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Here’s the 1 Priceless Lesson Inside Microsoft’s Decision to Axe Windows 10 Mobile – Inc.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Microsoft is known for its successes. (That little suite called Microsoft Office that thousands of businesses use comes to mind, for example.) But sometimes, even a heavy hitter like Bill Gates’ company can’t get any contact with the bat and strikes out horribly. That’s apparently the case with Windows 10 Mobile. The company’s Windows 10 chief, Joe Belfiore, announced earlier this week via Twitter that, while Microsoft still will support…

Microsoft Is Offering a $3.5 Million Prize for the Next Big AI Startup – Inc.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Microsoft, suffice it to say, is a very big company. But even with its vast resources, it can’t go out and talk to every developer working on the next big thing. “There are many great companies pushing the boundary of [artificial intelligence] that we can’t reach, even with our efforts,” Microsoft Ventures head Nagraj Kashyap tells Business Insider. That brings us to today, as Microsoft announces Innovate.AI, a global contest…

Microsoft Is Offering a $3.5 Million Prize for the Next Big AI Startup – Inc.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Microsoft, suffice it to say, is a very big company. But even with its vast resources, it can’t go out and talk to every developer working on the next big thing. “There are many great companies pushing the boundary of [artificial intelligence] that we can’t reach, even with our efforts,” Microsoft Ventures head Nagraj Kashyap tells Business Insider. That brings us to today, as Microsoft announces Innovate.AI, a global contest…

Here’s the 1 Priceless Lesson Inside Microsoft’s Decision to Axe Windows 10 Mobile – Inc.com

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft is known for its successes. (That little suite called Microsoft Office that thousands of businesses use comes to mind, for example.) But sometimes, even a heavy hitter like Bill Gates’ company can’t get any contact with the bat and strikes out horribly. That’s apparently the case with Windows 10 Mobile. The company’s Windows 10 chief, Joe Belfiore, announced earlier this week via Twitter that, while Microsoft still will support…

Microsoft Has Never Been A Serious Player In The Music Industry, Despite These Many Failed Tries – Forbes

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

An attendee holds a shopping bag in the exhibition hall during the Microsoft Inspire partner conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 10, 2017. During his keynote speech CEO Satya Nadella unveiled Microsoft 365 software that brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg You really have to respect a company that, despite having failed several times at becoming…

Microsoft is now rolling out Cortana inside of Skype – The Verge

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft is starting to roll out Cortana inside of Skype, letting its smart assistant jump into private and group chats to offer assistance in making plans and looking up information. Cortana will be available on both iOS and Android, but Microsoft says its assistant “will be gradually rolled out” starting in the US, so you might not have access yet. Image: Microsoft This Cortana integration was announced more than a…

Harvey Weinstein ‘sent email plea ahead of firing’ – BBC News

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Harvey Weinstein has said he is the victim of “false and defamatory statements” Film producer Harvey Weinstein emailed Hollywood associates asking for help to avoid being fired by his own company, US media report Weinstein was sacked amid a slew of sexual harassment allegations dating back decades. In the email, he said he was “desperate” for help and called for the film industry to support…

Microsoft Is Becoming a Renewable Energy Provider in Ireland – Fortune

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft is to buy all of the energy produced by a General Electric wind farm in Ireland, the companies have announced. The deal is notable not only because it gives Microsoft msft sustainable power for its cloud operations in Ireland—the base for the company’s European operations—but because of the nature of the equipment itself, and the implications thereof. According to Microsoft and GE ge , this will be Europe’s first…

Microsoft Ventures, Madrona and others launch $3.5M AI startup competition – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft Ventures today announced a new AI startup competition with a total prize purse of $3.5 million in investments into the winners. The firm is partnering with Madrona Venture Partners, Notion Capital and Vertex Ventures to host this competition, which is looking for (very) early-stage AI startups in North America, Europe and Israel. The Innovate.AI competition will award $1M in funding to one startup per region (North America, Europe and…

Microsoft’s dream of Windows on phones is officially dead — now it’s time for Plan B – Markets Insider

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his company are trying to keep Windows relevant.AP Over the weekend, Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Joe Belfiore confirmed what its biggest fans already knew — Windows 10 Mobile, the company’s smartphone operating system, is dead. It’s not much of a shock. There hasn’t been a Microsoft-made Windows 10 Mobile flagship phone since 2015’s Lumia 950, and HP recently pulled the plug on its ambitious Elite…

Microsoft is reviewing its records for signs of potential Russian meddling during the 2016 election – Recode

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft is currently reviewing its sales records to determine whether trolls aligned with the Russian government purchased ads on Bing or other company products during the 2016 U.S. presidential race. The decision to conduct an internal investigation comes as Microsoft’s tech industry peers — Facebook, Google and Twitter — contend with parallel probes by the U.S. Congress into the extent to which Kremlin-backed agents spread disinformation on their platforms around…

Microsoft just purchased all of GE’s newest Irish wind farm capacity … – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft signed an agreement with GE today to purchase every last bit of the wind energy from GE’s brand-new 37-megawatt Tullahennel wind farm located in County Kerry, Ireland for the next 15 years. This is a big deal on several levels. First of all, it means Microsoft will be using a clean energy source to power at least some of its cloud data centers in Ireland. That will likely result…

Microsoft almost made a bezel-less Windows Phone in 2014, and it looked great – The Verge

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft almost beat Apple, Samsung, and Google to the punch when it comes to bezel-less, full-screen smartphone displays. Windows Central happens to have in its possession a rare Windows Phone prototype device, codenamed “Vela,” that was an early iteration of what would eventually become the uninspired Lumia 435. The device sports the now nearly ubiquitous edge-to-edge display style now being used by Apple’s iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and…

Microsoft just purchased all of GE’s newest Irish wind farm capacity for the next 15 years – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft signed an agreement with GE today to purchase every last bit of the wind energy from GE’s brand-new 37-megawatt Tullahennel wind farm located in County Kerry, Ireland for the next 15 years. This is a big deal on several levels. First of all, it means Microsoft will be using a clean energy source to power at least some of its cloud data centers in Ireland. That will likely result…

Microsoft looks at whether Russians bought US ads on search engine – CNBC

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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A top Microsoft exec says the idea it will kill its Surface gadget business is ‘so far from the truth’ – Business Insider

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay says the company is in the hardware market for the long haul.Getty Images/Andrew Burton To the guy that heads up Microsoft’s Surface products, the idea that the company is going to kill off its line of computers and tablets is laughable.  “It’s so far from the truth,” Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of devices, said on Monday, calling the notion the “tabloid rumor of…

Groveling Harvey Weinstein sends ‘desperate’ email to Hollywood elite before getting fired, report says – Fox News

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Harvey Weinstein fired by his own company Jonathan Hunt has more on the sexual harassment allegations. Harvey Weinstein begged top Hollywood CEOs and entrepreneurs for their last-minute support in a “desperate” email that he sent shortly before he was fired amid the growing list of sexual harassment accusations against him, according to a report out Monday. Media strategist at Eldridge Industries LLC, the holding company for The Hollywood…

Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile – BBC News

Monday, October 09, 2017

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft said creating Windows 10 Mobile phones was not a “focus” for the company Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions. The company’s Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a “focus”. Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself. Windows 10 Mobile tried to…

Microsoft to buy all the power from new Irish wind farm – Financial Times

Monday, October 09, 2017

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Microsoft finally admits Windows Phone is dead – The Verge

Monday, October 09, 2017

In a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it’s now clear the operating system has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates for existing users. “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform…..