Microsoft is a devices and services company based in Redmond, Washington – a city about 16 miles east of Seattle. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Traditionally a software company at heart, Microsoft dabbled in hardware with computing peripherals like mice and keyboards before going all in with the Surface line of tablets. The pending acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit will further add to Microsoft’s future plan to be a devices and services company.
Microsoft has many products in both the consumer and enterprise space. Most consumers are familiar with Microsoft through their operating system Windows, their office software suite Microsoft Office, their home entertainment consoles Xbox, and their mobile operating system Windows Phone.
Microsoft rose to power in the 90’s thanks to its operating system Windows and its office software suite called Microsoft Office. In the early 00’s Microsoft cracked the living room by launching the original Xbox. The Xbox has now seen three generational entries, with the Xbox One being Microsoft’s answer to the eight generation of gaming consoles.
Windows and Office continue to be a large part of revenue for Microsoft, but their future plans have shifted from a “computer on every desk” to “mobile first, cloud first”. Microsoft is investing heavily in their Azure, their cloud computing platform that will be the backbone of what they do for the next generation of computing.
Windows, Windows Phone, Office, Azure, Azure, Surface, and Cortana are all at the heart of what Microsoft’s future will focus on.
Microsoft Cloud-Computing executive Charlie Bell spoke in an interview about how the company uses AI to combat cybersecurity threats.
Microsoft Vice President Jared Spataro recently discussed employers tracking employees to measure productivity. He called the practice "wrong" and warned that it may also be ineffective.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Microsoft President Brad Smith says that users want to make up their own minds with regards to fake news and misinformation.
Over the last week, we learned that GoldenEye 007 is on the way to Xbox Game Pass, EVGA is planning to stop making GPUs, and more.
An ongoing phishing scheme is sending out fake emails claiming to be from Microsoft. The scam attempts to get people to share their login details as part of a memorial for Queen Elizabeth II.
Over the last week, we saw Intel share the specs of its Arc desktop GPUs, an independent developer get 3-D games to run on Surface Duo, and Apple unveil the iPhone 14.
Microsoft just opened up registration for Ignite 2022. The event has options to attend in-person or digitally, allowing IT professionals and developers to participate in a variety of ways.
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