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Microsoft wants business users to stop using Windows 7

by Matthew Hughes, The Next Web

Windows 7 is not even ten years old, and already it’s rapidly approaching the end of its supported life.

Now, perhaps with the aim of preventing it from endlessly limping on as Windows XP did, Microsoft Germany is encouraging business users to make the switch to a newer version of the operating system, claiming Windows 7 is no longer “fit” to be used in businesses. Continue reading Microsoft wants business users to stop using Windows 7

The future of AI? Here’s what Microsoft researchers think

by Barb Darrow, World Economic Forum

Microsoft Research’s female contingent makes their calls for AI breakthroughs to come.

Seventeen Microsoft researchers—all of whom happen to be women this year—have made their calls for what will be hot in the burgeoning realm of artificial intelligence (AI) in the next decade.

Continue reading The future of AI? Here’s what Microsoft researchers think

Microsoft just bought an AI startup that can outperform Facebook and Google

by Ben Popper, The Verge

Maluuba brings a deep learning pioneer into the fold at Microsoft

Microsoft announced this morning that it has acquired Maluuba, a Toronto startup focused on using deep learning for natural language processing. Deep learning is an approach to artificial intelligence currently in vogue that has driven incredible gains in the field over the last five years. As Microsoft wrote in the blog post announcing the purchase, “We’ve recently set new milestones for speech and image recognition using deep learning techniques, and with this acquisition we are, as Wayne Gretzky would say, skating to where the puck will be next — machine reading and writing.” Continue reading Microsoft just bought an AI startup that can outperform Facebook and Google

Microsoft Cortana is about to become your all-purpose productivity bot

by John Brandon, Venture Beat

Microsoft Cortana has been playing catch-up with Siri and the Google Assistant, but that’s about to change.

The company Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded in 1975 has made no secret of the fact that it intends to become an AI powerhouse. Many of the recent changes in Microsoft Office have been related to productivity automation. You can click a button to create a slideshow in PowerPoint, use the Editor feature in Word to improve your writing, and find out whether you spend too much time processing email in Outlook (using Microsoft MyAnalytics). Continue reading Microsoft Cortana is about to become your all-purpose productivity bot

Microsoft’s $26.2 Billion LinkedIn Acquisition Now Officially Closed

by Carl Velasco, Tech Times

Microsoft now officially owns LinkedIn, a popular social networking platform geared toward employers and professionals.

The multi-billion acquisition first made headlines in June, and the European Commission has given the acquisition a go-ahead earlier this week, joining the approval of other regulators around the globe, including those in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and South Africa. Continue reading Microsoft’s $26.2 Billion LinkedIn Acquisition Now Officially Closed

How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security

by Fahmida Y. Rashid, InfoWorld

Here’s what data each telemetry level collects and the price you pay to send the least telemetry to Microsoft

Windows 10’s aggressive data-collection capabilities may concern users about corporate spying, but enterprises have control that consumer-edition Windows users do not: Administrators can decide how much information gets sent back to Microsoft. Continue reading How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security

Microsoft Programming Chief Julia Liuson: How We Moved From Windows Platform, To Any Platform

by Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes Tech

A decade ago when Microsoft asked: Where do you want to go today? It didn’t really mean we could go anywhere, in a truly open software sense of the term. They (it, the firm) really meant: Where do you want to go today within a Windows-specific ‘proprietarily’ closed platform of software using our applications, browser and tools? 

But that would have made a really shoddy marketing slogan. Continue reading Microsoft Programming Chief Julia Liuson: How We Moved From Windows Platform, To Any Platform

Microsoft teams up with Elon Musk’s OpenAI project

by Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research non-profit backed by Tesla’s Elon Musk, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, a Donald Trump fan called Peter Thiel, and numerous other tech luminaries, is partnering with Microsoft to tackle the next set of challenges in the still-nascent field. Continue reading Microsoft teams up with Elon Musk’s OpenAI project

Microsoft, Apple and other Tech Giants Compete to Go Green

by Zayan Guedim, EDGYLABS

As the data Cloud grows, so do the energy-thirsty data centers that support its ocean of digital information. Trendsetting companies are going green to address concerns over how these centers are powered.

Microsoft recently announced it would step-up its efforts towards going green completely. It starts by powering its data centers with cleaner energy. By 2018, the company claims that it will depend on 50% renewable energy from wind, solar and hydroelectric sources. Data centers will be their largest energy consuming facilities over the next five years. While Microsoft uses 44% renewable energy today, it seeks to surpass 50% on its way to 60% renewable energy use at the beginning of the next decade.  Continue reading Microsoft, Apple and other Tech Giants Compete to Go Green