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Microsoft’s renewed embrace of developers, developers, developers, developers – Ars Technica

Saturday, May 20, 2017

reader comments 93 Microsoft’s love for developers is well-known and has been enthusiastically expressed over the years. Windows’ strength as a development platform—the abundance of custom, line-of-business applications, games, Office integrations—has given the company an entrenched position in the corporate world, ubiquity in Western homes, and extensive reach into the server room. In the past, Microsoft’s focus on developers had a certain myopic quality. One manifestation of this that was…

Microsoft reveals prototype augmented reality glasses that don’t look wacky – CNBC

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Microsoft’s renewed embrace of developers, developers, developers, developers – Ars Technica

Saturday, May 20, 2017

reader comments 93 Microsoft’s love for developers is well-known and has been enthusiastically expressed over the years. Windows’ strength as a development platform—the abundance of custom, line-of-business applications, games, Office integrations—has given the company an entrenched position in the corporate world, ubiquity in Western homes, and extensive reach into the server room. In the past, Microsoft’s focus on developers had a certain myopic quality. One manifestation of this that was…

Microsoft’s renewed embrace of developers, developers, developers, developers – Ars Technica

Friday, May 19, 2017

reader comments 58 Microsoft’s love for developers is well-known and has been enthusiastically expressed over the years. Windows’ strength as a development platform—the abundance of custom, line-of-business applications, games, Office integrations—has given the company an entrenched position in the corporate world, ubiquity in Western homes, and extensive reach into the server room. In the past, Microsoft’s focus on developers had a certain myopic quality. One manifestation of this that was…

Rise in ‘silver surfers’ as over-65s learn computer skills – Telegraph.co.uk

Friday, May 19, 2017

The proportion of “silver surfers” using the internet to keep in touch with family members has doubled in six years, figures show.  Experts said middle-class pensioners were increasingly comfortable using the internet to speak to family and search for information online. New ONS data shows that the proportion of over-75s who have used the internet recently has increased from 19.9 per cent in 2011 to 40.5 per cent in 2017. …

Microsoft held back a free WannaCry patch, report says – CNET

Friday, May 19, 2017

Why the WannaCry cyberattack is so bad, and so avoidable A new wave of the ransomware spreads chaos around the world. Paying the ransom may not cure computers, which could have avoided infection by simply keeping Windows updated. by Bridget Carey Microsoft could have slowed the devastating spread of ransomware WannaCry to businesses, the Financial Times reports. Instead, it held back a free repair update on machines running older software…

Microsoft takes the Build show on the road – Network World

Friday, May 19, 2017

Microsoft’s annual Build developers conference is becoming a must-see for developers, given the huge amounts of information and technical deep dives available over the three days of the show.  However, the show has been biased toward American developers, since it’s been held in only U.S. west coast cities: Seattle, before that San Francisco, and originally in Anaheim, California. So, recognizing some folks can’t make the trip, Microsoft is bringing the…

A Trump FCC advisor’s proposal for bringing free Internet to poor people – Ars Technica

Friday, May 19, 2017

reader comments 66 When Donald Trump won the presidency, his early decisions made it clear that the Federal Communications Commission would become much less strict in regulating Internet service providers. The FCC transition team he formed to chart a new course for the agency was primarily composed of people who oppose net neutrality rules and want ISPs to face fewer regulations in general. After the transition advisors finished their analysis and…

Microsoft held back a free WannaCry patch, says report – CNET

Friday, May 19, 2017

Why the WannaCry cyberattack is so bad, and so avoidable A new wave of the ransomware spreads chaos around the world. Paying the ransom may not cure computers, which could have avoided infection by simply keeping Windows updated. by Bridget Carey Microsoft could have slowed the devastating spread of ransomware WannaCry to businesses, reports the Financial Times. Instead, it held back a free repair update on machines running older software…

Microsoft Just Made a Big Bet on Africa – Fortune

Friday, May 19, 2017

Microsoft believes the best way to win more business in Africa is by building giant data centers there. The business technology giant said Thursday that it planned to open data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa by 2018. By opening data centers in Africa, Microsoft will be able to more efficiently deliver its various services like Office 365 to users in the region. “We’re excited by the growing…

Microsoft redesigned OneNote’s interface to be more consistent across devices – The Verge

Friday, May 19, 2017

Microsoft announced an update for OneNote today across Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and the web, featuring an overhauled design meant to offer improved accessibility and a more consistent feel across the various platforms. Navigation has been vastly simplified in the new app. Microsoft has moved all controls to be located on the left side of the screen in a series of nested menus, making it simpler to switch between…

A top Microsoft exec on working with Apple, competing with Google’s Chromebooks, and the future of Windows – Business Insider

Friday, May 19, 2017

Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Joe Belfiore on stage at Build 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Microsoft Microsoft has been busy lately. At its Build developer conference last week, the software giant announced Windows 10 would be getting new integrations with Android and iPhone. Earlier this month, it unveiled a new Surface Laptop along with a new version of its flagship operating system — dubbed Windows 10 S — to power it. Oh, and next week Microsoft is expected…

The End of the Internet As We Know It: FCC Votes to Dismantle Net Neutrality – The Root

Friday, May 19, 2017

Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to dismantle Obama-era regulations on Internet service providers (ISP), otherwise known as otherwise known as net neutrality rules, which have kept cable and telecom companies under strict FCC oversight since 2015. Advertisement The vote was 2-1 along party lines, with FCC Republicans looking…

Microsoft will soon open its first two data centers in Africa – TechCrunch

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Microsoft today announced that it will soon open two data center regions for its cloud-based services in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa. This marks Microsoft’s first data center expansion into Africa, and the plan is to get these new regions online in 2018. Like most of its other data centers around the world, these new regions will offer both Azure’s suite of cloud computing tools for developers as well as productivity tools…

Microsoft redesigned OneNote’s interface to be more consistent across devices – The Verge

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Microsoft announced an update for OneNote today across Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and the web, featuring an overhauled design meant to offer improved accessibility and a more consistent feel across the various platforms. Navigation has been vastly simplified in the new app. Microsoft has moved all controls to be located on the left side of the screen in a series of nested menus, making it simpler to switch between…

Microsoft Build 2017: All About Embrace And Extend – Forbes

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella opens the US technology titan’s annual Build Conference in Seattle on May 10, 2017 with a focus on a future rich with artificial intelligence that follows people from device to device.  GLENN CHAPMAN AFP Last week was a busy one for tech industry analysts—I started out at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas, attended Microsoft Build 2017 in Seattle and then went back to Dell…

Theresa May Wants To Regulate The Internet – BuzzFeed News

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Buried at the very end of the Conservative election manifesto is a line of text that could have an enormous impact on how Britons use the internet in the future. “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.” When the manifesto was unveiled by Theresa May in Halifax on Thursday morning, news bulletins understandably focused…

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real? – NPR

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical privacy.) “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on…

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real? – NPR

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical privacy.) “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on…