FIS Global
Microsoft, has expanded its global payments relationship with Worldpay from FIS, where Worldpay will provide online credit and debit card processing for Microsoft online store fronts including, Xbox, Microsoft Advertising, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
In the U.S., the Biden administration and Western allies have formally blamed China for a massive hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software and asserted that criminal hackers associated with the Chinese government have carried out ransomware and other illicit cyber operations.
Windows 11
Microsoft today unveiled Windows 11, the first major update to the platform since the launch of Windows 10 nearly six years ago. Windows 11 features a cleaner interface and pushes further toward a mobile-friendly environment inspired by shifts to how PCs have been used amid a COVID-19 pandemic forcing many to work remotely.
Microsoft and Nuance Communications have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Nuance for $56.00 per share, implying a 23% premium to the closing price of Nuance on Friday, April 9, in an all-cash transaction valued at $19.7 billion, inclusive of Nuance’s net debt.
Microsoft's new 64-bit version of OneDrive is now available as a public preview, which means anyone can download and install it as long as you meet the necessary requirements. The new edition is aimed at OneDrive work, school and home accounts, and will supplement—not replace—the existing 32-bit version.
ValueLicensing is suing Microsoft for £270 million over the the company’s alleged stifling of competition in the software market. ValueLicensing, a certified provider of pre-owned Microsoft software licences based in Derbyshire.
Cruise and General Motors have entered a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles. The companies say that they will will bring together their software and hardware engineering excellence, cloud computing capabilities, manufacturing know-how and partner ecosystem to transform transportation to create a safer, cleaner and more accessible world for everyone.
Microsoft is inviting applications for its newest Council for Digital Good, an 18-month engagement program for U.S. teens focused on understanding, recognizing and reducing digital risks and promoting safer, healthier and more respectful online interactions.
ZEISS Group and Microsoft have signed a multi-year strategic partnership to accelerate ZEISS’ transformation into a digital services provider that is embracing a cloud-first approach. By standardizing its equipment and processes on Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform, ZEISS will be able to provide its customers with enhanced digital experiences, address changing market needs more quickly and increase its productivity.
Google Meet
Google Meet, Google's premium video-conferencing solution, now has a new noise cancellation feature that will let you filter out disruptive background noise on Android and iOS. The new feature is available to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers on web, Android and iOS.
Private 5G
Samsung are collaborating with Microsoft on an end-to-end, cloud-based private 5G network solution. As a part of this collaboration, the two companies plan to advance the virtualization of 5G solutions, which will include the deployment of Samsung’s virtualized RAN, virtualized Core, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technologies on Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft has unveiled Azure Orbital, a service to help customers move data from satellites directly into the Azure cloud for processing and storage. The announcement marks the latest chapter in the competition between Microsoft and Amazon to connect satellite communications networks with cloud infrastructure.
bp and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate as strategic partners to further digital transformation in energy systems and advance the net zero carbon goals of both companies. This includes a co-innovation effort focused on digital solutions, the continued use of Microsoft Azure as a cloud-based solution for bp infrastructure and bp supplying renewable energy.
Nutanix and Microsoft Azure will create a hybrid solution that unifies management across on-premises and Azure environments using Nutanix Clusters. The new partnership will enable both companies to deliver a hybrid solution with seamless application, data, and license mobility as well as unified management across on-premises and Azure environments, using Nutanix Clusters on Azure.
Adobe Flash
Microsoft will finally end support for Adobe Flash Player in all its web browsers by the end of 2020. In 2017, Microsoft had made a coordinated announcement with Apple, Adobe, Google, Facebook, and Mozilla regarding the discontinuity of Adobe Flash Player, a decision that was prompted because of more secure and high performing open techs like HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly gaining more popularity in comparison to the Adobe Flash Player.
Pentagon Jedi
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has completed a comprehensive re-evaluation of its $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) cloud computing contract proposals and determined that Microsoft's submission still represents the best value for the government.
Microsoft has joined Allianz, Amazon and S&P Global in announcing plans to launch the Climate Finance Foundation, a new initiative led by the Linux Foundation to build the OS-Climate Platform. This initiative leverages open-source analytics and open data to empower the investment community, as well as NGOs, academia and others, to help better model companies’ exposure to climate change.
Microsoft Deepfake
Microsoft has announced a new tool that it claims can detect the presence of deepfake software in images and video as it seeks to tackle disinformation online. Deepfakes, or synthetic media, are photos, videos, or audio files manipulated by artificial intelligence (AI). And they’re becoming increasingly hard to detect.
Walmart and Microsoft are teaming up in a bid to acquire TikTok, in a deal that would give the retail company a key technology to reach younger shoppers and build out its third-party marketplace and advertising business.
Microsoft Teams
Microsoft has added a series of new video-calling features to Teams, including a Together mode which looks to provide a new way to group chat. With the new update, Microsoft Teams users will be able to view more members on the mobile's screen and also consume less amount of internet data during a video call and more.
Microsoft has released an update to Translator for iOS, bringing Auto Mode for One on One Conversations.. With Auto mode, there’s no more need to push the microphone button when it’s your turn to talk—just select the languages, turn on the mic, and start the conversation.
Hitachi Digital Solution
Hitachi and Microsoft have signed a “multi-year strategic alliance” to accelerate the digital transformation of the manufacturing and logistics industries across Southeast Asia, North America and Japan.
While the benefits of IoT are well established and significant, one of the biggest hurdles for customers is securing IoT devices – both for new digitization initiatives as well as for legacy Operational Technology and industrial control system environments.
Microsoft is making a major change to the Windows Insider program, moving to release channels, and away from “rings,” where the choice was to pick between “fast” and “slow” rings.