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Microsoft acquires XOXCO, bot making company, to bolster conversational AI across products
Posted on 16th November 2018
Microsoft has announced to acquire a conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) and bot development company XOXCO for an undisclosed sum.

Texas-based XOXCO has been paving the way in conversational AI since 2013 and was responsible for the creation of Howdy, the first commercially available bot for Slack that helps schedule meetings.

Microsoft doesn't milk user data: Nadella's subtle jibe at Google, Facebook
Posted on 6th November 2018
In an apparent jibe against rivals Google and Facebook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said the company doesn't use customers' personal data for profit unlike some other firms.

In an interview with The Times on Monday, Nadella said the company "had chosen not to squeeze the last drop of revenue from the troves of user data on its Bing search engine and the Linkedin social network, which it bought in 2016".

Microsoft gears up for another digital revolution with quantum computing
Posted on 3rd November 2018
For Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, quantum computing is among three technologies -- the other two being Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mixed Reality -- that will soon disrupt the status quo, impacting our lives, communities and economies.

Believed to be a lot faster and more capable than the existing computing systems, quantum computing is set to herald the next wave of the digital revolution.

Privacy is human right, says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Posted on 2nd November 2018
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has called on technology companies to defend users’ privacy as human right, urging firms and governments to collectively work together to protect the most vulnerable section in society. Speaking at an event “Future Decoded” here on Thursday, Nadella applauded the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as first step towards securing data privacy, The Registrar reported.

Not Amazon, Microsoft is now second most valuable US firm after Apple
Posted on 30th October 2018
Microsoft has recaptured its second spot in irder to become most valuable US firm, dethroning Jeff Bezos' Amazon. The latest development came after Amazon reported disappointing quarterly numbers.

Apple Inc tops the list at over $1 trillion after crossing that threshold in September. Microsoft’s market capitalization was Wall Street’s highest in late 1998 through early 2000 before the dot-com bubble burst.

Microsoft aims to empower 1 billion differently-abled with AI
Posted on 29th October 2018
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the big buzzword in the world of technology as it promises to change the way we live and interact with devices. For Microsoft, there is nothing “artificial” about delivering on “intelligence” as the supreme aim is to empower nearly one billion people with disabilities.

The excitement about AI is so evident on the Microsoft campus here that various teams associated with the task have focused their energies towards achieving the impossible — to give differently-abled a normal, dignified life.

Microsoft hits $823 bn mcap, overtakes Amazon as 2nd most valuable US firm
Posted on 27th October 2018
Microsoft Corp regained its spot as the second most valuable US company on Friday after a disappointing quarterly report from wiped $65 billion off the online retailer's market capitalisation.

Apple Inc tops the list at over $1 trillion after crossing that threshold in September. Microsoft's market capitalisation was Wall Street's highest in late 1998 through early 2000 before the dot-com bubble burst.

Microsoft says will comply with India’s data localisation requests
Posted on 26th October 2018
Microsoft is committed to complying with the law of the land when it comes to data privacy and will honour data localisation requests from all countries, including India.

“We will have to comply with data laws of various countries. That is mandatory for us. We are already fully compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will do the same with other countries’ data protection laws,” Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Microsoft, told IANS.

Microsoft Q1 results beat estimates as cloud revenue jumps 47% to $8.5 bn
Posted on 25th October 2018
Microsoft Corp beat Wall Street estimates for revenue and profit in its first quarter on Wednesday, as more businesses signed up for its Azure cloud computing services and Office 365 software.

Microsoft shares have tripled since Satya Nadella became chief executive in 2014 and refocused the company on building data centre software and services.

EU approves $7.5 bn acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft
Posted on 20th October 2018
The European Commission on Saturday announced it has approved the $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft.

The Commission said that effective competition in the relevant markets would continue and Microsoft would have no incentive to undermine the open nature of GitHub’s platform.

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