Microsoft pimps Office with AI
Published in AI
Friday, 17 March 2023 11:03

Microsoft pimps Office with AI

Now managers can outsource creating boring Powerpoint presentations 

Software King of the World, Microsoft launched its AI for Work initiatives yesterday and showed off a way of applying artificial intelligence to automate the creation of PowerPoint presentations which are traditionally penned in purple prose and management speak by a boss who believes they are the greatest writer in the world. 

Microsoft Teams gets Avatars
Published in News
Thursday, 16 March 2023 11:54

Microsoft Teams gets Avatars

You too can have a blue head 

Microsoft will be adding animated 3D avatars to Microsoft Teams in May, according to Microsoft's product roadmap.

Microsoft built a cloudy supercomputer as part of its OpenAI plans
Published in Cloud

But it was unsure if it could build anything that big

Software King of the World Microsoft knew that it would have to build a cloud-based supercomputer if it had a chance of getting its OpenAI plans working – the problem was that it was unsure it could use its own Azure product to do it.

Microsoft fires those responsible for its AI ethics
Published in AI

After all, when your terminator is just being put on the market you don't need humans to tell it what to do

Software King of the World Microsoft has shown that it has its priorities right -- while it introduces the world to its new AI-powered Bing, it fires the people who are responsible for making sure that its AI does not take over the world. 

Voice assistants were too dumb says Microsoft boss
Published in IoT

Siri, Alexa and Cortana never reached full potential 

After years of telling us that the Internet of Things powered by voice activated assistants were going to be a big thing, Big Tech is finally admitting that they were too dumb to do what was claimed.

Microsoft admits reading Bing chatbot conversations
Published in AI

We want to make sure it is properly behaved 

Software King of the World Microsoft has admitted that it is reading users’ conversations with its Bing chatbot to make sure that the AI is not using any “inappropriate behaviour.”

Microsoft readies new Surface Laptop Studio
Published in PC Hardware
Friday, 24 February 2023 12:06

Microsoft readies new Surface Laptop Studio

Cleaning Apple's clock for a cheaper price

Microsoft is preparing to unveil a successor to its Surface Laptop Studio.

Ukraine asks Valve, Microsoft and Sony to pull Atomic Heart game
Published in News

A little too close to that nice Mr Putin

Ukraine's Ministry of Digital Transformation has asked Valve, Microsoft, and Sony to halt the sale of Atomic Heart in Ukraine and will urge "limiting" its distribution in other countries because of the "the potential use of money raised from game purchases to conduct a war against Ukraine."

Microsoft does decade-long deal with Nvidia over games
Published in Gaming

Getting around the regulator 

Software King of the World is messing with the head of regulators who are trying to prove that its Activision Blizzard deal will create a monoply by making supply deals with those who could be considered rivals.

Hotmail's spam filters tiggered
Published in News
Tuesday, 21 February 2023 09:16

Hotmail's spam filters tiggered

Not known if it is a bug, a glitch, or a buglitch

Software King of the World Microsoft is having a few problems with the spam filters on its Hotmail/Outlook webservice.