Microsoft’s Surface devices are fine and there’s probably nothing to worry about

September 4, 2017

Image: Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty Images Microsoft is on the defense after Consumer Reports withdrew its recommendation for the Surface Pro and Surface Book computers last week, alleging the devices had poor reliability. The non-profit publication reported its survey of 90,000 tablet and laptop owners found that about “25 percent of Microsoft laptops and tablets will present their owners with problems by the end of the second year of ownership.”…


Goodnight Sweet Prince

August 25, 2017

Artwork by Jim’ll Paint It When word spread that Microsoft was planning to ‘deprecate’ MS Paint in its next Windows 10 Update, the Internet rallied in a collective uproar against the plan. An outpouring of sadness, nostalgia and protest ensued at the loss of the 32-year-old program and Microsoft has since backtracked, saying it will still remove Paint from the next Windows 10 update but make the program available on…


Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years

August 17, 2017

Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death Microsofts next Windows 10 update, called the list. Paint 3D. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian Falling under the deprecated column for apps that are not in active development and might be removed in future releases, Microsoft Paints ticket has been called and now its only a matter of time before it is removed…


Microsoft wants to make blockchain networks enterprise-ready with its new Coco Framework

August 11, 2017

Interest in blockchains is at an all-time high, but there are still plenty of technical issues to solve, especially for enterprises that want to adopt this technology for smart contracts and other use cases. For them, issues like throughput, latency, governance and confidentiality are still major stumbling blocks for using blockchains. With its new Coco Framework, Microsoft wants to solve these issues and make blockchains more suitable for the enterprise….


New LinkedIn tool tells businesses about whos visiting their websites

July 27, 2017

LinkedIn is giving businesses a new way to see what kinds of audiences theyre attracting with their marketing efforts. The Website Demographics tool allows businesses to break down their website visitors across eight categories including job title, industry, company and location. After all, thats the kind of data that were all providing as LinkedIn users. To connect that data to website visits, the company is using the same conversation tracking…


Microsofts new Azure Container Instances make using containers fast and easy

July 27, 2017

Barely a day passes without some news about containers and that speaks to how quickly this technology is being adopted by developers and the platforms and startups that serve them. Today its Microsofts turn to launch a new container service for its Azure cloud computing platform: Azure Container Instances (ACI). The company also todayannounced that it is joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as a platinum member(thats a $370,000/year commitment)….


Techs 5 biggest players now worth $3 trillion

July 20, 2017

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: Salesforce marches steadily toward $10B run rate goal Equity podcast: Ubers losses, Clouderas IPO and the biggest e-commerce acquisition ever Techs most valuable players today crossed the $3 trillion aggregate market cap mark according to Google Finance data. Its a feat that marks a new threshold for tech amidst the current…


Microsoft experiences the triumph and tragedy of transformation

July 11, 2017

When long-time Microsoft COO Kevin Turner left the company last year, it marked a key turning point in the Satya Nadella era. Turners exit enabled Nadella to start putting his own stamp on the company, and the layoffs, strategy shifts and personnel changes weve seen recently are a reflection of that it shows the company has moved on from one centered on Windows/Office to one based firmly in Azure and…


In aftermath of Petya, congressman asks NSA to stop the attack if it knows how

June 29, 2017

Today Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California wrote to the NSA in an appeal for the agency to do anything in its power to stop the spread of the globalransomware (or potentially just disguised as ransomware) attack that began yesterday. Lieu seeks to hold the NSA accountable for its leaked exploit, known as EternalBlue, which appears to have facilitated the malwares spread. Last month, the ransomware known as WannaCry also…


Box deepens partnership with Microsoft and turns its attention to AI and machine learning

June 28, 2017

When I spoke to Box CEO Aaron Levie last year at the Boxworks customer conference, I had to ask the obligatory machine learning question. Surely Box was of sufficient size with enough data running through its systems to take advantage of machine learning. All he would say was they were thinking about it. Today, the company announced a deepening relationship with Microsoft in which Box will take advantage of Redmonds…