Bill Gates on COVID-19: Most US tests are "completely garbage"

Enlarge / Despite trillions of dollars of economic damage, Bill Gates is optimistic that a strong pipeline of therapies and vaccines will carry the US through the pandemic.Jeff Pachoud | Getty Images For 20 years Bill Gates has been easing out of the roles that made him rich and famous–CEO,…

Microsoft readies its AWS Outposts hybrid competitor: Azure Stack ‘Fiji’

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is developing a new member of its Azure Stack hybrid computing family that is codenamed Azure Stack “Fiji.” Fiji is meant to provide users with the ability to run Azure as a local cloud, managed by public Azure and delivered in the form of racks of servers…

Google’s AI thinks women wearing masks have mouths covered with duct tape

AI may not know what’s going on here. Getty Images/iStockphoto Artificial intelligence is a work in progress. Or, as some critics might say , a work in abject regress that will wreck humanity’s remaining faith in itself. Even some tech companies seem a touch unsure about their own AI systems.…

What is Microsoft Azure? The business guide to Redmond’s cloud service

Executive summary Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s comprehensive collection of cloud-based alternatives to physical hardware and services. Azure virtual machines run all of Microsoft’s server products as well as a wide range of third-party products including Linux distributions and third-party software; the Azure product line also includes a comprehensive collection of…

Windows reorg brings more of the COSINE team under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay

Credit: ZDNet Microsoft is reorganizing its Azure team and moving part of its Windows engineering team out of Azure and into the Experiences and Devices Group. The changes, which Microsoft announced internally on August 6, will result in more of Windows moving under Chief Device Officer Panos Panay. In February,…

Microsoft to make its Ignite IT pro show a two-part event

Microsoft’s annual Ignite IT pro conference is going to be a two-part event, instead of a one-shot deal. The second Ignite will be in early 2021, and like Part 1 in September, will be a virtual-only event. Microsoft’s fall Ignite virtual event will be held September 22 to 24. Registration…

iOS and Android users: You’re getting these new Google Docs, Sheets, Slides features

Google has announced a slew of new features coming to G Suite apps on iOS and Android in the next weeks and months. The updates for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides mobile apps include a new and easier way to edit Microsoft Office files within a Google app without converting…

Google: Here’s how much we give to open source through our GitHub activity

Google has given an update on its contributions to open-source software, revealing that its employees were active in over 70,000 repositories on GitHub in 2019. Google’s new ‘by the numbers’ snapshot of its contributions to open source over the past five years to 2019 shows its growing activity on Microsoft-owned…

TikTok deal tests Microsoft’s decades of China experience

EnlargeCindy Ord | Getty Images More than two decades of efforts by Microsoft to put down roots in China may soon bring a partial pay-off, if it succeeds in steering through the purchase of TikTok’s US business. But as relations between the US and China continue to deteriorate, the software…

New Windows 10 Dev Channel test build adds DNS settings tweaks

Microsoft made available on August 5 another new Windows 10 Dev Channel (former Fast Ring) feature update test build. Build 20185 adds some IT pro/business features, plus a bunch of fixes. In Build 20185, Microsoft is making some changes to the Network section of Settings. The goals: Making DNS settings…