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Watch Panos Panay launch Microsoft’s new Surface Pro – The Verge

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Microsoft held a special event in China earlier this week to launch the company’s new Surface Pro hardware. While the software giant promised to live blog the event itself, Microsoft’s plans failed due to connectivity and the company didn’t live stream any video of the event either. Microsoft has now posted a 45-minute video of the main part of the launch event, featuring Surface chief Panos Panay. Panay spends some…

Watch Panos Panay launch Microsoft’s new Surface Pro – The Verge

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Microsoft held a special event in China earlier this week to launch the company’s new Surface Pro hardware. While the software giant promised to live blog the event itself, Microsoft’s plans failed due to connectivity and the company didn’t live stream any video of the event either. Microsoft has now posted a 45-minute video of the main part of the launch event, featuring Surface chief Panos Panay. Panay spends some…

Microsoft reportedly buys Israeli cybersecurity firm Hexadite – CNBC

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Microsoft now uses Git and GVFS to develop Windows – TechCrunch

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Microsoft today announced that virtually all of its engineers now use the Git version control system to develop its Windows operating system. The Windows Git repository includes about 3.5 million files that weigh in at about 300GB when you check them into Git. Git, however, wasn’t built for a project of this size, so Microsoft developed the Git Virtual File System to be able to get the benefits of using Git without having to…

Microsoft’s Netflix-Like Xbox Gaming Service Launches June 1 – Fortune

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Is your Internet up to speed? New map tool will track places in NC that need better access – News & Observer

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

North Carolina officials want to know whether your Internet is up to speed, and they’ve created a tool to help you report it. The state will be better able to identify and address places that lack reliable Internet service using a tool launched Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office. People can use this interactive mapping tool to report whether they have Internet access at home…

Microsoft to buy cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million: report – Reuters

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

JERUSALEM Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million, Israeli financial news website Calcalist reported on Wednesday. Hexadite, headquartered in Boston with its research and development center in Israel, provides technology to automate responses to cyber attacks that it says increases productivity and reduces costs for businesses. Microsoft officials declined to comment. Officials at Hexadite could not immediately be reach for comment. Investors in Hexadite include…

Is Microsoft’s New Surface Pro Ho-Hum? Nope, Just Mature Technology – Fast Company

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

About the author Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World. More

Microsoft Just Built A Special Version of Windows For China – Fortune

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

China’s government officials now have a custom version of Windows. Microsoft said Tuesday that its new Windows 10 China Government Edition is ready for Chinese government agencies to use. China Customs, the city of Shanghai, and China government-controlled IT company Westone Information Technology are Microsoft’s first customers for the new software. A Microsoft spokesperson said that this is the first time Microsoft has built a custom version of Windows for…

Microsoft’s Surface line is coming into its own by borrowing from the best – TechCrunch

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Microsoft CVP Yusuf Mehdi isn’t shy about mentioning the competition. As we discuss the company’s recent launch of Windows 10 S, he refers to the pared down operating system as a “Chromebook compete.” The company knows that Google is eating its lunch in K-12 here in the States, so it answered with its own version, and it’s not really making any bones about it. Gone are the days of publicly pretending…

Microsoft Again Claims Most-Favored Cloud Status in China – Fortune

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Microsoft chief marketing officer Chris Capossela said on Tuesday that Microsoft Azure is the only U.S. public cloud that operates legally in China. But that claim raises eyebrows because Amazon Web Services, the public cloud market leader, also sells cloud services in China. As does IBM. Capossela’s statement at a JP Morgan Chase (jpm) tech conference in Boston echoes similar comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella over the past year….

How Microsoft Is Defending Refugee Minors Facing Deportation – Forbes

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Credit: KIND Microsoft President Brad Smith at KIND’s 2017 gala. Microsoft President Brad Smith recalls that the decision to support immigration and refugees seemed natural when he created a pro-bono program for Microsoft lawyers in 2002. “We have employees in Washington State that have come here from 157 countries,” says Smith. “So we thought it was very consistent with the company’s own employee base and the way we look at…

Is the Internet Broken? – New York Times

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Computer beats Chinese champion in ancient board game of go – ABC News

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A computer defeated China’s top player of the ancient board game go on Tuesday, earning praise that it might have finally surpassed human abilities in one of the last games machines have yet to dominate. Google’s AlphaGo won the first of three planned games this week against Ke Jie, a 19-year-old prodigy, in this town west of Shanghai. The computer will also face other top-ranked Chinese players during the five-day…

Microsoft says this Chinese ‘gaming service’ company is hacking Xbox accounts – The Verge

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Since 2015, a Chinese gaming website has been hacking Xbox accounts and selling the proceeds on the open market, according to a complaint filed by Microsoft in federal court on Friday. On its website, iGSKY presents itself as a gaming service company, offering players a way to pay for in-game credits and rare items — but according to Microsoft, many of those credits were coming from someone else’s wallet. The…

Microsoft, Twilio are fond of telling you all about their “moat” – The Denver Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

By Nico Grant, Bloomberg News  As technology companies race to invent the future, they’re turning to a metaphor borrowed from medieval times to explain their businesses. “Moat” has become a favorite term of tech executives. It’s typically used to describe products or services that protect a company from incursions by competitors. The word has come up 89 times since last year in earnings calls, presentations and other tech company events, according…

Microsoft Monday: OneNote For iOS Revamped, ‘J’ Bug In Outlook To Get Fixed, Minecraft Update – Forbes

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking at an event to introduce Windows 10 S and the new Surface laptop. (Photo Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Microsoft Monday is a weekly column that focuses on updates in regards to the Redmond giant. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about a new human rights partnership with the United Nations, the Phantom Dust remaster being released on PCs for free, the “J” bug in Outlook…

Microsoft says this Chinese ‘gaming service’ company is hacking Xbox accounts – The Verge

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Since 2015, a Chinese gaming website has been hacking Xbox accounts and selling the proceeds on the open market, according to a complaint filed by Microsoft in federal court on Friday. On its website, iGSKY presents itself as a gaming service company, offering players a way to pay for in-game credits and rare items — but according to Microsoft, many of those credits were coming from someone else’s wallet. The…

In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision – TechCrunch

Monday, May 22, 2017

A week ago, Microsoft held its Build developer conference in its backyard in Seattle. This week, Google did the same in an amphitheater right next to its Mountain View campus. While Microsoft’s event felt like it embodied the resurgence of the company under the leadership of Satya Nadella, Google I/O — and especially its various, somewhat scattershot keynotes — fell flat this year. The two companies have long been rivals,…

Microsoft’s ‘Perfect Partner’ For Mobile Is Apple – Forbes

Monday, May 22, 2017

Launched on the desktop over a year ago for Office 365 users, Microsoft Planner has made its debut on mobile devices and smartphones… and it should not come as a surprise that Redmond has decided to start with a version for the iPhone. Microsoft Planner allows teams to work together to plan workflow through the management of tasks, sharing files, and communicating within a team. It’s a formula that many…