The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite

November 04, 2019 at 10:45PM It’s Microsoft Ignite this week, the company’s premier event for IT professionals and decision-makers. But it’s not just about new tools for role-based access. Ignite is also very much a forward-looking conference that keeps the changing role of IT in mind. And while there isn’t a lot of consumer newsContinue reading “The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite”

The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite today

September 24, 2018 at 09:39PM Microsoft is hosting its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida this week. And although Ignite isn’t the household name that Microsoft’s Build conference has become over the course of the last few years, it’s a massive event with over 30,000 attendees and plenty of news. Indeed, there was so much newsContinue reading “The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite today”

Time: ‘Nobody Wants To Be Alone.’ Video Chat Is Having a Moment As Millions Are Isolated

March 18, 2020 at 02:08PM Minutes after French President Emmanuel Macron declared a 15-day lockdown throughout the country on Monday night, some of us living in Paris opted to engage in one of our favorite Springtime activities: we threw a drinks party. As at any party, some of us knew each other well, and othersContinue reading “Time: ‘Nobody Wants To Be Alone.’ Video Chat Is Having a Moment As Millions Are Isolated”

Torch & Everwise merge into affordable exec coaching for all

March 17, 2020 at 03:30AM While companies might pay for a CEO coach, lower level employees often get stuck with lame skill-building worksheets or no mentorship at all. Not only does that limit their potential productivity, but it also makes them feel stagnated and undervalued, leading them to jump ship. Therapy…err…executive coaching is finally becomingContinue reading “Torch & Everwise merge into affordable exec coaching for all”

How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative

November 07, 2019 at 09:52PM Microsoft Research is a globally distributed playground for people interested in solving fundamental science problems. These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no surprise that it’s also seeking waysContinue reading “How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative”

Microsoft Azure gets into ag tech with the preview of FarmBeats

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM At its annual Ignite event in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft today announced that  Azure FarmBeats, a project that until now was mostly a research effort, will be available as a public preview and in the Azure Marketplace, starting today. FarmBeats is Microsoft’s project that combines IoT sensors, data analysis and machineContinue reading “Microsoft Azure gets into ag tech with the preview of FarmBeats”

Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser gets new privacy features, will be generally available January 15

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM Microsoft today announced that its Chromium-based Edge browser will be generally available on January 15 and that the release candidate for Windows and macOS is now available for download (and that it features a new icon). The development of the new Edge has progressed pretty rapidly and the latest buildContinue reading “Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser gets new privacy features, will be generally available January 15”

Microsoft’s Azure Synapse Analytics bridges the gap between data lakes and warehouses

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM At its annual Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft today announced a major new Azure service for enterprises: Azure Synapse Analytics, which Microsoft describes as “the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.” Like SQL Data Warehouse, it aims to bridge the gap between data warehouses and data lakes, whichContinue reading “Microsoft’s Azure Synapse Analytics bridges the gap between data lakes and warehouses”

Microsoft launches managed meeting rooms as a service

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM Whether you love them or hate them (and you probably hate them), meetings are a fact of corporate life. And how many meetings have you attended that didn’t start on time because of technical difficulties? Microsoft wants to change that by managing your meeting rooms for you — starting atContinue reading “Microsoft launches managed meeting rooms as a service”

Microsoft launches the first public preview of its Fluid Framework for collaborative editing

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM One of the most interesting (and confusing) news announcements of Microsoft’s Build developer conference earlier this year was the first public demo of the company’s Fluid Framework. Fluid is meant to make building collaborative real-time editing experiences easier for developers, but Microsoft is also building it into some of itsContinue reading “Microsoft launches the first public preview of its Fluid Framework for collaborative editing”

Cortana wants to be your personal executive assistant and read your emails to you, too

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM Only a few years ago, Microsoft hoped that Cortana could become a viable competitor to the Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri . Over time, as Cortana failed to make a dent in the marketplace (do you ever remember that Cortana is built into your Windows 10 machine?), the company’s ambitionsContinue reading “Cortana wants to be your personal executive assistant and read your emails to you, too”

Microsoft Teams gets Yammer integration, secure private channels, and more

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM You’re forgiven if you thought Yammer, Microsoft’s proto-Slack, not quite realtime, chat application was dead. But it’s actually still alive (and well) — and still serves a purpose as a slower-moving social network-like channel for company- and team-wide announcements. Today, Microsoft announced that, among other updates, it will offer aContinue reading “Microsoft Teams gets Yammer integration, secure private channels, and more”

You can now ask Excel questions about your data

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM Microsoft today announced an update to Excel that brings natural language queries to the venerable spreadsheet tool. Available now to Office Insiders, this new feature allows you to talk to Excel like you’re talking to a person and get quick answers to your queries without having to write a query.Continue reading “You can now ask Excel questions about your data”

Microsoft launches Power Virtual Agents, its no-code bot builder

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM Microsoft today announced the public preview of its Power Virtual Agents tool, a new no-code tool for building chatbots that’s part of the company’s Power Platform, which also includes Microsoft Flow automation tool, which is being renamed to Power Automate today, and Power BI. Built on top of Azure’s existingContinue reading “Microsoft launches Power Virtual Agents, its no-code bot builder”

Microsoft launches Project Cortex, a knowledge network for your company

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM At its annual Ignite IT conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft today announced Project Cortex, its first new commercial product since the launch of Teams. The general idea here is to allow employees to quickly find information that’s spread out across documents in Microsoft’s various services and make it available bothContinue reading “Microsoft launches Project Cortex, a knowledge network for your company”

Microsoft launched Endpoint Manager to modernize device management

November 04, 2019 at 02:00PM Ever since the days of Windows NT, the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (better known as ConfigMgr) has allowed companies to manage the increasingly large number of devices they issue to their employees. Then, back in 2011, the company also launched Intune, its cloud-based endpoint management system for corporate andContinue reading “Microsoft launched Endpoint Manager to modernize device management”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review – great game, shame about the politics

October 31, 2019 at 12:21PM PC, PS4 (version tested), Xbox One; ActivisionThere are pulpy thrills, cinematic visuals and heart-stopping gameplay to enjoy here – so long as you can stand the rewriting of history and cheerleading for US militarism It doesn’t take long for the guilt to set in. You’re holding a handgun in London’sContinue reading “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review – great game, shame about the politics”

Tesla driver burnt to death in car because futuristic doors wouldn’t open, prosecutors say

October 24, 2019 at 05:46PM Destroyed vehicle that ‘loves to burn’ reignites again in pound Tesla driver burnt to death in car because futuristic doors wouldn't open, prosecutors say … Selected by softengoxford Search Web: Tesla driver burnt to death in car because futuristic doors wouldn't open, prosecutors say

Time: ‘The Capabilities Are Still There.’ Why Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie Is Still Worried

October 08, 2019 at 08:34PM In March 2018, Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that worked for the Trump campaign. Cambridge Analytica, the Canadian data scientist revealed, had illegally obtained the Facebook information of 87 million people and used it to build psychological profiles of voters. Using cutting-edge research, CambridgeContinue reading “Time: ‘The Capabilities Are Still There.’ Why Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie Is Still Worried”

Tesla ‘Smart Summon’ Software Under Government Scrutiny For Possible Safety Problems

October 5, 2019 at 04:15AM The new software ignited a storm of social media videos demonstrating the utility and flaws of a feature that allows drivers to summon their driver-less cars. Tesla ‘Smart Summon’ Software Under Government Scrutiny For Possible Safety Problems…

Microsoft, Adobe and SAP prepare to expand their Open Data Initiative

March 27, 2019 at 05:00PM At last year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, the CEOs of Microsoft, Adobe and SAP took the stage to announce the launch of the Open Data Initiative. The idea behind this effort was to make it easier for their customers to move data between each others’ services by standardizing on a commonContinue reading “Microsoft, Adobe and SAP prepare to expand their Open Data Initiative”