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Tech future as seen by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Las Vegas: Streaming Xbox through 5G networks to phones, ability to machine learning at a scale and recognising instinctual human experience like touch, speech and gestures on multiple devices will be the new frontiers of technology, said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talking about future tech trends. Technology titans Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, the […]

First look at Microsoft's Edge browser on Chromium

San Francisco: The first look of Microsoft’s Edge browser that the software giant is rebuilding on Google’s open-source web browser Chromium shows new re-touches, animations and a read-aloud accessibility option, media has reported. “Most of the user interface of the browser is a mix of Chrome and Edge, and Microsoft has clearly tried to add […]

Maximum members allowed on Skype group up to 50

San Francisco: Software giant Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group call from 25 to 50 members. With this update, Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on […]

Microsoft Excel confused for Surf Excel, gets hate

New Delhi: Software giant Microsoft has become an unexpected victim of hate messages directed at a Surf Excel detergent commercial that has raked up a huge controversy in India over the past few days. The latest commercial, part of Surf Excel’s “Daag Achche Hai Campaign”, shows a Hindu girl saving a Muslim boy from colours on […]

Microsoft to end smart-band services

San Francisco: Microsoft is ending support for its “Health Dashboard” applications and services for its smart-band fitness tracker. It will refund all users whose devices are still under warranty. The company is offering $79.99 for Band 1 owners and $175 for Band 2 devices. “On May 31, the ‘Microsoft Health Dashboard’ site will be shut […]

Microsoft could unveil new Xbox hardware at E3 2019

San Francisco: Microsoft plans to return to the game industry’s largest annual expo E3 2019 and is mulling to discuss details of its next-generation Xbox consoles at the event. The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 2019 would kick off on June 11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and conclude on June 13. “We […]

Microsoft releases new free 'Office' app on Windows 10

San Francisco: Replacing the currently existing “MyOffice” app on Windows 10, Microsoft is rolling out a new free pre-installed “Office” app for users without an Office 365 subscription requirement. “MyOffice” app allows users to access and use their Office 365 — Microsoft’s subscription services with programmes including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote — from one […]

Microsoft expands protection tool for European democratic institutions

San Francisco: To protect democratic institutions from hacking attacks ahead of the elections to the European Parliament in May, Microsoft on Wednesday announced the expansion of its AccountGuard programme to 12 more European markets, including France, Germany and Spain. AccountGuard is a security service offered to users in the highly targeted political space at no […]

Stopping facial recognition for good work is cruel, says Microsoft chief

San Francisco: Microsoft President Brad Smith has shot down calls to stop selling facial recognition software to government agencies, saying the move would be “cruel” as it could hamper good work such as diagnosing rare diseases. According to a report in the Business Insider on Sunday, Smith said the move would be “cruel in the […]

Microsoft's Windows File Manager now runs on all Windows 10 devices

San Francisco: Microsoft has released its original Windows File Manager as a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app in the Microsoft Store and has made it available for all devices running Windows 10. Windows File Manager is Microsoft’s graphical user interface (GUI) through which end users could see and manipulate files and folders on Windows computers […]

Commercial Cloud helps Microsoft log $32.5 bn in revenue

San Francisco: Riding on stupendous growth in its commercial Cloud services, Microsoft logged a revenue of $32.5 billion — up 12 per cent from a year ago — and a net income of $8.4 billion for the quarter ending on December 31. The commercial Cloud business registered $9 billion in sales for the quarter, for […]

Microsoft to officially kill Windows phones

San Francisco: Tech giant Microsoft has asked its users to switch to an Android or iOS device as it announced the end of support for Windows 10 Mobile. In an “End of Support” page, the company told users that Windows 10 Mobile will stop receiving new security updates after December 10. “With the Windows 10 […]

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India set to lead digital transformation race: Microsoft India President

Bengaluru: In a renewed push for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its use cases in India, Microsoft India on Wednesday said there is highest penetration of AI skills among the workforce that will fuel digital transformation in the country sooner than thought. “A tectonic shift is happening in AI. Nearly 85 per cent of enterprises globally […]

Microsoft to end all support for 'Windows 7' in 2020

San Francisco: Even though Microsoft ended mainstream support for “Windows 7” in January 2015, the software giant has now decided to put a final halt on the roll-out of free security patches also for the operating system (OS) next year. “After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs […]

Kroger, Microsoft partner to develop connected grocery stores

Washington: To take on Amazon, leading American grocery retailer Kroger and Microsoft have partnered to redefine the customer experience using Kroger technology products powered by Microsoft Azure Cloud. Through this innovative partnership, Kroger will pilot a connected store experience and together with Microsoft, jointly market a commercial Retail as a Service (RaaS) product to the […]

Google denies it altered YouTube code to slow down Microsoft Edge

San Francisco: Google has denied it altered YouTube code to break Microsoft Edge, thus slowing down its performance while users streamed YouTube videos — a claim made by a former Microsoft intern. Microsoft Edge is a graphical web browser included in Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox One devices, replacing Internet Explorer as the […]

Hackers bleeding large Indian firms by $10 mn each year, says Microsoft

New Delhi: A large-sized enterprise in India loses an average of $10.3 million owing to cyber attacks and a mid-sized organisation an average of $11,000 annually, a Microsoft-led study said on Wednesday. Cyber security attacks have also resulted in job losses across different functions in more than three in five (64 per cent) organisations that […]

Microsoft committed to working with US military: Brad Smith

San Francisco: Even as engagement of technology companies in military projects continues to raise eyebrows, Microsoft President Brad Smith has said that the software giant is willing to “provide the US military with access to all the technology” it creates. Taking part in a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald […]

Microsoft surpasses Apple to become most valuable US company

San Francisco: Microsoft has become the most valuable US company with $753.3 billion in market capitalisation, riding past Apple for the first time since 2010 when it came close to the Cupertino-based tech giant. Apple, which became the first $1-trillion US company in August, came down to $746.8 billion on Friday, owing to lower-than-expected iPhone […]

Microsoft stores start selling Amazon's AI powered Echo devices

San Francisco: Following its partnership with Amazon to integrate their two Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered assistants Alexa with Cortana, Microsoft has now started selling Amazon’s Echo devices in its retail stores. Amazon’s Echo Dot and Echo devices are available online and in Microsoft Stores in the US, The Verge reported on Saturday. Microsoft introduced Cortana on […]

New Microsoft app evaluates facial expressions against emojis

San Francisco: Microsoft has launched a new app called “Emoji8” that allows users to compare their own facial expressions to emojis and get evaluated with scores. “‘Emoji8’ uses ‘Windows Machine Learning (ML)’ to evaluate your facial expressions while you imitate a random selection of emojis. You can play on the app even when you don’t […]

New Microsoft app evaluates facial expressions against emojis & get evaluated

San Francisco: Microsoft has launched a new app called “Emoji8” that allows users to compare their own facial expressions to emojis and get evaluated with scores. “‘Emoji8’ uses ‘Windows Machine Learning (ML)’ to evaluate your facial expressions while you imitate a random selection of emojis. You can play on the app even when you don’t […]

Microsoft acquires conversational AI and bot development firm

San Francisco: Microsoft has announced to acquire a conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) and bot development company XOXCO for an undisclosed sum. Texas-based XOXCO has been paving the way in conversational AI since 2013 and was responsible for the creation of Howdy, the first commercially available bot for Slack that helps schedule meetings. “It also developed […]

Microsoft completes $7.5 bn acquisition of GitHub

San Francisco: Microsoft has closed its $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, a leading software development platform which brings more than 31 million developers to create, collaborate, share and build on each other’s work. Nat Friedman, former CEO of Xamarin (acquired by Microsoft in 2016), is taking over as GitHub’s CEO, Microsoft said in a statement […]

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passes away

Washington: Paul Allen, who 43 years ago along with Bill Gates founded Microsoft, the company that revolutionised the software world and personal computers forever, has died, his family announced. He was 65. In a statement, Allen’s relatives said that the businessman died on Monday afternoon in Seattle, where Microsoft has its headquarters, from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, reports […]