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What were the implications of Microsoft going offline in October? Special

At the start of October 2020, Microsoft reported that its services were down worldwide. What could be behind this and what were the implications for the company and its millions of users.

Unsecured Microsoft Bing server exposed search queries Special

It was recently revealed that a back-end server associated with Microsoft Bing exposed sensitive data of the search engine's mobile application users, including search queries, device details, and GPS coordinates, among others.

TikTok rejects Microsoft offer, Oracle sole remaining bidder

New York - American tech giant Microsoft said Sunday its offer to buy TikTok was rejected, leaving Oracle as the sole remaining bidder ahead of the imminent deadline for the Chinese-owned video app to sell or shut down its US operations.

Business strategies for coping with the 'new economy' Special

How can business address the challenging economic circumstances during COVID-19? Taking MBLM's Brand Intimacy 2020 Study (brands based on emotion) and the leadership of Microsoft and Ben & Jerry’s as examples, Mario Natarelli points out a strategy.

Microsoft to permanently close all retail stores

San Francisco - Microsoft said Friday it will close all of its stores and move its retail operations online, keeping just four locations and transforming them into "experience centers.

Computer scientist who designed cut, copy and paste, has died

Pioneering computer scientist Larry Tesler, perhaps best known as the inventor of the 'cut, copy and paste' functionality, has died aged 74. Tesler was also one of the developers of early Apple computers.

Microsoft fixes 'sudden' search bar fault on Windows 10

Microsoft has responded within 24 hours to a glitch with Windows 10, where users suddenly found that the search bar function was unable to located files held on personal computers.

Maintaining data security as hospitals partner with Big Tech Special

With hospitals increasingly partnering with big tech to both collect and analyze patient data the security environment of health data is transforming. This produces new risks for medical data, which need to be considered.

Q&A: Windows 7 is dead: What small businesses need to do Special

Support for Windows 7 has ended. For those businesses who have not upgraded there are implications to consider. These are spelled out by Mike Puglia, Chief Strategy Officer at Kaseya.

Microsoft data issue sees 250 million records exposed Special

Microsoft has exposed call center data on almost 250 million customers via several unsecured cloud servers. CTO Dr. Vinay Sridhara of Balbix looks into the issue for Digital Journal.

Microsoft CEO critical of new India citizenship law

New Delhi - Microsoft's chief executive hit out at the government of his native India and joined criticism of a new citizenship law that opponents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi say is anti-Muslim.

Microsoft creates first-ever medical school of innovation

The University of South Florida medical school and Microsoft have created the first-ever Medical School of Innovation. Classes begin Jan 13th, 2020, and students will learn from the most recent cutting edge technology

Office365 Accounts compromised using OAuth Special

A recently discovered phishing campaign uses a novel approach to infiltrating Office365 accounts: through the Microsoft OAuth API. To counter such threats a leading expert recommends firms adopt a ‘zero trust’ approach.

Microsoft bug shows importance of a zero trust protocol Special

A recently identified cyber-risk connected to Microsoft’s login systems shows the risk with trusting known vendors for enterprise cybersecurity. A security expert tells Digital Journal that a 'zero trust' approach is the best security measure to adopt.

Microsoft is using AI to screen for cervical cancer

Microsoft has partnered with SRL Diagnostics to develop an AI Network for Pathology. The technology is being used to screen for cervical cancer in India.

Cloud computing gains drive up profit for Microsoft

San Francisco - Microsoft reported Wednesday that quarterly profits rose on the back of its thriving cloud computing business which has become a core focus for the US technology giant.Profits rose 21 percent to $10.

Twin-screen Duo puts Microsoft back in smartphone game

San Francisco - Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled new Surface devices with twin-screens that open like books, including a notepad-sized version that will put it back in the smartphone game next year.

Op-Ed: Taxes, giant multinationals, and problems which can be fixed

Sydney - Governments are revenue junkies. The way they use revenue is often absurd, but how they collect it, or don’t collect it, is a huge problem. Major companies like Amazon, Google, etc. have a workaround for taxes which is creating big tax problems.

Be careful what you say - Microsoft listens in on Skype calls

New findings suggest that contractors working for Microsoft have been listening in to the conversations of some users of Skype. According to Microsoft the reason is to improve translation services.

German schools ban Office 365 over privacy concerns: Interview Special

A German state has made it illegal for schools to use Office 365. The ban stems from privacy concerns surrounding the likelihood that Microsoft’s cloud platform could expose student and teacher personal information to U.S. officials.

Microsoft helps to develop the ‘high-tech’ hospital of the future

Microsoft is working with a U.S.-based healthcare network to develop the hospital of the future. The technology firm has paired up with Providence St Joseph to develop a health-space in the Seattle area.

Op-Ed: 'Ethical AI' matters — the problem lies in defining it

News that Microsoft will invest around $1 billion to examine ethical artificial intelligence signals that the tech sector is thinking deeper about the ethics underlying transformative technologies. But what is ethical AI?

Microsoft announces it will invest $1 billion in OpenAI

Microsoft today announced that it would invest $1 billion in OpenAI, the San Francisco-based AI research firm co-founded by CTO Greg Brockman, chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Elon Musk, and others.

Microsoft teams up with AT&T for major cloud computing deal

Although Amazon (AWS) leads the cloud computing market by a wide margin, second place Microsoft has signalled that it will closing the gap through a new $2 billion deal with AT&T.

Microsoft removes a database of millions of facial images

Earlier in the week Microsoft removed a database of more than ten million faces. The database was used to test and train facial recognition algorithms. The database was known as MS Celeb.

Op-Ed: Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement on Huawei

Because of the recent US trade ban, Huawei has lost almost all of its large US partners including Google, Corning, and ARM creating a crisis for the company. However, some major partners are laying low among the largest is Microsoft.

Microsoft issues warning about new wormable vulnerability

Microsoft has taken the unusual step to issue a second advisory note in the same month, calling on users of Windows to urgently update their operating systems in order to avoid a new “wormable” vulnerability.

Microsoft open-sources quantum computing development kit

Quantum computing has become open source following Microsoft's decision to expand its Q# programming language. This move was announced at Microsoft's annual Build Developer conference.

Video game rivals Microsoft and Sony team up in cloud

San Francisco - Longtime video game console rivals Microsoft and Sony on Thursday announced an alliance to improve their platforms for streaming entertainment from the internet cloud.

Microsoft breaks $1 trillion value level

After a jump in its stock price earlier today, Microsoft became the third US company to pass a market cap of $1 trillion. However, it may have happened only briefly as the stock price jumped after it showed strong earnings for the third fiscal quarter.
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