Tag: Microsoft

Master Chief’s guardian, Bonnie Ross, talks about Halo and diversity

Even Master Chief, the hero of the Halo universe, needs a guardian. And Bonnie Ross, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and head of 343 Industries, has been doing that job for more than a decade. For her work on the Halo franchise and her promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for women, under-represented minorities, and children, Ross […]

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Bonnie Ross, the ‘Halo boss,’ to be inducted into game industry Hall of Fame

Bonnie Ross is the Halo boss, and for that, she is being inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. Ross is the 23rd recipient of the prestigious award from the peer-run body, the AIAS. She is one of the rare women honored by the industry for her achievements in the […]

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Facial recognition remains tempting but toxic for tech companies

In a blog post announcing support for the Asia Pacific AI for Social Good Research Network and highlighting Google’s efforts to use artificial intelligence (AI) to combat disease and natural disasters, Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs, wrote that Google wouldn’t offer a “general-purpose” facial recognition API through Google Cloud until the “challenges” […]

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Microsoft’s Hummingbird app uses AI to be your news editor

Microsoft’s new curatorial news app aims to cut through the deluge with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). Hummingbird, which was first spotted by Android Police, has quietly launched on Android in some countries. It’s a straightforward affair. After signing in with a Microsoft account, you’re instructed to create a personalized feed by selecting from categories such […]

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Microsoft launches its Clarity web analytics tool for A/B testing and visualizing user sessions

To help webmasters understand how visitors interact with their sites, Microsoft has launched its new Clarity analytics tool in beta today. Set to rival the likes of Optimizely, Google Optimize and Visual Web Optimizer, Clarity lets you run A/B tests, and play back visualizations of users’ experiences and behavior patterns on your site. The tool […]

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How NASDAQ makes strategic infrastructure decisions (VB Live)

How do you harness the power of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and virtualization? There are a wide variety of tools on the market, but choosing the wrong HCI platform could limit your options or impede cloud and virtualization goals. Join NASDAQ’s AVP of DevOps and others for this VB Live event to learn more about how […]

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Microsoft takes on Google Optimize with Clarity

Microsoft today launched a new web analytics product in beta. Clarity is designed to help developers understand user behavior at scale, including why users struggle, where they run into issues, and why they abandon a website. The web analytics space has seen quite a bit of movement over the past two years. Google Optimize 360, […]

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Microsoft Office for Mac Gains Dark Mode, Continuity Camera Support, More

Microsoft today updated its Office suite of apps for macOS which adds a dark mode, compatibility with macOS Mojave, and adds support for Continuity Camera. If you are running macOS Mojave on your Mac, you will now be able to use Office apps like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook in Dark Mode. Switching to Dark […]

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Microsoft and National Geographic announce winners of AI for Earth Innovation Grant

Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, which kicked off in June 2017, has provided cloud-based tools and AI services to dozens of organizations “working to protect our planet,” in the words of Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith. It’s committed to investing $50 million over the next four years to fund AI development across five […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with File Explorer, Start, keyboard, Notepad, and setup improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with sign-in, File Explorer, Start menu, keyboard, Console, Notepad, Narrator, accessibility, setup, Snip & Sketch, and Game bar improvements. This build is from the 19H1 branch, which will arrive in the first half of next year. Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives […]

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ProBeat: I would seriously consider using Chromium Edge

I’ve been thinking a lot about Microsoft’s embrace of Chromium for Edge on desktops. There’s the joke “why do we need a Chromium-powered Edge? To better download Chrome?” but there’s also the reverse point “why even download Chrome if Edge is powered by Chromium?” Yesterday’s news made me think again why I don’t spend more […]

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Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo get up on stage at The Game Awards

The leaders of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo got up on stage together for the first time in a long time at tonight at The Game Awards. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft; Reggie Fils-Amie of Nintendo of America; and Shawn Layden of Sony PlayStation came out together onstage to kick off the big show. […]

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Google and Mozilla react to Microsoft’s embrace of Chromium

Microsoft today announced it is embracing Chromium for Edge browser development on the desktop. The news includes plenty of exciting changes, including the decoupling of Edge from Windows 10, more frequent updates, and support for Chrome extensions. But we also wanted to find out what other major browser makers think of the news. Google largely […]

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