Microsoft launches $25M program to use AI for disabilities

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Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle is meant to foster enthusiasm for the company’s latest ventures in… Read more »

Microsoft’s Old-School Database Was the Surprise Software Hit of the Year

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DON’T CALL IT a comeback, but Microsoft’s database software may be seeing a resurgence. According to research conducted by the Austrian consulting company Solid IT, Microsoft SQL Server’s popularity grew faster than any other database product the company tracked on its DB-Engines site during 2016. Source: Wired Magazine Date: January 4th, 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/2017/01/microsofts-old-school-database-surprise-software-hit-year/ Discussion 1) You might… Read more »

Microsoft’s A.I. bot turned from average teen to Jew-hating Trump supporter in 12 hours

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Description: Less than a day after Microsoft unleashed Tay, its experimental A.I., to social networks including Twitter and Kik, the chatbot’s already become a racist jerk you wouldn’t ever want to be friends with. Source: Mashable Date: March 24, 2016 Designed by Microsoft Research to better understand how 18- to 24-year-olds speak, Tay has definitely developed… Read more »

Internet Explorer security patch includes an ad-generator for upgrading to Windows 10

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Description: Internet Explorer security patch includes an ad-generator for upgrading to Windows 10 Source: Win Beta Date: March 9, 2016 Security update KB 3139929 for Internet Explorer also installs another update called KB 3146449. It is the second update that Leonhard takes issue with, because it doesn’t appear to be security related. Instead this new update… Read more »

Microsoft focusing on speed, security and luring customers away from Oracle

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Description: With SQL Server 2016, Microsoft focuses on speed, security and luring customers away from Oracle Source: Tech Crunch Date: March 10, 2016 The SQL Server 2016 can’t just encrypt data at rest but also query it without having to decrypt it, using a relatively new cryptographic technique called “homeomorphic encryption.” Read More. Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Microsoft Is Terminating Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on January 12th

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Description: Microsoft has announced that it’s turning off the support for Internet Explorer 8,9, and 10. Source: Fossbytes Date: January 6, 2016 On Tuesday, a new “End of Life” patch will go live that will ping Internet Explorer users asking them to upgrade their browsers. This “End of Life” patch means that these older Internet Explorer… Read more »

Which $200 Laptop is Right For You?

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Description: CNNMoney puts the Samsung Chromebook 2 and the HP Stream head-to-head to see which low cost laptop is the better buy. Source: CNN Money Date: April 1, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. When it comes to laptops; do you prefer Apple products, Microsoft products, or something else? 2. When it comes to purchasing a new laptop… Read more »

Microsoft’s Siri Rival to be Available on Android, Apple Devices

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Description: Microsoft is attempting to define the competitive landscape of who can create the most effective and efficient “virtual assistant” to help simplify our lives. Source: Globe and Mail Date: March 13, 2015 Microsoft is working on an advanced version of its competitor to Apple’s Siri, using research from an artificial intelligence project called “Einstein.”Microsoft has been running… Read more »