft Aims To Be 'Carbon Negative' By 2030

San Francisco: Microsoft has set an ambitious goal to reduce its carbon footprint, saying that the company will become carbon negative by 2030 and by 2050, it will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted to date. At an event at its headquarters on Thursday, the company announced a new plan […]

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Voices Concern Over CAA

New York: Microsoft’s Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella on Monday voiced concern over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying what is happening is “sad” and he would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant create the next unicorn in India. His comments came while speaking to editors at a Microsoft event in Manhattan where he was […]

Indians Can't Use Microsoft Cortana Mobile App From Jan 31

San Francisco: Confirming once again that Microsoft was killing off its virtual assistant Cortana for Android and iOS and removing Cortana from its Launcher app for Android from January 31, the company now says the app will continue in the US only. On January 31, 2020, Microsoft will end support for the Cortana app in […]

Microsoft's Revamped Office Mobile Apps Read Text Out Loud

San Francisco: Microsoft has given a facelift to its Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps. Designed with Microsoft’s Fluent Design System, the changes are meant to “take mobile productivity to the next level,” according to the tech giant. The apps now have a more consistent visual design, which includes new app icons, splash […]

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams Platform Hits 20mn Daily Users

San Francisco: Microsoft’s unified communications platform for workplace “Teams” has garnered more than 20 million daily active users, the company has said. “Teams has more than 20 million daily active users. What is more, while these users start with simple text-based chat, they quickly move on to richer forms of communication and collaboration. For instance, […]

Microsoft's 'HAMS' Automates Driver License Tests In India

New Delhi: Microsoft Research has developed a smartphone-based driving test system that leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence to make a fair analysis of a driver’s ability before issuing him or her a license. The system has already been deployed at Dehradun Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Uttarakhand and is ready for wider adoption across […]

96% of deepfake videos online contain porn: Study

London: As tech firms scramble to tackle the spread of deepfake videos online, a new research has claimed 96 per cent of such videos contain pornographic material targeting female celebrities. The researchers from Deeptrace, a Netherland-based cybersecurity company, also found that top four websites dedicated to deepfake pornography received more than 134 million views on […]

Microsoft keyboards to come with new Office, emoji keys

San Francisco: Tech giant Microsoft is planning to launch a new Ergonomic and a slim Bluetooth keyboard with dedicated shortcut keys for Office and Windows 10s emoji menu. Both keyboards are up for pre-order and will start shipping from October 15. The Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard is priced at $59.99, and includes a fabric palm rest […]

Microsoft aims to bring Internet to 40mn people by 2022

San Francisco: In a bid to connect billions of people that do not have access to Internet connectivity, tech giant Microsoft, through its Airband Initiative, now aims to extend Internet access to 40 million underserved people globally by July 2022. Started in 2017, Microsoft’s Airband initiative streamlined efforts to set up Internet access across the […]

Iranian hackers targeted US 2020 campaign: Microsoft

San Francisco: Microsoft has said that a group of hackers that appeared to be linked to Iran’s government have targeted the 2020 US presidential election. “Today we’re sharing that we’ve recently seen significant cyber activity by a threat group we call Phosphorus, which we believe originates from Iran and is linked to the Iranian government,” […]

Microsoft Announces Surface Laptop 3, Earbuds And More

New York: Microsoft’s October 2019 Event saw the company unveiling a large range of new Surface devices. Some other big announcements include Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, Surface Earbuds, Surface Neo, Surface Pro X and Surface Duo. The 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 comes with the latest 10th-generation quad-core processors from Intel, while the 15-inch […]

Microsoft Bans 38 File Extensions In Outlook For Web

San Francisco: Microsoft has blocked 38 new types of file extensions on its Outlook for the web email platform in a bid to protect email users from what it deems ‘at-risk’ file attachments that were usually sent with malicious scripts or executables. “The list, which previously included 104 file extensions, will be expanded ‘soon’ with […]

Amazon Leading Push To Make All Voice Assistants Compatible

San Francisco: US tech multinational Amazon announced that it will lead an initiative to make different voice assistants like Alexa and Cortana compatible among themselves and with all the different mobile devices on the market, a move for which the firm has obtained the support of more than 30 companies. A day before the company […]

Eros Now, Microsoft to develop next-gen online video platform

Mumbai: Over-the-top (OTT) video platform Eros Now on Thursday joined hands with Microsoft to build a next-generation online video platform on the latter’s cloud computing service “Azure”. “The online video market has brought a paradigm shift in the way technology is used and will be used to enhance the customer journey and user experience. We […]

Microsoft To Mentor Startups In Tier 2 Cities In India

Gandhinagar: Microsoft on Tuesday launched a new initiative called “Highway to a Hundred Unicorns” to mentor and support startups in tier 2 cities in India. Organised in collaboration with the Industries Commissionerate and Gujarat’s Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), more than 250 startups attended the first such event here. Microsoft said it will engage with innovators and […]