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Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing Microsoft today announced that it has acquiredCycle Computing, a twelve-year-old Connecticut-based company that focuses on helping enterprises orchestrate high-performance computing jobs, large data workloads and other “big computing” jobs in the cloud. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. While Microsoft plans to use the company’s expertise to improve its Azure service for these kind of high-end workloads, Cycle Computing’s flagship CycleCloud service always supported a wide range of cloud and on-premises platforms, including AWS and the Google Cloud Platform. Microsoft notes that the…

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Crunch Report | Uber Agrees to 20 Years of Privacy Audits

Crunch Report | Uber Agrees to 20 Years of Privacy Audits Today’s Stories  Amazon debuts ‘Instant Pickup Points’ in the U.S. for pickups in minutes Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC data mishandling probe Casper announces a new high-end mattress called the Wave Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by: Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are…

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Microsoft Azure launches two new regions in Australia

Microsoft Azure launches two new regions in Australia Microsoft today announced the launch of two new Azure regions in Australia. These two new regions will complement Microsoft’s existing two regions on the continent and bring the total number of global Azure regions to 42. The plan is for these new regions to go online in the first half of 2018. Microsoft specifically notes that these two new regions will be certified to run both unclassified and protected government workloads (“protected” being the first level of national security classified information in…

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Microsoft wants to make blockchain networks enterprise-ready with its new Coco Framework

Microsoft wants to make blockchain networks enterprise-ready with its new Coco Framework Interest in blockchains is at an all-time high, but there are still plenty of technical issues to solve, especially for enterprises that want to adopt this technology for smart contracts and other use cases. For them, issues like throughput, latency, governance and confidentiality are still major stumbling blocks for using blockchains. With its new Coco Framework, Microsoft wants to solve these issues and make blockchains more suitable for the enterprise. In an interview earlier this week, Microsoft’s CTO…

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Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates

Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates The Surface line has been a surprising hit for Microsoft in recent years. What many regarded as little more than proof of concept for Windows 10 has become a leader in the two-in-one tablet category in its own right. But according to a new survey conducting by Consumer Reports, the devices have proven far more unreliable than much of the competition. In fact, things are so bad, the publication has revoked its recommendations of the products. In a survey of…

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Microsoft today announced a new version of Windows 10 that’s specifically geared toward professional users that use high-end hardware to support mission-critical workloads. As rumored, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will feature Microsoft’s server-grade file system (the Resilient File System), support for persistent memory (NVDIMM-N), faster file sharing with SMB Direct and support for high-end hardware with up to 4 CPUs and 6TB of memory. As the name implies, the focus here is indeed on high-end hardware and for this edition of Windows,…

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A look back in IPO: Microsoft, the software success

A look back in IPO: Microsoft, the software success Alex WilhelmContributor Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: Salesforce marches steadily toward $10B run rate goal Equity podcast: Uber’s losses, Cloudera’s IPO and the biggest e-commerce acquisition ever We’re taking a look at the IPOs of tech’s biggest players — firms we call the Big 5. We started with Amazon and Google. Today, we’re taking a look at Microsoft.  Microsoft went public in 1986 for $21 per share, a price that…

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Latest Xbox update begins rolling out to Xbox Insiders today

Latest Xbox update begins rolling out to Xbox Insiders today [embedded content] Xbox is changing up its user interface on Xbox in a major way again, and Xbox Insiders can check out the latest switch-em-up now. The new interface includes big changes for Xbox One users, as well as tweaks to Windows 10 PCs using the Xbox app. The new interface focuses on a custom home screen that users can create themselves, which is a good way to hopefully help make that initial launch screen you find when you boot…

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Microsoft launches a faster, smarter Outlook.com into public beta

Microsoft launches a faster, smarter Outlook.com into public beta Microsoft is launching a new opt-in beta program for Outlook.com today that will give users access to a faster and more personalized email experience, as well as an overhauled design. Over the next few weeks, the Outlook.com team will roll out to all users a new toggle for opting into the beta. Those who don’t like the new look and feel can easily switch back to the old version. The plan here is to test new features in this beta program and…

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Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe

Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe Peter Levine, a general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has an interesting working theory. He believes that cloud computing is soon going to take a back seat to edge computing — and we will very quickly see the majority of processing taking place at the device level. As crazy as that sounds — and he fully recognizes that it does — Levine says it’s based on sound analysis of where he sees computing going — and he believes his…

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