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After three days, Skype’s outage is resolved

After three days, Skype’s outage is resolved After three days of connectivity issues that prevented some Skype users from being able to log in, make calls or send and receive messages, the company says it has now fully resolved the problem. What it isn’t saying — at least not yet — is what exactly happened. Microsoft’s decision to stay silent on an incident of this duration and scale — the outage impacted users across Europe and elsewhere — lends further credence to reports that a hacker group may be to…

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Skype outage causing connectivity issues, company says it’s a “global incident”

Skype outage causing connectivity issues, company says it’s a “global incident” Microsoft’s recently updated communications app Skype has been suffering connectivity issues which began on Monday, June 19th, and are continuing today. After hours of downtime on Monday, the company confirmed the issue via a blog post and tweet, which stated that an incident was causing users to either lose connectivity to the application or lose their ability to send and receive messages. Some users were also unable to see a black bar indicating an ongoing group call, while others…

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Microsoft’s Dictate uses Cortana’s speech recognition to enable dictation in Office

Microsoft’s Dictate uses Cortana’s speech recognition to enable dictation in Office Dictate, a new project from Microsoft’s experimental R&D group, Microsoft Garage, is launching today to offer a way to type using your voice in Office programs including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Available as an add-in for Microsoft’s software, Dictate is powered by the same speech recognition technology that Cortana uses in order to convert your speech to text. This is also same speech recognition and A.I. used in Microsoft Cognitive Services, including Microsoft Translator, the company says in an announcement about…

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Outlook 2016 for Mac now lets you send emails later, track messages & more

Outlook 2016 for Mac now lets you send emails later, track messages & more Microsoft this morning announced a series of new features coming to its Outlook for Mac 2016 software for Office 365 users, including those that will allow you to schedule your emails, track the message’s delivery, and find out if the email was read, among others. Some of the changes are rolling out first to those who receive early updates through Microsoft’s Office Insider Fast program, while other new additions, like email templates, will arrive today. Being…

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Microsoft launches a new AI startup program at Station F in Paris

Microsoft launches a new AI startup program at Station F in Paris Microsoft is rethinking its strategy when it comes to startup acceleration in Paris. The company is going to focus on artificial intelligence. This will lead to a new program for AI startups at Station F. Microsoft has had a startup accelerator in the Sentier neighborhood for a few years now. When Station F opens at the end of June, the company is going to focus exclusively on artificial intelligence with a partnership with INRIA and move everything to…

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Windows Server moves to a semi-annual release schedule

Windows Server moves to a semi-annual release schedule Microsoft today announced a major change to how it will deliver new releases of Windows Server going forward. Instead of a release every few years (the last few major versions arrived in 2008, 2012 and 2016), Microsoft will now move to a semi-annual cycle that will see the company launch feature updates every spring and fall. This new release cadence, which is similar to what Microsoft is doing with Office and Windows 10, will allow the company to bring new features to…

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Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding Slack is in the midst of raising another $500 million in financing at what could be a $5 billion valuation — money it will likely critically need as it goes after major corporate clients and construct a functional business — according to a report by Recode. Slack also got some interest with a $9 billion price tag from Amazon, according to a report from Bloomberg last night. All this means that Slack’s valuation continues to rise amid the hype in…

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Microsoft’s AI beats Ms. Pac-Man

Microsoft’s AI beats Ms. Pac-Man As with so many things in the world, the key to cracking Ms. Pac-Man is team work and a bit of positive reinforcement. That… and access to funding from Microsoft and 150-plus artificial intelligence agents — as Maluuba can now attest. Last month, the Canadian deep learning company (a subsidiary of Microsoft as of January) became the first team of AI programmers to beat the 36-year-old classic. It was a fairly anticlimactic defeat. The number hit 999,990, before the odometer flipped back over to zero….

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