Microsoft and AI: Introducing social chatbot Zo, Cortana takes on new roles and more

On Tuesday, Microsoft introduced Zo, the next evolution in chatbots; shared how Cortana, in partnership with Harman Kardon, will be present in a new way in your home; and announced that more than 67,000 developers are now using Microsoft’s Bot Framework and Cognitive Services. “We’re really moving from a world where we have to understand computers to a world where they will understand us and our intent, from machine-centric to … Read more »

Microsoft and LinkedIn begin journey to empower professionals around the world to achieve more

On Thursday, Microsoft announced it has completed the acquisition of LinkedIn, the world’s largest and most valuable professional network. Plans for the acquisition were announced last June. The acquisition brings together “the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network to deliver more connected, productive and intelligent experiences for our members and customers,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in an Influencer article on LinkedIn. “I’m more confident than … Read more »

Windows 10 Creators Update, Surface Studio and more unleash a new wave of creativity

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On Wednesday, Microsoft shared its aspiration to empower a new wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Creators Update, the introduction of Surface Studio and Surface Dial, a new Surface Book and more. “With Windows 10, our goal is to have the effect of the Gutenberg press on this next generation of computing, enabling 3D creativity, mixed reality, and eSports and game broadcasting for everyone,” says Terry Myerson, executive vice … Read more »

Newly updated Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit can help speed advances in deep learning

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Microsoft has released an updated version of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, a system for deep learning that is used to speed advances in areas such as speech and image recognition and search relevance on CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs. The toolkit, previously known as CNTK, was initially developed by computer scientists at Microsoft who wanted a tool to do their own research more quickly and effectively. It quickly moved beyond speech and … Read more »

Microsoft increases European cloud investment to $3 billion, unveils cloud policy recommendations

Reflecting the significant investment Microsoft Corp. is making in cloud computing in Europe, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and president Brad Smith on Monday shared new details about how this momentum is taking shape. Nadella stated that Microsoft has more than doubled its cloud capacity in Europe in the past year, noted that the company has invested over $3 billion (USD) across Europe to date, and shared that Microsoft intends to … Read more »

Microsoft partner Easydom is bringing smart homes to the masses

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Sergio Tucci was vacationing in the little Italian seaside town of Alba Adriatica in 2004 when he had the vision of controlling his home from his smartphone. Wireless access and smartphones were just beginning to reach the masses. “He was on the beach reading a technology magazine, and he said, ‘Why can’t I manage and control my home from my cellphone or with a PC connected to the Internet?’” recalls … Read more »

Microsoft announces new innovations and partner opportunities at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference

By Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft At our Worldwide Partner Conference today we showcased new technology innovations that demonstrate our ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud and create more personal computing. We also discussed investments the company is making in programs for our hundreds of thousands of global channel partners at the center of business transformation taking place in the industry. … Read more »

Festive marches worldwide show Microsoft employees’ Pride in being who they are

Clark Ly landed a job at Microsoft almost eight years ago simply by applying online. As a woman who identified as a lesbian at the time, he came out gradually and enjoyed the feeling of “just being able to be me” at work. But Ly’s bigger revelation was yet to come. In January, he had his manager let all of his colleagues know via email that he was transitioning to … Read more »

The Global Innovation Exchange – a groundbreaking new partnership

Today the University of Washington and Tsinghua University announced a groundbreaking partnership to establish a new science and technology focused academic institute, the Global Innovation Exchange or GIX. Microsoft is a founding partner for GIX, and is providing $40 million in financial support. Other universities, companies and research-focused nonprofits are expected to join GIX, and within a decade over 3,000 people will be studying in a new custom-built facility in … Read more »