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The takeaways from two separate keynotes from Apple and Microsoft last month couldn’t have been any more different. Microsoft unveiled the 28-inch Surface Studio all-in-one and wowed those in the tech community with its articulating display and Surface Dial input accessory. Apple, on the other hand, drew scorn for its new MacBook Pro family, which the press (and even those in the Mac community) felt missed the mark. The backlash was so strong, in fact, the even Apple’s Phil Schiller was somewhat surprised. Are we now living in a world where Microsoft is being seen as the innovator, while Apple... Read more...
Microsoft has taught Cortana a new skill just in time for the holiday shopping season. It's the ability to create and manage lists, something most of use do throughout the year and especially during the holiday months. After all, there are grocery items to buy for the big feast and presents to pick up for the kids, and it's not like the daily responsibilities of work go away during this time of year. Cortana can help, provided she's your digital assistant of choice these days. If so, you can now have Cortana make lists and update them as needed in Windows 10 and through Cortana on your mobile device... Read more...
Up until Satya Nadella took the reigns at Microsoft, it wasn't a secret that Redmond company didn't take too kindly to Linux. The situation has sure changed over the past couple of years, though. Even the company's massive Azure platform supports Linux, and a couple of months ago, it ported its popular PowerShell admin tool to the Penguin-fueled platform. But now the company has officially fortified its interest in Linux by joining the Linux Foundation as a top-tier Platinum member. It joins the likes of Intel, Samsung, IBM, Cisco, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Qualcomm, NEC, and Huawei.... Read more...
Microsoft is furthering its efforts to go green. The company just made its largest wind energy purchase (237 megawatts) through wind farms aligned with Allianz Risk Transfer (ART) and Black Hills Corporation. Microsoft plans to power its datacenter in Cheyenne, Wyoming entirely by this windpower. According to Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, “Innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. We’re thinking differently about our datacenters and how we can build and operate them in a more sustainable way. And the innovations we’re piloting in this deal are not only good for... Read more...
Artificial intelligence is at the center of several evolving and next-generation products and services, everything from video games and smartphones (virtual digital assistants and messaging) to self-driving cars and web searchers. It has the attention of companies small and large, including NVIDIA and Microsoft, the two of which are partnering to push AI technologies more aggressively into the enterprise. What this essentially boils down to is pairing NVIDIA's DGX-1 supercomputer with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. The idea is to "help companies join the AI revolution" and this partnership means... Read more...
Microsoft’s big slip-up is our gain, as the Redmond software giant today accidentally hit the publish button a little too soon on a major announcement. The company will be hosting the Connect() developer conference later this week, but one of the biggest announcements was pushed through today: Visual Studio for Mac. Microsoft is well aware that developers are more platform agnostic these days, which explains why the company is reaching out to the Mac community — something that would have seemed unheard of just a few years ago with the PC-centric Visual Studio suite. Based on the app development... Read more...
Anyone who is looking for a reason to install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (build 1607) need only consider that there has never been a more secure version of Windows. So says Microsoft, which made the claim in conjunction with a new white paper detailing the ways in which the latest version of Windows protects users from ransomware. According to Microsoft, an increasing number of cybercriminals are turning to ransomware in search of a quick buck. The Redmond software giant points out that the number of ransomware variants has doubled in the last 12 months alone. "Its premise is deceptively... Read more...
Third-party antivirus developers aren't happy with the way Windows 10 seemingly goes to great lengths to kick AV programs to the curb in favor of Microsoft's own built-in Defender software, and that has led to an antitrust investigation in Russia. Among the various complaints, the Russian antitrust authority will see if Microsoft abused its position of dominance by rushing the OS to market. Russia's antitrust suit echos the complaints Eugene Kaspsersky shared in a lengthy blog post blasting Microsoft for how it treats Defender versus third-party AV programs. Kaspersky, who is the CEO of Kaspersky... Read more...
Cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky just channeled his inner Howard Beale to let Microsoft know he's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. If that reference is too old, we can kick things up a decade to Twisted Sister, as all that's missing from his strongly worded and scathing blog post calling out Microsoft for unfairly favoring its own Defender antivirus software over third-party solutions is the 1980s band's hit song playing in the background. While Eugene himself doesn't bring this up, there are quite a few parallels between the song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and his message to... Read more...
One of the great things about modern consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is that they are continually updated and granted new features through software. The Xbox One is a much more capable console today than it was when it first launched in late 2013, and it’s gaining even more features today with the release of the Holiday Update. The Xbox One Holiday Update is aimed at making the console experience even more “social” in an attempt to “unite gamers across devices, giving you access to more people to play with that share your interests and more choice in how you play.” The Holiday Update... Read more...
All is well that ends well for Surface Pro 3 owners, it just took a little bit of time to get there. Various battery issues have plagued the tablet for several months, and with its latest firmware release, Microsoft thinks it has finally solved the problem for good. Microsoft also made the decision to refund users the cost of a replacement battery if they purchased one for the Surface Pro 3 beyond its warranty period. "We’ve gathered additional details about which customers were affected and are committed to making sure that the people who experienced this issue are taken care of. We have reached... Read more...
Microsoft is moving along rather swiftly with test builds of the Windows 10 Creators Update (aka Redstone 2). After delivering Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14959 last week, Microsoft is back again with Build 14965. And this time around, there are a lot more feature updates to report on that testers will be able to take advantage of. Kicking things off, Microsoft has made it easier for those using Windows 10 tablets to control external monitors and TVs. After connecting your external display device, you simply need to navigate to the Action Center and invoke the Project command, which will extend... Read more...
What's that in the air? Could it be the smell of egg nog and pine? Nope, it's Microsoft Patch Tuesday, of course! This month's rollout is rather large and notable for a number of reasons. However, what matters most is that if you're not up-to-date yet, you'll want to take a little trip to the Windows Update section and take care of business. Speaking of business, the advice to update is imperative for those managing user PCs in the enterprise, as this rollout of patches includes a fix for a huge bug Google disclosed one week ago. This bug, called CVE-2016-7255, is a local privilege escalation flaw... Read more...
  Microsoft wowed an incredibly receptive audience last month with its Surface Studio announcement. Surface Studio is a 28-inch touch screen all-in-one powered by Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and features an innovative screen tilting mechanism which is a boon for professional content creators. However, perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Microsoft’s hardware keynote was the reveal of the Surface Dial, which is a hockey puck-esque accessory that can be used in conjunction with the Surface Studio (and other Surface hardware) as an alternative form of input. We were given a... Read more...
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