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Microsoft, Zoom join pause on Hong Kong data requests

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:21 AM

The 2 join Facebook, Google, and Twitter in pausing data requests from Hong Kong authorities

Windows 10 to get Start Menu design tweaks, Alt+Tab update

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:22 PM

These changes are part of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161

FRESH START. Image from Windows blog.

Microsoft launches effort to teach 25 million people digital work skills

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Microsoft says it will back the effort with $20 million in cash grants to nonprofit organizations and tap into resources at developer-focused platform GitHub and career-oriented social network LinkedIn

DIGITAL SKILLS. Image from Microsoft

Microsoft ad spending on Facebook, Instagram suspended – Axios report

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The report says Microsoft's ban stems from concerns about their ads appearing next to inappropriate content

MICROSOFT. A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jeenah Moon/AFP

Microsoft to permanently close all retail stores

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:07 PM

The move means the more than 80 Microsoft stores closed due to the coronavirus pandemic will not reopen as the tech giant enters 'a new approach to retail,' according to a statement

CLOSING RETAIL STORES. A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Jeenah Moon/AFP

Microsoft chief says EU 'most influential' on tech rules

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:54 AM

The implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation in 2018 has helped create awareness worldwide for the importance of one's digital privacy

BRAD SMITH. President of Microsoft Brad Smith speaks onstage during the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 24, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Microsoft ends game streaming, teams up with Facebook

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Microsoft Mixer will be shuttered on July 22

MICROSOFT. A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jeenah Moon/AFP

Microsoft joins rivals, bars police use of face recognition tech

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:44 AM

Microsoft president Brad Smith says that the company has not sold its technology to police in the United States, and would maintain that policy until there are laws in place 'grounded in human rights'

'Assassin's Creed' stars as Xbox teases new games

May 08, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Microsoft shows off new games for the next-gen console, expected later this year

XBOX SERIES X. Photo from Microsoft

Microsoft sees digital reboot from pandemic, profits up

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:11 AM

'We've seen two years' worth of digital transformation in two months,' says Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella

MICROSOFT. A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jeenah Moon/AFP

Microsoft's 'Plasma Bot' to help check if a person's plasma can fight coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:27 PM

The CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance's recruitment of recovered COVID-19 patients will start in the US before expanding to Europe

MICROSOFT. The logo of French headquarters of American multinational technology company Microsoft, is pictured outside on March 6, 2018 in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a Paris' suburb. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Videoconferencing skyrockets on Microsoft's Teams software

Apr 10, 2020 - 2:05 PM

A new record of 2.7 billion 'meeting minutes' in a single day is reached on Microsoft Teams

New York City bans Zoom for school use, switches to Microsoft Teams

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:23 PM

The New York City Department of Education cites security concerns with Zoom as the reason for the switch to Microsoft Teams

Players may experience 'somewhat slower' game downloads – Sony

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:13 PM

With more users having to rely on online game stores, download traffic may have to be managed by gaming platforms

PLAYSTATION. The Sony PlayStation buttons appear on screen at a presentation. Screenshot from livestream

Hackers attacking Windows users using unpatched vulnerability – Microsoft

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:07 PM

Microsoft lists a number of workarounds to help avoid getting attacked as a result of the vulnerability. A patch will be released on April 14

MICROSOFT. The logo of French headquarters of American multinational technology company Microsoft, is pictured outside on March 6, 2018 in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a Paris' suburb. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Tech platforms in joint effort to stem virus misinformation

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:56 PM

The joint statement is issued late on Monday by Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Reddit along with Google-owned YouTube and Microsoft-owned LinkedIn.

Xbox Series X features, specs revealed

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Microsoft reveals new details about their fastest and most powerful console yet

XBOX SERIES X. A shot of Microsoft's latest game console. Image from Microsoft.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates leaves board

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:37 AM

The 64-year-old stopped being involved in day-to-day operations at the firm more than a decade ago, turning his attention to the foundation named after him and his wife, Melinda

GATES. Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, speaks to the gathering during the inauguration of the 8th International Conference on Agriculture Statistics in New Delhi on November 18, 2019. File photo by Money Sharma/AFP

From canceled conferences to supply woes: The coronavirus’ impact on the tech sector

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

How has the coronavirus changed the technology sector in recent weeks? Here's a rundown of just what's happened.

KEEPING WATCH. A security guard keeps watch as an AI-powered system developed by Chinese tech firm Megvii screens commuters for fevers as they enter the Mudanyuan metro station in Beijing on February 6, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Coronavirus triggers work-from-home trend in Seattle

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google recommend remote work for their employees as 10 of the 12 US fatalities have been in the northwest state

MICROSOFT. Pictured is one of the buildings in the technology giant's main campus in Redmond, Washington on May 12, 2017. File photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

U.S. game makers conference postponed amid virus fears

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference says it will be held later this year

POSTPONED. Attendees walk by the Sony PlayStation booth at the 2019 GDC Game Developers Conference on March 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Microsoft expects financial hit from coronavirus spread

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:43 AM

The US tech giant is the latest global firm to warn of a financial hit from the global coronavirus outbreak, which has killed thousands worldwide

MICROSOFT. The logo of French headquarters of American multinational technology company Microsoft, is pictured outside on March 6, 2018 in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a Paris' suburb. File photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Amazon wins suspension of $10 billion 'JEDI' contract to Microsoft

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:37 AM

A preliminary injunction requested by Amazon is issued by Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, barring the Department of Defense from starting work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program

Big Tech acquisitions over past decade to face fresh U.S. scrutiny

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The bombshell announcement by the US Federal Trade Commission opens the door to fresh scrutiny of deals made by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet since 2010

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) building is seen 19 September 2006 in Washington, DC. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

Microsoft gets lift from rise in earnings

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:27 PM

Overall profit for the quarter ending December 31 rise 38% from a year ago to $11.6 billion, while revenues jump 14% to $36.9 billion

MICROSOFT. The logo of French headquarters of American multinational technology company Microsoft, is pictured outside on March 6, 2018 in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a Paris' suburb. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Microsoft seizes web domains used by North Korean hackers

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Microsoft says a federal court allowed it to take control of 50 domains operated by a group dubbed Thallium, which tricked online users by fraudulently using Microsoft brands and trademarks

U.S. tech giants sued over cobalt mine child labor deaths

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The case is lodged on December 15 in the name of 14 unidentified victims, who are members of the families of children killed in tunnel collapses, as well as children maimed as they worked

COBALT CULPABILITY. A child and a woman break rocks extracted from a cobalt mine at a copper quarry and cobalt pit in Lubumbashi on May 23, 2016. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

Amazon says 'bias' in Pentagon awarding $10-B contract to Microsoft

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:27 PM

'It's critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence,' a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services says

PENTAGON. This undated US Department of Defense (DoD) image shows an aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. File photo by US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP

Moscow-linked hackers hit anti-doping agencies – Microsoft

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The attacks began on September 16 and took aim at least 16 international sporting and anti-doping agencies on 3 continents, Microsoft's customer security vice president Tom Burt explains

Cloud computing gains drive up profit for Microsoft

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Revenue from cloud services sold to businesses is up more than a third in the quarter to $11.6 billion, according to chief financial officer Amy Hood

MICROSOFT. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

Twin-screen Duo puts Microsoft back in smartphone game

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The Surface Duo sports two 'paper-thin' 5.6-inch screens that unfold and work in harmony with a specially tailored Android operating system

MICROSOFT SURFACE DUO. This handout photo obtained October 2, 2019 courtesy of Microsoft shows a woman looking at a new dual-screen device Surface Duo. Handout photo by Microsoft/AFP

Grab partners with Microsoft for digital literacy initiative

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The partnership is meant to upskill millions of Southeast Asians for the new digital economy

GRAB FOR GOOD. Grab announces a digital literacy initiative with Microsoft as part of its Grab for Good program. Photo by Kyle Chua

'Deepfake challenge' aims to find tools to fight manipulation

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:44 PM

The initiative announced Thursday, September 5, includes $10 million from Facebook and aims to curb what is seen as a major threat to the integrity of online information

Tech firms, U.S. officials talk election protection at Facebook

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:24 PM

'Improving election security and countering information operations are complex challenges that no organization can solve alone,' says Facebook's Nathaniel Gleicher

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. A picture taken on September 4, 2019 shows logos of US social networking websites Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, displayed on smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Amazon, Microsoft, 'putting world at risk of killer AI' – study

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The use of AI to allow weapon systems to autonomously select and attack targets has sparked ethical debates in recent years

SoftBank unveils investment fund to drive 'AI revolution'

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Japan's SoftBank group plans to partner with tech firms including Apple and Microsoft in a new $108-billion investment fund to accelerate the 'AI revolution'

SOFTBANK. This picture taken on November 23, 2018 shows people walking in front of a shop of Japan's telecoms giant SoftBank in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

3 myths to bust about breaking up 'big tech'

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Here are 3 myths worth discussing and busting when it comes to the idea of breaking up large tech conglomerates

Profit soars for Microsoft fueled by cloud, business services

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

'It was a record fiscal year for Microsoft, a result of our deep partnerships with leading companies in every industry,' says CEO Satya Nadella.

NADELLA. In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event where they unveil their cooperation for the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud developed with Microsoft. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape the economy

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal data, and the capture and production of this data relies on mass surveillance of the internet

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Microsoft's OneDrive to get encrypted Personal Vault feature, more paid storage

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Personal Vault is a protected area on your OneDrive account which uses two-factor authentication to keep files in that area safe

Microsoft gives glimpse of new Xbox console

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) Xbox head Phil Spencer puls back the curtain on 'Project Scarlett,' the creation of a successor to the Xbox One that will give game makers 'the power they need to bring their creative visions to life'

PROJECT SCARLETT. Microsoft Xbox head and executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer announces the new Xbox Project Scarlett console at their press event ahead of the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles on June 9, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

What Microsoft announced at its Xbox E3 2019 briefing

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:24 AM

Here's a quick list of the announcements and some of the trailers from Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 briefing

XBOX E3 2019 BRIEFING. Screenshot from livestream

U.S. antitrust hammer for Big Tech: What happens next?

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Each firm has different issues, but any probes could center on whether they abused their dominant position and stifled competition

Video game rivals Microsoft and Sony team up in cloud

May 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform will be used by both Sony and Microsoft to support game and digital content streaming services, according to a statement

TEAM-UP. Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation (left), and Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. Photo from Microsoft press release.

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

May 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft meet with leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the 'Christchurch Call' of voluntary commitments for online platforms

TECH FOR GOOD. Orange CEO Stephane Richard, right, is watched by Google's Jacquelline Fuller, left, as he speaks during a "Tech For Good" meetup to launch anti-terror 'Christchurch Call' at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Microsoft surges toward trillion-dollar value as profits rise

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Microsoft shows its reliance on cloud computing and other business services which now drive its earnings

MICROSOFT. This picture taken on on May 25, 2016 shows Microsoft's Finnish headquarters in Espoo. Photo by Vesa Moilanen/AFP

Microsoft announces disc-less 'All-Digital Edition' Xbox One S

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition takes away the disc tray on the console, providing it instead with 1 terabyte of storage space and 3 bundled games for a $249 price tag

Photo from Microsoft

Windows 10 update allows for quick removal of USB drives by default

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Users can now remove USB drives without using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' process

Windows 7 gets patch reminding users of 2020 end-of-support date

Mar 21, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The Windows 7 patch will begin sending notices of the impending end-of-support date beginning April 18

U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP