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Microsoft’s romance with open source software is on display at Build 2020

Microsoft’s romance with open source software is on display at Build...

An absolute ton of new announcements has been coming out of this week's Microsoft Build 2020 virtual conference for Windows developers. While cool, most of them are a little thin for individual reports—so we'll get you up to speed on them in this roundup, with links out to each topic if you're interested in more.…
Microsoft builds massive supercomputer for smarter AI

Microsoft builds massive supercomputer for smarter AI

Supercomputers, like this one at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, are designed to tackle the world's toughest computing challenges. Randy Wong/LLNL Microsoft has built an enormous supercomputer for artificial intelligence work, a new direction for its Azure cloud computing service. The machine has 285,000 processor cores boosted by 10,000 graphics chips for OpenAI, a company that…
How to Try Microsoft’s New Family Safety App

How to Try Microsoft’s New Family Safety App

Image: ShutterstockMicrosoft announced its new Family Safety app back in March, and you can now sign up for a limited preview of the app on iOS or Android. The idea behind the app is to give parents a glimpse at how their kids are spending time on their devices, so they can make adjustments as…
Microsoft plans to add Gmail-like predictive text to Outlook for the Web

Microsoft plans to add Gmail-like predictive text to Outlook for the...

Enlarge / Microsoft Outlook for the Web. Microsoft Outlook for the Web has the unenviable task of competing with a dominant Gmail—and much of Gmail's competitive advantage is thanks to ML-driven features like text prediction. But Microsoft is taking a step to face off directly with one of the features most strongly associated with modern…
New earnings report shows Microsoft’s shift to cloud and subscriptions is working

New earnings report shows Microsoft’s shift to cloud and subscriptions is...

Enlarge / Xbox Series X, due in late 2020. It's tall. And it has a modified controller compared to the Xbox One pad. The gauntlet of tech earnings reports has mostly come to a close, and there's a wide range of performance. Almost every part of the tech industry has been rattled by COVID-19, but…
DOD internal investigation finds DOD handled JEDI contract properly

DOD internal investigation finds DOD handled JEDI contract properly

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Enlarge / An aerial view of the Pentagon, the Potomac river, and parts of Washington, DC, taken back before a pandemic started keeping most of those cars in the commuter lot at home. The Department of Defense's internal probe into a controversial $10 billion cloud-computing contract concluded that the process by which the contract was…
Microsoft takes on Grammarly with new Editor extension for Chrome and Edge

Microsoft takes on Grammarly with new Editor extension for Chrome and...

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Today, Microsoft announced it was rebranding Office 365 as Microsoft 365 as it sought to expand its feature set beyond work life. Among the most interesting of those new features is Microsoft Editor, the company’s challenger to Grammarly. While Microsoft has had spelling and grammar correction in Word and other Office apps for as long…
Control Panel isn’t dead yet—but the System applet is looking nervous

Control Panel isn’t dead yet—but the System applet is looking nervous

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Enlarge / We find Windows 10's Settings dialog difficult to love.Jim Salter You may have seen dark rumors around the Web that Microsoft is about to kill off the classic Control Panel. Rest assured, friend, we were as horrified as you are—but on more careful inspection, this seems not to be the case. A new…
Windows code-execution zeroday is under active exploit, Microsoft warns

Windows code-execution zeroday is under active exploit, Microsoft warns

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Attackers are actively exploiting a Windows zero-day vulnerability that can execute malicious code on fully updated systems, Microsoft warned on Monday. The font-parsing remote code-execution vulnerability is being used in “limited targeted attacks,” the software maker said in an advisory published on Monday morning. The security flaw exists in the Adobe Type Manager Library, a…
Microsoft helps CDC build a coronavirus ‘self-checker’

Microsoft helps CDC build a coronavirus ‘self-checker’

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James Martin/CNET The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now has a "coronavirus self-checker" tool on its website that can assess people's symptoms and risk factors, and help them make decisions on seeking medical care. The tool was developed using Microsoft's Healthcare Bot service, the company said in a release Friday."Public health organizations, hospitals…

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