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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Your Excel spreadsheet skills could net you a Dell laptop from Microsoft

    Do you enjoy spreadsheets, equations, and using Excel for all sorts of needs? You may want to enter the Microsoft Office Excel Champs SA competition to test out all of those =SUM() skills. Microsoft has partnered with LGIT Smart Solutions to create a series of spreadsheets that will require some serious skills to complete. The overall winner of the competition will net themselves a Dell Latitude E7470 laptop, Lumia 1320 smartphone, the grand title of "Excel Grand Master," and other prizes. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, that "due to a flood of requests from people wanting to participate,...

  • Are smart bots the way forward? Microsoft says yes

    You've already dealt with auto-replies and robotic phone calls, but Microsoft still thinks that automation has a key role to play in your interactions with businesses or consumers. Instead of more automatic email replies however, the firm is hedging its bets on smart bots to do the trick. At its BUILD 2016 developer conference this week, the company showed off chat bots, which allow users to quickly accomplish actions. It's not the first time that we've seen these though, as the likes of Google Talk, MSN Messenger and other IM platforms dipped their toes into bot waters almost a decade ago. Even more...

  • Skype for Web now lets non-Skype users join conversations

    Microsoft has today introduced a slew of new features to Skype for Web, including the ability to make calls from the web directly to mobile phones and landlines, and inviting users without a Skype account to join calls. The feature is primarily being introduced to enable users to save money on calls, Skype says. Other features include notifications and watching YouTube videos within Skype for Web. Making calls on Skype for Web allows users to save on charges. "Once you’ve signed in to Skype for Web, simply click on the call phones tab, select your destination, dial the number you’d like...

  • Microsoft SQL server coming to Linux mid-2017, preview build available

    In a blog post, Microsoft has announced that SQL Server will be making its way to Linux with a final release scheduled mid-2017. "This is an enormously important decision for Microsoft, allowing it to offer its well-known and trusted database to an expanded set of customers", said group vice president, enterprise infrastructure, at International Data Corporation, Al Gillen. The system looks to incorporate a host of features, such as Stretch Database which allows users can access data on-premises via the cloud. A preview build of SQL for Linux is already available with 'core relational database capabilities'. "By taking this key product to Linux Microsoft...

  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection joins Windows 10’s security arsenal

    In light of Windows 10's recent security and privacy criticism, Microsoft has been working hard to right these wrongs, and its latest measure is aimed at enterprises. Executive VP of Windows Terry Myerson took to the Windows Blog to announce Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Windows 10 enterprise, which is "a new service that will help enterprises to detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks." "Building on the existing security defenses Windows 10 offers today, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection provides a new post-breach layer of protection to the Windows 10 security stack," Myerson explains. "With a combination...

  • New Amnesty International report links Apple, Microsoft, Samsung to child labour in mines in DRC, Africa

    Ever wondered how your smartphone is assembled and where all the minerals that make up its tiny component pieces come from? Not many people do, but a new report suggests that maybe you ought to. The report, published by Amnesty International, claims that Cobalt mined by child labourers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being used by companies such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft as well as auto manufacturers like Volkswagen and Daimler AG. Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask...

  • Microsoft acquires technology assets from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced, that it has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a company that currently provides management software for Skype for Business Online, for an undisclosed amount. The UC Commander product suite includes management, reporting and analytics technology. The company adds that the acquisition will allow it to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business and shows its commitment to deliver a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale with Office 365. Read more: Attempts to regulate WhatsApp, other OTTs could get ludicrous "Our goal is to make the...

  • Windows 10 is now running on over 200 million devices

    Windows 10 has been installed on over 200 million devices within six months of its launch, Microsoft announced. When Windows 10 launched on 29 June 2015, within 24 hours it was running on more than 14-million devices and four weeks later, it was on more than 75-million devices. "Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, with more than 40% of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday," notes Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's senior VP. Read more: Microsoft’s big ad strategy for Windows 10? Babies The latest Windows version also has the fastest adoption rate. It has beaten Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows...

  • Microsoft to merge calendar app Sunrise with Outlook

    Microsoft has finally revealed its plans for Sunrise, the calendar app it acquired in February this year for US$100 million. Microsoft is going to integrate Sunrise into its email service Outlook, after which it will shut Sunrise down. At the time of the acquisition, Sunrise said that it would remain a standalone app and that being acquired by Microsoft would allow it to focus on two things: building an amazing team of designers and engineers, and to build the best product to help users manage time and remain free and available. Though the Sunrise app will remain available for download on...

  • Weekly Round Up #38: Microsoft event, Reddit’s Upvoted, Impact Investing and Samsung Note 5 prices

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, our charismatic host, was away at the Tech4Africa event, and so hosting this week's round up is Gearburn Editor Andy Walker, joining him is Jacques Coetzee, Graham van de Made and the new guy, Nick Thomson, the Sales Manager. The team discusses the Microsoft event, Reddit's new site, Upvoted, Impact Investing and Samsung Note 5 Vodacom prices. Earlier this week, Microsoft, the Redmond based tech company, had its event in which it launched some exciting gadgets....

  • Will the Surface replace laptops or fizzle out as another fad?

    Over the years, we've seen several technology fads come and go, such as the netbook. With the top consumer tech companies all announcing Surface devices, will these be our latest tech fad? Let's face it, the real technological fad right now is that of wearables. This buzzword is everywhere and every company is trying to capitalise on creating watch-like peripherals packed with sub-par features. Wearables have been touted as devices that will change our lives forever, but in truth people want self-lacing shoes or instant drying jackets. At least we're not all walking around with Google Glasses, right? Surfaces, on the other...

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL launched, runs full Windows 10 and starts at $649

    There are few things that sell less impressively than wet paper bags in the smartphone world: BlackBerrys, and Microsoft Lumia devices, but the latest device from Redmond will look to change the latter’s credentials. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL was previously leaked, and leaked again, but now that its parent company has finally announced its existence, it looks a sharply impressive package.

  • Tech brands dominate the top 10 spots in Interbrand global brands list

    Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy firm, puts together an annual best global brands report, in which it details the 100 most valuable brands in the world. The 2015 list is out and tech brands are dominating the top ten, occupying more than half of the top ten spots. Apple and Google continue to dominate the top spots in the list. Apple is the most valued brand at $170.276 billion, a brand value increase of 43 percent from the previous year, whilst Google is estimated to be worth US$120.314-billion, with 12% brand value increase. The other tech brands in...

  • Skype voice translator finally starts rolling-out to Windows users

    On the back of experiencing some down time last week, online communication service Skype now has real-time voice translation for all Windows PC and tablet users. The ground-breaking feature -- which we first saw during a preview last year -- can translate voice languages English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish, as well as 50 messaging languages, in real-time. "It has been a long-time dream at Skype to break down language barriers and bring everyone across the globe closer together," Skype writes in the blog announcement, adding that hundreds of thousands of people have already been testing the app since December...

  • Skype ‘working on a fix’ as communication service faces worldwide outage [Update]

    Update: Skype is back up. Just a day after Amazon Web Services issues forced popular internet platforms like Netflix, Product Hunt, Medium, SocialFlow and Buffer to go offline, Microsoft's popular voice and video chat service Skype has gone down as well. Although, Skype Support has tweeted that it's "aware of an issue affecting Skype status", the problem seems to be affecting most of the service's features: We are aware of an issue affecting Skype status at the moment, and are working on a quick fix: http://t.co/ymSzmrgEX0 pic.twitter.com/8LoqqL0hh7— Skype Support (@SkypeSupport) September 21, 2015 It appears that people from around the world using...