by Dave Gershgorn, Quartz
Microsoft has a real shot to end the year as the most valuable public company in the world.
That wasn’t the case a year ago, and it would have seemed absurd five years ago, when the company was being leapfrogged by burgeoning behemoths like Amazon and Google. The last time Microsoft was the most valuable company in the world was 2000, before being eclipsed by GE in the dot-com bust.
Continue reading This is the new Microsoft
by Chris Hoffman, How-To Geek
Cortana may soon recognize different voices, a feature Alexa and Google Assistant have had since 2017. Microsoft isn’t quite giving up on Cortana, but it’s slowly transforming Cortana into something other than a general-purpose digital assistant. Continue reading Why Doesn’t Microsoft Just Give Up on Cortana?
by Zac Bowden, Windows Central
Edge UWP is no more, as Microsoft commits to rebuilding it from the ground up as a desktop app, this time powered by Chromium
Microsoft today confirmed plans to rebuild its Edge browser using Chromium, in a move designed to improve web performance and app availability across platforms. Windows Central reported earlier about the shift in strategy and now it is official.
Continue reading Microsoft confirms plan to rebuild Edge browser using Chromium on Windows 10
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
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
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
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
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
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
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