AI-powered bots to change customers' experience: Satya Nadella

Boston, Sep 14 : Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered bots will become the next interface, shaping our interactions with the applications and devices we rely on and Microsoft's latest solutions are set to change the way HP interacts with its customers and partners, Indian-born Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said.

"Bots are now learning in human context and the relevant thing for us is to make them intelligent as we learn from customers' experience. Our solutions are going to give HP a 360-degree view of its customer services," Nadella announced at HP's Global Partner Conference (GPC) 2016 at the Boston Conference and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) here.

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Microsoft to cut additional 2,850 jobs from smartphone sector

New York, July 29 : Hurt by a failed $7.6 billion Nokia experiment amid growing losses in the smartphone hardware business segment, Microsoft has announced to lay off an additional 2,850 workers to the previously 1,850 jobs it said it would cut.

In a regulatory filing, the tech giant said it will cut 4,700 jobs globally by the end of fiscal year 2017, PC World reported on Friday.

Last June, Microsoft had announced it will cut 7,400 jobs from the smartphone business unit.

Earlier in May, signalling the end of its Nokia experiment, Microsoft announced it was cutting 1,850 jobs and writing off $950 million of which $200 million will be used for severance payments.

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Microsoft's AI bot resurfaces on Twitter, goes haywire again

New York, March 31 : Microsoft's artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot which was activated on Twitter last week for a playful chat with people, only to get silenced within 24 hours as users started sharing racist comments with it, was accidentally resurrected again and messed it all up once again.

Tay came back to life briefly on Wednesday when Microsoft accidentally re-activated the AI bot. This time again, she started sending out tweets that looked similar to the those that drew flak for the first time last week, Vanity Fair reported.

First, the bot sent a tweet about smoking weed in front of some police officials and later began sending the same message - "You are too fast, please take a rest..." - over and over again which did not make any sense.

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Microsoft shuts AI bot after twitteratti teaches it racism

New York, March 25 : Humans will be humans and the latest victim is Microsoft which launched artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot on Twitter for a playful chat with people, only to silence it within 24 hours as users started sharing racist and offensive comments with the bot.

Launched on Twitter as an experiment in "conversational understanding" and to engage people through "casual and playful conversation", Tay was soon bombarded with racial comments and the innocent bot repeated those comments back with her commentary to users, TechCrunch reported on Friday.

Some of the tweets had Tay referring to Adolf Hitler, denying the Holocaust, supporting Donald Trump's immigration plans, among others.

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Microsoft 's new year gift for iPhone users; a selfie app

Washington, Dec.31 - Software giant Microsoft has given one of the best new year gift to iPhone users by creating an app for taking selfies.

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Microsoft's Band 2 images leaks on the Internet

Washington D. C., Sept. 21 - Microsoft's new wearable hardware Band 2 images have leaked on the Internet.

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Microsoft Office 2016 arrives on Windows on Sept. 22

Washington D. C., Sept. 11 - Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing its Office 2016 for Windows on September 22.

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Microsoft Office 2016 expected to launch next month for Windows

Washington, Aug. 26 - Microsoft is planning to launch the Office 2016 suite next month.

According to the Verge, Microsoft's Office 2016 for Windows will not provide many major changes over the existing version

Office 2016 for Windows will reportedly arrive on September 22nd, for home and professional users initially.

The new desktop release includes a new colorful theme that is identical to the latest Mac, iOS, and Android apps. It is similar to the Windows 10 touch-optimized versions of Office, with a colored look that matches the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications. Also, a dark theme is arriving for the users who do not like the traditional look of Microsoft's Office apps.

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Microsoft announces upcoming features including Windows 10 update

Washington D C, Aug. 5 - Microsoft has announced some major new projects and features that will released on Xbox One in the upcoming months.

According to the Verge, Microsoft revealed that they will be a releasing a redesigned dashboard on the Xbox One's in November which will bring Windows 10 to the console.

The software update will focus on speed, performance and simplicity. The Xbox One dashboard update will also bring Windows 10's Cortana feature. Cortana will require the Kinect sensor for audio controls.

Also, a new feature called TV DVR is coming to the console in 2016. The Xbox One users will be able to record TV without requiring any subscription and stream games to any Windows 10 PC. Microsoft is even allowing Windows
10 PCs to download shows.

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Microsoft releases the first Windows 10 ad with babies

Washington, July 20 : Microsoft has released its first Windows 10 ads on Youtube with the message, "the future starts now."

According to the Verge, the company has produced five new ads, each using footage of children from across the globe as a voice over that explains that they will have an easier life because these kids will grow up with Windows

Windows is shown with a quick montage of Hello, the Start menu, the Edge browser and Cortana.

The voice overs say against shots of children in remote villages, ice fields, and central London "Imagine, these kids won't have to remember passwords or obsess about security."

Another ad explains that the kids will be able to log in "with a smile."

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Microsoft updates Xbox Music iOS, Android apps to play songs on OneDrive without subscription

Washington, July 10 : Microsoft has released an update of Xbox Music to play songs stored on OneDrive for iOS and Android apps.

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Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Mac for Office 365 subscribers

Washington, July 10 - Microsoft has officially launched its Office 2016 for Mac.

Office 2016 is already available across Windows, Android and iOS devices. The introduction of a new version for OS X brings a many new features.

According to the Techcrunch. com, the company said that the updated software is first being made available to Office 365 subscribers that are those who have either an Office 365 Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus subscription.

Microsoft said that depending on their needs the users can buy Office 365 subscription. Office 365 Personal will sell at USD 6.99 for home users and Office 365 Home will sell at USD 9.99 per month. Also, plans are available for students to give Office 2016 for Mac for free or for a significant discount.

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Microsoft renames Xbox Music to Groove

Washington, July : Microsoft has changed the name of Xbox Music, and now, it will be called Groove. The Xbox Video will now be known as Movies and TV

According to thenextweb. com, Microsoft says that the name change is to make the content in the app more identifiable for their broad customer base.

The changes will be introduced in Windows 10 PCs and in the coming months released to other devices.

Groove will feature an updated interface for better music management and an improved listening experience. Also, new menus and navigation controls are will be easier to use with a keyboard/mouse or touchscreen

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview that comes with Microsoft Edge, Wi-Fi

Washington, June 30 : Microsoft has released a latest preview of Windows 10 along with other new features including Microsoft Edge and Wi-fi that will come with the platform.

The users will have to download Windows 10's latest preview build for PCs, to use the new feature available.

Microsoft Edge, initially developed under the codename Project Spartan, is a web browser in development by Microsoft.

According to the, the company has integrated several user suggestions to the browser, including a home button, a more customizable New Tab page, password auto-fill, as well as the ability to import favorites/bookmarks from other browsers and to play music from a minimized tab.

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Microsoft to launch Visual Studio 2015 on July 20

Washington, June 30 : Microsoft has announced that it will launch Visual Studio 2015 (VS 2015), the latest version of its integrated development environment, on July 20.

According to the Techcrunch. com, the latest version includes cross-platform development with support for targeting Windows, iOS and Android, through its support for the Apache Cordova project and Xamarin's app development platform.

VS 2015 also includes support for extensions, new diagnostic and debugging tools, an emulator for Android developers, built-in support for Application Insights and various user interface and performance tweaks.

In addition, Microsoft partnered to enhance built-in support for game development with the Unity, Epic Games and Chukong Technologies.

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