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Microsoft Releases Multi-tasking Keyboard App for Android

posted onFebruary 24, 2016
by l33tdawg

A new app from Microsoft Garage, a mobile software development unit within the Redmond, Wash., giant that focuses on experimental and small-scale apps, has released a new multitasking keyboard app for Android. Dubbed the Hub Keyboard, the app bundles a handful of tools that reduce the need to switch between apps to complete certain actions, helping users stay focused on the task at hand.

Microsoft cuts 'dozens' more employees with its mobile unit: Report

posted onFebruary 15, 2016
by l33tdawg

Microsoft is laying off "dozens" more employees associated with its mobile business, according to a February 10 report from the Finnish newspaper Helsigin Sanomat.

The cuts are happening in Finland and heavily targeting those involved in marketing, the report says. (Thanks to @teroalhonen for the HS link.)

When it comes to Windows 10 privacy, don't trust amateur analysts

posted onFebruary 12, 2016
by l33tdawg

Gordon F. Kelly of Forbes is at it again, whipping up a frenzy over Windows 10. This time he claims to have found SHOCKING EVIDENCE that Microsoft's telemetry is collecting STAGGERING amounts of data from Windows 10 users.

Sadly, what Mr. Kelly's post* proves is how very, very little he understands about modern computing or networking. Seriously, his article is pure gibberish, technically. But more than 100,000 people have read it so far, and apparently they believe Mr. Kelly.

I feel sorry for those poor benighted souls.

The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

posted onJanuary 28, 2016
by l33tdawg

With its engineers involved in more than 2,000 open source projects, you’d have to agree that open source has more than a foothold at Microsoft these days. Most recently, for example, the browser team made the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers both Edge and Internet Explorer open source, for a very practical reason.

Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 out of support this week

posted onJanuary 11, 2016
by l33tdawg

January 13 is the last day for business and individual users to move off older versions of the Internet Explorer web browser, before Microsoft pulls the plug on support including security patches.

The deadline this week comes 18 months after Microsoft warned that it would cease to support Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, giving users time to upgrade.

Microsoft to warn users of govt hacking attempts

posted onJanuary 4, 2016
by l33tdawg

Microsoft unveiled a revised policy to inform users when it believes an account has been targeted by state-sponsored hackers.

The move to notify consumer services product users, including users of email and OneDrive, follows similar policies at Facebook and Twitter.

Microsoft acquires analytics startup Metanautix

posted onDecember 22, 2015
by l33tdawg

Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Metanautix, a startup company that was developing its Quest data compute engine which aims to help large enterprises filter through their vast amounts of in-house data.

Metanautix, which was co-founded in 2012 by Theo Vassilakis and Toli Lerios, was launched in September 2014 after raising $7 million of funding after Quest had been two years in development.