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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.

Op-Ed: Microsoft doubles-down on sustainability, but is it enough?

On Monday, Microsoft announced they would nearly double their internal carbon fee to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions, meaning the company will charge itself more for its emissions from operations, buildings, and data centers.

Microsoft's work with Chinese military university raises eyebrows

Bejing - Microsoft has been collaborating with researchers linked to a Chinese military-backed university on artificial intelligence, elevating concerns that US firms are contributing to China's high-tech surveillance and censorship apparatus.

Windows 7 support ends January 14th, 2020

Microsoft has just begun to roll out an update for Windows 7 that will also inform users about the end of support on January 14th, 2020.

Microsoft sees Pacific Northwest as quantum computing HQ

Microsoft announced Monday that it's teamed up with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington to create the Northwest Quantum Nexus, to promote quantum computing.

Microsoft Windows 10 operating on 800 million devices globally

The latest Microsoft Windows operating system Windows 10 is now running on 800 million devices globally the company has announced.

Microsoft's undersea cable achieves record transfer speeds

Microsoft and Facebook’s jointly-owned transatlantic undersea cable has broken another another record in relation to data transfer speeds. A speed of 26.2 Terabits per second was achieved.

Accenture and Microsoft form group for new customer engagement

This week, Microsoft, Accenture and Avanade announced the formation of the Accenture Microsoft Business Group. The new team will provide over 45,000 professionals, in what is the largest group of Microsoft solution experts in the world.

MIT and Microsoft make self-driving safer

Boston - As electric, autonomous vehicles continue to advance the causes of errors are being addressed. One area that has led to some test-drive accidents are ‘blond spots’ with autonomous technology. A new solution aims to overcome this.

Microsoft blames chip supply for Windows revenue fall

Microsoft has placed the blame of the supply of computer chips for then reason why there has been a drop in Windows revenue. At the same time, the technology giant reports a rise in cloud computing based revenue.

Microsoft's Bing search engine inaccessible in China

Bejing - Microsoft's Bing search engine was inaccessible in China on Thursday, with social media users fearing it could be the latest foreign website to be blocked by censors.Attempts to open cn.bing.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella lays out 'Netflix for games' vision

Microsoft is building a service that intends to be the "Netflix for games." The service is currently named " Project xCloud," and its goal is to stream high-end video games to any device.

Kroger and Microsoft collaborate on digital shelf technology

Redmond - The Kroger Company and Microsoft Corp announced on Tuesday a collaboration to test an upgraded digital shelf technology that the Cincinnati-based supermarket chain says could speed up shopping for its customers.

Op-Ed: How artificial intelligence will redesign the world

Sydney - The mega-hype surrounding artificial intelligence includes geopolitical, social, economic and many other factors. It's starting to look, however, like artificial intelligence will spring more than a few unexpected surprises on the world, and soon.

Is that funny? Microsoft develops AI that can assess comedy

Did you hear the one about the technology company that developed an artificial intelligence platform to assess laughter and judge comedy?

How Microsoft’s CEO Nadella has steered the company to success

Microsoft have surprised keen followers of technology and the stock market with a big rise in value — by over fifty percent — in the last year. Behind this success is the company’s CEO Satya Nadella.

Microsoft gains major U.S. army defense contract

Building on Microsoft's recent rise in valuation as a company and reflecting the tech firm's attempts at diversification, Microsoft has won a major military technology contract with the U.S. Army but the move is controversial with its employees.

Microsoft is now worth the same as Apple

A year ago Microsoft was worth just 50 percent of Apple, based on share price. Today the two companies are worth roughly the same, signalling an impressive growth curve from Microsoft. How did this happen?
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