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Microsoft Translator’s new offline mode better than Google’s, says Microsoft

• Microsoft updated the Microsoft Translator app for Android to include offline translating for several languages.<br>• While online translation will still be better, Microsoft claims offline translation is now on-par with online… and better than Google’s.<br>• Microsoft wants to sell offline translation to …

Apps

Microsoft Announces IoT Security Silicon And Platform In Its March To Deliver End To End Security

Security is more important now than ever, given the new players, motives, and sophistication of cybercrime. Earlier this year, Cisco Systems issued it’s Annual Cybersecurity Report (read my coverage here), which, amongst other things, found that the threat surface is rapidly expanding with the …

Red Hat

Microsoft delays major Windows 10 update over Blue Screen of Death issues

The Blue Screen of Death strikes again<p>Microsoft was planning to launch its next major Windows 10 update, codenamed Redstone 4, last week. The software giant had targeted April 10th as an internal target to release the update, but a last-minute “blocking bug” delayed the release. In an unusual …

Software

Microsoft has given up 'significant sales' over concerns that the customer will use AI for evil, says a top scientist

Long-time Microsoft scientist Eric Horvitz says that the software company takes AI ethics so seriously, "significant sales have been cut off" because it was concerned that the potential customer would use its technology for no good.<p>Horvitz, a director and technical fellow with Microsoft Research, …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft will streamline Skype call recording with new Content Creator mode

Added for the convenience of streamers, vloggers, and podcasters<p>Skype is finally getting a call recording feature, only 15 years after it was first released. It should be noted that Skype isn’t building its own recording software but relying on third-party apps, including Xsplit, Wirecast, and …

Apps

The Supreme Court fight over Microsoft’s foreign servers is over

The newly passed CLOUD Act ends US v. Microsoft before a decision is reached<p>The much-anticipated Supreme Court case <i>US v. Microsoft</i> — which could have decided the extent of American jurisdiction over foreign servers — is now, for all intents and purposes, dead. On March 30th, the Department of …

U.S. Department of Justice

Microsoft’s smart mat project could blend Lego and Minecraft together

Microsoft has unveiled its latest research project today, Project Zanzibar. It’s a smart mat that’s designed to blend the digital and physical worlds by sensing touch, gestures, and objects. A team of researchers, with a love of toys, created the project at Microsoft’s research labs in the UK. The …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft Mixer streams now support Lightstream Studio effects

Microsoft's Twitch competitor Mixer makes livestreaming pretty straightforward thanks to a broadcast feature built directly into Xbox One and Windows 10. However, if you want to make your streams looks a bit more polished with effects and overlays, things can get complicated. Today, the company is …

Livestreaming

Microsoft Store and ESL Launch Esports Academy

Sydney based esports enthusiasts hoping to learn more pursuing esports as a career can sign up to the Sydney Microsoft Store's Esports Academy, …

Gaming

Microsoft Makes Clear Play For Mission Critical Cloud

Microsoft is clearly signalling a play for mission critical enterprise workloads with its latest announcements.<p>Last week, Microsoft announced a new Azure region in Canberra Data Centres’ facility in Australia to serve workloads from the Canberra based Australian government.<p>Cloud providers have been …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Microsoft is ready for a world beyond Windows

Cloud and AI are Microsoft’s future bets<p>”We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows, to loving Windows. That is our bold goal,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella three years ago. At the time, Microsoft was unveiling more details about Windows 10, and surprising people with …

Windows Phone

Microsoft’s Edge browser is out for iPad and Android tablets

Microsoft's Edge browser released for iPhone and Android late last year with a promise to come to iPad "soon." Now, after a quick beta period, the app is ready for a full release onto iPad and Android tablets.<p>Microsoft updated its November blog post focusing on Microsoft Edge for mobile devices, …

Software

Microsoft wants to force Windows 10 Mail users to love Edge

Thin end of the Edge<p>Glance upwards. The chances are that the browser you’re reading this news story on is not Microsoft Edge, the difficult second …

Microsoft Edge

Future Windows updates will take longer to install, but it’ll feel quicker | Ars Technica

It should now take about half an hour during the reboot phase.<p>One of the less appealing aspects of the twice-yearly Windows 10 feature updates is …

IT security

Sorry Microsoft, but this isn't the way to get people to use your Edge browser

D'oh! What are you doing Microsoft?<p>Do you really think it's a good idea to <i>only</i> let users open links from within Windows 10's default Mail app in the …

Microsoft finds few gender discrimination complaints valid

SEATTLE (AP) — Only one of 118 gender discrimination complaints made by women at Microsoft was found to have merit, according to unsealed court documents.<p>The Seattle Times reports the records made public Monday illustrate the scope of complaints from female employees in technical jobs in the U.S. …

Gender Discrimination

Microsoft fixes more Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Windows

Microsoft has taken another step on its gargantuan journey to fortifying more than a billion PCs worldwide against Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. This week's Patch Tuesday release updates PCs running x86 versions of Windows 7 and 8.1 against Meltdown, meaning that all currently supported …

Microsoft faces 238 complaints of gender discrimination

Microsoft has been accused of 238 cases of gender discrimination or sexual harassment by female employees working in US-based technical jobs, according to court filings made available this week. The complaints were made between 2010 and 2016, and include systemically denying pay rises or promotions …

Microsoft opens two data centers in Germany: reports

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Microsoft is opening two cloud data centers in Germany at a cost running to more than 100 million euros ($120 million), two news publications reported on Tuesday, citing industry sources.<p>The data centers would allow customers of Microsoft - which competes with Amazon and …

Microsoft Office

Lawsuit accuses Microsoft of 'lacklustre response' to rampant sexual harassment

Suit claims world’s largest software firm failed to properly redress 238 internal complaints, including harassment, discrimination and rape<p>Microsoft handled 238 internal complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination in a “lacklustre” way, according to court documents published this …

Sexual Harassment

Microsoft Pix can add business card info to your contacts

Microsoft's AI-powered camera app Pix just got a new feature. Now you can use it to upload all of the information on a business card into your iPhone Contacts as well as check out the person's LinkedIn account. All you have to do is open Pix and point your phone's camera at the business card. Pix …

Microsoft drops ‘Hey Cortana’ in favor of just ‘Cortana’ on smart speakers

Microsoft is altering the way you activate its Cortana digital assistant with your voice. The first Cortana-powered Invoke speaker now lets users simply summon the digital assistant using “Cortana” instead of the usual “Hey Cortana” command. The change isn’t live on Cortana for iOS, Android, or …

Cortana

Microsoft to offer governments local version of Azure cloud service

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Monday said it will soon make it possible for government clients to run its cloud technology on their own servers as part of a concerted effort to make Azure more appealing to local and federal agencies.<p>The pairing of Azure Stack, Microsoft’s localized …

Amazon Web Services

Microsoft is reportedly testing Cortana in Outlook mobile

Microsoft is reportedly testing an integration of Cortana and Outlook mobile. Sources told <i>The Verge</i> that the company is working on a version of Outlook for iOS and Android that has Cortana built right in and would allow users to ask Microsoft's virtual assistant to read and reply to emails for …

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with 9 bug fixes and broken Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a nine bug fixes and a broken Windows Mixed Reality. This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is likely to ship soon). There is no new build from the RS5 …

Microsoft iPhone app creates a sound map for blind people

Microsoft has launched an app which can help map the world for blind and visually impaired people, giving directions, describing the local area and guiding them from place to place.<p>The Soundscape app lets users set a beacon at their destination and then sets off 3D spatial audio cues to give the …

Microsoft makes more AI programming interfaces available to developers

Microsoft is making available new vision, face recognition and entity search interfaces to developers who want to add more AI smarts to their apps …

Microsoft is bringing Intel’s Spectre fixes to its Windows update catalog

Updates will still need to be manually downloaded<p>Microsoft is planning to distribute Intel’s firmware updates to protect Windows 10 systems against the Spectre CPU vulnerability. While Microsoft typically distributes its own firmware updates for Surface devices, the software maker usually leaves it …

Firmware

Microsoft’s Outlook for iPhone boss is now in charge of Cortana

Microsoft’s Outlook for iOS and Android boss is now transitioning to a new role inside the company, overseeing the Cortana digital assistant. Javier Soltero first joined Microsoft back in December 2014 when the software maker acquired the Acompli email app that soon became Outlook for iPhone and …

Cortana

Microsoft starts selling Lumia Windows phones again

Probably your last chance to buy a Lumia if you’re a fan<p>Microsoft has started selling Lumia Windows phones at the company’s online retail store once again. The software giant originally removed its Lumia devices back in June, leaving HP’s Elite x3 and Alcatel’s Idol 4S as the only choices for …

Windows Phone