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Earlier this year, Microsoft made a splash at its Ignite conference for IT professionals when it announced that it has been racking cards of programmable chips together with servers in its cloud data centers.
The chips, called field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), can be reconfigured after being deployed to optimize them for particular applications such as networking and machine learning.
In April this year, Microsoft made Azure Container Service generally available. Today, November 7, Microsoft announced it is open sourcing the engine at the heart of ACS.
Azure Container Service (ACS) allows developers to orchestrate applications using Apache Mesos or Docker Swarm. ACS also enables users to migrate container workloads to and from Azure without code changes, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft Flow, a service that lets you plumb together various cloud-based services to construct workflows, and PowerApps, a tool to enable non-developers to build data-driven business apps, are both out of beta and in production today.
Microsoft said Tuesday that it will issue a fix next week for a Windows vulnerability it says is being exploited by hackers linked to Russia's government.
The company said in a blog post that it would release the fix November 8 as part of its normal patch cycle, adding that a well-known hacking group was already using the newly discovered flaw in a spearphishing campaign. The bug, which was publicly revealed by Google on Monday, can be used to bypass the security in the Windows32K system.
A new Surface Book is headed to retail shelves. It looks just like the original model from last year, but it has an updated processor and a whole lot more battery life.
According to Panos Panay, who runs Microsoft’s Surface division, improving the Surface Book was no easy task. People already love the debut model, with its detachable 13.5-inch screen, 12-hour battery, and chippy performance. In fact, Panay says the Surface Book has a higher level of customer satisfaction than any other portable PC in the Windows universe, and even the MacBook.