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Microsoft's three containerised Windows Server options

Microsoft releases new containerised cut of Windows Server

Microsoft’s released a new version of Windows called “windows” that ships as a container image. Why does the world need a new Windows? Because Microsoft’s chats with developers have taught it that they want something with more functionality than either Nano Server or Windows Server Core. Microsoft’s Lars Iwer, a program …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2018
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Microsoft's next trick? Kicking things out of the cloud to Azure IoT Edge

After years of urging its customers to move their compute onto its Azure cloud, Microsoft is trying to push them out. Or at least nudge them to move some of their work out of data centers to edge devices that can offer better response times. To do this, Redmond has made Azure IoT Edge available to all Azure Cloud customers, …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2018
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Microsoft has another crack at fixing Chrome problems in Windows 10

A few short weeks since Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has emitted a raft of fixes for Windows 10 including one that should ease the pain of some Chrome users. The Windows 10 April 2018 Update (aka 1803) broke Google's Chrome browser in some configurations and while subsequent patches stabilised the troubled operating system, issues …
Richard Speed, 27 Jun 2018
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So woke: Microsoft's face-recog can now ID more people who aren't pasty white blokes

Microsoft has improved its facial recognition technology so that it is better at identifying humans who aren't white men. Today's announcement of the breakthrough, which promised "significant improvements in the system's ability to recognize gender across skin tones," comes a week after CEO Satya Nadella sent a missive to …
Richard Speed, 26 Jun 2018

Class-action status snub for lawsuit alleging Microsoft mistreatment of women workers

Updated Microsoft may not have to face a class-action complaint over its alleged mishandling of harassment and discrimination complaints by women employees. Judge James Robart, in a US federal district court of western Washington, on Monday denied the class petition by a group of plaintiffs lead by engineers Katie Moussouris, Holly …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2018
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USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle

Lovers of USB-C who have had a Surface device inflicted upon them may soon find their long wait for dongle-based delight is at an end, according to reports. USB-C is notable by its absence from Microsoft's current line-up of Surface tablets. Only the Surface Book 2 has been blessed by the wonder-connector. The Surface Laptop …
Richard Speed, 26 Jun 2018
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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

From the department of "yeah, right" comes news that GitLab is shifting its platform from Azure to Google in order to take advantage of the ad giant's Kubernetes technology. It is, of course, absolutely nothing to do with cosying up to developers still anguished following Microsoft's purchase of GitHub. Nope, absolutely not. …
Richard Speed, 26 Jun 2018

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

Windows 98 turns 20 today. However, rose-tinted spectacles still don't make a hybrid 16 and 32 bit OS tottering on top of MS-DOS any more appealing. While Windows NT 4.0 pointed to a future free from MS-DOS, the majority of the Windows user base simply did not have the hardware to run much more than a jumped-up version of …
Richard Speed, 25 Jun 2018
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It's getting more and more Azure'd: For Microsoft, sorry seems to be the hardest word

Microsoft had a week of acquisitions, almost-apologies and Azure absenteeism as 2018 ground to its halfway point. Azure in Northern Europe popped out for a quick drink on Tuesday evening, turning into a colossal bender as the cloudy service went down and stayed down. Unusually warm weather in Ireland was blamed for the failure …
Richard Speed, 25 Jun 2018
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Hardened Azure logins, softened containers, leaky encrypted images on Macs – and more

Roundup This week you had to deal with AI security panic, fake Fortnite, and, if you use OpenBSD, the end of Intel HyperThread support Here are a few more bits of security news that you might have missed. Ready or not, here comes two-factor Azure log-in Microsoft is going to get its customers using best practices, even if it has to …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2018
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Azure North Europe downed by the curse of the Irish – sunshine

Amid forecasts of heat and fears of water shortage in Ireland on Monday, Microsoft was about to confront a drought of a different kind: an Azure service outage. The disruption, which lasted from 1744 UTC on Tuesday, June 19 to 0430 UTC on Wednesday, June 20, downed a slew of services, as we previously reported. What was not …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Jun 2018

Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

Amazon workers have reportedly called on their bosses to stop selling facial recognition kit to cops and spies, and slammed its links to data analytics biz Palantir. Amid the tech industry's intense efforts to prove to the public that they are not corporate monsters, Washington DC publication The Hill has reported that Amazon …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jun 2018
This is the blockchain. Yes, THE blockchain

Amid 'idiotic blockchain phase,' EY and Microsoft tout smart contracts

In an effort to demonstrate there are actual uses for blockchain technology, global professional services biz EY and Microsoft have teamed up to offer companies a way to manage rights and royalties. Though the system is designed to serve any industry that deals with intellectual property licensing and royalty payments, the …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Jun 2018

Amazon tweaks its word processor for easier online Office edits

Earlier this week we reported that Amazon Web Services appears to be planning the launch of a new end-user computing service that we speculated could be a competitor for Office 365. And today Amazon has given a hint we might just have been right with news of an update to its US$5/month-with-a-terabyte-of-storage WorkDocs …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2018
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Accountants HATE them: Microsoft's Xbox harnesses blockchain to pay games publishers

All aboard the blockchain hypewagon – Microsoft announced today that it has begun using the technology to deal with royalty and digital rights contracts. While the shiny toy, which runs on Azure (of course), is interesting, lurking within the excited ramblings was an admission of how Xbox game publishers used to get their …
Richard Speed, 21 Jun 2018

Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers

Microsoft has given Windows developers a helping hand by releasing a new UI recorder. Fresh up on GitHub, "WinAppDriver UI Recorder" is described by Microsoft's Hassan Uraizee as helping users “easily create automated UI tests”. For developers using WinAppDriver, Microsoft already offers a tool called “Inspect”, which allows …

You've seen the hype. Now you're curious. Why not have a crack at AI using this online lab...

Microsoft has thrown open the doors to its AI Lab, a suite of beginner projects to help developers learn machine learning. There are five different experiments that cover computer vision, natural language processing, and drones. “Each lab gives you access to the experimentation playground, source code on GitHub, a crisp …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jun 2018
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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

Updated Earlier this year, Jake Archibald, developer advocate for Google Chrome, found a bug affecting Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge – and had two very different experiences trying to get the problem fixed. Mozilla, he said this week in a blog post recounting the saga, responded within three hours. And because the browser maker …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jun 2018

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