Microsoft awards hardware startup ENTy the 2016 Imagine Cup

ENTy-pose The festivities have wrapped for Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, a global competition among students and young people to create new software and devices. The winner this year was ENTy, a polished and highly practical hardware solution for tracking posture, helping with diagnosis and possibly treatment of diseases that affect balance. Read More

Microsoft slashes Xbox One price to $250 ahead of Slim launch

XboxOne_1TBConsole This weekend, Microsoft dropped the price of the Xbox One for the third time since May, giving users access to the Xbox 360 successor for a mere $250. Remember, the Xbox One originally launched with a 500GB drive and a Kinect sensor for $499, all the way back in November of 2013. In the years since, the console has dropped dramatically in price, going to $399 in June of 2014. Since May of… Read More

The email, data and privacy implications of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn

linkedin-microsoft We all took a collective gasp when we saw the price tag of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can pause and reflect on what this means from a data, privacy and email perspective — given that all three are potential strengths, weaknesses and concerns arising from the merger of two giants. Read More

Pat launches private beta to help AI understand what you say

Abstract watercolour painted speech bubbles in yellow orange pink blue and green. How many times have you wanted to throw your phone out the window of your car because Siri couldn’t understand the most basic phrases? Call Cheryl, no Vyshakh. Siri calls Cheryl anyway. Then a 20-minute argument develops with a series of “Hey Siri” commands followed by a string of unwanted Google searches and maybe even an iTunes song. I personally gave Siri a British accent… Read More

Microsoft triumphs in warrant case against U.S. government

microsoft In a surprise federal court ruling, Microsoft has won its lawsuit against the United States government over a warrant for a customer’s emails. The company has been fighting since 2013 to resist turning over the emails, which are stored in an Irish data center. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled today that Microsoft is not required to comply with a warrant for the… Read More

Ch-ch-ch-changes at Microsoft as COO Kevin Turner heading for the exits

Microsoft logo on building. In a blog post this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that long-time COO Kevin Turner would be leaving after 11 years at the company. At the same time, Citadel Securities announced on its website home page this morning that Turner would be coming on board as CEO. Nadella gave the expected platitudes in the announcement, while thanking for Turner for his service to the… Read More

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update will arrive August 2nd

upcoming-features-sticky_ui Microsoft today announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will launch on August 2. This is one of the biggest Windows 10 updates yet and will include new features for both consumers and enterprises. As Microsoft also announced today, Windows 10 now runs on 350 million devices and users have spent 135 billion hours using it so far. That’s up from the 300 million devices running… Read More

Microsoft’s open source .NET Core and ASP.NET Core hit 1.0

microsoft logo It’s been over a year and a half since Microsoft first announced the open source .NET Core project, which aims to bring the core parts of Microsoft’s .NET framework (and it’s cousing, the web-focused ASP.NET Core) to Linux, OS X and other operating systems that the company didn’t previously support. As Microsoft announced today, .NET Core and ASP.NET Core have now… Read More