New Delhi [India], Oct.24 : Microsoft India has launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in India, after a successful year-long pilot. Situated in Delhi, the center will bring together Microsoft capabilities to foster deeper cybersecurity collaborations with public and private sector organizations and build a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for India's digital transformation.
"The purpose is to secure India in its journey of digital transformation," said Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman, Microsoft India.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, also a philanthropist, recently donated $100 million to Stanford University and Tufts University for carrying out bioscience research. The Billionaire Allen’s donation will help both universities and individual scientists to research and make innovation and discovery in areas such as tissue regeneration, gene editing and antibiotic resistance.
The university will develop new research facilities for bioscience research in following 10 years by using the donated money. The donation is part of Allen’s commitment to the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a new Seattle-based organization. Allen believes that bioscience research is very important aspect of human life and is relevant to understand complex biological system.
On Wednesday, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who also owns the Seattle Seahawks, promised $100 million funding for cutting-edge life sciences study. As per a news release from the Allen Institute, the gift has signified his initial pledge in the direction of a decade-long plan for The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a latest Seattle-based organization launched by him on Wednesday.
The initial projects of the organization include $20 million funding for eight years of research endeavors at Stanford University and Tufts University, and under the ‘research partnership’, universities will contribute $10 million each.
Microsoft has recently announced it will no longer accept bitcoin as a mode of payment at Microsoft Store, where the users can online buy software and devices. Bitcoin is also used at the Xbox, music, and video stores of Microsoft.
Users will not be allowed to redeem Bitcoins to their Microsoft account. Existing balances in the account will still be available for purchases from Microsoft Store, but can't be refunded, according to the company update on Reddit.
The company is withdrawing bitcoin option only for its Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile stores. The bitcoin option was launched by the company in December 2014. The option involved allowing the buyers to use the third-party bitcoin payment processor, BitPay, to trade in the cryptocurrency at the current market value.
On Friday, the American multinational technology company, Microsoft Corp, announced that it has promoted its general counsel, Brad Smith, to the president and chief legal officer of the company.
Smith joined the company more than two decades ago, while he was appointed as general counsel in 2002. He is also corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of the company. The new position will take Smith to a broader role. According to the company, as Smith has been promoted, he has to handle all the works of a legal head. He will supervise the company’s issues like security, privacy, digital inclusion, accessibility and environmental sustainability.
There is good news for Xbox One lovers: Microsoft has announced that it is prepping a software update for the console, which will be the biggest software update yet. The upgrade has been inspired by users’ feedback, the company said.
The decision of software update has been taken after reviews and feedback from users. In a statement, the company said, “This year’s November upgrade is a completely re-imagined Xbox One, inspired by your feedback, brings the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever”.
According to the company, users are going to get fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. All they have to do is look for an Xbox Live message with their invitation as it will launch the Xbox Preview Dashboard.
The world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA kick-started in Berlin on Friday. On the opening day of home electronics show, IFA 2015, manufacturers of computers showcased the first batch of Window 10 devices.
Past few years were not good for the computer industry as the sale of computers declined rapidly. In the era of smartphones and tablets, consumers don't want to spend their money on computers. Now, the companies of the industry have pinned their hopes of revival on Window 10, latest version of Microsoft's operating system.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's charity announced a new project to conserve sharks worldwide to mark Shark Week. Sharks are threatened by human fishing, pollution, climate change and other causes.
Many people might find it difficult to have sympathy for this nasty beast, especially due to rise in shark attacks along the East Coast, but lack of awareness is a major factor that most people have a little knowledge about these creatures.
The aim behind the Global FinPrint initiative is to provide key data to design and implement plans to ensure sharks are not being pushed to extinction. The project, announced by Vulcan Inc. on Tuesday, will be based on a research survey to obtain the desired information about the sea creatures that live in the vast abyss of the ocean.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Vulcan Incorporated have announced their participation in Global FinPrint, a three-year study of sharks and rays in coral reef systems around the world.
The Global FinPrint survey will be funded by Paul Allen and Vulcan will provide the open-access database platform to the researchers.
In the study led by Dr. Demian Chapman of Stony Brook University, Long Island, N. Y., researchers will place a baited remote underwater video (Bruvs) in more than 400 locations to observe and count sharks and other marine animals as well.
Researchers during the survey will cover coral reef systems in the Indo-Pacific, tropical western Atlantic, southern and eastern Africa and Indian Ocean islands.
NASA has made arrangements to let scientists on earth have a good idea about what astronauts see in the space. Microsoft’s virtual reality headset will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) to send data back on earth. NASA and Microsoft have joined hands to develop a new project called Sidekick for which a commercial technology will be used. This project will ultimately help empower astronauts aboard the ISS
Launch of a pair of the tech giant’s devices called HoloLens is set for June 28. SpaceX’s seventh commercial resupply mission will piggyback the device to the space station.
Much-anticipated Windows 10 operating system would be released on July 29 according to an official statement issued by software major Microsoft.
Microsoft's head of Mobile Joe Belfiore expressed his excitement after the announcement on twitter.
July 29 is the date! Windows 10 for all! Tell friends & family: RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW to get it on day 1! http://t.co/jGSloJDZkM
— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) June 1, 2015
The company said that customers across 190 countries running Windows 7 or 8.1 can upgrade to the new system for free from July 29.
Users can take advantage of the free upgrade for a year. Once upgraded, the company will continue to update it throughout the lifetime.
Today, Lenovo and Microsoft at Lenovo Tech World announced a collaboration to transform the way people find their content in a new, more personal way.
Microsoft has teamed up with the PC maker for a joint effort involving Cortana and its own REACHit software.
Cortana is Microsoft's personal assistant. It arrived on PCs with Windows 10. Though it, Cortana, users are capable to make natural requests through text and talk to.
Lenovo's maker's REACHit software intends to broaden this functionality by searching for one's personal content on other connected Lenovo Windows 10 devices and on certain cloud storage services.
Technologies companies like Microsoft and Google are rivals, but now they have decided to join hands to improve experience for mobile and handheld device users. According to reports, the Redmond, Washington-headquartered Microsoft and Mountain View, California-headquartered Google have been joining forces to make mobile-friendly web browsing.
According to Microsoft, it is going to launch a new feature for Bing. Bing will make changes in its search algorithm pattern. In addition, it will search and rank mobile-friendly websites better compared to websites with desktop only version.
The Allen Institute for Brain Science was founded over a decade ago and is backed by $500 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Today, the institute said that it has launched a new database that has marked a major step towards creating a comprehensive map of the human brain, called the Allen Cell Types Database.
In the philanthropist’s 10-year plan, it is first initiative to untangle the intricacies of human thoughts and actions. This would also be helpful in unlocking the mysteries behind some of the brain’s most debilitating diseases.
The Allen Cell Types Database has information about 240 neurons found in the brains of mice, the cells that are similar to those in the human brain.
Microsoft announced the Windows 10 versions Tuesday, causing excitement among people who are eagerly looking forward to it. The new operating system will be launched this summer. However, the company did not reveal many details regarding the Windows 10. It didn't say anything regarding its money making targets associated with the new operating system.
According to reports, Windows 10 will be sold in two versions for consumers, just like the company's earlier versions such as Windows 7, 8. The two versions will be Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Home. The Windows Phone brand will not be there as the company indicated earlier. It is planned to be renamed as Windows 10 Mobile, and will work on phones and small tablets.
The Brazilian Advisory Rating System website has listed two more last generation remakes; Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition and Dishonored: Definitive Edition, confirming the games on Xbox One.
An Xbox One version of the first Gears Of War which has been rumored for months now is expected to release on Christmas.
The games are expected to be announced by Microsoft at E3 next month. Microsoft would be holding a press conference this year at GamesCom. to make the big announcements of the upcoming games.
Windows 10 is expected to bring the Start menu again and it seems to have features of the Windows 8 Start screen, with the Live Tiles and the traditional Start menu of Windows 7. The power button will also be seen in the upcoming window, so people will get to know how to shut down the device in a proper way.
One can also have multiple desktops in Windows 10 with other modern operating systems. Those who want more desktop real estate for short cut icons, or who have a preference to organize their things for a clean, organized desktop environment will be benefited by this.
In yet another case of conflicting claims related to trademarks and naming rights, this time it is the Microsoft owned 'Skype' and Rupert Murdoch's television business 'Sky', crossing swords with each other.
In the latest judgment by the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg that was pronounced this Tuesday, Skype has been at the losing end. The Court dismissed Skype's actions, thereby confirming that there existed a likelihood of confusion between the figurative and word signs employed by the two giants in their names. By ruling in favor of Sky, the court maintained the British broadcaster's complaint filed with the EU trademark authority, as early as 2005-2006.
Evaluation for Salesforce’s prospective buyer continues and now, many theories have emerged. One of such talks is Microsoft might be the one for the global cloud computing company headquartered in San Francisco.
Experts affirmed that there is no denying that acquiring Salesforce would be a good push for the buyer. But for now, no confirmed statement has been made either by Microsoft or Salesforce and their spokespersons declined to comment.
It was also being said that Oracle was also the strong contender, but its co-CEO Safra Catz has strongly rejected those rumors. Catz said that it would be better if some other company acquires Salesforce. She also affirmed that if the deal falls through then it will create disruption.
Microsoft, over the weekend, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Bill Gates, in commemoration of Microsoft's 40th year, recently penned a letter to Microsoft employees mentioning what the company has accomplished, and also painted a rosy picture of what lies ahead.
In the email, Bill Gates wrote that in the past he along with Paul Allen set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home.
He said that it was a bold idea and at that time a lot of people thought that they were out of their minds to imagine it was possible. He added that it is so amazing to see how far computing has come since then, and that all should be proud of the role that Microsoft played in revolution.