In order to raise awareness about ALS, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella accepted Steve Gleason’s Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged Jeff Bezos and Larry Page to do the same. If they are not taking the challenge, they need to donate money for it. Even Mark Zuckerberg took the challenge and poured a bucket of water on himself. He challenged Bill Gates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to do the same. On Wednesday, the Ability Eye Gaze team, which won the Grand Prize in Microsoft’s first-ever companywide Hacakthon, was given the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on CEO Satya Nadella as part of an effort to raise awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.) The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise ...

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If you are following the cloud computing industry for the past few years, the title should not have surprised you. Microsoft Azure continues its momentum of gaining customers more than Amazon and Google. A survey of CIOs by the research firm Pacific Crest Securities has found enterprise customers are going to spend more money on Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 than Google and Amazon Web Services. Also, Microsoft was the second most preferred supplier for public and private cloud services behind VMware. For the survey, Pacific Crest checked in with CIOs at 152 companies with 1,000 or more employees — most of them with over 5,000 employees. That at least partially explains the overall strength for Microsoft: Big as it is, Amazon’s AWS tends to be more popular with earlier-stage (and therefore smaller) companies. One thing that large enterprises tend to like, writes Pacific Crest’s Brendan Barnicle, is that Microsoft’s cloud tends ...

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Last month, Google released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows for the first time. The two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. It includes several improvements in speed, security and stability: Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance. Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense ...

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Synergy Research Group today released their recent data on cloud computing market. It revealed that Microsoft is the fastest growing among the top 4 companies leading in cloud infrastructure services. While Amazon still remains the largest vendor by far, it is now starting to face tougher competition, from Microsoft and others. AWS did not grow its cloud revenues on a sequential basis, and consequently saw its at year-on-year growth rate drop to 49%. While the total market was growing at 45%, Microsoft gained market share over others. Amazon, Microsoft and IBM have reported over $1 billion quarterly revenue from cloud services. “It has become clear that AWS finally has some tough competition to face,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “Until this quarter it could claim that it was bigger than its four nearest competitors, but now at least one jewel has fallen from its crown. While it ...

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Along with the March system update for Xbox One, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the gamers on Xbox One. Microsoft also shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Xbox Live members worldwide are spending an average of 5 hours per day exploring apps, playing games, and watching TV on Xbox One. Back in May, it was reported that Google is planning to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. Today, Venturebeat reported that this deal has been confirmed. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are pleased that they will be getting significant returns that are multiple times the amount they originally invested. Twitch has more than more than 50 million monthly active users and more than ...

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Today, Venturebeat reported that Apple is working with the world’s largest Watch manufacturing group Swatch for to release a line of smartwatches in variety of branded styles and price points. Apple usually does not license their technology/OS to other companies, they do both the software and hardware as we have seen in the past with iPod, iPhone, Mac and iPad. If this report is true, then Apple is aiming to capture a significant share of smartwatch industry by licensing their technology to other watch manufacturers. Microsoft is not a new entrant to the world of smartwatches. Microsoft invented the smartwatch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers like Swatch, Casio, etc,. Those smartwatches used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about ...

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European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google then accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Today, Financial Times reported that EC may reopen this draft antitrust ...

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Microsoft today announced that Google Chrome users can now enjoy Bing Search box on Chrome new tab pages. When you are using Chrome with default search engine set to Bing, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to in the new Tab page. How to enable this feature? To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. Source: Microsoft ...

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We recently reported that Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. The other part of the story is about the search market share. Since the Bing/Yahoo deal was announced, Bing has continued to grow its market share at the expense of its partner Yahoo. As per comScore U.S. search market share data for June, Yahoo’s market share has fallen below 10%, a new all-time-low for the company. Google: 67.6 percent Bing: 19.2 percent Yahoo: 9.8 percent Others: 3.4 percent Overall, the desktop search market is shrinking and the mobile search market is growing at a rapid pace. Currently, Microsoft’s ...

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Yesterday, we reported a potential bug Google Chrome that will cause poor battery life on Windows laptop during web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. After 2 years, Google has ...

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Google Chrome team today announced the availability of Chrome 37 beta channel. With Chrome 37.0.2062.20 for Windows, Google is bringing the much awaited DirectWrite support on Windows, a new password manager UI and more. They also announced that Chrome 64-bit for Windows will be coming to the beta channel shortly. This release contains many stability and developer improvements including: DirectWrite support on Windows A new password manager UI Automatic reload of unreachable pages when network becomes available Dropped Chrome sign-in requirement for Chrome Apps A number of new apps/extension APIs Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance Do you want to switch to beta release channels? Find out how. ...

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  As per the latest report from eMarketer, Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. Yahoo’s push to maintain its position as a top global ad seller will take another hit in 2014, according to new projections from eMarketer. Though Yahoo’s ad revenues will be back in the black this year, increasing its global digital ad revenues by 2.7% after a decline of 2.1% in 2013 to reach $3.53 billion, the company’s share of the $140.15 billion digital advertising market will fall from 2.86% to 2.52%. At the same time, Microsoft will grow its net worldwide ad revenues by ...

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke at an interview held at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference yesterday evening. During Q&A session, an attendee said to Satya that Microsoft Research should learn from Google and all the attention it gets for its research projects like Google Glass and driverless cars. He was basically pointing out that Microsoft Research’s efforts are not well recognized by the public when compared to Google’s efforts. Nadella admitted that Google have done a better job of marketing themselves. “Look, it’s always good to learn from others who have done a better job of marketing themselves,” Nadella said to a chorus of laughs from the crowd. He also made the point that getting more press coverage and eyeballs for Google’s projects doesn’t mean that Google is working on more important or better projects than Microsoft is. He also pointed out that several Microsoft Research products have created business opportunities ...

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At Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft revealed their new project called ‘Adam’. Project Adam is a deep-learning system modeled after the human brain that has greater image classification accuracy and is 50 times faster than other systems in the industry. Microsoft ran the benchmark test called ImageNet 22K, the Adam neural network tops the performance numbers of the Google Brain, a system that is behind the services across. This benchmark test includes a database of 22,000 types of images, and only Adam and Google Brain are among the few artificial intelligence models that can handle this massive amount of input. Microsoft is looking to use Adam to provide lots of applications for users such as the ability to get information about anything just by pointing out your mobile camera and more. Microsoft even brought dogs on to the stage and demoed the system in which the mobile camera recognized the dog breed when pointed at the dog. Lee believes Adam could ...

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When it comes to Azure, Microsoft is all in to winning customers of all sorts. With Azure, Microsoft is catering customers’ needs and choices, allowing them to quickly build, deploy and manage applications by offering the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. Last month, they announced the support for Docket in Azure platform. Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a portable, self-sufficient container that will run almost anywhere – including Microsoft Azure. Today, they announced the plans to work with Google and Docker to bring support for both Kubernetes and libswarm open source projects on the Microsoft Azure platform. Announced in June, Kubernetes is a declarative container management solution supporting orchestration and scheduling of Docker containers, originally built on top of Google Compute Engine. ...

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Google has joined Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Newegg and SAP to announce the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that is expected to cut down on patent troll litigation. The agreement is simple, patents of LOT network member companies cannot be used to sue other LOT network member companies even after patent transfer to other companies. The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold. The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent ...

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