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HP X2 Workstations

Architects? Power-hungry GPU fiends? HP has something for you

Demonstrating that there is still life in the old dog, HP Inc has ripped the covers off a line-up of workstations aimed squarely at users seeking a lot more oomph from a smaller form-factor. Rocking austere cases not usually associated with machines boasting serious GPU credentials, the additions to HP's Z range are designed …
Richard Speed, 19 Jul 2018
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Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

As the big red ball in the sky continued to shine on the UK, internet providers decided to have a bit of a lie-down, with Sky, TalkTalk and leased line specialist M24Seven all taking a turn on the sun-lounger. Sky and TalkTalk's problems began in the early hours of 17 July as night-owls in the Portsmouth and Southampton area …
Richard Speed, 19 Jul 2018
cloud

Azure running out of internets in UK South, starts rationing VMs

There are rumblings that Azure is having capacity issues once again, with customers in the UK South region reporting problems getting new VMs provisioned. One Register reader got in touch after attempting to add a new VM in the UK South region and receiving this message from Microsoft's Capacity Management Team: "Unfortunately …
Richard Speed, 19 Jul 2018
dog and cat cuddle up

Azure promises keep your backups safe and snug for up to 10 years

Microsoft continued its drive to encourage SQL Server customers to move their precious data to its cloudy towers with the announcement that long-term retention and automatic failover had finally hit the big time. Long Term Retention The preview, announced back in October 2016, was designed to extend the retention period of …
Richard Speed, 19 Jul 2018
old man wearing gold chain and sleeve tattoos

Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century

Slackware, the oldest Linux distribution still being maintained, has turned 25 this week, making many an enthusiast wonder where all those years went. Mention Slackware, and the odds are that the FOSS fan before you will go a bit misty-eyed and mumble something about dependency resolution as they recall their first entry into …
Richard Speed, 19 Jul 2018
Grab The Controls

Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview

Be still your beating hearts, Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core Services has hit public preview and the software giant has indicated just how much it is all going to cost. Microsoft is keen to get a foothold in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. In 2015 it released a slimmed-down version of Windows 10 aimed at IoT devices, …
Richard Speed, 18 Jul 2018
surprised people look at unseen object

Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

Lovers of big screens in boardrooms, rejoice! The first of Microsoft's Ginormonitors (aka Windows Collaboration Displays) has arrived at Redmond's partner shindig in Las Vegas. The device, made by UK-based manufacturer Avocor, is the first in Microsoft's range of big screens aimed at users unwilling, or unable, to fork out for …
Richard Speed, 18 Jul 2018

Devs: This is another fine Mesh you've got us into, Microsoft

From the department of "things punted to public preview before they're totally ready" comes Azure Service Fabric Mesh. Microsoft emitted Azure Service Fabric at the end of March 2016, aimed at managing stateful and stateless microservices over hundreds of servers in the Azure cloud. Redmond proudly stated that the technology …
Richard Speed, 17 Jul 2018
robot pours itself a beer

Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

Denmark-based brewing giant Carlsberg has reported good progress in its attempts to turn Microsoft's Azure AI into a robot beer sniffer. The project, which kicked off earlier this year, was aimed at cutting the time a beer spends in research and development by one-third, thus getting fresh brews into the hands of drinkers …
Richard Speed, 17 Jul 2018
Skype Logo

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

Windows users still clinging onto to the halcyon days of Skype 7 (aka "Classic") were warned last night to move to version 8 or face the service dying from September 1. You read that right. While the rest of us look forward to a summer of frolicking in the sun or basking on beaches, a sad-faced Microsoft engineer will be …
Richard Speed, 17 Jul 2018
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Exec-transcribing AI so you can click Like on their brainfarts. Oh Microsoft, you spoil us

It’s Monday and Microsoft’s Partners are already winging their way to Las Vegas for Inspire. That means it must be time for a news round-up. Surface a-go-go While the soap opera of the mythical Andromeda device rumbled on, Microsoft finally admitted that yes, a new Surface device was on the way, and no, it isn’t a phone. …
Richard Speed, 16 Jul 2018
Zork1 running on IBM 5150

Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

How do you train AI agents in language and understanding? Easy – drop them into a Zork-alike dungeon and let then find their own way out. While the rest of the Microsoft world squeaked with excitement about new hardware and free collaboration tools, the boffins at Redmond’s Montreal Research Lab have looked to history as way …
Richard Speed, 16 Jul 2018
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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

Sunday is a big day in Vulture Central. No, not the football. Sunday is three years to the day when Microsoft’s apology for the Windows 8 generation was released to computer makers. Windows 10 would hit end users two weeks later, charged with undoing the Metro carnage. The background In 2015 Microsoft was still reeling from …
Richard Speed, 16 Jul 2018
Business meeting argument

Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email. Helpful hints or management monitoring? You decide The first, Workspace Analytics solution for teamwork (now in preview), …
Richard Speed, 13 Jul 2018

Vid services and big AI appear in Microsoft's government cloud

Azure Government users rejoice! Azure Media Services and Azure Batch AI have made the leap from the public sector to the not-at-all-ominous halls of the US government. Microsoft was chuffed to announce this week that yet more functionality had been deemed fit to make the move into the highly controlled and regulated world of …
Richard Speed, 13 Jul 2018
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Data Box Disks, Azure Firewalls and WANs... Microsoft REALLY wants you in its cloud

Microsoft is continuing to extend the tentacles of Azure into the enterprise with a new Data Box Disk, WAN and Firewall functionality and a speed bump for its SQL data warehouse. Oh, and asks would people please stop using the 2008 editions of Windows Server and SQL Server? Petite Data Box Disk arrives with Europe in mind …
Richard Speed, 12 Jul 2018
User interface whiteboarding

Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app

Microsoft has made its Whiteboard Windows 10 app generally available in a move that Redmond hopes will see an end to dried-out marker pens and inky fingers. In preview since December 2017, the ‘free-form, intelligent canvas’ represents an excellent opportunity for a game of buzzword bingo, with ‘ideation’ taking the honours in …
Richard Speed, 12 Jul 2018
bearded gentleman raises glass

Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point

On the eve of its 2018 partner conference, Inspire, Microsoft has launched a freebie version of its Slack-alike collaboration platform, Teams. While Redmond has put a brave face on things, claiming 200,000 businesses over 181 markets are happily collaborating in the shiny new Teams world, Slack merely applies some oil to its …
Richard Speed, 12 Jul 2018
Angry man's eye peers from face painted with Scottish flag / st andrews cross

Softcat scores big in Scotland: Many a mickle makes a muckle

UK-based box shifting titan Softcat, is cock-a-hoop after bagging a lucrative contract worth up to £160m to fling software at the Scottish public sector. milk production line. Photo by SHutterstock Tsk-tsk, fat cat Softcat: Milk-slurping reseller taken to court READ MORE The single-source contract, which lasts for two years …
Richard Speed, 12 Jul 2018
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Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

Microsoft's army of Windows Insiders got a treat last night in the form of a fresh build of Redmond's other OS. You know, the one that isn't based on Linux. The Register does not normally cover every single Windows Insider build, but 17713 is a bit of a milestone. Before the usual gushing over new functionality, the …
Richard Speed, 12 Jul 2018
after-party mess

Intune makes an appearance at the Android Enterprise Zero Touch party

Microsoft’s Intune device and PC management suite has scored support for Android enterprise purpose-built device management, meaning admins can lock down biz devices before users get their sticky fingers near them. Intune, a cloud-based Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) platform, was …
Richard Speed, 11 Jul 2018
Cat sleeps on laptop

Azure Dev Spaces has hit public preview, so El Reg took it for a spin

Azure Dev Spaces is one of those technologies that looks great in demonstrations, but can end up being infuriating when introduced to real life. Shown off at this year's Build conference and subsequently released in private preview, the toys were released to public preview this week, and The Register was keen to get its talons …
Richard Speed, 11 Jul 2018
Cloud desktop

'It's legacy stuff brute-forced in': Not everyone is happy with Citrix's cloud

Though Citrix may see its future in the cloud, some users of the service have complained that its promises may be a little too vapoury for comfort. Folk have taken to social media to vent their frustration with the platform, which Citrix markets as being fast, adaptable, secure and good for clients with hybrid or cloud-first …
Richard Speed, 11 Jul 2018
A man hiding from a lot of emails coming from a laptop

Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

A decision by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to axe an ageing email alias service has left some of its members a-quiver with indignation. Members of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), which merged with the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) to form the IET back in March 2006, had …
Richard Speed, 10 Jul 2018

Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

Users taking to Twitter to moan about TeamViewer have received a bit of a shock when attempting to use the eponymous hashtag. It appears that as well as providing corporates with their IT support needs, users have found an entirely different, and quite literal, use for the remote control software. Rather than being wielded by …
Richard Speed, 10 Jul 2018

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